19th May, 2019

Dear friends,

Last Sunday I went to a Mothers’ Union service, celebrating 50 years of the branch in Bukoto, (Peace’s church) this was a big celebration. Dr. Vivienne Kito (Ugandan), whom some of you might remember, she was on the MU Board of Trustees when I was Diocesan President, gave the talk. She runs ‘Wakiso,’ a home for pregnant girls, some as young as 14, in the centre of Kampala. She encouraged members to become actively involved in helping families who are struggling with all types of issues even in the slum areas. The service lasted for over 5 hours and although I had been invited to stay for lunch I decided I needed to go home and relax.

‘The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right path for his name’s sake.’ Psalm 23 v 1/2

Another week has ‘whizzed’ by! Monday, I was in the office most of the day but there was no power, later in the afternoon, I went with the boys to watch them play football, which they really enjoy.

Tuesday, Peace, Bob and I travelled to Mbale with seven of the boys – a bit of a ‘squash’ in the car, three in the back, three sitting next to Peace and Joshua in the front with me. We took four of them to their families for a week’s holiday; then stayed at the Sunrise Inn for the night with James, Saviour and Joshua. Next morning we travelled to Tororo – took James to his father and stepmother’s home, then visited the Probation Office as we would have liked to extend Joshua’s care order to stay with us. Unfortunately, the person we needed to see was away and no one else could help. We informed the Probation office that we were taking the boys back to their father for a week’s holiday and then travelled on our way to the village. The grandmother and father were both there. The boys seem to be fine.

Thursday Bob and I travelled to Ibanda to collect Yusuf who had been staying with Anton. The gnuts are growing well and will be harvested at the end of June, they are interspersed with maize and a few sunflowers. All the neighbours welcomed us and I was given a cup of hot millet porridge to drink – not my favourite! Bob was able to give some knitted blankets and jumpers/baby clothes which were definitely appreciated and of course lollipops.

We arrived back at George’s Place late Friday afternoon, Yusuf, poor lad suffers from travel sickness so not an easy journey for him. The boys then went off to play football.

Uncle Paul has been away in Rwanda all week as he was called back again by the authorities – the border is still closed and he is having difficulty getting back here – prayers, please.
Later in the evening, I met up with Diana, I haven’t seen much of her recently as she has been travelling, Diana is going back to Canada for three months sabbatical later this month. I was bitten several times by mosquitoes so will call and get some antimalarials later today.

Looking forward to seeing some of you soon.

Love and prayers.