31st July, 2022

Dear friends,

Tim returned to the hospital on Tuesday morning and thankfully does not have TB. Tresor took him to stay with his aunt in the village on Thursday, as it was agreed that he would spend some time with her to make sure he is taking his medication and eating properly. I spoke to him on the phone when he arrived there. He has a hospital appointment back in Kampala in early September, by which time he will hopefully be stronger.

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭127:3‬ ‭

Of the six boys who returned last week from vocational college, five of them have now travelled to their relatives in the village. New Brian has the furthest journey and has travelled to a village about an hour from Nebbi, in the north west near the DRC border. He is an orphan and is staying with his paternal grandmother and extended family. Robert has gone to his grandmother near the Kenyan border on the East, Derek to his father and stepmother and Ivan and young Brian to their respective mothers. They had spent a week relaxing at George’s Place, before they washed and ironed their clothes in preparation for the visit. I am not sure how long they will spend away but it is good for them to be building up positive relationships with their families and sharing their college experiences and Reports.

Last week I received an email asking if we could allow someone from the U.K. who is a member of the ‘Gideon’s’ and in Uganda at present to visit George’s Place. I gave our local telephone no., so this could be arranged with Tresor. The Gideon’s offered to send us 20 New Testaments including Psalms/Proverbs which I know will be gratefully received by our boys to help with their daily Bible studies.

Only a few of the boys wanted to go swimming this Saturday afternoon, the rest stayed to watch television. It’s getting near the end of term and they were wanting to relax, especially as some of them had also been at school on Saturday morning.

There has been a message from Dan’s family that they have finished building their new home and already moved in. Praise the Lord! The father is starting to dig a pit for a new latrine that we will also help buy a door for and iron sheets for the roof.

Kasita, Musumba (Johnson), Dennis and Kodet will be breaking up shortly. Dennis will go back to the village for a week to spend time with his mother as sadly his brother died a few weeks ago. He will then spend the rest of the holidays back at school for extra tuition before his exams; this is normal in Uganda when you are taking final exams in Senior school or for Primary 7. Kasita and Musumba will also be studying throughout the holidays. I did hear Yusuf is unwell but have had no further information and he appears in Saturdays photos!

Everything seems to be going well at Homes of Promise. Ian calls in regularly to talk with the boys. Benard, Tresor and Patrick seem to be working well as a team.

As the flights were very expensive during August I am not returning until September now.

Thank you for all your love and support. I do hope some of you will be able to attend our ‘Afternoon Tea’ on the 4th September when I will give an update on our work.

With love and prayers.