The beginning of June concluded our holiday time, but we had to have one last special event before we started school again. As usual, before each term begins the children of Lulwanda invite their good neighbor friends to come for a day of fun and fellowship. So on June 3 LCH had over 230 children on site for our Good Neighbor Day. This day was filled with feasting, praise and worship, Bible Study, free interaction, and games and fun. It is a blessing to be able to give back to our community and we are thankful to the sponsors of the Good Neighbor Day.
The second term officially began on June 6th and children resumed their normal schedule of classes. The Lulwanda campus also became a lot quieter as we said goodbye to our 56 secondary children who attend boarding school. But we have enjoyed seeing Ritah and Zulufa, two of our oldest girls who have a different school schedule since they are now in a trade school studying catering and hotel management.
Though Ritah and Zulufa missed much of the holiday activites of the previous month, they did have the special opportunity of hosting a team at their home, Tendo, for a week. The nights I visited I saw them busy helping to prepare “mzungu food,” playing games and teaching the team members about Ugandan culture. These two girls also have continued a small business of making and selling “posho chips” (our best attempt at tortilla chips) to the mzungu missionary community.
As the Aunties and Uncles at LCH, we are very proud of our secondary children’s accomplishments and leadership roles. Mercy has served as the assistant president of the Educate club, Ivan Kuloba was the mobilizer of the Educate club. The six girls at Tororo Girls School often lead worship for their whole school. Josephat led his school choir in the musical presentation for the school’s Patron Saint Day and is the current head of the science department for the Educate club. Allen is an active member of the Red Cross at school. John plays as the goalie for his school’s football team and has an epic story of his team’s giant comeback. While on the LCH campus Davis serves as the Head Boy with Joel as the assistant Head Boy. And Joyce is the Head Girl.
We are always happy to have old friends return to Lulwanda and all the children were very happy to see Sarah H again, after 3 long years. Though a brief visit, she was able to have time with the younger children at LCH and was able to visit two of our secondary schools: St. Paul and St. Mary. What a sweet reunion to reconnect with the children she worked closely with on many of her video projects of the past.
On June 16th our beloved Uncle John left to be with his family for the remainder of their furlough in Georgia. He worked tirelessly before departing to assure that the new pineapple farm was up and running with a nice fence to keep the village cattle out, that all the buildings got a fresh coat of paint, that the new smell-free pig pen was complete and the three piglets were bought, that the new high-volume milk producing cow arrived from Kenya, and that the revamped kitchen was completed, among his many other daily tasks. Praise God with us for all the staff and missionaries that carry the vision and hard work ethic to serve the “least of these” in Uganda. Everyone at Lulwanda eagerly looks forward to the whole Palmer family to return at the end of July.
June ended with the arrival of both the Books are the Beginning team and the Global Journey team. But the highlights of their time at Lulwanda Children’s Home will have to be described in July’s PC report.