Sunday 14th May, 2023

Dear friends,

The weeks seem to be flying by. All is well at George’s Place and in the office.

The younger boys have been enjoying a ‘church holiday club’ each day this week – Benard joined them. I took Joseph (Yusuf) to my friend Christine’s workshop on Tuesday morning. She runs an NGO/business for refugee women at ‘Refuge and Hope’, where they crochet toys and different articles that she then sends to America to sell. Joseph is very good at crocheting and he was interested in seeing what can be made and sold. We will look at buying him the materials so that he can have a go! Kodet has worked on his school project and now needs the paint to finish it. Big Dennis has gone to his family in Arua as an uncle has died. Also Ivan and Robert have gone to stay with relatives. Tresor took Bethel on Tuesday to his parents and siblings for a few days, his father is now out of hospital.

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15v13

Tresor has also gone to Rwanda to visit his family. He left on Thursday, on the overnight ‘bus’ but had only reached Mbarara by morning as the coach was diverted because of floods. It has rained so much here over the last few weeks and there are some areas where people are really suffering.

I went to George’s Place on Friday and found about 8 of our older boys playing basketball – they played for hours in the heat. I am amazed at the way all our boys get on so well together. My dog could definitely do with a lesson! Zimba was sitting on my knee and Peanut was very unhappy about that situation, he feels he should be the one sitting next to me! We nearly had a dog fight on our hands.

The boys went to football at the academy this morning (Saturday) and played a game against another team, didn’t win but were in good spirits when they returned.

Tim and Griffin have been cooking together, they have made doughnuts and pizzas this week which everyone enjoyed. I had sent two kilos of sausages to put on the pizzas but they got cooked and eaten before they got on them! Tim wants to make more cakes to sell but he needs to buy the ingredients himself from the profit of the last batch he made! We don’t mind helping our older boys but they need to learn!

As Paul has finished his treatment from the clinic we have helped him find a room to rent and Haruna is now staying with him – they are both working.

Peace and I visited Ken this week and we have arranged for a staff meeting with Ken before I come back to the U.K. to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. Ian is in the U.K. at present but will be back in Uganda early June.

Next week I am travelling to the east and visiting Omoding to find out how he is doing. I’ll also be checking on some of our resettled older boys and little Dan and family. Peace had hoped to go with me but there has been an unexpected death and she has to attend a funeral – we might be able to meet up in Mbale on Wednesday when I visit the Mothers’ Union.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you when I’m back and sharing some of the encouraging things God has been doing in these young lads lives. There are many blessings and we give thanks to The Lord for all his goodness.

God bless.

Love Jane x