I had intended to blog regularly while Beth and I were in Uganda. But after we left the lodge for Kampala, our days were so long that by the time we got to our hotel our guest house, we were totally exhausted and went to bed. We had to arise in the mornings between 5:00 and 6:00 every day (one day we slept in until 6:15) and head out so I had virtually no time to blog. I hope to write several blogs now that I am back and share some of our experiences during the remainder of the trip.
Our driver for the gorilla trek was a Muslim man named Sula. He was 75 years old and had 16 children. The oldest was born in 1957 and died sometime in the 1990's and his youngest child was 3 months. While I never asked, I assume that he had several wives. Later I talked with someone who told me that Muslims frequently have several wives, and that Mohammed thought the ideal number was 4. I did not do research to verify that this is true.
In any case, Sula was very nice and we had a good time talking with him. He ate meals with us, and before each meal we would say a prayer. He seemed a little uncomfortable at first, and when I invited him to say a Muslim prayer, he declined. But a couple of meals later, he did say a prayer. In fact, after that he was the first one to reach for our hands to hold for the prayer after that.
Almost every one in World Vision Uganda is young, and it was interesting to talk with someone who was 22 when Uganda gained independence in 1962 and someone who had lived through Idi Amin's reign of terror. When I asked him how things changed after independence, he said that things were better when the British were in charge. After independence, the only people who benefited were the wealthy and there was much more corruption. When I asked him what is was like to live through Idi Amin's rule, he said it was terrible. He said that their were dead bodies everywhere.
He dropped us off at a guest house in Wakiso, a village northwest of Kampala where Fulukas and Miriam live--the couple involved with Amilia's Light. We said our good-byes to Sula and eager to spend time with Fulukas and Miriam.
The Rev. Dr. Phil Bauman has been the Senior Pastor of UCC Medfield since 1996. He served as the pastor of the First Congregational Church (UCC) in Clinton, MA from 1981-1988, then attended Boston University where he received a Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology in 1995.
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