Trip 20 to Uganda, Post 1

A small team of 3 of us will meet at Child Redeemed Mission (Formerly SOH, Stream of Hope) for mission trip #20 for Mission Servants to Africa and the 12th to Uganda.  Ve’Neesha got a head start on Gary and I and has been there for a week already loving on the kids at CRM and in a village she visited a year ago.  Gary and I leave Wednesday 9 August.

Please pray for us.  Here is a summary…..

Focus:

  • Child mentoring, sharing with, and loving. Community serving and loving.
  • Projects….
    • Improve playground and install a steel swing set frame.
    • Build steel soccer goal frames and install nets.
    • Additional Security lighting installation around the compound.
    • Move the well water tap closer to the kitchen.
    • Complete the concrete work between the buildings for rain water flow.
    • Replace valves on 2 water tanks.
    • Plant more trees.
    • Carpentry and construction.
  • Review open items needed for adding 22 children to CRM.
  • Water quality improvement project at the community school. Meet and plan to execute this project on the next trip.
  • Management topics with Staff, Government, Hospital, Legal, and Accounting persons.
  • Prepare and plan for the next trip in January.
  • Visit two schools in the area that are sponsored by similar ministries, to encourage.
  • Visit the Teso ministry. Leave 25 more audio Bibles.

Prayer Needs:

  • Wisdom and guidance about expanding the home with 22 new kids.
  • Wisdom during Management Topic meetings and discussions so we are God-honoring.
  • Wisdom and guidance as we mentor and encourage the two schools we visit.
  • That we are led into Evangelism and Community Outreach projects by the Holy Spirit.
  • Safety and peace for Gary and Bob in Africa and for Kathy and Mary Lynn at home.
  • Health of the kids physically and spiritually, that they know the love of Christ Jesus.
  • God’s will and peace in the national elections in Kenya.

Photos from Ve’Neesha’s visit so far…

Too soon, Alex!

Alex Wakasa, 19, left us in this life and his 40 Brothers and Sisters at Child Redeemed Home in Uganda a few days ago.  He fell sick after we left our visit at the home in early June, went in the hospital, and slipped away over the next two weeks.  As is unfortunately not uncommon, it is not known what was wrong with him.

Alex was a very pleasant young man.  He struggled as an orphan with poor relatives and consequently because he wasn’t in school early in life.  He joined the home in 2014 at age 16 and entered the 4th grade.  Alex tried Trade School after that then spent about a year on the streets running from a youthful mistake.  He came back to the home about 4 months ago in a weak state but was welcomed and very grateful.  We had made plans with him to join Motorbike Taxi (Boda Boda) School and buy a motorcycle for him to earn a living.  He was really excited about that.

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Photo of Alex taken while on a hike with us to climb a rocky outcrop about 2 miles from the home.  It was a really good day.

 

Alex was buried at a home of a relative yesterday and is missed by his Brothers and Sisters at CRM and relatives, and mourned by us as a life too short.  Sickness and a harsh life is a hard reality in Uganda.  We praise God for our knowing Alex for the time we did and pray for the CRM children and staff to have peace and comfort.

God Rescued the SOH Children – 4

God Rescued the Stream of Hope, Uganda Children.   He did it 4 years ago and again last week!  Part 4

Continuing updates from Trip 19 to Child Redeemed Mission Home (Formerly SOH).

Cool Story of God’s perfect timing….Of course the water well failed and we have no water!  It was Saturday morning, Memorial Day weekend back in the US.  We were leaving in 3 days.  It had been rainy and cloudy so we expected less water from the solar powered well pump…but there was none.  It was also by chance that we discovered it because we just shifted a large amount of water to the community tank for distribution expecting the well pump to replenish the tank and had we not done that, a few days would have gone by.  Greg and I are the two people in the world with most intimate knowledge of the water system at SOH.  It has to be something simple we said…no way a major failure happens on the 2 weeks we happen to be in Uganda on an unplanned surprise visit.

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Community members getting clean drinking water from the CRM well.

We began diagnosing and eliminating possible causes.  We switched the system from DC Solar to AC Generator….of course after needing to spend several hours repairing the generator, bad gas, broken fuel line, broken starter rope.  No pumping.  We waited for the sun to shine and see if the DC Solar would work.  Nothing.  No error on the controller that would indicate a bad wire or controller.  Voltage was present at the pump wires.  Must be the pump.  This won’t be fixed until Monday at the earliest…nothing to do but conserve water and pray for rain.  It did rain which gave us enough water to make it till Monday.

