a passport with a video

Over the past couple of weeks we had a team here.  The twelve of them arrived on June 23rd, with us thinking they were going to be World Race (and I was fairly excited).  As soon as they walked into church that morning, I immediately realized, with disappointment, that they weren’t racers, but on a Passport trip; Passport is a college-age mission trip.

But let me tell you, that initial disappointment was fast turned around.  The team just left early Friday morning and I was sad to see them go.

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with 7 of the 12 – Emily, Kelsey, Ashley, me and Dani – Eric, Bryce and Jace
[missing – Matt, Kristin, Claire, Katie, and Samantha]

 

This team was solid.
They jumped into whatever was asked of them.
Among other things, while here, they fixed the road [driveway] into school, taught classes, lead home-cells, did door-to-door evangelism, and helped me with time management discussions in church.

As individuals, they took time to build relationships and pour into people.
I really appreciated this.
It was so great to have 12 mzungus [white people] to hang out with.  They refreshed me.  Their excitement for being here and what is going on with the library really encouraged me.
And honestly, it was just fun to hang out and talk with them!

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with Kelsey and Emily in some pretty great hats

 

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with Katie

 

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awkward family photo with Emily, Kelsey and Dani

 

Oh, one other really cool thing from this team, a video.
They made this video, you should check it and see some of the kids from school!

 
much love!

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un-plugged

Do you remember the first time you used a computer?
Can you imagine your life without one?
What about the internet?

How much different do you think your life would be without computers or the internet?

One of my first thoughts was, I would not be writing this blog right now and you would not be reading it.  For me, being here in Uganda, communicating with people at home would look very different, no Skype, emails, or Facebook.

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some of the terms we worked on with the students

 

Chandler and I had the opportunity to teach some students at the school computers and internet.  The first thing we asked the class was how many of them had seen a computer before?  Not everyone had their hand raised.  It’s hard imagining never even having seen or used a computer.

 

Mukono, Uganda.October 2012
students gathered around Chandler, as they surf the internet

It was such an awesome opportunity for us to share something that is so common and part of everyday life for us.  We showed them a little bit of what a computer can do with storing photos, playing music, and taking a video; then we let the students see what it is like to search for something on the the internet.

I think the hardest part of that teaching experience was not some of the students’ lack of understanding, but rather knowing that this is one of the few times in life some of these students will ever use a computer.

 

much love!