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!










Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Restoring Dignity

Edwin and I have always believed that each one of God's children has a special purpose and a unique personality.  Each child that has entered Home of Angels has their own devastating story to tell and believe me, some of those stories are heart-wrenching.  Most of us are led to believe that happiness is a final destination when they come into a home like ours but it's a journey and doesn't happen overnight. 

Thirteen years later, we are now starting to see the results and it's been all worth the wait.  The trust is there; they have a family who loves them and most of all, they know that God is in full control of their lives.  They can go into the community and help the poor and the widow; they can help provide food to the hungry and most of all, they show the people that they really care with their smiles and love.

We wanted to also let you know that an assessment was done on our Ptarmigan primary school by the District Education Officer for Jinja and surrounding districts.  Our kids were tested in their level of English abilities and they did so well, we were rated #1 school in Jinja and also #1 for the best environment for learning.  What an honour.

Edwin was also called to attend a meeting with the probation and police officers. They wanted to get permission to use HOA as a role model of a good home to raise children.  It's to do with feeding the children with healthy food, separation of girls and boys at night and so on. Many children in orphanages have no skills to survive when they leave and the boys usually end up in prison and the girls get pregnant.

Speaking personally, I want you to know that our God is an amazing God.  When I see all the things that have happened, I'm blown away.  It's not Edwin and Precious and it's not an old lady and a loaf of banana bread.  He's used all of us, including many of you to be a part of this amazing family.  Thank you!! 




Eva is so proud of the door mat she made in the trade centre.  The older girls are working hard to learn a skill to fall back on when they phase out at 18-years.  Most of the kids grew up inside our walls and without a trade, they wouldn't have had a chance to survive with the cost of living the way it is now.




I've recently learned a lot from this picture.  I've seen people in Uganda sitting on top of them trying to get a cell connection but what I didn't know is that they also can be built under ground.  Our main house was built ten years ago and apparently has one of these hills growing down.  Until we can find the queen, they won't stop enjoying our wood.  




One of the last times I was able to go back to Uganda, the wooden frame of my bedroom window fell completely out.  We thought the land had settled but with all the other destruction in and outside the house, it's more than likely they were at work then too. Termites and army ants are similar but the wings on the termite are longer than it's body.  We're in the process of repair now and hopefully be able to locate their home soon.




So I found out today from Edwin that I am REALLY old.  Average life in Uganda is 40-years-old and I'm heading to almost double that.  I beg to differ when I see Jaaja here who is 100-years-old.  This is Mariam and Yasin's Jaaja (Grandpa) and they take good care of him.  His stories are amazing.  He would tell me how he would sit in his mud hut with a fire and watched lions circling at night.  There was no alcohol then and all he did was hunt and dig.





Bridget and Lovisa in their new uniforms.  The children love school and I mean love it.  They go every day except Sunday and still can't get enough.  If this video at the end works, you'll understand why.




Our LOVE Project is growing again.  We started out with 32 families with mentally and physically challenged children and we are now up to 87.  They have formed their own community and because
of people like Precious teaching and helping them, they're surviving.  Soap in Uganda has tripled in cost and a poor person cannot afford it.  Bottom line, everyone is desperate so Precious taught them to make soap and sell it in 1 and 5 litre bottles plus 10 and 20 litre jerry cans.  They split the money and all donate $3.00 of their sales to their newly opened bank account.  Precious is the treasurer.  That money will allow them to purchase the ingredients to make more next time.  They are also making chalk for schools.




The LOVE project store outside their homes




This picture is a few years old.  When I see pictures now, I can hardly recognize these children and I cannot put into words how much I miss them.  



In order to make sure our kids have a trade under their belt, we are building a small house they can stay in when they must leave HOA at 18-years-old.  This will only be for girls as the boys are still young.  Thank you Ames Family Foundation for your kind hearts.  We're thinking of making some more "John's John" over here.




We had to have this video put on YouTube for it to work properly for sound but this is our surprise for you.  Every child at Home of Angels is now speaking fluent English like Lovisa is here.  Lovisa is the same girl that acted in the "Human Project" a few years ago.  Before that, she rarely ever spoke.  The children wanted to thank the Ptarmigan family for the education they're getting so our shy Lovisa volunteered to speak.  They are all so grateful for the education they're getting here.

I have to share one more thing.  In our nursery school, the tiny little ones are learning English also.  They go home after school each day, have dinner and continue speaking English.  The families are so surprised and are learning a few words from them.  








