BOLAM Weekly Update: Children doing well and sick ones improving
* Children: The children had a wonderful week overall. Our little Innocent who had been in the hospital for several days suffering from malaria and a respiratory infection was released Monday 7/14. We continue to monitor Namara who had a reaction to medication and Blessing continues improving (she recently had malaria). The rest of the children are really happy; the older ones are enjoying school while the two younger ones (Friday and Shalom) enjoy being at home. They are a riot and so cute together! The children have graduated to eating at small tables for the younger ones and a large dining table for the older ones (they used to just all sit on mats and eat). They are also learning to properly use silverware. Thank you for praying for all of our children at Keirungi: Joseph, Alex, Amanya, Kato, Kakuru, Gift, Night, Determine, Murungi, Antony, Deo, Blessing, Shalom, Nunu, Evelyn, Friday, Namara, Innocent Tumuhimbise, Innocent Tumwesigye, and Pretty (our new house mom’s child). Thank you, as well, for praying for those children we have resettled with their families: Ninsiima and Odongo and Opio.
* Staff: We conducted training with our new house moms, Jolly and Patience. We were sad to see Medius recently leave us as she left to pursue vocational training in a nearby town and, previously, Rose who left to care for her grandchild and assist her daughter. We believe and pray Jolly and Patience will be a good fit at Keirungi. They are doing a good job so far being baptized by fire having to immediately care for 20 children together.
* Sunday Service (7/13/14): I preached to the adults about our new life in Christ from Ephesians 2 and what changed for us when we believed in Christ and the impact this should have on how we live. We had several visitors: Ninsiima (the half-sister of the twins Kato and Kakuru) came, along with a couple of their cousins; Surprise (who we assist with school supplies); and Samuel’s friend Trudgen.
* Agriculture: Staff took manure to the fields so we can plant crops as soon as it rains.
* Mission Team: We continued preparing for a team from Northern Ridge Baptist Church who will be at Keirungi from August 8 to August 17.
* Adoption: We continued working on our first adoption cases, which should go to court in Uganda in the next couple or so months.
* Form 990: I completed work for the 990 tax form BOLAM files annually as a nonprofit in the U.S. I wrote brief program updates/accomplishments for the tax form.
Bread of Life African Ministries had a very successful year in 2013. We rescued four children who are living at Keirungi Children’s Village. We had a total of 21 children (14 boys and seven girls) ranging in age from two to 10 years old residing at Keirungi at the end of the year. The four children we took in had been abandoned and one is HIV-positive. We resettled one child with her grandmother. Property improvements at Keirungi included building a small house for our village administrator who will live onsite. Volunteers purchased and installed play equipment and we built a playhouse. With a grant from a Colorado foundation, we purchased a 14-passenger van.
Through our client services program, we assisted 10 children and youth with school fees and supplies, clothing, and other basic assistance. In addition, we assisted the foster mom of children we sponsor in boarding school with food and other home needs.
General Ugandan, World, and Cox Family Update:
* Primrose’s Birthday: We celebrated Primrose’s birthday by enjoying an afternoon at Lake Bunyonyi.
* Shoulder: My shoulder is doing well except I have been lax in doing my exercises consistently. Thankfully, my physical therapist is not around. However, I do the exercises for me and not for her!