Yesterday around 9pm, I called our volunteer Gabriel in Soroti to wish him a happy birthday. I greeted himMe: Happy Birthday.
Gabriel: happy birthday? ... oh...thanks.
Me: I saw on Facebook it was your birthday so that's why I called. Is it your birthday?
Gabriel: the 25th.
Me: yes, today's the 25th.
Gabriel: then it is. But I didn't know until you just told me. I was taken up with many other things. Thank you for calling.
Me: How's your dad doing? (His dad had been sick in the hospital for some time)
Gabriel: He's passed on.
Gabriel: this evening.
Me: Oh sorry, your dad has died on your birthday? So sorry...
The conversation continued.
|Gabriel receiving a chicken from one of the LoCoDI kids|
In this new year we have started teaching computer and english classes two times a week on the weeks we don't have class.Ruudy is teaching english and Beckie is teaching computer. The english class is filled with some of the students we had trained in ministry, and also some of the workers from the orphanage we partner with Welcome Home. It is a tiresome task to teach adults with no education a new language, especially english, with all of it's funny rules.
The students all keep commenting how interesting it is, as some have never even used a computer and others have become very okay with the popular hunt and peck method. As life is ministry, even these classes give us chances to speak into peoples lives that we normally wouldn't be able to. So please be praying with us for our interactions with our students.
Other prayer requests:
My sister Christina and her husband Benjamin Kragt are moving to Uganda with their two kids, Isaac (6) and Ellie (3) on February 4. They are joining us at Kingdom Life Training Centre. We are so excited to have them here and to see how God uses them in this ministry. Please pray for their transition as one can only assume that it's quite the transition.
|Ellie and Isaac with all of their stuff coming to Uganda|
In Soroti, the headmaster of the majority of our sponsored kids, Julius, was fired this last year. He was such a pleasure to work with, as he really loves the kids, and would know the stories of all the kids, and had a heart of helping those who were the most vulnerable. He would even let some study without paying just because he knew that they had no way of paying. They ousted him because there were rumours that he was getting a lot of money from our organization for himself. Though we never even gave him a shilling (or a penny you might say). We only paid the school fees for the kids we have sponsored. Pray for him as he looks for a new job. Pray that the truth would be known and accepted. Also, for wisdom for us on how to handle the situation. We want to keep sponsoring these kids, but we don't know how it will be to work with the new headmaster.
A few other photos from the end of last year and the beginning of this year.
|Goretti teaching at bible class on Saturday|
|Goretti, Patra, and Abella with their kids after bible class|
|Abella with her special pupil|
|Abella, Beckie and Sarah enjoying time in Entebbe|
|Sarah and Ruudy|
|Thanks Remembrance Church for the sock dolls!|
|She was happy to receive a sock doll|
|The nieces enjoying salon time with auntie|
|We celebrated Ruudy's 30th on Christmas day with all of his family|
|Ruudy and Beckie with all of our nieces and nephews|
|We were happy to get all of Ruudy's family together for Christmas this year|
|Ruudy's siblings cleaning out the goat intestines as part of our Christmas feast|
As always, thanks for praying with us, and partnering with us. We are so thankful for each of you.