An experience in itself!!!
Written By Nicola McWhirter
When some one asks me how my time in Uganda was all I can seem to say is amazing, absolutly amazing, as it is just so hard to put into words. But in fact there was so much more to my time in Uganda than just having an amzing time. We saw so many poeple and went to so many places that it is hard to just sit and take it all in. Uganda 06 has comlpetely changed me and how I see things. I had the opportunity of going to Moroto and seeing first hand what it was like to be in absolute poverty, in the middle of a famine and know that the famine would last for at least another year. As I look back at my photograps of Moroto I can almost hear the children crying oout for help as I sit in my nice house with my loving family eating a beautiful meal. One thing that has stuck with me from Uganda was how although the people were living in houses smaller than most peoples bedrooms and eating less meals than we eat snacks they were more on fire for Jesus than some of us have ever been. I remember the Pastor in Moroto saying to me "when I come here (an area which was devasted by famine) and see the children who are lucky to eat one meal every two days and go home to see my children who complain if they don't eat at least every hour and I see how these children have the same smile and carry on the same as my children I know that it is only by the grace of God". It hit me that although these people were witnessing dire poverty they could do nothing but thank God that they were still alive, when often we do nothing but complain about how boring our work is or how hard our studies are or how annoying our families are. I pray that these are memories I will never forget and next time I complain about a cold meal or a boring lecture I will remember the poeple in Uganda who are so thankful for the opportunity of education and the poeple of Moroto who are thankful for any type of meal.
Something else I pray that I will keep with me forever is the worship experiences I had in Uganda. As I mentioned the people were so thankful to God for all that they had. Boy did they show it! The Ugandan people fairly know how to live free in Jesus. There are no self conscious looks before putting your arm in the air to praise God or no quiet mumbles of amen but loud shouts and both hands in the air without even noticing that there is someone beside them. This is also something that I want to hold on to forever. So it was said many times that Uganda would teach us more things that we could teach them, and you know it is diffinately true, I have learnt so much from the people of Uganda so thank you.