Sunday 20th August, 2023

Dear friends,

I spoke with some of the boys on Monday afternoon after they had returned from school. It was good to see them and to know that they are all fine. The younger boys had been on a school visit the week before and were learning about husbandry at a centre. Most of our boys have a good idea about cultivation especially if they have spent time in the villages. The older boys were all wanting to speak with my granddaughter, Emily (17 yrs) who I was with and asked when she was returning!

Sadly, Saidi’s father has passed away, Sam our weekend worker when Benard is on leave, has travelled with Saidi to Lira to visit the family. They will probably be gone for a few days as it’s a long journey by bus. He had wanted to visit his father at Easter but we knew the father was sick and he had told us he was travelling to the hospital in Kampala, but he didn’t actually come. Saidi seems to be coping but prayers please for him.

‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’ Isaiah 43 v1

Tim told me he has been working at a school making 520 chapatis each night, he says it’s hard work and he only receives 15,000UGX a night (about £3.30) but at least he is making himself some money.

I took a large box full of items to Salabed on Monday morning for shipment, I will try to squeeze some football boots, trainers and skateboards into my luggage as 3 months is a long time to wait for delivery.

Most of the older boys are now back from vocational college or boarding school and Tresor says it’s busy and noisy! They will all be at George’s Place this coming week, and none will be visiting relatives, as we are going off camping to Lake Mburo National Park for a few nights when I return.

I imagine there will be a lot of support for the ‘Lions’ after church on Sunday, the boys love football. Benard told me that three of our boys had given their lives to Christ at a church meeting recently – Ivan, Joseph and little Dan, I received a photo of them being prayed for.

Everything seems to have gone well whilst I’ve been here in the U.K. and it has been good meeting up with so many of you and the Trustees. Yesterday, I attended an Afternoon Tea at the Church of the Ascension in Wembley that Soulla and members had arranged in aid of HoP. The vicar Jackie, is from Uganda and church members are wanting to strengthen our links. There are so many blessings and our work is progressing. Thank you for your continued graciousness and kindness in supporting our work.

God bless.

Love Jane x