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2022 Vacation with a Purpose

It happened again. 

Our 2020 trip -- Postponed.

Our 2021 trip -- Postponed.

We finally made it in 2022!  

Since we didn't make it in 2020 or 2021, we went ahead and had our Ugandan Partners Patrick and Eva Walusimbi build a three-room school building for Maranatha schools in Kigalama.  This included building a new kitchen and a new latrine.  Pictures below.

Our team in 2022 really enjoyed our time in Uganda.  We were able to see the children (and the teachers) return to school after almost two years of being closed.  We watched the children at Salem Christian School put on a play for us and read a poem to us.  They wrote the play and poem themselves about the pandemic and lockdown in Uganda and how it impacted them.

At each location we visited, we did crafts and put on skits for the children.  We also watched them perform for us.  What a joy we had with them all.

While at Salem Christian School, we began work on a security wall.  Where the school is located, they have issues with people coming onto the property, putting the children at risk.  They also have issues with snakes and other critters coming in from the surrounding forest.

We were only able to get a start on the wall.  While we were there, during a rainstorm, part of the wall washed out, requiring drainage changes and rebuilding.  We still need almost $15,000 to complete the wall

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Walking up to the new boy's dorm at Salem Christian School

Walking up to the new boy's dorm at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Working on the wall at Salem Christian School

Partially finished wall

Partially finished wall

John and Francis

John and Francis

Playing with kids at Salem Christian School

Playing with kids at Salem Christian School

Children

Children

Children

Children

Classroom

Classroom

Hanging out with royalty

Hanging out with royalty

Showing off the craft crowns

Showing off the craft crowns

The students at Salem Christian School wrote and performed a play for us depicting what life was like during the pandemic

The students also wrote and read a poem for us

The students also wrote and read a poem for us

Outside where they performed for us

Outside where they performed for us

Our group worshipping the Lord

Our group worshipping the Lord

When Andy sees a termite hill, he must investigate

When Andy sees a termite hill, he must investigate

And when Dave sees a dog, he must investigate

And when Dave sees a dog, he must investigate

Craft time

Craft time

A welcoming chalkboard

A welcoming chalkboard

More play with more kids

More play with more kids

Preparing for a team picture

Preparing for a team picture

We enjoyed a volleyball match with the secondary students at Maranatha

We enjoyed a volleyball match with the secondary students at Maranatha

And when Jane sees a baby, she must hold itne

And when Jane sees a baby, she must hold itne

Some dancing was done

Some dancing was done

And some praying was done

And some praying was done

A vocational student learning to sew

A vocational student learning to sew

Another vocational student learning hairdressing

Another vocational student learning hairdressing

A vocational student holds her child

A vocational student holds her child

This is Ruth and her children who are supported by TIM

This is Ruth and her children who are supported by TIM

A Hoffman Home student playing guitar

A Hoffman Home student playing guitar

Team lunchtime

Team lunchtime

Some people just attract the children

Some people just attract the children

Always holding a little one (but not her phone)

Always holding a little one (but not her phone)

Sponsor family and their sponsored student

Sponsor family and their sponsored student

We performed skits for them.  This is Goliath

We performed skits for them. This is Goliath

What is everyone taking a picture of?

What is everyone taking a picture of?

This is what they were taking pictures of. Right outside out hotel in Jinja

This is what they were taking pictures of. Right outside out hotel in Jinja

This is our hotel building in Jinja.  That guy went right down into the courtyard.

This is our hotel building in Jinja. That guy went right down into the courtyard.

Some pictures from our safari

Some pictures from our safari

A warthog. I was told they bend their knees that way because they don't have necks that can reach the food on the ground. I still say it looks like they are praying before dinner.

This is Solomon, son of Patrick & Eva Walusimbi. He runs the tour company that drove us around.

This is Solomon, son of Patrick & Eva Walusimbi. He runs the tour company that drove us around.

This is Murchison Falls on the Nile river

This is Murchison Falls on the Nile river

Maggie our Ugandan Coordinator and Dave

Maggie our Ugandan Coordinator and Dave

Baby Hippo

Baby Hippo

Storks

Storks

What a great team!

What a great team!