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 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 The year end report has been archived to the website and can be linked here. 2020 Year End Report Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement, involvement, and support.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
9 of the 10 of us (Aaron left two days ago) and our 36 bags with over 1,000 pounds of tools, medicine, clothes, soccer cleats, Bibles, Jesus Film projector, audio Bibles, and other supplies, started out at Charlotte Airport at 4:00 am this morning.
The first crisis of the trip was a failed zipper on our largest duffel bag. A number of not great options rolled through my mind. No problem….we have Chandler, an Eagle Scout with spare paracord and pocket knife in his bag to check. The duffle was made of ripstop fabric so we stitched it closed. Hope the security check is OK with it.
We are excited to see the kids and the community and be inside God’s plan for this trip. Thank you for your prayers.
Trip 29 is by 5 men to check on the kids at Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya the last week of January. Trip 30 is by 9 people to the Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda the first two weeks of February. These are the first trips of 2020 and are focused on checking on the children, working with those who have left or leaving High School, projects to repair and upgrade the homes, projects to enhance sponsored local schools, and a variety of spiritual and medical outreaches to the communities.
More will come about these two exciting trips which are fulfilling the Mission Servants Ministry charter of hands on support for the 100 vulnerable children in the homes and showing the Love of Jesus Christ in a practical way to the local schools and communities around the homes. These efforts are made possible by your support and prayers. Thank you. More to come.
My Christmas thought this year……Our heavenly Father gave us a Christmas present that was just what we needed and a perfect fit. We can’t top that gift or reciprocate equally. Jesus was given for us out of pure love and grace. John 3:16-17, Heb 2:14-18. MSM is a means for us to give out of love and show grace in a symbolic way of appreciating what Jesus has done for us. What a privilege it has been this year thanks to your prayers, generosity, and love.
Here are just a few pics representing the 100 kids living at two sponsored Children’s Homes in Kenya and Uganda, 600+ kids attending three sponsored schools, roughly 500 people served at a sponsored medical outreach in Uganda, literally thousands of people hearing the Gospel by means of the Jesus Film and native language Jesus Film and Audio recordings, four mission trips to Africa, and many other projects and efforts showing the love of Jesus in a practical way in Africa and in the US.
We do all these projects with what has been provided to us. Thank you for your prayers and faithful giving in 2019. We look forward to continuing with your gifts yet in 2019 and ongoing. I have been asked to pass on the greetings and thanks from the many people whose lives we have been blessed to contact.
Merry Christmas from Bob and the MSM team.