Thursday, July 23, 2009
We woke up this morning with the sun rising over Lake Victoria and to the waves crashing on to the shore. If you closed your eyes, it would easy for you to imagine you were at the beach in Mexico rather than a hotel in Uganda. We enjoyed a typical African breakfast of fresh fruit, passion juice, toast, eggs, sausage and beans before we headed to Western Uganda. “The journey was long, but somehow not so long” as we pulled up to the restaurant in Fort Portal around 12:30 in the afternoon. Evie from Outreach to Africa, Bishop Eustace Kamanyire from Sunrise house were there to greet us. We had a wonderful buffet lunch of fine African cuisine – then headed down the street to visit Evie’s medical clinic. Evie, from OTA, has a wonderful medical clinic in town hiring some of the best medical staff available in the area. Oftentimes, there is a line to visit the doctor because he is such a wonderful healthcare provider. Afterwards, we immediately went to her private boarding school the Devin Academy. Located on a beautiful prairie, Evie has recently opened up a boarding school. Surround by colorful murals and posters, this school is a happy encouraging place to learn. Later, we met up with James, the Bishop’s son at the Sunrise House. Bishop Kamanyire and James run the Sunrise House, another project of Hope 4 Kids. Fifty orphans live at the Sunrise House where their basic needs are met and where they are afforded the opportunity to go to school. They sang and danced for us and enjoyed visiting with the team members. The team also had an opportunity to visit James’ farm just minutes away down the road. He has the most magnificent farm most of us has ever seen!