It’s been a busy week here in Lira town and every night I’ve tried to write but have ended up nodding off onto the keyboard. I have a few spare moments this morning before we set off for another busy day running errands around town.
We spent the rest of Sunday catching up with Jimmy and Julius and going over our plans for the next 2 weeks.
On Monday we visited all 35 of our Love Mercy sponsor kids in Julius’s village. This was emotionally and physically exhausting but soul delighting at the same time. What ensued was the expected roller coaster ride that is a trip to one of the poorest parts of Northern Uganda. Some of the kids we had not properly met before and Julius wanted us to see the condition of their homes. We had an amazing time with all of the kids that we visited, but a handful of moments will be forever etched in my memory.
Joan (above) is an orphan of the 20 year conflict. Joan is 16 years old and she is cared for by a relative in a small grass hut within Awake Village She is softly spoken but one of the few kids who wasn’t too shy to try and speak to us in english. She kept saying “please, stay a while and talk with me, sit, you are welcome”. “Tell my sponsor I am so grateful and I love them and pray for them, please greet them from me on your return home”. Joan has been suffering from typhoid but says she is slowly recovering. She walks 1 hour to school everyday and she told me she wants to be a teacher when she finishes school. She was desperate for us to meet her older sister who is 24 years old. Her sister recently lost her baby to tuberculosis.