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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.