Thursday, May 13, 2010

We're here!





As the saying goes ‘what a difference a day makes.’ The first photo was snapped at home a couple of days before leaving. The second picture shows our three with some of their new friends on the grounds of New Hope Uganda.



We flew to London Monday night and then headed for Uganda on Tuesday night. Stepping off the plane in Entebbe we were greeted by a wave of heat and a couple of the missionaries here at New Hope. On the same flight was a team from Utah who are here for two weeks. Our luggage was loaded onto the back of a truck and we climbed aboard a van to begin an exciting ride through the streets of Entebbe and Kampala on route to New Hope. Vans, taxis, bicycles and bodas (motor-bikes) all jockey for position with horns blaring and people dodging out of the way. The round-abouts were particularly exciting( something a-kin to being thrown into a blender.) Along the roadside small shacks line the route selling everything from bricks to bananas. The final stage of the journey was in a more rural area lush with vegetation. Small huts along the way house families who can be seen cultivating gardens, washing clothes or just chatting. We bumped our way along a dirt road to reach New Hope Uganda around 2:30 local time on Wednesday.





Within ten minutes of arriving our kids were off exploring with some other missionary children. Christina is pictured here with a boy who was abandoned as a baby and is now in the process of being adopted by a missionary family. We settled into the guest house which will be home for our first weeks here. During the first evening we were taken on a tour of the primary site and then had dinner at the home of another of the missionary families. Before falling to sleep at their table or on their couch we got back for an early tuck-in and we all slept quite soundly. Today (Thursday) we joined the Utah team on a tour of the secondary school and the enterprise farm.



All in all – we have received a very warm welcome. Thank-you all for your prayers for our safe travels and we are thankful to God for the opportunity to be here.

7 comments:

  1. I'll make sure to let the rest of the class know about your updates. Catriona, we're still waiting to see your posts! We can hardly wait to hear more. Maddy T, Amanda, and Jill say "Hi" and that they're missing you1 Look forward to hearing from you soon.

    (You too, "Miss Morton." I love the picture of you with the little boy.

    -Mr. Grafton

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  2. We are so excited to see that you have arrived safely, and we look forward to hearing all about what you learn and experience in Uganda! We will pray for you often.

    Love,
    Aunt Meg & Uncle Jonathan

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  3. Glad to see you,ve arrived safely. The pictures are great. We'll follow your adventure with lots of interest.
    Love,
    Aunt Linda

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  4. Happy to know you arrived safely, with no delays. Are you all over the jet-lag yet? Can you get your own meals in the guesthouse? Send us a picture of it sometime.

    Love,
    Granny and Grandpa

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  5. David, great to talk with you and text last night. Maybe your IT help can find a way to get better connections. Keep well and enjoy all the experiences (alhough some may come along that aren't so great. (We've had African experience)
    Love Dad (Grandpa)

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  6. Hey, glad to see you made it! Your pic of the snow got me thinking "I wonder how far it is to the nearest ice area." As far as google can tell me it 4,330 km away in Johannesburg, South Africa! Only 7 countries away! We look forward to more posts about what you've been up to.... (A short bio/post of why you are in Uganda might be helpful to casual visitor to your blog)
    Love from the Colorado Mortons, Uncle Drew

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  7. For all the complaints of sporadic power and poor connections we are getting your messages loud and clear. Will watch with interest.Uncle Arie

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