Wednesday we attended our friend Harria’s 21st Birthday party! It was a great celebration and we had a lot of fun, until I had to get up and say a few words! Always so awkward for me, but wasn’t so bad because Harria is a wonderful girl, loves children and has a great heart. She and her sisters have been great friends and help to us.
They had so much food – I didn’t realize there would be food so I had already eaten which was great for the kids sitting behind me, I kept passing food off of my plate to them. It is hard being guests because we get treated like royalty and everyone else gets what is left. So, I made a lot more friends with the kids I gave my food to! It was a really good day!
Harria, the Birthday Girl!
Not the birthday girl but the guest of honor!
Harria has the headband
The Presidential Elections for Uganda will take place February 18, 2016. Campaigning in Uganda is a far cry to what we are used to in America, truckloads of people yelling and music blaring, with booties shaking off the back, yes, I think I will vote for their candidate! People that are from here, and ones that have lived here for many years say this years elections seem different, more unrest and some violence. They even postponed the start of school term until after the elections which is said to be unheard of.
The current President, Museveni, has been in office for almost 30 years and is campaigning for re-election for another 5 year term. Many people have lost faith, seeing no changes in the healthcare system, there is still unemployment, and peoples’ incomes haven’t changed and the same leadership for so many years, Ugandans don’t see any reason to vote. They don’t feel they are being heard.
I can’t say it is so much different than issues America is facing right now, just thankful that the guy in office there hasn’t been there for 30 years, and grateful that at this point can’t be re-elected for another term. So I ask for prayers for elections here, and I will be praying for America when elections come there.
The excitement of Christmas day celebration with our boys going for the pennant in the Christmas Day Football Championship! Was a fun time, game ended tied 2-2 and then there was a vote and the opposing team were the champs. I went home thinking our team had one, the way all of our people were celebrating! I think that is as it should be, both teams had great seasons and being able to be in the championship game was exciting for everyone. We had to make two trips going and coming back with the truck full of team members and supporters. After the game, everyone but us went to the village center where celebrations of the holiday went late into the night!
Our Village Boys
Prayer before the game
Christian and a crew of our guys have been working at a school, plastering their 3 classroom buildings. With each job, we see the skill level and the confidence level go up with our guys. It really is exciting to see the changes in their outlook and how they are looking at themselves and each other differently. They have started giving us a small amount of their pay each week, we told them we would match what they put in, for medical expenses. They have been amazed at how much is already in the account after just a couple pay periods. Being on the grounds of the school, and seeing some of the older school kids helping on this job, getting experience, I think has caused them to think about their childrens futures, and how they can send their children to school. Please be in prayer with us, that we can help them in saving and setting goals and achieving them in order to have a better life, and to give their children a fighting chance. Most men here don’t have an education, and if they do, it is usually not past the 7th grade. (I’m really not sure that is even equivalent to our 7th grade.)
One of our guys is now working on getting his family a house built, he has been making his own bricks when he is not working. He needs 10,000 bricks total, so far he has 4,000 made. It is very interesting to see how they make them.
The school they are working on is run by The Mandate’s friends, Chad and Terra from Canada. They are a wonderful couple, and we are so thankful to have them in our lives! Terra has been here since she was 18, first with an orphanage, and since then have successfully found family and homes for the children and work with the families to keep them in school. We want to do whatever we can to help them and the children out! And we are excited, they just got their piggery finished so there will be pork! I have to say, it is the nicest “pigpen” I have ever seen!
I am so happy we could help on this project, but I am ready for my husband to be back home with Raelee and I! We aren’t used to him being gone all day everyday, and it has only been two weeks! Hopefully by the end of next week, or beginning of the year they will finish – the holidays will interrupt the timetable!
I had to walk down our road to meet up with Raelee, and this little boy followed me the entire way, quietly until I would turn around and he would start jammin’ a “song”? to me! I believe he is rapping, but I know he is having fun and really got excited when I started recording. I didn’t get pictures, I was afraid of what moves might come next if we hung around and Raelee doesn’t need any ideas!
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Raelee had “The best birthday ever” in her words. Many friends came, and each sang happy birthday to her. I told her it was very special because no one brought toys and such, I had explained to her beforehand that it was going to be about celebrating with her, but they all made beautiful, special cards and brought her the things she loves most – flowers! I thought that was awesome! Our friends from Canada brought her Dr. Seuss books from their library and she thought that was cool! Everyone loved the cupcakes – my first go at making cake from scratch and honestly I am glad I won’t have to do that again for another year! 🙂 I am happy she had such a great day and that the entire village didn’t show up. The ones that came were only 30 minutes late!
Our friends that have the school brought her books from their library and told her she could come check books out anytime. That excited her to no end!
Handmade cards were so sweet!
Ibra’s card says she’s an angel. Gonna have to watch that boy!
Terra, Chad’s wife and Jessica, our neighbor and mother to the four white kids!
Our Canadian friend Chad, made Raelee’s day!
Her scooter and the shelves she decided the first week we got here was the perfect baby beds!