Friday, May 27, 2022

Joy in Difficult Times

 Are you one of those people that find yourself in the midst of uncertainty, confusion and chaos with what's happening in our world today?  How easy it is to lose sight of everything we have to be thankful for in times like these?  Let's look for the broken places, trusting God to give us the wisdom and skills to make them whole again.

In 2009, when Edwin and I started, this entire picture below was bush with maybe a couple of homes.  It was a coffee plantation that was given to Edwin by his father to build one home for homeless children.  Edwin and his friends cleared it and in 2010 Home of Angels was born.  Edwin and I want you all to know that this wasn't just us who made this happen.  It was God and He used this old lady and a loaf of banana bread together with a young man in Uganda who's heart was also to help children.  He brought many of you to partner with us, encourage us, help me to bake the 15,000+ loaves of banana bread and most importantly, pray for us to succeed.  Thank's to all of you for being part of our journey.

Many of you are asking about your sponsored child.  We have eleven older children that are attending schools six days per week outside the walls of our home. Hope and Desire are currently attending YWAM north of us and the younger children are also attending our Primary and Nursery school six days a week. With COVID, the rains and interruptions in communication, it's been difficult to get pictures until now.  I hope you see your child in one of the pictures below.  Another question asked is, how is Home of Angels set up?  Thank goodness for Google Earth because now you can see the three compounds and where each building is located.  Our medical clinic and gardens are near and within walking distance. 

Another question many of you are asking is "What are our future plans?"  There's only one answer and that's to become self-sufficient where Edwin and Precious will be able to operate on their own.  This won't be tomorrow of course, but we're working on ideas to make it a reality in the next couple of years.  We want to get our church in full operation; the Trade Centre up and running where our children will be able to learn a trade when phasing out so they will survive on their own. We've recently been recognized for this.  It's not easy for children leaving homes at 18-years old to survive without any training.  Because of that, the officials in Jinja have asked permission to use Home of Angels as an example for other homes.

Of course!!  Let's get everyone doing this and help these kids. 




We've come a long way from one little house for boys.  The community has built up all around us and honestly, we have been so blessed by this.  They help us and we help them and it's worked out very well.
This diagram shows the church without a roof but in reality, everything is finished except the seats.  The wood for the pews for 500 people has been drying for two months and now the men are working hard to make them.  It should be another month before completion, hopefully for the next blog.




I have to tell you who these girls are because you might not recognize them.  Right to left is Zakia, Annet, Mariam and Eva.  Yes, they are now allowed to grow their hair.  These are some of the older girls that will be phasing out of Home of Angels in 2023.  They're currently learning to sew and doing quite well I'm told.  These are also my banana bread "queens".  They all learned to make it when I was there, so now with their new oven for baking, they can get all the practice in they need.  




From left to right we have Zakia, Ivan, Sam, James and Junior.  The girls are Mariam, Eva, Annet and Joanne.  It's been two years + since I've been back and I'm having a little trouble recognizing them now.  They have turned into amazing young adults and we are very proud of all of them.



Back Row - left to right:  Elijah, Yasin, Eddie, Frank, Alan, Silas and Paul 
Front Row - left to right:  Jimmy,  Jeremiah, Andy, David, Yahigha and Eric  




Front Row - left to right: David, little Sammi, Remme, Jeremiah, Andy, Yahigha and Silas
Middle Row - left to right: Shakira, Elijah, Alan and Eric (all kneeling)
Back Row - left to right standing: Betty, Bridget, Tracy, Chloe, Ratisha, Paul, Lovisa, Barbra, Eddie, Precious and Yasin 



Front Row - left to right:  Joweli, Remme, Andy, Sammi, Jeremiah, David and Yahigha
Middle Row -  left to right:  Yasin, Betty, Paul, Silas, Eddie, Alan, Chloe and Precious
Back Row - left to right:  Lovisa, Ratisha, Frank, Elijah, Bridget, Barbra and Tracy





Lovisa teaching the kids a traditional dance




The Bible school is almost finished on the outside with one large room completed on the inside.  Pastor Richard has a network of nineteen pastors that he is currently working with that will use this one room until we can complete the rest of the school.   




Sula is planting grass in front of the Bible school.  He plants one root at a time and it's always done to perfection.  It turns out to be the thickest green grass I've ever seen and has absolutely no chemicals ever put on it.  




Edwin and Precious' friend has offered to teach our older children to make door mats to sell.  These children will be the first group to leave, but before they do, they will be teaching their other brothers and sisters coming up behind them.  We hope to teach a good variety of trades for their journey outside our gates.


Have a good summer everyone and thanks again for all you do to help us.



