In 2018 alone so far, 3 mission teams spanning over 3 months in residence, visited CRM. Visiting teams are very important to the children, community, and local management team. It was decided to renovate the original family house that existed on the land that was purchased to build the Child Redeemed Home (CRM) in 2013 into the CRM Guest House. Since it is not ideal to displace kids from their rooms in the dorms when mission teams visit, creating a guest house became a need. This work was done with a separate donation and for less than $6,000. The building had been recently used for storage and some temporary stays as it had a leaky roof, dark interior, and unfinished walls which were havens for rats and bats. Well, Thanking God, it is open for teams….join us at CRM for a visit.
The renovation was extensive as the roof was removed, walls heighten 15″, wall vents installed, some interior walls altered or moved, interior walls raised all the way to the roof, an exterior window and door installed, interior doors installed, new roof installed with some translucent panels for natural lighting, plastering inside and outside, and painting. This yielded a layout with 4 private bedrooms, one which can function as a garage, a central meeting room, and an outside accessible utility room. It is quiet, private, cool, well lit, and rodent free. Next step, during the January trip, DC lighting and power will be installed. Bedding, curtains, and furniture for the meeting room will be added soon.
Here is what it looked like previously…
Just in case you always wondered how school buildings are constructed in Uganda, I am blogging photos of the various steps. In this update….the steel reinforced concrete “Ring Beam” and pillars have been cast at the door opening height on all walls. This supports the balance of the walls and the roof. Bricks have been laid on top of the Ring Beam to full height. The door and window frames are also being constructed. See the photos. The next step is the roof trusses.
The 4 room school building addition at Promise Primary is progressing on. The walls have been laid to the height which defines the top of the doors and windows. The next step is pouring the steel reinforced concrete “Ring Beam” layer that supports the weight of the walls above this point. The pillars for the porch overhang are also being poured. All of the balance of needed materials have been funded and are being accumulated on site. This must be very exciting for the kids currently in school and community. It is a prayer being answered before their eyes. Here are some photos….
Greg and I returned recently from visiting the Lord’s Servants Home (LSH) in Kitale, Kenya. It has been some time since our last visit. Our goals on this trip were to assess the effectiveness of the management, condition of the home, school, and children, and to fortify communications and objectives for the education and future of the Children that MSM has sponsored over the years. We found everyone doing well and preparing to start Term III of this school year. I specifically enjoyed meeting with the older kids who have finished High School and was encouraged with their progress….many of them are in college courses like Kenny in Nursing School and some working jobs, including Brenda who is now a teacher at the school. Others are in the planning stages of taking steps toward their future education and profession.
The Lord’s Ministries (TLM) is the Kenyan ministry that operates the LSH and school. Since our last visit, TLM has changed staff, assumed responsibility for operation funding, and has refocused on ministry objectives. This was all evident and positive.
Ken and wife, Judith, Directors of LSH and school
The partnership status with TLM involves that MSM provide for school fees and school supplies while TLM provide all other support and funding such as salaries, food, medical, and utilities. This trip was an unannounced visit and we verified that TLM has been acting in good faith to support the children in a healthy manner, operating the home and school as well as possible, and using the infrastructure in a responsible way. MSM will continue with this partnership arrangement which focuses on…..
- Assisting through funding the kids education in an accountable way.
- Trips to assist with the repair of the buildings and assets used to care for the children.
- Encourage and bless them in a Gospel way.
We supported these objectives on this trip by paying school fees, shopping for school supplies the older kids need, buying new mattresses and bedding, and making plans for an infrastructure and spiritual support trip in 2019.
Thank you for your support of MSM on behalf of these children. It has made a difference in their lives. Enjoy some current photos.
One rewarding thing about being in the “Working for God” business is networking with and meeting such a variety of people that are working out their heart’s calling and serving in their own way. Trip 22 in June was Robyn and her family of 6 kids, visiting and serving in the country of their two adopted children. This trip includes 3 awesome young people representing Love Exchange United. Ve’Neesha, Mariah, and Nathanael arrived in mid July. Ve’Neesha will be leaving in early October, while the other two spent 6 weeks there.
Serving on a mission trip is about loving others, putting their needs out front, and showing that love in a way unique to how God has blessed you and formed your heart. Mariah just loved the children and enriched their lives with her fellowship. The same for Ve’Neesha, founder of Love Exchange United, with the addition that she has a heart for the Children in a nearby village of Kuslwe and the Rock View Primary School….lobbying for their needs and education and provided the purchase of dozens of mattresses, school supplies, and fees. Nathanael shared his gift of music and worship with the kids, schools, and communities and helped provide some musical instruments…guitar and keyboard for CRM. He and the kids wrote and recorded a number of original songs. These folks have shared their greatest gifts, their love, talents, and time. Thank you.