Monday, August 11, 2008

Papa John's in Uganda

So, last night I was a the supermarket in the taxi park and as I was checking out I noticed one of the workers was wearing a Papa John's T-shirt. It's amazing. That shirt may have been worn by a teenage employee of a Papa John's in Little Rock, Arkansas and when that teenager decided to quit the job and give the shirt away like trash who knew that it would end up on the other side of the world in Uganda as a shirt that someone would be wearing as an every day shirt, not even as a uniform. I think it's interesting how big the world is and yet how small it is.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Rain and Work Permit

OK, so I thought I was leaving cold weather behind when I left the US. But, apparently I have brought cool weather with me. It has rained more in Uganda than I have ever seen it rain. I have had to wear a jacket more in the last two months than I did in all of the previous years. All this cold weather means that the cold/cough that came with me from the states has persistently hung on. Oh well. Guess it will eventually get to the dry season and then I'll be complaining of the heat and of the dust.
On another note, I turned in everything I needed today for my work permit. This is a time of anxiety for me. Every year when I turn in the application, I have nightmares of it being denied and then try to figure out what will be next for me. I'm trying not to think too much about it this time but it's still there in the back of my mind. Oh and to help my cough and in order to completely get everything turned in for the application, I had to climb up and down 11 flights of stairs today. This was quite an accomplishment considering that the cold/cough has aggravated my asthma. How I missed elevators today!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Hopelessness That Kills

What can make a mother kill her children. On Thursday, we got the tragic news that one of the women in the slum where I am working killed her 4 children and then tried to kill herself. It was heartbreaking. This was a Muslim family and many of us in our Bible study asked ourselves if we are really doing enough to reach out to those around us. It breaks my heart. As the Bible study continues to grow, there are still thousands more around us who are living in desperation and living in a desperate situation without knowing the love of Christ. Please pray with us as we continue to reach out to this community.