Day 39: Thursday 19th June
My guess is that all New Zealand World Cup Soccer fans watched the game between Australia and the Netherlands last night. It’s quoted, ‘people and sports are the same around the globe’, and here in Uganda it’s no different, especially when it came to backing Mama’s & Papa’s homeland. A big screen was set up in Mama’s & Papa’s Pergola and everyone crowded in, including uncles and aunties. As the tension mounted, cheers and shouts could be heard for miles – how the babies slept through the noise is beyond comprehension. Warwick Dingle would occasionally wind them all up by cheering for the Australian team. (Something he said he’d never do back in NZ) The word ‘traitor’ could be heard as they tried to drown him out with singing both the Netherlands and the Ugandan national anthem. (Big laugh) I guess there will be a few tired children at school today, pity help the teachers – I’m glad I don’t have a knitting group today.
Day 40: Friday 20th June
Again I went for a walk in the Jungle, this time I wandered down to visit the Ugandan office workers quarters, and the Ugandan married quarters. Both have been set up very nicely with a communal cook-house, ablution block, etc. These dwellings are considered a luxury, and come as part of their salary package. (See pictures below)
Ugandan Office Worker’s Accommodation
Ugandan Communal Kitchen
Today Colin accomplished another full day installing Pita’s kitchen – slowly but surely the kitchen is taking shape. Hastings Kitchen Studio missed out on this client.
Pita’s Kitchen in progress
As for me, time was spent on prep work for Pita’s office curtains, and talking through ideas with Christian – the editor of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Ministries newspaper. And then whatever time remained was used doing chores and preparing an evening meal for our guests, Warwick & Marilyn Dingle.
Day 41: Saturday 21st June
Let me introduce to you to one of our little ones from the nursery. This is Nicholas; he is almost a year old. Each day I make a point of picking him up and taking him outside his four walls. Sometimes I carry him in my arms for a walk, other times I take him back to our house for a one on one. All the children love to be touched and held. On entering the nursery most of the little ones hold up their arms to be picked up. There are some, that are a little hesitant, but their large brown eyes follow your every move.
Nicholas wearing one of our Granddaughter’s handmade bracelets
I took Nicholas up to the pigsty to see the pigs – I’d heard that the sow was about to birth a litter, but unfortunately today was not the day. However Nicholas did get to see some piglets, a calf, and some chooks. On leaving I smiled and nodded at the Ugandan woman that tends the animals – she immediately fell to her knees in the dirt and raised her hand to greet me. I was shocked, humbled, and confused by her action – I put my hand in hers and raised her up. On returning I talked to Pita about this woman’s actions, and was told that while she herself doesn’t like the practice, it’s what the village women do to honour an older person, or mzungu (white people). Pita also remarked that while she’s mindful of the fact that this practice isn’t encouraged in the Ark, this protocol is taught, simply because the children are Ugandan, and at some time they may need to conform. (I thought that was very wise)
Greedy little pigs
Day 42: Sunday 22nd June
Sunday is normally a relaxing day for us, but it wasn’t quite so much for Colin as he delivered today’s sermon. At rather late notice – Saturday morning – he was asked if he would fill in for our pastor, to which he agreed. He did well, though he said he found it a challenge to bring a message which was suitable for both the adults and children.
Day 43: Monday 23rd June
What better way to start a week than gathering together for a devotional time. Today there were many requests written on the prayer board, some of those things you might like also to pray for. One is Warwick Dingle’s health – he is being tested for Malaria today. Also for Papa (Piet) he is suffering from a rather nasty strain of Malaria that affects the liver. Mama (Pita) is extremely tired and her blood pressure is fluctuating; she and Piet could do with a couple of week’s holiday, but for one reason or another it’s difficult for them get away. So far Colin and I have been free of any sickness and for this we are truly thankful. However I do suffer from the extreme heat. I find that I need to drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration and headaches.
Day 44: Tuesday 24th June
God has answered some of yesterday’s prayers already. It seems that Warwick doesn’t have Malaria and is feeling a little better today. Mama (Pita) is going down to Jinja to stay at a guest house for a while, we are hoping Piet will join her later this week. (Jinja is a couple of hours drive from Noah’s Ark) Pita took a supply of reading material, some hobbies, and of course one-week old baby Joey. I teased Pita this morning by saying if a new baby is carried into the safety of the Ark while she is away – IT’S MINE!
I spotted this notice on the door of the Dingle’s home – it made me smile.
Day 45: Wednesday 25th June
It’s been a busy day for both of us today, Colin with kitchen installing, and me undertaking a variety of things. My biggest achievement was completing curtains and blinds for our bedrooms and bathroom; also I made a good start on making some curtains for Piet & Pita’s new study.
The knitting classes are going well, today’s class being the last for the week. I’ve had some good results lately, but I still get the clever one that maintains that knit one, ‘drop one’, knit one, is a pattern. LOL.
We had the pleasure of Piet’s company tonight. We invited him down to share an evening meal with us since Pita is not here to cook for him. Everywhere Piet goes his 4 German shepherd dogs follow, they even come into church and sit at his feet. They are rather beautiful dogs, but they are not so endearing when they decide to have a scrap right outside our bedroom window at some ungodly hour in the morning.
Both Colin and I are looking forward to a relaxing day out with Warwick and Marilyn tomorrow. We are going down to Jinja for the whole day. I’ll tell you all about that in post number 8.
I thought I’d throw in this photo of Colin checking the drying of the peanuts.
There is plenty more I that could’ve written this week, but time has been against me. So until next week, take care, and God bless.
Colin & Bev Winters.