We're home... those of us not travelling on arrived into Vancouver at 2:07 to warm faces, warm hugs, warm air and the familiar smell of home.
I have a few remaining things that I want to post about before all is said and done. I went to visit several families who were affected by AIDS. It had been my hope to do a photo essay and a writeup with one of them, but it didn't materialize because of the needs for the team. I did manage to get their portraits.
Here's a couple shots by Pia Antturi from Care & Compassion. Pia was my faithful assistant in all things photo & video. She's a sharp young photographer with a lot of potential, and was a huge help to me on the trip. Thanks Pia!
I couldn't possibly post about every experience, but I want to post a few pics from the Preschool and visiting the deaf schools. The Preschool is run by Juliet Masembe. It provides basic education and a lunch for 90 children. Each day a sub-team would play with the kids, sing songs, and teach them bible stories or a lesson. They even got to visit the zoo!
Mari, Doug, Nigel and a few others were able to visit two different schools for the deaf in our area. I went along on one trip... it was a surreal experience to see so many people communicating with hardly a sound - a new experience for me. In Africa people with physical or mental limitations are often set aside as unvaluable. And as with so many others they have a great deal of physical needs. It was powerful to see Mari interact with the kids... she was really in her element. And it was great to be with them, play with them, and love on them - our way of saying they are valuable people in God's eyes.
Our last day I took some shots with the kids at the children's home, which was newly christened Kukiriza House.
Thanks everyone for travelling with us through this website. While we were still in Mpigi, I would download the blog and your comments and share them with the team. I think it was a big encouragement for people to see that their journey was being avidly followed by so many back home.
And that's it! In the last few days I heard many expressed longings for things like a hot shower and a familiar bed. We're home, back to a world of running water, personal vehicles, privacy, family & friends, relative wealth... and changed hearts. Returning from a trip like this comes with a responsibility that will be measured over the course of a lifetime. Pray that the Holy Spirit would complete the good work he has begun on this trip.
To sign off, a pic (one of only a couple) of yours truly.
P.S. I'll post more about getting ahold of pictures & video, likely next week.