We are staying in a little hotel in Gulu.  I guess it is more like a bed and breakfast, because they serve breakfast every morning.  It is always eggs and toast, but you can choose how you want your eggs cooked.  We both really like scrambled eggs with chile.  They don’t have pepper here, but they have a hot sauce they call chile that’s really good.  Every morning we are pleased to visit with a man who is staying here.  He is Ugandan, but lives in the UK.  Actually he is quite famous here.  He is a former Olympic athlete and has done many things for his community here in Gulu.  Who knew we’d meet someone famous in Gulu?!

Yesterday morning we had a very busy day – again!  I was privledged to be included in a group outing to the hospital to visit the head teacher at the school.  He broke his leg a couple weeks ago.  The hospital was really different than what we’d see in the US.  I felt like I’d stepped into a foreign film.  Reminded me of something you’d see in the 30s or 40s.  But I was told that this was the best hospital in the region and possibly even in the country.  The thing with African hospitals is that the nurses and doctors only treat the ailment.  They do not change sheets, give baths or feed the patients.  Families are responsible for taking care of these duties for the patients.  So when we entered the hospital, in the middle there is a large courtyard and there are people reclined on bamboo mats on the gound.  They have all of their belongings with them – jerry cans, plastic tubs, clothes, ect. . .   It’s kind of like they are camping at the hospital.   I wasn’t allowed to take pictures, but I’ll certainly remember that experience.

I also got to go shopping at the big market with Candis.  Now that was an experience too!  The big market is kind of like what we’d call a flea  arket / farmers market.  It’s where you shop for your fruit and vegetables, meat, clothes, hardware etc.  And they expect you to bargain (pronounced “bar-gane”)  I hate “bar-gane ing” but it is expected.  Candis was pretty good at it.   So she made us a fantastic dinner with the veggies she bought and we called it a day.  I know it doesn’t sound like we did very much, but it is just so hard to describe how difficult these things are in Gulu.  The roads alone make a trip to the market or the hospital an exhausting experience.  Imagine if you had to go 4bying everytime you went to the store – there and back.  And everyday when you went to work and everytime you had to get gas.  It’s crazy!!

It’s been really cool getting to experience the missionaries everyday lives.  It really makes us appreciate how hard they work and all that they have given up to serve the Lord and to serve these people in Gulu.  I’ve never known such love!  They are truly amazing people and I am so incredibly honored and humbled to know them.

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