Sunday 19th November, 2023

Dear friends,

On Tuesday I drove to Kisenyi Hospital as Tim had an appointment and the doctors had asked me to go with him. Sadly Tim’s kidney test results were not good and he has to go for further tests at Mulago Hospital. He also has to have tests for diabetes. Prayers please for Tim as he is really unwell.

Peace met me at the hospital and later we drove to Garuga and went to Little Angels School as there were a few things that we wanted to talk with the head teacher about. This was a very helpful meeting and thankfully issues were resolved. The head told us our boys had shared with her about their exciting camping trip to Lake Mboro. We called to see the new boys at George’s Place and also to see Derek who was back from Marjorine and young Brian who has finished his P7 exams. Two sets of bunk beds had been bought as some of the beds need replaced. We have been given a game of Jenga (in Swahili means build) – the boys and staff have all enjoyed playing this!

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬

On Wednesday Jessie came at 8.30am to collect me and we then met Beckham and Derek at Kajjansi where Tresor had brought them. We collected Peace and then drove to Mukono where we dropped Derek as he is returning to his father for a few weeks. We carried on to Buikwe and although the day before the probation officer, Lydia, had said she would come with us she apologised as it was not possible. She suggested we continue to do the home tracing. We found Beckham’s home and it was a very tearful reunion with his father and older brother. The Local Councillor 1 and Chairman were located and signed/stamped our forms for the Ministry of Gender and talked to Lydia on the phone. Beckham had a sad story as his older sister had taken him to Kampala and she had become separated from him by the bus park last January and he has been living on the streets since then. The father doesn’t have a phone and wasn’t aware that Beckham was even missing. Beckham will visit his father and brother at Christmas – he is only 8yrs.old. We drove back to Garuga and I got home about 8 pm. He has now been telephoning his neighbours every day!

Jessie took my car to be serviced on Thursday, I was pleased as apart from the service only a couple of bulbs needed replaced. Petra and I worked in the office. Joseph and Griffin returned home on Friday from Don Bosco.

On Saturday I met Dr. Trevor at ‘Coffee at Last’ in Mackindye and he and Francis came to visit the boys – later the older boys went to the school for a meeting and Benard and I took Bethel, Beckham and Raymond swimming.

There has still been lots of rain and it’s not been as warm as usual – also lots of road works going on as the G77 Summit will take place here in January. As roads are closed I’ve been finding it difficult to discover a way home at times, and one evening drove through awful narrow muddy lanes – I stopped twice to ask the way and if it was possible for my car to ‘squeeze’ through – travelling is not always easy here and prayer for safety on the roads is part of our daily routine.

Thank you for all your love and support. May God bless you and protect you.

Love Jane x