Love is Blind

Love is Blind

After being in Uganda for sixteen months, we tend to overlook many things that shocked us when we first arrived. Because of the beauty of these amazing people, we are generally blind to the level of poverty that is ever-present. To see a bright, shining face, worn by a clean and neatly dressed woman erases the fact that she just stepped from a mud hut. In fact, it rather stuns us when we stop and wonder how in the world she does it.

Take a little tour from our recent photos to see where and how our friends live. Don’t you dare compare it with where and how you live, for if you do, you might think twice about wanting more. Keep in mind that we remove our shoes every time we enter one of these huts or homes, so we don’t track dirt onto their neatly swept dirt floor. We’ve sat in places we would not have dared sit before our mission. We’ve eaten food that gave us pause. And we’ve ached for what seems to us to be a level of pure misery. And yet, the smiles on the faces blow it all away. In so many ways we want to be just like our friends here; happy, grateful, content, prayerful, and purely humble.

Many homes like this one are made from mud, rocks and sticks. The rains wash the mud away, so a new coat must be added periodically.

Many homes like this one are made from mud, rocks and sticks. The rains wash the mud away, so a new coat must be added.

This is the shoe of our new friend Musa. When we gave him a new pair, he hugged them to his chest in delight, and promised to only wear them on Sundays. He continues to wear these during the week.

This is the shoe of our new friend Musa. When we gave him a new pair, he hugged them to his chest in delight, and promised to only wear them on Sundays. He continues to wear these during the week.

These huts were made from scraps of boards and tin gathered from the neighborhood. Single women with children stay inside.

These huts were made from scraps gathered from the neighborhood. Single women with children stay inside.

Forget the clothes and poverty. Look at those eyes!

Forget the clothes and poverty. Look at those eyes!

Don't forget to remove your shoes when you enter each house. It is a sign of respect and common courtesy.

Don’t forget to remove your shoes when you enter each house. It is a sign of respect and common courtesy.

The mud walls inside are smeared with cow manure to prevent bugs and spiders from burrowing. Be careful where you lean your back.

The mud walls inside are smeared with cow manure to prevent bugs and spiders from burrowing.

This young beauty was teaching "school" to her siblings today at her home.

This young beauty was teaching “school” to her siblings today at her home.

This young missionary to be lives with his large family just behind the curtain. You are most welcome.

This young prospective missionary lives with his large family just behind the curtain. You are most welcome.

Happy, happy boys outside their humble home.

Happy, happy boys outside their humble home.

This is what a real man's bench press looks like. No membership dues required.

This is what a real man’s bench press looks like. No membership dues required.

A commercial bakery where delicious cakes and breads are baked to sell.

A commercial bakery where delicious cakes and breads are baked to sell.

2 Comments

  1. You have certainly captured the real country, lifestyle and people. The little girl with the white top on is a gem.
    What an interesting enlightening post, thank you.

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