The joy and excitement of watching 1,000 screaming Ugandan children chase our bus daily was indescribable. If you didn’t know better you would think you were a long-awaited celebrity just arriving in town. The children would scream ”Mzungu, Mzungu” , which means white people, and jump up and down welcoming their visitors and medical supplies.
In July 2010, I joined a missionary team of 20 (including 3 doctors) that operated 7 medical clinics over a two-week period in Kampala, Uganda with Loving One by One. We served more than 5,000 children and adults with the essential medicines they desperately needed. Below is an example of a daily itinerary for a missionary trip with Loving One by One in Uganda, Africa.
A day in the life of a missionary
8:30 am – 9:00 am = Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:30 am = Worship (2 songs with guitar chosen from 20 traditional Christian songs), then a daily devotional (everyday is a new presenter) ,then “tidbits” (which are interesting facts about Ugandan culture) and finally a review of the schedule for the day
9:30 am – 10:00 am = Loading medical supplies for the day on the bus
10:00 am – 2:00 pm = Visiting slums, medical clinics, schools or orphanages
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm = Back on the bus to eat lunch and driving to the next place
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm = Visiting slums, medical clinics, schools or orphanages
6:00 pm -7:00 pm = Visit the Loving One by One orphanage (New Creation Centre)
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm = Back on bus back to go home for the day
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm = Dinner
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm= Daily wrap up (each team member shares a special moment of the day) then a review of the next day’s schedule
9:00 pm -10:00 pm = Re-stock the medical supplies and take inventory
10:00 pm -10:30 pm = Shower, clean up and getting ready for bed
Wednesday mornings and Sunday mornings you will attend Church.