It's been a while since I've posted about general things going on. So here it is with a photo dump to match.
William turned 7 years old! He was so happy and took everything about his birthday very seriously. It makes me laugh though, when I think about how much energy this kid has, but how very calm and serious he can be when something is very special to him. He has finished learning to read and we were able to get him a Bible for his birthday. He was so pleased and really feels grown up being able to read his Bible in the morning with the rest of the kids.
The church plant that meets at Knox Theological College, was just able to receive members officially. Along with that came many baptisms. Pray for these believers. Many of them are wives and children coming from Muslim clans. Pray for more men too!
Around the start of the school terms, we tend to get asked a LOT for help with school fees and supplies. But we don't have physical labor projects here in town to put people to work with. So Eric came up with a new idea. He has students memorize scripture. He doesn't make it easy though...it isn't a verse here and there. They must memorize at least 5 verses at a time, and then in order to move on to the next five verses they have to keep saying the previous ones. And he gives very little wiggle room, if they begin to stumble over words, then they can try again after more studying. The kids that are committed have memorized whole chapters in order to pay for school. He has them all starting with memorizing Matthew 5, which is what we are studying in Sunday School. We pray that the words will not just stay in their heads (or be forgotten) but also move to their hearts.
Our Sunday afternoon festivities are still so much fun. Many of these kids have become dear friends and we are so thankful for that.
Who can resist a selfie with such a sweet three year old? Especially when she leans over and gives a little kiss.
A few days ago, I got a random call out of the blue. Someone had heard that I love to take pictures and they wanted me to take their engagement photos. They were in Uganda for a 2 month stay and while they were here they were engaged. He is in nursing school and she is a nutritionist. They hope to come back in a couple years to work full time treating children that are malnourished. Because of our own sweet Matthew, I'm always so thankful to hear of people committing to this kind of work. They were a fun couple and they wanted their pictures done at our new local so-close-to-being-American-that-it-gives-all-of-us-a-bit-of-cultural-comfort coffee shop. It's such a cute place and it made for some fun shots.
But right before I left to go take their pictures, I gave the kids the job of killing 5 cocks that we needed to get rid of. We had bought them when they were small chickens...to early to tell what sex they were...but we really only want layers, so into the freezer they went. Timothy wanted to try to shoot one with his bow and arrow. Not being too convinced of his skills, I insisted that he at least tie it to a tree, so that we could make sure that his siblings stayed behind him shooting. The cock was still jumping all around on the string though. Amazingly, Timothy shot low to the ground and ended up hitting the cock through the eyeballs. Haha...
The rest of the kids took care of theirs with the panga.
We continue to praise the Lord for all of his blessings to us.