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Reisverslag Merry Christmas!
27 december 2016
Everyone had a rest day on Saturday, Christmas Eve, to prepare for Christmas, process all that had happened in the unreached tribes, and renew our energy for a new week of ministry. We all relaxed in the morning and lazed around, with a new found appreciation for the proper flushing toilets we have here. In the afternoon most of the team went into town to pick up a few things for the Secret Santa we were doing as a team (a kind of gift exchange) so we had some shopping to do for that. Most of us were also able to use Wifi and skype with our families for Christmas Eve and give them an update and do our best to celebrate Christmas as we’re all on separate continents. We also got to meet Mr. Goat that day, who we found out would be the main dish for our wonderful Christmas meal, much to the girls’ horror. It was a pretty uneventful day and this is probably the shortest paragraph you will ever read for a day so be thankful!
Moving on to Christmas, it did not feel like Christmas at all. It was around 30 degrees, as always and just didn’t have the festive cheer that we had back home. The boys woke up to the sound of shrieking girls screaming and went out back to discover that Mr. Goat was no longer with us. We got to watch Mr. Goat lose all of his skin, his innards, and even his poor little head. That was quite the event to wake up to, not a traditional start to the Christmas morning we are used to. After seeing a slaughtered goat we all obviously had a huge appetite so we made a nice little breakfast together. We had pancakes, some fresh mangoes, pineapple, and bananas, and some fried eggs. Het was heel erg lekker! It was super delicious! We then had some time to settle our bellies and had a nice little devotional time with the team to sing some Christmas Carols, read the Christmas story, and have a short little message given by Josh to help remind us why we celebrate Christmas. After our nice little devotional time it was time to enjoy all that Mr. Goat had to offer. We had an amazing lunch with the base and their families and goat for christmas isn’t all that bad if any of you want to keep that in mind for next year! After lunch we had some cake and went out on the street in front of the base to hand out hand-written encouragement notes and bars of soap to bless people on Christmas. It felt really special to be a blessing to these people and so many of them were so appreciative and welcomed prayer when we asked. These people didn’t celebrate Christmas very much, and even though most of them were Christians, it still felt really good to go out and bless people and just encourage them in their faith and have some nice conversations. We then had round 2 of Mr. Goat, this time with goat kebabs which actually were DELICIOUS! They were super nice! And then we finished off the evening by just taking time with the team to play some funny games, have some laughs and give each other the gifts we all got each other. Baby Steven got a little baby bottle being the youngest member of the team, and to John’s delight, he got his own silicone teat so that he doesn’t have to feel left out during the breastfeeding in the women’s ministries any longer and not have to miss out on all the fun! Hahaha it was a good time and we all went to bed super tired and content with having a wonderful Uganadan Christmas. Also, a big thank you to Josh who has the special events responsibilities down here and arranged everything for Christmas and made the most out of the situation down here. Thanks Josh!
That brings us to Moday. We went in the morning to the rock which overlooks Soroti and had a time of intercession and prayer for the city. It was so insane to go up there and see the views all around. It’s this random rock which stands 100m or so above the city, and surrounding it on all sides is just flat, barren landscape. You can see all the way to the far corners of Uganda and it was such a beautiful spot to get a full view of the whole city and pray for it. It was pretty special that we had the opportunity to head up there as the city’s main water supply lays up there and usually you need special permissions from the government to go up. Since it was the day after Christmas the offices were closed and we could bypass the governement and just call the local guard who was on-site and he gave us the OK to head up. We also heard that this was the one place in Soroti where you could get a glimpse of more traditional “African” animals, monkeys! Just as we were about to head down the rock we all got to see 2 monkeys running across in the distance. Unfortunately we have no photographic evidence for you as they are fast little things and they were too far away for the camera, so you’ll just have to take our word on it. We had a good time bonding with the team by having a nice little team worship time and then doing the best thing any team can do to bond together, CLEANING! We cleaned our rooms and our bathrooms for the first time since we arrived here and wow, its amazing the difference a little cleaning can do. Our brown sink actually turned out to be a nice porcelain white! It was nice and now we have a free evening to get ready for the next few days of football ministry which we will be doing in local nearby villages.
Also another quick note, John has been sick for the past few days, he hasn’t been able to eat much food, hasn’t been able to keep much food down and his condition hasn’t improved too much. He went and got a malaria test and thankfully it turned out not to be malaria but he wants to feel better so that he can be healthy and get back into the football ministry and up to full strength! Other than that the team is doing great and we are really enjoying our time here in Soroti. Continue to pray for unity and health for all of the team members and that we can have more opportunities to reach out to encourage and share God’s word with people. Love you guys! See you later!
P.S. You guys can still send mail to Heidebeek at Mussenkampseweg 32, 8181 PK, Heerde, until January 7th. It will then be hand delivered by the pastoral visit and received later in February.
27 december 2016 18:18 | Door: jack ooms
Hebben al in de gaten gekregen dat zowat de hele geit wordt opgediend (weliswaar in kleine delen). Hahahaha, maar alles was denk ik toch wel smakelijk.