March 26, 2009

Village life


I have had a busy week so far. On Monday I went with Sam and Agnes Akubu to the village where they grew up. I met members of Sam’s family. They are building up the area around where they live and have plans to plant pineapple trees, orange trees etc. War here is quite recent with a conflict through the late 80s and early 90s, then the LRA incursions as late as 2004. So many people have been reluctant to settle and make long term plans, so what Sam’s family are doing is really a fresh start.

Their village is not how villages are in England – each family has a settlement with their land around it, although there is a central market / meeting area. Here is a picture of what the houses in the village look like…

Mud hut

If you are reading this and don’t know Sam and Agnes, they are Ugandans from the Soroti area who are now missionaries in Arua, and have been to Coventry amongst other places, and that’s how I know them.

Yesterday morning I did some teaching in the local primary school. I was with Nelson, the science teacher, and I taught year 6 about the heart and circulatoty system. It was a good experience, but unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll have time to go back and do more.

Today I went with the mobile drugs clinic to Wera, another village, and when I came back I had a meeting at the hospital – I met a paediatrician who is letting me shadow him next week for some extra experience of childhood tropical medical conditions (which is mostly malaria!).

I’ll just finish by uploading another picture from my trip on Monday – some fishermen on Lake Kyoga. They were beating the nets with sticks to clean them …


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  1. sarah

    Hello Nod, I am at mums house dropping off Rosie before we travel tomorrow xx I often think of you and am really proud of my most excellent brother. Not long till you see the wife and kids…..NICE ONE XX

    29 Mar 2009, 16:35

  2. Jen Strutt

    Hey Nick,

    It’s good to hear that things are going well. I hope that you are learning lots and feeling useful! You are in my prayers. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your exploits when you get back! :)

    30 Mar 2009, 12:15

  3. Ivor

    Well, Nick

    You seem to be having a wonderful time … filled with the wonder of God .. and on a steep learning curve too. That verse in Jeremiah keeps coming to mind ... “I know the plans I have for you ….” etc.

    Delight in HIS goodness and the love He has for you

    In His love


    01 Apr 2009, 03:58

  4. Ivor

    Just got in from Children’s Easter Party .. I was with the Blue Group with Claire as leader and your Thomas was in this group too. Saw Margot after Wednesday Night Srervice and she filled me in on their travel schedule.

    Praying that ALL goes to plan for the MEETING UP/REUNION .. enjoy YOUR Holy Week which will inevitably be VERY different to ours

    Much love to you all from Ruth and myself

    May God’s blessings rain down upon you like showers


    04 Apr 2009, 20:42

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