Dear Ones:

For the last week this rare species, the Crested Cranes, have come and enjoyed the peace and tranquility on the ABU campus.

Here they are known as the Uganda Crane, which is on the National Flag that was adopted in 1962 [see Flag and read more about Uganda here]. The black color identifies Uganda as a black nation of Africa, the yellow represents the abundant sunshine Uganda enjoys being situated on the equator, and the red represents Uganda’s brotherhood with the rest of Africa and the world. The raised leg symbolizes that Uganda is not stationary but moving forward.

Matoke or plantains is a staple in Uganda and served in almost every home. Matoke look like green bananas and grow in bunches on trees. However, unlike bananas, matoke is fairly hard before it is cooked and is not very sweet. To soften the plantains they are steamed for a couple of hours in water placed in the bottom of the cooking pot. While uncooked, the matoke is white and fairly hard, cooking turns it soft and yellow and is served mashed. It is then eaten with a sauce made of vegetables, ground peanut, or some type of meat (goat and beef are common).  ABU has an acre plot of Matoke not only to help provide for their needs but also to help them learn how to grow and cultivate them.

Pastor Gerald Ssweruwagi, a Ugandan Pastor whom many of you met when he visited with us a couple of years is the graduation speaker.  He arrived from the States today where he is finishing his doctorate and it was great to reconnect with him. 
Please continue to pray for the Staff and Students in this busy week as they move forward to graduation.
Thank you so much for praying for us!

Serving with you in Uganda,

Jerry & Marg

May 30, 2012; 12:27 pm EAT (Uganda time)