Saturday, November 18, 2017

6 weeks down, 12 to go!



It is amazing to see these kids together again, the last time was 4 months ago!! Avin was praying especially hard that she would be discharged from the hospital by the time they arrived, we are so thankful she finished with her IV antibiotics just 2 days before! 

We were just at BC Children's Hospital to see the Infectious Disease doctors; they went over Avin's new MRI, blood work, and explained to us what the next few months will look like. Although there was a definite improvement to the infection and swelling around Avin's spine it is still there so she will now be on oral antibiotics, originally this was to be for 6 weeks but they have increased it to 12 weeks. Unfortunately Av had an allergic reaction after 5 weeks on her first medication and had to switch, this new one doesn't make her feel very well, but we're hoping that will get better in time. She will continue to have blood work done and has another X-ray and appointment with both the Orthopaedic Surgeon and Infectious Disease in January, we are very hopeful she can return to Uganda after that! 

We are very thankful for the progress that has been seen already, Avin was a bit sad to hear she is only allowed to walk or swim for the next few months, as far as physical activity goes. She's starting to feel better and was hoping to enjoy a few winter activities, she understands the reasoning but we don't blame her for being disappointed. 

Thank you for your continued prayers for Avin; for complete healing, to start feeling better on these prescribed antibiotics, and that she keeps a positive attitude while continuing to rest and recover! 

Although being in the hospital for 6 weeks was not without challenging moments we are just so thankful for the treatment Avin received and the excellent care by all the nurses and doctors at both Surrey Memorial Hospital and BC Children's Hospital, they really made all three of us feel at home in our little hospital room.  




We have been so proud of how Avin has handled these last few months, always relying on Jesus when she's scared or worried and never questioning why this has happened to her but instead wondering what amazing things He has planned for her life because of it. 

We are also so thankful for all of the support we have received, the visits and gifts have been so appreciated! We missed taking a few photos but we have felt so loved by all of you pictured above and everyone who has visited with us or sent encouraging messages from near and far. 




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lately in Uganda


10 sleeps until we see the boys! 

While us girls have been in Canada the boys have been very busy in Uganda working, homeschooling and hosting 2 different teams. Our co-worker Rachel brought a team of 6 other women at the end of September. Many of these women have been supporting different students or ministries in Kibaale for some time, it is always so special to see sponsors meet the students and their families who they have been sponsoring. 



They were also able to raise money to build one of our students a new home, thank you ladies for all of your hard work and support of Kibaale! 

Most recently the Missions Director of Village Church, Randy Watson and his wife Jamie who is an amazing photographer, brought a team of 10 people to help out in all areas of the Kibaale Community Centre, they also came to see how their church can continue to support us in the future. We are so thankful for all of these photos and many more that Jamie took in Uganda! 

Oh I miss him, and even Buff! 

Jeff said in our absence the boys really stepped up and helped him out hosting the teams; organizing things ahead of time and running around behind the scenes to keep things going smoothly. 

With 1,000 students in Kibaale a large part of our teams is spending time in the classrooms with our students. 


Lots of crafts were done this week with the students and they loved it! 



A much needed renovation is starting to take place in all of our classrooms, the team got to help us start with our first class, Nursery A, it looks amazing. 


Sports day

Donations to the carpentry vocational class

Bore hole repairs

New medical supplies! The staff at our medical clinic were thrilled with the much needed donations they were given for the clinic. Some of the team members were nurses and were a huge help at our own clinic in  Kibaale and also with mobile clinics in neighbouring communities 
that saw more than 600 patients during the week. 


Jigger removal at the school


Mobile clinic




Home visits are always a favourite, we love how welcoming our community in Uganda is to all of our visitors. 

This is Rebecca, she is an RN at BC Children's Hospital and we were able to meet her while Avin was admitted there. Rebecca happened to be in the clinic the day that this little boy Noah was rushed in after being hit by a motorcycle. Our clinic was short staffed that day and Rebecca played a major role in helping him get treated and rushed to the nearest hospital 45 minutes away. We're so thankful for God's provision over Noah, having Rebecca who works at a Children's Hospital in Vancouver be right where she was needed on this day in Uganda! 



The girls at the Timothy Girls High School don't get to spend as much time with our teams because they are so busy studying, but we love showing up for one of their amazing chapel services. 



While Jeff was in Canada this summer one of his main fundraising goals was for the next phase of the Timothy Girls High School, thanks to several generous donations given we're now well on our way with the new dormitories which will allow 100 more girls to attend school in February! 

Thank you Village Church team for choosing to serve alongside us in Kibaale! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Behind the Scenes at the Zoo!


I love that after 10 years of living in Uganda we are still discovering fun new things to do on our days off! We had a day off all together at the end of the summer and we're so glad we decided to try this out. 

After going on several safaris the zoo isn't the most exciting place to go, but this experience, getting up and close to the animals and feeding them is now up there as a favourite! 

First stop was feeding the lions and leopards. Our guide started off doing this himself but of course asked my children if they wanted a turn too, I was just hoping their hands didn't slip! 


The giraffe are so friendly, and so tall! Always a favourite of our family. 





The shoebill was adorable, he greets you by bowing and let us get nice and close. He was really cute, Joel even gave him a hug. 


My favourite animal is the elephant, I love them on safari, they have so much personality! This was definitely my highlight of the day. 


The elephant just tried to steal baby Isabelle, oops! 

Even though I have seen photos of people with the cheetah's here and we were told they are used to seeing people so are friendly, I was still a bit nervous to have me and my kid this close. They say the only thing you can't be is nervous, they can tell, so just be calm and it's fine. That's a lot harder to do when they start licking your feet and eating your jeans, but I thankfully 
stayed calm!

You're supposed to be a bit older to see the cheetah but our guide let Finn go in quickly. 



These were just the highlights from the day or the best photos to share, but the chimpanzees are worth mentioning as well, we could just watch and interact with them for hours, they're hilarious.

We would definitely recommend this experience if you have a few hours to spend in Entebbe!