Well, summer is in full swing around here. We have been keeping our goal of reading the scriptures every day for 30 minutes, but my other goals of learning Spanish, doing math, holding a cooking class, and practicing photography have fallen by the wayside. The days are literally zooming right on by! One kink in our schedule was that Charles spontaneously up and went to Uganda of all places! It all started on June 7 and a ward campout. There is a man whose wife is a member, but he is not so not everyone knows him very well. He was sitting off to the side by himself, so Matthew decided to go sit by him. Soon Charles, who hadn't wanted to come at all, wandered over to sit by them, too. I had gone on a little jaunt around a lake with the littles and when I returned, they informed me that Charles was going to accompany him to Africa on June 17. I, of course, thought they were joking and responded in the most suitable fashion for such nonsense: ignoring them completely. I guess it wasn't a joke. This man, Paul Anderson, has invented a stove that can be used without wood or coal. Coal is very messy burning inside houses and causes breathing problems, among other things; and wood is the responsibility of women and children to gather. With deforestation, they have to go further and further afield to find any and become the prey of both animals and men from other tribes. So, his stove can use alternate forms of fuel. This trip he is working with a group from the University of Ohio and they will mostly be working with one particular village. He is also going to be helping this man's son, Simon, with some videography. We have been praying and pondering for ways to get Charles to wake up, as it were, and feel like this opportunity is an answer to prayer. We haven't heard much from him so I'm not quite sure how it is going. Here is the one email I've received from him:
All we did yesterday was explore Kampala and today we're starting the
filming process, I have a lot of pictures and I'll tell you all about it
when I get back, I'm not very good with messages longer than text messages
I guess we'll hear all about it when he gets back!