It has been a while since I have posted anything. It has been difficult to find time to sit down at the computer and write anything. Apologies if this post is rather long :)
Everyone is healthy in the family again so we give thanks for that. It was a bit of a rough week last week with Simon and Zara not feeling too well but they are both doing great now. Thanks to all who prayed for them. Zara is back at school twice a week and having a lot of fun with her friends which is encouraging to see. Joshua just seems to be thriving at school. When I ask him how his day went he tells me "...great and lovely.." long may that continue. His teacher was telling me this morning that he knows 18 sounds and will be moving onto books with words this week. It is amazing how much he has learnt in such a short period of time. He is definately being challenged which is what he has been needing. He has such a hunger for learning new things and his teacher is doing a good job of making sure he gets that. He will keep her busy :)
On the work front life has stepped up a gear. Flights are increasing with most planes out every day. Due to severe flooding in various parts of Uganda the only way to travel is by plane. This has definately attributed to our busyness. It is amazing to see so much dust where we are and then not too far away people's houses and roads are awash with water. I will attach some pictures taken in , Yei Southern Sudan that were sent to us recently. These roads show one of the main trade routes which is currently inpassable. All the trucks and cars you see lining the roads are stuck and have been for a while.
My new role with the Guesthouse has taken up most of my days recently. Since I last wrote we have looked into a new property which is a lot bigger and has lots of potential. We are still in negotiations with the landlady. We have also employed a new staff member which we are excited about and trust that she will do an excellent job on the housekeeping side of things. Yesterday Jacqueline (my colleague in this venture) and I sat down with our short term IT guy to put together a bookings database. Up till now it has all been done manually which is not ideal. We hope to bring the whole ministry up to a more professional standard.
We are praying that the work to be done on the new guesthouse will be agreed by the landlady and the work will completed by the end of October. This timescale would enable us to release the two flats we have rented for overspill and enable us just to concentrate on one property. The timing is a bit ambitious but one can only try.