Memorial Mass and Fellowship

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Apr 17, 2011

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Lunyinya Village, Uganda

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Today we are attending a memorial service with Father Leonard. The Father is a cousin of Mummy's, and she’s attending a funeral and college graduation for other relatives some distance from home. We represent her at the service along with Maria and Ruth who live at the house. Father warmly greets us, as Jayne has attended prior services and spoken with the Father in the past.

As others start arriving, many come up to Jayne as she has met them at prior gatherings. She is now faced with the task of explaining to most of them who this white man is that is accompanying her. We trade some jokes (as best we can), and I was warmly welcomed and accepted.

The Mass was mainly in Ugandan, with Father Leonard and Deacon Josephat (Mummy’s brother) inserting some English versions for our benefit. A collection was taken and we observed a new first, a young girl asked for change from the collection basket illustrating just how poor these people are! Traditional Communion was taken and now it was time for lunch. Any type of gathering will include a meal, and Josephat told me that anytime people get together and food is not served, those guests will not come back again as they’ve felt insulted.

Soda and beer were served, and then out came large containers of homemade banana beer and banana wine. Needless to say, Jayne and I did NOT participate in the homemade varieties! The food consisted of many of the traditional Ugandan fruits and vegetables along with beef and peacock.

After listening to family stories and more joking with male elders, Jayne, the girls, and I took leave and went for a walk to work off lunch! We arrived back at the house, took a nap, and did some reading before dinner. After dinner, we picked up where we left off the previous night’s movie of 12 hours (yes 12 hours in length, which looks more like a South American/Latin TV series with English sub-titles). As we were preparing for bed, Jayne pointed out the night’s star-studded sky. I see why she loves spending evenings in the open-air courtyard!

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Jay Vadher on

Excellent pix of Uganda which freshens our lost memories. Good Luck Jane.

Steve Jaberg on

Jim, Nice write up! Seemed like Jayne was doing the writing! Similar styles.
Today (Feb 1) we are facing a major blizzard. Some are suggesting a net result of 20+ inches! Far stretch from Uganda weather. We continue to be intrigued by your experiences and have learned to appreciate the plight of the people of Uganda through your writings! Reads like a novel! Thanks!

tony and lynne on

WOW!!!! Sounds like you two are having the trip of a lifetime. Many great memories that you will be able to share with friends and relatives. Weather looks fantastic. Tonight we are supposed to be at 15 below zero!! Enjoy what you have.

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