Thurs 23rd Oct – Wed 19th Nov
We have come dangerously close to not posting anything on our blog for a whole month – how could we let that happen when we have so many special people that we want to stay in touch with?
Now I’m going to have to think back over the month and try and recall the highlights – serves me right.
As I begin to compile this blog tonight a storm is raging. The rain on the iron roof is deafening, as is the thunder which is constantly crashing overhead. The lightening striking every few seconds is lighting up the sky, and the banana trees are striking against the house. I have never seen such big rain drops as we have here in Uganda – the hail can also be very large. Oops… we have just lost power… here we go; here we go, the generator just kicked in and we are back in action. Not all houses are connected to the generator – we just happen to be one of the lucky ones. No that’s not right – I shouldn’t say lucky, our Pastor John tells us that we are not lucky or fine – we are blessed.
I must be tired – I’m prattling. It might be a good idea if I picked up on this again tomorrow, as it’s 11pm and I really should be in bed asleep – that’s if I can sleep with all the din the rain is making. Now Piet’s dogs are barking; something must have set them off – maybe a brave monkey that’s trying to find shelter. Wait … I can smell something burning, hope it isn’t our wiring or we’ll be in big trouble. I’d better go and investigate since Colin is in the land of nod. I will continue this tomorrow.
Well the storm is over – although we did get another couple of heavy downpours today. A pleasant relief for me as I didn’t have to cope with the heat. But I shouldn’t grumble as we now have something to help us keep cool. See picture below.
Our latest purchase – A fan
It’s been a mixed bag this month here at the Ark, with volunteers coming and going, and all the activities leading up to the Cantata, and then of course Christmas. As you can see from the above photo I have a sewing machine stationed at our home so that I can make better progress with the design and creation of some of the Cantata costumes. To date I’ve made seven garments and the other two ladies on the team have made approximately the same amount, so we are progressing well. The garments have been a challenge, as anything we require to make them has to be found on site or in a container. Colin is also involved with designing and making things for the Cantata. He is building a variety of large wooden stage props. He will need to go into the jungle and chop down some suitable trees and search the containers for his needs. The Cantata will be one of Noah’s Ark’s outreach programs to the locals. It will be run for 3 consecutive nights just before Christmas.
Speaking about containers – for months now we’ve been praying for all Noah’s Ark containers to be released by the Ugandan government, and now after months of negotiation some of the containers are beginning to roll up the driveway – much to the relief of management and the delight of the children. When the containers arrive, it’s all hands on deck to empty them into another container here on site. All the pallets are dismantled and the timber saved for future use or student workshop training, and all wrappings are folded and stored away. In Papa’s eyes everything has a use. It kind of reminds me of a jar that we found in my father’s workshop after he’d passed away. He’d written on the jar the following words – ‘Rusty nails, not useful for anything’.
The 1st of the container trucks to arrive after months of standoff
Small truck delivering the much needed washing-powder and baby food
The Noah’s Ark Brass Band has now got new uniforms and they look very smart indeed. They are getting well recognised and get invited to play at a number of official engagements. See photo below.
The Noah’s Ark Brass Band practicing before leaving to play at a local event
Someone asked us if we were missing any of our usual NZ foods. Our answer would have to be that we are blessed – the contents of our fridge looks similar to the contents of any NZ fridge. But when it comes to a Latte, Uganda is the winner – take a look at the Latte I was served up the other day in Kampala.
Latte served in a soup bowl size cup – yummy!
On a more serious note – Our NZ friends Marilyn and Warwick Dingle are leaving Noah’s Ark on the 22nd December and will be arriving home to NZ on the 24th December. We believe they will be staying in Auckland with a family member over the Christmas and New Year period before returning to Hawke’s Bay. We are sad they are leaving; we have had some good times together. Marilyn and Warwick have faithfully served at Noah’s Ark for over 5 years and have contributed much – they will be missed.
Marilyn, Warwick & Colin
The other news is that baby Patrick is now home at the Ark, and is breathing without the aid of oxygen. Baby Patrick still receives around the clock care, but he’s on the way to wholeness. We call him our miracle baby. (Sorry we don’t have any photos of Patrick at the moment).
Well folk, there is probably a lot more we could share, but time is against us so we’ll pick it up again in a few more weeks. When Ugandan children are asked if they want to give a testimony, they often stand up and say, ‘thank God I’m alive’. We also would like to say, ‘thank God we are alive and keeping good health’.
Blessings to you all,
Colin & Bev Winters