While at the Amazima School site I had the joy of attending the weekly chapel service. When I attend church in Africa, it’s normally with a group of other mzungus (white people) and we’ve met the pastor ahead of time and we get introduced because we are visitors whom people will want to greet. This time my introduction was made so people would not be distracted by the American woman with the huge camera.
There were the shy smiles and that typical Uganda laugh I’ve grown to appreciate. It sounds like a nervous chuckle, but I think maybe it’s just the normal reaction to mzungus or new people. It’s also very possible that my hair looked terrible.
As I mentioned before, Ugandans are not camera-shy. Matt explained to me that phones with cameras and constant photo-taking are still just new enough to be a novelty here, so everyone wants to jump into a picture. Selfies are popular, although between you and me, I still think Egyptians are winning that game by a landslide.
The photography could have ended up being one of those times where people are swarming in for photos, but instead they pretty much forgot about me once the music got going and Simugei and Cossy started teaching. I found a bunch of rebar to perch on for a good angle (#shortgirlproblems #tetanusvaccineuptodate) and listened in with them throughout the lesson.
When it was over, Simugei jumped back in and put forth a sort of altar call. About a half dozen men came forward. It’s been happening quite a lot here in recent months that more and more workers are responding to the Gospel. EMI keeps a stash of Luganda language Bibles for them. They are not left without further teaching and discipleship. I don’t know if more baptisms will happen soon, but it seems it might be necessary.
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