30th July, 2016

Dear friends,

On Monday afternoon Sam and I walked the boys to Munyonyo. On our way we found a poor man lying in the dirt fast asleep, we woke him to check that he was fine, but he wasn’t. I phoned Bob and asked for the medical kit, he arrived shortly afterwards. Sam continued with the boys to the park. Anthony and I stayed whilst we sorted out how to get the man back home. He couldn’t speak, walk and had difficulty standing, was filthy dirty only wearing a jumper and a piece of material around his waist; after giving him a drink we put him on a boda and took him back to George’s Place. Bob and Rogers washed him, gave him new clothes, food, a little money and we took him to the hospital, waited three hours then he was transferred to the main Mulago Hospital On Wednesday morning we tried to find him but this was like looking for a ‘needle in a haystack, a nurse, in Casualty, remembered him but wasn’t sure which ward he went to after treatment, we checked a few but weren’t able to find him. He is probably from Rwanda. Prayers please, we couldn’t even get his name.

Life continues at George’s Place, the boys English is improving and everything seems to be running smoothly. Occasionally there are a few tears. A bar of soap has gone missing which I am going to talk about at tea time as this is stealing and needs to be addressed!

Jenny had six chicks, all doing well at present, a couple of black ones (not sure where they came from!) she is yellowish with some streaks of brown/black – the cockerels are all white! Hopefully, some of the chicks will survive.

We still haven’t had any significant rain in Kampala, there have been a couple of showers – everything is really dry and a layer of dust covers every surface. The lack of rain throughout the country causes problems to people who are trying to grow enough food to live off of and means some families will be finding life extremely difficult if the rain comes at the wrong time crops fail, food becomes expensive, and people suffer.

‘Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes………………. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.’ Matthew 6 v 25/33.

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m still at George’s Place, I have just been outside and found that the man who collects our rubbish has had his head shaved and disinfected (by Bob) and is now taking a shower – I’m beginning to wonder if we should be opening a hostel for men! We often feed him, as he is in the habit of arriving at lunchtimes to collect the garbage. Who knows where God will lead us!

I visited Peace again this week, it’s good to keep in touch and to pray together, she is very interested in the boys here and how they are settling. Also our friend from Jesus Church sent some pencils, soap, toothpaste etc. to me via a Ugandan lady who lives in the UK and is visiting at present so I met up with her this morning.

Hopefully, you are all experiencing some good weather and enjoying your summer. Only a month and I shall be home, mixed feelings.

Love and blessings.