Greetings one and all,
Here at Noah’s Ark Children’s’ Ministry the school holidays are now over and the children have entered their final term for the year. This will be a very busy one, especially for the secondary students, as their exams start mid October and finish mid November. Their school day is much longer and they have many more subjects than NZ students. I’m not sure why they are given so many subjects. To my way of thinking they are spreading themselves to thin. Someone did suggest that it was to give the students more options for future employment – especially the vocational students.
Our Ark children enjoyed the holiday break. They were kept occupied with many different fun activities. This can prove tricky as there is a wide range of ages – but Auntie Katie catered for them all. The main event which was spread throughout the holidays was our very own infamous mock Olympic Games. Many countries were represented – flags and props were hand-made – facts about each country studied and tested – and of course, the stiff competition between the competing countries.
Games and challenges were set for all age groups and the scores and medal counts were recorded daily. On the last day everyone came together for a fun night and a final medal tally. NZ came third overall, thus receiving a bronze medal. The kids loved waving the NZ National Flag, as it was a real one and it floated nicely through the air. It made me a tad homesick seeing our flag fluttering in the breeze. See pictures below….
Dorah with the NZ flag – thanks to Warwick and Marylin Dingle.
The Olympic rings made from painted yoghurt containers.
The line-up of flags at the final ceremony.
During the 1st week of the holidays Colin and I got special permission to take 3 year-olds Katie & Judith to the Entebbe Zoo. It’s about a 6/7 hour round trip – that’s on a good day. It was the first time that Judith and Katie had been in a car and on reaching the main road we wondered if we were making a terrible mistake. Katie was terrified at all the people and traffic. She clung to Colin as if her life depended on it. Judith was a tad braver, but still wouldn’t look out the window. However we decided to push on, and with a lot of persuasion the girls began to relax.
They experienced many new things that day, and overcome their fear of most things. They loved the zoo, after we convinced them the animals couldn’t get out of their enclosures. The lift at Entebbe Mall was rather overwhelming for Katie, but Judith didn’t seem to mind as long as I held her. Lunch at KFC went extremely well, as did the visits to the ladies loo – although Katie got very scared when she heard the noise of the hand-dryers.
On the way home we got stuck in several traffic jams, but the kids, now ‘seasoned passengers’, stood on the seat and sung and waved to all ‘n’ sundry. What made me laugh was that they viewed every man they saw as an Uncle, and every lady as an Auntie. (There were thousands of people).Very old people were a novelty – they called them Jaja – (Ugandan word for old people). We asked them if we were Jajas, and they said NO! – bless their little hearts. We had left the Ark at 8am and got back home at 6-30pm, I was totally exhausted. See pictures below….
Photo taken by the zoo guide with Katie (left) and Judith
A massive snake – yes – a live one!
The kids feeding a huge oxen with large horns
Shoebill. Very appropriately named!
At the beginning of the holidays the 7th Family Unit was officially opened. Papa & Mama were able to celebrate with the girls before traveling to the US for promotional work. The girls were very excited, as was their Auntie Shifa who is looking after them. See photos below….
Auntie Shifa with her girls at the opening ceremony
Celebration cake and juices
Verse of encouragement crafted specially for their home by Hilda and Colin
There is another building that’s just been completed – a special day-care facility for teachers and workers with babies or small children. The opening day for that should be real soon. Colin has been fixing the unique bunk cots and getting them ready for use.
This month we have had another group of young people and staff members declaring their faith by getting baptized. Colin has been kept busy taking them through special baptism classes, which are designed to make sure that people have proper understanding of baptism. Because the pool is quite shallow, it required three people to baptize the candidates.
Papa, Youth Pastor Adrian, and Colin baptizing. Pastor John is behind on the RH side
Among other practical things, Colin is also trying to keep up with weekly study notes that he prepares for the Bible Club, which will resume next week. I, on the other hand, continue to do whatever is required of me at the time. No doubt the Christmas Cantata planning and sewing will get under way soon, as will other Christmas preparations, etc.
There is never a dull moment here at the Ark. Sometimes things still take us by surprise, which was the case this week when the German Ambassador arrived. He was officially welcomed by Noah’s Ark Brass Band and sometime later the Ambassador joined the children on the sports field for a round of games.
Some of the games I’d never seen played before – games that the village children play with make-shift equipment. Soccer balls comprising of rolled up banana leaves bound with twine, hoops made with bamboo cane, sticks for bats, etc. etc. I had the privilege of speaking to the Ambassador and he told me that he loved NZ, and had visited there three times.
NO – it’s not Colin on the left – it’s the German ambassador!
Three weeks ago, Tanzania – which boarders on Uganda – experienced a 6.5 earthquake that reduced houses and shops to rubble and killed a rather large number of people. It was felt strongly here at Noah’s Ark – it rattled our house for approximately 60 seconds. We have never before experienced an earthquake that took so long to settle. No damage here fortunately.
Well that’s about it from us this month. We are expecting Papa & Mama (Piet & Pita) back in Uganda on the 5th Oct, and Mama’s birthday is on the 10th Oct – that’s something that the children love to celebrate with her.
There are also a few family birthdays in October that we would like to mention: our Daughter-in-law Belinda on the 10th; our Son Arron on the 21st; our Sister-in-law Laureen also on the 21st. Colin & I wish you all a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. I hope it generates prayer, sponsorship, or maybe even a willingness of heart to serve here at NACMU for a period of time. (If God can use us, He can certainly use you)
God bless you all,
Colin & Bev Winters