The past month has been wonderful, exciting, and often incredibly challenging. Each day we have had to pray for renewed strength to navigate the challenges of life in a foreign land, but God has been incredibly faithful and has taught, encouraged, comforted, and challenged us both. Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. (Psalm 68:19)
In late January/early February, we welcomed eight new children to Lulwanda. Daisy, Max, Adrian, Emma, Allen, Bridgette, Peace, and Mary were all rescued from homes where both mother and father were either deceased, missing/abandoned, and/or too sick to care for them. All children were taken to court for care orders and tested for all illness common in East Africa. No chronic health issues were found; praise the Lord! Each child has been adjusting throughout the first month a Lulwanda and all are doing well. Medically, there were jiggers that had to be removed from their toes, along with a few wounds they had that were infected from the village, but all are happy and healthy now.
Construction has also started at Lulwanda to begin building new homes for the children. Our desire is to move from a dormitory setting for children to a small home setting. Each house will have a house “mom” and be assigned 10 children until they reach the age of puberty. They will all have their own small area for farming, cooking, etc. This will be much more like a Ugandan home setting, and we are excited to see it come to fruition. Children in Secondary School (High School) will graduate back to the boys’ dorm and girls’ dorm once they reach that age.
The school board and staff at Audrey and Simon’s school are in the midst of planning for next school year. If you, or someone you might know, would be interested in teaching children of missionaries and aid workers here in Mbale, please let us know! We will be happy to share more information with you/them about what life here looks like, what the school is like, teacher benefits, teacher requirements, etc. Please feel free to pass along our email or other contact information to people who you feel led to share with. with
love, Ryan and Megan