3rd April, 2020

Dear friends,

I do hope you are all fine and managing to cope with isolation.

I’m still in South Africa, Sue and I are safe and well, staying with her relatives. There are nine of us in the house.

We have been learning to play Bridge, doing exercises, listening to ‘Pause for Thought’ and services from Jesus Church, praying together, playing games and doing craft activities with the two young girls (7 and 9) that we are staying with, watching ‘The Durrell’s’, sweeping leaves (as we are in Autumn) and generally keeping busy. Sue has the advantage as she played Bridge about 30 years ago, but depending on how long I’m here I might get the ‘hang’ of it! We have registered with the British Embassy and hopefully will get a flight back to the U.K. in the next couple of weeks.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

I have been in regular contact with George’s Place in Uganda and everyone is fine and well. There are only 13 boys in the home at present as the rest have returned to their families in the villages. They have been keeping themselves busy, playing Ludp, card games, table tennis etc. doing school work, having sodas and popcorn last Saturday to compensate for not going out, making safety notices for the doors and gates, having bible studies and praying (Ronald made a notice on one of the laptops praying for me, photo below!). It is a difficult time for them all but they are doing their best to remain cheerful and amuse themselves. I haven’t heard the COVID 19 statistics for Uganda for the last week but Shadrach did inform me that 11 of his friends from the Watoto Church Choir (I think they might have just returned from the U.K.) have been diagnosed with the virus. Please do continue praying for Africa at this difficult time – if the virus were to hit the townships, slum areas or villages it could be catastrophic.

I’m sending you some of the photos that have been forwarded to me from George’s Place. Thank you for your continued love and support for Homes of Promise, as we seek to make a difference in these young boys lives.

With love and prayers.