Note from Mom: Carter would really love to hear from any and all of you!! ( he my or may not have mentioned that he was a little homesick in a separate email to me 🙂 His email and address are listed in the sidebar… 🙂
Africa Airlines feeds you on any flight, it was a 3 hour flight to Uganda and they fed us an entire freaking meal!! Delta sucks, 16 hour flight to SA and no food at all…
Uganda has so much work its crazy. One guy that got baptized has lived alone since he was 6, and his only friends that he called family were Muslim. So when he converted, they threatened to kill him, so he ran from home. But his testimony is so strong. He is always willing to help and he thanks God every day.
I killed a wasp half the size of a AA battery.
I live in a compound with a guard. All the guards here are packing heat… like AK47 or a 30 odd 6. It’s a 5 mile walk to my area with loads of hills, 10+ miles a day is rough. We buy this street food called Rolex. It’s not a watch, it’s eggs and fried bread. 4 eggs and some bread costs like 58 cents in american $.
No police in the slums. the crowds do justice to crime here. If a thief gets caught, or someone yells “Thief! Thief!” no joke like everyone in the street will attack him. They usually don’t live…
I’m trying to upload pics but there is a crazy storm and the wifi sucks ( I bless the rains down in Africa [this is a direct reference to teh song Africa, by Toto]). I’ll probably just send the card home when its full and momma can post them all, but one of them is the temple is South Africa; 2 is the area where I walk through; and 3 is the big freaking wasp; #4 is of my area; like everything in the picture I walk to and teach people.
We get at least 2-3 new contacts a day it’s so powerful. I’m in the Kampala city center called Kololo, and its full of the slums. Like it’s rare to have running water for those people, but just on the other side of the street is a compound of 2-3 apartments with a hired guard and all the cars inside are BMW. The people in the slums, they live off of maybe 50,000 shillings a month, which is 15$.
the smell. Oh. My. Goodness. The smell is atrocious. Almost sinful. But the people are so nice everyone says, “hi,” unless they are drunk. Which is about half the people when the sun goes down. Also, if you are a girl over the age of 22, and don’t have a kid yet, it’s rare. There is no self control here. It’s somewhat sad.
I have seen 2 boda crashes so far, (moter bike taxi). They are like ants in traffic. They weave in and out of the cars. It’s so hectic. And crossing the street for me and my companion is crazy. I say a prayer each time I cross this 4X4 lane road. (4 lanes then a median then another 4 lanes). I call it Frogger Road. No joke. You need to time the driving speed of the cars, watch out for bodas, and the people selling food/ preachers.
You can tell how well off people are here by what food they feed you. I feel bad when I’m only fed beans and rice because that’s the best they have to offer, and usually they don’t eat with us. Very humbling. The kids in the streets will play with anything. Walking today, I saw them sledding down an asphalt road in a Jerry can, but they use bike tires and roll them all over the place or make toys out of trash.
Midway though this email the storm took the power out. I’m back an hour later, I road a camel and bought a watch during the storm. It was super nice. The watch from a far looks like a Calvin Klein watch, but if you look super close it says Galvin Klein. i saw Nike shoes that say Nice or Jordans, but the letter O is a zero, all for less than 3$ (15, 000 shillings) and I have heard that my emails are not proofed so I apologize. Also, fun fact, I pick up accents super fast. Most LDS members think I have been out for a year or so and are super surprised that it’s only been 5 days. I’m usually emailing around 2;30-4;00 pm or 4 am Alaska time, but even if you’re not awake please email me any time, I don’t have anyone’s email so I’m sorry if you have expected a personal email, i just don’t have it haha, but that’s all for this week. thank you all for the support! I pray that all of you stay safe and happy.