Dearest of Dears,
Verses from Ecclesiastes for a graduate:
These verses are for Kato. Our first graduate.
"Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."
I have known Kato since he was four (4) years old. Kato was always smiling. The first four years of Kato's life were filled with difficult circumstances. Some of those circumstances caused Kato to be developmentally unable to succeed in academics. But at four years old, Kato chose to smile.
The only time I remember Kato not smiling was one day when he came to me and said, "I want to go away from school. I cannot learn like other people learn and my grades are not good, and I do not think my grades will get any better."
The time for Kato to take the Uganda Primary Leaving Exam was some weeks away. Kato and I talked, and I promised to find a school where he could learn if he would do his best to make a "pass" on his national examination.
"Mommy, this is Kato. I Love You. Thank you for my school."
I rang a social worker/probation officer and asked her to find a vocational school for Kato. She found a school for Kato. Kato made a pass on his examination.
The bursar from the school rang me frequently during the three years to comment on how much the teachers loved Kato and how well he was doing in his class work. She commented that Kato was always smiling. Earlier this year I received a phone call late in the night, "Mommy, this is Kato. I Love You. Thank you for my school." Then "click" phone call over-airtime finished.
Dad Andrew, Mom Ruth, Michael and I attended the graduation ceremony on Friday 3 November. There were anxious phone calls the night before to be assured that we were all coming to see him graduate.
Kato came to greet us dressed in his cap and gown and expressing his joy with his beautiful smile! The four of us were so impressed with Kato's confident attitude and his ability to express himself!
It was for us confirmation from The Lord that we had made a good decision in sending Kato to a school environment where he could succeed. Kato finished a three-year vocational stream and received a diploma in mechanics and a diploma in welding.
Kato told us he would be getting a job soon. He said he did not want to rest now that his school work was over, because he would get lazy and then not want to look for a job. He told us if he looks for work as a mechanic and the job is not there, then he will look for work as a welder.
Part of the vocational program is an apprenticeship in your area of study. And many of the students are offered jobs with the people they do their apprenticeship with. Kato is confident that he has the skills to succeed in getting a job and living an independent life.
WOW! This is what we are all about at Michael & Carolyn Guardian Trust. And to actually see a graduate who is expressing all the things we have prayed for our students to be was a joy and a confirmation that this is what God has called us to do at this time in our lives.
And this is just the beginning!
I have much more to tell you, but I will save it for later.
From your friend and Ordinary Missionary,
I Love You
Uganda EAST AFRICA
5 November 2017
"Even when I am old and gray do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come." Psalm 71:18
Michael & Carolyn Guardian Trust
PO Box 68
Uganda EAST AFRICA