|For a few weeks, those of us in Uganda watched the outside world as if we were in a bubble. Life here continued as if there was no threat. Then we started feeling uneasy as all the countries bordering Uganda reported cases. When the US pulled the Peace Corps, over half of our expat community left overnight. Closing all schools and gatherings gave us some relief that the Ugandan government was trying to think ahead. Then the announcement of the airport closing sent many people scrambling to get on planes and return to a country with better healthcare options.
As the situation seemed to change almost hourly, I and three other American missionaries reached out to each other with many questions of what’s the “best choice”? Knowing that no one really knows what these next weeks and months are going to bring. We have all decided to stay and ride out whatever comes our way.
Ugandans are going to need more help than ever. Many people are losing their source of income because there are no markets and there’s also no way to get there now. Most Ugandan are unable to stock food as they don’t have excess cash or fridges to keep food that can spoil.
On top of Corona, the Northeast region of Uganda is suffering from locust. They have laid eggs and are expected to hatch in the coming weeks. Which could spread through and create famine and take income from the farming population of Uganda (over 80%).
In expectation of a total lockdown, and in consideration of the health of our beneficiaries, all businesses are preparing to close. All other training and meetings are postponed until further notice. Our agriculture team will continue working on the farm, where food production may be very important in a few weeks. Each of the families we work with will receive seeds to grow beans and maize.
Personally, I am remaining at my house until the situation stabilizes. I live quite deep in the village away from people. There is enough food to feed me and my housekeeper for about a month. The compound is very large which is great for walks with my three dogs. I also plan to spend time learning the local language (which I keep putting off), working, reading, and cooking new food to change up what we have in stock.
Many of you are staying home in the US. Though it looks a bit different from my life here, we are in the same boat. It is a scary feeling to not know what will happen and how long this outbreak will last. But, we serve a God who is the author and director of all things. He hasn’t forgotten us. He is the light in all this darkness.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers! Stay safe!