I actually have gotten on the computer within 5 min...the connection here is lousey and when you have 3 people waiting it's even hard to think. There isn't enough power to send my pictures and I am sorry about that. The things I have been seeing and experiencing have been so incredible.
Here is something I haven't told you. We saw about 700 people total in the 3 days we were in the tiny villages. The first outreach was held in the center of the TINY village. One shop where you could buy a warm coke, posho, beans and peanuts. It was the size of a TINY bedroom.
I will tell you the warm coke was great and the peanuts too.
We had a very old woman and man drunk and raising a big rukus while the crowd was patiently
waiting. We had so many sick babies. Adult with terrible illnesses that they have had for years.
The third day we traveled ( I rode on top of the big jeep holding onto the luggage rack) to a village and saw the people in the school. The windows have bars on them and we had kids watching us all day long. We went outside and played with the kids. I gave out stickers to those who could name the item in English! They are tested in english but have NO ENGLISH school books....actually no SCHOOL BOOKS at all. They were the poorest of the poor.
Ok...so, now that I am in Kasana I have been looking around thinking and wondering if I might
find a place to spend more time. I would love to come back for 3 months if I can be used in the remote places and know that I am really making a difference.
Tonight we all split up and went to a different family unit to visit. It was loads of fun as they taught us some games and we taught them a couple songs and games as well. Lots of laughing and we all danced as the kids played the drums. The children were trying to teach us to dance with rhythm- ha ha
One of the young boys had traveled with us and had been working with Dr. Steve doing the interpretting and so I was with his family. He is 18 and I keep telling him I LOVE YOU NATE
and by the time we left his whole unit was saying it and it was fun!
Tomorrow we have church and then I am walking to the village close by that has a hospital that I hear I can work in. I plan to spend a couple days there next week and also a couple days working the Roger (the onsite nurse) here at the center. Roger has escaped from the CONGO.
He has been here for 9 years. The day the killing happened in the congo he was at work in the hospital. The soldiers came in and killed all the patients, physicians etc. He climbed up into the attic and stayed there for 4 days. He is married to a wonderful young woman and has 2 little kids! I went to their home this morning and surprised his daughter with one of the cute quilts that you sent Mom! The little girl was thrilled.
Pictures will have to wait till I get home.
Mon/Tues we are off to see elephants, lions and alligators!
The rest of the week back here helping.
Oh I forgot to tell you a story.
After the 2nd day of working in the first tiny village doing the medical stuff I asked if anyone would like to walk home with me. The darling 18 yr old blonde, Kalee accepted. Now, I need to tell you. One of the men had told all that he would sell all his cows if she would come with him!
Everyone was ga ga over her.
so we take off walking and go about 50 min and realize that we are lost. We have one hour till it gets dark and know we need to get to safety. We met women and children and asked them to help us but they just smiled. Our plan is to make it back to the village and just be out of the bush so we aren't targets. I am visualizing how I will need to protect her. Who is going to go after a the old woman?
Meanwhile our team realized we are lost and find locals to help find us. A man shows up on a scooter and ah ha...he is our friend! We have to both get behind him and hold on side saddle over all the ruts and bumps. It was a hoot and I will tell you I was very grateful to him.
Today I took off with a gal I met and was late for dinner. Tomorrow I better try hard to behave.! Being here at this center is alittle confining. Lots of rules and I don't think I could stay here and not have my rebellious side stay under control!
Another young gal went with us on the medical outreach. I went to meet her Grandma and see her hut last night. I surprised her! Found my way in the dark! Her Grandmother and I had quite a talk. She asked me about my feelings of homosexuals. The government here is trying to pass a law that if someone is gay they are to be killed. Grandma Betty is horrified with that but there are many others who are not.
We have been reading together a book that I would encourage you to purchase and slowly read. It is pretty challenging. It is called CRAZY LOVE by Francis Chan. Talk about looking at what kind of christian we are....how we live our lives....
Love to All of You
Robbie Schene- I am SO SORRY about your friend. A big hug.