Katie & Chez at the Mission Hub, Knox. Thanks for faithful students who gather weekly to pray for the world, and learn how to mobilize friends for missions. Pray for the Live Called conference Nov. 17.
Good news: I received the money for little Sayi's operation! I spoke with Dr. Isodor , the surgeon. They will place a rod in the spine to help straighten it and Dr. Isodor is very hopeful that Sayi will walk again normal and that he will regain bladder control . This will be wonderful!
Also, I wrote about the well being dug at the plot for the kids house. They have hit a natural well and the water is plenty and is clean and sweet! WOW!!! Some of the neighbors have wells but their water is salty and looks milky. So our water can be used for everything! God is good!!! Now they will finish the building of the latrine pits for the small house for the older boys. Then they will install the grills in the security wall. Then, if i have enough funds Ieft I will have the foundation made for the small house. It is great to see all the progress!
Today we had some very disturbing news: Today a small van pulled up at a primary school in town and probably 7 or more little girls were lured with toys into this van which took off. Please pray they will be found unharmed. Apparently something like this happened last week and some kids hand was chopped off. It is so barbaric and unbelievable. I have not seen any of the details but have heard about it from different people. This evening I was at our fellowship with people of our church and we prayed about this situation and that the kids will be returned unharmed.
Tomorrow is Mfaume's and Ngassa's final exam. I know you will pray for them!
We will have our interview with immigration on the 5th or December.
"We have a prayer request: Hil's father he is at the hospital because of dengue.
He is in a delicate situation, from the last four days had a high temperature."
Hope you are having a great time!
I have been facing a hard time for almost 8 days. Oozing on my head, three appointments without meeting the doctor, have been scared me most!
Both ears have been closing again - I had to stay at my dorm for few days till one got a bit better! Please pray that my ears will work well so that I can do my oral exams well! I have some drops to put in, hopefully it helps!
My computer screen wasn't displaying, thanks God the screen was replaced!
We are so busy working for our research proposal and thesis! It's very hard but God is good. He is strengthening us one day after another!
Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and support! May He continue to bless you in all you do
I encourage every single one of you to be courageous! Even though hard things will come your way, hold fast and be courageous. Persevere through those hard times. If I hadn't had courage through the trials that I have faced, I would not be here in front of you.
1 Corinthians 16:13 says, " Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe in. Be courageous, be strong
Ngassa and I at home in Tabora
Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton is pleased to appoint Dr. Roger Bergs as the Director of Music Ministries. Roger was recommended to the Session by the Search Committee, under the chair Chris Newman, which believes Roger brings great musical gifts, a strong Christian faith, and creativity looking toward the future. We are grateful to Chris, the Rev. Dr. Greg Davidson, and the Search Committee for their work. We welcome Roger, his wife Tina and daughters to Central.
Roger comes to Central having led musical worship for thirty years. He has served communities as diverse as Baptist, Anglican and Mennonite, and spent 23 years at Toronto’s Knox Presbyterian. An accomplished conductor, composer, organist and pianist, he teaches music at both the University of Toronto and at Redeemer University College, conducts the Hamilton-based chamber choir Musicata–Hamilton’s Voices, and maintains an active private studio teaching composition and organ. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as having earned his Fellowship of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and his ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. His compositions for choir, orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed, published and recorded worldwide. He has also lectured and written on topics of worship and music for conferences and publications, and taught courses in worship for Tyndale University college. He serves on the Board of Sola Scriptura Ministries and has led music for numerous Christian conferences.
Full width intro with image background, color overlay and a picturGod is good! With the savings of my pension/old age we have almost completed the security wall. Next week the metal grills will be placed in the lower parts of the wall.
We are also digging for a shallow well which will supply water for the building and the garden.
We are all quite excited with the progress.
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I'm sure you will agree that the world is changing at a dizzying pace. New technologies replace the old way of doing things, new responsibilities and relationships make our lives increasingly busy, and challenges to our health and security mean constantly accepting new normals. It is comforting to know that there are many things that do not change, but remain foundational to our faith and life. SIL International is Wycliffe's partner organization overseas and was our sponsoring organization while we were serving on the field...
Luke and Yuko Elliot
Please pray for Nov 10 (Saturday), the ACC Work Day and the Farewell Luncheon for Bruce & Miho Truss (who served sacrificially at ACC for about 20 years in the 1990s and 2000s). Please pray for God's blessings and protection on all present--that there will be no injuries and no mishaps that could take away from this important day. We are expecting a minimum of 50 people--possibly many more--and there will be at least 4 or 5 people who do not know the Lord. Please pray for Luke as he prepares a thank you message and a benediction, both with a clear proclamation of the Word and gospel.
