|We found green friends,|
|flowers still blooming,|
|and sadly, more deforestation.|
While we were away, Karamojong shepherds had moved closely by our homestead and cut down many trees to make a temporary corral, which they evacuated within a few days. We get so frustrated to see this and feel so powerless to stop it. There is no respect for the environment and little thought of how long it takes these adult trees to grow (long years in our rocky soil). This tree was a demarcation of our land boundary, and was carelessly chopped down without respect for it's marking. On top of that, they didn't even use this precious tree. To us, it appeared that they chopped it down either for fun, or to make a statement. Either way, it was a waste. More and more in Timu, this is happening as the Karamojong are bringing their animals and moving onto Ik lands. Do they ask? Nope. Just another example of how the Ik continue to be marginalized.
|Our beautiful daughter on her first birthday as our adopted child|
|Christmas brunch of banana coffee cake and hash browns|
Around noon, we heard singing at the church, so we went over to investigate. They were holding a Christmas day service. Pastor Jacob preached a wonderful, gospel-filled message.
and another day began with a beautiful sunrise. This is our life, and we are resolved to enjoy it for as long as we have it.