I am as overjoyed as ever to be back in Uganda, back with my wife, and back to work: both in the passion fruit orchards/business and the health, education and sanitation work that we do here in Uganda. We got our export licence – Europe here we come!

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It started with a reunion at Entebbe with my gorgeous wife Hildah; then a reunion with a still plaster-casted Michelle; then a birthday party for Hildah; and then a visit to CoRSU to have Michelle’s cast removed and have confirmation that the operation has been successful. No problems there. Thank you Lord.

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The past three weeks in Europe have been profitable in terms of paid work, developing a market in Europe for our passion fruit, much better harvests and, most importantly, growing spiritually. Time alone tends to mean more time with God. And whilst I was away I read The Message translation of Romans 4 which includes this:

‘If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story that we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”

If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it – you could never do it for yourself no matter how long and how hard you worked – well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.’

I need to be brutally honest. If all our workers, all our kids, all our patients, all our teachers, all our sponsors and all of the people that we serve are depending on me? They’ve had it.

Often the scale of the challenges here are close to overwhelming. Trying to run a business; put right the mistakes that we’ve made in the orchards; care for those like Michelle who have no chance of caring for themselves; deal with the nonsense of more than 70 employees; educate more than 250 children; operate a health facility; and fund the lot pretty much single-handedly in human terms……is too big a job for me.

Like it says above – sheer gift. God is at work here, I’m just entering into what God is doing for me, through me and for all these people. Thank you Lord. That’s a hell of a relief!

Please pray that:

  • God will make a way through all of the challenges that we face
  • That we will enact God’s plans and decisions and not our own.
  • That Michelle will continue to recover and be a little less horrified by physio!
  • That I will ‘trust-God-to-do it’. All of it.

Thank you……