5th June, 2022

Good morning friends, on this day of Pentecost.

I’m having a week’s holiday in the Lake District, with friends and arrived today, Saturday, to blue skies and sun, at Thursby a small village not far from Carlisle. I’m really looking forward to some long walks by the Lakes.

I spoke with all the boys at George’s Place on Friday morning as it was also a Public Holiday in Uganda – Martyrs Day and they weren’t at school. They are all fine. Sula and Victor were busy making buns but stopped to come and talk with me. I spoke to the staff as well – Benard is back and Tresor was also there. Peanut was busy walking around the house, this is so unusual in Uganda as dogs are not often welcome indoors. Sorry, not many photos have been sent this week!

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.’ Galatians 5 v22/23

Ian Wardle who is on our Management Committee in Uganda came to visit me last Monday together with Revd. Ian Crofts, one of our Trustees. Ian Wardle has lived in Uganda for about the last 30 years and now has Ugandan Citizenship. Initially, he worked as a youth leader and has experience working with street-connected boys and also as Congregational Team Leader of Kampala International Church, Heritage. Ian will be taking on a more active role whilst I am here in the U.K. He returned to Kampala on Wednesday night and is visiting the boys after church tomorrow, and the office staff next week. I really appreciate his help, advice and wisdom.

Early Tuesday morning Peace our social worker telephoned to advise me that the authorities had asked us to take in 10 new boys – we are really thinking and praying about this and Ian will be involved in making the decision. I am not sure that we can take in that many at one time, we usually feel two or three new boys is a better number to settle with the boys we already have. Your prayers please as we make these decisions and the monetary implications.

Simon Peter, one of our boys in independent living, got a secondhand boda this week with help from his uncle and ourselves so that he has transport for working as a plumber. This will enable him to spend more time visiting his family and George’s Place at weekends as well.

Thank you for all your prayers and support, I hope you have enjoyed the Queen’s Platinum Celebrations, my daughter-in-law did a wonderful celebration tea!

Love and prayers,