Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Love in Action

Heartbreaking events continue to happen again and again throughout our world and we wonder why bad things happen to so many good people.  Where we live in Mpumudde, an area north of Jinja city, life is currently very difficult because of the rains.  Yes, those rains are still falling.  Many of our neighbours have lost their homes, children have lost their families and death is widespread.  Because burials are a challenge for many; diseases are on the uprise with epidemics of mumps, measles, cholera and of course malaria.  Malaria has affected all our kids but they are blessed to have treatment immediately.

For fifteen years we've faced the good and the bad and as rough as it currently is, we want to focus now only on the good.  God promises to be with us always, protecting us from the storms of life and we know, as our foundation, we can stand firm trusting that our destiny is safe in His hands.  So...instead of bad news, we want to share some rewards that have recently happened at Home of Angels among our own children.  

Do you remember our little Alan, the one that was always in trouble?  Peeling paint off our homes, catching birds and spying on the girls?  Mom died giving birth to him in a swamp.  Jaaja pulled him out of the water and took him home.  A few years later, we found her struggling to raise the many children she had inherited, so we decided to help by bringing Alan home to raise.  Aunty Joy pulled 52 jiggers from his feet and I remember Edwin taking him to the hospital many times with pneumonia. He had a rough start.

I have to say, he did grow into a handsome little guy, but full, I mean full of mischief.  So much so that we had to send him away.  Edwin's friends in the police academy suggested they take him into their school for children on the base.  This was very happy news for Alan.  He bragged to everyone how he was joining the police force and when they came to pick him up, he was all packed ready to go.  He waved to his brothers and sisters and off he went for 3 months.  When he came home for spring break, he was a completely different child filled with respect.  

Alan's mentor.  Sam was the very first boy to live at HOA.  He actually was there to help build the boys home and in 2012, made the move into his very first bedroom with 7 other children.  Sam is a part of Alan's story as he volunteered to upgrade Alan's grandma's home who recently passed, so the others would have a roof over their heads.  And Alan would have a place to live once he phased out of HOA.  

The recent rains have washed many mud homes away or made them unliveable.  What I'm trying to explain is how close the children are as brothers and sisters.  Sam came back to help Alan, his little brother to have a home for the future and possibly for his other siblings currently on the streets.  He was our first success story.

When children reaching age 18-years must phase out of any orphanage, they usually have no where to live.  We made the decision to build a Trade school and to teach them a skill on the outside so they would survive. But, where do they live once they have to move out?  We couldn't have it on our property so Ames Family Foundation helped us by building a home on a piece of property across the dirt road from us. There is another wall around this home also for protection and our guard close by to monitor them.   Thank you so much to our friends at Ames Family Foundation for caring that the children had a place to live while they learned a skill for survival.

This is Alex with Edwin.  Alex is the brother of Nathan and son of Mutesi.  Nathan died at age seven from HIV/AIDS and Mutesi, his mom recently died of the same disease.  Alex remained alive and lived in the mud hut his mom Mutesi herself had built.  Because all three suffered with HIV/AIDS, my daughter Kim was kind enough to purchase a comfortable double-bed for them.  Alex has now been hospitalized with only days to live.  I'm telling you this because Junior, our latest boy to leave HOA has been by his side in the hospital day and night.  Our older kids who phase out of HOA, take care of each other no matter what.  Alex was like a brother and knows the Lord well. I sent him the "23rd Psalm" for Edwin to read to him and when he finished reading it, Alex said "Goodbye Jaaja".  That was difficult.

Many of you know Junior, our most recent boy to leave us.  He's been working for our contractor building homes and he's always on stand-by when Edwin needs him.  These kids grew up with brothers and sisters they love and call family.  They might all be orphans but in reality, they are an amazing family.

This is Jaaja and she's 100+ years old.  A rare age for anyone in Uganda but she, like other Jaaja's are responsible for their grandchildren when the parents die.  In the latest rains, her house collapsed on top of her with the bricks damaging her foot and arm.  She hadn't eaten for 3 days so when Edwin and Precious brought her pain medication, sugar, porcho and soap, she broke down and thanked God.  She has three grandchildren who at that time were out trying to find food for them all.

These are her beautiful grandchildren ages 5, 6 and 7 years old.  Full of jiggers, ringworm which is very visible and other things unidentifiable.  We would like to take them into our Home of Angels and raise them in a home where they will be loved.  Edwin will start the process soon but first there must be an internal medical check done.

