Monday, April 21, 2014

Not Alone

Her voice is quiet and the words broken but I make out the word - cancer.  Last month a dear lady, mother of seven and teacher at our primary school was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  As David and I went to pick her up from our local hospital we felt the pain of this devastating news.  I first got to know this mother of seven on our short term trips and admired her drive and determination as a mother and a teacher.  I snapped this photo of her and her twins in 2011. The challenges of cancer treatment in Africa are immense.  She spent the last week in Kampala waiting for the ONE AND ONLY radiation machine in the country to be repaired.  With the machine not working and the cancer needing to be addressed it has been decided that she will head to Nairobi, Kenya for treatment.  People in our community and supporters abroad are providing support to facilitate treatment. Yesterday she stood before the church and testified to the peace that undergirds her faith and so we continue to pray that she and her family will be upheld during this difficult journey.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Future Wildlife Photographer

Here are a few of John's photos from his safari trip with his Canadian friends.  If you'd like to see more check out the link to his blog. 



'Life on the Line'


 One of the nice things about having guests is the opportunity to visit places we wouldn't ordinarily go.  Such was the case on the last day of our Canadian guests' visit.  We've often mentioned in our presentations that Uganda is on the equator and decided we'd prove it.  Standing with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere was perhaps not our most thrilling moment ever but at least we can say we've done it. 









On our way through Kampala I captured another of those classic road scenes which always leave us shaking our heads.  Talk about 'life on the line.'  No wonder we ask that you pray for safety on the roads.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Joy of Pangas


On Saturday we had the opportunity to take our Canadian guests on an outreach project in the community.  Our childcare staff, many of whom live in the villages surrounding New Hope, often become aware of people who are in desperate need of housing or assistance of other kinds.  In conjunction with our schools work parties are organised to help in gardens or build houses.  This past week we joined in clearing bush so that a house can be constructed for a mother and her four children.  Two of the children attend our primary school. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clearing bush is no small feat as vegetation is thick and frequently thorny.  Our group pitched in learning how to use pangas (our local machetes) and hauling brush away. 
 
 
 
 
Sweat and scratches were a small price to pay to see the shy smile on the face of the mother who thanked us for our work.




Celebration

We've had lots to celebrate the last few days as we've hosted some fellow Canadians!
John's good buddy from Canada has been here for the past week.  Dan brought his Dad, uncle and cousin along to share in the adventure.  They remembered the maple syrup entrance fee so they're pretty popular with the Mortons.

We were very excited to show them the new Special Needs Building and have them participate in the official opening last Friday.  What a joy to see the spacious building filled with parents, children and staff as we gave praise to God for making the vision of this building a reality.  The director of the Special Needs program shared the history of the program and then four different women from the community shared how they and their children have been impacted.
 Here are a few words from these women's poignant stories.

"I thought I was alone until I found this place."
 "My husband now loves this child and brings her to school." 
"They taught me that I have not been cursed."




















John and his friends have enjoyed seeing the special needs program in action by visiting during their life skill classes.  Below you can see them helping out with clothes washing, vegetable preparation and the favourite activity, washing the special needs van.