Christmas Update from the Grahams

29 Nov

Hello Friends!  We wanted to send a special Christmas greeting to you!  So, here’s an update from sunny Soroti.

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Animal Impact

6 Nov

Our mission agency, Christian Veterinary Mission, just created a video featuring our work with the Batwa of SW Uganda. We are appreciative of  CVM’s Animal Impact program for providing so much of the funding to be able to begin these rabbit loan groups.

Another Picture of a Dinosaur!

29 Aug

Day 12…

Today is the last post of our 12 photos in 12 days (I realize that this one is actually a day late – it should have been up yesterday, can I blame it on the time difference?).

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The reason that I am a day late is that we had to make a last minute trip down south.  We have made 2 previous unsuccessful attempts at getting our driving permits here, so we contacted a friend to give us a little help – a driver that we have worked with frequently.  He knew that we could get through the process more quickly at the Jinja office (we don’t have all the services here in Soroti so it is a bit of a challenge because you have to make several visits to the local office and then several trips to Mbale which is about an hour’s drive from here – the whole process taking weeks).  With the help of our friend, we were able to get through the whole process in just a few hours – actually about 6 hours.  We still have to go back in about 2 weeks and pick up our actual permits, but it is such a relief to have that confusing and complicated process done.

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So we ended up spending the night in Jinja – since we were there, we decided to take Nathan out for a boat ride on the water to see the official “Source of the Nile” where the river starts from.  In the 3 years since we have been here, we had never gone out to see it so it was a fun little outing for the family.  And yes, there is a dinosaur on the edge of the Nile in Jinja; who knew?

Joy to the World

27 Aug

Day 11…

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For our church’s Christmas party this last year, Rachel arranged with some folks from our church in the US to send stockings with some small candies and gifts with my parents when they came to visit us.  Over 200 children from the community came to the party where they had a meal, Rachel read to them the Christmas account, and they took home their Christmas present – the only present some of these kids would receive that year.

When (tiny) Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth

26 Aug

Day 10…

You probably did not know that we have dinosaurs in Soroti.  They are small, boot-wearing, candy-eaters who can leave a surprising amount of destruction in their tiny paths.  But aren’t they cute?
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This is Nathan with his friend Walter.  Walter and his Belgian parents were staying in out guesthouse for a couple weeks while they were waiting for their court date so that they could get guardianship of Walter and his brother, baby Thomas.  This is the second couple who have stayed with us while waiting to adopt.  It is a highly emotional time for people (as we know!), as they are meeting their children in-person for the first time, hoping for a positive ruling from the judge, communicating with eager friends and family in their home country and all this while navigating a new culture.  Hospitality has always been very important to us and we love that this has become a small part of our ministry here as we offer a comfortable place to call home and insight into the culture…some calm in the chaos.

We also eagerly anticipate our upcoming court date for guardianship of Nathan, September 14th, 2015.  Keep us in your prayers!

Rhoda’s Rabbits

25 Aug

Day 9…

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After a year of meeting together, the Obule rabbit club received their rabbit loans.  Each of the 9 members received a rabbit pair and will now identify someone else in their community to develop a discipleship relationship with and pass on 2 rabbits to that person.

Sometimes Missionaries Wear Puffy Sleeves

24 Aug

Day 8…

Lest you think that Daniel gets to have all the fun with his goat distributions, trainings and beach trips to Kenya…I have also been keeping myself busy.  This picture is at the Introduction (traditional marriage) of my friend, Rose.  Rose and I have been meeting together for the past year for prayer and discipleship.  Seriously, of all the things that I get to do here, I feel like the time I spend with her each week is some of my favorite.IMG_8474

For this special occasion, I had a Gomesi made, it’s a traditional dress that is worn for weddings and funerals.  It always fun to wear the traditional clothing because then it feels like you can “blend in” just a tiny bit and it’s honoring to your friends when you want to dress like them.  It does take some getting used to as most of the dress is just wrapped and draped and then tied AND they are designed so that you can still nurse your child without disrobing so I always felt like I was preparing for someone to point out a wardrobe malfunction.  Also, just in case you missed them, those sleeves really take puffy sleeves to a whole ‘notha level.

Date Night, take 2

23 Aug

Day 7…

Date Night

For the last year and a half, we have been leading the Marriage Fellowship at our church.  It is starting to become a tradition, that after we finish a teaching series, we have a “dinner & a movie” night.  It is not common for people to go out for a date night with their spouse, so it is always a fun time for everyone.  This is now the second time we have hosted this and we look forward to many more.

A few days at the beach

22 Aug

Day 6…

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At the end of June, I jumped on a quick flight over to the Indian Ocean coastline of Kenya.  Rachel had just returned from her 2 week excursion in the US for her sister’s wedding (Julia and Michael) the day before, so this time she stayed home.  I was in Malindi for CVM’s Africa Fieldworkers Retreat, though I only stayed for a few days and left early to get home to the family – I promised Rachel that I would not have any fun at the beach without them; though I did enjoy seeing all our co-workers from different countries and had a great time catching up with our friends from the Seattle home office.

How not to cut down a tree

21 Aug

Day 5…

These photos are from back in July of last year when our blogging went down the tubes.

We had a large tree next to our house that needed to be cut down because some of the large branches were over the house/power line and were becoming a hazard in the rainy season.  This one requires a series of pictures to give you the best idea about what happened.  Please notice the man in the tree with his chainsaw, no safety equipment needed.  In fact, he did the whole job barefoot which was very impressive.

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Then please notice the first hazardous branch in question landing on top of the roof.

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Then please notice the second hazardous branch in question laying on top of the power line which we were trying to preserve.  He then proceeded to make a series of cuts in the base of the tree which fell over on its own while he was gone for a lunch break.

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