26th June, 2022
Last Sunday after church Ian and Tresor went to visit Dennis and Kodet at Maranatha Senior School as it was their Visiting Day. Peace called at the school on Monday as there had been trouble with Kodet, I am not sure what it was all about but when I spoke to Kodet on Saturday (he has spent the week at George’s Place), he told me he had made a mistake, was sorry and had apologised to the Head and staff. He is returning to school today. Some of our boys find it difficult fitting in, they nearly all lack self esteem and all refuse to report on each other or other boys at school, which can get them into trouble. They are very confident in George’s Place though and with all of us! Your prayers please.
Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.’ Psalm 127 v1/2
Peace has still been unwell and not worked all her days this week. Tresor also has been to the clinic and is on medication. They are planning to visit the boys at Hope International College in Lugazi this coming week to check on them. They will then travel on to Bugiri and visit Shaffick to see how his hairdressing business is doing. After this they will go and see Emma and his grandfather. Emma is settling with his family just outside Mbale. If time permits they will try and contact Derrick to see how he is getting along. They will return via Kayunga and visit Dan’s family.
This afternoon I received some photographs via Peace from Dan’s father, he is building a house – their home had collapsed and they were all staying in a room with neighbours. We have offered to buy some iron sheets for the roof in the hope that it will be stronger than their previous home that had a grass roof! We will also consider helping with a pit latrine to be dug at the back of the building. The father is always very generous when we call on them giving us beans, potatoes and any excess of what he has been able to grow.
I spoke to all the younger boys this afternoon and they are all fine. It had been raining so they hadn’t been out apart from Saturday morning school. They have been having midterm exams. In the evenings they have restarted Bible study, after supper, and before bed. With the move and all the changes this had stopped for a couple of months. Benard is off from Monday for three days, he has a weekend off once a month but it is obviously better for us if he goes mid-week when the boys are all at school.
There are plans in place for me to be speaking at a Mother’s Union branch nearby and a church group at St. Albans – it’s lovely for me to be able to share something of these young lads lives and the way The Lord is working in them.
With love, prayers and thanks for all your love and support.