I've updated the main noticeboard in Church with a map and itinerary for my upcoming visit to Uganda.
I know, it is hardly Paul's Second Missionary Journey (if you used to look at those maps in the back of the Bibles, rather than concentrating at Sunday School), but it's the trip I'm going on. It is part of the Diocese of Bristol - Uganda link. The original trip is here, although some circumstances have changed.
I have previously written about a pilgrimage (our one month trip to France and Ravenna) and one of the things which struck me in the planning back then was that we seem to have developed a very 21st Century idea of pilgrimage (jetting in, good hotels and back home via the gift shop) whereas when our forebears went they were gone for ages and had to put up with some discomfort and compromise. I think Uganda will be in this vein, and that excites me.
The purpose of the trip is to obtain a good photographic record of images of everyday life in Uganda to make into an exhibition back home so as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bristol-Uganda link, there might be something visual to help people pray and understand the lives of our brothers and sisters. I hope we can gain access to some of the refugee camps in the north as my previous Diocese had a strong link with Sudan, which is once again in turmoil.
My biggest concern? I take a lot of mediocre photographs, and I hope and pray I can produce some really moving photos of people and places which adequately capture my own emotions at the time.
I won't be blogging or uploading much. I hope I can possibly put an Instagram photo up each day (signal and wifi permitting). I'm taking a Moleskin notebook and a pencil to write up as I go along, so I might make another online diary after I return, if I get time.