There is no doubt that global warming has swept hard across the entire world increasing its devastation as each year passes. Unfortunately, heart-breaking events continue to happen again and again and we ask the same question: Why do bad things happen to good people? God's plan may not always be apparent to us, but He's promised to never leave us, and give us strength to get through our struggles.
There was so much water causing most of our neighbours to have to watch their mud huts float away and having no where to go for shelter; our schools and homes had no electricity and the church couldn't be opened. Then there was our borehole. We had no water. Instead of driving to get water, the mud was so deep on our road that our car couldn't get out, so thanks to a friend of Edwins, who came daily on his boda (motorcycle), made it through 100 times per/day carrying a full 20 litre jerry can each time. And for Edwin to communicate with me, he had to walk to the nearest gas station to charge his phone. He never missed a day!
When we worry over these challenges facing those we love and fear the situation won't change, we should never underestimate the power of prayer, for our loving God hears our pleas. We thank the Ames Family Foundation for a donation to purchase a 900kg (almost one ton) generator for us to return to normal and be able to start operating again.
Ptarmigan schools were also effected with no electricity and the fact the teachers and students couldn't reach us with the roads destroyed. We want to also thank the Ptarmigan Family for helping us get back on track again. With the weather improving, the principal is continuing to interview for applicants to attend. Precious and Pastor Richard are interviewing pastors as religious education is mandatory in Uganda.
The rains may continue but with the generator we can proceed with our dream of raising orphans, and teaching the community who God is. We now have the land to build hostels for students coming from a distance and a trade-school to teach trades for when they complete their education at HOA.
This is a church not far from us and apparently this woman had no where to go when her home washed away. We helped many with a tarp and a metal pot for cooking but it was impossible to help everyone.
A generator deserves a celebration. Lovisa, Eddie and Bridget are preparing Matoke which is a favourite meal with everyone. I even liked it and I HATE bananas, just saying 😉
Edwin sent me this picture 15 years ago when he found this family on the street. Hope, Desire and Sammy, their little brother, who we think was abducted. Jaaja was blind and these three children looked after her and another blind Jaaja who was at home. I met the girls picking weeds on one of my first trips. Edwin explained that as caregivers, they came every day for food for the family.