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A bartering experience

UGANDA | Wednesday, 19 October 2016 | Views [261]

Yesterday morning was a whirlwind. Immediately after breakfast Papa Isaac announced we would go in to Jinja that day to buy the food I needed for the 51 people. After getting money for the transaction I prepared myself for the hectic market with everyone trying to sell you his or her goods. Instead we parked on the street then sat in the car, a man appeared and climbed into the passenger seat, I was then told to conduct my business. I was so humored, I have never been part of a drug deal but this felt exactly how I imagined one would be. After we exchanged the money the man got out and went his way and we drove away, with the three of us m’zungo’s in the backseat looking at each other in bewilderment of what just occurred. We then went to a different street to sit and wait for another man to appear and jump in the car so that Morgan could buy shoes for all the children. After contemplating the sketchy, humorous experience I was so appreciative that we did not have to deal with the market chaos and instead got a comical experience to laugh about. Afterwards we were let out to have a little exploration time.


Our plan was to get some lunch and then go see the source of the Nile. We were pleasantly surprised when we ran into a local whom we knew. To our luck he was a professional tour guide. He took it upon himself to give us a little help at the source of the Nile free of charge. He helped us barter our way in and gave us a little education as we explored. I am excited for Morgan and Leah since this gentleman, Godfrey, will help them on a safari to see the gorilla’s this November!


Upon our return to the center, I walked into the dinning area of Papa Isaac’s house where the huge delivery of the food I had bought was located. My heart was dancing with joy! There is so much food that will bring some comfort to the sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor with some food left over for the children here at the orphanage. My flame that was lit and driving me to feed others exploded, so many ideas came crashing into my heart. My next task will be to provide funds to the Canaan school. This will go towards the children who cannot afford to pay for lunch; I will ensure the have lunch for however many terms I can afford. These children whose parents can only provide the school fees but cannot offer the lunch fees go hungry until dinnertime. Could you imagine being a child and having to stay focused on schoolwork while your stomach is grumbling with hunger? I have never had to experience that so I could not imagine how difficult that may be. There is hunger and poverty everywhere; my prayer is that I can reach a multitude of people. During my time in America I would like to help those children on our soil who are hungry, sick and neglected. There is so much work to do!


Whatever you give to those in need you get back ten fold


Gypsy RN

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