Tomorrow I get to return to some of my favourite places - in East Africa. Five weeks of travel in Tanzania & Kenya (with a small side-order of Uganda). I have travel companions on this trip: Todd & Iris Jones. They're from Bracebridge, friends of lo-o-o-ong standing. Todd is on the L2L Board and has been to Africa a few times before, but for Iris this is a first-time adventure.
Attached is an itinerary... some people like to follow along day by day and see where we are. If you're into praying, we're grateful recipients.
“God is good!” As my dad turned to look out at the beauty of the North Vancouver mountains across from the sunny beach where we were sitting, he whispered these words under his breath to no one in particular. Those words have resonated with us many times, in spite of the state of our world, our country and maybe even our own health or hearts...
Please find attached our prayer update for November 2018. There's a link included to a brief video by Anne providing an update on her current health situation. It is hosted on Facebook, but you do not need to be logged in (or even using) Facebook to access it.
"Let us not grow weary in asking God to do great things among the nations.
May we trust our mighty God to raise up more and more Christ followers who will intercede for the nations, together and intentionally."
The proof is in the pudding or in the picture. We've arrived at our destination without a star guiding us. However, we're very happy to be here and are already helping in the classroom.
Thank you for your prayers.
November is a wonderful month in Tanzania: the rains are starting, people are preparing their fields, the Flamboyant is flowering with beautiful orange/red flowers (here they call it the Christmas tree as it close to our celebrations), mangoes are in abundance, etc.
However, in spite of all the beauty and sweet mangoes we do have some challenges:
- About 2 years ago someone started a “Church” in our neighborhood. The noise level has been terrible and many people living in our area have complained. They have been given several warnings but the changes have been for the worse: They used to start around 3 pm and finish around 6 pm. Then they moved it up until 9 pm and the sound is incredible. Last week they decided to start again a “service” at 12 am until 10 am! I did not sleep for 2 nights and the next day I had to take Jacky back to school! I am truly exhausted! They have a sound system for a large stadium and they scream at the top of their voices and sing with keyboards…out of tune…
Today I went again to an official and he promised to do something about this…. Please pray!!!
- Mahona called this morning to inform me that the screen of his laptop had only a black blob on it. He also has some oozing at the skin near one of his ears. He just started his final year for his Master’s degree. I had to race to the bank to send him extra money. (Today I only waited one hour in line…usually it can be two to three hours!) Please pray for Mahona.
- Jacky is back in school. I told the head master that I did not want Jacky to be treated by their “doctor”: I found out that he had given her a Benzathine Penicillin injection as a single dose in her lower arm, followed by a treatment with Ampiclox, 500 mg. 3 times a day! She had a bad cough! The injection is only for very severe infections and should be given in a divided dose in each buttock. A dose of 500 mg. Ampiclox, another strong antibiotic, is to be given twice a day. I took the Ampiclox away and realized her cough was asthmatic. I bought her a salbutamol inhaler and her cough is gone. Her problems with the loss of feeling in her lower limbs have not been resolved. Her MRI was clear but there are some more test results we are waiting for. In the mean time she is at school doing her States exam for Form two.
- Today Ngassa has started his final exams for Form 4.
- Mfaume is doing his re-sit for Physics on Friday. If he passes, he can go back for his Pharmaceutical studies.
- When I took Jacky back to school, I also saw Kiri who had been feeling very bad about her behavior. I gave her a big hug and she held on to me. I told her that she had hurt me very much and it hurt so much because I love her so much. She promised not to behave like this again and she was clearly relieved.
- Baraka is at home and is missing his school. He even called his teacher and the “uncle” who took care of his dorm.
- Today I was at Malumba where Thomas was getting ready to do some Home-Based Care and take food aid to the very elderly as well as his B.P. machine and their B.P. medicines. He seemed quite burdened about his brother who is sick and refuses medical help, and all his financial struggles. We had a long but fruitful discussion and one of the things we discussed is for him to build a small house so he does not have to pay rent any more. This will bring some relieve in his life. He has a plot and the foundation has been built. The cost of a small house is about $4000/- Canadian. We hope he can borrow some money to build this house. We also discussed spiritual things and I reminded him of Paul’s condition when he wrote to the Philippians to be joyful and to be content in every situation. Please pray with me for him that he may find this joy and contentment.
