Getting here took longer than usual this time. My flight leaving Portland on Saturday was delayed for 2 hours, which meant I missed my connecting flight in Amsterdam. I was rebooked on a different airline and had to connect for the Uganda flight through Nairobi, Kenya so I can now add Kenya to countries I’ve been in, at least to the airport. I didn’t arrive in Uganda until today, Monday, instead of Sunday evening as originally planned. It added 14 hours to an already grueling travel schedule and then I still have the 8-hour ride across Uganda tomorrow to arrive in Kamwenge. The advantage however, of 9 hours at the Amsterdam airport Sunday was the opportunity to attend a worship service (Catholic mass) in the terminal with people from literally around the world.
I am grateful to Spencer for meeting me at the airport in Portland on Saturday, to see me off, and offer a prayer before I left. And to Sarah who baked a fresh pound cake for the journey! I am also grateful for all the prayers, notes and emails of support I have received from so many of you. THANK YOU!
I met up with Ruth and Becky (the physician’s assistant and nurse from the states) at the Uganda airport and we will see Rev. John tonight, and some of his family, and begin to plan out our work while we are here. We are staying in Entebbe (the city where the airport is located) tonight and then heading to Kamwenge tomorrow.
On reflecting on the ordeals of just getting here, I have decided to look for the joy in the journey rather than just seeing the journey as a means to an end. I will try to keep that sentiment alive as I spent my 2 weeks here serving the Kamwenge community.