Day 2 of our trip was again mostly travel. We started at 8:00 am, arriving at Bo around 12:15 pm.
The best news is the road was paved and the bus had AC; both signs of progress! We passed miles of palmtree-lined roads, mud brick one room houses with either rusty metal or thatched roofs. Because of the heat, much time is spent out of doors and so there was plenty of seating fashioned from sticks. People of all different shapes and sizes going about their daily activities as we pass by; women washing clothes, men hoeing, working on vehicles and children playing. While there was a lot of activity going on there was noticeable inactivity. Work is scarce and while there were plenty of roadside vendors, business seemed slow.
As we came upon the grounds of our destination, the Bo campus, the level of activity increased dramatically. We were treated to a full tour of the campus, where we met children, aunties (house mothers), visited the construction site of a new hen house and a large garden planted in only peanuts! We learned that peanuts are used in multiple ways and a staple of their diets. We experienced an unusual way of using them at dinner this evening; as a thickener for a delicious gravy.
Work on the new surgical suite is in full swing and to witness what has been completed, what is being worked on and the future plans was very exciting.
Time for our daily devotions. The question of the day is “Where have you seen the face of God today? One we can ask ourselves whether we’re in Sierra Leone, or in our living rooms reading this blog.
(Filed by Vicki Gaines)