"What's 'What's the craic?' in Lugandan then?"

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Oliatiya! We’ve just finished Day 3 of Ekisa and we are exhausted – so exhausted in fact, that Jade spent half a day walking round wearing a dress back to front and none of us noticed!

It has been an amazing children’s camp – 200 children, all unique and significant coming to experience God’s love for them and to feel the care of the team here, who are so loving and dedicated that I want to steal them and bring them back to work at Ballyholme Jumpin’ every summer!

The children love to sing and dance and run, and for the older children especially, Ekisa is a chance to reclaim some of the childhood experiences they often miss out on as they are expected to care for their younger siblings.

Our Lugandan is pretty limited, but many of the children speak basic English and so we’ve been able to communicate – one of the lovely things has been asking the kids what they do every day, and almost all reply “I wake up, then I pray first and then wash my face”, which is beautiful and very much a challenge to me. We’re already in love with these kids, so leaving for home will definitely be bittersweet.

A few very entertaining mishaps have happened – firstly, one of the boys who shall remain nameless blocked their toilet system! Unfortunately a plunger was nowhere to be found, so they received a lesson in how to clear it the old fashioned way!

One of the boys also experienced another mishap – the first thing our very own Cameron did on arriving in Kiwoko was to have his hair braided into dreadlocks. He has been very proud of these and has shown them off to many giggles from the children… We then learned that to the Ugandans, his new dreads make him look like a drug dealer so needless to say he’ll be taking them out tonight!

As you can tell, we have laughed a lot. This trip has been emotional to say the least but there have been so many hysterical moments, and if there is anybody who can teach you joy, it is a group of Ugandans. They laugh and smile and dance for joy in a way we reserved Northern Irish aren’t quite used to, but already we’re learning to dance for joy with them to celebrate kids clubs, friendship and just how good God is.

And lastly, I thought I would share a photograph of today’s ‘cultural exchange’. Every morning the two Ekisa teams – Ugandan and Irish – meet for prayer, bible study and cultural exchange time, where we have learned a little of each language (the Kiwoko staff are loving asking each other what the craic is!), discussed dating and courtship in our cultures and learned a bit about our countries. Today’s exchange time was Ugandan dancing, which as you can imagine, our uncoordinated Irish feet can’t quite manage! We were also dressed in traditional Ugandan clothing from various regions – here is a picture!

Thank you for your prayers – please keep us in them as we go into our next few days. Tomorrow is a rest day which we are very excited for, so please pray that we are refreshed and ready for the next week with another group of wonderful children.


Laura Jeffrey is a member of the CMSI Mission Experience Team Abroad from Ballyholme Parish that is visiting Kiwoko in August/September 2015. You can read more from Laura and the team here.

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karen humphrey said Fri, 28 Aug 2015 02:19PM
Yous look fab in pic. This blog gave me n Nanny and Granda a chuckle. Keep up the good work and stay safe.
Suzanne said Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:38PM
You all look fabulous! Wishing you a good rest and lots more energy for next week.
katrina ewart said Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:04AM
Hi Cameron u all look wonderful,wish I was there on your wedding day lol love u loads god bless
Tracy said Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:57PM
You all look so well! Can't believe you're half way through already, and by the looks of things its a lot of fun! Thinking of you xx

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