Saturday, 18 February 2012
Just Chillin in Uganda, NBD!
Well here I am in Jinja, Uganda. It has certainly been a quite an adventure already. Currently I am just sitting at an internet café because we don't have internet on base. Which will probably much more do-able once I get a phone. Phones are super cheap here so that will be a great comfort to have but seeing as I haven't had one for almost two years now I feel as though I am giving up my status as a non-conformist. But isn't that what being here is all about. We come to this foreign country and try to adapt to our surroundings as much as possible. Its been hard already. Cold showers, rice and beans, no internet, but its good. Its a bit of a balance really. Trying to find the happy medium of fitting in and keeping our identity. Even though it is so different here there are things that remind me of home. We have two people on our team from Ontario and I think of all my friends there. The rolling hills and smell of cow manure remind me of Nova Scotia. And plenty of things daily remind me of home; the smell of raw chicken reminds me of China and thus Dayna, the boy who runs around our base with his dog reminds me of Derek, the big trucks that my dad would love to tell me all about reminds me of him, and practically everything reminds me of my mom and her warning words or words of wisdom from her past endevors in Sierra Leone. Overall, I'm glad I am here and cannot wait for the school to start on Monday, to get into a routine will be nice. Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."