My wife (Sarah) & I arrived here at New Hope at the end of June this year – so you might say we’re the new kids on the block! We are really enjoying settling into our new life here and making lots of new and wonderful friendships. God has graciously bought us here to lead the continued development of the baby house here at New Hope, called Hope House AND to lavish His love on these tiny orphaned and abandoned babies.
Before we fully take on this role, we have a fantastic opportunity to attend the New Hope Institute for Childcare and Family, learning more about the Father heart of God, His amazing glory and His great love for us all! Check out NHICF page on this website for more info and how you can attend the course.
The course is quite varied and covers a multitude of things in five months, the following is just some of what we do… At the start we took time to listen to each other’s stories – the journey each one of us has taken so far, which was a most humbling experience, as near strangers shared their hearts. We have also all joined a family group and are spending time with the kids in devotions, playing games, gardening and helping with the dreaded homework. We are learning new skills in how to interpret the Bible correctly and have been working our way through the whole Bible in study and discussion.
More recently we have had teaching on counselling and a wonderful day where we individually just spent time with God. Hands on happens quite a bit and fairly recently the whole class spent most of the day at the large farm on New Hope’s secondary site, harvesting the maize! Blisters were plenty, but so was the good humoured conversation as we worked are way across the fields collecting this big corn. Maize is the staple diet here in Uganda and so very important to everyone! The harvest was very successful – a real reminder of Gods abundant provision.
Sarah & I continue to take one day at a time and are grateful to God for sending us back to school but this time at the Institute. and for all that Jesus is teaching us through it.