I am in the UK yet again. Second time this year already. A blessing in that it helps me make some much needed money that I then use for our work in Uganda. But more time away from my beloved wife, our orchards, the children we care for (especially Michelle!) and our work in Kigazi and Kabale.

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And disorientating. Not just because I am now like an African villager – easily confused by an unecessary myriad of choices in every shop, foods I have never heard of (kale omelette wraps?) and baffled by the relatively unproductive busy-ness of people who appear to be going nowhere important and doing nothing very meaningful. At great speed.

But also disorientating because for the past five years I have seen and lived alongside the reality of life for the majority of people on the planet. A day to day struggle to feed, educate and care for their children. And this week I read these two stories in the Independent:

  • ‘Pupils in 30-plus classes treble under Coalition’, and
  • ‘Women aged 45-54 biggest spenders on make-up’

We have made a concerted effort to keep class sizes at the J10:10 Nursery and Primary School as small as possible. In a country where classes usually have at least 50 children, and often 70 pupils, most of ours have a maximum of 35 kids. We thinl that’s great. The Indie described them as ‘super-size classes’. How can Africa compete?

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Well it can’t compete on cosmetics spend. I read that the AVERAGE annual spend on cosmetics for UK teenagers is £1,759. And for women of a certain age? (see above!) – £2,238 per annum. Which is £186.50 a month. Or £46.62 a week. £6.66 a day. The number of the beast-ly unfairness of the world that we have built where about half the population lives on less each day than women over 45 in the UK spend on cosmetics daily. Madness. Vomit-inducing madness.

As a charity we are small, poor (at the moment which is why I am here), and totally incapable of making the difference that we do without God’s help. But we’re in love with a God of Justice and totally determined never to quit. Because if we do then the children that we educate, the men and women that we employ, and the communities that look to us for healthcare, help and hope will never break the chains of poverty that have gripped them for generations.

So please pray that:

  • God will continue to be FOR us
  • That my UK trip will yield both earnings to support our work and UK customers for our passion fruit – we NEED to start exporting
  • That God will watch over all that we do in Uganda
  • That justice will be done – and that our children, employees and the communities that we work in will be freed from systemic poverty
  • That God will help J10:10 to build a tiny portion of His Kingdom (heaven) on earth in Uganda

Thank you. Knowing that you pray means more than you will ever know……