Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle

We left city life in Kampala yesterday and made our way seven hours north to Gulu, which is near South Sudan and DR Congo. This was the first time since our arrival in Uganda we felt like we were deep into Africa. The drive to Gulu was wonderfully beautiful and physically punishing. But oh, what we saw along the way!

A pure African landscape.

A pure African landscape.

We passed hundreds of little villages like this along the way to Gulu.

We passed hundreds of little villages like this along the way to Gulu.

The spectacular Nile River is dominated by an equally spectacular thunderhead.

The spectacular Nile River is dominated by an equally spectacular thunderhead.

Papyrus along the Nile River Valley

Papyrus along the Nile River Valley

Nile River enshrouded by African jungle.

Nile River enshrouded by African jungle.

The Black Mamba is the fastest and most deadly snake on earth.

The Black Mamba is the fastest and most deadly snake on earth.

Here is where we saw our first Black Mamba. We’ve learned that if you’re in Africa and you see a snake, it’s deadly. When we saw it, I commented to the guard about it and he yelled Kill it! He ran and got a rock and came to do the job, missing. The small Mamba slithered into the grass to safety. I nearly stepped on it to kill it but was later glad I wasn’t that foolish.

This guy was 5 feet from RaNae's face. Breathtaking to be sure.

This guy was 8 feet from RaNae. Breathtaking to be sure.

Our first monkey encounter.

Our first monkey encounter.

Then came the baboons and monkeys.There is something deeply spiritual about looking into the eyes of a wild animal. There is a majesty or perhaps even reverence to see wild nature eye-to-eye. You can never experience that in a zoo or on the screen. The baboons were near the road as we crossed the Nile. Many mothers carried their babies clinging to their under-belly. The monkeys were very cool as well.

Elder & Sister Taylor's flat.

Elder & Sister Taylor’s flat.

We finally arrived in Gulu at about 8 PM. We were exhausted from the rough road (think of Hole in the Rock Road in Southern Utah) and long hours. We have a small house in a gated complex where six young Elders share two additional houses. This house is very small and lacks many of the conveniences of our place in Kampala, but we have no complaints.

Not your best shower/potty arrangement.

Not your best shower/potty arrangement.

Comfortable living in the wilds of Africa.

Comfortable living in the wilds of Africa.

A place for music with a touch of home.

A place for music with a touch of home.

The reason we are here in Gulu is to put into practice a new technique of Member Leadership Support we call Building the Kingdom. With our President’s approval, we’ll move between two branches, implementing the process with each. We’re very excited to get started on Sunday. Meanwhile, we’ve cleaned and organized this little place.

This is my favorite flower. Aroma therapy at its best.

This is Lantana, my favorite flower. Aroma therapy at its best.

Once again as we drove, RaNae commented how she would not trade this adventure for anything. Amen. We’re so very thankful to be here, not just to see the spectacular sights, but far more importantly, to share the most spectacular vision of Eternity with our brothers and sisters in Africa.

 

5 Comments

  1. I.love.this.thanks.so.much.for.posting.what.an.experience.just.what.I.have.always.pictured.keep.posting.be.safe.proud.of.my.missionaries.lots.of.love

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  2. Great pictures. Very descriptive accompanying text.

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  3. We crossed the Nile on the northward trip on a ferry a hundred kilometers west of the Gulu road. We almost ran out of gas getting back to the bridge over the Nile on the Gulu road heading back south. While we were getting gas at the petrol station they said “No there is not Lord’s Resistance Army here, they only sleep here at night.” Needless to say we gassed up and left. The road to/from Gulu at that time was so bad that we joked the potholes had on-ramps and off-ramps. It was actually much more comfortable to drive on the dirt on the side of the checkerboard of asphalt and potholes that masqueraded as a road.

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  4. How long will you be in Gulu? Hope long enough so that you get some getaway trips into Murchison Falls! Ask for the guide, Sarah…my favorite! Email me if you need her phone number.

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  5. AMAZING! Love all the pics and words that bring it all to life. Never a dull moment for you two. And yeah Dad, that baboon?? WAY too close to my momma 😉

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