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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
April 4, 2013 11:00 am
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zebraReading of fresh snowfall back in North America should have made us more sympathetic perhaps but nonetheless we headed south west across the Uganda Equator for our much anticipated Easter retreat. Lake Mburo National Park which we had not visited before boasts as the only Uganda Wildlife Park with Zebra and Impala. We fell in love with both of these majestic creatures with their beautiful patterns, colors, and shapes.

LeopardAnother first for us was a night game drive with a ranger guide and a megawatt spotlight. It wasn’t at all like spotting dear in PA. Our guide completely ignored the day animals and capitalized on his experienced eyes to know which of those gleaming eyes was an exclusively night animal. We were amazed to be within 10 feet of a large male leopard. Our spotlight interrupted his hunt for a bit but he didn’t seem to mind as he wowed us by  sauntering parallel to our road. In addition we saw a Bush Baby high up in a tree, a Marsh Mongoose on a grassy trail, a Genet, a second leopard, and of course the massive Hippos who leave their all-day submerged status for night-time grazing on land. Day drives give far greater numbers and variety but the specialness of these seldom seen majestic creatures was extraordinary.

EaglesOur accommodations was Eagle’s Nest, a tented camp on the crest of a hill overlooking the park and lake. Recently opened it had few guests and the young staff was eager to cater to our needs.

ImpalaEaster sunrise never materialized behind the dense clouds which gave us the African blessing of off-and-on rain all day. We loved lounging, reading, playing games, listening to sermons on the veranda as the cloudy mist would hide and then reveal the majesty below us.

Our risen Lord Jesus not only created these wonders but he continues to sustain and uphold them and us with His loving, almighty hand.

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