Today on our first day in Gulu, we started out by getting up and ready by 5:00am so we could travel to Gulu, a drive of over 5 hours. We started off in Anaka around 2:00pm, about 6 hours late due to not driving up until this morning, behind schedule. We gave out 150 beds to children that had registered previously, then we handed out 112 more mosquito nets to the new ones that came out of hiding today and registered. Some of these children started walking yesterday morning, up to 30 kilometers, to come meet us and pick up their beds. They had all been waiting patiently for us since 8:00am. We then traveled back towards Gulu to hand out 50 more beds at Koch Goma. Both of these small communities are in the In Nwoya District in Northern Uganda. Spencer Key's Personal Blog
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As we were pulling up in Anaka, the first place we were going to
distribute the beds, we drove up and the people started clapping for us.
They were just so very excited. The women were doing this distinct
sound that I will never forget. A shrill sound. It was like they were
screaming, but it was the most amazing sound I’ve ever heard. They were
just showing so much joy that they had.
After we pulled in, the mothers would let their little babies come up
to us and sit in our laps. We sat there and Doug McCutcheon started in
with a little devotional and anytime he mentioned God, Jesus, or the
Bible the people would start clapping and yelling and just praising the
Lord. You might think that the language might be a barrier but it
wasn’t. They were just so excited to be hearing about God.
As we started handing them the beds, it was just amazing. I was able
to touch every one of them. I just couldn’t quit smiling. We were
told we were supposed to be strong and not cry, but seeing their
excitement was overwhelming. It was tough to just be teary-eyed and
At the second place where we went to distribute beds, I got to talk
to some 16 year old boys. They are just a year younger than me and I
got to talk to them about school. They were both very excited about
school, and that hit me, because when we go to school in America, we
are always trying to keep ourselves awake in class and we don’t get
excited at all about school, but these kids travel for hours one way
just to get there.
Tonight, we got to hear the stories of our translators, who are in
charge of Sweet Sleep over here, Josephine and Jennifer. They both grew
up with practically nothing and their situations are like the kids we
are giving mats to, without their parents. These kids came today, and
we knew they came from bad situations or might be sick, but we were
given some insight into these kids lives.
Tomorrow, I’ll just be able to
love those kids 100,000 times more than I did today. It amazes me at
how willing they are to just come up to you and talk to you, or give you
a hug. They all want to see the skin color difference. There was one
little girl and she just wanted to keep touching my hand. That in
itself was just amazing, because they might not have seen or spent much
time around a white person. Coming to them was such a huge deal. They
kept telling us that it was such an honor for them to have us come, but
it was actually the other way around. It was an honor for me just to
be in their presence and share with them, share God’s love with them.
I really don’t have much more to say, but if you ever have an
opportunity to come, take it. Seven months ago I started dreaming about
this and I knew God was calling me to go, but I didn’t think I would
get the opportunity. What are the chances that a 17 year old from Olney,
Texas would to get to go to Uganda? It’s just amazing to get to come here
and touch the people physically and spiritually. I just can’t get over
their smiles. Their pearlie-whites just shine so bright and at first
they are apprehensive, but you wave or smile and their faces just light
Going back home will definitely different. I will have a new
perspective on life and I for sure will not take things for granted,
like a toilet. My day was just amazing and I just give
God the glory. He’s blessing me way more than I could ever think about
blessing the people.