Volume 2, Issue 26
December 21, 2007
…life in a foreign land…
Tomorrow I am leaving Ebola central and heading for the bustling metropolis of Kampala. There I will join the rest of the World Harvest Mission team, minus Scott Myhre and Pat Abbott who will be coming on Monday. I’ll be in Kampala until December 27, and then I’ll return to Bundibugyo for a few days before heading out again, possibly to Murchison Falls for a post new year’s celebration with Pat, Ashley, and Sara.
I like being in Bundibugyo, but I am at a point now where I could use a mini-vacation away. Life here is hard, even before Ebola came. There is a vast array of poverty, illness, and despair. The past two weeks numerous people have knocked on my door, seeking assistance to buy food or clothes for Christmas day. I wish I could help them all, but that would be financially impossible and not relationally wise.
I still have not fully comprehended that Christmas is only a few days away. This holiday season has been unlike any other.
In American I have many friends similar in age and life experience to me, which helps me to process my every day life. In this foreign land I have friends, but cultural issues often get in the way of just being and relating to people. I am thankful to be here, but when I think of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations it causes me to miss friends and family in America.
Scott J. Will