19th July, 2020

Dear friends,

The two teachers started work this week and the boys are now studying seriously – they have converted one of the garages into a classroom and everyone is settling down to schoolwork – hopefully it will mean they will be promoted to the next class in February the start of the academic year. The children in Uganda advance a class by ability not by age.

Shadrach and Peace went to visit Victor this week who is still staying with his uncle and cousins but they have moved home and are now back in the village out of Kampala. Victor has two chickens and rabbits which he is responsible for looking after and seems to be well settled there and enjoying the time with his family.

‘Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ Lamentations 3 V22/23

Benon’s uncle came to check on him and make sure that he is fine. We are considering Benon being able to go and stay with his father and younger siblings for a few weeks. Badru has arrived back.

The boys have started digging in the compound but I’m not sure what they will be planting – possibly tomatoes!

I heard from Anton this week he has cleared some of his land ready for planting – the matoke and cassava are growing well, he has even been eating the matoke! He was needing money for planting gnuts which has been sent. I have said as soon as I return I will visit to check on him.

Tony arrived back – he went missing in February. As he was unwell he was taken to the clinic on Monday and found to have malaria, so was put on medication, and is now much better. His mother has been contacted, they are refugees from DRC. We will see how we can help him in the future but as he has run away from us and his family many times we cannot have him permanently back at GP. This is very sad as he was doing really well on the carpentry course before he disappeared. He has had a difficult and disturbing life and has many issues, your prayers please for Tony and his mum.

With love and prayers.