God’s Provision

We received some very good news yesterday. My application for a work permit was approved for three years! It has just been by God’s mercy that I have been able to stay with my husband for the last year on random different passes. We are so grateful for the friends who have helped us in this area. My mind has always been at peace that God would make a way and that I wouldn’t be separated from my husband and our baby girl a month after she’s born, but hearing the official news is wonderful.

The New School Bell

keeping-timeAfter students spent the whole breakfast break complaining that there wasn’t enough “time in the schedule” to complete their assignments, John thought he would help them “find time” by buying them an old school alarm clock. Unfortunately, his plan backfired a bit because the cheap thing is from China and the alarm setting doesn’t work unless you set it off manually. Hence, our students love it! The incredibly loud thing has now become our official school bell, break bell, dinner bell, and still functions as a manual alarm clock….At this point, our appointed time keeper (James) is even alerting kitchen staff when breakfast should be served. It is quite annoying, but the good news is: the schedule is being followed, they have found the time they needed for assignments, and yes, there is a signal for that too.

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

cabbage-rotton-compostIf any of you drive by our compound and see my husband hugging an enormous bag of rotten cabbage, know that we have not lost our minds. We are composting! Why? Because our students want to turn our compound into a demonstration ground where local believers suffering from famine in nearby villages can come and learn how to grow large amounts of organic, nutrient dense foods in small spaces.

John and the students had quite a race with local pig farmers after the market closed to see who could collect cabbage leaves the fastest. I believe they won around 7 bags.


Becoming Organic and Healthy

mulch-organic-farming-ugandaI have to admit, becoming an organic gardener takes much more patience and hard work than I expected. Before raise beds can go up and seeds can be placed in the ground, we need compost. Compost requires mulch (dry material), green material, and manure, and after collecting it, an additional 6 weeks to decompose. But our students hard work is getting them somewhere. They have been spending around 2 hours every afternoon collecting leafs and other dry materials. We should be ready to start our first compost pile by next week. organics-for-orphans-mulch

It’s a Girl!

missionary-baby-showerWe are expecting a baby girl sometime around a month from now, and we were so blessed when our local missionary community decided to host a baby shower in her honor (mainly the Rosser family, and the Grahams).  We are still overwhelmed by all the gifts and feel much more prepared. The final ultra sound should be sometime next week.


The New Minisry Schedule

studying-btcp-ugandaNow that we are under one roof with all of our students, we have begun studying full time. John has done a good job coming up with a tight schedule, and he is sticking to it. He keeps it taped on the shelf next to the Bible and doesn’t respond well to objections. It goes something like: 6:00 am, class starts, 9:30 pm class breaks and homework begins. We had some complaints at first based on “sleep deprivation,” and I’ll admit it isn’t easy, but we are now all adjusted.

Staying Disease Free

organics-4-orphans-disease-freeOur students returned from the agricultural training in Kenya last week. After one month of fasting from everything except raw vegetables, they have been declared “disease free.” To be quite honest, they look pretty healthy!  We have many exciting medicinal plants laying around our house now waiting to be planted and have also been blessed with bags of nutrient dense crop seeds. It’s exciting to learn from them how many random flowers in our back yard are medicinal! In a few weeks time, will have quite the homeopathic clinic sprouting up in our backyard. If only the stevia plants would have survived the journey home!