To the faithful followers of our blog,
This is just to inform you that Colin & I are no longer in Uganda working alongside the people at NACMU. We left Uganda on the 12th Feb 2017 after working at Noah’s Ark for almost three years. After two flight delays; staying with family in Melbourne and then in Auckland NZ; we finally arrived back in our home town of Hastings on the 31st March. We stayed with our daughter Vikki for three days before moving back into our home which had been rented during the time we were in Uganda. We praised God that our home had been looked after very well – just another thing to add to the list of what the Lord has taken care of.
The years in Uganda have been very special years for us – a real learning curve as we endeavored to help both practically and spiritually. Many friends were made, seeds sown, and love given and received. Within our hearts we will always treasure the beautiful smiles and love which were freely given by the Aunties and children -the children who carry the motto ‘from nobody to somebody’. It has been a privilege to have been a part of their lives, and we will continue to support and pray for them.
These photos are proof of the ‘beautiful smiles’.
Now, a message to anyone who would like to share God’s love and grace to orphans. We can recommend Noah’s Ark Children’s Ministry Uganda. It might not be possible for you to work there, but you might like to consider sponsoring a child or two. This you can do by logging into NACMU Facebook or making contact with Piet & Pita Buitendijk (Papa & Mama)
People have been asking us what we are going to do now. From Bev – the answer is… I don’t know – I’m taking each day as it comes. From Colin – having always wanted to do some kind of ‘missionary’ work, and having now experienced something of it, I am keen to continue in that direction – even if it is back in New Zealand. As Christians we are called to be ambassadors for Christ, and that’s the desire of my heart.
We’ve moved into our own home in Hastings NZ and we are enjoying the fellowship of our family and friends. The faster pace of the NZ life is something we’ll have to get used to. It’s nice to be able to drive ourselves around and not depend on a driver, although we do miss Jimmy. If anyone in Kampala needs a good honest driver, Jimmy is your man. (We have Jimmy’s cell phone number if you should ever need it)
We have retained our blog site for another year because we thought it could be a good way of communicating with our African friends and wider family – so watch this space in the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to say Hi to everyone at Noah’s Ark. We miss you all.
Colin & Bev Winters