The phone numbers we had for the NGO, Water Missions, provider of technical service and parts was not being answered and no one was working in the US.  We decided to drive 100 km to Jinja and go to the Water Mission office and hope to speak with a guard that has phone numbers.  We did that, the guard recognized me, and he helpfully began the process which ultimately resulted in a technician coming out Monday morning with a pump.

Eight of us pulled all 265’ of PVC pipe, wire, and pump up out of the well, finding the pump is OK but the wire is not.  We think a lightning strike on Friday (it was really close) burned out the wire enough to prevent the motor from working but left enough so the controller would not show an error.  Now where do we get 300’ of specialty wire?  We brought it with us!  We planned a project to run wire for security lights at the Chicken Coop, bringing 600’ of quality shielded wire, graciously provided by Charlotte Wire, but did not have time to do it.  Tasking that wire for this repair and reinstalling the pump, had us back in the clean water business in a few hours.

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The flag on top of the tank is a homemade full indicator we installed.

Too many cases of perfect timing and provisions for random luck.  Thank you God!

Bob Hillebrand – Director, Mission Servants Ministry

God Rescued the SOH Children – 3

God Rescued the Stream of Hope, Uganda Children.   He did it 4 years ago and again last week! Part 3.  Continuing updates of the Child Redeemed Mission Home (Formerly SOH) in Uganda following the dismissal of the Director.

As I said…Taking care of 40+ Children in a Third World country is not a simple or hands off ministry.  It is a hard and messy mission.  This is a call to stronger faith, love, and resolve, not a reason to give up.  The kids of Child Redeemed Mission have a new start and are not giving up.

There are those that say…

  • Mission Servants Ministry is too small to be effective in a Third World Country
  • Africa is too corrupt to help.
  • This always happens in Africa.
  • Quit trying to help Africa and focus on the US.

They did not say it when God provided through us and we….

  • Took over a small underfunded home of 23 kids and built it into one of the best facilities for many miles and housing 60 kids.
  • Built an 8 room school, ensuring quality education for the community.
  • Served nearly 1000 in the communities with medical help.
  • Built from scratch in 3 years, one of the best facilities in Uganda and house 40 kids.
  • Have seen Children graduating from High School and people coming to know Jesus.

What God’s word says…..

  • Psalm 27….Wait on the Lord. The Lord is our salvation.  Wait on the Lord.
  • Psalm 26….We are ready to be used and tested because we are in Jesus Christ.
  • Psalm 25….God will guide and protect us.

What is being said by those affected… No quit in any of them!

  • Community….”Thank you for coming back and handling this…we were all so upset.”
  • Neighbors…”We have watched you Mzungus work for our children for years…we want to volunteer and help now”
  • Government…”We will deal with this man….it is not our way to let good things fail because of one man”
  • Teacher…”You have inspired us much because you passed the test and did not quit”
  • Workers…”Thank you for not leaving us”
  • Children….no words necessary!

The mission statement of MSM and our conviction is still strong.  We honor God with all we do, we serve and protect Children so they can grow into what God intended for them to be, and we protect our testimony and goal to be a witness to the love of Christ Jesus to the world.  The work being done for the children will continue.  I firmly believe that God has shown Himself to be fully in control and faithful.  He rescued the children at CRM and answered their prayers.  Mission Servants will continue to honor His call to stand with these kids.  Thank you for your support and prayers.  Please contact me with questions you may have.

Bob Hillebrand – Director, Mission Servants Ministry

 

God Rescued the SOH Children – 2

God Rescued the Stream of Hope, Uganda Children.   He did it 4 years ago and again last week!  Part 2.  Continuing the update on the Child Redeemed Mission Home (Formerly SOH) in Uganda following the dismissal of the Director.

Let me introduce you to Emma Ssengoba, Acting Director of Child Redeemed Mission Home.  Emma joined CRM (Formerly SOH Home) in July, 2016 as Boys Social Worker.  He has a degree in Social Work and has a calling to work with Children.  His Father is a Pastor of a church and Director of a school that he founded.  Emma is single and passionate about working with youth to know Christ and believes that God is calling him to pastor a church some day.

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Here Emma is (on left) with a neighbor, Faruk, who has been supportive of the home and has volunteered to help the children.  Please join us in praying for Strength, wisdom, and protection for Emma as he serves the children and community at CRM.

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The mission statement of MSM and our conviction is still strong.  We honor God with all we do, we serve and protect Children so they can grow into what God intended for them to be, and we protect our testimony and goal to be a witness to the love of Christ Jesus to the world.  The work being done for the children will continue.  Thank you for your support and prayers.  Please contact me with questions you may have.

Bob Hillebrand – Director, Mission Servants Ministry