The team started out at Mulore Primary School today where we met the Director, Norman. Norman talked with us about our Muko High School project and promised to advise us as we proceed. He counseled us about a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) should we decide to move forward. He and Sue exchanged phone numbers so that we can continue to be in communication with him.
The Mulore School looks wonderful and seems well run. Following the meeting with Norman and his assistant, Charles, we met the 65 ACT orphans in their soccer field. The children brought their breakfast mugs of "porridge" which is a white substance made of corn meal. We took pictures and greeted the children. There was a dance and a song and then the team rushed off to other business at the Centre.
Karen and Joe headed up to Muko HS where they conducted the first class of musicians. They have been able to do a technique class during the mornings with Karen working with the beginners, Howard working with the medium experienced class, and Joe working with the most experienced students. In the afternoon, the students meet as an orchestra. We have about 40 or so students playing now and we are thrilled with their progress.
Karen attended a music class and a physics class at Muko HS and took notes about how the teachers manage with only a piece of chalk. The music class studied the treble and bass clefs and the physics class learned about various building materials like cement, wood, plastics, and elastics.
Dave continued to work in the office, first with Prudance on the gift buying program. They decided to request sponsors to send no more than four gifts at a time and also revised the catalog to include new items and delete a few items they could not find in Uganda- like maps.
Dave, Sue, Diana and Prudance organized the library, hung up posters, talked about the process for people who will use it, and set up the computers.
Dick summarized nearly all of our meetings and evaluated the finances of Muko High School. It was a paper-pushing day for him, much appreciated by the rest of the team in this discernment process.
Sue designed a HEAL template for the villagers which will be used for them to make a proposal for assistance in achieving their goals. The proposal will go through the HEAL manager and could provide something like a bag of cement to gain a water access.
We met our new Maverick Scholar, Isaac Ainembabazi. Josiah even brought him up to Muko HS on a motorcycle so Karen could meet him as well.
A member of Parliament, Prossi, came to the Centre and greeted the team. In the USA, Prossi would be like a US Representative. Everyone was excited to see her- she already knew about ACT and seemed glad to visit us!
Sue harvested some coffee beans from the demonstration garden. The bush was loaded with beans!
Our devotional for today was given by Diana from our scripture of the day, prepared by our Spiritual Leader, Nancy Silvey: Matthew 11:28-30- "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For the yoke I will give you is easy and the load I will put on you is light". Diana presented the following questions:
What does this mean to you?
How do we know if we took on too much or it is what God wants us to handle?
How can this show our way with Muko High School?
As a result of this devotion, the team agreed to pray prayers of discernment until Sunday when we plan to meet together to plan our recommendation to the USA Board.
Missing everyone at home- Sending love to you all!