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Africa Inland Mission
June 21, 2013 1:47 pm

Friends and Family,

We have been at our home here in Uganda for about two and a half days now. For those of you with a bent for geography; we are in the District of Mukono, outside of the city of Mukono, in an area called Kabembe. So if you look at a map of Uganda and drift east from Kampala, you might just see the tops of our heads! We are situated on the tallest hill for several miles. The porch of our house overlooks a wide valley dotted with little homes and lush vegetation. The center itself is composed of a medical/office wing and a dormitory wing these are connected to a large open air school room.

Our work starts around 9:30 with a break for Chai at 10:30. Chai time actually mixes breakfast and tea time into one awesome break time. We get tea, and some kind of tasty creation. So far we have had Samosas, Chapatis, ground nuts, and cassava. We then have lunch at 2:00. Lunch, for Ugandans, is usually the largest meal of the day. Our lunches have consisted of a large starch (Matoke: which is a variety of banana that tastes like potatoes), beans, sweet potatoes (which are a clearish green), bone in beef with broth, and of course rice. It has all been fantastic.

The children that we work with are from all over Uganda. Most speak Luganda, but many do not. So we are busily brushing up on our Luganda. O-Lee-O-Tee-a = How are you? Guan-ee = what is your name? En-zay = My name is. Nya Nya = tomato. So as you can see our communication is limited and a little eclectic. We do know a few more phrases and we are working on the rest of it. The kids have started to come out of their shells and we have started playing Futbol (= soccer) in the evenings. It is beyond impressive to see a kid run around with a fixator on their leg; it’s also a little scary.

Many of the children we see have chronic osteomyelitis or post injection paralysis which results from Quinine injections (for malaria) that nick the sciatic nerve. These children all have some difficulty with mobility, but all of them move quicker than you would believe. Some of the other children have abscess or other open wounds.

Unfortunately, I do not have much to offer these children in the way of direct medical care. But tomorrow, another member of our team and I will travel to a nearby village with the community interaction worker! I am pretty pumped! We are getting into the swing of things here.

Please pray for our team as we all get used to a new place, with new people. God is great and is clearly already here. Praise his name.

-A.B.

To all,

Aaron covered most of the basics. But for the more nursing focused thing: Today, myself and the other nursing students had the opportunity to actually do the dressing changes on the children. It has been good to learn how nurse Betty treats these children. It seems that keeping it clean and free from infection is the main focus. We have seen many cases of osteomyelitis, relapses, stitches, abscesses, and a few deep wounds. Betty makes her own normal saline, rolls her own cotton balls, and sterilizes all the equipment. She surely uses all of the resources available to her.

A few of us learned how to use a sewing machine from James today. They make all of their own clothes, sheets, and curtains! Tonight, we were able to actually attempt speaking more Lugandan with some mothers and their children. One of them, Rachel, braided my hair while we encouraged others to sing songs for us! It was a time full of laughter =) These children are precious and loving. We have begun to really become attached!

Please pray for us in the coming weeks as we will need the energy, strength, and commitment to these sweet children of God. Also, to stay mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually satisfied in Christ.  Praise God for the staff that is here- they are patient with us and truly care about us. To Him be the Glory. May we die to ourselves so that HE may live in us.

-E.B.

Akello and Emmy

Akello and Emmy

One Response to “Yeva-Zee-Way”

  1. Kristin Swartz-Schult Says:

    I’m so excited for you guys! I pray all continues to go well. 🙂

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