Latest news from the Cress team sent Monday 14th September …
A cold shower in the morning has been wonderfully refreshing! This followed a warm night with the chatter of wildlife and dogs defending their territory. The Airport Guest House has been a gentle introduction to Uganda where we have been given a most generous welcome. Today has been a chance for preparation and relaxation. Despite the threat of thunderstorms (Adrian commented that he had never seen a weather alert quite like it before!) the sun shone gracefully, allowing us some time to swim and chat by a beautiful pool.
Today we changed more money. Caroline was carrying over 3 million Ugandan Shillings with bodyguards Patrick and Adrian escorting her nervously back to pay the Guest House for three nights with dinner, bed and breakfast (under £100 per person).
Meanwhile the rest of us took our lives into our own hands and navigated the back streets to explore the market, narrowly avoiding deep uncovered roadside drainage ditches and fast-moving vehicles veering in all directions. Small bananas and huge avocados were most available, with the odd tower of water melons and an occasional bicycle laden with pineapples.
It has been very good to have Maggie and Anna Strain with us this evening and we are now off to pack up for a 6.30am departure to catch the MAF flight to Moyo. From here we will be driven across the border into South Sudan to Kajo Keji and the start of the clergy conference. Maggie and Jeremy will be going to visit the clinic in Liwolo.
Rain is forecast which could jeopardise the flight and the onward journeys. We wait to see what is in store.
Those who have been before to South Sudan are excited to be seeing old friends and Jeremy, Maggie and Rachel are looking forward to the adventure ahead.