Arriving, Acclimating and Treasuring the Little Things

Have you ever felt like an awkward piece of a puzzle that doesn’t quite fit into a crowd or the nerves associated with embarking on a crazy endeavor with no clear assurance of a happy ending?? Well, I’m throwing two hands up in the air right now! I’ll never forget the rush of fear stepping off the plane in Entebbe, Uganda in the pitch black darkness after traveling for over 27 hours. I thought the end of the runway to the airport door would never end as a 100 hundred African eyes were staring at me, most likely wondering what is this little chica doing here?? After applying for my visa, going through customs and retrieving my luggage, the beautiful site of four Missionaries of the Poor waiting for me outside brought my heart so much peace and joy. I had no idea their names or anything about them, but they already felt like family to me.

Whoawa so where do I even begin?! The first week in Uganda has been an amazing, challenging, growing and beautiful experience. ( I hope there are enough adjectives up there to give it justice ahaha :)) The Ugandan people are incredibly joyful and optimistic, despite the numerous challenges they face every single day to have food, fresh water and a safe place to rest their heads. Here’s a glimmer of their day…

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Grocery shopping anyone?

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Life at the monastery with the Missionaries of the Poor is a new experience which has enabled me to see that a life of service in any capacity is an invitation to pure joy! Here is my home…

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Hmmm yummy breakfast…Rabbit Spinach Soup

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Hahaha I totally bring a dash of color to the clothes line 🙂

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Most importantly, working at Busega (Orphanage in Kampala for Abondoned Children) has awakened my soul to treasure the simple things in life. Meet Peter, who loves just being able to get up at of bed and walk around the orphanage with assistance.

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 And Sibiri, who lost his limbs at birth, and jumps at a chance to practice his incredible artistic skills…

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     Some other precious moments are helping a child sit up properly so they don’t choke on their food or have to eat off the floor…or embracing a child who just needs some attention and love..or helping a child stand up for the first time in weeks. Then there is always the daily gift of turning on the faucet and water actually comes out. Scavenging the monastery to find some fresh carrots and milk always makes an afternoon a little more adventurous too 🙂

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Peter Palumbo
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Keep up the good work Clare! -Pete

ceciliamaria
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This post makes me even more excited for the work you are doing, Clare!! You may be far away in Uganda, but you are so close to my heart! Sending lots of love and prayers your way!

byrnecla
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Awww thanks Cecilia! Much love and prayers 🙂

Rebecca Pfost Malato
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Wow! What adventures you’re having! God bless! <3 Becky

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Teriz Michael

Sibiri <3