Fresh Eyes

Over the past few months we have had several visitors, both socially and work related as well as our Action Team (known to expat community here as the ‘Mini Brits’). Whenever you have someone come, especially if it is their … Continued

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Monkey See Monkey Do

RB the Milkmonkey Oh how I love watching Connie play. Joe and I will often give each other a nudge when we see her doing something particularly funny or endearing, so we can share in watching whatever scene may be … Continued

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I am sorry that you are going

Connie with her friend Despite having had plenty of them over recent years, the goodbyes never seem to get any easier. After 4 busy months back in the UK the time came to say farewell to family and friends and … Continued

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Acen Dorothy

Life in Gulu is hard. Please read this guest post from our dear friend, Will Lathrop, Field Office Director, International Justice Mission, Gulu. Read, think and pray.  Who was Acen Dorothy? To her community she was property. She was a peasant … Continued

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Reuben Beck Bailey

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Team Ovenden’s newest member: Reuben Beck Bailey! He made his way speedily into the world on Sunday 24 April at 11.43am, less than half an hour after our arrival at hospital, and less … Continued

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“Cold…windy…wet” – (Glorious!)

“Cold..windy…wet” These were the first three words uttered by our slightly concerned looking little girl as we exited Leeds Bradford airport last month. It was a wonderful description, as it wasn’t really raining, just that wet air that is so…Glorious! For … Continued

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Christmas Greetings

  Warmest Christmas Greetings from Gulu! Christmas is just around the corner and in all this heat it’s snuck up on us without us realising. The combination of the tropical weather and Gulu not really celebrating Christmas in a way … Continued

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Nomad

We may not have been packing up a yurt each time, but the last few months have certainly felt very nomadic, visiting over 20 different places and sleeping in nearly as many beds. Our rental car was our version of … Continued

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When there’s no 999…

What do you do when you wake to find your 13 month old baby listless, sleepy, feverish and with shallow, rapid breathing? Call your GP? Call 999? But what if there’s no emergency number to call? This was the situation … Continued

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Home Assignment Schedule – Autumn ’15

Home Assignment is a time when we try to connect with the individuals and churches that are supporting us to be here in Uganda with our sending organisation BMS World Mission. We have more churches and supporters than we can … Continued

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Let’s Communicate

One of the sadnesses for me, as we prepare to leave Uganda for Home Assignment, is leaving my therapy clients. They bring me a ridiculous amount of joy. Thankfully for me, and for them I hope, Home Assignment isn’t long and I’ll … Continued

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Dignity

  One of my Ugandan friends is about to become an aunty again. She’s 20 and the oldest of 5 siblings. This time she is the aunt to the baby of her 11 year old sister. You have probably just … Continued

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