Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Elephants!

We've been sorting through some of the pictures we took while on safari with my nephews.  Enjoy!
One of our wishes for this safari was to see some more elephants up close. Our wishes were fulfilled. This is the first elephant we spotted. Notice the short trunk. Poachers use wire to trap animals and this elephant was likely entangled and had its trunk severed. As a result it ate more slowly and was unable to keep up with a herd so was isolated.


                      The next one we saw flapped its enormous ears as a warning.


Mother and young ones on the move.

As evening approached this one was heading to the lake for a drink.



A protective wall around the baby.

Here's who they were protecting.



Don't mess with this one!  The sheer bulk is incredible.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Little Bits of Home

From time to time we receive packages and letters (whether by post or email) that remind us of the many wonderful people who are praying and supporting us here.  Who would have thought I'd be sipping a cup of Edinburgh's finest tea, munching on a twizzler, pouring maple syrup on my pancakes, or listening to my kids practise their piano songs on a keyboard.  These blessings have all come about through the thoughtfulness of familly and friends and we are truly grateful.  Most of all it is encouraging to know that in the ups and downs of life here there are people who are holding us up before the Father.  Many thanks to all of you who have blessed us in recent weeks; it's been very exciting for us all to receive 'little bits of home.'

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

More Canadian Religious Persecution

The furor around Crossroads, a Canadian Christian charity, that is building latrines in Uganda, funded by the Canadian government and has openly identified homosexuality as a sin has provoked me to some reflection on the current and potential future persecution in Canada and by Canada of Christians who stand for God's standards.

The commentary doesn't fit this blog format and doesn't have the requisite photos! - So click here to read more...

We need to pray for our nations, for our rulers and leaders, and for nation-wide revival by the Holy Spirit who alone can regenerate hearts and renew minds.

David

Sunday, February 10, 2013

They're Here!

 We’re excited to have David and Jonathan (Jonny) my brother Rod’s sons with us in Uganda. David is here for three weeks doing photography and Jonny is here for three months working in construction. After arriving last Tuesday, we whisked them off Thursday on safari to Murchison Falls National Park. We had a fantastic time enjoying the animal and bird life and as the weeks go on we’ll post pictures from the trip. The highlight for most of us was seeing nine lions.

Giraffe remain my favourites.
It is a thrill to see them in their natural environment.


Our trip home included an overheated engine which meant we had to stop a few times to get some water. In the last photo you can see David getting water from a bore hole under Jonny’s watchful eye. A downpour of rain at a local market leaving the Mortons soaked to the skin completed David and Jonny’s introduction to travel in Uganda. I’m sure they’ll have more stories as the weeks go on. Welcome to the adventure!



Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Special Little Girl

Last week Catriona and I traveled into Kampala with Auntie Kate who heads up the special needs program.  We took the little girl in the picture with us.  Her story is another example of how vital the work that goes on here is.
Her mother first brought her to New Hope two years ago wondering if there was anything that could be done for her.  Her age was estimated to be about 10 but she looked about 4.  She had been kept hidden away in a hut because of the stigma her mother faced from her community. She survived on one drink of milk a day.  She is unable to walk or talk, has repetitive behaviors and poor eye contact.  How much of her condition is due to her living conditions is difficult to say but with care and adequate nutrition she is slowly gaining weight.  This week she was diagnosed with TB and the hope is that with treatment she will make further gains.  There are so many like her in the communities around us and our Special Needs team is seeking to provide encouragement and support through their community outreach program.  It is a drop in the bucket when you consider the number of children and adults who are living with disabilities and the staff often has to turn families away because we don't have the resources required to meet the needs.  Please pray with us that funds will be raised to enable this work to expand.