Wilfred & Eunice

Wilfred & Eunice

Today we went to meet the extended family of Wilfred and Eunice Okech. They have 6 children and will be baptized soon. Baptizing a family like this is a very rare occurrence. We drove to their village to meet the families and verify their traditional marriage. It was a great experience. We drove deep into the bush, down a long foot path that was not intended for our truck. But all went well. When we prepared to leave, Wilfred’s uncle caught a big chicken and passed it into the back seat of our truck as a gift. Such a gift is a very significant sacrifice, and we expressed our...
A Gulu Week

A Gulu Week

It’s Saturday, 3 October, and I have time to post some photos and comments about our adventures in Gulu. It’s nice to sit here in my casual clothes and try to recapture all that has happened. We’re currently teaching several couples, or helping them get married. Every night this week we have collapsed into bed and slept like logs. We get so tired, but love these people and this Work so much that it is very worth it. Shopping has become a challenge. These empty shelves are inside Uchumi, the only grocery store in town. Because of internal corruption, the store is near failure. Some days they have no change and offer you a pen instead. Go figure. These shelves once had staples like bread, flour, sugar, oats, and yogurt. The bakers stand around an empty kitchen with nothing to do. The inventory must be below 25% of normal. Today we left with almost nothing. I’ve had no problem keeping my weight down. If it weren’t for our occasional trip to Kampala, we’d be in pretty bad shape. Do you like RaNae’s new look? Her sunglasses have broken a few times, and we can’t find any here in Gulu. So, I tried using this bad boys to hold the lens in place. No, she ain’t proud. We’ve been helping the branches get better organized. I made them each an organization board to write the names of those with callings. We’ve also helped with some maps. We visited the orphanage of Ayella Denis again this week, this time to introduce a local member whose family is organizing a non-profit to help such institutions...