With the grid now complete we were ready to start drawing. The murals we would draw would be educational so that the teachers could use them as a teaching aid for the students. The pupils don't have a lot of resources, they don't have lots of textbooks like we do in the UK and this is why it would be helpful to paint educational resources on the walls. The first mural we were to draw was a large world map. It was a very new experience...the paint was unlike anything I'd ever used before (for one thing it was incredibly runny!) and we didn't know how many coats it would take, how well it would mix, how quickly it would dry or how far it would go! We just had to play the whole thing by ear really.
We wanted to have Uganda stand out from the rest of the world and so James had the great idea that we should colour it red and that it should be the only country of this colour. This suggestion was well received by Bishop Peter who went on to tell us about the red in the Ugandan flag. He said that the red in the flag represents blood, which is the same no matter where we are from. He said "My blood is red, your blood is red, we are the same and we love each other." This confirmed to us that red was a good choice; not only is it a good bold colour, it's a colour which connects people from all corners of the earth.
"Sister Jennifer, I have had people come to me bringing complaints."
My heart stopped for a minute and I panicked - what have we done?!
He continued "Some people are complaining that the picture should have been painted on the outside of the building so that more people can see it..."
Well, if that's the only complaint there was then I am happy! He asked if it would be possible for us to do some paintings on the outside of the building too but unfortunately we didn't have the time on this trip. He understood and concluded that we'll come back again and maybe we will get the chance to do work outside then!
I liked how the verse continued on the link of connecting blood that was mentioned earlier about the Ugandan flag. Just as the red in the flag symbolises a blood connection of people, the blood of Jesus connects all the people of the world too as it is the price that has been paid for our life and freedom. It's a connection of love, a connection to God, and it's world wide.