Welcome to all our friends and family, and anyone who happens upon our blog — which are many. That’s if we count all the try-hards who wish to sell us something by luring us to click onto their website. I don’t know how many persistent sales people we have blocked from making comments on our blog site – probably hundreds! The downside of modern technology I guess!
As you can see I’m on the back foot again with keeping you all informed. This month has ticked over with little to report, so I’m predicting our blog will be a tad short. ‘One page short of a good read, as the saying goes’.
Mama & Papa are still in Holland at the present time, but we are expecting them back in Uganda on the 17th October.
Because Mama (Pita) will miss celebrating her birthday with all her Ugandan children on the 10th Oct, she is going to celebrate it on the 18th, the day after they return. We trust Mama will be able to enjoy her day, even if she’s a bit jaded after travelling.
Mama & Papa will come home to another addition to their family. Nehemiah, a healthy two day old baby boy was brought to the Ark about a week ago. Evidently his mother gave birth in Mukono Clinic, and then just walked away leaving baby Nehemiah there. He is a beautiful child, Mama will be happy to see him — she hates being away when new-borns arrive. See photo below…
Four Day old Nehemiah
We have been able to distribute more Bibles last month, and also some ‘Messengers’ from In Touch Ministries in the USA. The ‘Messengers’ are a small player about the size of an IPod, loaded with 36 teaching messages, 30 Life Principles by Charles Stanley, the New Testament, Palms and Proverbs. They are free of charge to third world countries, and are available in English plus one other language, so that people can hear the Gospel in their own language. They have a speaker, or they can be listened to with earplugs. They come with a power charger, or they can be solar charged where there is no power.
Below is a photo of all but one of the Family Unit Aunties receiving one of these Messengers – they were delighted as you can see from the photo below. We have also given out some to a few other people that we believe could benefit by it. The feedback we are getting on them so far is very positive.
Family Unit Aunties receiving their ‘In Touch’ Messengers
A point of interest in the making: A stylish Hair Salon that the senior students will use for vocational learning and business opportunity. The salon is made using a large transport container, and is situated on the road frontage by the Secondary School gates, which is straight opposite Noah’s Ark gates. As you can see the Salon has been very tastefully designed and decorated. It is yet to be completed. This type of small business is very much in Papa’s thoughts as he endeavours to explore different ideas to help any future school leavers into employment. See photos below….
Frontage of Hair Salon – probably yet to have some sign writing
‘Unisex’ Salon – a Worldwide Phrase
Inside the door of the Salon – yet to be completed
It’s now only twelve weeks before Christmas, so things here at the Ark will start winding up. We are planning to run another Cantata again this year just before Christmas. Maybe some of you can remember reading about this big event in our December blog last year.
Because of the vast number of people that we had to turn away last time, we are planning on having more performances to accommodate the masses. This will indeed be a very tiring period for all involved, as a considerable amount of planning goes into every aspect of an event of this scale. Please pray for strength and endurance for us all at this time.
Also, there is the choosing and the wrapping of Christmas gifts for 175 plus Children. This is something Mama (Pita) mainly takes responsibility for, but she’ll need a considerable amount of help – probably from me. (Bev)
Secondary School students are gearing up for exams, which they sit in November. The school term for Secondary pupils ends by late November and Primary in early December. So the Ark Children will need to be kept occupied with a holiday program for many weeks.
This photo is taken of some of the missionaries toasting marshmallows over a fire and putting them between wafer biscuits and a slice of Chocolate. Yummy – not the typical Missionary food is it? An American tradition – I believe they are called Smores
This photo was especially taken for Uncle Christian’s Mama, who encourages us from time to time by leaving a nice comment on our Blog. Thank you Janneke – much appreciated. The little Dutch children are trying to screw Christians head off. Ha!
As already mentioned, Bible distribution is an on-going part of our ministry both at NACMU and out into the local area. A lot more Aunties have been requesting Luganda Bibles, but because they cost us a bit more, we are asking for an extra 2,000 shillings – equal to about NZ$0.85. They are generally paying the equivalent of about NZ$3.50 for a very good quality ESV Bible, and NZ$4.35 for the Luganda ones. Thankyou again to all who have contributed towards these Bibles. It’s fantastic to see God’s Word getting into the hands of people who haven’t been able to afford them.
Our meetings with the teens group is going well, although at the end of a long day at school, they are pretty tired when it comes to the study at night-time. As a result we have shifted our meeting to a suitable time on Sunday.
The meetings with Uncles and Aunties are on-going, and we are getting into some more serious Bible studies starting tomorrow (Tuesday 6th). Our initial focus will be on a proper understanding of the Gospel message. Then we will be dealing with other issues, with the view to presenting a Biblical perspective on things like: unity among God’s people; traditions and culture; God’s purpose in choosing us; being overcomers; etc. Please be praying for these meetings, as one of the main difficulties is communicating the messages to some of the people whose understanding of English is somewhat limited. But — all things are possible with God.
Well that’s all from us this month.
Happy Birthday to our daughter-in-law Belinda on the 10th Oct; our son Arron who will turn 40 on the 21st Oct; and our sister-in-law Laureen, whose birthday also falls on the 21st October.
Blessings and love to you all.
Colin & Bev