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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Or NotMonday, August 4, 2008
Two busy boys, plus no electricity, plus a shotty internet connection equals... no updates.
It has been some time since the latest news or thoughts from the Kehns. Let's say it is justified. But August is my month to get things done and number one on my list is getting power to our home. It has been almost 19 months without electricity in our home and more importantly the amenities that accompany.
However the blessings of a sporatic generator given freely to our family, and a large storage battery have sustained us long enough to survive up to now.
But its high time to get things done. It will take money, time and bucket fulls of will power. Pray that God will provide all of these things, ending in connecting us to the main line. Oh, what a beautiful day!
Crystal's qoute: "I don't know what I will do with myself when we get it. It will be the most shocking thing. We will probably forget that we have it, and not use it for a week."
Life for LifeSunday, August 3, 2008
This weekend we had two big functions for Juna Amagara Ministries: staff party and ABIDE graduation ceremony. To kick it off UG style, we decided to slaughter our goat and roast it for the celebrations (a common tradition in Uganda). I decided to take part in the killing/preparation and caught it on video here. WARNING: Do NOT watch it if you have a weak stomach.
We are realizing more and more that our personal lives and culture has been in a continual process of adaption. Today a mission team was sharing some of the differences between the American and Ugandan cultures. We realized that in many we actually associated ourselves within the Ugandan way and have forgotten some American culture.
For example in Uganda, motioning someone to come to you is only done through a palm-down opening and closing of the hand (almost like waving). It has become so common we forgot how do it any other way. The mission team had to explain to us that Americans use one finger (looks an awful lot like a worm). Crystal and I laughed so hard trying to do it that way. It seemed so strange. Another example is pointing at things. Ugandans use their lips to 'point' at objects instead of their finger. Try it out, it works well (and it's fun to see others reactions to you). And simply raising the eyebrows means yes in Uganda.
Wow, we are adapting!
the KEHNS serving in Uganda with Juna Amagara Ministries