BOLAM Weekly Update: Children enjoyed their last week of break
* Children: The children had a good week enjoying their last days of break as they are preparing to go back to school Monday. The older children are doing great helping with chores learning to do a variety of things, especially in the kitchen. 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.
* Staff: The staff had a good week as well preparing to send the little ones back to school.
* Agriculture: Agriculture is going okay. Staff planted sweet potatoes and weeded beans.
* Adoption/International Adoption Net (IAN): I emailed photos of and updates on Joseph, Murungi, and Friday to IAN for them to share with the two families waiting to adopt.
* Updates/Presentations/Meetings: I had meetings with two supporting pastors this week and we enjoyed a time of fellowship over lunch with another pastor and his wife from a supporting church. We will give an update at Flatirons Baptist Church in Boulder, Colorado, May 21.
* Leadercast 2014: We attended a great leadership conference on “Beyond You” (next level) leadership featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Laura Bush, Andy Stanley, and Malcolm Gladwell. We were challenged to live a “Beyond You” life focused on serving others.
* Travel: Life is becoming very busy as we prepare to travel June 11 in just 3½ weeks!!! Samuel and I are scheduled to return August 23 and Primrose is scheduled to return September 20.
General Ugandan, World, and Cox Family Update:
* First Communion: We went to support my nephew, Levi, as he received his First Communion in Castle Rock.
* Terrorism Alert: Chief of Defense Forces General Edward Katumba Wamala in Uganda has urged the public to take recent police terror alerts seriously because Uganda is still a target of the Al-shabab militants, a terrorist group based in Somalia. Please continue to pray for God’s protection over and in Uganda.
* Mother sues over caning: A mother has sued a primary school for 445 million Ugandan shillings (approximately $175,000) claiming her son became disabled as a result of being caned in September 2011. She stated that her son was severely beaten on the waist and back by two teachers and developed severe injuries, deep sharp pain, mobility complications, and psychological impairment. Additionally, she claims her son’s condition has deteriorated as he is now bedridden having been on crutches since the initial stage of treatment. The mother wants the court to permanently restrain the school from caning as a mode of punishment for pupils. In Uganda, children from nursery through secondary school (yes, secondary school) are routinely caned for misbehavior, being late for class, not following rules, and poor grades. Samuel could tell you more about this.