Monday, April 29, 2013

We made it to Friday

After 3 days of travel, 2 down-ish days, and 1 day of well child check ups we made it the weekend! It went by so fast - we still had a whole week to go!

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For "whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good. 
1 Peter 3: 8-13

We had devotions right after breakfast, which is what we did every morning. It was a wonderful routine! I think I've mentioned it already but there was no time frame for anything in Uganda and when we worshipping Jesus in the morning no one was looking at their watch to see what time it was or thinking about what we had to do next. After devotions, one of the COTN staff members shared his story with us. He was a little boy when the LRA began wreaking havoc on Northern Uganda. He was six years old when he saw his father killed by the LRA. He then had to run from the LRA. He was eventually taken in by an uncle that brought him to Kampala and sponsored him so that he could go to school. He went to school for the first time at the age of 9. He is now in his 30s and is working with COTN and the town of Lira to get children sponsored for COTN. I love the verse from 1 Peter and how it so applies to so many of those with stories like this one in Uganda. That they turned from evil when it would have been so easy to join in and it would mean that they were protected and taken care of as children when today so many of these men and women are doing good and influencing the young men and women of Lira today. I am so blessed to have seen and heard such a small part of it. 

It was Ellie and Mama Jeans birthday while we were there so the staff surprised them with a cake for us all to celebrate! I thought it was so super sweet because birthdays aren't really a big deal because a lot of the children at the children's home are unsure of their exact birthday. But they know that we all like to make a super big deal out of our day of birth - so they happily let us!

Jimmy being a goof!

We spent the afternoon at the Children's home where we changed our set up which in turn changed the flow BIG TIME. I think we saw triple the kids we saw in just a couple hours on Friday than we did most of the day Thursday. We were all doing the same jobs, just in a different spot - and what a difference! I hope that we will be able to help future teams as the Uganda "clinic" is still in its infant stages of development and everything is trial and error. 

Oseana doing a little bit of wound care

More vitals.. 

This is Elizabeth, she wants to be a nurse when she grows up! So naturally, we let her practice. The kids really got a kick out of listening to heart beats and bowel sounds! Who doesn't love to listen to bowel sounds... 

I know you were all a little curious about the bugs and wax and dirt that came out of ears.. 

So happy with their smile packs!

Some of the group spent the night at the children's home. I hear it is a super cool experience, you get to bunk in one of the houses with the girls and you wake up with them when they do chores with the sun. I was supposed to but my throat was starting to hurt  - which it does on the right side - when I am beyond tired and my body is done (and by saturday morning there was more than just a sore throat - which I was very glad I had decided to stay home). And as much fun as I was having - I was tired. The jet lag, and this night nurse is so not used to having days that start at 7am and end at 10pm... that's like what normal people do... So I knew I needed a really good (perhaps drug induced) nights sleep because I had to be ready for Center day the next day!

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