Working with all our hearts
Colossians 3:23-24 Our verse for the day: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will recieve an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Nancy Silvey, our spiritual leader, prepared a verse for us every day. This would have been a great verse to share with the Muko High School teachers, especially since they are not being paid for July or August. More on that...
Our day began with most of the team meeting with the Bishop's staff regarding the Muko High School project. It was a very productive meeting with a positive outcome. Dick, Dave, Diana, and Sue all felt their questions were answered and that the partnership might be possible.
Meanwhile, Joe and Karen went out to the ACT Empowerment Centre to meet Howard, our teacher, and some adult students. Joe and Howard worked on the computerized inventory of the instrument inventory. Since the rest of the team had the van Joe/Howard and Karen/ Mandela rode the motorcycles up to Muko High School. There is only one way to see Uganda and that is on the back of a motorcycle!
Diana and Sue spent the afternoon with sewers. The women loved the video that Diana and Sue made showing them how to make a stuffed hippo. They also showed them a variety of sewing projects that Michigan sewers make. Together our women planned for future sales.
Sue, Mandela (our interim HEAL manager), and Guma and Generous met with the Health Promotion Workers and our interim HEAL manager and they talked about how they gained confidence and recognition in their villages for their work on behalf of ACT. They gave us some excellent ideas about ways we can change and improve.
The rest of the team headed back up to Muko High School. Howard and Joe ran the afternoon music class while Karen, Dick, Dave, Diana, Maurice, and Josiah met with the Muko High School teachers. The teachers spoke openly about conditions for themselves and their students. Obviously, these teachers are dedicated, especially because they are currently finishing a school term without being paid. Teachers are housed four to five per room with no electricity. They gave us many good ideas for improvement to the school. The USA team listened carefully to the teaching staff and took many notes.
The team is well, somewhat overworked, but feeling very good about all that is happening. We are sending our love to you all!