Time is marching on – excuse the pun, but it’s true in more ways than one. It’s only weeks now before we return to NZ. We have now been with Noah’s Ark Children’s Ministries Uganda for almost a year, which is hard to believe. We feel as if we have just started getting to know everyone on a deeper level, but I guess that’s normal. It takes time to build new relationships even when one moves to a new neighbourhood, work place, school or church. The one thing that we are learning is to invest more time in those around us, because if we don’t we’ll miss the chance of ministering to them. Most children seek our attention, while others are a ‘closed book’ concerning their personal feelings. However this is where we praise God for our ‘Special Needs Instructors ‘, who work with the most difficult cases, and also with those with disabilities and behavioural issues.
We welcomed two new Children into the Ark earlier this month. Eight month old Adriana was found abandoned in a village, and new-born baby Philip had been thrown into bushes soon after his mother gave birth. Both children were found reasonably healthy, apart from the many scratches on baby Philip from being thrown in the bushes.
Adriana lapping up all the attention under Mama’s special care
Baby Philip is now snug as a bug in a rug
We’ve also had a couple of other things arrive at the Ark in mid-February: two brand new people-mover buses, which were ordered in August and arrived in Uganda late December, but for various red-tape reasons were held up in Uganda for many weeks. These buses are proving to be of great benefit to the Ark. They are very comfortable and roomy. We had the pleasure of riding in one when we went to Kingfisher Lodge. The bus was heading that way with some secondary students who were working on a project, so we hitched a lift. The students were helping to install some kids swings which were made at NACMU for a school somewhere way past Jinja.
Two 16-seater buses, complete with the Ugandan flag colours and the Noah’s Ark logo
Noah’s Ark truck used for general transportation helps advertise the New Horizon Secondary Vocational school.
While on the subject of transport, I will share the following story. Someone with a three day old driver’s licence came into the Ark to drop somebody off. Somehow while driving down the main drive this person lost control of his Ute and crashed into the brick security wall. At the time the accident occurred, the drive is often filled with young people. So when viewing the damage done to the wall and Ute on impact, it’s a miracle that nobody was killed. Praise God!
The other day a number of excited 8-9 year-old girls told us they were going swimming with Auntie Tamar. Being a very hot day I also could mentally see myself going swimming. Colin thought they might be going to the African Village swimming pool, which isn’t far from the Ark. But when asked if we had any spare washing tubs I began to lose interest fast. Yes, their swimming consisted of tubs full of cold water outside Auntie Tamar’s house. When I arrived to photograph them, they were happy as larks sitting in their bathing suits. Pointing to the spare tub they invited me to swim with them. Needless to say I declined on the basis of the container offered (small blue one on the right).
Girls enjoying their ‘swim’
Another important event which happened on the 15th February was that baby Colin celebrated his 1st birthday. For those who may not already know, both we, and Shane & Fiona are sponsoring baby Colin. He really enjoyed his cake and presents, but most of all he loved the special attention given to him by both the Aunties and children.
Uncle Colin helping baby Colin cut his birthday cake
Noah’s Ark has now got a canteen, which opened this month and is being run by one of the Aunties. We can buy yummy Ugandan food, drinks, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and other essentials. They created the canteen out of a container – see photo below.
Container Canteen – It works a treat.
Well folks, I feel this month’s blog is a tad disjointed, sorry about that – I’ll try and do better next month. Many thanks for those who have contacted us; it’s also great to receive the church and home group newsletters. It’s not so great hearing about the difficulties that some of our dear church members are going through at this present time, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I can’t finish without mentioning another couple of events that the month of March brings. Olivia, our Aussie granddaughter turned 10 on the 12th March. ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLLIE ‘xxxx
Also my (Bev) brother Kevin passed away two years ago this month. Kevin would have turned 70 on the 4th of March, he and his family are close to our heart especially at this time.
Until next month, blessings to you all,
Colin & Bev Winters.