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The Gibsons in Uganda

Our Update for September/October 2018
 
"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him."
Psalm 28:7
Joy-reflections from a wedding
 
Recently, Claire and I were invited to the wedding of Michael, one of my ex-students, and his fiancé Loy. Michael qualified from Makerere vet school 3 years ago and has been working in small animal practice in Kampala since then. Michael still calls me periodically and I visit him at the practice where he works to discuss and help him with difficult cases. 

The wedding was held at Michael and Loy's church and then a reception at some nearby gardens. What struck me during the day, and is hopefully reflected in the picture of the happy couple above, is how joyful everyone there was. From the youngest to the oldest, friends and family were united in their joy and this flowed out in dancing, singing and joyful cries of support for the couple. Sometimes we Brits are known for our reserve and keeping things all in, but the Bible speaks so many times of the joy of the Lord and how He delights in us and that we should be overflowing with joy and praise because of his goodness to us.

A few years ago when he was a student, Michael spoke to me and encouraged me saying ,"Please keep on teaching and helping us. You are making a difference here." Now Michael himself accepts students for placements at the practice where he works and is instrumental in teaching the next generation of vets in Uganda.

At the end of the wedding, when we were saying our goodbyes, Michael leaned over to Claire and said how much he valued the help and guidance that he had received. From my perspective, I think it's the other way around. Michael and the other students I teach have changed my life. They have made me think outside of myself. God has used me to guide and mentor them in their professional and spiritual lives, but they have also taught me a lot. 

A New Year and some New Staff

 
Once again, God has provided many excellent teachers for Acacia primary and secondary campuses. Most teachers have stayed on, but there have been a few new additions, who are settling into school life here fantastically. We have also had some new students who we have been delighted to welcome.

Recently, at the secondary school, I was in my office and a teacher came to see me as they wanted to say that a new student had prayed and given their life to Christ. This is Acacia, this is the environment where Christ's love is demonstrated as students learn, and it's infectious.
Acacia International School Staff 2018-2019
Perfect Partners
Following our appeal for in our last newsletter and our time visiting some of you this summer, we are delighted to announce that your giving has increased so that our support is out of the danger zone. To those of you who partner with us in our work here in Uganda and support us in so many ways. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
 Birthday Girls!
 
This time of the year is when Ruby and Jessica both have their birthdays. Ruby became a teenager (How did that happen!) and Jessica turned 11. In Ugandan English, the phrase used is, 'What age are you making?" So Ruby is making 13 and Jess is making 11.
Ruby had some friends for a sleepover and Jess had a giant chocolate chip cookie for a cake!
Recent eyeball dissection with Year 11 at Acacia. Florence and a friend have fun in the rain.
Singing Stars
Ruby and Jessica were asked to help provide entertainment at a recent school event on the senior school roof.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Michael and Loy as they seek to honour God in  their marriage, work and church. 
  • Praise God for the new staff and students that have joined Acacia. Pray that they will be blessed as they are a blessing to others. 
  • Pray for our family for wisdom and discernment for us.  
  • Pray for the new Christian at the senior school that they would be encouraged and discipled in their faith.
Some Fun from around Kampala
Nice to see Aldi expanding into Uganda! Taxis are a constant source of wisdom!
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