Just received an update from Mark on their first few days in Uganda with Visiting Orphans.
So, after a loonngg flight, a stop in Ethiopia, we finally arrived in Entebbe, Uganda. our first guest house was pretty nice, had an awesome shower...as long as you held the shower head on your skin so the weak water pressure would actually hit you. We had a good meal with rice and chicken, and Mountain Dew! Yes, Mountain Dew has hit Africa and I couldn't be happier:-)
Our first day in Uganda was at Return Ministries run by Pastor Samuel and his wife Sarah. They have 14 kids ( I think) there permanently but way more (150 or so) during the day. We played games, sang songs, did crafts and I got peed on (yes, got peed on, but will explain a bit further down). There was a sweet little girl(around 3) who wasn't saying hi as we walked by (was actually expressionless) so I took that as a challenge to break through and get her to come to me.
I walked up to her and said hi and got no response, so tried again and still no response. So I figured there's no way she's going to win and knelt down to be on her level. This time when I said hi and held out my hand she moved forward about an inch or so. I tried again and this time she walked over and put her arm around my shoulder. So, I picked her up and held her close and she eventually snuggled in. I found out her mom is a single mom and HIV positive, so she didn't have a daddy:-(. I just held her in my arms and prayed over her and eventually she actually fell asleep in my arms.
After about 15 minutes of sleep I suddenly felt something warm on my leg. I thought surely that's not what I think it is, but yep, as she drifted into deep sleep she peed all over my leg. I was sitting down so it seeped around to the back of my leg as I struggled to hold her out off my lap and stand up without waking her. Pastor Samuel took her from me, but we were nowhere near the hotel with my luggage and clean clothes.
Thank God, the drivers were leaving soon to transfer our luggage to Adonai guest house but it was probably over an hour before I ever got to change. At that point, even my underwear had soaked it up and was feeling/smelling pretty nasty. Needless to say, I was a little gun shy on holding any more kids once I returned to the place where everybody was.