Pam: Charity Never Faileth
In General Conference, one of President Monson's talks was entitled "Love - The Essence of the Gospel". We know this is true, but frequently fail to apply this to its fullest extent: "we cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey." We decided if we work at applying just this one principle more effectively every day, both with others and between ourselves, no matter what else transpires, our mission will be a success. To hear or read this inspiring talk, copy and paste the following https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/love-the-essence-of-the-gospel?lang=eng
This is a picture of our dear friend Stephen Lowaka. He joined the church too late to go on a mission, but he is always serving others. He is the 2nd student in Gulu to earn a personal keyboard through his diligent practicing as well as playing hymns in church. He will also need to teach someone else how to play. That should not be hard for him as he has been an excellent student. I (Pam) have 7 keyboard students, way more than I would like, but there currently is no member in the Bardege Branch that can play so I added two more young single adult women, in hopes they will take their practice seriously. There is a long list of individuals wanting to learn, but I can only devote so much time to this, and as with developing most talents, when the students realize how much effort it takes, many quickly drop out. Steve, however, wants to be an accomplished pianist.
You have seen this one before early on but worth looking at again. Arch-Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church here in Gulu. Without a doubt, the loveliest building in the area.
These are patients or family members waiting in line to pay their hospital bill at one of the local hospitals. They are provided a bench to sit on...still some must stand and wait.
I know this was in last week's blog...The Bardege Branch Young Women held a Modesty Modeling contest. These are the 5 winners plus their leaders. A wonderful event. They were taught a very important truth...that dressing modestly, not drawing attention to one's body leads to clean thoughts and stayng pure and chaste for we know that our Heavenly Father delights in the chastity of his daughters and no less in his sons.
Wash day at Lacor Hospital....sheets and such.
Ambulances at the hospital. There was one up and ready to roll. The remainder, the ones above are all in the shop for various repairs.
The old latrine. You remember this pic from our first week here. That's me, peeking over this lean-to...rotted wood planks, sheet metal and vines tied together.
The new latrine just 4 months later...no privacy.
You remember the old latrine the guards use at our compound. It was pretty worthless so as a Christmas service project we tore the top one down and erected a new one with straw mats that surrounded the privy. Well, that one lasted 4 months in the rain and wind and heat. Not too fear, however, as each 5 foot straw mat costs about $1.00, I bought 4 more and we had it rebuilt...two young men in the Gulu branch earning a little money from Pam, neither of which was active in the Church 2 months ago.
A homemade kite one of the children was flying. The only one we have seen here. It would take off with the slightest run down the street...pretty ingenious. The Africans make due, both the old and the young.