Sunday, February 21, 2010
Zeke and I leave in a week - Monday, March 1, at 4:30pm we will be winging it to London. We will have a short layover, then on to Uganda. I am very excited, especially that we are taking 3 suitcases full of clothing, medical supplies, and supplies for the women of Newezekana.
The picture is Page Colson, missionary from TN to Father's House, who works most days a week with Ray of Hope and Newezekana. She currently has malaria - please pray for speedy recovery!
So quick itinerary - not sure of the order we will do these things, but please be in prayer for them while we are gone:
* Visit to Hospice Jinja. We will be delivering bandages, surgical gloves, antibacterial wipes and other medical supplies to this facility, and staying for several hours. I confess to being nervous about this visit, as I am not a medical person for a reason, but I know clearly that the connection was made through the Lord's design, so I am trusting Him! Zeke and some of the teens from Father's House will be visiting a school/orphange in Jinja while Suzanne and I are at the Hospice.
* An outing with the kids from Nesco. Right now we are planning to take them to a local hotel where you can pay to swim in the pool, and then for ice cream. I spent time with these wonderful kids in September at the Entebbe Botanical Gardens, where we did face painting, swimming in Lake Victoria, a picnic meal, and other games, and it was a blast, so I"m really looking forward to this! We will be delivering a bunch of clothing to them, also, and trying to photograph the kids for the website.
* Several trips to Ray of Hope. One of my goals on these visits, aside from catching up with Emily and visiting with the ladies, is to get a lot of pictures from Newezekana, Nomowongo (the slums) and the ROH school. Last time we were there I did get a few photos, but it began to rain, so that was limited.
Of course, we will be spending LOTS of time with the wonderful Father's House kids, and I will get updated pictures of baby Mark, who is now a fat and happy little guy. Zeke will be doing school with the older kids several days a week - pray for him! LOL
So - we are really excited, and thank you all for your donations and prayers. Suzanne and I will be planning the summer visit at that time, as summer is busy for them, so pray for the Lord's timing there, as well. As with last time, I might not be able to update the blog while I'm there - the internet, when we have it, will be very slow! But I will post after we return March 15, and (hopefully!) have a lot of photos for you all to see.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I have not done well updating here lately, but here is the latest:
Zeke and I leave March 1 for a 2-week visit to Uganda. We are very excited! During this trip, Suzanne and I will spend a day at Hospice Jinja (here's a link just FYI) while Zeke and some of the older kids will go to the orphanage there. I am collecting supplies for the hospice, which are desperately needed (I posted a blog entry about the hospice several months ago).
I will be spending time with the wonderful ladies of Newezekana, and in the slums of Nomowongo; the kids of Nesco; and the kids of Ray of Hope. There has also been some talk of going to Gulu to help paint an orphanage there, but not sure if that will happen this trip or not. All in all, it will be a busy time!
As most of you know, we have postponed the previously-announced Silent Auction to a later (unknown) date in 2010. I'll let you know when that is back to definite status, and who our band will be! For those of you who offered to help, I'm going to get back to you, don't worry!
The fundraisers for the jewelry have slowed down after Christmas, as expected, but I have a few home parties on the calendar. If you'd be interested in hosting one, just let me know! I can also speak to your church or other group after I return in March - I love the opportunity to share Uganda with anyone and everyone.
Thank you for all who made Ten Eighteen's first year great, and for enabling us to be a blessing to those in Uganda and in Zambia. We covet your continued prayers!