Greetings dear family and friends,
This month our blog will be more ‘show’ than ‘tell’, as I have already explained some of the events below in our last blog. Just so I don’t repeat myself you might need to refresh your memory by reading Blog # 31 again.
Uncle Paul & Annette’s wedding…
What can I say…our first Ugandan wedding was certainly different – organisation-wise anyway! The wedding started 2 hours late and the reception was later still. Unfortunately the MC spoke mostly in Luganda language, so we didn’t understand very much. However it was a good experience and it was lovely to see them all dressed up and happy. There were three NACMU girls as flower girls. See photos below….
Once again the children put together a creative program to celebrate Papa’s birthday. The tiny ones danced to traditional Ugandan dances; the teens sang and danced; and of course the band did their bit. The food Papa & Mama supplied was appreciated by all. See photos below…
Bev, Auntie Katie with Judith, Katie, and Colin on right.(See more about A . Katie below)
Baby Neil’s 1st Birthday – ‘Mr Ice-cream’s son’.
As promised, Neil’s birthday was celebrated in grand style at Noah’s Ark with all the Ark children. Everything was paid for and set up by baby Neil’s family….shade tents – bouncy castles – clown entertainment – face painting – games – candy floss – fizzy drinks – ice cream – popcorn – and a special lunch laid on for everyone. Then at the end of the day all the Ark children were given a couple of presents each. Our children returned home very tired, but happy. See photos below….
Mr Ice-cream in the middle; wife and Neil on the right
Tents in case of rain – didn’t need them!
Margaret with Judith and Colin
We also mentioned in our last blog that we were hoping to meet up with Simon and Alex, and perhaps Alex’s girlfriend also. Well we did! We had lunch together and managed to get a photo of Alex’s lovely Carolyn. Up until now we have only seen photos of her side on and back on, so it was nice to meet her face to face. She is a lovely girl, most suitable for Alex. Simon and Alex kindly brought us some produce from their garden. We had to smile at the carrots. I think something went wrong, can anyone tell us? See photos below…
Mmmm! Carrots I think!
Colin and I also met up with another person whom we hadn’t seen for forty plus years. Some will know who we are talking about – Peter Horne. He and his sister Linda went to Raureka Chapel youth group in the sixties and seventies. He and his wife live in Canada, and Peter works for Childcare Worldwide. They send him to Uganda every couple of years or so to monitor the financial side of things. It so happened that not so long ago, Colin’s brother Terry was travelling up Canada way and was able to meet up with Peter. After Terry told him that we were in Uganda, Peter contacted us and we discussed options about getting together. So after not having seen each other for well over 40 years, we had a lovely catch up over lunch in Kampala.
Peter Horne. Hasn’t changed much in 43 years!
Katie & Christian’s engagement… Yes it’s official, and Katie is proudly wearing her engagement ring. Katie is American and Christian is Dutch, so their official wedding ceremony will be in the USA in January, followed by a wedding celebration in Holland in February, and finally a celebration at NACMU – couldn’t miss that.
Christian and Katie
Our new missionaries Marinus, Marloes and 4 children who came in June decided to return home to Holland for a couple of months to help with a family crisis. Marinus’s sister-in-law had a major stroke. She is only in her early forties and has a young family to look after. Marinus is a doctor and was appointed head of the clinic here at NACMU. They hope to return early in October. See photos below…
A view from the corner of our place across to their new home – a work in progress
The youth have been preparing for a special worship and presentation event for some months now. Their first performance was very successful, so they decided to give invitations to other secondary schools to come and enjoy, and maybe impacted in some way. So on Saturday 27 August we had quite a number of youth come to see what our teens could do. They had a mix of worship, drama, and dance. From what we saw it seemed to be very well presented and accepted by the visitors.
Now, for some not so good news… Our prem baby Jeremiah, whose photo appeared in our last blog, passed away last week. That dear wee babe put up a good fight, but he was just too small and undeveloped. We also lost little Solomon who almost made it to his second birthday. Both little ones are now safely in our Heavenly Father’s arms, but are sadly missed here at the Ark.
School holidays start early September, so Katie and her team will be gearing up for the holiday program. It’s wiser to keep the children occupied than to let them roam. Katie has all sorts of neat stuff planned for them.
Early next month there will be another small group of young people being baptised. What a joy it is to see them make this commitment.
Well that’s it from us this month.
Special birthday wishes to our son Shane on the 3rd; Queenie (Colin’s mum) on the 4th; our granddaughter Billie on the 5th; sister-in-law Liz on the 12th; and my friend Caroline on the 14th – all in September. Hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.
Blessings to you all,
Colin & Bev