Saturday, January 22, 2011

2 and counting! And other news...

We have 2 definites for the missions trip in August, which makes 5 of us so far, along with the people in Uganda who will be helping with the sports camp! So excited - and I'm praying for a coach-type person to come, who knows how to organize drills and exercises and such. Please pray with me! There are several people praying about the trip who fit this description, but God will send those He has called, and I don't want to get ahead of him. (Maybe this is His way of introducing me to sports camp leadership!)

Time is really moving ahead fast. Ryan will be going to Uganda for Spring Break to do work on her honors thesis, which is about Ugandan NGOs, and US non-profits working in Uganda. She'll have a quick and very busy trip, interviewing at Fathers House, Ray of Hope, Hospice Jinja, Arise Africa, and maybe the Amani Babies Cottage. Zeke and I head back in March also, leaving here March 20, stopping in London, and arriving in Uganda March 24. I will be headed to Jinja also, as well as continuing our great work in Namuwongo with Ray of Hope - including looking at their new (pending) building!

In other GREAT news, the school's first block will be roofed and finished by the end of January, and they are expecting to start schooling in February!  We still need MUCH help in the form of donations and school fee sponsorships, so contact me if you are interested.

Thank you all for your continuing support, thoughts and prayers!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Taxes, fees and fuel costs... oh my.

Airfares have gone up significantly since LAST WEEK - this is due to higher gas prices and apparently a whole slew of taxes and fees that went into effect in Europe on 1/1/11 (fees have gone from an average of $200 to an average of $500-600!).  The travel agent is working on a group rate for tickets, but as of right now the trip looks like it will be $2700 rather than $2000. We are working hard to keep the cost down, and the airfare was always the wild card - which is why I'd like to get the tickets purchased, or a group rate locked in. Hopefully I will know more at tonight's meeting, and we will be working on various fundraising ideas as well. Please keep praying - it's God's money, and He will provide for all those who He leads to go.