One of our Equip Uganda teammates, Enid (see photo, in front on far left), is a well-respected medical leader in her local community just outside Kampala. She specializes in HIV care, treatment and education. Our family visited Enid’s home and clinic on Friday and Saturday. Enid is a strong widowed mother with three children (Isaac, Psalms, and Victory) who cares for twin girls who are two. The twins’ mother died during childbirth, the father would not care for them, so Enid took the twins into her home.
Enid can be contacted 24-hours a day. In fact, Friday night after a delicious dinner, some conversation and at her request some prayer, she was called out to the clinic. We found out the next morning. It’s about a half mile from her house, and she walked to it at night with her son. This was a good night as she was able to return to her house by about 10 pm.
On her land Enid has a house (see the photo, her home is to the right of the parked vehicle we’re driving), a building for guests to stay overnight (not pictured, but to the extreme right), outdoor latrines (not pictured, but to the extreme left), and a building (to the left of the vehicle) that serves as a nice room for educational conferences, meals and/or a sanctuary. Equip Uganda is assisting Enid and her family in holding a 1-week HIV Hope Conference at her place for twenty pastors from around Uganda in January. Her building and grounds make great use of rain, as she has every roof collecting the rain water in large containers. She has solar power for her house and buildings, although the solar is not currently working in the conference building. She hopes to add electrical power to the conference building before the January HIV conference.
We ate dinner, talked by candlelight and slept in the conference building. The meal consisted of rice, potatoes, peas cooked with sausage, chapatti (flat) bread, g-nut (peanut) sauce, eggplant and cabbage. It was delicious.
We rigged up mosquito nets for the night – I used some rope, chairs and the vehicle’s jumper cables suspended from the upper beam of the building to hold the nets up. It’s amazing to see how God prepared our children for the Uganda experience. They did not complain and seemed to enjoy the trip. After visiting Enid’s clinic Saturday morning (I’ll post more pictures Monday or Tuesday), it took us about five hours to travel back to Jinja from Kampala in the heat due to traffic and construction, a trip that should take about three hours. I ended up with a severe headache Saturday night, probably due to not drinking enough water.
Overall an enlightening experience with great hosts. More photos tomorrow or Tuesday.
Prayer requests: for the
* HIV Hope Seminar / Conference in January;
* Strength for Enid as she cares for her family and cares for others in the community;
* For the patients, many of whom have HIV – for hope, for the power of Jesus to minister to each of their individual needs, for encouragement, for peace, for healing. Enid sees many young girls pregnant, too. A young Ugandan man told me a couple weeks ago one of the biggest problems in Jinja for prostitution is the boda boda (motorcycle) drivers who carry passengers around town. Girls who cannot pay with money are solicited for sex as payment.
* For getting power to the buildings before the pastors’ conference.
Thank you for your prayers and support!