2nd February, 2020

Dear friends,

Hopefully, we are now ready for school on Monday morning! I didn’t get home until 9.15 pm on Saturday night as I was making sure everyone had all the things they need for Maranatha School. In the afternoon we had been to KK Beach – there were 28 of us with Uncle Sam and I – the boys really enjoyed themselves – they’re such good company!

All the boys who visited their families for Christmas have now returned, Omoding being the last to arrive on Friday afternoon. It’s good to have them all back and the reports from the parents have been encouraging. Omoding actually stayed with his father and stepmother – an answer to prayer. Young Brian, Victor, Charles, Haruna and Kasita also arrived back this week.

Tim continues at the bakery and has been learning how to make pizzas, bread and cookies.

Tony, carpentry – is also doing well, though upset that he has to work on Saturdays (he really enjoys KK Beach), but we brought him back a soda – he needs goggles and gloves as he is using electric tools!

Emma is back on his welding internship, I spoke to his boss who informed me that Patrick, who now stays with his father, is also working hard.

These might seem small encouragements but I appreciate knowing that the boys are being serious and committed to work.

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12 9/10

Another encouragement I had this week was an email from someone I had met at City Lights Church in Dubai. One of their home groups are supporting HoP in prayer and financially over the next year – “to put wind in our sails”. It is really exciting and amazing the way The Lord provides.

I took Paul and Shaffick back to Meeting Point on Tuesday afternoon. On Friday we had to call into Meeting Point with mosquito nets, football, gnut sauce and savlon (I had forgotten to give them!) – we found them in class.

Prayer Requests

Shadrach had arranged to take Big Brian and Ronald to Kisenyi for the ‘Outreach to Street Boys’, that he runs, on Thursday mornings. Unfortunately, when he arrived at George’s Place Benon asked to go as well and was given permission by a Warden. Early Friday morning I had a call to say that Benon and Sula had run back to the streets – I know they have been anxious about going to school, as they have had little schooling in the past but I feel the visit to Kisenyi by Benon prompted their departure – I am really sad about this – we don’t take them back to this neighbourhood until we know they are well settled – but mistakes happen. Prayers please for these two young boys back on the streets.

It’s rained most days this week and the potholes in the roads seem to be getting larger by the day, making driving difficult and challenging at times. The traffic is also terrible at the moment with students going back to boarding schools and colleges. On Monday I have to drive to Bombo, taking Big Brian, Asaph and Ronald to Don Bosco – more prayer please for safety and protection.

The boys are growing up fast and becoming responsible, caring, kind youngsters, they are confident at home and with us but not always at school or in other environments – please be praying that they grow in confidence.

Thank you for all your love and support – our work continues to be fruitful despite setbacks – the boys are being given life skills and hope for the future.

Love and blessings