I wanted to let you know that I had to cancel my trip again in July.  Many of you have sent letters and small gifts to the children you sponsor and they will receive them, but not until I'm able to leave.  I will keep you all updated and I also want to thank the many of you who have stood strong with us for so long.  You've made such a huge difference changing so many lives these past years and I'm so happy to be their voice to tell you on this side of the world how grateful they are. 

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Unfinished Works

We've thought about that phrase "Unfinished Works" for 15 years and wondered if we would ever be able to say "Accomplished".  All Edwin and I wanted to do was provide a small home for a few children from the garbage dumps; give them a family who cared about them and teach them what the word LOVE meant.  That's it!!  The light at the end of the tunnel is now peaking thru.  Over the years it's been a wonderful journey full of the good and bad, but believe me, without many of you, it could never have been accomplished.  God was always there to guide and strengthen us in whatever trials we faced and we know now that we have been in His amazing hands the entire time. Of course, another wonderful part of this story is Uncle Edwin marrying Precious and together making the perfect team.

To put this next part in a nut-shell, Ptarmigan school qualified for outside students to write their secondary exams at HOA because of our standard of education.  The media picked up on this and parents started calling from across Uganda.  A meeting was announced for 220 and over 1,000 people arrived.  This included the Minister of Education from Kampala, Chief of Jinja Security, Chief of Firefighters, a policewoman in charge of family affairs and one official representing the President of Uganda.  Thank goodness the police were there to handle cars on our muddy road.

We are currently at 278 new enrolments aiming for the maximum of 500 students.  Families at a distance are asking for housing and willing to pay.  They are also asking for their children to be trained in the trade school and again pay.  This will be the answer to our dream for eventually becoming self-sustainable.  

We only have one problem. The rains have flooded our area for so long now that even the telephone poles have fallen.  HOA is hoping to raise $10,000 USD for a generator that will take care of all electrical problems such as charging phones, classes not interrupted and for the children to do their homework at night.

These children have a big place in our hearts.  Remember Alan, our little one whose mother died in the swamp giving birth to him?  Jaaja was there and pulled him out because Mama died.  Jaaja raised not only Alan but 12+ others also.  When mothers pass on, it's the Jaaja's responsibility to raise their grandchildren.  Jaaja has now recently passed on and these little ones are left.  We feel in our hearts that these are the children we want to be helping.  To be continued:


With the constant rains causing such massive floods, our neighbours who live in the swamp has also lost their home.  Most homes are like this right now....uninhabitable.

And then you see these beautiful girls who were once like the children in the first picture.  From left to right are Eva, Mariam, Annet and Zakia.  These girls will be phasing out in 2023 and 2024.

This building started out as two chicken houses.  All 1000 died of the avian flu and the entire land was made into a garden full of fruits and vegetables.  When we decided to build our Morning Star school, all our children attended it until the President made a new law that only one school per property.  We are now using this building for training students in a trade for their future.  And by the way....they have mastered banana bread. 😊

We currently have 19 teachers but will be increasing the count to 26 in the near future.  Pastor Richard is standing beside Edwin and the principal is at the end in the vest.

These are stickers made for the meeting for parents to learn about our schools. The parents paid for all the clothing and the cake.  I hope the boys cutting the cake got to keep those little suits.  Our HOA girls are dancing on the bottom and it's a combination of everyone in the top picture and middle picture.

The Bible school was packed with parents who had come from all over Uganda wanting to enrol their children.  We want you all to understand that not all students will be from the upper class. Many are also enrolled from the lower classes too.  Our mandate at HOA is to help the poor and that won't every change.

Because of different class times and commitments, it's difficult to get all our children together.  When I go back, I plan to take many pictures to bring home and share with you all, especially the sponsors.  I was there when most of these kids arrived and now, to see this picture almost brings a tear.  They're so happy!

Thanks everyone for your kind hearts and caring for the less fortunate.  I also want to thank you for your patience in receiving pictures and information.  With power out and heavy rains, it's been difficult to drive the roads to update us.



