More of Gulu
Yesterday, Elder Woods and I took a drive 60 miles or so up the road to Kitgum. About a two hour ordeal up dirt road, washed out, pot-holed...beat you to death trip. There is a small unofficial Church group that meets there is the Los Angeles Hotel (shown above) lobby. Maybe a dozen or so members. It's lead by Nixon. That's him on the left outside his home with a good friend and faithful Church member Kenneth. Nixon was one of thousands of children abducted by Joseph Kony...about age 13. Forced into the rebel's army. He never really joined the cause and in a hail of bullets from govt planes he found a knife to cut himself free. In the process of escaping he was shot in upper leg/hip area. I can't remember how long the bullet remained inside him. He thinks the bullet probably passed through one or two others before he got hit.
Down the road from this hut we met two of our branch members, Dixon and Agnes...this is an amazing story told mostly in pictures. A brilliant couple. Very ingenious, industrious, and wealthy by Uganda standards. Dixon started working his land in 1999. It was nothing but swamp when he began. We call it "paradise" today. They have had their trials having lost both of their two children to illness. Last year Dixon caught malaria that really effected his mental health. Was placed in hospital on phsycotics for weeks, dehydrated, near death. Also diagnosed with TB. His Mom insisted they re-hydrate him and he began to mend with proper medical care. His farm site nearly fell apart. Today it is doing great.
Factoid: I needed a bathroom sink faucet repaired in the apt here. Called plumber. Parts and labor...10,000 shillings or $4 US.