This has been a lazy rainy day here in Seguku at Home of Hope. Prior to the rain a few of us walked to the village center to purchase some sugar for tea. We enjoyed the walk and the children were treated with some candy. While the rains came some did laundry, some took naps and others listened to music. Yesterday the volleyball net was installed and everyone has enjoyed playing volleyball and badminton.
My first post or blog. Bob has gone to shop. Charles was to come at ten, but he came at eight. Normally he would have been here at two or three in the afternoon. These children steal your heart so quickly. We had another birthday last night and the girls made a yellow cake with buttercream frosting from scratch. We are going to start small walking trips of four or five into the village we are in, perhaps one a day. The children keep talking about prayer mountain. We are going to check it out. It seems to be in walking distance. It could be a possibility for Sunday if it is not too far. We have prayers every night at nine. It is the most remarkable thing to hear their voices lifted up in praise and song in unison. Then they all pray separate prayers, but each one is praying individually. It is very moving. They lift their voices to The Lord, and I know God hears. Then we sing again, and close with the Lord’s Prayer. We hope to video it, so we can share it with everyone. We will have to do it inside to be able to video. A quick note about birthdays. They are very important as some of the children do not know their dates of birth. So they are very special occasions.
This is a picture of Home of Hope’s food pantry. Food is purchased in large quantities due to costs and having to feed 21 children. Food alone costs approximately 800,000 ush ($320) every two weeks. The primary diet consist of beans, rice or posho or matooke. Often the kids will be served beans in gnut gravy. Gnut is a meal made from peanuts. Sometimes they drink porridge or tea or water. Occasionally they we have chapatas for breakfast. Chapatas are similar tortillas but with carrots and onions. The food is good and hearty.
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