Monday, March 13, 2017
Our flight to Uganda was very long and tiring. Luke’s flight out of Columbus, Ohio was delayed a couple of hours due to the flight crew having to be replaced because of a lack of crew rest. But, he made it to Detroit about 10 minutes or so before we boarded the flight for Amsterdam. This flight was eight hours long, with about a two hour layover between our flight to Entebbe, Uganda, which lasted ten and a half hours. Altogether, we were in the air about 21 1/2 hours.
Once we arrived at the Entebbe airport, we quickly cleared customs, and picked up our bags, and then headed for the exit. Pastor Daniel was waiting for us when we arrived and we loaded our bags into his van and took off for our hotel where we spent the night. It was just a few minutes past midnight when I turned off the lights and went to sleep.
It is good to be back in Uganda. We were supposed to have come back last July to train our group of leaders in the fourth and final phase of our leadership development process. But, as many of you may know, I was struck with bleeding ulcers the first of June and we were forced to postpone the training to a later date. We had initially thought that I might be well enough to come back in late October or early November, but that was not the case. My recovery was far more difficult than what I expected, but thanks to the Lord who is faithful and merciful, He has healed me and allowed me to once again come back to do the work that He has called me to do – to develop leaders for His Kingdom.
This morning (Monday), we will eat breakfast at our hotel, go to a bank to exchange some US dollars to Ugandan schillings, and then head out for the city of Iganga where we will do our training. On our way we will make an attempt to visit with a friend of Luke’s who lives in the capital city of Kampala, and we will be picking up Alex Sokiri, who is one of the leaders we will be training and he will ride with us to Iganga. Alex is a pastor from South Sudan and recently was forced to flee his country due to the civil war that is now raging there. Alex evacuated his family to Uganda but has returned to a refugee camp in South Sudan to be with the members of his church who are there.
Well, that completes my update for today. I am truly grateful to be back in Uganda and looking forward to seeing once again the group of leaders that we have working with these last four years. Thanks in advance for your prayers!