Tuesday, February 2, 2016

An Epic Week

One of my favorite weeks ever in Uganda started with the first day of our 2016 school year for Genesis. Welcoming new students along with the old all while hosting a wonderful team from Bear Valley Church in Littleton was definitely a thrill! I had missed my kids so much while I was gone, so finally getting to be with them again was a long-awaited joy. Although many of my kids weren't quite as enthusiastic as I would have expected them to be... mostly because I had "cut weight" while I was gone, and apparently some of them weren't quite sure if it was really me. HA! Once they were convince it really was me, they quickly warmed up, and we're settling back into our Bible study routine.

Lining up by class for parade on the first day of school

On Tuesday we got to take our P4 and P5 student on a field trip with the team to Sipi falls. All of them had an absolute blast, especially when we reached the top of the 2nd falls and they got to play in pool that flows into the falls. These are the same falls I grew up visiting on most of my short term trips (when I was not much older than some of them!), and this time I got to share the memories with my students.

More than a bit excited to be on the way

Standing in the cave directly behind the falls

Good thing it was hot and they could dry out quickly!

Then on Thursday, the team invited me to go with them on my first ever safari! Some of the precious women on the team paid my way to ensure I could see my first African animals since I started visiting Uganda almost 13 years ago. 

Every time I speak to kids groups in the states, one of the first questions I get asked is what African animals I've seen. Each time I smirkingly had to reply, "You know the usual....Cows, chickens, goats, and pigs." No longer! Now I have the memories, and the pictures to go with them :)

Waking up early was totally worth this incredible sunrise! 

I was not anticipating how many hippos we would see. Hundreds!!

Murchison Falls, the falls the park was named after.

These tiny Oribis were one of my favorites in the park.

There's nothing like being surrounded by 8 wild lions! 


  1. Melanie, did you take those pictures yourself? Absolutely stunning! SO glad you've had such a good week :)

    1. I did! Thanks for appreciating :) And thanks for all your encouragement and prayers!

  2. Thanks for posting this on Facebook so I could find it. Glad you had a good time with the bear Valley team! I think you are fabulous!

    1. Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the post :)