Sunday 29th October, 2023

Good afternoon friends,

I writing this from Prayer Mountain for Leaders in Jinja on Friday afternoon where I have come with 39 other International women on a ‘Journey Together Retreat’ for the weekend. The Retreat is called ‘Be Transformed by the Renewing of your Minds’. I think I’m the only English lady and am definitely the eldest!

The boys at George’s Place are all fine, I called there yesterday when Alea (from Germany) came to see Zimba – she gave him to us about six months ago. She couldn’t believe how big he has grown and how healthy he looked – he behaved himself most of the time apart from a ‘dog fight’ with Peanut over personal space! Later that day Obed who I met when I visited Bwindi National Park in South West Uganda in 2015 (then he was a tour guide and took me on a walk to a waterfalls) phoned and came to George’s Place, he lives in Entebbe. He now has 5 children and his wife is the pastor of their house church. I have seen him a few times over the years but not since Covid so it was good to catch up with him again.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬ ‭

Simon Peter has his ID and Learners Driving Licence so can legally be on the roads driving his boda and earning some money. Tresor is arranging for the bike to be serviced and for him to be stationed at a boda post. Simon has finished the counselling sessions. Tim also called in – he wasn’t working at the cafe as they haven’t paid him and he is refusing to work whilst they owe him money! I have had phone calls this week, from Asaph, still in the village with his family, Dennis and Kodet both at school. I’m not sure who they are borrowing phones from.

Tresor is visiting Don Bosco College Saturday for their Visiting Day to see Griffin (catering course) and Joseph (plumbing and metal prefabrication course). Last Sunday after church, Tresor and I went to see Johnson who is now well settled in Trinity School, he even introduced us to some of his friends.

Peace and Petra worked from my apartment on Tuesday. On Wednesday Peace was sorting out a Care Order for Dan with the local probation officer, and Thursday her and Petra went to look at an office we might rent as we still have no electricity at Tirupati Mall. In the afternoon they went to Kisenyi and spoke with one of the street pastors about us taking more boys – this will probably happen on Monday. Peace said she spoke to 4 boys but I am not sure we have the funding to take in that many at the present time. Prayers please, that we make the right decision.

Late one afternoon this week, in the tree outside my kitchen window were a pair of black and white Casqued Hornbills – it gave me and them quite a shock they are really large birds and not terribly attractive. They flew about, making a terrible noise, coming back to land in the tree – hopefully they’re not planning to nest there.

The boys have football this Saturday, I’m not sure if the older boys will go as they are swotting for more exams and could be having extra tuition at school. Benard has this weekend off so Sam is working in his place.

Thank you for supporting the work of Homes of Promise, for your interest in our work, your prayers, love and kindness, we couldn’t do it without you!

Love and prayers.