- On my way home, I dropped by Mr. Kabugota. Dr. Kathrin performed surgery on a huge abscess in his chest some years ago. This year, while she was with us, Mr. Kabugota came to see us and when she examined him, he was found to have cancer which has spread. Two weeks ago, he was in the hospital but checked himself out. He is in his eighties and feels his time is near. Today he was feeling a bit better but at times he has a lot of pain. I prayed with him and promised to bring him some Tramadol, a painkiller to help him when the pain is severe. He is a Muslim man who has two wives and some of his kids are in Primary school.
These are my latest adventures. Thanks so much for your care, support and most of all for your prayers. May the Lord bless you all!!!
The orphanage in Kenya is struggling to become self-sufficient but it is hard. The director has a fund-raising idea which he shared with me. He wants me to send this letter to my friends to see if anyone might be interested in giving a donation however small to finance the purchase of food for this month and the next.
Please click below for recent news. Thank you so much for your prayers which keep me going.
Job 5:9. ‘He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed and miracles that cannot be counted”
I hope everyone has had a great time. It has been far too long since I have updated you on my progress, I apologizes! I have been alright, my holiday at home has been fantastic, work and writing my research proposal.
As I give you an update today, I want to tell you that, my annual exams results at the university was released. They are excellent. I got 8 ‘A’s and 2 ‘B’s, that makes the GPA of 4.8 first class. I am eternally grateful! The Lord has provided in a way that I never thought was possible. He continued to show His faithfulness. I genuinely has no words.
My first year at the University was more than incredible. It firmed up my relationship with the Lord and with those I did everyday life. I had the pleasure of meeting them. The lecturers I encountered in my class are so hospitable and helpful and would do just anything to make each student do well. I have experienced greatness during my time here that I am having trouble placing it all in words.
Thank you all so much for your love and support. Every word of encouragement and every prayers has filled my heart more and more each time. I have seen God work in so many wonderful ways that it leaves me speechless. From providing me with His people to support financially, to bless me with many prayer warriors, to even having me many wonderful friends to encourage me by visiting me, emailing me and sending cards. This whole experiences has been such a blessing in my life. I really love all of you with my whole heart and I am thankful to God for you. You are one of the main reason I am able to do this.
Currently, holidays is almost over and I am safely back to the University to continue with the final year of my studies at this university. I am feeling great to be back again with my friends, classmates and lecturers.
This year is going to be hectic as it will involve writing thesis, thesis defencing, class attending, paper writing, presentations as well as travelling difference places for data gathering. I am trusting God to give me good health, energy and courage as I accomplish all of these. I always trust Him and when I am so low, my God is always there to pick me back up and take me higher than I was before. Incredible!
Thank you once again so much for your love and continual support along the way! Honestly, I wish if I could thank each and every one of you in person for supporting me through praying, financial giving and just loving me and my family so well. It means more than I could ever truly express. Please feel free to catch up with me. I would be happy to hear from you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is for now. I will try and do write you again but just know you are very much appreciated for being in my life. May the Lord bless you and keep you safe.
Much love and gratitude, Mahona
Please find attached the next installment of our summer camp series with plenty of photos and not too many words.
We just got home. The MRI showed no damage to the spine. Praise God!
I received the results on our way home from Dr. Isodor. He is the orthopaedic surgeon who operated on Ngassa and has become a friend. He is also specialised in doing spinal surgery.
We had more tests done and Jacky has to see the neurologist after she finishes her exams.
Dr. Isodor will do the surgery on Sayi at the Government hospital in Manda. I hope to get some sponsors for him. The cost for the surgery and hospitalisation will be about 700/- Canadian Dollars.
We are happy to be home again! On Friday I will take Jacky to Kahama. Thanks for all your prayers.
Another good news item: Mfaume's brother was released today after sitting in lock up for 3years... without any evidence that he and some other young man were involved with the death of an old man in their village. Mfaume is very happy and is grateful for our prayers.
Thanks, and please thank everyone for their prayers!!
Mahona is now at the university and is already busy with his final year!
Tradition, tradition: “Don’t let the children touch orange peels because that will put lice in their hair”? So who is going to peel and slice the oranges? “I don’t have time for that.”
So quietly you peel three crates of oranges over two weeks so that the kids can get their natural Vit. C.
