Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Last night in Ottawa...Uganda bound!

Today was our final day of cultural training and a very short day of CCA briefing and then we are leaving on a jet plane.  Today’s training really taught us how diverse cultures are around the world.  As a foreigner we really must be careful not to offend the people of the country we are visiting as we truly are their guests.  Such little things can both be a major positive relationship builder, or can also shut down communication as fast.
I am feeling nervous and excited and anxious all at that same time…apparently that is normal for first year coaches.  The unknown is always difficult to prepare for and thankfully I have a great team of 6 coaches who are all going to Uganda tomorrow.  Also travelling with us the first week in Africa is Laurie Tennian who is the co-ordinator for all the coaching trips….it will be a priviledge to have her during our first week on the ground.
Anyone who tells you they aren’t nervous about flying half way around the world, probably are not being honest with themselves.  The thought of leaving your comfort zone, family, day job and working in a entirely foreign country will be apprehensive.  But at the same time we are told it is worth every minute of it when we are over there. 
On a personal note, I do appreciate reading your comments on my blog as it means someone actually cares about what I am writing!  Keep up with the comments, and pass the link along to friends and family.
The next time I post I will be on the other side of the world…and apparently much warmer!!!


  1. Hey Big Bro!
    It is so weird to think when you read this, you will be on the other side of the world, how amazing is that!! Welcome to Africa- let the adventures begin.

    Cathy Leighton asked me to send you her well wishes as she tried but could not get her comment to appear on this site. She wanted me to pass along that she is following your posts and that she is praying for you and is proud of you.

    We all are!


  2. Keep writing Stewart. I am enjoying you blog very much. Being a CU person I am familiar with the program and think it is awesome. We will miss you while we are in Alberta, but know you will be in our hearts even from half way around the world. Enjoy every moment in Uganda and know that you will be making a difference in someone's life. Love, Karen p.s. I will make sure I give Tamara and the kids a great big hug and kiss for you xoxo

  3. Hi Stuart, it's your cousin Lynda. We are thinking about you and praying for you big time. Sister Gayle and our mom send their thoughts too. Remember: it is only miles that separate us at the moment! I'm sending you a big hug!