Tricked out. Pretty much finished. Next step is building a latrine, building desks and furniture, and welcoming teachers and students.
Greg Perkins, frequent visitor, and the Thomas family, Dr Randall, his wife Cheryl, and daughter Susan, and I will leave on August 1st and return on August 17th. We will all go to Kitale, Kenya and stay at the Lord’s Servants Home. The children will be out of school on break during this time. Cheryl and Susan will have lots of opportunity to love on and do activities with the kids and community. Randall is an eye doctor and will use his skills among the children and community who likely have never had their eyes cared for. We also have several projects planned around the home as well as work to prepare the new Lord’s Servants Academy for opening in September.
Greg, Randall, and I plan to take 3 days and travel to Uganda, visiting the Stream of Hope Home. The kids will be out of school as well and we plan eye, teeth, and basic health checks. Several facilities and operational improvements should be under way at this new orphanage and we will help facilitate them and plan for the next 6 months.
Of course our primary goal is to encourage the Pastors and Children and share the love of Jesus Christ in a real and practical way. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers for wisdom, stamina, and provisions as we prepare. Thank you!
Since this orphanage project began with our visit in February, we have seen it grow into the beginnings of a real orphanage home. By “REAL”, I mean a home where each child has a chance to thrive through education, security, love, and care, to grow up and have hope to fulfill the purpose that God created them for. 20 boys and 20 girls are staying at the two SOHAC Homes. Several people have helped partner with us and God is working mightily. I love this!!! Praise God!
We have started a sponsorship program for each child to have one sponsor. $40 per month. 100% of the donations will go towards funding the expenses for the children. The greatest benefit is that each child will know that someone is praying for and caring about them. See the www.missionservants.org website for more details. Nearly all of the children still need sponsors. Please pray about if this is something you and your family would be blessed with.
We have funneled funds to provide needed health care and medicine. We have learned that 7 children have serious conditions with Sickle-cell anemia and HIV/AIDS. Medicine is now made available for these kids. Illnesses of malaria, worms, dental pain, and other widespread flu-like cases have been treated over the past few months.
We are providing regular food and supplies.
We have paid the school fees for all 46 children, purchased shoes, and provided school uniforms and general supplies. Paying for a child’s education tells even the littlest ones that their future is important and they are valued! All the children attend a very good school.
We have supported Pastor Paul (Isabirye) and his team in moving to 2 different facilities, one for boys and one for girls. These were unfinished homes and Pastor Paul and his team have worked to finish the concrete floors and erect an outside kitchen shelter.
The very next thing needed is to provide beds for each child so they can sleep up off the floor and be covered with mosquito nets. This will improve the health and morale of the children immensely. A photo of the steel beds we plan to buy is below. The whole project includes 14 triple-decker beds, 2 double-decker beds for matrons, blankets, sheet, towels, mattresses, and mosquito nets all transported to the home. The cost is $3,900. I am trusting in God to provide this and praise Him in all He has done.