With the following link you come to my first newsletter written after return to DR Congo.
I am definitely looking forward of welcoming them at Entebbe Airport Monday evening and to spend time with them. This time includes a visit to Murchison Falls National Park before I will go to Adi for a week.
Yes, I will go back to Adi. My home church doesn’t permit Wiebe and Heleen to come because of security concerns. I was very disappointed, because I know that Adi is safe. However, my disappointment may be great, I plan to give it all to give them a good time and even while not being able to share my ministry in person, I will try to share it every way I can.
I left Adi on Wednesday August 7 to go to Koboko and the next day I had a long bustrip to Kampala on Thursday. But the reception at Matoke Inn was, as usual, warm and friendly. I stayed there for a couple of days until Sunday afternoon the AIM conference for Central Region started. It was about rest. We need time alone with God, to be built up and just rest in His arms. It was a good time, but still with a lot going on.
Abedju and Aru
July was busy and sometimes hectic, as in the beginning of the month I was sick. I even had to cancel two workshops that I had planned in the first full week of July. One I could plan in later in the month and it went well. The school chaplains and headmasters of secondary schools in the church districts of Aru and the new church district of Ariwara came to Abedju for a two-and -a-half day workshop of Channels of Hope. I went there with Ayila, with whom I worked in October as well.
July 30 was a very special day. Graduation day for Margaret Badaru, my friend who I hope will be involved in the treatment program for people living with HIV at the hospital and also in the AIDS Program. She graduated as a registered nurse after three years of intensive study.
The three days following the graduation, I stayed in Aru to have a rest and time off to connect with God, which was a very good time. Saturday August 3rd a big wedding was organised in Aru and I was invited. I knew the groom, had given him advice and help about his studies (Theology at the University Shalom Bunia) and his wedding. His wife is the daughter to the Bible Institute director in Adi. At the reception I got a big surprise, I was given one of the wedding cakes. After the wedding I went back to Adi again.
After conference I went with a former short termer Caroline Bell and her colleagues to Moroto where they are serving with AIM under the Karamojong. Margaret went with me. We hope to see some of the work.
Visit from Wiebe and Heleen, Members of my home church in The Netherlands
I will be going back to Kampala at the end of this month, to wait there for Wiebe and Heleen. I am looking forward to their visit. There are some questions and issues to be solved, so I like to ask your prayers for these.
I posted a photo on facebook. A picture that I placed on FB in 2012 and I have fond memories of that month. It was when the daughter of friends visited and she worked in the maternity as in The Netherlands she was studying at that time to be a midwife. The picture then only received positive feed-back. What was on there? A woman on the delivery table, face not really visible, but legs and tummy showed. The midwife and the friend’s daughter were waiting for the woman to deliver her baby. The delivery was approaching.
Facebook popped it up as a memory and I posted it again last week. I was bombarded with remarks, and they were all negative. How could I post a picture like that??? This was not to be done!!! I tried to delete the photo, but apparently I failed. More remarks made the picture pop up again and again. I became angry. Frustrated. Not only with the remarks, that were from good friends, but also because I just could not delete the picture.
That evening when I went to bed, I started thinking. What about all those young girls, young people, who place in their innocence a nude picture of themselves and get bombarded with all kinds of negative remarks, and also threats that if they don’t post more of those kinds of pictures, it will be made public, to parents, other friends, and whoever… Girls even committed suicide because they could not turn it back, because they could not delete the one picture they uploaded in good faith on the internet.
I don’t know if my picture still circulates on FB or not. I don’t care. And I don’t care anymore if I will still get all kinds of negative feed-back. However, that said, I like to ask people to think before they post anything on FB (that one is for me) or before you react to a picture or a post. If it is negative, instead of just being negative, try to be positive as well. Or send a private message.
And maybe someone can help me, and all those young people. How can you delete a post from FB, if the delete button doesn’t seem to work???