Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Soccer/Football Tournament

While I was living it up at Ladies Retreat Simon was holding the fort at home with Joshua and Zara.  I don't go away that often but when I do the kids know that fun times lie ahead with Dad.  The rules get bent a bit when either Simon or I are gone and the kids like this alot.  It means staying up late with friends and being spoiled in one way or another.

During this weekend Joshua had a football tournament on.  The school that J and Z are at have joined ISSAK (International School Sports Association Kampala).  Joshua is on the school team and they practice on Tuesdays and Thursday from 3-5pm.  Unfortunately they lost this time around but Simon said it was very close and could have gone either way.  Seems like they had a great time and a lot of effort was put it.  Below are some photos of the team and Joshua.

Ladies Retreat

Some of you might be wondering how Ladies Retreat went.  Thank you first of all for praying.  We definitely needed it.  We had ladies not only from the Kampala area but also further afield in Uganda. It was fun to reconnect with ladies from the previous retreat that we had had in February and have some catch up time together.

We started out on Friday night with dinner together and then an ice breaker game that quickly showed the competitive people in the group.  We laughed a lot and made new friends which was the intent of an evening of fun.

Saturday morning started out with worship and me speaking on Mark 5:21-34 followed by some reflection time.  In the afternoon we had some free time.  Some ladies had organised a craft for those who were interested.   Others caught up on some sleep, went swimming or did pottery.  There was also a beauty salon on the site where people could get a variety of pamperings if desired.

In the late afternoon we had another session from a friend in the area of truth and what lies we can believe and how that can affect our lives.  She did a great job and it was thought provoking to say the least.

After supper we gathered around a campfire for a worship time and also enjoy an American tradition of s'mores.  This involves graham crackers, roasted marshmallows and chocolate made into a sandwich.  Got to love all the mix of cultures in the group and what everyone adds to an event such as this.

We also had two ladies share testimonies of faith over the weekend which were powerful.  Thankful for their faith to step up and do that.

On Sunday another friend shared on the Hall of Faith chapter in Hebrews 11.  She did a wonderful job going through this passage and showed that many of these men and women of faith did not receive the things promised in their lifetime but only welcomed them from a distance (Hebrews 11:13)

I wrapped up the last session by teaching from 2 Peter 1:5-9.  I think one of the amazing things of the weekend was how God brought together all our talks and unified them.  None of us knew in great detail what the other person was speaking on and yet it fitted all together like jigsaw pieces.  We serve an amazing God.

Thankful to all the ladies who worked hard on this retreat to make it work and to bring some fun, challenge and rest to many who needed it.  Thankful again for those of you who had our backs in prayer.