BOLAM Weekly Update: We leave in FOUR days!!!
* Children: Our Children generally had a good week. Our child with HIV was given a new drug; hopefully, he will not react to this medication. Another child who recently tested positive for HIV was given Clotrimazole tabs to take for one week. He will start ARVs this coming week. Innocent Tumwesigye was still a little weak, but he was tested and no disease was found. Last Sunday, June 1, the children went to church in town and enjoyed singing to other children. They were disappointed, however, when they went to a local hotel and found no play equipment as the grounds are being renovated. They did enjoy soccer at Keirungi in the afternoon. 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 Hanisha and Amri. Thank you, also, for praying for those children we have resettled with their families: Ninsiima and Odongo and Opio.
* Odongo and Opio: Caleb met their mother Night who reported that they are doing fine. Caleb gave her financial assistance for the month.
* Staff/Agriculture: Staff continues doing well. They planted more spinach this week.
* Adoption: We met with staff at International Adoption Net (IAN). We discussed our future partnership and the progress of current adoptions.
* Prayed Over: Pastor Russ called us up front at Crosstimbers and had the leadership team pray over us.
* Fellowship: We enjoyed having lunch with Linda, the Missions Director at Crosstimbers, and dinner with other Crosstimbers members later in the week.
* Travel: Life is absolutely CRAZY as we leave for Uganda in four days!!! Please pray for us as we are a bit behind schedule at this stage in leaving. June 11 here we come—hopefully!
General Ugandan, World, and Cox Family Update:
* Shoulder: I received a good report from the doctor. He was pleased with my progress as my arm/shoulder has completely healed and I am nearing full range of motion. I will go for my six month check-up after returning in August. The physical therapist is still concerned about the friction (popping/clicking), but the doctor is not too concerned as my shoulder is continuing to heal. He said that if I am still experiencing the same friction in a few months then there is room for concern. I have been given my homework for the summer – lots of exercises!
* Terrorism (Kenya/Uganda): Governments have issued warnings about travel to certain parts of Kenya and the U.S. embassy in Kampala, Uganda, has issued a security message warning U.S. citizens to “exercise caution when attending large viewing establishments that may attract large crowds during the 2014 World Cup, which begins June 12 and ends on July 13.” Two bombings in Kampala during the 2010 World Cup killed over 70 people, including a U.S. citizen. Please continue to pray for God’s protection from terrorist attacks in Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia.
* Weight: Weight is an interesting thing. I have prided myself over the years for maintaining a fairly consistent weight since initially losing about 40 pounds my first couple of years in college. Believe it or not, I weighed close to 190 pounds when I graduated from high school. Maintaining weight has been out of my reach the last couple of years—on both sides of the scale! In 2012, I lost 15 pounds and got down to 125 pounds—and this while I spent several months in the U.S. (in fact, I lost over 10 pounds while in the U.S.!). This is the least I have weighed since my early teen years and even less than I weighed when I completed a longer fast years ago. I ended 2012 weighing around 130. In 2013, I was in a bull market taking an upward swing ending the year weighing about 150. (Yes, I gained 20 pounds!) The bull weight market has continued in 2014 and I now clock in around 158. I cannot believe this!!! This is probably the fattest I have been in over 20 years! I have seen my discipline slip making many bad little choices over the last year having junk snacks more often. I have also not exercised as routinely as I cared for my mom last fall and then broke my shoulder a few months ago. Though some indices say my ideal weight is around 152 and the chart the personal trainer at the gym uses states that under 20% body fat for someone in my age range is considered excellent (I am at around 17%), I neither feel ideal nor excellent. Thankfully, I am headed back to Africa! I am looking forward to returning lighter in August. Sure, you can still make bad food choices in Africa, but the opportunities are fewer and you are not as bombarded with temptation. On the positive side, Primrose’s Aunties will say that she is taking good care of me as weight is still a sign of health in Africa, especially in the village. I guess I am returning in very good health now!