Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Yesterday we were able to host Sam, our sponsor child and his family for lunch after church. We have been to their home a few times on our other visits so we thought it would be nice to invite them to our house. Sam has five brothers and sisters and a cousin living at home with him and we were happy that they all came for the visit. His Mom Aunt Jovia is a widow who supports her children and elderly mother by working at the guest house at New Hope. She is always so happy to see us and rushes to find someone to translate for her so she can talk to us. We are so encouraged to know that she has used the opportunity to work as a way to provide for her large family and we see day after day her trust in God. Yesterday as all 14 of us gathered around our table to share food and friendship she told us that she was so happy to be with family. It was indeed a joy for us to share this time with Sam's family. After lunch we walked back to the village to bring some leftovers to the grandma (Jjajja). We always get a kick out of Jjajja. She greets us with great enthusiam and directs everyone to their places. When Jjajja speaks everyone listens! Here is a picture of some of the family outside their home.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This past week we had three days of staff training for everyone involved in the ministry here. One of the benefits of this time is meeting people involved in the other children's centre. We were privileged to host two men who work at the Kobwin centre for dinner last Wed. The Kobwin Centre is ministering on a full-time basis to former child soldiers and others affected ("Invisible Children) by the Lord's Resistance Army atrocities in northern Uganda Many of these children had little if any schooling and have undergone extreme trauma at the hands of Kony and his rebel group. These children have received intense educational remediation and discipleship in the context of a family setting.