13th September, 2020

Dear friends,

Life continues to run smoothly at George’s Place. All the boys are fit and well and in good spirits, apart from Joshua, who has visited the clinic a few times this week as he has been ‘under the weather’.

Shadrach collected nine boxes of ‘goodies’ from Salabed in Kampala early in the week, that I shipped a few months ago just after the lockdown lifted. I remember there being a number of exercise books which will come in very useful for the younger boys homeschooling.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.” Philippians 1:3-4

Patrick and Emma settled into their room on Sunday afternoon each getting new beds/mattresses and everything else needed. Shadrach made a spot check on them Tuesday after work to make sure everything was fine. Augustine has also moved out of George’s Place today (Saturday), into a room nearby – the boys were all visiting him this evening – I haven’t received any photos of the room yet but hopefully will be able to forward a couple when they arrive. As the older boys settle into work and their new homes (all the boys are given Bibles when they leave) it will give the staff the opportunity to spend more time listening and mentoring the younger boys. Hopefully, some of the boys who are still staying with their relatives in the villages will be able to return to George’s Place shortly. Martin is now spending time with the boys on Saturdays and Sundays which seems to be working well.

The boys are continuing their crocheting – making sponges and doing really well. A lady from the Netherlands has contacted me about a young Ugandan lady she sponsored for an art course and Mary has offered to come once a week to brighten up the classroom and possibly the outside walls – encouraging the boys to paint! – she hasn’t arrived yet!

We have received an email from PayPal advising that £1,463.39 had been raised for Homes of Promise, I believe this must have been the money raised by Harry from his sponsored read. We really do appreciate and thank him for all his ‘reading’ in aid of supporting the boys and thank you to many of you who donated. I am not sure that he has actually finished reading but will contact his family shortly.

There are still a number of our older boys who’s stories that I have not told so I’m planning to get on to this in the next couple of weeks. When I see the photos of how grown up some of our boys are now it amazes and encourages me to realise how God is blessing our work – your prayers please – as we seek Him for the way forward.

With best wishes.