Sunday, April 28, 2019

Preparing for the Wedding

We're counting down the days before we leave for Uganda to take part in a very exciting occasion.  Edwin and Precious will finally make their special day a reality by getting married in May.  Because of the deaths in Precious's family and situations at the Home of Angels that needed attention, they have had to wait longer than expected.  Finally, everything is set and our cameras are ready to take pictures to share with you soon.

This blog will be more about the Canadian side of things.  It's not been easy to take pictures in the torrential rains they've been having near our home and we thought it would be fun for a chance to read about the amazing people who are helping Home of Angels from this side of the world and from Hong Kong.

We are so grateful to those who continue to support us.  You will never truly understand the impact you have on these children and their lives.  If anyone would like to sponsor a child, please let me know and I will set this up for you.  Costs are rising in Uganda, as they are all over the world, and we need to provide them with three meals a day, medical, school fees and living items.  To meet these financial needs, it's necessary to find 5 sponsors per child.  Please pray for these children as they continue to grow into wonderful adults and who will, in turn, help others as you have helped them.

Edwin and the children were blessed to receive guests for a day in early March.  Vic Weins from "Multiply" and Pastor Robert from Uganda visited for the day, taking in all the sites of our community, praying over the poor and enjoying the children.  I was able to join them by Skype in the evening at the children's praise and worship gathering before bed and saw how happy they were with their guests visiting.

Thanks Joweli, I almost forgot to pack the soccer ball pump

Once again our "banana bread manager" invited us to have a fundraiser in his store in North Vancouver.  It was fun to have his daughter Lauren help along with Linda Aylesworth and her friend Iza.  Between both Lauren and I  baking, we sold many loaves and honestly, between the three of them and the banana, we sold out in hours.

I hardly had to do a thing.

OK, this is something I have to explain.  I'm holding a card in my hand.  So, this man comes in, buys 2 loaves, tells us to hold them and he'll be back in 15 minutes.  He comes back, pays for the bread and hands me a card.  I am not to open it until he leaves.

I'm still laughing.....

We all laughed and figured out that he was a well-known cartoonist.  Since then, he has sent me a cartoon of a banana snake and a banana bird and has offered to help me with a project I need to have done for the children.  The blessings just keep coming.  Thanks, Graham.

A little background!  In our community, we have approximately 20 deaths a month due to malaria.   To receive a test at the hospital, it costs around $7.00 USD but the people don't have that kind of money.  They can't afford a test and eventually, malaria develops into stage 4 which is the brain.  They die.

Also, burn victims.  We have many situations of both children and adults being burnt with hot water.  I bring Polysporin and Ozonol with lots of bandages but Edwin keeps running out.  Why??  Because they call Uncle Edwin for help.  They can't afford a doctor to do it.  He literally bandages them in our grass hut and sends them home, one after the other.

Our dear friends in Hong Kong wanted to help Edwin by donating enough money to set up a house where we could provide help by testing for malaria and treating burn victims.  It will be called the "AID House" and help our children and the community medically.  This funding will also include hiring a nurse that will live there full time. It brings tears to my eyes to know that there is still so much good in this broken world.  Thank you, Thomas and Tom.

Here is Uncle Edwin treating a man who worked in a factory and the pipes exploded, burning him.  He was in so much pain that Edwin heard him crying from his mud hut in the morning and brought him home to help treat his wounds.

On a happier note, Desire and Hope came home from boarding school on their holidays to be greeted by their brothers and sisters.  Holidays are special.  Many children go home to families with a mom and dad, but our two girls go home to brothers and sisters who call our Home of Angels, their family.

Global warming is everywhere.  The problem is, in our community, they've never heard of it.  The torrential rainstorm that happened a few days ago left over 500 people homeless and there were 19 deaths.  This woman in the picture lost 6 of her family, with only her surviving.  Edwin has been attending as many funerals as he could, all the time worrying about the starvation ahead.  We know we can't save everyone but please, if any of you want to pray for these people, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again to everyone that has stood behind this project over the past 10 years and for making a difference in the lives of children who call our Home of Angels their home.  We know we have been truly blessed and we are excited to share each new story with you in these monthly blogs.

I would also like to thank the people that sent Edwin funds to help build their new home.  I will be bringing both Precious and his cards of thanks home to mail to you.  God bless you for doing that.