12th September, 2021

Dear friends,

Early this week, Peace, Shadrach and Petra went to check on Paul in the hospital, and found that he is doing really well, he has been moved to another section and seemed happy. They also went to check out Security Companies; the law in Uganda has changed and if we have an armed guard at night we now have to have two – this seems an added expense but there have been reports of houses being broken into and violent attacks – prayers please for wisdom and guidance. They also went to check the price of laptops, I know we need at least one new one in the office so we are comparing the prices of buying here or in Uganda.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:35‬

On Thursday I went and met Ken Mdoe, who has just arrived back in the U.K. via a visit to one of his daughters in the Netherlands. It was good to see him, to find out how things are at George’s Place and in Kampala. He gave me advice on entry back into the U.K., which is the dilemma I’m facing at the moment when booking a return flight, if Uganda was still on the red list, I would have to go into quarantine in a hotel for 10 days.

I had a Zoom meeting with Petra on Friday morning and she is busy bringing our policies up to date. The connection was really good but Africel our provider is leaving Uganda in October so we will also have to look into this. Unfortunately one evening when Shadrach was travelling back from work the old car broke down and needs extensive work done – I think it is probably time to part with it!

The boys are fine. I spoke with all of them at George’s Place Saturday morning. Dennis is back, he arrived on Monday saying it was too hot in Pader, where he comes from, which is not far from South Sudan and is always very hot and dry. He will be helping the younger boys with their school work as we still can’t have a teacher on site. Augustine has had his first vaccination – the builder he works for took him to a clinic yesterday. I had been told it was difficult to get vaccinated but believe the staff are probably anxious about having injections. I am surprised the Government are not insisting that Social Workers and Wardens working with children be vaccinated if the vaccine is available.

Yusuf, Saviour and Griffin were asking for pork – which is a real treat, so I said I would look into them having a special meal of pork or chicken possibly next week. I also had the opportunity of speaking with Halima our weekend cook who was looking well.

Shadrach sent me some more photographs of Derrick from last week, with the welding and grinding machines we have given him. He looks very happy! We are going to be helping him start up a small business so that he will be able to provide for his father and younger half-siblings.

Please do be praying for Uganda, there seems to be some unsettling news and people are really struggling.

Thank you for all your love and support.

Love Jane