Greetings from Uganda,
The month of May has come and gone. Personally I’d have to say that I am glad, as three weeks of the month were wasted as I was recovering from my first ever Malaria attack. However I am now back to normal, for which I am truly thankful.
The trouble with the ever widening gap between our blog posts, is remembering all that has taken place over that time. Unfortunately due to being unwell, I didn’t take many photos which would normally jog my memory. Me-thinks this months report will be a short one. At the moment there’s quite a number of building projects on the go at the Ark, and being school holidays our older boys are able to help. They can be seen around here driving trucks; tractors with loaded trailers; motorbikes; etc. They love it!
The foundations of a new home for missionaries who are soon to arrive
Timothy driving with a trailer full of bricks for the new home
Matthew driving the ute
Timothy again on the tractor
Auntie Katie’s interesting holiday program is keeping most of the other children from suffering complete boredom. How these children can say they are bored is a mystery to me? They have a bigger playing area and more children to play with than we ever had when we were small. Now I’m sounding like a real old person!!! Talking about Auntie Katie, some people have asked how Katie is recovering after her terrible burns that she suffered this time last year. Let me put it this way…Katie is one brave lady. She still wears a pressure sleeve, but is healing as expected. There are scars, but over time these should fade considerably. A lesson can be learned from the way this young lady faced her challenge with such courage.
Over the last few months since returning to NACMU, we have had a young American couple staying here for the express purpose of adopting a child. Not any old child mind you, but one of our special needs children named Saul. Saul is five years old, but can’t talk or communicate as a normal child. This child was thrown out the window of a moving car at the age of 2 years. Whether Saul was brain damaged at that time, or before, we’ll never know, but God so loved Saul that He moved the hearts of two American couples to help him.
The first couple – Jared and Stefani – desperately wanted Saul, and tried to get him out of Uganda to get specialist help for him, but they were turned down. However they set things in place here at the Ark so that it would be easier for another couple – Chris and Zida – to adopt Saul. After three long months of court hearings, lawyers, police, embassy visits, and social workers, Saul will be flying to America with his new Papa at the end of the week. Saul’s new Mama had to return to the States earlier due to work commitments.
Chris with Saul
Chris and Saul with driver Jimmy heading off on the first stage of their journey home
The month of June will be ushering in some new missionaries, including a family with 4 children. As yet we don’t know many details, so that will be something we can share next time.
We held our first Women’s Ministries group this month and it was received very well, so this will now happen once a month. There are also a number of people wanting to be baptised, so this will also be something to look forward to and write about in the coming months.
The other day I heard a strange sound coming from outside so I went to investigate. To my amazement I saw a flying object hovering just above our house. It looked like a small flying saucer of some kind. It hovered and then sped away – ducking and diving with ease. It wasn’t until I saw young Daniel standing some distance away with a remote control in his hands that I clicked onto what it was – a sophisticated ‘helicopter’ with a mounted camera. It was apparently something that Daniel brought back from his last trip to Holland with Papa and Mama.
Daniel’s remote control ‘helicopter’. It’s about 50cm wide with camera mounted underneath
Well that’s about it for this month. Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and please remember that we do love hearing from you. We rejoice over every personal email that we find in our inbox.
Colin & Bev