We’ve been in Uganda a little more than two months now. We had our fair share of stressful and unique experiences. We are adjusting, adapting and at times enjoying the way life is like in Africa. Some of our worst moments is the car broke down next to the street market and we don’t know what to do. Or the many turns that we needed to take in order to obtain a work visa. The process which was supposed to be simple is never simple.
At the same time, there are many things we enjoyed being in Uganda. For one, the pace of life is slower than in Singapore. This is probably why I blogged more now than the previous few years.
There are many transitions we are adjusting. From learning how to top up my phone (you can buy scratch cards at any store) to learning how to drive precariously along mud roads littered with potholes, I realized that every day is an adventure.
And an adventure it certainly is.
When we got married, a friend of a friend made a video of how God brought us together. At the end of the video, I said that this was the beginning of an adventure and not the end. That was almost two years ago. Two years ago, I would never imagine myself teaching at a Bible school with Wai Jia. I would never imagine going to Africa.
Though we are teachers I believe this period of our lives in Uganda we are also students. Students of God’s Words and His Ways. We are learning what it means to be good disciples of Jesus Christ. What good fruit looks like in Uganda, a land that is fertile but yet filled with poverty.
Above all, we learn to depend on God. A few weeks ago, we attended a wedding introduction hours away in the villages. The wedding introduction is where the bride and the groom’s family and tribes come together. By the time we left it was at night. The drive back home was an unforgettable experience. The road had no streetlights, with cars and motorcycles going every conceivable way and pedestrians crossing the road (did I mention it was in the dark?). There are no street names and I am still new to driving around Kampala. But by God’s Grace and protection we were back home safe and sound.
This is the traditional Ugandan wear: Gomesi for Wai Jia and Kanzu for me. The man wears a suit jacket over the kanzu. I didn’t wear one during the picture because it was too hot under the sun.