Greetings to you all,
It’s about time we got our act together and updated our blog wouldn’t you say??? It’s hard to believe that two months have passed since leaving Uganda for our scheduled sabbatical in NZ and Australia. But what is even harder to believe, is that we’ve been back in Uganda for over two weeks now, and it feels like we never left.
We had a wonderful welcome back here from everyone – especially the children. Our baby Colin started to walk while we were in NZ, and little Judith is much steadier on her feet. There have been at least 4 new babies added to the Ark family while we were away. One 7-8 month old baby (Pius) was rescued and bought to the Ark weighing just one kilo more than an average new-born. He is painfully thin and can only drink a few ounces of milk every couple of hours or he would be sick.
Baby Colin making his stand in life
The saddest thing about our return to the Noah’s Ark was to find out that Laurence, a sponsored day student in a wheelchair, had died due to miss-treatment by his family. Also our lovely Auntie Katie, a young American missionary at NACMU in her twenties, had been badly burned by oil, which over-heated and caught fire while she was cooking. Katie was first treated at the Ark clinic, and then transferred to Kampala General Hospital, before a decision was made to fly her back to the States for further treatment. Katie’s Health Insurance Company arranged everything, including someone from the Ark to travel with her to the States. Katie has a very positive attitude and hopes to return to Uganda in a few months. Please pray for Katie as she endures much pain and discomfort from skin grafts, etc.
Colin and I want to thank everyone in NZ and Australia who made our stay so enjoyable. It was fabulous spending time with family and friends. Also we would like to express our gratitude to all those that contributed to the Malnutrition Unit or Bibles. Any monetary gifts we received while in NZ, was put towards Bibles or the Malnutrition Unit. So far we have purchased a box of 20 English ESV Bibles, and we are still in the process of obtaining about 40 Luganda Bibles – we intend to keep you informed about this. As for the Malnutrition Clinic – it’s our plan to hand over 3 million shillings (approx. $1,500 N.Z.) to the Malnutrition Clinic administrator next week. Withdrawing money from the ‘hole in the wall’ can be quite a process here in Uganda, as often one can only withdraw 800,000 shillings (Approx. $400 NZ) at one time, so it means several trips to town, or risk your card being eaten by the ATM Machine for over-use within a short time.
We have both settled back into things reasonably fast here at the Ark. Colin hasn’t got manual work to do at this present time, so he’s concentrating on mending piles of shoes that the children keep dropping off at our place for mending. He is also working on various Bible study notes for students and those receiving Bibles. I have kept myself occupied by sewing Bible covers for children’s Bibles. When a child turns 9 years old they are presented with a Bible, and that Bible needs a cover. I have made a whole bunch out of some cute materials which I brought when in NZ.
The next two terms will be devoted to having knitting classes for some of the boys. All through last year the boys kept asking when it will be their turn to knit, so for the next two terms I’ll concentrate on them. (Mmmmm…Me-thinks it’s the popcorn at the end of each class that’s the greatest attraction) Also I am endeavouring to stay ahead with choosing and wrapping the children’s birthday presents. Sometimes this can be a bit of a challenge as toys and games etc. that are deemed suitable for a certain age group can’t be given because they are too dangerous for the other smaller children in the Children’s Home to get their hands on.
Last week the young people celebrated, ‘The Rights of the African Child’. This was done by presenting song, dance, and skits with an overall message that the African child has a right to be nurtured and treasured. This important message needs to be heard and taken on board by all African parents. This is not about children demanding their rights per se, it’s about them asking for the right to be educated; not to be abandoned; not to be sold; nor pushed into early marriage when still too young; etc. Papa also pointed out to the young people that with every right, there’s a large responsibility on each of them to make the right choices in life. One wrong choice can lead to a very hard life.
Some of the senior students giving their presentation at ‘The Rights of the African Child’
This photo was taken from the aircraft window – it shows the beautiful sunset while flying over the Red Sea on the way to Dubai.
Two photos of the beautiful restful scenery that we woke up to every morning while staying in Hawke’s Bay NZ.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psa 121:1-2
Well friends and family, that’s it from us this month. The word ‘Mizpah’ springs to mind. “… Mizpah, ….. The LORD watch between you and me, when we are out of one another’s sight.” Genesis 31:49
Colin & Bev Winters