OK, so here’s the raw and unfiltered scoop. I’ve been hoping God would use this trip to “redeem” Uganda in my mind. You see, for reasons I will spare you having to read (okay, so I filtered that part), my first trip was not a wholly wonderful experience. There were a few hard things that happened that left me with enough bad memories and feelings that I was not keen on going back any time soon. Also, Uganda is where I found a snake in my toilet, so there’s that.
But I also went knowing that He might not choose to make the country over in my mind to suit my tastes and to leave me with good feels. I don’t really want or need a God who caters to my whims anyway.
I know I’m tired when my thoughts make no sense. Well, they totally do as they are coming out of my brain. But about three seconds after said thoughts exit I stop and think, “Actually, I doubt ferrets have much use for immersion blenders.”
Such are the goings on of my head after 24 hours in the air, 16 hours of layovers, and a change of 9 time zones. Oh, and only 2 hours of sleep in there.
I’m not on a project team this time. It’s just me by my lonesome. Some very cool stuff happened recently in Uganda and there are new things on the horizon. I go for both of these things.
Without giving it all away, I can say that my work will be threefold. There will be only a small bit of video work to fill in some gaps in a previous project that we decide to tweak and use later in the year. The rest will be largely journalism with some still photography to highlight some very cool work and discipleship that is going on among local staff. I’ve missed having a heavier load of still photography, so I’m really looking forward to not having to think in video clips so much. Plus, with a 26-hour flight I figure I can knock out that whole editing project before I even hit American soil.
This will be the first time in 3 years and 7 EMI trips that I have returned to a country. While always going someplace new is pretty exciting and adventurous, there are a lot of good reasons to look forward to returning to Uganda. Some of them are admittedly shallow and superficial, but some are deep. Sort of. I try to be deep when I can, but I usually resort to dry humor and hashtags. But I digress. Here is my list of things to look forward to.
When I first tip-toed into the world of professional photography I tried the obvious route of portraits and weddings. Eventually I decided photojournalism was more my speed, except for one thing: photo editors. These people are equal parts reviled and admired. They strike fear in the hearts of the poor shooters under their command because they are unrelenting perfectionists. Honestly, out in the world of news magazines and such I would probably crack under the pressure and quietly back away. At EMI I got lucky.
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