Did I mention vitamins? Several bags of gummy vitamins and other chewables have been eagerly consumed. The children think they’re magic grow medicine. Maybe they are! We’ll get another load bought on the return after Christmas.
(By then I’ll be comfortably rotund on sweet potato, apple pie and turkey.)(Did I mention ‘stolen’? Google it.).
‘Let’s make pudding for snack this afternoon’. Can it be made with milk, flour, sugar, and eggs? No, not eggs. They had eggs for supper yesterday. They shouldn’t have eggs two days in a row. They’ll have rice pudding made with milk and sugar.
It must have been debilitating: an egg in every individual scratch batter of pancakes Saturday, scrambled eggs quick before church on Sunday, egg salad sandwich once a week, egg custard for dessert, soft boiled egg and toast for breakfast.
Somehow, active children thrived on it.
In the Southern US, molasses was a common substitute for Iron in the diet as meat (outside of Opossums) and eggs were not common for their food. “Slow as molasses in January”.
Drawing on this knowledge (supported by copious research on the necessity of Iron for brain and learning development) it appeared that molasses mixed with tahini (sesame butter) is a favorite of children here. Apparently, nobody knows why.
The children were greatly enjoying this addition to their diet, but it was deemed a treat that should only be offered spread on bread as a snack. Dibis (molasses) and tahini have not been offered in six months now.
The land here is highly productive, and excellent salads are frequently served dressed with lemon juice and oil. This is a great source of vitamins, so that is not a great concern. It’s the Iron supply that still eludes me. Whenever a child needs to go to hospital for whatever reason they always test very low on Iron. The whole community is low in Iron. Meat in any form is still offered very sparingly.
Looking forward to a boiled egg for breakfast!
Took this picture this evening. Tomorrow Jacky and I are heading for Mwanza. Today one of her legs started to be painful again and started to swell.
Pray all will go well and that they will have some solution for her condition. She is quite worried and had tears in her eyes. It is hard to reassure her when we don't know what the problem is. She is studying hard but with missing so much school she may have to repeat the year.
Below: Baraka and Capacino
Thank you so much for praying for our laptop situation. We shipped it in for repairs on Friday and it was returned today, good as new. And God answered our prayers that those doing the repairs wouldn't find any reason to void the warranty, so the entire process has not cost anything.
Please click below to find our Summer Camp newsletters, with lots of pictures and only a few words.
Finally, after more than two weeks prepare the requirements, we made the appointment with immigration. It is on December 5th.
Now is midnight and with -3 C here.
Today was another crazy day with lots of challenges. We had several people visiting our office in the village. Most do not know Swahili and only speak their tribal tongue. Most come because they have physical problems and most have never seen a doctor in their lives.
Dr. Thomas and I had some challenges today. One of our regular client came, a short lady who needs to loose weight. I had checked her weight a month ago and she was 76 kg's. She has trouble walking and has pain in her knees. I had talked with her about trying to lose some weight. Today she told me that she felt she had lost some but her pains were getting worse. I asked her to step on the scale...she had gained 2 kg's.
After she left with some painkiller, a man carried a child of 11 into our office. The child had a huge swelling of his right buttock. His leg had become thin and lame. He was very malnourished and in a lot of pain. He looked like he had never had a bath or had is clothes washed. It was painful to watch. The man told us that he was the child's uncle and the child had been herding cattle. He had never gone to school. The man could not read or write but had many cows. He just wanted some pills and take the child home. After a long discussion he agreed to have me drive him with the child to the hospital in town. On the way I was able to share the Gospel with this man. (A captive audience!) I made sure that the child was admitted and is getting the proper care and bought him a plate of rice with beans and spinach for 50 cents and a bottle of water. He jut gobbled it up. I am not sure when his last meal was. His name is Omary. Dr. Thomas will see him first thing tomorrow morning.
On the way home I bought some delicious watermelons for my family. Popped by the bank to get my statements and came home.
Jacky is still waiting for the final test for her neurological problem. Hopefully we will find out what is wrong and what causes her legs to go numb. We hope to get this done next week as the MRI machine should be fixed by that time
It has been a while since I have informed you of my news. So here follows a summary.
Sanere, the young woman from the ------ tribe who graduated from Bible School and went back to her tribe is tackling some Bible translation on her own, but being the only believer, her enthusiasm for the Lord and Bible translation is waning. Besides, her tribe is threatening anybody who even has contact with Christians with expulsion from the tribe; the persecution is beginning. What will happen to her? Please pray for her.
