Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Little Bit About Everything!

Hey Everyone!

As always, sorry it has take me so long to update. I don’t know where the time goes! I have such good intentions, but one day I look up and it has been weeks (ok months) since my last update. So with no further delay :)

There has been a lot happening up here in Kitgum, Uganda. Sorry about the lack of pictures included here in this update. I haven’t been taking many, but I will get those camera batteries charged and get some posted soon!

Things at the farm have slowed in the building department, since it is planting season. Everything is done by hand and let me say that I am amazed at how quickly the people here can clear land, hoe it by hand and get everything ready. With the various farms that the McCourtney’s are a part of they have planted all sorts of things. We have been enjoying Casava which is AWESOME fried! I have even learned how to clean it, peel it, cut it and fry it :) The things you learn right.

The well that is being hand dug at the farm here in Kitgum is getting so deep! We were told that the water table is between 80 and 100 feet, and they just hit 80 feet a few days ago (and I repeat HAND DUG... WOW!). They recently hit wet sand so we are praying that means water is near. The people’s source of water here is mostly bore holes which have all been breaking because of the high demand. Having our own bore hole will be really good for the compound where we will be living once the huts are built. I can’t wait to move out there but it is God’s timing and not mine :)
Summer and I recently took a trip to Kampala to have pages added to our passports. It was the first time either of us had ever taken  public transportation. Let me say, there were a few moments in that bus when I was seriously wondering if I was going to be seeing Jesus a little sooner than I had planned :) All in all though, we were blessed with a safe trip there and back, Praise the Lord. Our trip was a lot of fun, but after two das of the craziness of that city, I was totally ready to return to the peace and quiet of our little town in Northern Uganda. It reminded me I am definitely NOT a city girl!

Emma (who you remember from previous blogs) returned to his family out in the village. It was hard to see him go, but his father was ready for him to return. We were a little worried that he would not make the adjustment back to village life with his family but we were pleasantly surprised. Although I wasn’t able to go with him, Summer told me that she was so blessed by his homecoming. His entire family came to see his return and she said that he was laughing and playing and that she really got the sense that he felt he was home. There is a woman in the village that will be checking on him every few weeks to make sure that he continues to do well and doesn’t start to regress back to the malnourished state that he was in when we previously took him in. As always, he is in my prayers, and if you feel so led in yours :)

Eden who is the newest addition to the McCourtney family has been here for one month. It is amazing to see the difference. Once again, sorry for the lack of pictures :) She has gotten fat and sassy! It is neat because since we have taken her in, her oldest brother (about 15) has started to go to church out in her village. It is amazing how the Lord really uses these children to reach the rest of their families.

All in all, I am daily blessed by the Lord’s provision for me here, and blessed by the fact that I am living here in Uganda! Too cool :) Hope you are all doing well.

In Christ
Bri :)