Unfortunately the power and internet connection were lost last night as I was preparing the blog, so we’ll try it again.
We were asked to debrief our day of Street Reach Ministry and New Life Homes visit in one word. Can we do it? Yes we can.
Jail (none of us have been arrested nor do we plan to be)
God-Full (I know two words)
And for a quick Angela M. Jackson perspective…Oh the pressure to be the first Black American that most of the boys and uncles have seen or met. I have been pinched, sniffed, starred at from afar, passed by as boys introduce themselves to the Muzungus. I’ve had my arm held up for a color comparison, asked how and why my skin is brown, asked where my parents and grandparents are from, and told that I am Nigerian, Ugandan, Jamaican, and even Muzungu.
After the shock, awe, and chatter amongst themselves; I have been greeted with smiles, amazement, glee, the question “You are a Black American?” , and even a song by a popular Ugandan musician named Cesar which is about a girl named Angela.
a ni ono (Who is this?)
o we wa n’a sa na (Where are you from?)
To say the least, the experience has been new for all.
Good Morning-Good Night-Good Day from Angela M. Jackson, the Black American
One last thing. After reading the blog, I’m sure you’ve wished to send an encouraging word with the New Life Home boys. Never fear, you still have that opportunity. We still need about 18 letters/notes to distribute. It can be as simple as three to four sentences or as long as you want. Please email your message to Amanda at email@example.com.