...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
On behalf of our Mission Board and Missionaries we would like to extend our Christian sympathy to our brother Douglas Kyaligamba in Uganda on the sudden death of his wife Faridah on Easter Sunday 1st April. His wife had left Kampala on Wednesday to attend a Christian Seminar at Mbarara. On the return journey on Good Friday morning on a Coaster twenty-eight seater bus, the vehicle met with an accident at which seven people died instantly at the scene.

Faridah and the others who were injured were taken to the local Mbarara University Hospital where she was admitted to ICU. She was unable to be transferred to hospital in Kampala as the doctors felt she wasn’t stable enough to make the journey.

Despite the valiant efforts of her husband Douglas to hire medics, a life support machine and an ambulance from the International Hospital in Kampala she died in the hospital in Mbarara. She was a genuine and sincere Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and though we mourn her passing we know that her soul has gone to be with Christ.

She leaves behind three children, Jireh aged eleven, Jairus aged seven and Javeline aged five. Together with her husband she helped to look after seventeen other children three of whom are students in Emmanuel Christian School.

As a Mission Board we have appreciated the help given by Douglas in various practical matters in the work in Uganda over these past few years. In the early formative days of the Emmanuel School, Faridah was a director and bursar. She and Douglas were also married in the Emmanuel Church.

We want to assure Douglas and his family of our prayers and support at this sad time.

Our condolences are also extended to Rev. and Mrs Noel Kelly, as Faridah was their adopted daughter in Uganda. We pray that the Lord will draw near to them all and comfort their sorrowing hearts.

We ask for special prayer for Rev. David Park who has travelled out together with Mr Hugh McClenaghan at very short notice to be preach at the funeral service on Tuesday 3rd April. Do pray that the ministry of God’s Word will be a help and comfort to all.

Please remember in your prayers Miss McAfee and Mr Foster that they together with the Staff of Emmanuel Christian School will be able to support and encourage the family in the days ahead.

We know not the divine reasons behind such a human tragedy but we are assured there is a day coming when God will unfold the canvas and explain the reasons why.

John 13:7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

1. My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me;
I cannot choose the colours
He worketh steadily.
Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.

2. Not till the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skilful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
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