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Our Book

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One Saturday morning in 2004, I woke up early (around 5am) with my mind racing about an idea I had for writing a book. I laid there for about a half hour while I planned the book out in my mind, before finally getting up and typing out a brief outline on the computer. When Alisha got up, we discussed it and began the process of developing it further. Now, nearly 6 years later, the book that I awoke with in my mind and we worked out together over many hours, days, weeks, months and years is finally published! The book is titled: 'The First Steps, A Parent's Guide to Fighting Autism". Obviously, this directly relates to our own journey with helping our son Brodie battle this disorder. But beyond that, it's a guide for other parents who are in a similar boat - in particular, those that are new to autism and don't know what steps to take to help their child. We wrote this to be a very practical, easy to read book that gives very specific things you can do to reorient y…

Gabriel

About 3 weeks ago, our house-helper Monica started talking about a man she kept seeing off the side of the road (near the rock quarry, for those of you who have been here) each day when she passed by on her way home from work. The man caught her eye because he was fairly old for a Ugandan, possibly late 60’s, and yet he didn’t seem to have a home or anything to do. It’s not terribly uncommon to see homeless people here – you can spot them fairly easily. But this man was different. He didn’t look filthy or mentally ill, though he did look like he wasn’t completely healthy.
For about a week, as Monica passed by, she felt like God was asking her to give away an athletic shirt that Alisha had given her. So, one afternoon she decided to bring the shirt along with her to give to the man. When she did, she realized that he was from another part of the country since he didn’t speak Luganda. He also didn’t speak English, so one of the quarry workers had to translate.
The man’s name was Ga…