I have now been back in Uganda for almost a week. And I am, of course, already exhausted! But the tiredness here is SO different to the soul-sapping fatigue that affects so many of us when we are in the repetitive, humdrum, structured lives that we live (exist?) in Europe and North America.

And, as well as a reunion with my wonderful wife Hildah, I have the satisfaction and certainty of knowing that here, Uganda, is where God wants me to be.

I still don’t know the plan! But I am content for God to give me just enough light to see the step that I’m on and the next step that I have to take. I have made no secret of the fact that I want to spend at least 11 months a year in Uganda doing the work that J1010 does for the poor here in the name of our King Jesus. When will that happen? Still not sure but I know it is very, very close.

And so, in the week that I have been back I have:

  • Seen again the difference that God is making in the life and health of Michelle, the mentally handicapped little girl that we have ‘adopted’
  • Been able to plan the last few things that we need to do before opening the ‘Hospital in the Hills’ in just a few weeks time
  • Worn myself out physically – watering the crops that we have planted as part of a new venture to fund J1010 (more another time)
  • Completed the deal for the land on which we will build ‘Christ Central’ – the school that we hope to open next year
  • Prepared for the wholly miraculous arrival (tomorrow) of my daughter Caitie and her friend Bekka who will spend the next three weeks working at our Nursery and the J1010 House in Kabale. (In the depths of the despair that I felt about my relationship with Caitie after my very messy divorce 13 years ago I didn’t think that I would ever write THAT sentence – NOTHING is impossible for our God.)
  • Caught up with lots and lots of Ugandans
  • Prayed and prayed and prayed for God’s direction every day

I have been a very bad correspondent over the seven weeks that I spent in the UK. When I see what God has done through us here in Uganda I can’t stop talking about it! Expect far more regular blogs and many pictures like the ones below!!! And please pray for us – challenging times ahead. But nothing that God can’t deal with………….

Michelle - happy, healing and loved by her Creator and by us r

Michelle – happy, healing and loved by her Creator and by us

The Hospital in the Hills - with doors, windows and ceilings complete

The Hospital in the Hills – with doors, windows and ceilings complete

Two months till opening. How great is our God??!!

Two months till opening. How great is our God??!!

And another 40,000 litres of safe drinking water......

And another 40,000 litres of safe drinking water……