It was awesome to be back in Uganda and with the kids, friends, schools, and church again after 15 months away. I thank God that COVID has not been harsh in the rural communities of Uganda and that the Child Redeemed Mission Home (CRM), Promise Primary School (PPS), and Rock View Primary School (RVPS) have done well in operations, improvements, and preparations for resuming full operations over that time. Rick and Bob spent the last two weeks of May visiting Noah as he recovers from a brain injury, making upgrades and repairs to the facilities, launching new projects, and connecting with everyone again. There will be a number of updates to follow this one. I thought just showing some happy faces would be a good first update. Thank you for your prayers and support. More to follow….
2020 saw a complete shutdown of school activities in Uganda due to Covid19. For safety reasons, the kids at CRM were sheltering at the home and this is what they did. Music, singing, and dancing are a passion at CRM as well as worshipping our Lord. Collectively this group of kids expressed themselves by writing, composing, choreographing, and performing these original music videos which were funded as an education opportunity during the Covid shut down in 2020 and early 2021. Enjoy!
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2020 was a crazy year and COVID19 may have kept kids out of school in Africa and stopped a few mission trips but it did not slow us in our purpose of service. We had, in fact, a very productive and loving year working for Children, Widows, and the Needy. The year end report has been archived to the website and can be linked here. 2020 Year End Report Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement, involvement, and support. It is an honor to work with you all and to realize that this is humbly, how God works through us.
Bob Hillebrand, Director – Mission Servants Ministry
We were all privileged this past year to participate in God’s mission work during the crazy year of 2020. We were able to work toward progress and hope among fear and uncertainty….toward health and growth among loss and disease and love and friendship among hate and selfishness. This was a tough year but we praise God for His work through us this year and holiday season.
Christmas….All the kids sponsored by MSM at The Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya were given a supply of food for their guardian families.
The kids at Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda received new clothes and the ones living with guardian families during Covid received a food supply gift.
MSM partnered with the Lyavo Bible Church and local community leadership to repair flood damage to the main bridge and road into the community after a historic rainy season.
Major construction was launched at the Rock View Primary School to build a new 5 room class building and finish the recently constructed 2 room building. In 2 months, it is under roof by this time.
In addition, two homes for widows and orphans were constructed in partnership with local churches. All children are in school or preparing to start in January. Over a dozen older kids are in college classes. The teachers at Promise Primary were employed during 2020 Covid shutdown. A new kitchen was built at Promise Primary. Repairs were made to the kitchen at CRM. A new Directors House was completed at CRM and Emma and Gorretti married and made it a Home.
MSM also organized local outreach in Concord, NC for needy patients under kidney dialysis treatment. 29 families were served with food and supplies at Thanksgiving and Christmas along with other individual acts of service and love.
We praise God for your prayers, love, and support. Mission Servants Ministry is fullfilling it’s purp[ose and mission without interuption. Thank you all for your continued support.
God’s blessings to you this New Year!
Bob Hillebrand and team at Mission Servants
Children and staff at Child Redeemed Mission Home – Uganda
Children and staff at Promise Primary School – Uganda
Children and staff at Rock View Primary School – Uganda
Children and staff at Lords Servants Home – Kenya
Lyavo Community – Kenya
Teso Outreach – Kenya
Most of the classes may not be operating this year but efforts to prepare for a large education demand in 2021 continues. It is anticipated that many private schools will not be able to reopen due to the Covid economic hardship. Government and surviving private schools are planning to reopen in January 2021 and resume the interrupted school year from March 2020 as Term 2 (of 3 total).
Two projects were put in motion at Rock View Primary School. A new latrine and a new 5 room class building. This adds capacity to cover the growing number of kids and full N-7 classes.
The latrine is complete….
The 5 Room Class Building project is a joint project and primarily funded by the Love Exchange United mission which is focused on education in the Kuslwe, Uganda community. It will be complete and ready for the start of school in January. We are also going to add windows and doors and brick work to the 2 room building built last year.
Previous capital projects by MSM at this school include assisting on the 2 Room Class Building, assisting on finishing a girls dorm building, and building a playground.
Thanks to technology allowing rapid communication, sharing of photos, and reliable and inexpensive transfer of funds, we are able to continue the mission on our hearts….Helping kids to grow up safe, be educated, learn about the love of Jesus Christ, and be part of the solution to their community’s problems. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Bob and the Mission Servants Team