Christmas in Uganda was so special. I got to forgo the snow and freezing temperatures, I spent time with many dearly loved people and I surprised two young girls. I'd like to introduce you to two members of my Ugandan family, Jamila and Gertrude. These girls come from families that can't afford to pay for … Continue reading The Christmas Splash
Early on in 2017, I decided I wanted to run a marathon. In Africa. In Uganda. So I started my marathon training. Every week I had to do one long run to slowly reach the marathon distance. Each week I would run a little further. On these long runs I'd run through the villages, which … Continue reading Ryan and the Marathon
“Now, my question is, who watched the sheep while Moses went up to the burning bush?!” My student Moses said. My co-teacher and I exchanged glances and started chuckling. Leave it to Moses’ to bring up something that we had seen as inconsequential. Moses is one of my students going through the Ambassador Institute training. … Continue reading The Man, The Myth, The Legend
“Is that the mountain?” Kate said as she stared out the YY bus window. “Where?” we all asked in unison. “There! That dark cloud in the horizon,” she said as she pointed. “Woah.” There it was, Mount Elgon, a massive shield volcano dividing Uganda and Kenya. We stayed at LaCam Lodge, which has U.K. owners … Continue reading Volcanoes and Temptations
“Where are you?” I said on my cell phone. My friend replied, “Oh, sorry, I decided not to go because I heard they were going to tear gas the market.” Cool. I was standing in the middle of Jinja’s central market. I instantly jumped into action and sped away. I didn’t particularly want to be … Continue reading Tear Gas and Government Control
“This valley is called Kaitabawala,” Momma Nissi said solemnly as she stared out the window of the matatu. “What does that mean?” I asked. “It means ‘the place that kills girls,’” she replied. “Girls from the village would walk through this valley to get to Jinja for school or work. Some of them … Continue reading The Place That Kills Girls
Wow! My time here has flown by. Thanks again to everyone that has prayed for me, thought of me and financially supported me. You are the body of Christ and without you I could not be where I am today. Thank you. I apologize for not posting more pictures up to now. There is something … Continue reading Routines, Refrigerators and Rafting the Nile Oh My!