Publications Linda and Tim Darby Hope December 2020

Thank you to all of you for your constant prayers and communications;for the many cards and gifts to the kids this year and for Christmas (they have loved reading and opening the packages).

We are also thankful for WET Consulting as we have been able to continue with drilling boreholes and have done one more private one and a community borehole in the last month.

We do have an issue (actually multiple issues) with the car we use for transporting our drilling team; it's a 1992 Toyota Landcruiser and is perfect in many ways for the rough roads (and no roads) we often find ourselves on.

The problem is that because of its age and the roads it has been on there have been a lot of expensive repairs recently, which does mean we have less money for community work.

For UCLF, we continue with the radio programs and 'Yakhal' and 'Qaval' for the new year as we wait to see when schools will open and when we can reenter and restart child protection trainings within the schools. We are very thankful for opportunities that we have had during these months of COVID restrictions to go on radio, and have been able to reach multitudes of communities far and wide to the north west.

Linda and Tim Darby Hope December 2020 Dear Friends As we write, advent is about to begin, so we are reminded of waiting and hoping for the coming of Jesus.

In our home church in the UK we usually light a candle on the four Sundays before Christmas.

Linda was recently listening to one of her favorite Bible study blogs and podcasts, the Bible project (which is a nonprofit animation studio helping people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus). In one of their videos related to advent season, Dr Tim West explores the Hebrew meaning of hope in the Bible.

He stated that Biblical hope is not optimism which is based on circumstances getting better, rather it is a focus on God's character as a basis that the future will be better than the past; that God's promises to save and restore the world will come to pass.

'Hope' is both in Hebrew 'to wait for' (Yakhal) but also 'tension and expectation in waiting' (Qaval).

For many communities around the World, 2020 has been full of despair, death, disappointment and disassociation.

However, as followers of Jesus we have a Biblical hope as we usher in the new year, that the future will be better than the past, in that the Kingdom of God will indeed come to full fruition.

This week we celebrated the North American tradition of Thanksgiving with our British colleagues, our Ugandan pastor and his family, as well as our American neighbor and GGT director, Alex. It was even more poignant this year to take time to reflect on the year and thank God for what he has done in 2020, despite the pandemic.

We are so thankful for God's provision for GGT; we have had several applicants for teaching positions and pray that God will guide the board and Alex, the director, to the right people for the three positions.

As mentioned in our previous newsletters, three of the five teachers are on maternity and paternity leave next year.

Our prayer requests and thanksgiving are: Thanksgiving for Hope Thanksgiving for the radio shows Prayers for the right teachers for Gulu Globetrotters Prayers for the repair and solidity of the WET car Peaceful lead up to Ugandan presidential elections on 14 January We leave you with words of the poet in Lamentations 3:21 who, in the midst of sadness, had this hope: “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.

The Lord's loving kindnesses' indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul,'Therefore I have hope in Him.'

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.

May you have a Merry, Joyful Christmas and Blessed New Year!

Tim, Linda, Joshua, Annabelle and Elsa

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