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BC: Property of Carol Harris 1999

FC: A Journey Within | BY: Lauren Stillwell and Caitlin Jones

1: This Journal is the property of: Carol Harris

3: Dear Journal..... Today is February 28th 1999. I have just arrived in Uganda, Africa. The population is 22,459,000. Most of the people are very nice and cheerful, no matter what kind of condition their towns are in. The Ethnic groups are 99% African, European, Asian, and 1% Arab. | English is the official language, so it is easier to preach to them. The other languages here are Luganda and Swahili widely used; other Bantu and Nilotic. Tonight, I will feast with some of the town people. They are going to cook me a traditional meal named matoke (a staple made from bananas), millet bread, cassava (tapioca or manioc), sweet potatoes, chicken and beef stews, and freshwater fish!!!

5: Dear Journal, Today is March 1, 1999. It is my very first full day in Uganda. The weather here is warm with lots of sunshine. Uganda is located on the equator which makes it an equatorial region. The people say that during the rain season the annual rainfall is 40in. During the rain season | thunderstorms will occur during the night and by morning the sun would've already dried up all of the rain. There are two dry seasons here. The temperature here usually ranges from 70-77 degrees.

7: Dear Journal, Today is March 2, 1999. Today eight foreigners were kidnapped and later killed. There was a gun battle and it was terrible. Five of the eight were found dead were the gun battle took place. There were six hostages that were later freed. it was four men and four women who were killed. | They were tourists who had gone to the Bwindi National Park to see a rare mountain gorilla species. The British hostages were the ones who were tortured. It's hard to find out what really happened since everyone has their own version of the story.

9: Dear Journal, Today is March 3, 1999. It is the day after the death of the eight tourists. Today I went out and met some Ugandans. One girl that I met was thirteen and her name was Shila. She told me about the government and that Uganda gained its independence October 9, 1962. She taught me | Their national anthem, "Oh Uganda, Land Of Beauty!" She said that their national holiday is Independence Day. Uganda's full name is the Republic of Uganda. I learned a lot of things from Shila today! She said that tomorrow she is going to bring me on a tour of Uganda.

10: Shila

11: Dear Journal, Today is March 4, 1999. Shila came over and took me on a tour of Western Uganda that's were she lives. It was like having your own tour guide telling you all about the places. She told me about their culture, ways of transportation and their economy. She told me that 35% of the | population is below the poverty line. she told me about their agriculture and said that those products are coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, potatoes, corn, millet, beef, goat meat, milk and poultry. I said "Wow". she just started laughing at me. I just can't imagine what the marketplace will look like! I told her how thankful I was and she ran of with the last words, "any time."

13: Dear Journal, Today is March 5th. The moment that I left my apartment Shila was there waiting for me. I was wondering what was in store for me today. She said to follow her so I did. She brought me to her house and told me about her life-style. When I walked into Shila's house | I have to admit that I didn't know what to think. Her mother has AIDS and her youngest brother is really sick. She said that with her mother being sick it has been hard. Today was my last day in Uganda, Africa. This mission trip was an amazing experience and I can't wait to come back!!!

15: Dear Journal, Today is March 6th. I am on my way home from my mission trip to Uganda, Africa. it was an amazing experience and I learned a lot more than I could've with a book in front of me. When I left early this morning to get to the airport Shila was waiting for me so I | stopped. She told me how thankful she was for spending the day with her family yesterday. She also wanted to stay in touch with me. The last thing that she said was that she wanted to become a Christian. I prayed right then and there and now I am so happy that if I don't see her again in this world I will see her in Heaven!!!

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