Sunday

Today, we went out to the sister church of Calvary Lutheran in Wray, CO—Calvary Lutheran in Kinagamukono for their service.

the church was formed three years ago and has been renting this building for it’s services and primary school.
the field where we had service today (there wasn’t enough room for all of us in the building)
this church is three years old and currently has 45 members. The preschool has over 300 children attending.
because they have the same name, Kristin got to be a sponsor in a baptism.
Pastor Tim officially naming the church Calvary Lutheran.
Pastor dedicating paraments from Wray.
the last group dinner

Saturday

Today we went to a small local church not far from our hotel. But before that…

CORN HARVEST
Our host, Pastor Benson, invited us to help harvest some of his corn.
a tippy tap
Rwanjaza Preaching Station was set up barely a year ago and has 10 official members but after our water filter presentation, more are expected to become official members.
teaching the kids ‘Jesus Loves Me’
Kristin gives her food safety speech
Filter backwash demonstration.
example working filter
Kevin, our fearless team leader, takes a snack break with the kids.
church member receives water filter.
Jeff playing ball.

Friday

Today we went out to rural Bukiro to visit their Lutheran Preaching Station.

the road was rough so we got off and walked the last stretch into the village.
the congregation was formed barely a year ago and now has about 80 members. They don’t have an official church building yet.
the local outhouse.
setting up water filters.
Rachel and DeeAnn
teaching children about Noah’s Arc
the wildlife (and Kristin)
water filter demonstration
naming families who will receive filters.

Thursday

Today we went to Bethany Lutheran Church which our team had visited before on their trip two years ago.

we had to dig a rock out of the road to get the bus through.
the children came out to welcome us.
this Church has about 200 members, many more than it had 2 years ago.
team members giving presentations about health and hygiene.
Pastor working with the children.
presenting the water filter
hiking back to the road afterwards
baby pinapple
the Ugandan ‘Grand Canyon’

to those wondering, yes jackfruit is eatable—it tastes kind of like bananas and coconut.

Wednesday

Today we traveled to the remote dairy town of Engari-Kazo to distribute water filters and advise the local farmers/ranchers.

Grace Lutheran Church
this church was started about a year ago and currently has about 70 members.
this cattle pond is the nearest water source during the dry season. Villagers put water in the trough for the cattle.
Most villagers drink water from this pond. The most they do to disinfect the water is boil it.
we assembled 14 filters this morning while the ag team worked to answer questions concerning goats, cows, coffee trees, and banana trees.
meanwhile, the children were taught hygiene and tooth brushing.
and also how to play duck, duck, goose.
filter cleaning demonstration.
the water is not clean.
not every family received a filter, but if the demand spreads, more filters will become available in-country. Families have to go through a health assessment before they are allowed to take the filter home.
jackfruit tree
giant cactus tree

Tuesday

Today, we headed out to a refugee camp housing people from Ethiopia, South Sudan, and The Republic of Congo. There, we distributed water filters and taught health and hygiene classes.

the Lutheran church in camp has 100 members
Pastor Davis taught the children about hand washing while the adults learned how to use their water filters.
the kids got snacks!

Monday

Our first day on the field! We traveled down to Kitagwenda to visit a primary school that housed 307 children.

we toured the school buildings
and the dormitories
we spent part of the morning assembling water fliters
and then the other part teaching gospel to the children.
lunch break
the girls preformed a dance for us.
then we taught the adults how to use their water filters.

Our fellow Lutherans at Immanuel Lutheran Church welcomed us to their service yesterday. There was lots of singing and clapping and moving to the music all around. Some of the hymns were familiar so we sang in English while they sang in their own language.

Today we head off to serve our first village, distributing water filters and spreading the word of God.

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