This 2nd month has been hard, but we are learning a lot and things are slowly improving.
Started out with the car in the shop for over a week, driving ourselves to Gulu for the first time, and continuing our house hunt (all discussed in our last post).
Now, we have driven to Gulu and back 3 times on our own!…we got one speeding ticket, but otherwise, totally uneventful!
We have learned our car and figured out most of it’s little quirks (aka…still have things to fix, but they aren’t critical).
We hosted our first Lumi visitor!
We made friends in Gulu! Jesse and I spent one of our Sundays up in Gulu so we could try to spend time with some people we met through Thomas. We had a great lunch with an awesome family, we visited another family’s new puppies and spent time visiting with them, and we met a 3rd family who is super great!
Lumi has started a product trial (and it’s going really well)!
Those are all awesome things, and we are really grateful!
The “bummers” of this month have been that we had one more car incident (very minor, but maybe the most rattling), have not been able to find a home yet, and have not yet received our visas. We have about a month left before our current visas expire, and the soonest we’ll be able to move into a place is now mid-October. The house we mentioned before (the one being worked on), won’t be ready until at least the end of October, and we are trying to negotiate with a landlord for another place opening up in mid-October.
Our biggest lesson this month has been work-life balance. Jesse and I have transitioned from each of us having our own 9-to-5 engineering jobs with different government-type groups in offices in the US to…
- working together,
- for a start-up business,
- balancing US and Ugandan work days/time zones,
- working “from home” without a home, and
- living/working in Africa.
We are learning how important it is not to let work dominate our life 24 hours a days. We are going to spend time this weekend to really evaluate how to best divide our time so that we are both productive and thriving here in Uganda.
– Praise: We are slowly adjusting to life here.
– Request: Safety and protection while driving in Uganda (especially while traveling to and from Gulu).
– Praise: For community (both here and on Skype) to help us through this transition.
– Request: Patience and peace while still being unsettled (no place of our own), and that we find a suitable and affordable house in Gulu quickly.
– Request: For our visas to be resolved in the next month.
– Request: For Lumi and for Lumi’s founder, Thomas. Lumi is in a critical phase right now as the capital raise and trial are going.
– Praise: That Lumi’s capital raise is getting more traction and the trial is looking positive!
Thanks so much for following along with us on this journey.
Please let us know how we can be praying for you!
~Rachel (& Jesse) Geiger