    



















Sunday, April 3, 2022

I Am With You

 All of us at Home of Angels really believe that He is with us.  As you read and see the pictures below, you'll understand that this could not have been done by Edwin, Precious and I alone.  This project that started out to be one small house for a few kids out of a garbage dump who didn't want to be called orphans.  Back in the day, Edwin felt he wanted to provide a Christmas party on the street for them; hire some aunties to cook and create a little happiness.  He even went to the extent to buy star stickers for their foreheads.  

Women even came from our community to prepare their food so they could celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Everyone helping and everyone happy.  Wow, that did it for me.....I was in 100%.

Almost thirteen years later throughout the rainy seasons, pandemics, famine and death, here we are by the grace of God still able to carry on helping the poor and the sick.  It's unbelievable!  And don't forget about YOU ALL.  Whether you collected cans, and yes, almost $20,000 worth of cans from one dear lady; baked 100's of loaves of banana bread for some amazing fundraisers; donated for the construction of both schools, homes, church or sponsored a child.  We're all so grateful.             

It sounds like I'm saying goodbye....I'm not!  We all just wanted you to know that by helping us, you've made a huge difference in the lives of so many people and I promised everyone in Uganda, I would be sure to let you know how grateful they are.  Thanks for trusting them.

For the sponsors, I'm really sorry that the older kids aren't in any pictures.  They are all attending school off the property, 5 days a week and it's difficult.  But, the end of term is soon and they promised those pictures on their holidays.  Get ready, you might not recognize them.



A Christmas party on the streets of Jinja for children in the garbage dumps. Aunties that gave up their time to make a difference for these children, cooking and serving many hungry young ones. 




The three new kids are getting along well at Home of Angels.  Here we have little Andy pretending to be a a motorcycle driver taking Jeremiah and Remme to shop in town.




These are the children from Home of Angels that are in Primary school.  It was their first day so they all didn't have all their uniforms yet.




This is an example of one of the classrooms in P-4.  The desks for every level were hand-made.





This is a sample of one of the P-3 classrooms, again all hand-made chairs and desks.




The wall outside the Primary school and the Trade Center is being painted.




The Trade Center where they will be learning to bake, sew, make soap and door mats




The girls are doing very well at learning to sew and loving it.



Multipurpose Soap




The church is looking beautiful. The Minister of Health and Engineering in Jinja had their inspection and told us the windows had to be removed to be made larger for proper ventilation and for better lighting as we have many power outages in our area.  Actually, a very good idea as it won't get so hot inside with as many as they're predicting to attend.

  


This is Mariam and Yasin's grandfather and with our kids in the background I can see that "God's Little Angel's Ministry" is out on a Sunday making a difference to the elderly and sick.  These are bars of soap and food.  Jaaja is almost 100-years old and can't move around at all now.


Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of these children and in their communities.









Wednesday, March 2, 2022

When Our World Turns Upside-Down

The road of life often travels through uncharted territory.  Some see it as a personal challenge while others, often strangers, will reach out and help each other to live their life in difficult situations.  At our Home of Angels we feel that we have been called to help the helpless, especially widows and orphans, to give the personal touch, to be there for encouragement and comfort, but most of all to offer love.  As Jesus said "Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me." (Mark 9:37)

Here we are twelve years later and at the point where the older children are phasing out of HOA.  Hope and Desire passed their YWAM entrance exams with flying colours to study for one year in a northern town located near the borders of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will be returning at the end of each term for their holidays and hopefully work for us at the end of their studies.  Thank you Joyce for providing this incredible gift for these girls.

With global warming and lack of COVID shots for 48,000,000 people, Uganda has suffered greatly but life must go on, right?  If Edwin and Precious are not on the compound, they're more than likely attending funerals.  On a good note, we've finally started constuction again; food is being planted and the sun is starting to peak out.  

Edwin and Precious have found three children that would have been on their way to the streets if they hadn't intervened.  Yes, they're sick, they're scared and they don't have any idea what it means to have food or be loved by others.  Wow! are they in for a surprise.  They're currently getting medical checkups and when approved by our doctor, they will enter our gates.  There's always the fear of having to leave another home but they will realize in time, this family will love them and leaving is not in an issue.



Meet the Twins


 

Meet Jeremiah and Remma his twin sister.  Their mother was mentally challenged and raped.  She delivered both children on the streets of Jinja and disappeared immediately after giving birth. The father is unknown, so the police took both babies to an orphanage.  That orphanage closed five years later due to lack of money, so a village leader took both children into his home with five children of his own.  When Precious found them, they were naked and had nothing but each other.  In all her compassion, she brought them to Home of Angels to feed and clothe them.  The village leader was finding it difficult to provide for them, so with recent permission from our probation officer, we have been able to bring them into a real family who were waiting for them.   






