Hey there! So i’m sure most of you have traveled to many places, but how many of you have ever been to Africa? I have! Last October I went with a team of 19 people from my church to do Missionary work at an orphanage in Uganda. We prepared for months, everyone was excited.
We left San Diego around 11 am departing for Detroit. From Detroit we flew to Amsterdam, and then Amsterdam to Africa. In Total we traveled roughly 32 hours. It was a excruciatingly painful travel because of course airplanes are not comfortable at all. I was knocked out off melatonin for most of the flights. When we arrived we took a bus to a hotel named the Speke hotel. I was surprised at the quality of the hotel, it was just like home. We stayed there for 2 days and went to the market. (I will post some pictures) The market is filled with hundreds of people crowded into 1 area.
The main transportation is motorcycles and sometimes you see 3-4 people on 1 motorcycle. It is incredible. Well after we went to the market we started our 8 hour journey to the orphanage. Imagine how bad traveling 8 hours in a hot crowded bus with no air conditioner and there’s no paved roads. It was rough but I was worth it. When we arrived we were greeted by hundreds of orphans signing songs of joy welcoming us “visitors”. We stayed for one week and got to know the kids and helped them build another school home. The name of the school is “Bright hope school” and add Uganda at the end of your search and you should find it. There was 1 kid in particular that caught my attention. He pulled me aside and gathered his friends and asked me if transformers was real, I told them no and laughed and they said to me “Oh good, we feared New York City was in danger”. It was probably the funniest part of the trip.
When we left the school everyone was sad because they knew they may never see those kids again. It was heart wrenching leaving but it was awesome knowing me made a difference in they’re lives. After leaving the orphanage we went to a safari on top of a giant lake. It took 8 hours again to get there but this ride wasn’t so bad. An interesting thing about the safari lodge is that they don’t stop animals from entering the property. At night hippos come and roam around and sometimes even lions. So they encourage you to stay indoors at night for obvious reasons.
Now some of you may be wondering why I wrote an article about this. Well it’s simple, I want to encourage people to visit Africa for travel, or for missionary work. The things you learn there are just incredible. I know the stereotypes for Africa, but I can say from first hand experience that it is much nicer than what people make it out to be. It is almost like a vacation because there is so much wildlife and scenery to be seen. Thousands and thousands of miles of untouched land. So if you have never even thought of going to Africa I STRONGLY encourage all of you to visit. it is a marvelous place.