|New Bible College baby|
|Sunday School Camp|
The picture on the left is of Grace Mary, the new baby of our Bible College Principal, Daudi and his wife Olivia - being proudly held by her big brother Frank! Grace was born last weekend by emergency caesarian at the local hospital. We rejoice with them and thank God that all went well - maternity care here is of course much more basic than at home. I was reminded of our three children being brought up in Africa, and the relative ease of it all - there's no fancy equipment, no different packets of wipes for this and that... just a few old kangas and some nappies, and lots of experienced people to help.
Today I visited the Deanery Sunday School camp in the village of Bugaga. There were an (uncountable) 3-400 children at the camp for the weekend. Each Sunday school comes with songs, readings etc that they have practiced, and there is teaching, more singing, and games. They enjoyed learning the actions to "The Grace" whcih I taught them (in Swahili of course) -and anyone from Little Church or St Barnabas PCC will know them too! The children sleep in the open, just on the grass for the weekend.
This week I have been teaching a small group of research students which I have enjoyed, and finalising college admin. Our students all did very well in their final, externally marked, exams - so that is a great note on which to finish this academic year. Alastair has been busy with hospital work as usual, though the fact there is no Plaster of Paris in the whole region is causing problems for orthopaedics. And he's busy with the Gloucester Diocese project of building a secondary school - of which he's sort of project manager.
Just 4 days until we start our journey home - a suitcase is already packed with the kangas everyone has ordered. I've finished my "mother-of-the groom" outfit for Pete and Cat's wedding, which I've made from local African material, on my treadle sewing machine! - the first time such fabric has been teamed up with a kilt I expect!