Turning the corner at 2 Months!

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!

Map of our drive to Gulu from Kampala. The road is being repaved, and it is mostly finished. We can do the drive in about 6 hours now!

Map of our drive to Gulu from Kampala. The road is being repaved, and it is mostly finished. We can do the drive in about 6 hours now!

 

Cows on the road from Gulu. Sort of like driving in the Colorado mountains...sort of.

Cows on the road from Gulu. Sort of like driving in the Colorado mountains…sort of.

 

A small farm, a few huts, and lots of sky on the drive to Gulu.

A small farm, a few huts, and lots of sky on the drive to Gulu.

 

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).

Our car's stereo and GPS are basically unusable. The GPS is convinced we are in Japan and the radio frequencies in Japan only have one or two frequencies in common with Ugandan radio frequencies. So, even though it is all techy and cool...it doesn't really work. At least it is a hilarious story! =)

Our car’s stereo and GPS are basically unusable. The GPS is convinced we are in Japan and the radio frequencies in Japan only have one or two frequencies in common with Ugandan radio frequencies. So, even though it is all techy and cool…it doesn’t really work.
At least it is a hilarious story! =)

We hosted our first Lumi visitor!

John (center) visited with Lumi last week. He is an Electrical Engineer who is considering working with Lumi. We took him to Gulu and he was able to meet the entire team!...this is almost the whole team in this photo.

John (center) visited with Lumi last week. He is an Electrical Engineer who is considering working with Lumi. We took him to Gulu and he was able to meet the entire team!…this is almost the whole team in this photo.

 

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.

Prayer Requests:

– 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

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2 thoughts on “Turning the corner at 2 Months!

  1. Amazing update!! You guys are rocking it! Lets skype again soon!

    We have few more one pagers to turn in, once we do that Gwen is passing us on to the pre-departure phase!! woohoo!! DCC reached out to us this past week to pick up the conversation about a partnership. We sent our final plea I mean information and are waiting to hear back!! So be praying for that! We have about $700 ish a month left to raise! They could take a big chunk of that 🙂

    love you guys!

    Betsy

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  2. I have prayed for your requests and thanked God for your praises.

    How are you guys doing emotionally? I am guessing there are days you have wondered what you got yourselves into and other days where you are quite excited about what is going on, which makes all the “bummers” worth it. And we know that God is at work, using all of these things to conform you more to the image of his Son as he builds your character!

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1, 2-4

    So I pray for joy for you today!

    Blessings,

    Jake

    PS I am going to forward the email update I sent out last night.

    _____________________________________ LEANN CUSTER WorldVenture Cell Phone: 719.323.1981 skype: leann53

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