11th September, 2022

Dear friends,

As we all mourn the passing of our dear Queen Elizabeth II, who has served our nation and the Commonwealth for 70 years with grace, dignity and selfless commitment; our thoughts and prayers are with the royal family at this time of national and personal grief. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

My newsletter is arriving early, as I’ve a busy weekend ahead, with a church meeting on Saturday morning at Marble Arch – part of the Nazareth Community that I belong to, followed by my grandson’s 18th birthday celebrations in the evening. I’m also being interviewed about the work of HoP at a church in St. Albans on Sunday morning, who are kindly sponsoring us as one of the charities they support for the next two years. David who kindly sends out my newsletter so efficiently each week is emailing this between holidays, which I really appreciate.

‘And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.’ Romans 8:38 (NLT)

The boys are all fine. Dan returned last Saturday evening, his father brought him back to George’s Place and stayed the night. The older boys returned to college on Monday with all their requirements and I received messages from them asking me to visit when I get back. The younger boys started school on Tuesday and everything is fine with them.

The cooks, Halima and Gorette stay nearby on work days in a small room but this is being demolished so Tresor has been busy finding them a new place. The boys called in on Gorette on their way to school on Tuesday, to check on her.

Dennis is settling in at Jovens High School, he has been studying there over the school holidays and is now officially there preparing for his examinations. Kodet is still at home, though on the mend. Musumba and Kasita are back at Maranatha school and will be taking their P7 examinations at the end of this term.

The boys enjoyed swimming last Sunday afternoon, (it had rained on Saturday) this was a treat, especially for those who have been in the village and are now returning to boarding.

I took a box to Salabed on Monday morning, for shipment, with the last of the T-shirts, trainers etc. that had been donated. Thank you.

Thank you also to all those who came along last Sunday afternoon, it was very special to meet up with you all and a privilege for me to be able to share some of our Good News and show you photos of the new George’s Place and office as well as more information on Dan. Your prayers please as I return to Uganda on Tuesday.

With love and prayers,