What does Christmas on the Equator even look like? Well, for starters it’s hot and sunny and full of outdoor pool activities.
You may have noticed the Rousehouse hasn’t posted daily stories or pics the past few weeks. We intentionally took a little break to simply enjoy the Holiday season. We did however take lots of pictures of all of the festive activities and adventures that we went on so that, we could share them later. Christmas was a lot different here in Uganda but we are learning to create some of our own family traditions and enjoy this season we are in. We know that this isn’t how it will be forever but we know that forever we will look back on these times and cherish the memories. We would love for you to scroll along and enjoy the memories we made during Christmas 2019!
Because of your support and generosity towards the Rousehouse we were able to throw a Christmas party for the Sole Hope Staff. There was a soccer/football match in the morning, big meal together, and games and prizes in the afternoon. It was a great way to end the year here at Sole Hope! Thank you for making it possible!
Some new friends invited us to a Christmas party, white elephant gift exchange and time of singing Christmas carols. They even turned on a small air conditioner to make it feel a little cooler for all of us Americans. (Yes, that is a live chicken and it felt quite normal as we all passed it around the living room to check it out)
Our electricity wasn’t working properly for about a week but thankfully we found a guy that knew a guy that took care of it just before Christmas. It now works and our stove and fridge don’t shock us anymore!
My friend Obed and I travelled about an hour away to deliver 114 pairs of shoes to a community center for children. We wished we had at least double that amount once we arrived!
For Christmas I surprised Lara with a night away at one of the most amazing places! This is a resort in the middle of nowhere on an island in the middle of the Nile. It was exactly what we needed to refill our tanks! They had the most comfortable bed, delicious food, private huts, bathtub on your patio, and the rapids rushing by you as you slept. Paradise!
Our church here in Uganda (Jinja Town Church) had a nice candle light service on Christmas Eve. We sang Christmas songs, read the Christmas story and then we went to eat Chinese food.
Lots of cooking and baking our Christmas favorites over this week. Everyone was involved but some just wanted to be taste testers.
Christmas morning was slow and perfect. We opened stockings, made a huge breakfast, opened presents, and laid around the house. This is one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
Christmas night we invited some friends and expats over for snack foods and desserts. It was such a fun evening. We played ping pong, ate really good food, and ended the night with a dance party! No videos were allowed to be posted to protect the integrity of others.
The Day after Christmas we headed off to Kampala (this is the biggest city and capitol of Uganda) for some R&R. We shopped for some goodies we can’t find in our town, went to the movies, spent the days swimming, spent time reading, sleep in, played board games and ate a lot of great food!
Lots and lots of great food!
While in Kampala, we also spent one morning at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Praise the Lord we left there with everyone’s passport stamped with the appropriate permit to live and work in Uganda! While we waited we could see the largest mosque in Kampala and Elly and Grey in their own little world entertaining everyone else waiting.
The kids are all doing great and really enjoyed this season! (Mac taking a pic with dad’s dream vehicle to make him jealous. Grey spending time with one of his besties. Elly giving loves to a friends baby goat.)
It has been a good time but we are looking forward to some normal rhythms of life, work, and family this coming month.
Ways to be praying for us this month:
- Protection…physical, spiritual, and over our relationships
- Increased favor with our staff and those in our community
- Strong community of friends and encouragers in our lives
- For Sole Hope leadership as they lead us in a healthy direction for this next year
- Wisdom in finding a new car
- Healthy bodies
- Encouraged hearts
- Increased vision and passion for the work God is calling us to
- We all received our visas with no problems!
- We have almost raised all of the funds for a bigger, stronger, better vehicle!
- These past 6 months the Lord has protected us from Malaria!
- Sole Hope was able to finish the year financially strong and healthy
- God is continually showing us His power and faithfulness
How can you partner with us:
- Pray Pray Pray
- Have your church partner with us and Sole Hope through hands on events like shoe cutting parties and more. Sole Hope, Get Involved
- Come visit us! or Bring a team to visit and experience Sole Hope and Uganda
- Share with others. We would love for others to have the opportunity to be a part of this mission and Sole Hope www.rousehouse.org
- Be generous. We need more monthly givers Give Monthly
- Give a special gift to support this ministry here in Uganda Special gift
Believe me, YOU WANT TO FOLLOW along on our social media pages! So many fun adventures, stories, and pictures.
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