26th April, 2020

Dear friends,

I am thinking and praying for you all as we face another few weeks/months of lockdown. This is such an opportunity to be growing in our faith and prayer life, catching up with things we have always wanted to do and yet I sometimes find myself spending hours reading, watching TV, playing games on the iPad and not always using the time as productively as I might!

‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…………….He says ‘Be still and know that I am God’’ Psalm 46. 1/2a/10a

News from Uganda

I have kept in touch with Shadrach and he has sent me photographs of the boys during the past week. They are all well and active as you will see.

We did have a bit of a panic at the beginning of the week when the septic tank in the extension house needed emptying and I couldn’t find the contact details for the sewage company – but thankfully all was resolved fairly quickly.

Shadrach went shopping on Monday to the nearby market at Ggaba which is now flooded as Lake Victoria has burst its shoreline in many areas. There were also reports that KK Beach is mostly underwater. The weeks before I left Uganda when we visited KK Beach we realised that the water levels in Lake Victoria were rising as fixed tables and chairs beside the lake were ankle-high in water. Thankfully the slum area behind the beach is much higher so that people’s homes are relatively safe at present but the effects of stagnant water in the area, over time, will cause many problems.

There is also news that desert locusts are sweeping across the north of the country from Kenya causing widespread damage with crops being destroyed.

Please continue praying for Uganda – these are difficult times for people with so little who struggle normally with malaria/typhoid/HIV without the added pressure of lockdown and COVID-19.

I have received messages from Anton, Ronald and Paul this week – the older boys are really good at keeping in contact. Also Tresor messages me regularly, he is safe yet locked down at work.

Thank you for all your continued love and support for Homes of Promise.

With every blessing on this Lord’s day.

Love and prayers.