Saturday, May 21, 2011

Our First Days in Uganda

Sorry that we've been so quiet these last weeks. As you can imagine, it has been quite a whirlwind since we arrived in Colorado at the end of March. After two weeks of language acquisition training, three weeks of other preparatory training, and two weeks of packing and making final arrangements, we have finally arrived in Uganda.

We left the States on Sunday night, May 15th, spent a day in London on layover, and arrived around 7:30a Tuesday morning. From there we drove from the airport in Entebbe to Kampala where we are staying with my brother-in-law and sister, Josh and Kelly Hallahan, before we head up to Arua late next week. That first day we fought off Jet lag and tried to unpack a bit and feel settled for the two weeks we are here.

Wednesday the ladies (Meg and Kelly) went with one of the other missionaries here to see what some of the stores here in Kampala have to offer and begin to learn the cost of living here; including how to quickly convert the currency in your head to have a better comparison of the expenses. With the exchange rate hovering somewhere just south of 1 USDollar = 2,400 USHilling, you can imagine this is no simple feat. If you brought $500 to Uganda you'd be a millionaire!

After they returned I (Scott) had a chance to take the Land Cruiser out on the roads for the first time. It was quite the experience. Check out some more in this video:

The rest of the week has consisted of more opportunities to get to know the culture like more shopping, going car shopping with Josh and some other missionaries, and just living here. We're adjusting to the time difference (7 hours when the US is on DST, 8 hours otherwise), getting used to the Ugandan versions of things we use in daily life (did you know milk comes in a bag?), and being oriented to the way Uganda works and they way our field operates.

As you can see, we're in the midst of huge amounts of transition and a lot more is coming when we move out of the big city and up to Arua. Would you pray for us in the midst of the newness that comes with each day? As you can see above, the boys are enjoying it, but that doesn't mean it isn't hard at times. Would you pray specifically for them and for Meg and I as we try to parent them through this? Finally, would you pray that in these days of transition and preparation we would be open to what God is wanting to do in us?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

We are here!

We are in Uganda! There will be more later, and pictures I promise. We arrived on Tuesday and are just now feeling like the worst of jet lag is over. Thanks for your prayers!