Monday, February 6, 2023

Enduring the Storm

These are very uneasy times throughout our world and Uganda hasn't been spared.  Because we live in the Western world, we can understand why the uneasiness, but in Africa, this is a different story. Many people where we live outside Jinja, don't understand why the seasons have changed; why they can't walk to the market to purchase food because of COVID, or why they can't plant food because the rains will wash it all away.  And where did the hot season go??  Many of our neighbours homes washed away recently and there was no place to lay their heads at night.  It's like Edwin and Precious say, "When troubles of this world become heavy on our hearts, we can find comfort knowing He will always protect us.  He encouraged us to trust Him, remain faithful and not to ever give up hope.  I'm so proud to know our children are growing up with this understanding. 

Then there's COVID and now Ebola but Doctors Without Borders are saying that has eased up.  Also, in 2019 there were very few COVID shots sent to Uganda and now, the WHO has sent enough for 47,000,000 people.  We even have enough to open our church as soon as we get the green light.

Remember our "LOVE Project"?  The 87 families with mentally and physically challenged children?  Well, another 65 families has also requested to come and live with their handicapped children.  Precious is still in charge of that and monitors the incoming money from sales to be deposited.  With that money over the past year, they were able to purchase their first own small piece of land for planting.  Amazing!


Edwin and Precious are on their way to the marriage introduction for one of Edwin's family members.
This is the traditional dress code for such an event.

The children's Christmas party was different this year because of the rains and also not knowing who might have come into contact with Ebola from our neighbourhood.  There are 200+ children outside our walls that know what this day means and also look forward to celebrating it with our Home of Angels family.  Precious still made it special by having a cake made and of course a bottle of soda to go with that cake made everyone happy.  

We all understand what's happening with global warming but in places where we live in Jinja, they don't understand why it's rained since October 15th until now.  The amount of rain over this period of time has washed away most of the mud huts.  Edwin shared with me this morning that many banana trees have also come down.  Over the years these people have become like family to us so we didn't hesitate to help them.  We purchased tents for cover and pots to cook with for each family that we could.  

I just wanted to show you the type of homes that were affected.

It's the custom in Uganda for the grandparents to take care of their grandchildren if the parents should pass on.  For this family, Jaaja's struggle has been very difficult but she did receive what was needed for these amount of children.

Here again are Edwin and Precious presenting our little Yahigha with a special gift.  He was awarded for all the effort that he put into his studies to become one of the top students in his level at Ptarmigan school.

This is Hope, now 19 years-old and has phased out of  Home of Angels with her sister, Desire.  Both girls attended YWAM in the north for two years and currently are on mission trips in Uganda and Kenya.  Hope was one of the top six students to graduate and was honoured by receiving a passport for travel outside Uganda. It's very possible she'll be coming to Canada in the future. Desire will still be travelling with her team within Uganda.  What an amazing accomplishment for two orphans who survived on a daily meal of weeds before we found them.   FYI - We've gathered many pictures of each child living at Home of Angels over the years and are making an album for when they depart so they won't forget their family.  

We've always had it in the back of our minds that possibly, in a few years we would be able to operate on our own. Honestly, we could never have had that thought without your prayers and help.  We realize now, because of the tight restrictions in the Ugandan school policies, that we have a good chance of accomplishing this. We started with our own children and slowly graduated to others in our area who could afford the school fees. Now, with the number of enrolments, for 2023, there's a good chance of accomplishing this by bringing in 500 students which we are in the process of doing. The count today is at 225.

The Ministry of Education, together with the Jinja Health and Jinja City Educational Inspector has now qualified us for providing Uganda's national exams to be written at Ptarmigan school. It's a start. If we can enrol children from across Uganda that have the funds to come to a school that values a high education, we could possibly make this work. 

BUT, we can't forget our first dream and that was to house fifty homeless children. Three have left, all with jobs and eight more will be leaving in the next couple of years.  All we would need to do once we get rolling, is find sponsors for the new children.  By then, everything hopefully would be in place for them to go forward operating a home for the homeless and providing an education that will carry the children into a good life.  Everyone has certainly proved themselves these past years and we are very proud of them.

Please pray for us so that we can fulfil this dream.  A dream that is changing so many lives. Thank you.

Monday, November 14, 2022


Don't you all agree that the word "journey" describes life in the broken world we're currently living in?  When troubles weigh heavy on our hearts, we can only find comfort in the knowledge that He protects us and we must trust Him.  That's what all of us are doing at Home of Angels right now.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we have some disturbing news.  Ebola has now hit our city of Jinja. It's moved north over the past month from the capital city of Kampala, but we knew it would only be a matter of time.  Edwin was asked to be on the "Eradicating Ebola" team for Jinja, helping to prepare posters, equipping vans with loudspeakers explaining to the people about Ebola.  They did the same with COVID and it made an impact. This team will travel a radius of approximately 100km.  Edwin can only help with decisions because of the workload he and Precious currently have at home.

