BOLAM Weekly Update: Pray for our health!
* Children: Namara is doing fine and is adjusting well to life at Keirungi. However, nearly all of the children are suffering from cough to some degree and some have been sick with colds and fever. Please pray! Thank you for praying for all of our children: Joseph, Alex, Amanya, Kato, Kakuru, Gift, Night, Determine, Murungi, Antony, Deo, Opio, Odongo, Blessing, Shalom, Nunu, Evelyn, Friday, and Namara.
* Staff: Caleb is also suffering from cough and cold. And, the Keirungi cough and sickness has also caught me. Please pray for the health of our staff as well.
* Monthly Outing: Thank you for praying for our special day. We enjoyed our monthly outing to a local hotel last Sunday, May 13. It did threaten to rain but God had already heard our prayers and yours for a nice day. The children and staff had a lot of fun. We had sodas and little cakes.
* Volunteer: Bonnie, our volunteer from Minnesota, is enjoying her time at Keirungi. It is a blessing to have her.
* Chapel: I preached about David’s sin from 2 Samuel 11 yesterday. I highlighted the cunningness or deceitfulness of sin, the check or warning about sin, the commission of sin, the consequence of sin, and the cover-up of sin. Next time, I will preach on 2 Samuel 12 and highlight the confrontation of sin, confession of sin, cleansing of sin, consequence of sin, and the clearing of sin discussing God’s grace.
* Preparing for school: We are gearing up for the new term, which begins next Monday, May 27. We paid school fees for the children we sponsor and bought some supplies.
Cox Family/Ugandan Life Update:
* Travel: We will travel to Kampala the end of the week to take Samuel to school. He reports on Sunday. Since we have a function there the following weekend we plan to spend the week in Kampala and take care of business there.
* Adoption: Primrose and I are praying about beginning to foster a child at Keirungi with the intention of adopting that child. Please pray for God’s continued guidance regarding this situation—for the child’s transition to our home and for the other children at Keirungi as selecting one child to adopt can create a very sensitive situation. We are very mindful of the implications of our decision, but we do feel led that God would have us adopt one of our own children from Keirungi instead of another child from elsewhere. In addition, this will free up a bed to allow another child to come stay at Keirungi. We plan to bring the child into our home June 15, the day before Father’s Day. What a Father’s Day present! Samuel is getting used to the idea of having a sibling; however, he kind of has 19 already. He is a bit disappointed, though, that we will no longer be the Oreo family as he refers to us. Perhaps, we can still be the Oreo family with just an extra shell.
* Traditional Family Outing: We had our traditional family outing to Lake Bunyonyi before Samuel goes back to prison, oh, I mean, boarding school. We enjoyed a beautiful, relaxed afternoon and Samuel enjoyed a beef burger (don’t ask for a hamburger here in Uganda or you will be brought a ham sandwich). This was our last outing to the lake as the three of us—next time, it will be four of us!
* Delicacy: Arriving at the table the other night I found a Ugandan delicacy—grasshoppers. Yes, I did have a handful. I had tried them before. Actually, they are quite tasty with how they’re prepared. You can just grab a handful like you are grabbing a handful of nuts (and, they are a bit crunchy like nuts, too).
* Dental: I am trying to get used to my partial denture. It fits quite well; perhaps, too well as I felt a bit sore with it this first week. I haven’t quite mastered eating grasshoppers or anything else with it comfortably.