Meet little Andy.  He had been given birth in a hospital, but immediately when his mother saw him, she was terrified and ran.  His eyes were an abnormal white colour and she saw only cat's eyes.  This relates to "albino" and in these countries this is very dangerous for children and adults.  We have since found out that he has "ocular albinism" meaning only the eyes are white. His elderly grandmother took him but she already had eight other grandchildren and couldn't feed them.  It was then that we decided to start the paperwork in order to give him a home.  Because he was never given a name, they called him "Andy Gwhite" because of the colour of his eyes.  Edwin and Precious really felt he needed protection and a whole bunch of love.




Ptarmigan Primary School




                                                           Our new gate to the school



Schools have finally started but it's sad that only two schools in our community were able to open their doors.  HOA and a Muslim school.  Throughout the two years of COVID-19 closures, teachers and owners had to find work elsewhere to survive.  We were able to keep our qualified staff because of an amazing family that built this school.  Ptarmigan Family Foundation cared enough to continue the support for their school in hopes that we will eventually be able to run it on our own with student fees.  It's our aim to be self-sustainable and this will really help us to get there.  Thanks to this wonderful family.



For the sponsors... can you find your child?  You might not recognize them because I can hardly identify them  from being gone for two years.  All I can see now are beautiful smiles, but I remember when they came through our gates so scared and hungry.  These kids have learned so much living at Home of Angels and we are convinced that one day they'll go out into the world making a difference.



There are currently 101 enrolled students going to Ptarmigan primary school.  Parents that can afford schooling are bringing them from all different areas of Uganda and finding them housing for each term.  




Never would these children had ever thought they would have had the chance to attend a school and call themselves an "angel"















Nothing is impossible because here they all are, dressed in a real school uniform and learning to speak English.  These children are from very poor families that live all around us.  Every day they've watched the other kids coming to school but never dreamed they would have the same chance.  Can you imagine how proud they are?  This is just one of the reasons why our community cares so much for us.  They know how much we've cared about them over the years also.


No matter what's happening in our troubled world, we choose to smile and get on with the growing pains.  We know that God is in full control and He won't be letting us down until we finish.  Thanks to everyone for following our story and helping us to help these children and the many suffering around us.



 

























Monday, January 24, 2022

The Beauty of Brokenness

 What is brokenness?  I understand it as a state of strong emotional pain that stops someone from living a normal life.  Twelve years ago when I arrived in Mpumudde, Uganda, that's what I witnessed for the first time.  Watching children picking weeds on the side of the road so they wouldn't starve was an eye-opener for me.  Brokenness, caused by poverty, homelessness and starvation, just to name a few.  

We can't put everything back together at once but we can take each broken part and put it back piece by piece.  Over the years Edwin basically went looking for these broken children, trusting God to give him the wisdom and skill in making them whole again.  Today, with the help of his wonderful wife Precious, those children that were approved to live at Home of Angels are now put back together thriving as brothers and sisters in a home where they are loved.

This past month has been very difficult with COVID-19 at HOA and in the Jinja area.  Both Edwin and Precious contracted it along with John, our contractor and his workers.  The children were once again evacuated to Malindi village to prevent them for getting it too.  Edwin had no chance for any updated pictures at this time so I thought it would be fun to surprise you with a video that we put on YouTube of the children and life around our community of Mpumudde.





Piece by piece, these children have been put back together.  Look at the results!


Due to our economic environment, some of our long-time sponsors have had to suspend their sponsorships.  If anyone would be interested in filling their spots, please let me know and I will send you an introduction and information of that child's life.  






The children in our Home of Angels have suffered tremendously in their short lives.  These children have watched their parents die: abandoned to live alone on the streets and subjected to neglect and abuse.  They've been targets for all sorts of cruelty.

At our Home of Angels, we bring these children into a safe home; provide care, nutrition, support and much needed love.

As a child sponsor, you can make a big difference in the life of one of these kids.  For a minimum of $40.00 a month, or $480.00 annually, you can help us to raise a child.  Just contact me for all the information and I will get right back to you.  barb@jaajashomeofangels.com  Thank-you.


Thank you so much for standing with us to help the less fortunate in Uganda.  Whether it was helping our orphaned children or the many suffering in our community from lack of food and water, "we" and "they" are truly grateful to you all for caring.   God bless you all.






