Some are asking for specific information about where I am. So I thought Africa

for this blog I would answer that question. I will include three maps. The first is a map of Africa that shows Uganda just to the east of the center of Africa on the North shore of Lake Victoria, which is the headwaters of the Nile River. The Nile runs all the way north from here to join the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt.

The first thing you might notice in the second map – the one of Uganda – is that not only is Uganda on the Equator, but Jinja, the city I am in, is practically oUganda mapn the Equator. Strangely, though it is summer here, Texas is far hotter in the summer than I am experiencing. Yesterday it rained, and all the Ugandans were wearing coats and shivering. The temperature couldn’t have been less than 85 degrees even when it was raining the hardest, but that is pretty cold for a Ugandan.

I arrived in Uganda at Entebbe, was met by Samuel Wasula, the local church planter, and he drove me through the capital, Kampala, and then about an hour to the east to Jinja.

The third map is a map of the Jinja area, a town of 89,000 which sits on the north shore of Lake Victoria. You will see that thJinja Towne Nile River exits Lake Victoria heading north right at Jinja. In fact, my hotel in is Jinja on the east side of the river as I have marked on the map, and the neighborhood I am teaching in is Bujjowali, which is on the west side of the river only about 15 minutes drive. I cross the dam and power plant that is the actual headwaters of the Nile every morning on my way out at 8:30 a.m. and every evening on my way back at about 5:30 p.m.

The power plant is a major energy producer in Uganda, and so there are always heavily armed soldiers standing along the road watching the traffic on the Jinja end of the bridge. I am not clear why the security is so much heavier on the Jinja end than on the other end. There are a lot of women in their police and military, so every morning I see at least one female soldier, sometimes two with either sidearms or an automatic rifles, standing by the side of the road, andP1080271 every evening when I return, I see the same soldiers there, so it must be a long shift, standing in the hot sun all day long.

Bujjowali is a neighborhood set back from the main paved road about half a mile, so we leave the pavement and follow a dirt road through fields and scattered houses, to the neighborhood of the church, which sits in a small compound surrounded by a bricP1080269k wall. It has a little building, a small house, a chicken house, and a metal canopy. The pastor actually ran the wire for a single bulb of electricity in the building just this week. He borrows electricity from a generous Christian neighbor by running a wire through their window to a plug (the wire costs about $3.50 per meter, which is a lot of money here). I am supposed to run my projector off of this setup, but have not yet worked on that. So far I have used a white board and markers instead. There will have to be more “backyard” wiring before I can plug the projector in.

And that is where in the world I am.