Glory to God in the highest

In the middle of April our group of seven interns headed out to Murcheson National Park for our intern weekend.  It was a relaxing and beautiful trip!  We went on safari for three days and saw some amazing wildlife.  In looking upon this awesome creation, I was put ever more in awe of God the creator.  This earth and its complex natural systems are no accident; God created it all for His glory.  During my time in Africa I have been constantly reminded of the vast and mind-numbing power and glory of God.  Recent Bible verses I have been reading are Psalm 139: “You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”, 2 Corinthians 3: “If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness!  For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory.  And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!”, and Ephesians 3: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  Wow!

Thanks goes to fellow interns Brenna Malaney, Aaron Haazen, Katherine McCourt, and Erland Mowinckel for taking most of these fabulous photographs (if you click on this post you can see who took which one).  Enjoy!

Photo by Aaron Haazen

We had a particularly fun time inventing dialogue for this hilarious Ugandan Kob.  “Who turned the lights out?!!”  “Ha ha they can’t see me with my amazing new camouflage!”

Photo by Erland Mowinckel

Now this is an example of exemplary camouflage.  This photo shows the lions better than we could see them!

Photo by Aaron Haazen

There are hippos everywhere in the Nile!  We were even warned at the lodge we were staying at to do a full 360 with a flashlight before walking to the toilet block so as not to alarm a hippo.  They chill out in the water all day and come out and graze on land at night.  They look harmless enough but I’ve heard that they can be quite dangerous.

Photo by Erland Mowinckel

There was one point where we saw more than twenty Giraffes at once!  Intern Kevin wittily suggested that we should change the name of the park to ‘Giraffic Park’.

Photo by Brenna Malaney

This particular one greeted us on the road.

Photo by Brenna Malaney

These were the animals I had really wanted to see and boy did I get to see them!  We had three fairly close encounters.

Photo by Aaron Haazen

Photo by Katherine McCourt

Although we didn’t see it in the wild, this bird was cool to see because it is Uganda’s national emblem and is even on their flag.

Photo by Brenna Malaney

On our way back to Kampala we visited a White Rhino Sanctuary and got to go trekking on foot to see a few of them.  The sanctuary is trying to reintroduce White Rhinos into the country as they were brought to extinction many years ago.

Intern photo!

And finally…. the waterfall.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” – Luke 2:14

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