Sunday, July 13, 2014

Be careful what you sew

This week was the normal hemorrhoids, food poisoning, diarrhea, typhoid fever, tetanus, broken tooth, colds, boils, hiatal hernia, pink eye...but enough about me - some of the young missionaries have been sick as well.  Having over 150 kids does keep a mission nurse busy so her driver is also busy.  So glad for Deseret Book eBooks and Kindle along with our reading challenge of reading the Book of Mormon in 90 days while waiting at appointments.  Life is going fast.

It was so good to get our missionary we sent to South Africa back with the hiatal hernia and GERD  diagnosis.  He is happy to finally have a name for all the pain he has been in.  Hopefully the treatments will work and he will be able to get back to work.  That is what he wants and that is what we pray for.  We spent a lot of time getting stool samples for a couple of other missionaries tested at the clinic along with other miscellaneous fun and exciting things. 

We did volunteer to take some sewing machines back downtown that needed to be fixed.  The Wallace's are the office couple and are always doing extra things for the people of Uganda.  They did not have time to get the broken sewing machines back downtown before she was going to teach her next sewing class.  They are trying to teach the ladies and the YM some skills for them to make some money on their own.  Almost everyone in Africa is an entrepreneur and are always looking for a way to make money to make ends meet.  Going downtown is not fun, you have to find a place to park and then carry the sewing machines a couple of blocks to the store.  I did pay to have them carry one machine back to the car for me so I didn't have to make two trips.  It is amazing how well the man who fixed the machines is familiar with all types of sewing machines. 

While he was fixing the machines I took Sister Squire down to Owino market.  It is a hodgepodge of people and stores selling second hand clothing and shoes.  The sisters who work in the mission office will take the African Elders and Sisters down to purchase all the clothing they will need for their two years or 18 months in the mission field.  The Africans do not have the resources to buy all their clothing so the mission funds their outfits.  The clothing is 2nd hand and they spend about 300,000 thousand shillings for each missionary (around $125.00 USD).  The market burned to the ground last year but in no time it was built back up and running.  If you go after a storm the two foot trails around the market will be a mess of mud.  It is an adventure!

This is the taxi park with Owino Market past the park and down another street.  I have no idea how all the taxis get people in them and then out of the park.  They are bumper to bumper here.

Another view of the taxi park

Here is a shot of the market and the shoes I just purchased.  My exercise shoes were wearing out faster than I thought they would.  You can see from this picture the exercise is working...

Another shot of the market.  I should have got some other shots but I will next time.

We also went to one of the Government hospitals where Ugandans without money come and get fixed up.  It is a real eye opener.  The family has to wash their clothing and sheets and feed their family member who is in the hospital.  I have no idea what happens if there is not someone to take care of the patient.  You will see family camping out on the grass and the waiting rooms are packed with people waiting to be seen.  They have a whole wing just for bodaboda drivers that get in accidents.

You can see the sheets and blankets out drying or with people on them.

Other times when we have been here the windows have had clothing hanging out the windows.

On Saturday (our off day) we went to see some of the tombs where the Kings have been buried.  The first place we visited was the Royal Kings tomb (Kasubi Tombs).  It was 130 years old and burned down in 2010 by someone because of an ongoing conflict between the President of Uganda and the King of Buganda.  Highly suspicious but no one was ever arrested.  They have the funding now to begin rebuilding the structure and it should be done later this year.

This is the guards entrance to get to the tombs. 

They also have an eternal flame.  Someone will come and feed the fire so it never goes out.

This was the first cemetery we had seen.  Most were Christian graves but there were a couple of Muslim graves as well. 

This was significant because it was the first use of cement in Uganda in 1930.  Now it is used all over the country.

Get down and make some music!

This was the top of the entrance built in 1880.  The circles are bamboo tied together and then bamboo slats covered with grass on top.

Here is one of the deadly bamboo snakes of Uganda.  I had to take care of this one to protect my sweetie.

A look at the shell of the rebuild of the royal tomb.  It will be a grass covered hut at the end of the year.

Like this one they are restoring.

Finally, as we were driving out to the tomb I took some pictures of the produce markets along side the road.  I love how they stack everything so it is appealing to the buyers.  You can see tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes etc.

People walking everywhere.


Everyone once in a while we have some down time so we finally made it back to Sanyu Babies, an orphanage here in Kampala that takes in babies that have been found abandoned.  The police had just brought in twins that had been abandoned that were needing some love and food.  I was in my shirt and tie because we were there for orientation but they put me to work chopping wood.  I was sweating like anyone's business!  We were not able to take any pictures of the babies but hope we will at some future date.  There are currently 50 babies 4 and under, in house. 

Here is a picture of a man from Australia that took 6 months off work to go and build a home in Kenya for kids.  He had three weeks left and wanted to spend some time in Uganda before he headed home with his wife and two kids that were helping with the orphans.  We had a bow saw and a couple of dull axes to cut and split the wood.  Good Christians all over this world!

Amazing, we ran into an LDS mom and her 3 kids helping at the orphanage.  They are from Canada and are living here for about 18 months as her husband has a business he is running here.

1 comment:


    Before discussing Saul's conversion we need to establish a point of fact. You cannot become a Christian and have unforgiven sins. If your sins have been forgiven you are a Christian. If you are a Christian then your sins have been forgiven. It is impossible to separate forgiveness, from being in Christ. How could you say I became a Christian last night but my sins were not forgiven? By the same reasoning you could not assert that I had my sins forgiven last night but I am not a Christian.

    What is true for us, was true for the apostle Paul.

    Acts 9:3-6 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5 And he said, "Who are You Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what to do."

    Saul obviously believed in Jesus at this point, yet he was still not forgiven of his sins; therefore he was not a Christian. Paul was not saved by "FAITH ONLY."

    Acts 9:9-11 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am Lord." 11 And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

    Saul believed that Jesus was Lord.
    Saul repented.
    Saul fasted and prayed for three days.
    After three days on the road to Damascus Saul was still not forgiven of his sins. Saul was not saved by faith alone, Saul was not saved by repenting alone. Saul was not saved by praying and fasting. SAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.

    Acts 22:12-16 "A certain Ananias....13 came to me....16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'

    Saul's sins were forgiven after he was baptized in water, not before.

    Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    Saul was not a Christian until he was baptized into Christ.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved......

    Saul was not saved until he was immersed in water.

    Acts 2:38...and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins....

    Saul sins where not forgiven until he was baptized in water.

    Paul was saved the way all men are saved. FAITH John 3:16---REPENTANCE Acts 3:19---CONFESSION Romans 10:9-19---WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38