Thank you for being patient for an update as we have been settling back in to life in Mbale over the past month and a half. We had a wonderful time in the states this summer. We spent lots of time with family, were able to catch up with some friends, and were grateful for opportunities to share updates with the churches that support our family in so many ways. We were greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm and interest that many of you all had in what our first year in Uganda had been like, how things were going at Lulwanda, and how you could even help in some way at Lulwanda. Thank you!
Once we were all back in Uganda at the end of August, we had about a week before Audrey and Simon began school again. After that first week, things picked up pretty quickly. The big kids were back into the routine of school, Ryan was busy at Lulwanda in the clinic, and preparing for kids’ discipleship and Bible study, and Megan and the twins found our place and routine again, balancing between home, community, and Lulwanda. The Lulwanda children were all at home when we returned in August for one of their holidays from school. We really enjoyed being able to spend quality time with them right off the bat. We had missed them this summer, so we were thankful to have time to play games, study God’s Word together, hang out, do crafts, play sports (specifically, basketball), and more. There were special gatherings twice a week for prayer and music, in which children took turns leading worship. One of the favorite studies during this holiday break was one in which we were reminded in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” By looking at the lives of Jeremiah, Josiah, David, and others in the Bible, the children learned and discussed how they are never too young to be a Godly example to those they know.
Lulwanda’s first group of children began University since we’ve been back in Uganda as well! They are all doing well and are taking on the responsibilities of a college student. One of our girls, Mercy, was even elected as class representative at her university!
Thank you for your prayers, support, and thoughts of our family, Lulwanda, and the ministries here in Uganda. We are greatly encouraged knowing our family, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ think about us, reach out through email, text, postcards, or messages, and especially pray.
Ryan and Megan