It just so happens that I was able to get to an internet connection, to be able to post an update. I'm in downtown Jinja, Uganda. I'm not supposed to be here yet. I abandoned Jimmy and Beverly way out in the bush. Jimmy was speaking when I left, so he didn't even know about it! I'm sure he's figured it out by now.
So why did I abandon them? This morning we filmed Pastor Jimmy preaching a message to the church. Our church… Journey Church… for this Sunday! That's right, while we're still here in Uganda, Pastor Jimmy will still preach to our church via video at both campuses (Lord willing). The plan was for me to shoot the video, edit it down and export it while still out in the bush, travel back to the city tonight and upload it over night. I planned for everything… or so I thought. We brought two batteries: one for the editing time, then a fresh one for the exporting time. I even had Arise Africa provide a generator and a power converter on site just in case the batteries didn't last.
Well, once I started the exporting process it became evident very quickly that there was not going to be enough battery power to get the export done. So I went to our generator/power converter setup to plug the computer in. But it didn't work! By that time I was about an hour into the export process and didn't want to lose all that work. I checked the battery life, and it had 1 hour and 35 minutes remaining. The trip back to the city is about an hour and 30 minutes! In emergency "fix it" mode, I grabbed "Dr. Sam," a Ugandan friend of mine (he's not really a licensed doctor, but I trust him with my life). I quickly informed him of the situation, told him how much battery life I had left, and he said "get in the car." So we jumped in his Suzuki 4-wheel drive and we made the trip back to the city in 45 minutes!
I thought Sam might kill somebody trying to get me here before the battery died! But we made it safe and sound. Now the video looks like it has another 3 – 4 hours of export time left. Then I will begin the upload. There is no telling how long that will take. Internet connections are not exactly reliable around here. Heck, electricity is not even reliable around here! So if you're reading this around the 10am hour your time there in the states, pray that God will bless these efforts and the video will upload without a hitch. Also pray for Pastor Jimmy. He's pretty sick and I abandoned him in a village way out in the bush to teach all by himself for the rest of the day. I'm sure he'll forgive me if I can make this video work.