"to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faithin me." Acts 26:18

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ordination of Pastor Herbert of Mazimasa

This morning we were blessed to witness the ordination of Pastor Herbert at Mazimasa.  You may remember when Herbert married his wife and when they had their first born and when his wife joined Mbale OPCU while they lived in town.  We are so excited that Herbert was called to serve the Lord and build his kingdom in Mazimasa.  We are praying for his labors there and for his wife as she is preparing to give birth to their second child.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fires in Karamoja

This week we were in Karamoja in order to escape construction for a mission meeting.  (The timing was pretty convenient!)  While we were there, the fields around the station compound were overtaken by a wild fire.  These fires happen yearly, so the mission prepared well by slashing a wide fire break between the fields and the compounds.  But it was still quite something to see the power of fire and wind.

This fire was started by some boys roasting rats.  Martha Wright, who lives and works up there, wrote, "According to our neighbours, yesterday's fires were - as is often the case! - the result of shepherd boys roasting rats out in the bush. These shepherd boys! Controlled fires can serve some purposes but this kind are a hazard. I did hear Nakaale homes didn't suffer any serious damage, though. And LOTS of people were eating rats last night & this morning!"

This picture is taken right outside of the Tricarico's house.  The birds had a feast too as all the little critters were running away.

Here the fire is burning outside of Dave and Sunshine Okkens house...

It wasn't long, however before it moved forward, covered the trees and was burning outside of the Knoxes and Wright's houses.  The Karamajong workers were really kind to work through the heat, smoke and ash to make sure that the fire break held.

Even as we left in the late afternoon and were being pulled across the river (it was still a little too deep for our air intake), the fire was still burning in the brush on the side of the road.

Our drive home was dusty and bumpy, but quite uneventful save for a few cows in the road.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

And the construction marches on...

And now the contents of our bedrooms have thrown up into our living room....

Our house is in an "L" shape...they have finished the one wing and main area and now they are doing the wing with all our bedrooms.  So we have to move out of the rooms for a couple days.  No problem, right??

Poor Talitha was a bit overwhelmed by all the mess...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


The boys have been wanting goats for a while and today they were able to bring some home.  They are both females and they are hoping to breed them and sell the offspring.  We'll see.  First they have to survive the dogs, which was no small ordeal this afternoon when they were trying to get the dogs out of the pen and put the goats in.  The pass-by didn't go so well and one goat ended up with a few wounds from the dog.  :(  For now, we will be keeping them off the compound, but hopefully we will be able to figure something out soon.  Matthew's goat's name is Phoebe.  Jimmy's has yet to receive a name.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Construction Zone...

My life took an unexpected turn this January by diving full tilt into construction.  We weren't expecting our school break to look like this, but when the landlord came and announced his plans, we knew that it would be much better for Benaiah and his asthma in the long run even if the short run kinda stinks.  They were able to get the main parts of the house mostly finished while we were in Kampala, but now they are moving on to the bedrooms.  As you can imagine, forming ceilings out of concrete is messy, messy business.  Today we spent all day cleaning up dust, moving more furniture, and well, cleaning up more dust.  

Benaiah is being quite a trooper.  He had to stay out of our house for 24 hours when we got back from Kampala because the house was just too dusty for him.  He played at the Magalas and slept in a tent with his sisters.  Today, he's been able to come inside some, but only with a mask on for most of the time. Even with these precautions, he is needing his inhaler a lot.  Then tonight, just before bed, the poor guy slipped and hit the back of his head on some wood and split it open.  Thankfully, our neighbor came to the rescue with some superglue.  We would really appreciate prayers that the Lord will keep him from another asthma attack during this time.

Tonight the girls are having a slumber party in the tent since they've been displaced from their room for a few days.  Next week, it will likely be ours and the boys turn outside.  Fun times, right?  

Friday, January 16, 2015

January Photo Project: Day something or other

Haha...well I guess this project kinda got derailed...

 a sinus infection, preparations to have our ceilings replaced, (having to empty our entire living room, dining room, kitchen and hallways while packing to get out of the house for a week) and a trip to Kampala can be blamed.  I'm feeling a little better and hopefully the ceilings will be somewhat finished...at least tolerable?  by the time we get home tomorrow.  I'm very thankful for the work that is going on as it will hopefully be a huge help to Benaiah's asthma and to the rest of us that seem to have developed new allergies since living here.

Here is what I was ready to post before all the craziness set in:

Originally from Holland.
Now calls Mbale home.
Deliverer of milk.
Maker of cheese.
We are very thankful for him!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Photo Project: Day 7

Paul Magala

Son of the Magala family, with whom we share our compound.
Home from African Bible College for Christmas break
but still hitting the books hard.
Majoring in Radio Communications.