Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Geography Lesson from Abbas

I got a long, detailed letter from Abbas today. Awhile back, I wrote my kids a letter about the United States and some of our national symbols (flag, bird, flower, etc). I asked each of my kids to write back to me and tell me a little bit about their country. Abbas went above and beyond!

Unfortunately, Abbas also had sad news to share at the end of this letter. I'll definitely be praying for his project.

Abbas is 18 years old and lives in Uganda. He wrote this letter on May 11th, 2015.


Dear Kayla, 

I hope everything is okay on your side. How is your country? How are your family members? On my side, I am okay. My family members are well and our country is also okay. I praise Him for being always good on my side and my family. 

I have written this letter to thank you for the support you always invest on my side, including gifts, school fees, and letter, most especially the last letter which was nice in color and had good information. I went through it and wondered how good is the U.S.A. It has very many people. I am going to also share with you about my country as you asked me in the letter. 

Our country is called Uganda and it's the Pearl of Africa. It is called Pearl of Africa because of many things, including good soil, good climate, beautiful scenery, topography of the land and many other things. Our capital city is Kampala. The population is about 36 million people and we also have a national bird, which is called Crested Crane. We don't have a national flower. We also have Independence Day and its on October 9th every year. We have a national flag. It has three colors and these are black, yellow, and red and these colors have their meaning. Black means Africans, including Ugandans, are black. Yellow means sunshine received in Uganda. Red means brotherhood. We don't have a main language but we have an official language and that is English, the reason being that we have different tribes speaking different languages, about 52 languages. In only one district, people can speak over 50 languages and that is whats beautiful about Uganda. We have hotsprings here where eggs can be cooked in the waters. We have waterfalls, where rainbows can be in vision on the ground. Please come and see the beauty of our world. 

God helped us in completing our first term and we completed it well, though I didn't do as well as I expected, but it's just another level. Things will change and I am very sure that in second term, I will do it better. I pray to God to bless me with knowledge. Therefore, I also need your help. 

At the project, we have got good news ad bad news. I will start with the good news. We got new teachers and we have enjoyed it in many ways. The sad news is we lost our beloved project child, who was called Robert. He died of diabetes. May his soul rest in eternal peace. 

We also learned how to bake cakes, which was good, most especially on my side because it changed my future in finances. Not only that, we have also learnt more about God through reading the bible and that is the main reason we are in this program. So I pray to God to help other people who have not yet got to know Him very well. 

I love you from back to the moon. May God bless you and your family. 



1 comment:

  1. I will be praying for Robert's family. That is so sad. Abbas is an incredible writer! His description of Uganda was poetically beautiful and makes me want to visit even more!!