In 1991, Bob and Carrie Wagner began a life-changing journey: a three-year mission in Uganda on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Settling in the village of Ibanda, they began working with the local residents to build safe, high quality housing. As often happens in such situations those three years were transformative on both sides -- the "outsiders" as much as the community they came to serve. When the Wagners reluctantly left after their three years were up, their view of the world was completely different.
Fifteen years later, they returned to Ibanda, and that trip, as well as the original experience, is the basis of Carrie's beautiful new book, Village Wisdom. Carrie Wagner will be at Accent on Books this coming Friday beginning at 6:00 PM.
Carrie is a photographer as well as a writer, and her book is as magnificent to look at as it is moving to read. There is a wonderful immediacy to the letters and journal entries she wrote while she was there, and they provide a fascinating perspective when combined with her account of her return journey in 2009.
We hope you'll be able to join us this coming Friday to hear Carrie's unique and important story. More about Village Wisdom can be found at this website.