#9 – Back on the grid!

Lynne is back in touch with us (as you can see from new posts around here), and she truly is at the end of the earth! Someone stole a portion of the phone and power cables, so they did not have electricity for a day and a half, no water for a day, no hot water for another day and no internet for several days. Her phone will not accept a local sim card, and her computer may have completely fried.

Lynne says that the workers are very welcoming and have taught her how to use lots of non-power tools.  The building goes well.  They do a lot of chiseling and mixing of cement and mortar (more on that soon), and the people in charge are surprisingly open to suggestions and recommendations.  Lynne suggested putting in a few windows in one of the rooms, and this is the view from there now:

view outside window Lynne suggestedThey haven’t seen a great deal of what we would consider to be typical Africa wildlife.  Poaching is a huge problem in Africa, and hunters will kill elephants and rhinos just for their tusks.  As a result, most of the wildlife is getting rounded up and gathered into parks for their protection.  They plan to go to such a park soon, but so far Lynne has seen lots of termites, mosquitos, pigs, donkeys and dogs.

Lynne thanks everyone for their comments, messages, thoughts and prayers.  She is so happy to be able to keep in touch and show the world what life is like in Gulu, Uganda.  Isn’t technology amazing?


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Becky Holley on February 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    So very glad to see you back on the grid. I check almost daily! Thanks for being there and helping to get that house built for Jo and Marion. Give them each a hug from me! My sister Mary Ellen sends hugs too!!


  2. It was great to talk with you today! Many blessings your way for this wonderful work you are doing for those in need!

    Be safe!


  3. Lynne, this is so cool!! Thanks for keeping in touch with us. I’m sure the folks in Gulu are happy you are there and able to be of help. Pat Murphy arrived at Carondelet this morning and is doing well. She is eager to return to Gulu and Jo and Marion. Love and hugs to all of you. Maryellen


  4. Posted by Kathy Crowley on February 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Lynne, I love reading everything. It requires “the most manual of manual labor”. I bet it does. Know that I am thinking and praying for you all. say a big HI to Jo for me. Kathy Crowley


  5. Awesome to hear from you about your Ugandan experience. Please have fun, sing loud, dance merrily, smile often and be careful with your neck and low back!!! (This is your physical therapist speaking.)

    How is the political scene in Uganda these days? What are the main issues facing the CSJ’s mission there?

    Peace and Love,



  6. Posted by Joeann Beresford on February 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, again, Lynne. This is a new post since this morning. Am delighted that you are back online. It sounds like you are making progress . . . and I like your suggestion of more windows, too! Love, Cec


  7. Lynne, thanks for keeping in touch. Very interesting to hear what you are doing for people in need.


  8. Posted by Marcia Samuel on February 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Lynne, it is so exciting to see Uganda and what you are doing there. The pictures tells such a story to me I only wish I could be there. I am thankful that you are safe and back in touch with us. We miss you and Carly. I am praying for you, your family, friends and the people that you come in contact with I pray for favor.


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