|Things are under control!|
How can one word have so many meanings? The word "eh" here in Africa is used as often as in Canada, or as often as a teenager uses the words 'like' or 'you know'! Here are some examples.
"Eh!" Can mean "Hey!" like they're calling you or trying to get your attention.
"EH!!" Can be a way to show that they're mad at you. (Funny note, 'mad' means 'crazy' here because of UK influence, so instead they say 'annoyed' to mean angry)
"Eh??" Means "What??" or "Huh??" Sort of like, "What?? Are you serious??"
And "Eh..." means something similar to "uuuuuh..." or "ummmmm...".
Until you get used to how they use words, you're going to have a harder time figuring the people out than Paris Hilton has finding shoes that cost under $200. Just by the way something is said, and with what emotion it carries, the word changes. I suppose that can be true of English, but not near as much as you may find in African languages. (Another funny note, they pronounce the 'h' in the word 'herb', or 'heir')
|Richard doing a great job!|
Finally I could speak with the locals, even though I only know a few of their words. Another shattered wall, another clearing on my path!
During early morning service, Richard and I stationed ourselves on the side of the road and preached to those that passed. As I was talking to one person, a boda (motorbike taxi) passed with a girl on the back. I paid no attention to her, but then she suddenly appeared beside me, still on the boda.
"Eh!" She said, "You give me one!" So I reached in my bag and handed her a magazine. She wanted one in the local language (Rutoro) and English. Then the boda driver asked for one as well, so we handed him one. So off into the sunset she rode, (or sunrise, really) reading her new magazines on the boda. (hopefully the driver waited to read his)
|We're a bit outnumbered, but in a good way.|
The brothers here have a blessing and a curse. I call it a blurse. Their blurse is that they have an amazing territory, but since they've been raised with it, sometimes it can be difficult for them to recognize how amazing it is. They view it as a normal territory. What helps them keep perspective, however, is seeing our reaction when in the ministry. Among us need greaters all through the world, there are places that are legendary for their amazing field. Uganda is one such place.
Well for now, that's about all I'll post! Keep up the requests, please, as it helps me get a sense of what interests you guys!
Thank you SO much for reading, and a ~SPECIAL~ thanks to those that comment. (everyone else gets a normal, nonspecial thanks) It helps me keep up my zeal and appreciation when I see how other people are affected!
"Why have I chosen this Skyline Path in Jehovah's service, even if it means serving in places that terrify me? I would rather be scared out of my mind than bored out of my mind."