As for the Kayapó tribe, the work is ongoing, for which we give thanks in both eastern and western sectors. I hope to return to Brazil before January to visit the villages and in January together with some other missionaries I hope to have a first translation workshop with some Kayapó men who are interested in Bible translation. The focus will first be on New Testament revision, and if there is still some time, checking some Psalms which Earl Trapp has translated. Probably in next year’s workshop we will tackle actual OT translation. These plans are huge and beyond my strength and capabilities, so please pray for us as we will be confronting this difficult task in the near future.
Then there is the other P------ tribe whom Wakõkra (my Kayapó “son”) is evangelizing. They desperately need a team to go in and learn their language and do Bible translation. Please pray that somebody will answer this call.
I thank the Lord for my good health.
David, my adopted son from Africa, needs prayer and financial help . He has been accepted at Toronto Baptist Seminary, but his student visa has been delaying for so long that I will probably have to leave for Brazil before it is issued -- trusting that he will obtain it. He wants to be an evangelist and tell the whole wide world about the Lord Jesus. Please pray that the Lord will do a supernatural thing and he will get his student visa sooner. He is continuing his discipleship course for the orphans as well as working on his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nairobi. This latter course of action keeps us breathless as we scramble for finances for this.
The orphanage in Kenya:
They are struggling but strong in faith that the Lord will supply their needs. They are trying to become self sustaining. Please pray for them
Our time with our family and friends was wonderful in our home country.
Now we are back to the field, with many activities and changes in the near future.
1 we need to apply for visas, that is a real challenge for now, we have only two more weeks from now.
2 in the near future we will become a team leader, join us by prayer to be ready in all areas when people arrive
3 in the next month, we will receive our second person, to come for an exploration travel for a month.
Winter time is coming very soon. We need to prepare our house for that again,
and be ready when the snow arrives Hil is happy and waiting for the snow.
Part of our activities after classes, in the afternoon is to visit families, and friends, talking about
our plans, for this coming year. Everybody needs a good reason to stay in the country.
From here: we are still working for the application, is 2:27 a.m.,
we are front of the computer from 4:00 p.m., until now.
We are close to finish, hopefully ready today the appointment for the interview.
The application online we finished, waiting for the day give us.
On November 28-30, I will be speaking at a Pastor’s conference in Medellin, Colombia. I am preparing four presentations based on the book of Isaiah. The conference is geared for Christian leaders who are counselling and dealing with the emotional trauma and aftermath of a few decades of violence in Colombia, now that the country is experiencing peace. The social hurt and trauma is real for a rather large segment of the population. You actually find many people who found refugee status in Canada because of the persecution and violence they suffered.
Your prayers as I prepare to go and am there are appreciated.
The girls continue their studies at U of T.
Now we are in the process to asking for the appoinment with migration.
It is hard, today I spend seven hours for that, then at the last minute closed every thing the web, because it is online. Tomorrow I will continue.
Today we booked bus tickets to go home tomorrow. The MRI machine won't be fixed until next week.... So we will go home and go back once it is working again. This afternoon we are spending at the Telapia Hotel. Some relaxation and something other to eat besides fries or rice with chicken. Jacky is having a burger and I am having a pizza.
We are both looking forward to getting home!!!
Though we see signs of revival, the pastor’s daughter is back in hospital—at a critical stage of anorexia, and I’m stretched to the max with counselling and teaching in three churches. Wisdom and grace needed!
Thank you so much for your prayers!
Our last update mentioned transitions. Today we’re happy to expand that to some encouraging connections we’ve made since then. About a month ago we visited the Canadian Pioneers office, close to us here in London, Ont., to meet a long term friend whom we meet only occasionally because she has also worked overseas for many years. As she shared with the group in the office she mentioned that she is addicted to the M.E., something we resonated with. Later, when alone with her, we asked her about possibilities of short term work in the M.E. So, she contacted the M. E. regional leadership who then contacted us to ask about our thoughts. The upshot of these was to connect with old friends we’d made in Tunis who now, manage a school in Bethlehem. To our encouragement they invited us to join them for the timeframe we indicated, namely two months. So, all going well, we’ll fly this Friday, the 19th, to Switzerland and then on to Israel to return here Dec. 20th. For these developments we thank you for your prayers.
We also need your prayers as we join our friends in Bethlehem. There we’ll be ‘educational consultants’ in a Christian school. Most of the students in this school are nominal Christians whose first language is Arabic. Most or all subjects are taught in English. The challenge will be to make ourselves useful educationally and fruitful spiritually. In addition to these there will be other areas that have potential for commitment and fruitfulness. Please pray for us as we move on.
