October Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends,

Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness for continuing to let us go into some of the facilities and share the love of Jesus with those in prison.

The staff continues to be allowed to go to the government run orphanage where we sing, dance, share God’s word, and do crafts and puzzles with the children. Kirabo is an amazing young man who was raised Muslim. He was on drugs and involved in gangs, but had a complete transformation when he turned his life over to Christ. He is a new creation and now spends his time serving in his church, and reaching others for the kingdom. He has been a volunteer and served at the National Rehabilitation Center with us for two years. Recently we were able to hire him part time to help lead our staff in worship, and teach in the facilities. The children at the orphanage absolutely adore him! He speaks their language and has a beautiful way of relating to these children who have been rejected and cast out, and desperately need a Savior. Kirabo is introducing them to the One who gave his life for them.

We were all allowed back in at the Rehabilitation Center for a short period of time, but right now, they are only allowing the medical staff in. Please pray that the doors will once again be open for the entire team to go back to do praise and worship, bible study, counseling, art, and tailoring. One of the remand homes has invited us back. We pray that door will remain open to us on a long term basis.

It looks like the earliest I could go back to Uganda, just for a visit, would be February. As you well know, travel plans have to be held very loosely as the pandemic continues. Please pray for my sweet roommate, Meredith, who is trying to pack up our apartment. She is attempting to sort through everything, decide what needs to be given away, thrown away, sold, used for her new home or stored all by herself. I never dreamed when I walked out of our home in March, that I would never go back to it!

60 Feet is trying to expand our donor base and acquaint more people with the work we do in Uganda. One way we’re doing this is through a platform called Donor See.

https://donorsee.com/sixtyfeet. I sent out information about it earlier this month, and many of you responded!! Thank you so much! The staff in Uganda has been working hard to add several new projects, so I encourage you to check it out!

The Lord blessed me with two wonderful trips this month. My granddaughter, Hannah, and I drove to NC where we met my son Shane and his family and spent a few days at a lakehouse, playing, swimming, and learning to paddle board. We then drove to VA where Hannah and I got to babysit my three granddaughters while Shane and Laura spent a night away. On our way back to Huntsville, we stopped in TN to visit my son Zack and his wife Cassy. Because Hannah had whitewater rafting on her bucket list, her Uncle Zack planned the outing for us. It was pouring rain, 63 degrees outside, and the water was 43 degrees, but we went whitewater rafting!! (Oh, the things you do for your grandchildren!)

The very next week I was able to reconnect with my niece and nephew in Nashville, then flew to St. Louis where I surprised two more grandchildren - they had flown in from TX, for a three day whirlwind visit of the city! My daughter, Jill, arranged everything and it was fabulous!! Having lived out of the country for most of the last 25 years, it has thrilled my heart to be able to spend unexpected time with my children and grandchildren. My heart still longs to return to Uganda, but until that day, I thank the Lord for what he is allowing me to do here.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. Y’all are the best!!!

Love,

Ava