 Schools will be permanently closed on November 25th and there is no word yet regarding churches.  Parents cannot afford school fees without working so this means no wages for the teachers.  We're able to stay open because our children are secure inside our walls and the new home is almost finished allowing the staff who teach throughout the week as to not expose themselves outside the walls going home.   

With global warming, the wind and rains have been continual throughout this past month.  Edwin and Precious have tried very hard for pictures but it hasn't been easy. We've never missed a blog in 14 years so whether we're dealing with diseases or climate change, the blogs will go on with flashbacks.  

It's been decided by the community committee what to name our church and they chose "Center of Grace".  It will open on Christmas day, pending restrictions, and an estimate of over 500 people will attend.  If all goes well, our plan is to utilize everything we have for a Christmas service.  We have the bus to pick up the elderly and challenged plus all the equipment to operate, but most of all we know Jesus will be attending.  Dr. David Jeremiah's team has sent us a digitally downloadable video of "Why the Nativity" and it's possible to have it put into the Luganda language.  Thank you Dee!!

A few years ago we planted 15,000 conifer seedlings on our compound where the primary school is now.   We were given a piece of land in Muyauge to transplant them at the stage close to what you're seeing here.
It will be another 15 years before they are mature.  

I did get permission for this picture by the way... In the past, when I was there, I took this picture of Edwin washing the floor. In Canada we have the luxury of using special equipment to wash but for Edwin and Precious, it's using your hands.  I always thought that the clothes were difficult.  Each child must wash their own clothes daily before they go to school.

This is George.  He has polio which is very common in Uganda and came to our gate asking for help with food and a little money to survive.  For any of us in the Western world, we would never hesitate.  He literally crawled in the gate and was so humble.  

This was taken when Global TV had lent me their camera.  Usual procedure: Bring in poles, drop them on the ground, leave them for 6 months, come back again and dig the holes.  Leave, and back again in months later to attach the wires.  They came to HOA on Friday morning, cameras rolling and I'm excited telling them they will be on Canadian TV.  Off come the poles, holes dug, poles all standing in 5 hours.  Gone!!
We came back Saturday morning to make sure they weren't stolen and the wires were up and all was working.  Our neighbours kept calling wondering how much we had to bribe them.  Apparently a miracle had happened.

This is our latest picture of the house being built  for our girls phasing out at 18-year-old. Due to Ebola, the plan had to be changed.  The stage of the girls to move in here will be another year so the teachers will be residing here so our schools will be able to stay open.  It's almost day by day changes now.

One thing very traditional at Home of Angels is our Christmas party for our kids and 200 neighbourhood children.  They wait all year for December 25th because they get to have a full meal, a balloon and most of all a soda pop. To finish off the party, they watch the Jesus video.  Some of these kids attend our nursery school.  They go home when the day ends and eat dinner currently speaking English.  Parents want to learn and they now are being taught a few words by their own children.

We were donated the funds from the sale of "Faithful the Cow" to be used to drill a borehole at HOA.  When our electrician was finished hooking it all up and many children were lined up with their jerry cans, he turned the hose on them.  The mothers were can they waste water when we have to walk 8km a day to fetch it??? After the initial shock wore off, the laughter was overwhelming.  None of them had ever had water on their bodies like this.  We continued to let them play until the mud was up to their ankles.  To this day we are still pumping 5,000/litres per day.  Thanks again Laury and Tom!!

None of these children know the date when they were born except for Hope and Desire.  They had the chance to pick a date and every year, when possible, they would frost the cake any way they chose.  The water was next....we don't do this but when the birthday child was sitting ready for everyone to sing, a brother or sister would sneak up behind them and pour a bucket of water over their head.  It was great!

I know many of you are aware of who Hope and Desire are.  They were the first children that were here before the land was finally cleared to build HOA.  They ate weeds off our land for food.  Long story short, they were both accepted into YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in a town 11 hours north of us. They are close to finishing now and Hope (white sweater) was in the top six in her exams which means she will get a passport for travelling.  The destination chosen for her is Canada but it's not before she attends YWAM in Kenya.  For Desire, the story is a little different.  We don't know what happened.  She was always the top student but she will still be OK because we'll make sure of it.  She will have a trade or maybe work in our church.  Time will tell.

