Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Chain Foundation in Mukono, Uganda

We arrived at Entebbe Airport around 7:30 am, where Matthew and his son Alex (who always drive the Epiphany mission teams), met us to drive through Entebbe, Kampala, and on to Mukono, where The Chain Foundation for Blind and Sighted Children is located. I was able to meet our godson whom we sponsor, John Mbakulo (below). Bill had met him two years ago and John was so happy to see Bill; they hugged each other for a very long time!

The children gathered together to sing, dance, and drum, welcoming us to their home! Our Epiphany Mission Team had already been at Chain for a week working with children, checking teeth and educating them about dental health, painting the new pottery building and setting windows in the new teachers' quarters.

One day the team handed out over 100 dresses that our church, Epiphany, had made the girls through The Dress-a-Girl Organization. Here you see one of the girls wearing a beautiful blue dress. We were told that they were so excited to receive them
They need more dresses, especially for the taller, larger girls! And, don't worry, the boys were not forgotten!

This little boy was one of the song leaders. They are all so precious!

Everyone was given a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a small toy.

We toured the grounds next, and here Chris and Marissa are getting a pottery lesson from Ben, the school's new pottery instructor.
Ben is an excellent teacher and artist. The children have made some beautiful pieces!

That evening we retired at the Coline Hotel in Mukono, where the team is staying as well. My first night with a mosquito net!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

London (for too short a time)

My niece, Becca, who recently moved to England with her husband Chuck,
met us at Heathrow airport, and we drove to her new home in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

We toured her new home and, of course, ended up visiting in the kitchen. It was also great to see their 3 boxers, Dizzy, Harrison, & Fievel.
After a bit, we took a walking tour of Marlow where we saw All Saints Church, built in 1830.

Alex relaxing by the Thames River.

We lunched at The Two Brewers Pub.

Bill & I enjoyed a pint of one the local brews, Rebellion IPA.
We both think that while the British invented IPA, American craft brewers have perfected it! 😊

We spent the rest of the afternoon napping, until we had to return to Heathrow for the second leg of our journey to Entebbe, Uganda. Alex remained in Marlow to explore London, and then to spend a week in Amsterdam, Paris, & Berlin. We will meet up with him later.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sabbatical Part Two

James kindly drove us to the airport to see us off on the next portion of our sabbatical. We left for London on July 8th and arrived at 8 am on the 9th.

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