Uganda Mission Trip Journal – Allen and Kristine James

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April 9, 2018

Today was all about travel once more. We drove from Kampala to Bugiri which is to the west. The trip was 6 people in a van that shouldn’t have 6 people in it. At least, there was air conditioning. Something I had missed very much. The drive took us more than 6 hours through terrible conditions. The road wasn’t that bad, but the villages we drove through were very impoverished. The constant array of roadside merchants selling anything you could imagine, was surrounded by the tattered infrastructure of a true third world country.

We arrived at our hotel and immediately sprayed down our room with a fog of bug spray. The beds have mosquito nets. At least we can sleep without much fear. The bathrooms are interesting. The toilet and the shower occupy the same space. There is not even a shower really. There’s just a shower head sticking out of the wall. The water flows into the floor with no buffer. At least we have a western style toilet.

We found out tonight that we have to tell them what we want for breakfast the night before so they can go get it. They keep no food in the kitchen.
Tonight, the power shut off about 9 p.m. Every night the entire town has the power turned off to conserve electricity.

I really enjoyed traveling with Pastor Butch. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Uganda. He has lived through some incredible persecution of Christians. His story really puts into perspective how easy I have it in Montana.