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Day 1 Lugogo post by Jordan Richardson

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Greetings from Uganda!

We are so thrilled to be in this wonderful country after a long journey. The Lord has been so good to provide us all with safe travels and get all of our luggage here.

The last couple days have been a whirlwind. Friday we got the opportunity to meet up with the other half of our team that arrived from Ireland early that morning. They are so sweet and on fire for the Lord! We spent most of that day preparing for the first day of the field hockey clinics (Saturday.) We went to the Ugandan version of a mall in Garden City, and purchased over 600 packs of cookies, 47 loaves of bread, and plenty of jelly to feed the children on Saturday. It was nice to see what the more westernized side of Uganda looks like as we explored Kampala a little. There are people EVERYWHERE, all trying to sell things. There are no driving rules, so the streets (which are more like dirt roads,) are crazy. Because of the insane traffic, the roads are overflowing with bota botas, which are a cross between a bicycle and a motorcycle. They weave in and out of traffic and go pretty much wherever they want.

Today we woke up and headed straight to the national Ugandan hockey field. Seeing their facilities is a great reminder of how blessed we are to have the amazing facilities at Liberty. As our busses pulled up, children were already waiting for us in the stands. They are all so darling and well behaved. They are starved for attention and full of love for everyone. We taught them some hockey, played games, painted their nails and faces, and fed them some lunch. At the end we got to sing some worship songs with the children in a large group and Coach and Dr. Dickie got to share about our love for the Lord and the reason why we are here. We are very excited to go back and see the children again tomorrow. Today we had about 400 kids come, and we are expecting even more tomorrow.

After the clinic and lunch, we headed back to the field and got to do some demonstrations. It was nice to be able to have fellowship with girls our own age who have been born and raised in this culture. It gives you such a different perspective. They had just as many questions for us as we had for them. We will be excited to play hockey with them again next weekend.

Thanks for your continued prayers and thinking of us while we are away. We are so excited to see the ways that God is going to work through us as a team here in Uganda!

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