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Our Final Weekend

Jul 29 2018

Yesterday was Saturday, and we spent the morning at Agape House with the children. Then later in the day we did something we talked about since we arrived. We did our full show at the entrance to our road. Simon opened the gate and allowed us to tap into his electric, and it did not take long for a crowd to grow on the dirt road by the gate. Many in attendance were kids Rose and I had already interacted with when we've done walk around juggling, but the crowd got bigger than that. Adults began to join the audience as well. We did our show for close to an hour, sharing the Gospel message throughout. Setting up by the gate did come with some complications, specifically a couple of cars that wanted to get in. We simply paused the show, moved the audience out of the way and then continued.

Afterwards, my new friend from the fruit stand -I wish I could remember names better- stuck around and showed his progress with juggling. He's actually doing quite well, and I've noticed that the balls I gave him are tucked away in the corner of his shop where he can practice with them when business is slow.

Today is Sunday, and it is also Sue's birthday. Rose woke up early to prepare a birthday breakfast of pineapple, mango, plantains and eggs. She did an excellent job. We also found a hand carved nativity to give Sue for her birthday. Then it was off to church (Ugandan preaching is something else) and we were asked to do a 25 minute show as part of the service. Ethan Allen claimed his Green Mountain Boys could be ready in a minute to fight the British, and I'm beginning to think we can be ready to do a show with only a minutes notice as well. Things definitely work differently here. Anyway, I introduced us by pointing out that it is Sue's birthday, and they sang the traditional Ugandan birthday song. Very sweet.

Now it's Sunday afternoon. Rose is at the other Agape site, as there are four or five teenage girls who live there. This gives them one last time to hang out together before we head home Wednesday.

Now two things I've seen that didn't fit into any blogs so far:

At the end of the dirt road there is an old guy who sits out every day on a stool with a little tool box. He is a cobbler, and he sits there every day fixing shoes. Are there any cobblers left anywhere in Maine?

Also, there was a guy on the main road with a bicycle rigged up so that the wheels didn't touch the ground. Attached to the rear wheel was a whetstone that spun as he peddled the bike while sitting backwards, and he used this to sharpen knives! How inventive. If my description is confusing we did get a picture of it too.

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