                                                      






Saturday, January 8, 2022

Unexpected Challenges

Life certainly is a journey!  In the previous blog, I spoke about situations happening with floods here in the farming community of Abbotsford, wiping out thousands of animals and destroying many farms.  Also, in Uganda, stories regarding death from starvation because of almost two years of lockdown.  Our journey often travels through uncharted territory when the path ahead isn't clearly visible, but whatever uncertainty or challenges we might face, the Light is always with us.  Even in our times of genuine struggle and pain, we can know God's peace and permit it to rule our hearts.  That's what Edwin and Precious are currently doing as they both have contracted this nasty virus COVID-19.  The children and staff have all been evacuated to Malindi village where Edwin's family is looking after them until it's safe.  Our compound is being protected by our guards and police while the workers are continuing to build the church. 

Due to lack of current informaton, I thought it might be fun for a change to send some pictures of what I experienced while I was on my learning curve in Uganda.  It opened my eyes and it will make you all understand how blessed we are to have what we have.  Also, will you please pray for Edwin and Precious that they get well soon and can resume their normal life.  Thank you!


Our Aunties heard that in Canada, we make cakes for weddings.  They had a special friend who was getting married and wanted me to make them one.  We didn't have an oven at that time ...... so 

       

      Out comes the charcoal pot and we heat it up!   So far so good!  Mix the ingredients and in they go.


Voila.....a wedding cake

Don't ask any questions....I have no idea 👌 



It's mandatory for school uniforms to be pressed each day and I noticed the older girls were taking turns in the grass hut doing something each night.  I know I'm old but I don't think I remember this iron.  



Our dear James, who for one year (2009) helped Edwin clear the original coffee plantation to build a small house for garbage dump kids.  That's how we started....one little home, but as you know things changed. James himself dug three bore holes like this one and never complained.  By 2019, his body was broken and as much as he didn't want to leave, we covered all his expenses and moved him back to his village of birth to heal.  He will never be forgotten for his dedication.



This little sweetheart almost lived with us in the beginning with her brother Grace.  Yes, a boys name in Uganda.  She would always want to help us no matter how difficult or dirty the job.  I'm not sure if she was trying to be a Muzungu (white person) but to this day, she and Grace always know when I come back, climbing the tree on their property to welcome me and ask if I have a soccer ball for them.  Of course!



If you haven't heard the story of how we were able to dig our Home of Angels borehole, it was because of amazing friends, Laury and Tom who sold their cow "Faithful" to raise the money to do it.  When we finally reached water, our specialist Dennis came and hooked up the hoses to fill jerry cans.  The entire community was invited.  This meant not having to walk 8 kilometres that day to fetch water and they were so excited.  After hooking up the hose, Dennis decided to do something never done before.  Spray the kids!! I think it was the first time they've ever felt water on their bodies like this and look at these faces.  Mom's were horrified. How could they waste water??   We knew we were pumping 5,000 litres/hour and we had lots, so not to worry.   To this day, 11 years later, it's the same pressure. 






We ordered electricity for the compound and to get it usually took months.  It was on a Saturday when Edwin and I went to the compound to see what was happening, when a large truck with 9 men and poles came toward us.  I had a movie camera given to me by Global TV and when I saw them I told them they were being filmed.  Quietly they continued on, removing the poles from the truck, hauling each one into a position where they dug a hole with what looked like a large stick. I never saw any equipment. Up they went; into the ground and the men left.  I was filming the entire time.  Sunday, we returned.  The wires were up, electrical box attached to the house and electricity was on.  Every neighbour called Edwin to find out how much he had to bribe them.  



During our first year of construction, we had many children asking if they could come into our home and pick weeds.  I never understood why at first but soon learned they had no food.  They would pick the weeds to take home to cook for dinner.  What a wake-up call that was for me.  I started purchasing rice so they could at least have a rice-weed stew and they were so happy. I learned later these kids came from an abandoned orphanage close to our home.  Since then, we have taken in an number of these children. 



Our church is coming along well, even though we've had heavy rains and of course COVID-19 got in the way.   The next picture I send will really give you an idea of how beautiful it is with the windows and doors put in and the bricks plastered.  The community is getting very excited and so are we.

Thank you everyone who contributed to our Home of Angels throughout this past year.  You have helped us fulfill our dreams of schools, food for the poor, Bibles and our beautiful church.  You have helped us to raise each child in a way where they've felt real love and that they had a real family.  Thank you for that.

I wanted to let you know also that Edwin and Precious are feeling much better.  The children are still away until they can be sure not to contract anything.  Thank you for your prayers.