It has been a short but productive two days in Kampala. One of our goals for this trip was to do a better job of setting aside specific time for group devotions and not to our surprise, God certainly blessed that time the last two days. On Monday it was a real treat to not only have our extension worker, Innocent, join us, but also a young man name Paul who has become our personal taxi the last two trips. Bill led both days through some teaching on Joseph. The discussion was excellent and very thought provoking. It certainly helped prepare us and put our minds in the right frame of mind heading into each day.
Probably the single biggest issue we have faced with our amaranth project is finding a faster, more efficient way to thresh and clean the grain. On Monday we visited a local business that supplies farm equipment and we felt that God truly answered our prayers by providing a multi-crop thresher that did an excellent job of separating the grain from the stalk. After running some trials and noting a few adjustments we are excited about the possibility of finally having a machine that will enable us to scale up our efforts as we have hoped for.
Tuesday was like many previous days we have experienced on these trips, full of meetings, some of which were expected and some were rather spontaneous. This makes for a very long day, but as has always been the case, the meetings tend to lead us to something new and exciting and today was no different. The highlight was meeting some guys who have a very nice food processing business right here in Uganda. After spending about 3 hours with these guys it became quite clear that we should be able to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with them. Of course we don’t know how that relationship will exactly unfold, but as we are reminded on every visit, it is God who is control and we are simply trying to follow His lead. We finished the day having dinner with Innocent. It has been such a joy to see his growth the past couple years as a young man, a business man and in his walk with the Lord. It was a great way to conclude the first part of our trip here in Kampala.