Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's called "Racing the Clock"

Hi to everyone from Mpumudde Uganda

I have tried so many times in the past few days to create another blog, but due to the area and bad modems, I am not having too much luck.  We have lots to share with you; so many pictures that will show you what your efforts have done to make someone really happy and improve lives.

Marian and Laury left yesterday for Canada and we accomplished a lot while they were with us.   Here are some of the things that happened to make children and families a little more happier and villages a more hopeful place to live.  Because of people like you, donating so much of yourselves and giving us specific tasks to fulfill while we are here, we want to share some of them with you now.  There are many more situations, but we will continue to accomplish our mission within this next month and of course taking pictures along the way.  Wish you were all with us to share in this beautiful journey with us......

This is an amazing story....We were visiting Mutesi and Alex in their village and I happened to ask Alex, what he would really like to have one day.  He said a chicken for his mother and I was a little taken back, thinking it would be a football or something like that.  Laury, overhearing, told us that she had been donated money to do something very special and could she spend it on this entire village.  We figured out there were 9 families and if each had 2 chickens, they could really start producing enough to carry them through their daily lives.  Thanks to the families who donated this money and used Laury as a vessel to make a difference in an impoverished part of the world.  Thank you all for caring, you made a huge difference to many.

Our little Joseph has struggled these past weeks with sickness.  We are on our 3rd blood transfusion and it seems to have worked but for how long?  Please pray for our little guy that he will get to come and live with us.  Thanks Simone and Olivia for loving him and caring enough to be his sponsor.

Lottie, thanks for helping 4 Grandma's to raise their many grandchildren.  This lady is in her 80's and
has 7 grandchildren to feed.  She has chosen to raise rabbits to sell to earn food money and everyone in the family is helping to make this possible.  They will be building a rabbit cage soon.  

This Grandma is amazing.  She is 82 and acts like a 30 year old....
When we presented her with this dress, she danced and danced, ran into her one room hut and came out still dancing.  Oh my goodness, she was so happy.  I remember her last year in the same dress, so this was really a treat.  Thanks to Shirley and Bob for all the "Jaaja" dresses.  The women raising all the children really got to feel special for once,  they just loved them.

Did I say 30 year old?   Sorry, I meant 20 years.  She carried this suitcase on her head as she lead
us out of the village.  Full of clothes I might add.  

Tina, your little underpants were such a huge hit.  The kids loved them and were so grateful to you.
Tried to download a beautiful picture of your dresses, shorts and tops but couldn't so send it next time.
The kids were overwhelmed with all your sewing and they felt so special in their new outfits.  Thanks Tina for all your hard work.

Thanks to all the wonderful ladies at the Nanoose Evangelical Free Church on Vancouver Island.  You worked so hard to make beautiful dresses and many other things that the people just love also.  We are delivering many more dresses tomorrow and will be sure to send you pictures.   I just couldn't resist this picture to show you the happiness in her face.  Thanks to all of you and look forward to meeting you when I come home.

We bought the generator that was so kindly donated by Simone, Olivia and all their blogging friends in England and around the world.  We took it home immediately, hooked it up and decided to test it.
We thought it would be fun to run the water off of it and share this valuable commodity with the communities around us.  As soon as it was turned on....the word spread......

They came from everywhere  carrying jerry cans for Marian and Laury to fill.  So many small
children with cans almost bigger than themselves and for Laury to see what her cow "Faithful" did was almost overwhelming.  With no water in 3 months, it is dry here and the people are always so thirsty.  .  We left the water on for about an hour and let everyone just enjoy the time drinking, laughing and splashing each other.  Thanks Laury and Tom for such a huge gift of water.

Thank you all for travelling this journey with us.  We are truly grateful for the things you have done and given to the people here.  I want to be sure that you really feel what we are all feeling with the immense gratitude and the thanks.  We have many more things to distribute and will be sure to show you the reactions of all.  Please keep praying for us that we can finish the project in time before we lose any more kids to HIV/AIDS.  God bless you all.


  1. Wow, what an amazing gift that you are to that community Barb! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring others to give of themselves! xxoo

  2. I loved reading this Barb, such wonderful pictures....especially our handsome little Joseph :)

    So happy about the generator too :) XX