Just the other day I was telling someone how much I enjoyed living in the city. All the diverse people that we have had the privilege to get to know has been a joy for our family. The Netherlands, China, India, UK, and USA to name a few. People from all over the world visit Uganda for one reason or another, and we have the unique opportunity to share the gospel of the Kingdom with them-- it’s amazing.
As much as I enjoy being in the city, we recently got away to Western Uganda for a couple of days for an exploratory tour of some organic, fair-trade coffee businesses and farms. It was fantastic! So clarifying for the mind, and refreshing for the soul to breath in the fresh country air. Simply watching the cows graze in the green splendor of the Rwenzori Mountains had a calming effect. Our drive down from Kampala was around six hours, and I could not even tell you how many giant termite hills I saw gazing out the car window. The reds, purples, and yellows of the flowers in the trees was beautiful. Watching the women going about their work in their brightly colored head scarves and kitenges was equally beautiful. Many of the villages we drove through, it was obvious that the people did not have much, but Jesus' words continue to ring true.
"Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" Matthew 6:30
Recently, we had a family move back to the States after being in Kampala for about seven months. It was certainly a very challenging time for us both collectively as a body, and individually. Agonizing prayer, fasting, and a heavy search of the Word of God consumed much of our time and we ultimately had to part ways. We love our friends dearly, and were saddened to see them go. These peaks and valleys of the Christian walk I have come to know well, especially over the past few years. It has been amazing though, the peace and strength that the Father has showered down on us. Peace, direction, unity, and a renewed vigor for all the work that needs to be done here.
Progress on the coffee shop and book store is going well, but this past week we did hit a few bumps in the road regarding building permits. That did not take away from the excitement that we all share for this unique outreach opportunity. Our trip down to Western Uganda was a total dream come true, it was inspiring to see the love and care the farmers put into their work. To be able to support that effort in a fair and safe way, even on a small scale, is exciting. We spent a lot of time in the car driving, and ended up bringing Boaz and Hadassah with us. Wanda watched all the children for us, and we wanted to lighten the load a little. It was good for Boaz to get out of his comfort zone, he is definitely our homebody. And Hadassah loved running around everywhere we went, she is quite the adventurer.
We hiked the Rwenzori Mountains to meet some fair-trade farmers and see their organic Arabica coffee fields.
We drove through the savanna and saw wild elephants, wort hogs, gazelles, zebras, and even a hippo running close to road!
|The Rift Valley, our view from the car.|
We visited a fair-trade coffee company, that collects the beans from the farmers, sorts and cleans them before they are exported. It was there that we had a delicious freshly roasted Robusta with nothing but a small spoonful of fresh honey it. Truly one of the best cups of coffee I have ever had. http://www.acpcultd.com/
|Charlton in a field of coffee!|
It was hard to choose which pictures to post, but I think these capture our trip pretty well.
Much love from this side of the world.
Because of Jesus,