26th August, 2018

Dear friends,

The boys are all back from Vocational Training schools so we now have a full house – 19 boys – all sizes (plus six boys off visiting their relatives). Feels like chaos at times! All the boys Vocational reports were good and Emma achieved A+ for practical work on his welding course.

Tuesday was the start of Eid Al-Adha, we celebrated with chicken at lunchtime and beef (one piece of meat each with rice for supper). We also went to KK Beach that day as they had singers and dancing in the evening which everyone enjoyed (rather loud for me but I survived).

‘Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour is not in vain.’ 1 Corinthians 15 v58

Karo (one of the Emirates crew) visited us Wednesday afternoon. Her church in Poland, (Fellowship Poludnie) recently arranged with a restaurant in Warsaw to hold a fundraising event for Homes of Promise; on Karo’s birthday, her friends in Dubai gave her donations for HoP instead of presents. City Lights church in Dubai also sent gifts for us via her – Karo’s support and love to us is wonderful, she promotes our work wherever she travels to and has another scheduled flight to Uganda in September so we look forward to seeing her again shortly. It had been big Brian’s 16th birthday last week so we celebrated with a cake when Karo came which everyone was excited about.

Flavia has also come to join us during the holiday period, she has been involved in working with street connected boys for years and recognises some of ours. She has been helping them here with school work and encouraging more cleanliness and tidiness in the home. (Something Bob is always on about!) We also had a visit from two of our doctors who spoke to the boys about HIV/AIDS and sexual health issues – all boys talk, (Peace, Flavia and I kept out of the way). Sam said the boys were very responsive and talked sensibly about puberty.

Saturday afternoon it rained, one of the few times I remember of us not being able to go to KK – we decided to buy a Charlie Chaplin video to watch, a music video to dance to and have popcorn with sodas as another treat! To take everyone to the cinema is very expensive and as far as I am aware there are only two cinemas in Kampala – showing lots of Indian films but not always anything suitable for our boys.

With love and prayers.