We were on holiday enjoying the amazing scenery of the West Coast of Scotland when the call came that Nigel's sister's health had deteriorated rapidly and we needed to make our way to Milton Keynes asap as she had been given just a few days to live.
It's amazing how quickly you can get back to your campsite and throw everything in the car and be on your way to try and cover the 600 miles in time.
Just before crossing the border into England the unbelievable happened. Ruth had passed away and we would be too late to see her.
This has been so hard for Nigel to accept. He wanted to see her, to thank her for being a great sister, and also to thank her for visiting Uganda with us three times and for all the different things she had done to help in the support of Pastor Emmy and Mama Sarah's ministry.
As we have gone over this scenario several times wondering if we could in fact have done anything differently, which we don't really think we could, we have realised how comforting it has been to know that our relationship with Ruth was such that we had no issues to sort out, no apologies to make, no forgiveness to request. This is really very healing in itself.
We miss her terribly. We can hardly think of going to Uganda next year and her not be with us as planned and yet we know she has been saved the trials of chemo, and who knows except God, what else. She is already in a better place and we are grateful for all the memories we have, and all that she has done.
We hope her memory in Uganda will continue on with the building of the classroom for the reception class at Kyehimba as outlined on the home page.