In the last update I also mentioned the English teaching opportunities we have here in London. These people represent an interesting/challenging part of the religious mosaic of the M. E. We’ve told them of our travels, not mentioning the destination, and that we’ll be back. In addition to the Gospel of John the Iranians have now received the whole N.T., of course in their own language! So, we’re excitedly moving on. Thanks for your prayers.
The last seven days have been a real roller coaster ride as our primary work computer (a MacBook Pro) suddenly went haywire. Yesterday we thought our problems were over as, with the assistance of the Apple Store call center, we were able to perform some procedures that brought the screen back to life and enabled the operating system to boot up normally. Thankfully we immediately backed everything up on Time Machine (we hadn't yet backed up our summer camp photos) because within a few hours the laptop's behavior degenerated to an even worse state than before and we now need to send it in for repairs.
Because we just upgraded to this new laptop in May it is still covered by its one year warranty. However, we are still very anxious because we quite recently watched an investigative report on Apple Repair that was not encouraging at all (lots of excuses for not honoring the warranty and exorbitant repair costs).
Praise: that all the data in this laptop that is vital to our work is safe
Prayer: that the Apple Repair folks won't find any excuse to void the warranty
In other news, we are excited to do another ACC Sunday at Hirosaki Nozomi Church this Sunday (Oct. 21). We are also excited about a closer relationship developing with Aomori Baptist Church's pastor's family and the potential for working together with them on a Sunday evening English Bible Fellowship service, and possibly other new ministry initiatives.
Oct. 19 - Luke & Yuko attend annual dinner hosted by the Gideons (distributors of free Bibles)
Oct. 21 - Luke preaches at Hirosaki Nozomi Church
Oct. 30~Nov. 1 - attend annual retreat of Christian Camping International - Japan as a family
Nov. 3 - Attend OMF Japan's Tohoku North gathering
Nov. 10 - ACC Autumn Work Day
Please especially pray for Work Day & Farewell Luncheon (Nov. 10). We want to make it a special sendoff for Bruce & Miho Truss who, in the past, served sacrificially for about 20 years as caretakers of the Aomori Christian Center. Please pray for a special last visit to ACC and for the Lord's abundant blessing and provision for their transition to the USA.
Hello again from Mwanza.
Mahona and Baraka brought Jacky to Mwanza this Monday and her medical tests started that evening. They took X-ray's of her spine and did blood tests. These X-ray s and full blood picture showed no problems. However, the sediment level of her blood was very
high indicating some kind of inflammation or infection. Today we saw the neurologist who really took time to listen and to check her. He looked at all the tests and results and wants some further tests, including a MRI. This we hope to get done this week and then see him again this Saturday or next Tuesday.
Please pray that the real problem will be discovered and Jacky gets the right treatment.
Tomorrow morning Mahona and Baraka will get on the bus to go back to Tabora. Baraka will be taken by the Bongs to Kahama on Thursday for his entrance exam for high school.
Thanks so much for your prayers and support. God bless,
Happy me and kids
Me, me, me shout the little voices as morsels of bread and molasses spread are offered mouthful by mouthful. The older children dip their own bread into the dish of molasses mixed with tahini. The same cry and outstretched hands when the daily vitamin is offered (bought and brought from Canada).
Constant competition, one upmanship permeates the politics of the day over toys and lesson sheets. The noise and shouting are the norm.
So you can imagine the pleasure when a six year old girl cuddles up first thing in the morning on the sofa and unsolicited begins to recite her Bible verses, so pleased with herself. Then the others gather around the computer to hear the new verse played over and over, as they reach for the mouse and querty, trying to be the one who can do it.
Salim was a good friend of my Druze family. He used to drive me to shopping in the nearest town and almost invariably bought us booza (ice cream) on the way home. He regularly sat with his hooka and shared coffee with the family. He had had some surgery, and had pain, but could not afford medical attention. He passed away last Spring, and is truly missed.
The Good Shepherd continues to gather His sheep.
Thank you for all your encouragement the times that we did see each other. I will fly from London to Toronto tomorrow, then to Brussels overnight, then I will arrive in Uganda Wednesday evening at 10PM local time. On Thursday, I will get a ride with a colleague for the 8 hours back to the village. I have not heard an update recently about Naduk’s pregnancy. I will find as soon as I can when I return to the mission.