Happy Holidays

The First Term holiday has come to an end. The Secondary Students (high school) are heading back to their boarding schools and Lulwanda Primary School will be in full-swing again. Oh what fun we had! Our wonderful Program Coordinator, Natalie Rolfe, planned some fantastic activities for the children of Lulwanda! I want to give you a glimpse into the many, many activities that we participated in together (try not to be jealous).

Here we go, I hope you can keep up:

Baking in the kitchen at Lulwanda. We made cakes (in between power outages) and no-bake cookies (to avoid those power outages).

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John and Jackson played many football games (soccer) while Lilly and I played in the field with the rest of the children.

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We made a visit to St. Kitzito’s Babies Home. Can you tell who in our family loved it the most? Precious.

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We went hiking and fishing (with all 108 kids!). We only caught one edible fish (It was a mud-cat Uncle Stan). When I say we, I mean Timothy. He was the fisherman of the day.

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We gathered white ants, picked off the wings and roasted them. Then guess what we did?

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We had Good Neighbor Day. This is a really cool day where the kids of Lulwanda (who are abundantly blessed by many of you) give back to the less-fortunate kids in the local village. Each child has a “twin” that they are in-charge of. We packed up care packages for 110 village children. Then invited them to Lulwanda to spend the whole day with us. We played games, sang songs, ate food, took soda, had a Bible lesson and prayer time and then handed out the bags of goodies. It was a blessing to be a part of this day.

 

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We had a birthday celebration to remember. We threw a party for all of the January-March birthday babies at Lulwanda. We enjoyed some fun games, had a dance-off competition (unfortuantely, John said I cannot show you that video), had cake and soda, prayed blessings over the them and then handed out gifts and cards.

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We went to the Tjeko Fun Day with Nursery through Primary 5 students. This is a “mini-fair” put on by a ministry that celebrates childhood. Most children here do not get to just enjoy being a child as most of us did. This is a basically free, traveling event that was stationed here in Mbale for a few days. The games are free with the exception of a couple, so even the street kids could come. Some of  our kids were a bit nervous at first, but it didn’t take them long to warm up. They all (including Jackson and Lilly) had a GREAT time!

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I saved one of our favorite things for last. Each Monday of break we had slumber parties at our house with the Secondary Students. We broke them up into groups by class until they each had a turn to come. We went hiking and swimming then shopping for food. We cooked dinner together, cleaned up and then watched movies. The boys all slept in the guest house with John and Jerad, and the girls all stayed in the main house with me, Natalie and a house mom. It was such a special time to be able to have them in our home like a big family. We very rarely get to spend time with the Secondary Students because they are away at boarding school so this was a great way to get to know them individually. Everyone enjoyed it and we can’t wait to do it again next holiday.

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10 thoughts on “Happy Holidays

  1. You guys are so blessed and it is so inspiring to see what your family is doing. I love these updates! Love y’all!

  2. so thankful for technology. Your written descriptions are great the pictures are remarkable! Thank you for sharing how the hand of the Lord is moving! God Bless and keep you all

  3. wow. looks like yall are having way to much fun. when does all the work start. seems like all play no work to me.

  4. Absolutely loved seeing the pictures and hearing all you’ve been up to! Especially loved all the shoes outside the door! 🙂 Love to you all.

  5. I love reading these! It looks like y’all are having a blast! I loved all of the pictures, but especially the ones of Jackson with the babies. How precious.
    And…John, we’re going to have to see that dance video. 🙂
    We miss y’all and love you so much!

  6. What a wonderful way to end my day! The photos are incredible as are the 4 of you! Thank you for pouring your lives into these precious children. May God’s bring a rich harvest of healthy, happy and godly young people.

  7. We enjoyed the update. It is impossible to imagine the impact your work…and play…will have on those young people’s lives. Thank you for the great pictures.

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