Saturday, August 9, 2014
2 of 8 McKenna and 3 of 8 Justus are in Uganda, working with Music for Life and The African Children's Choir.
I looked it up. Kampala is 8,554 miles from home.
We sent them off on Wednesday and they'll be in Uganda for 2 weeks. A lot of these pictures will be on Facebook but I still have some family members who are, ah, trepidatious (read here paranoid) about the whole Facebook/social media thing, so I thought I would put the pictures on the blog as well for those who decline the FB/Instagram/Twitter experience.
Side bar. True story. My brother is on Facebook...but under a pseudonym. He's not quite sure why he doesn't have any friends yet.
Madison 1 of 8 is in Los Angeles this summer working, so she wasn't here for the big send off. It was tough on the younger kids for two more of the big kids to be hitting the road. There were a few tears.
At the airport, we took a few selfies before they headed through security.
They flew first to London, where they had a short layover...
McKenna took that beautiful picture up there during the flight. She posted it with "I love moments that give me the chance to realize how small my world is. #atxtoafrica"
Another flight took them into Entebbe, Uganda. Total travel time...almost 24 hours.
They then traveled by bus up to Kampala, where they will be working with younger children the next few days. They'll then head back to Entebbe to work with a group of high school age kids there.
Because of the magic of the internet and a little app called WhatsApp, we've had some limited but wonderful contact with them, texting back and forth about what they are seeing and experiencing.
Justus has written about the unbelievable poverty and the incredible sweetness of the children...
(Justus is the tall guy with the orange backpack...)
McKenna has written that serving these kids is humbling in so many ways.
This is the area where they are staying and working.
I'll post more pictures as they become available. A big shout-out to Kristen Benton, Russell and Valerie Lyday and Joye Qualls for getting this photos up on our various media outlets so we can see what all the team is up to. And for those of you who donated resources to help get the team to Uganda, blessings to you. You are helping the next generation, both here in the States and in Uganda, to visualize a brighter future.