::Sad, but true...Milo didn't survive...he was quite sick for a few days and then died Christmas morning. Thankfully, our kids have a healthy view of animals and so they didn't mourn too much. And thanks to our boys in Mooni, we have not just one replacement, but two.
Meet "Polo"...short for Npologoma which is Luganda for Lion, on the left and "Tabby" on the right. Tabby is from the same litter as Milo.
::This morning we went to visit one of the pastors of one of the village churches. Pastor Simon is a humble and devoted husband, father of 10, grandfather, subsistence farmer, and village pastor. They completely spoiled us by providing a huge feast of food! Last March they lost half of their house in a windstorm. They have been working hard to build a new house. While they work, they are living in their old house which has somewhat been repaired, although you can still see daylight through the roof. Just outside their house, they have three large cows. They could use them to plow their fields, but currently they do not have a plow, so all their field work is done by hand.
We are so thankful for the sacrifice this man and his family makes. He is still a student at KTC. Every school day he bikes 3 hours to school and 3 hours back home! Add to that 4 hours in class and hours spent studying...and that is many hours a day that he could be working to provide for or spending time with his family, but yet he continues to seek to be more well equipped to proclaim God's word every week. Gospel work in Uganda is hard...so many steep hills that rise before God's workers...it is only by God's grace, often brought through the prayers of people like you, that the work is done. Please keep praying for these dear saints!