Visit by Family

Visit by Family

It was such a delight on January 6th to welcome my brother LaRon for a visit. He stayed just 10 days, but man did we pack a lot of adventure in that time.

LaRon’s purpose in coming was to experience some missionary work with us, meet the people, see the beauties of Uganda, and go on safari. We did it all, traveling across a large section of the country. With the exception of lost luggage (happens often), power outages (even more often), and the dangerous and crazy traffic, his trip went according to plan. So come along for a photo tour of my brother’s visit. If you choose to come in person, give us some notice and we’ll try to duplicate our adventures with you.

Playing with bubble gum just for fun.

Playing with bubble gum just for fun.

A bamboo grove

A bamboo grove

One of many types of bananas grown here, this one is called Matoke. Not a favorite of ours.

One of many types of bananas grown here, this one is called Matoke. Not a favorite of ours.

Humanitarian Service

While here, LaRon wanted to help someone in need. We introduced him to a mother whose circumstances could greatly be improved with a little help. He chose to help rebuild her hut.

This is the hut with a tattered roof infested with termites.

This is the hut with a tattered roof infested with termites.

Unloading iron sheets for the new roof.

Unloading iron sheets for the new roof.

We also visited a shelter for girls named Set Her Free Foundation, where we shared a gospel message, had a prayer, sang songs and presented treats.

Sharing treats with girls at Set Her Free Foundation.

Sharing treats with girls at Set Her Free Foundation.

Safari!

We went on three safaris during LaRon’s stay; a boat safari, a land safari, and a hiking safari. We were all continually amazed at the beauties of this country. Our visit to Sipi Falls, near Mbale brought us the most picturesque and lovely country we’ve seen since being here. Even the families washing clothes in the river seemed to be overlaid with serene background music.

The beauties of Africa cannot fully be captured in a photo.

The beauties of Africa cannot fully be captured in a photo.

Washing clothes in the river.

Washing clothes in the river.

A watering hole gathers all sorts of wildlife.

A watering hole gathers all sorts of wildlife.

A water buck

A water buck

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There are many varieties of beautiful birds.

There are many varieties of beautiful birds.

Camelion

Chameleon

Camelion

Chameleon

This is a Crested Crane, the national bird of Uganda.

This is a Crested Crane, the national bird of Uganda.

This crocodile cools himself using his open mouth as an air conditioner.

This crocodile cools himself using his open mouth as an air conditioner.

Crocs were plentiful as well.

Crocs were plentiful as well.

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LaRon counted over 40 elephants this day.

LaRon counted over 40 elephants this day.

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Enjoying our hiking safari.

Enjoying our hiking safari.

The big waterfall at Sipi.

The big waterfall at Sipi.

This is one of the Sipi Falls.

This is one of the Sipi Falls.

A boy holds a wild flower for us to enjoy.

A boy holds a wild flower for us to enjoy.

Flowers abound in Africa year round.

Flowers abound in Africa year round.

This is an African Hornbill, who mates for life and is very loyal to its mate.

This is an African Hornbill, who mates for life and is very loyal to its mate.

We saw over 100 hippos.

We saw over 100 hippos.

Giraffes are a gangly freak of nature, yet beautiful.

Giraffes are a gangly freak of nature, yet beautiful.

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We counted nine lions on our land safari at Paraa

We counted nine lions on our land safari at Paraa

A small Black Mamba is not to be taken lightly.

A small Black Mamba is not to be taken lightly.

A mother monkey with her baby

A mother monkey with her baby

Stunning Murchison Falls

Stunning Murchison Falls

LaRon in his fairy princess tent (mosquito net) at our hotel in Mbale.

LaRon in his fairy princess tent (mosquito net) at our hotel in Mbale.

Marriage

At the end of his stay, we invited LaRon to join us for the marriage of another couple in the Church at Kampala. This was our first pre-baptism family to be married, and was a delight.

Stephen and Beatrice marry at Kololo Chapel in Kampala.

Stephen and Beatrice marry at Kololo Chapel in Kampala.

As he left for the airport, we said a fond farewell to our hero brother. Thanks, LaRon, for everything you are to us.

See you again in 6 months.

See you again in 6 months.

2 Comments

  1. Brothers working, playing, sharing, eating, and laughing together. What a nice memory you must have created. RaNae, you look great! So glad you are feeling better and well enough to ride shotgun on those two Taylor guys.

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  2. What a memorable adventure. Should be stories enough to last for years. So glad LaRon was able to experience this time with you.

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