May 28, 2008 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
The Surgery

The Surgery

It’s been a full day today.   Like I said in my previous post, we wanted to go to the pool, so that’s where our day started.   The Passion team was busy cranking out all the logistical details for the conference and setting up the venue and working on budgets so today was our ‘free day’ as volunteers.   Little did we know that Kelsey was allergic to the kinds of chemicals they use in pools in Uganda.    The kids had a great time splashing about in a gorgeous pool but when we got out, Kelsey felt a little odd.   By the time we got back to the hotel room, she was woozy and was having a lot of congestion.   It wasn’t long until she sounded like she used to when she had asthma as a little kid.     Then, she really was beginning to struggle with her breathing and said that her ‘throat was closing up’.   (don’t worry, grandparents — she’s ok now!)     This was probably the first real moment that it was clear to me that we weren’t ‘in Kansas anymore’.   This beautiful hotel doesn’t have a doctor on staff and, while their breakfast buffet is astounding, there’s not really reliable emergency services here.   Kelsey could talk and she could breathe, but she was scared and said she felt like I fish looks when it’s in the bottom of of the boat — gills expanding and gulping, but not much life-giving breath.

Our guides knew where to take her so we jumped in the Passion van and headed off to ‘the surgery’ (the clinic) five minutes away.   When we arrived, Kelsey was seen immediately.   Her ability to exhale was good enough that they didn’t give her oxygen, but they did put her on a preventative steroid inhaler and we will have that with us for the rest of our journey.   After about 45 minutes or so,  her breathing was improving and she was feeling calmer so our nice English doctor released her with confidence and we returned to the hotel.  Kelsey will not be returning to the pool!

We are grateful to God for mercy today.   She could’ve had her attack while still in the pool.   Or even pool side (which is many steps away from the lobby and she would’ve had a very hard time getting back.) We are grateful that our guides knew just where to take us and that our physician knew how to diagnose her and had some meds to give her.   We are grateful that friend, Todd  (the Passion security-lead) went with us and provided comfort.   We are grateful for our Nigerian friend, Thompson, who had flown in from Minneapolis to volunteer and who prayed healing and peace over Kelsey.

God is faithful all the time.   Today is was in provision and in healing.

The rest of our day was spent in two different children’s home — Bethany Village and Wototo Children’s Home.   We are amazed at the hearts of the servant leaders that are pouring their lives out for the orphans of this nation.      Hope I can upload some photos…. we’ll see how many bytes this connection can handle!

Pray for the students who are coming from all over East Africa to arrive safely.   Pray for the weather to hold since rain could prove disastrous for both the field and the equipment.   Pray for God to continue this movement in the lives of these university students long after the sounds of the Passion conference has faded.

we love you guys!



May 28, 2008 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We got in last night without any problems. We had a 5 hour layover in Amsterdam and found some ‘comfort chairs’ to sleep in. Then arrived in Kampala around 815 last night. A bus and driver were waiting for the Passion team at the airport and we rode with a couple of poeple from Gaba Community Church (A passion sponsor here) and a guy from SixSteps (Passion’s record label) and Charlie Hall and some of his band. It was about an hour drive to the hotel…. the kids enjoyed seeing what we could see on the drive in. It was really dark and there are no street lights. With all the walkers on the street, I’m not sure how we made it without hitting someone!! Ruth was nervous because she couldn’t see our driver…. then we told her he was sitting on the other side of the bus! She didn’t realize that they drive on the other side of the road here.

This morning we’re refreshed and have had an amazing breakfast here at the Serena. This is an unbelieveable hotel…. really spectacular. We have these giant birds outside too…. no joke…. like terradactyls!!!

Ruth is dying to get to the pool so that’s our plan right now. The passion team is hard at work and we’ve met most of the group so far. This afternoon we’ll go to Bethany Village to see a local church sponsored orphanage compound. It should be about a 4 hour excursion.
Pray for our volunteers to arrive safely and for the weather to hold.

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