Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Back in Aru

Hi Everybody!

I hope you all are enjoying the end of the summer. It was truly refreshing to my spirit to visit with many of you during my time in the U.S. Thank you for your hospitality and for making time to see me.

I departed Denver the morning of July 28 and arrived in Kampala at 4 a.m. on July 30 after a five-hour layover in NY, an eleven-hour layover in Cairo and a seven-hour time change. Fausto was waiting for me at the airport, and we flew together from Kampala to Arua where Luca awaited us. It's good to be together again.

Back in Aru we prepared for the arrival of the short-term volunteer group that was to arrive from Italy. On Sunday, August 3, Luca, Fausto and I caught the bus from Arua to travel back to Kampala to meet the seven volunteers. The trip took about six hours and we saw some beautiful scenery along with two elephants, two hippos, two gazelle, and some interesting bird life. We were able to spend and hour or two in downtown Kampala before taking a taxi to the convent where we met the volunteers and briefly slept before catching a bus back to Arua at 5 a.m.

The group is working on several projects that I will have to tell you about later. I think we've gotten off to a good start. I'm glad to be back in Congo, but I do miss you!




jam52772 said...

I am so glad we got to see you!! I'm sorry it was rushed. I try to slow down and my life only seems to speed up as the kids get older, but its a good kind of business because its cool to see the kids go through different phases. Gabe did make the honors program as a freshman.

Ron Van Dyken said...

Tricia, Sorry I missed you. I was traveling the entire month of July. Do you need me to ship books? Retirement is 4 years away, and I'm giving children's books away. What is the best way to contact you? Ron

Maritza M-McCoy said...


I am happy to hear that you had a great time in the USA and a safe trip back home. I am sorry that I missed you in July, I wass in Steamboat Springs for 3 weeks on that month. I am very proud of the work you are doing in Aru. I keep you in my prayers. Thank you for keeping us updated of everything that you are doing in Aru. I am getting a lot of students from Somalia in my program.

Let me know how can I help. God bless you!!!

Your friend,

Gail said...

Tricia- Gail and I and all the Affiliates are so sorry that we missed you the end of July. I temporarily "lost" your blog on my laptop.
We are very interested in learning about the challenges confronting the Congolese people and learning first hand about what we are presently reading about the attack in your Country.
Please keep us posted!
We are learning about the tragedies in Sudan as well as hearing about Jim and Hang's experience in Vietnam. They are full time lay missionaries.

Blessing from Gail and Larry