Wow for a blog I had little information to share, this was amazing.  Pays to be old and a "Chatty Cathy".

We would like to ask you for your prayers for the safety of our Home of Angels and the people in Uganda.  Please also pray for Edwin, Precious and our team of people currently holding it together.  No matter how chaotic the world may become around us, we can find quietness and strength in our Heavenly Father's love and power.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Riding Out the Storm

Our community in Uganda is no exception to experiencing the struggles of our world today.  Our friends and neighbours have gone through a vicious cycle of poverty this past year because of global warming.  With little information of world events and no understanding of why their planting seasons have changed, their journey certainly describes life in our broken world.  This is one of the reasons our church is so important right now.  To teach the people that in their times of genuine struggle and pain, we can know God's peace and permit it to rule our hearts. 

I've been getting many calls and emails regarding the outbreak of Ebola in Uganda and is it close to us?  The epicentre is in Mubende, 152 km east of Kampala and 217 km south of Jinja City and at this time they are monitoring it very closely.  I will keep you all updated and thanks for being so concerned. 

As many of you know, 13 years ago, I and others started baking banana bread to help a few children in a garbage dump have a small home.  They wanted to be called "Angels" instead of "Orphans".  Their dream came true and we were able to make this happen because of a very kind man named Jimmy Pattison.  He allowed me to receive all my ingredients at no cost so we could send 100% of sales to Uganda for construction.  Now that the children have learned English, they wanted to make him a sign, but as you can see, they struggled as to who was going to do this.  Voila.....two signs and an expression of deep gratitude was expressed from all the children at Home of Angels.


Here are one of the wonderful staff groups at a Save-on- Foods store in Abbotsford.  They have been amazing as have many of the other stores been over the years.  Whatever store it may have been, the managers and staff  have been so supportive and the biggest surprise for me is how quickly our banana bread has always sold out.  Most stores had banana balloons of some kind but look at this one. How perfect was it to have a massive gorilla, that I'm sure must be from Africa, towering over us! 😏

Our church is finished except for a little painting on one side but I couldn't wait to show you.  It 's been registered in Kampala and we've been approved to open but because of the deaths caused from floods washing away homes and the typhoid and cholera on the increase, there are currently many funerals in our community.  It's the custom to attend if you had known the deceased.

It's almost time for the boys to be out planting the grass and trees around the compound.

Besides the Ebola, we have also have a Scabies outbreak and this did effect us inside Home of Angels.  Again, contaminated water from the heavy rains is the cause.  A microscopic scabies mite will burrow into the upper layer of the skin where it lays eggs.  This causes intense itching.  Currently in our community there are many cases and we think that an outside child attending our school may have brought it to class.  If caught immediately, it can be controlled. Edwin has every child in HOA and all teachers on a special creme.  The families of the children attending school outside have also purchased it.  

There are many classes in our new Bible School but what they've realized is that the numbers must be cut down for each class.  There is a great interest in the Bible and whatever they learn here, they take out to teach to friends and neighbours outside our compound.  Pastor Richard and his team are starting to change lives. 

Construction has started on the girl's home outside the compound walls but with the continual rains, it's been slow.  The next five girls that will be phasing out in 2023 will be housed here but in the meantime, due to increasing gas prices, it will be a lot cheaper to house the teachers here until the time the girls will accommodate it.

The Love Project

There are currently 87 families with mentally and physically children living in our Love Project.  They are hoeing the beans and maize recently planted.  With the schools open now, they are making chalk for the teachers and the same soap that was such a hit before.  Every month, each family saves $3.00 to be banked to purchase more supplies for the following month.  They have also made enough extra to purchase a small piece of land for more planting.  Precious still continues to be their accountant and guide them when necessary. 


Whenever there's a village meeting or a death in one of the surrounding villages, you will hear the drums.  Initially in Africa, drums were traditionally used for communication and it's still the preferred way in the bush. I was sent this without sound which makes sense, but you can visualize the effort by watching this.  

No matter how chaotic the world may become around us, we can find quietness and strength in our heavenly Father's love and power.  Thanks everyone for your help to continue us on our journey to become self-sufficient.


Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Rainbows of Hope

 Over these past thirteen years we've realized that in our times of genuine struggle, we can know God's peace and permit it to rule in our hearts.  Maybe we can't always see the road ahead, but taking it as it comes and not as we wished, we've realized that sometimes it takes experiencing what we'd feared the most to feel real hope.  That's exactly what's happened at Home of Angels.

Edwin, Precious and Pastor Richard are continually looking for the broken people and places, trusting God to give them the wisdom and skills in making them better again.  With the children, who are our priority, we are training them to obtain a skill for survival outside our home walls.  The final phase will be a sewing centre built on the 3rd compound.  Containers with used clothing have been stopped by the government from entering Uganda, so sewing is a huge need, especially for women's clothing. 

These six trades being taught to our children have been noticed by the public.  Many homes raising orphans have them phase out at 18-years-old without any skills for survival.  We've been informed by the police that the boys usually end up in prison and the girls get pregnant.  City officials have now requested permission to use HOA as an example for other homes to follow.  

Global warming has effected our entire world, but in Uganda where we live, they see it by their seasons changing.  Many people don't understand why years of planting a certain season has changed to a different part of the year.  If they can afford seeds to plant and that's always an "if", why is there little sun and also why are the rains so torrential that everything, including their homes are being washed away?

Throughout all these sad situations are "Rainbows of Hope" both at HOA and in our community.  Our children are so happy having a good education thanks to their sponsors; to experience love of having a family and a daily meal.  In the community we provide work for our neighbours, have had help feeding the hungry and constructing boreholes in areas with no water.  Now with our church, we are able to gift Bibles for many.

Junior will be finished with school in December but until then he has work when he's not studying.  He loves it and eventually will be able to have a little house on his own in 2023.  Little Junior is now 6'3'.

Until we can start the two homes for the children that are phasing out, we are utilizing the land to grow maize for our Home of Angels.  Due to the rising costs, Edwin decided to use the land for crops until the construction starts. The children will harvest and prepare it for storage until the winter.  

This is our movie star Yasin who starred in the Human Project filmed by Apologetics Canada.  I am so sad to be on this side of the world right now because seeing these children growing so fast, I'm hardly recognizing them.  

The children pounded the cobs and removed the kernels producing 700 kilos from this crop.  Because Uganda is a landlocked country and most products come through Mombasa, we are preparing for the worst with an election this week in Kenya that has been known to be quite violent.  Many people have already migrated into Uganda for safety.  

The church is almost completed except for the finishing coat of paint over the primer and the grounds to be cleaned up before the boys will plant the grass, one root at a time.  It was supposed to be open at the beginning of August but Pastor Richard recently lost his mother.  In Uganda when a family member passes, it can last two weeks with family members waiting to greet the friends and family coming from a distance.  The funeral was a few days ago with approximately 2,000 people attending.  

Another view from the side.  This church will hold up to 500 people but the community is very excited and they're realizing that there could possibly be many more.  

               This is an example of the rains now.  You can get an idea of how very strong they are.  

Because of so much happening in our area and currently at our home, I don't have a picture of the finished room to show you.  This room is in the Bible school that Precious donated.  Paster Richard has 19 pastors that will be attending classes in the very near future coming from as far away as Kenya.

If you look verrrry closely, you will see many faces....many many faces, I would say over 400 faces.  I recently found this picture that our friend, Johnny made from "Hackers for Charity" in Jinja.  When we sent the container to Uganda, a donation of 700+ sunglasses were donated to the people.  Johnny had the brilliant idea to give the boda-boda (motorcycle) drivers each a pair because many of them couldn't afford helmets.

Currently, we're housing 38 children at HOA.  Our dream is still for 50.  Most of them are young but the first group that arrived in 2013 are about to leave in 2023/2024.  Hope and Desire were accepted into YWAM last year and they'll be leaving first.  We wanted to make a gift for each child as they departed that would be a memory of their past, their brothers and sisters and all the activities they were involved in.  

For Hope and Desire, they have been very blessed at YWAM.  We have been instructed that they will need a passport in 2023 as they'll be travelling somewhere in the world to another YWAM centre.  We literally shake our heads realizing where they started and where they're heading in their future.  The remaining girls that will be leaving next year want so badly to go when it's their time to phase out but that's a subject for another day.  We've been very blessed and all of us realize that these blessings will continue into the future.  God is in full control and He won't let us down.  

So many of you are praying for us and we all want you to know how grateful we are.  Thank you!