"Honesty".... what a powerful word.
I want to share with all of you about two situations that happened to Edwin this month.
Four Pastors from 4 different districts in Kamuli travelled 200km south to visit with him and find out his theory of success in building our Home of Angels. Edwin told them first of all, it was God. Secondly, it was about being honest, because without honesty, there is no way to be successful in serving God. Apparently we have not only inspired our own community but the districts around us. After some hours of hearing how Edwin and his crew had built this beautiful compound, mostly out of love, they left to travel home to report to their own district. I see something big happening here.... a new trend maybe?
July is rapidly approaching and it is almost time to house not 12 but 13 children...Yes, we have a new child and his name is Sam. He is 11 years old, homeless and very attached to Edwin, Dr. Isaac and David. A wonderful boy who will be an inspiration to the others. We recently found Sam a sponsor (thanks Bennie) and even though he has been through some difficult times recently, he will do well living with us. I see great hope in his future.
Sarah is presenting Edwin with a chicken from the community in honour of all that he had done for them. So many people have benefited by our Home of Angels and we feel good that we could have helped so many to provide the basics for their families.
These three kids and their father painted our homes inside and out and what a beautiful job they did. They made enough to support their family for a year. In our country it's called child labour...in theirs, it's called survival.
We want to help our community. This is the garbage dump at the end of our road and we have people already cleaning it up. Once this is gone, we can start working on the road going up to our home. One step at a time but the most important thing is...everyone wants to make a difference here and they are willing to work to better their neighbourhood.
This is the road leading up to our home and the many trucks building in the area now have basically destroyed it. Edwin is speaking with officials to bulldoze it and fill in the holes and make it a more easily travelled road for everyone.
The growth you see beyond our wall is the 2 acres recently purchased. We will start building an extension of the main wall to enclose the gardens, fruit trees and animals which will be our long term sustainability program. Thanks to the Heronbrook Foundation, we are able to do this.
Edwin and I speak every day and we try and think of the perfect words to say to make you understand how life is in Uganda. It's not just Uganda, people are suffering throughout the world and we read about it every day. Most people want to be more productive citizens but have little to work with to make that difference. If we can just take a few kids with your help and change their lives to where they have hope, love and care, we have done our job.
Thanks from all of us at our Home of Angels for listening and staying with us throughout this journey. It means so much to us.