Okay…again someone is late with writing the blog, sorry! sorry! Now who can I blame this time – she looks around the room – ME!
The last couple of weeks have been particularly busy for both Colin and I. Colin has been spending more time down the workshop and I’ve had a number of ongoing sewing projects – some for the benefit of the Ark, and some for a wedding which will be held at the Ark on the 30th of July.
One of our Ark Office workers, ‘Uncle Paul’, is getting married. Colin & l have been invited, so we will experience our very first traditional Ugandan wedding.
Actually there are a number of big events coming up in this month of July. Papa’s birthday is on the 21st, and the ice cream-man wants to celebrate his son 1st birthday with all the Ark children. I think I told you about the ‘ice-cream man’ in one of the earlier blogs. But just to refresh your memory, the ‘ice-cream man’, as the children call him, runs a large retail business of some kind in Kampala. Out of the generosity of his heart he provides all the Ark children with an ice cream once a week. Evidently the party that he wants to hold for his 1 year old son is going to be a very elaborate and expensive affair, and it will include all their relatives as well. But we’ll share about all these events that we have mentioned in our next blog. Hopefully I will have plenty of photos to insert.
Early this month we had the privilege of hosting a very special person who came all the way from Hastings, NZ – Niall McCormack from Specsavers. He did a splendid job of checking the eyesight and prescribing glasses to children that needed them, all at his own expense. Not only did he check and prescribe glasses for the children, but also for the uncles and aunties. Using string and beads Niall also gave a rapid training session to social workers to help the children strengthen and correct their eye muscles.
Niall testing eyes of boarding student
Secondary student Owen assisting Niall with eye tests
Just over a year ago Colin & I went to Specsavers Hastings to renew our glasses. While there, questions were asked and the topic of NACMU came up. Niall showed great interest and said that he would like to come and test the children’s eye sight. One year later he has done just that. Thank you Niall, you have blessed many people here at Noah’s Ark, and no doubt many more as you travelled on to a school in Kenya to carry out the same work.
The baptisms mentioned in our last blog have now taken place. It was a momentous occasion watching eight young people and three aunties being baptized. The aunties utilized the White angel robes that I created for last years Cantata. At this very moment Colin is leading another group of people through the required baptism studies. They will be baptized early next month.
Baptisms all set to go
Baptism – dead to the old life – raised to the new
The first group to be baptized at Noah’s Ark Family Church
We have had more babies arrive at the Ark this month. The latest two arrived on the same day. Mama & Papa went straight from one police station to the another to pick them up. Eva is about 3-4 months old and Jeremiah was 2 months premature. Mama stuffed Jeremiah down her front (skin on skin) to keep him warm, and then rushed him back home to the incubator where Jeremiah is now surviving under her watchful eye. See photo…
Tiny Jeremiah – 2 months premature – in the incubator
At the moment we have rather a lot of Mzungus at the Ark. (Mzungu is the word that the Ugandans use for white people). Another team has just arrived from Holland, but as yet we haven’t met them all. Our kids don’t hold back, they are all over them, much to the team’s delight.
Distribution of Bibles is still going really well. Students, uncles and aunties are making the most of it as we are selling Bibles for 1/3 of the wholesale price from the Bible Society in Kampala.
This week when we go shopping in Kampala we are meeting with Simon & Alex for lunch at KFC. We suggested that Alex bring his girlfriend Caroline to meet with us, but that will be confirmed on Monday. For those who don’t know, Alex & Simon they are two Ugandan men who have been supported by Deane and Sherrilyn Grainger from Hastings for many years. D & S assisted them with the building of their home in December/ January, supported by the generous sponsorship of others. Alex and Simon have started a home church for their community in their new home, and are also involved in other outreaches in their community. We wrote about them in the April blog this year.
Well that’s all from us this month. A special happy birthday to our sister-in-law Judy on the 26th, and Auntie Elva on the 28th July. Also a speedy recovery for my brother Max as he recovers from his heart operation. To our home church in NZ, we do send a special blessing to all those who are suffering any sort of illness, you are in our prayers. We are grateful to receive our church emails; it helps keep us in touch with our church life.
Colin & Bev Winters.