Impact summary….we really enjoyed the opportunities to make personal differences in the lives of the kids and community and participate in the efforts of the churches. We partnered with the Voice of God Church which serves the SOH Home and community and the Teso Church in Torroro.
We saw several people come to accept Jesus as savior. Last Sunday during service, a woman stood up and the whole church exploded into screams and dancing with joy and excitement. The woman was a practicing witch whom the church has been praying for and had decided that Christ was her savior and to be born again.
We also saw churches get excited about serving their communities, children being excited about school and their future, the community to see a practical example of the love of Jesus Christ, improved the health of the children and community, and for the children to feel less “Fatherless”.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and support that made this possible. It was everyone that did this….we were the fortunate ones that got to witness it personally.
I am actually in the long process of returning home. It was a good trip and we completed all of our target projects. We made a big impact on the home operationally and security wise. Here is an outline….
- installed two additional batteries and new control panels in the main control room and in each building.
- installed new wiring and lights in all the rooms of the girls dorm.
- installed 7 motion sensing security lights around the compound.
- installed lights in the latrines and bath houses.
- built 10 shelving units.
- built 5 tables.
- built roosts in the new chicken coop.
- installed a new hose system to transfer water to storage tanks.
- cemented the areas between buildings and created rain water removal ditches all to reduce mud.
- installed gutters and two storage tank space on the girls dorm to collect rainwater.
- instaled a hood and electric fan over the cookers in the kitchen.
- installed 3 cyclone vents in the roof above the kitchen and dining hall to remove heat and smoke.
- installed new and additional lights in the kitchen.
- built furniture for the guard shack.
- finished the roof on the guard shack
I’m forgetting a dozen smaller projects. We were busy and enjoyed the instant gratification of the improvements being gratefully used. Praising God for all.
Thank you all for your support and prayers for us.
Running in rural African is awesome. Getting off the main dirt road and into the winding two tracks and trails beyond the trading centers at dawn is beautiful. Mist settling in the acacia trees in the valleys, chickens and cows being the only noise, children waking to school fascinated with seeing an old white man running, people carry their farm tools walking to their fields …very cool. Many times someone will take off and run with me…dress pants and sandals and do well. One guy was on his way to work in the next village.
When the SOH kids are out of school, several will run with me. A few use sandals and others prefer to just go barefoot. They will go 4 or 5 miles at a good pace. It is special for me when they join me. I peek in their rooms 1/2 hr. Before dawn and say “who wants to run?”, and they jump up out of bed.
I know to get in shape for running here since we are in a hilly area at about 3500 feet elevation, on the equator. Yeah it’s hot.
First day of school for the new year for 5 High Schoolers and 23 grade schoolers. They were so excited. It was fun to be part of this. 11 kids are already at a Trade School in Jinja. Thank you to all sponsors and supporters!
Here are some photos….
Mission completed for three of the team. Jon, Emily, and Rick are heading home and I will stay a few more weeks. It was a good two weeks at SOH, accomplishing our plan and an addition of Medical/Dental/Reading glasses outreach to the community which turned out to be the most important part of the trip. The outreach lasted 3 days and reached the entire area around the orphanage.
We served roughly 250 people with basic medical and medicine by Dr. Ben from Kenya, Dental assistance including teeth pulling by a clinic in Kamuli, and reading glasses. We have tons of stories, many very appreciative people, and a very elderly man who finally accepted Christ as his Saviour in the dentist office due to the love and care we showed him. Praise God!
Several projects were completed including lighting, gutters for rain collection and furniture building. Here are a few photos….