Friday, February 4, 2011
God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good. And that is His nature!
JANUARY: The children enjoyed their long holiday before beginning a new year at school. Uganda was one of the few countries that got to see this solar eclipse.
FEBRUARY: A new school year began. But this year, Lulwanda Children’s Home Primary School received its official national registration and we were able to enroll 30 children from the community. We also had our annual “back to school” football match of Teachers versus kids.
MARCH: LCHPS participated in sub-county and district level track and field competitions. We also rejoiced in the arrival of the container filled with desks and other school supplies.
APRIL: After participation at the local level, two of our students qualified for the Mbale team to represent town at national level. This year nationals were held in Mbale, so many of our student were able to attend and cheer their schoolmates on. In other news, our clinical officer, Pamela, had her introduction ceremony.
And the torrential rains hit Bududa district, causing a massive mudslide and forcing many from their homes. Our LCH children took the initiative to collect some of their clothing to donate to the victims of the mudslide. We took a trip there to hand deliver the items and see the destruction for ourselves.
MAY: This month ended Term 1, where we celebrated with the top students in each class by taking them to Sipi Falls. Also, the P5 class were taken on an outing to go swimming at one of the hotels in Mbale.
JUNE: Our nursery teacher, Sylvia, got married and some of our children performed at the reception. They were definitely a hit among the guests. Also, a few children escorted an American team to a local babies’ orphanage where they were able to play with these little ones.
JULY: Many of our friends from America come to visit us during the summer. We love spending time with our sponsors and meeting new friends. Thank you for coming and loving on us!!!
AUGUST: The second term of school closed at the end of this month, so we were busy preparing for examinations. LCH also was selected by a local bank for their “Give back to the community” campaign. We also had one of our students, Kamadi, qualify for the Mbale football team that would play in the national competition.
SEPTEMBER: Back to school again. And our friend, Betty, qualified for a surgery to help loosen some of her muscles so that she could walk a little easier. Praise God for a great success and healing. Betty is able to take steps- one foot in front of the other- for the first time in her life!!
OCTOBER: Still in school. But we had a wonderful time celebrating with our driver, Moses, at his wedding. We even had another opportunity to perform.
NOVEMBER: The day had come for the P7 students to sit for national exiting exam that determines whether they would get into secondary school. Teachers and students spent so many extra hours preparing and reviewing everything that was taught in Primary school. After the exam, we celebrated all their hard work with a wonderful day of swimming and eating. In addition, this month construction began on our new girls hostel that will be the new home for our 20 oldest girls.
DECEMBER: What a busy month! Lulwanda celebrated it’s 6th year of operation with a grand party. We also had a graduation ceremony for our nursery students who will be entering primary school. The P5 and P7 class participated in a wonderful seminar about what God says about sex and why it is good to save sex until marriage. December also brought the closing of our school year, but before we could let the students go, all of the students went on an educational tour. The older classes visited Kakira Sugar Works and Confectioners and came out more informed and hyped up on sugar . The younger classes traveled up the mountain to Sipi Falls where they played in the cave, water, and hiked to the top of the falls.
PRAISES & PRAYERS
* Praise the Lord: The results from the P7 national examination are in and our students did exceptionally well. They are all enrolled in a secondary boarding school and eagerly await for their first day.
* Praise the Lord: The new girls hostel is almost complete (photo taken in December)- meaning that in the next month we will be moving our oldest girls into the hostel, therefore making room for TWENTY new little girls to join the family of Lulwanda.
Please pray or God’s perfect selection of the orphans in the greatest need (only God knows) and for their transition into the home and our current children’s adjustment to having new siblings.
* PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS are set to be held on Feb. 18. Please pray peace over the nation of Uganda and that there would be a fair election. Pray for peace and acceptance for whatever the outcome of the election may be.