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Day 17 – Out of Africa

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Well, after a brief hiatus from Every Day with Chick-fil-A, I am glad to be back in the saddle again! Actually truth be told, my saddle is a little uncomfortable these days. The reason I haven’t been able to blog about my experience at Chick-fil-A is because where I’ve been stationed, there aren’t exactly high quantities of costumed cows and drive thru windows.

As noted previously, I’ve been in Africa for the last three weeks, and it’s been a wonderful experience. I wish I had the time to share all of our travails, but here’s a quick recap:

  • We conducted three men’s conferences in three different regions of Uganda teaching men how to “Man Up” to their responsibilities as husbands and fathers.  We reached over 750 men in these conferences, a Man Up ‘first’ by the way.
  • We served over 1000 children, many of them orphans, by playing with them, loving on them, teaching them about God’s love, and just “being” there for them.
  • We served another 500 women, many of them widows or single mothers, and helped boost their economy by purchasing beads and other goods, as well as encouraged them in their sometimes desperate situations.
  • We blessed six ministry partners with resources in the way of money, supplies, clothes, painting, equipment, medication, and painted two ministry buildings along the way.

Of course, pictures are more valuable these days than words, so have a look:

everydaywithchickfila2children of the Bethel Junior School funded by Man Up team members Mitch and Shelli; last year at this time none of these children had the opportunity to an education because of their poverty and position as  the “despised” tribe in their area

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over 100 men showed up in the remote village of Pallisa for our Man Up Men’s Conference – it was a great time of fellowship and learning with our African brothers

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we played a friendly game of futbol against a local Ugandan “all star” team of kids – surprisingly, the crazy white folks pulled out the victory (side note – we had some local Ugandan help)

Obviously I could spend all night putting up pics about this special trip, but you get the idea. As you can tell from my picture up top after making my Chick-fil-A run, going to Africa didn’t exactly help me keep the weight on. Upon arrival in the US late Saturday night, I checked in at a whopping 157 lbs. Now mind you, I was 160 lbs in 8th grade, graduated high school at 185 lbs, and played college football at 210 lbs. But when you’re violently sick not once, but two times in Africa, well, it’s tough to keep the weight on.  Would’ve been great if I was trying to sneak into a lower weight class to wrestle, but I have this thing against getting too close to other hot, sweaty men.

One of the reasons I couldn’t keep the weight on is because I ended up staying in Africa for an extra week as my wife came over to meet me so we could meet our son for the first time!  Here’s a pic of that joyous occasion at the foster home where he’s staying:

everydaywithchickfila5So not only did we get to minister to a bunch of wonderful Ugandan people (who, by the way, end up, as it always is, ministering to us far more than we minister to them), but we were able to meet out son for the first time. We weren’t sure if we’d be able to pass court, but God made a way for that as well.

All that to say, I’ve had a legitimate excuse for not eating at Chick-fil-A every day. Now, you might be wondering, okay, you got back on Saturday, what happened to Monday?  Well, let’s just say that I brought back a little Africa with me, and I wasn’t sure how my stomach would handle a Chick-fil-A run. (Or any run for that matter. Okay, let’s stop talking about the runs.)

So here I am, Day 17, and I chose what I felt was the safest pick on the menu for my stomach – the Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich combo meal, with large waffle fries and a large Sprite. Normally go half DP regular and half diet DP, but thought a Sprite at this junction would be wise.

I don’t know if it was the layoff or the extended bowls of beans and rice or just coming off of being sick, but that chicken sandwich was CRAZY good tonight. By far my best one yet.  So Trinity Chick-fil-A? Wherever you bought your chicken for me to consume on June 18th, buy it again. Delish. Kuddos to your supplier and kuddos to guys like Colby (below) who prepared it.

He’s not shy.

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Until tomorrow boys and girls. I’m not gonna lie – it’s good to be having Every Day with Chick-fil-A again.