We are finally in Kisoro! It took us three days to get here from Kampala but we are here! We left Kampala on Thursday, taking the bus to a town called Mbarara which is half way to Kisoro. We arrived in Mbarara Thursday night and had dinner with friends. It was fun to reconnect with people we had met last November and meet some new people!
We had a quiet morning on Friday before we had to get on the bus. I had been feeling a bit discouraged the past few days and my fears were rising to the surface. I had some sweet time to just pray and ask God for encouragement and confidence, knowing I needed it.
We arrived at the bus station around 11 and were informed that the bus was running late and wouldn’t arrive until 2 or 3pm. We decided to wait. After hours of sitting at the bus stop, the bus finally arrived at 2:30, however it wasn’t the bus we were waiting for. Our bus had broken down and was in a town a few hours away. The guy working at the stop told us to just get on this bus, it would take us at least half way there. So we did. However, there were NO seats left on the bus for us! People were standing packed in the aisle. The conductor prepared a place for us to sit on the stairs getting onto the bus. Yes, a few feet from the windshield, not to mention this part of the floor was inconveniently located over the engine, so it was HOT. Micah and I manages squished in the floor for the 3 hour bus ride and absolutely terrible roads with pot holes everywhere and my life flashing before my eyes every time we passed a semi. We finally arrived in Kabale around 5:30pm and got off the bus in pursuit of some sort of transportation to take us the last 2 hours to Kisoro.
We found out that the Kisoro bus would come through at 8pm. We tried to get a taxi to take us but they were charing too much. We met a young Ugandan man on the bus who was also trying to get to Kisoro so we spent the next couple hours with him. Micah and I have a rule that we do not travel after dark, so we decided to make a safety call and stay in Kabale, catching the bus to Kisoro the next day. Our new friends got us a room at the place across from the bus station, it was definitely not a place for tourists. We checked out the room, it was clean, secure and had a private bathroom and dead bolt, and not to mention only cost $10 so we took it! It was not glamorous by any means, but a place to sleep.
As we got into bed we logged online to read emails and check Facebook 🙂 I had a message from a friend saying that during her morning devotions God had brought us to mind to pray for. She gave us the following verses from Luke 9: 57-62 (MSG)
On the road someone asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said.
Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.”
Jesus said to another, “Follow me.”
He said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.”
Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!”
Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.”
Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.”
I read it and started crying as we spent 3 hours on the floor of a bus and were currently not sleeping at the best inn. It was exactly the encouragement I had been praying for that morning. I can’t imagine more perfect or fitting words for the situation. No procrastination. No Looking back. Don’t put off God’s Kingdom. SEIZE the day!
Thank you Jesus for using others to speak truth and encouragement exactly when we need it most. It was a humbling moment, and we are thankful to be on this journey following God.
Today we woke up and went to the restaurant patio and hung out until 3pm when the bus came through. Micah did some exploring in the area and even picked me some flowers! It ended up being a really relaxing day people watching. We had beans, rice and ground nut sauce for lunch 🙂
The bus came on time and we arrived this evening in Kisoro just in time for a BBQ with our friends!
It is so good to be back here and we are eager to spend Easter here tomorrow!