Friday, October 14, 2011

Date with the Judge

I forgot to ask you to to pray...I have a date, 26th October in 11 days.
Not a date with a man but a date with The Judge here in Fort Portal represented by my Lawyer Mr Musana to ask for Uganda to grant Legal Guardianship to me of Kymigisha Anna and Kwikiliza Lydia.

I have known Kym and Lydia since their mother carried each of them in her womb. In 2004 thier father Tuliyatunga Johnson "doctor" UPDF Army died of cancer in the brain, due to HIV progression Stage 4 of AIDS. Their mother died from the complications of AIDS in Aug 2007. She refused to acknowledge her HIV status and recieve treatment for HIV/AIDS. Their Grandmother Edrona loves them very much but is unable to provide education or for their needs. So with many discussions we have decided that it is good for me to pursue the legal guardianship for the girls in a step towards adoption.   

Please join me in praying for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Pray that I will know, that i know, that i know to rely on the love God has for the children and for me. That God always does what is best for his beloved children! Thank you!!

A Few Firsts, Iron Sheets and Jubilee!

 Yesterday I had the First meeting with Zoe and Robbinah to discuss the way forward for the Women of the Proverbs project! Robbinah is a lovely woman of faith and of course Zoe is ever working to provide for her huge family. Last year Robbinah's son and Zoe's daughter were ringed in the church and now they are not only sister's in Christ but in-laws in Christ. 
We had a fruitful meeting to merge our vision for how the Women of the Proverbs will disciple women in this district and in turn disciple the nation of Uganda!    

Last week I had my First Bible Study with Cheryl Cash in the book of Hebrews! It was helpful to talk about our experiences and to be encouraged by the Words that were written to the first Hebrew believers in Jesus through times of persecution and fear of imprisonment and even execution.  

On the 9th of October in 1962 the country of Uganda was granted it's independence from Great Britain by the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II to honor the civil servants of Uganda for their remarkable service. 

On Independence Day 9th of October 2011 I drove us to Kampala where we arrived at new guest house called the Terrace in Bukoto. Kamkune Joyce, Akiiki Jessi, Betty Tibaleka, Kym and Lydia and I, by God's grace arrived safely in Kampala at 5:15 pm. We met our newest team member to Bundibugyo Pamela Stevens for her first dinner out in Kampala at Silver City. Kym and Lydia were mesmerized by the shining lights of the casino at Garden City Mall for the very first time. After putting Pamela in a cab back to the ARA the girls and Joyce enjoyed ice cream at sweets parlor nearby. Kym who does not eat or drink milk couldn't resist the Strawberry temptation and consumed every drop. 
In answer to your prayers, though we were in Kampala, the final Tin roofing sheets 116 were being nailed in to place by Aboki Michael. Thanks be to God! The Forest Green Iron Sheets are beautiful and a welcome covering from the destructiveness of the rain on the brick walls.  This week the masons are attaching the conduits for electricity in the walls as they prepare to plaster the first walls. Before we went to Kampala I ordered wooden doors for bedrooms, bathrooms and exterior doorways from St. Joseph's Technical School established by the Catholic Church.  

It's been a welcome change to enjoy sun shine for a few days! We'll be needing more sand that is mined from the local swamps and cannot be trucked out in the rainy season. So we need more sun shine for this work to happen. 

One of the main purposes for our trip to Kampala was to take Lydia to the dentist to be treated for a painful cavity. Lydia and Kym's First visit to the Dentist! I love the name of the dentist office we visited, Jubilee Dentist. (In the Bible jubilee means "liberty", the jubilee year was every fiftieth year and men would be released from debt and could return to their home land.) Kym bravely sat in the scary dentist chair for the first time and had a great report for her clean strong teeth. Lydia was also very courageous and had her first cavity filled with cement and never even flinched. She was also encouraged by the dentist for taking good care of her teeth. Kamakune Joyce was also seen by the Dentist and began her first of three visits for a root canal. It was the day of jubilee for all three to get dental care, relief from pain and treatment. A gift from God! 

"In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.  And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor's hand, you shall not oppress one another . . .

"If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.  Take no usury or interest from him;  but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.  You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

"And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave.  As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you, and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee.  And then he shall depart from you — he and his children with him — and shall return to his own family.  He shall return to the possession of his fathers." (Leviticus 25:8-14, 35-41)


Saturday, October 1, 2011

good news, bad news and a confession

In my last entrance I asked you to pray that we would get an
appointment with the Judge here in Fort Portal regarding legal
guardianship of Kym and Lydia. I have been getting the run around from
the lawyer. Well the following day I saw him pulling out of the
parking of a favorite eating establishment called Gardens Restaurant.
I reminded him, "Please will you check on our date to see the judge?"
The next afternoon he called me and told me the 26th October is our
date to sit before the Judge.
This week I also went to the Police and asked for a copy of the Fire
report on the house. While giving my own statement and talking with
the two Policemen one of them informed me that it is illegal to try
and collect the pension for a deceased Army man. I was intending to do
this for Kym and Lydia, however I found out it is a criminal offense .
They will have to pursue this pension for their late father when they
are 18 years of age on their own. I'll trust God to provide for their
I am also happy to say that work on the house continues slowly by
slowly. The only way in Africa. Reminded by Dr Scott, "TIA! Don't be
surprised by set backs." A saying we always exclaimed when things
never progress or move according to reasonable timing, "This is Africa!"
So here's my confession: I was feeling confident that I'd found iron
roofing sheets at a lower price than what I had been told by my roofer
Michael's seller. I moved confidently ahead based on the assurance of
the hardware store owner that he could get my iron sheets here to Fort
Portal two days after the order was placed. I agreed and had him order
the iron sheets then paid several million shillings cash to him on
Monday and Tuesday fully expecting the iron sheets to be here by mid
week or at the latest by Friday. When I called and politely asked when
the iron sheets would arrive he gave me a long story about how they
would not get here until next Wednesday. Basically he lied to me to
get my business. Now it's raining everyday, we had had two glorious
weeks of sunshine while the guys chipped the plaster off the walls and
Michael built the trusses. And thanks to my arrogance and not trusting
the local guys to help me make decisions the house is sitting in the
rain with no roof and the brick walls are soaking up huge pools of
water in all the rooms. Water has soaked up the walls to nearly a foot
and a half. And i am sick to my stomach every time the rains pour from
the sky. Please, will you pray that God will send us more sunny days
until the roof goes up.
And pray that i don't lose my temper with this  shop owner.  I believe I can
certainly forgive my hardware store owner friend but I will not shop
at his store again.
 I hear the rain even now, sigh. Perhaps I have
ruined what little was still in tact of the fire  damaged Busoro house.