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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Week

This past week has been another one of those busy weeks, all over the map, that for the most part I tend to truly enjoy. But continue down the post and you will see some hard parts too.
 I love watching Opio and Ocen grow up and they have a very special great-grandmother!
 I trained with a small group in Kumi on Monday... the importance of children's ministry
 And a much larger group on Wednesday in Bululu.
 I know that a few times I have mentioned rains, but they were rains that have given false hope.  Things are not well here in Teso land.  The rains that came a few weeks ago sent farmers to their gardens, to plant the last of their seeds.  Now it is so dry and hot again that the crops are wilting away in the sun and people are starving.  The food prices have almost doubled and almost every day someone comes to my door asking for food.  It is hard to be discerning and helpful.  But every once in a while I really feel the Lord's conviction to help provide for families.
 Here is one of the grinding mills where I can get posho (cornmeal)... it's next door to the place where I pick up maize brand for the piggery project.,. which is also getting expensive right now.  
Please pray that the rains will return and that people will have hope.  Even mangoes are delaying to grow this year.
 On Good Friday I went to my friend Teddy's village.  We loaded up a few groceries from town and headed away for an overnight of fun and relaxation.
 The host family couldn't believe I was asking for milk to cook food.  People here have never made a creamy sauce before, but I wanted to make a creamy curried goat meat stew to share.  (It's also very rare for a mzungu to prepare a meal when you are a guest, but I cooked the whole supper!)
 Cooking over gas made out of cow dung (bio-gas) made the whole experience a whole lot easier in the village.
 The next day Teddy rolled out chapati for everyone to eat with their minnow sized fish stew.
I finished celebrating Easter week by going to the youth's Easter Explosion music concert - which was fantastic, and then supping with many team-mates.  
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

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