Banda Slum | Kampala, Uganda

I want to tell you what it was like to meet the women and children inside Banda Slum, but I am finding it difficult to share everything in just a few paragraphs. So it is my hope that these pictures tell their story of hope and joy, despite their difficult circumstances. I hope and pray that you view these pictures as more than just a series of ‘nice’ photos of Africa, but that you really take some time to think about how fortunate we are and how the most important things in life cannot be downloaded or purchased at a store.

I will never forget what it was like to hear the universal sounds of children laughing as they played together, or how we had no less than five kids hanging on our arms as if we were their personal merry-go-round. I did not even mind their attempts to pluck the hair off my arms, as this was so foreign to them. We were given the opportunity to hear an update on their story and how many of the women were busy working in the markets. We only spent a few hours catching up with this refugee group inside the Banda Slum of Kampala, and our time was too short together.

Some of the women in the slum attended a Bible Study, where they also learned how to make jewelry out of strips of paper and magazines. The income they earned gave them a way out of the stone quarry, where they used to break rocks for a living. Our church also helps sell their jewelry here in the US.

If you’d like to see even more from this part of our trip, visit my Banda Slum album on Flickr.

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Jackfruit | Kampala, Uganda

Jackfruit looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, tastes like a mixture of Juicyfruit gum and Starburst candy, and can weigh up to 100 lbs! This insane-ly delicious fruit is such a mess to prepare, but after our first bite we were all hooked. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh (Wikipedia). Looking back, I should have made photos of the jackfruit tree, as they sometimes had twenty fruits all on the same tree. Quite the sight.

We spent a few of our first days in Kampala, to adjust to the timezone, and prepare as a team for our mission trip out west. Adonai felt like home away from home, and was a perfect setting for us to get ready for what laid ahead. The jackfruit is just one small piece of the many memories we brought from Uganda.

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