7th February, 2021

Dear friends,

Just a brief update this morning on how our work is progressing.

The boys helped slash the weeds and grass around the football pitch and have enjoyed a few games of football this week – videos of the games have been sent me which I will put on Facebook.

Asaph has begun on a carpentry training scheme, just along the road in Nsambya, – it will be good for him to be working and furthering his carpentry skills, instead of just sitting at George’s Place, until Don Bosco Vocational College fully reopens. Shadrach and Sam are still looking for a hairdressing apprenticeship for Shaffick, he has a bad rash this week and is attending the clinic.

‘The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147 v11

It has been agreed that Dennis goes to stay with his uncle in Luzira, on the other side of Kampala and when the secondary schools reopen attends a boarding school nearby. He has grown up so much over the last year and is happy being reunited with his relatives.

Shadrach collected another box from Salabed this week containing Lego, more pens, paper, notebooks, toothbrushes and a football. I am sure the younger boys will enjoy playing and making things with the Lego. Unfortunately, footballs don’t always last long because of the rough ground, (and our neighbour confiscating them) – we do get them repaired regularly but a new ball is always a treat!

I heard from Tim this morning who tells me he is fine and busy in the bakery, we thank God for the way he has changed his life around and settled well into work and independent living.

The younger boys have been working on their tie-dye T-shirts project, which are looking good – they seem very pleased with the outcome. They continue lessons with teacher Frances, and there are rumours that schools will reopen shortly.

Flavia sent me a photograph of her collecting posho and beans (I think). She runs a small home for children and we helped by sending her some money recently as they were in need.

So another week of lockdown is over; I and many of my friends and family have now had their first COVID vaccination and although it seems to have rained most days this week there are many signs of spring – crocuses, snowdrops, the kingfisher looking where to make a nest tunnel – I haven’t seen two together yet! Giving us hope and assurance – God is in control – we can trust Him. He hasn’t forgotten us!

This week my nephew shared with me an ‘essay’ he has written in lockdown – he works and lives in Leeds (in isolation). I thought I would like share this with you to if you click on the pdf below.

With love and prayers.