Thursday, October 30, 2014


Last time I try to help a rabbit!  And to think I was starting to feel sorry for them since they are destined to be good!  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


This is Muwayo. This is the village closest to the VOE. We come here to pick up small items like fruit or vegetables. Today we are here because I forgot to order tomatoes for the resident meals. 

The green hut is a phone and radio repair shop.  On its left us a vegetable stand. On the right you can buy sand or rocks for construction. 

The small stand on the right is selling dried sardines.  The VOE is about two miles down this road. 

There are pedestrians, bikes, motorcycles and trucks. You really have to watch when backing up!  

The yellow building has several walk-in closet size stores selling anything from dry goods to eggs to soap. You can also buy a cold soda here if the power has been on for a few hours. To the left of the building is an alleyway that gas severalore veggetable stands. We buy our stuff there because the ones on the road are more expensive (location?)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bugiri outing

Robin and I rode to Bugiri to pick up some meds for one of our residents. Bugiri is about 30 minutes away from the VOE. We went to the district hospital there. 

We waited about an hour, sitting on these cement benches. Everyone that passes stopped to say hello. We were the only two white people for kilometers!  

We noticed a sign, "ART Dispensary". There were probably 50 people waiting for their meds from this desk. We asked one if the workers, it was for HIV/AIDS meds. 

Finally we got our meds, after several ore greetings. 

Then we asked Joy, the nurse that helped us to recommend a restaurant for lunch. She looks at us and says, "For you people?"  
"Yes. "
"Ok, you can go to Gilgal Guest house". 
I am thinking, did she just say Gilmore Girls?!?

Nope, Gilgal. 

We both ordered rice, chips and fried beef.  It was great!  

I then decided to see about taking a  tour to see if it would be a possibility for team. They have nice rooms, wifi, a gym and a sauna( to be honest, a sauna is the LAST thing I would want). But overall it is nice, clean. 

Then we took the long way home. A beautiful drive. 

Sightings this morning

Hyena track

The clouds look like mountains in the distance. I first thought it was Mt. Elgon. 

I love it when the sun first pops up over the horizon!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Eve came to church today!

I told the story of Adam and Eve today in church. I did a monologue of Eve. The kids were listening good considering there were about 300!

I know, I know, the costume is not quite right, but I didn't have time to slaughter an animal to make a tunic from animal skins. Next time. 

Joyce Matthews(no relation) from Alaska made her debut appearance as "The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil". It was a riveting performance.  

Next week I am teaching on the first murder. Not sure what to do yet . . . 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014


Today has been a humbling day for me.  We have two new residents here at the Village of Eden.

Margaret and Janet.


 Janet is 14 years old and lives with her mother


Margaret is 9 years old and lives with her grandmother.

They are not sisters, we met both of them during our Medical Clinic we held a few weeks ago.  Both of them are sick and their families cannot care for them properly.  So, God has led us to move them here to the Village of Eden.  Even as I write this, I am getting teary eyed - their faces - so scared, so small - I can't imagine what they are thinking.

We showed them the room that they will be sharing.  Neither girl had ever slept on a bed!  I showed them their dresser where they can store their things - they each only came with one other outfit - all their possessions. [humbling]

Janet on her first bed


We fed them lunch because neither they nor their mother or grandmother had eaten today. [humbling]

Then I let them choose 3 dresses from our supply that churches send.  We found 4 different dresses that fit Margaret and I asked her to choose 3.  She was so overwhelmed at the idea of being able to choose!  She just stood and stared and when she finally made her choice, she barely moved her hand to point at the dress. [humbling]

Janet and Margaret in their new dresses!
When Janet's mother saw that she was getting  3 dresses, she took the clothes that Janet had worn over here away from her.   The mother is going to take them back home for another child to use. [humbling]

Tomorrow they will start school here - neither child has been atteding school regularly due to their illnesses.  Janet, who is 14 cannot read and is in 1st grade. [humbling]

Please pray for both of these girls.  They are going to be experiencing so many new things over the course of the next few weeks and months.  Pray that they first feel loved and accepted here.  Pray that they come to know the Lord as their personal Savior.  Pray that Helping Hands can help them to grow and be as healthy as possible.

If only this were true!

I was trying to check my email and got this message!

If only this were true! 
 It should actually say, "it is cloudy outside so the Internet is not working. You actually have 20 new messages. "

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Me, doing something

I am sure you all think, "Jessica talks about all these things they are doing, but we never see any pictures of HER."  Well, the problem is that I am always running around working or I am the one taking the pictures.  But, a friend sent me few from the last medical clinic.  I am cleaning a boys toe where the toenail was missing - not sure why.