Tuesday morning, Jul 25, 2012
Here we go, bright and early. A little warmer today, but it’s nothing
new to me. Still hasn’t dawned on me that I’m in Africa. Some blue sky,
red dirt. Just different culture. I tell you what, these people grow
more corn here than the state of Illinois! These folks however, grow it
to eat, not to sell. They are always roasting it over a little fire
somewhere and kids are always gnawing on the cob. I noticed today that
there peanut hulls on the ground. Turns out that what I call peanuts,
they call them “ground nuts”. I reckon I got more in common with these
folks than I thought, since I was raised on a corn and peanut farm.
I’ve noticed that they don’t try to grow as much as they can, but
instead only what they need. I asked Josephine about it and she
actually grew up doing field work. She told me that they only grow what
they can handle. Reason being is that the soil is so black and rich
that anything will grow. This is one of the main reasons they don’t
cultivate more because keeping weeds under control can be difficult.
Well, I finally learned what to say to the kids and adults who come to
receive beds. Lubanga Mari, which means, “God loves you.” there were
about 180 beds distributed today. I handed a lady a mattress, she
turned around, sat the mattress down, lifted her hand and gave out this
loud vivacious shriek. At first I thought I said “God loves you” wrong,
but realized she was praising God instead. I guess that’s enough words
on paper today.