There is work to be done. A lot of it. We need written policies in many areas, a standardized plan for the curriculum, better books. We need to work out regulations for our boards, roles for the mission and the administration. We need to reduce dependence on outside donations by increasing our political savvy when it comes to in-country grants, which could improve sustainability. We need to pay teachers higher salaries, which might enable us to increase the professional level of our staff. This will take time, years, though we can make a good start within the next year, the process of strengthening community ownership and internal accountability, will not happen overnight. The fruition of stability will likely occur beyond the lifespan of any of the current missionaries. Pray that new families ready to dedicate themselves to this vision, would begin to emerge. Pray that God would lead us to excellent and godly Ugandan teachers and administrators, as well. If there are people like these two men out there, then anything is possible!
And that is probably the greatest thing the consultants offered: perspective. This school has great potential. The decade of work so far has borne fruit. The problems we see are not unique, and those who have lived and worked in Uganda far longer than we have give us hope that it is worth the effort. Pray for us to take the advice to heart, to consider bold change, to honor our commitments to the families of students, to strive for God's glory in this place. As the teachers like to write on the bottom of exams . . the struggle continues.