Sunday, October 30, 2016

In the Storm

Life can feel like a storm...whether it be in Uganda or at home here in North America.  It tosses us around with winds of misfortune, grief and stress.  Where can we turn?  We can rest in an all-powerful, all-wise and all-loving God.  He is definitely with us in this storm of life.

We've never missed sending a monthly update these past 6 years, but this time we've had some difficulties in Uganda with the network, the weather and the internet.  Even though we have a modem for communication, sometimes things aren't always perfect.

As you all know, God paved the way for us to operate our ministry through Timothy Outreach International Society (TOIS).  We have been very blessed to have partnered with this organization, as they make sure 100% of your sponsorship money and donations reach our Home of Angels.

As of December 2, 2016, TOIS will be changing their name to Kuwasha International Development Society (KIDS).  We would like to ask you to please address your cheques to KIDS from that date on with Home of Angels on the bottom.  They can be mailed to the same address. Thanks.

This blog definitely demonstrates both the good and bad.  Edwin and I never take any of what has been given to us for granted, but when we see the devastation of our neighbours, it makes us want to get out there and work harder to bring the Word into our community.  They are needing more hope  in their lives every day.

Meet the children currently living at our Home of Angels.  I'll be leaving in a month to spend Christmas with Edwin and the children and I must say, I'm really looking forward to it.  We have been given Gleaners food again this year and we plan to invite 200+ children from the community to celebrate the birth of Jesus with us.  Instead of balloons, Northview church is giving the kids snowflakes to cut out.  They might not know what they are but they'll soon learn.

Aunty Aidha is busy making porcho for the children.  This is a very strenuous job, especially when it's raining, but our aunties continue to prove their dedication to us.  One day we will have a stove inside the cookhouse that will be much more efficient.  It will keep the food warm and the cooks dry.

Our 500 chicks from Northview are still doing well.  Paul and James continue to monitor them 24/7. 

The drought is back and our gardens have once again dried up.  Our neighbours have also lost their crops which is devastating for their families.  This is how they get school fees for their kids, food and charcoal.  Forget the medicine is anyone should get sick.  

Forgive the darkness but the children left when it was almost dusk.  Hope and Desire are heading to school for two weeks where they'll write their exams to get into Secondary school.  These sisters have never been separated before so there is a little tension and worry that if they don't do well, they will have to go to different schools.  The other children are helping them carry their metal box with clothes, books and mattresses.  Both Hope and Desire have attended school for 7 days a week for the past 9 months in order to prepare.

We loaded our portion of the Rotary container in February of 2016.  Clearway truck rentals donated a truck to get it there.  In May of 2016 the decision was made that the container would not be sent to Uganda due to corruption, so we loaded it up from the warehouse and brought it back to Abbotsford.  Clearway and these men spent the rainiest day of the year helping me.  They donated the truck, driver, crew and Jeremy and his family gave us storage space in their home.  I cannot tell you how grateful I was for their help, especially after having surgery.  Thanks Jeremy to you and your team.

This is the biggest storm of grief I have seen in a very long time.  2,700 vendors in our Jinja market lost their livelihoods this past week.  The entire market caught on fire in the middle of the night.  As if it wasn't bad enough already with the draught and famine setting in, this had to happen also.  I just heard tonight that there hasn't been rain in some parts of Kenya in 9 months.  Please pray for these people as they have nothing left.

You are ALL a huge part of our team that makes our Home of Angels function in Uganda.  These children come from very sad situations and you have come forth from all parts of the world to make a difference.  They realize what you have done for them and believe me, you are in their daily prayers.  Edwin, the children and myself would like to once again say thank you for all you've done.

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