I am now a happy allotment holder and although I was not sure if I would like or could be bothered with having my own patch of ground for growing things in I am really enjoying it.
I was able to collect a number of pallets and make myself a greenhouse covered with plastic given to me by a builder friend. A shed came next built with timber salvaged from peoples gardens and skips Then a farmer friend gave me a .old polytunnel frame. To my great delight, there are foxes on the site and I often see them sunbathing or foraging on the nearby plots, Brilliant. I have now planted Garlic, spring onions, carrots, strawberries Tomato plants and some fruit bushes.
Why am I sharing this blog on our ministry site? well, when we go to Uganda we see people using small plots of land to grow small amounts of food for themselves and now I can understand all that it takes to grow a crop. Also as the allotment is so peaceful I am able to think about the mission and things we need to do to raise more funding for the work.
We had mixed blessings this trip as the vehicle that Pastor Dan used for his work in the ministry and which needed refurbishing went up in flames in a garage fire. This was a massive blow to Pastor Dan and as the Garage was not insured, no compensation was or is available. The Church rallied around and are helping Dan on a monthly basis to pay for another secondhand vehicle which has been offered to him.
At this time also the minibus that is used for all other needs broke down and the school was without the means to get food supplies and ferry the children to and from School. –Eventually, we were able to raise enough money to repair it again ( for the fourteenth time) We really need to get a new minibus.
The Women’s conference lasted 3 days and was the best to date. An acapella worship group of 3 Ladies that came on the trip with us were greatly appreciated and they brought a new spiritual dynamic to all the meetings.
This year we were able to repaint the Medical center as well as the school walls on the outside. The buildings are Looking good now.
The Borehole that supplies the water to the school by an electric pump and rubber hoses buried underground reaching into the school grounds is a major blessing. Although the electric pump had to be repaired because of an electrical surge blowing it at one stage. The 3 Standpipes in the grounds are constantly used for Bathing, washing clothes, cooking and drinking.
travelling all over Uganda was exciting and challenging at the same time. 2 of our trips took us to churches on the islands on Lake Victoria. These trips to the Islands are always a challenge as all the boats we hire seem to leak and someone has to constantly bale out the water which settles in the bottom of the boat. This is done by using a cut-down plastic jerrycan. As the water is scooped up and thrown overboard the resulting spray ends up soaking whoever is seated nearest to the scooper, so there is always a scramble for seats either end of the boat rather than the middle.So Funny.
We were not able to go to Uganda last year (2017) through lack of funds, this surprised us as we had not missed a trip since 1997. So being faith-filled Christians we took it to prayer and God gave us a number of reasons He had for us not to go. However, just before Christmas a Lady phoned and said”I understand that you did not go to Uganda this year but God has told me to give you the fare to go next year” Glory Hallelujah.
The timing was great and we were able to get tickets at quite reasonable prices in the January sales, then we had to stay in faith for the expenses needed for the mission, needless to say as the mission date got closer we were blessed with 4 different donations which covered all the expenses. –Brilliant. Where God Guides He Provides. He is Jehovah Jireh our provider.
This trip was amazing, we had 3 Ladies with us, Luana, Ellie and Gugu. together they are “Lifestream” an acapella worship team. When they ministered at most of the meetings and sessions we had, Heaven came down and everyone was touched with the tangible presence of God. Interestingly enough Luana had wanted to come with us in 2017 when we could not go but at the same time the other 2 girls could not make it, He He, God has a plan always. We travelled all over Uganda and held at least 40 sessions of preaching /Teaching. The Power of God was ever present to Heal and many were healed of various maladies and diseases, Broken bones were nit together, eyes were healed, hearing restored and bodies had a complete overhaul.
What I loved was that at nearly every meeting we had, at no matter what location it was held, people would come into the meeting saying that they wanted to give their lives to Jesus and as we led them in a prayer of salvation healing always followed. –excellent The women’s conference headed up by Rose was the best yet, but I will let her tell you all about it
The annual Crawley A.I.M. Charity 6 and 12hr Race organised by our ‘trusty trustee’ Pam Storey is taking place as usual at the K2 Sports facility in April – this year also with a 24hr race. Both the 24hr & the 12hr are now fully booked with others waiting – Still places on the 6hr though if you’re interested. Over 80 runners so far… They must be MAD if you ask me… ‘Making A Difference’ – we are so grateful. Thank you.
Note: the event has taken place and we are now waiting to see what the final donation is. A big thank you to all those who took part, without your efforts we could do what we do.
It used to be just 2 terms in office until the law was changed a few years ago to allow the president to remain for 3, now it seems that it has been changed again from a retirement age of 75, to life, meaning that he can now remain until he dies. We understand that the 400+ members of parliament received very large sums of money to bring this about and have also had their terms of office extended from 5 to 7 years between elections, so there will therefore be no more elections until 2023. The rich get richer & the poor are getting poorer.