On Sunday afternoon we were able to walk to the village where our sponsor child and his family live. We had visited his home last year so we were more prepared for the sights we encountered along the way. During the last election campaign the government widened the small track that we had travelled last year to Sam's house into a dirt road. (Politicians seem pretty predictable everywhere!) Although the road now allows for easier travel it was rather disturbing to see how it had been cut through stands of banana trees. With inflation at 14% and many food prices rising these rural Ugandans depend on the ability to grow their own food and so it was sad to see gardens and trees cleared in order to put this road through.
Sam lives with his mother, grandmother, aunt and eight siblings and cousins (it's difficult to be accurate because other family members come and go). Last year they lived in a thatched mud round house. Through the church at New Hope and some other help they now have a brick house with a sheet metal roof that provides them with more protection from the torrential rains which fall here. They are thrilled with this new house and welcomed us with joy into it. One of the girls from the David family came along to translate and we had a wonderful time sharing news and watching the excitement as we gave small gifts to them. We were treated to milky tea with about 3 tablespoons of sugar each and slices of bread. Such generosity when they have so little is truly humbling. Their final gift to us was a chicken caught and presented to David as a gesture of great thankfulness. As David began to pray before we left, the chicken sensing its doom didn't wait beyond the opening words "Heavenly Father . . ." to flee squawking from David's arms. Needless to say we all burst into laughter! The chicken was caught again and given to Keera our translator for safe keeping. We were so happy to have this time with Sam and his family again. Their trust and dependence on God is so evident. They have much to teach us.