Our final day and a half in Uganda has gone by quickly. Rarely do we feel like spending another day on the ground here at the end of our trips, but today is quite different. We have been energized by our short stay here and the reality is another couple days to build on our momentum would be good.
On Wednesday we met with some great gentlemen from Fica Seeds. As the name suggests, these guys do a lot of work in supplying a variety of seeds to farmers throughout Uganda. Additionally they are involved in some grain trade and growing crops on their own land. We connected with them to discuss some market opportunities for our amaranth grain and also to see what contacts they could share with us in the cocoa industry. After meeting with them for two hours they excused themselves to move on to another meeting only to come back 10 minutes later and inform us they had arranged for us to meet the head of the Cocoa Development Project for Uganda. We were amazed and felt God continuing to open doors for us with the cocoa.
In the afternoon we met with the director of the CDP and gained some valuable information about the cocoa industry in Uganda. Of primary importance was to hear of the obstacles that would need to be overcome and also learn of the areas that are best suited for cocoa growing. We left the meeting inspired and anxious to keep moving forward.
Thursday morning we had two quick meetings at the hotel before embarking on our long journey home. As we prepared to leave the hotel we took a moment to pray and give thanks to God for His continued provision and blessing on this trip. Of the 9 days we have been on the ground in Africa we were either on an airplane or traveling by car for long distances 7 of them. Every trip went as smoothly as we could have hoped for. Additionally we had prayed that we would be led to follow God where He wanted us to be at work and we have felt His leading during our time in Uganda. For that we are so very grateful and we look forward to Him leading us to the next time we need to be back with our dear friends in Kenya and Uganda.
Thanks for your prayers and support as we have traveled. They are deeply appreciated and we felt them carry us throughout.