I wish to thank all those who were praying for me/us during the trip to Uganda.
I had been very nervous about making this trip as it was the first time without Marian, the first time since the crisis in Uganda following the loss of US support and it was the first visit for my brother-in-law, Steve. We went as two widowers, survivors of ladies much loved in Uganda.
It was indeed a very emotional time meeting up with so many who loved Marian and Ruth. However we can say we experienced God’s grace and strength. It was a busy schedule including officially opening the buildings in memory of our wives, supplying year 4 students with Bibles, speaking on radio about our experiences of bereavement and lessons learned, participating in church service and Steve leading a pastors conference for a day.
The staff of the schools are persevering in the difficult circumstances. They have committed to continue with whatever wages can be paid. The admin staff are currently working on a purely voluntary basis whilst trying to earn money on the side to keep themselves. This is by doing things such as renting a small plot of land to grow produce which can then be sold. It was impacting to us to see such commitment and hard work. As a ministry they are working hard at achieving greater levels of self sustainability. We are seeking to facilitate this as much as we can.
We have returned home emotionally and physically tired but encouraged whilst very aware of the continuing massive challenge we face together.
Thank you again,