Trip 21 to Uganda, Post 2 – On our way.

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15 checked bags, 750 pounds, 9 carry on bags

Five of us left Charlotte, NC on Thursday and we will arrive at the orphanage Saturday.

We have a busy trip planned…

  • Projects include: Adding 50% more solar panels and capacity to the power grid at the orphanage, install an electric pump/chlorinator/storage tank on a water supply at a school, build 100 desks for a 2nd school, build a greenhouse at the home, add more security lights, and build a merry go round at the home.
  • We will welcome 19 new kids, aged 5 to 13, into the orphanage. This is my favorite part. They may never been hugged, told about Jesus, or felt safe and valued before. This will make the total cared for at the Child Redeemed Home, 60.
  • Hold meetings and pray about assisting a primary school near the home. It was founded 2 years ago and has about 220 kids.
  • Holding a soccer tournament outreach for the children in the community.
  • And in general share our time and God’s love with the kids and community.

We appreciate prayers for our families, our health, protection, and direction. There is a lot going on and I want to stay behind God, not in front.  Updates to come.

 

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Trip 21 to Uganda, Post 1 – Preview

In January, a team of 4 to 8 will meet at Child Redeemed Mission for mission trip #21 for Mission Servants to Africa.  This is actually an invitation to join us physically, prayerfully, or financially.  We will leave mid January and a part of the group will stay a week and others longer.  We may visit the Teso ministry and the LSH Kenya Orphanage.  A lot of the plan depends on the team that is called to go.  If you think you may be led to go, please contact me.  We will solidify plans in the next few weeks
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Here is a summary of what we are planning…..

  • Non-Projects at CRM
    • Daily youth activities.
    • Evening boys and girls meetings with spiritual and practical focus.
    • Soccer tournament.
    • Focus on new children to acclimate and get to know.

     

  • Projects at CRM
    • Security lights covering the chickens. Extend 24 V power from the well area light pole, mount lights.
    • Install gutters on end of dorms near Dining Hall to eliminate damage to concrete.
    • Implement 3 more solar panels and batteries to upgrade capacity.
    • Build and implement clothes racks and hangars in all rooms.
    • Organize bulk food purchase and implement required storage ability.
    • More trees planted around compound.
    • Set up a sick room, supply, teach basic first aid and OTC medicine usage.
    • Build a greenhouse (potential).
    • Build a Merry go Round (potential).

     

  • Projects outside CRM
    • Medical outreach project for the Bwase community as a precursor to a permanent clinic (potential).
    • Add a powered pump, storage tank, and chlorinator to the well at Balowoli Primary School.
    • Assistance for Promise Primary School. Project TBD.
    • Assistance for Rock View School. Project to build desks, benches, and tables.
    • Assistance for Teso, solar panel and charge controller for Godfrey, more Treasure devices.
    • Visit LSH and assess.

     

  • Other Issues
    • Evaluate future of chicken project.
    • Welcome new kids, address physical living needs.

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 at the home.
  • Health of the kids physically and spiritually, that they know the love of Christ Jesus.
  • God’s will and peace in the national re-elections in Kenya.

Trip 20 to Uganda, Post 5 – Partners

IMG_2723One cool thing that I have realized during our work in Africa is how vast God’s network of workers are and how complex and perfectly tuned are His plans.  MSM is involved at CRM because we were connected via Holy Spirit and internet to Kathy Bailey and her ministry Dominion Divas and she asked us to investigate in 2013.  That was the beginning of our work in Uganda.

Much of the work we are able to accomplish is through help from other ministries.

Water Missions International had helped us with installing water wells at both CRM and IMG_2618the Kenyan orphanages as well as solar power installations.  They are working with us on a project planned for our next trip to install a pump, chlorinator, and tank on an old well at the Balowoli Pimary School that our kids and 1200 other community kids attend.

 

We visited the Promise Primary School in a nearby town 22403983_726180607575127_199721876_othat is sponsored by Lillian, a 72 year old woman from South Carolina who has a heart for Ugandan kids and started a school two years ago.  MSM helped her finish a badly needed latrine.  The school has rapidly grown due to the need of poor families in that area and her resources were stretched keeping up with over 200 kids.

 

MSM worked with Ve’Neesha, a young lady who started the Love Exchange United IMG_2658ministry and sponsors school kids at the Rock View Primary School in a nearby town.  This is a new school started by a retired Ugandan Pastor and Schoolteacher to help the local kids get a good start in education.  A project is planned to build desks and tables for their expanding school during our trip in January.

 

World Mission donated solar powered audio devices called Treasures that have the Bible translated in Ateso.  MSM delivered roughly 100 now to a group of Ugandan Teso Pastors that are reaching Kenyan Teso people.  The Jesus Film ministry donated two solar powered video projectors that we delivered to allow the Teso evangelists to show the Jesus Film to thousands of Teso people.  Restoring Vision has donated hundreds of reading glasses that MSM has fitted to people that lost the blessing of reading due to age, and trained others to bring this blessing into the field.

The Kamuli Mission Hospital in Kamuli and their sponsors provide excellent care for our kids when they have medical needs.

Abandoned Children’s Foundation has been partnering with MSM to bring volunteers and support to the Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya and CRM in Uganda.  These volunteers are vital to the children and orphanages and do wonderful and loving work.

There are many other individuals and groups that are standing to help and are brought in by God’s faithfulness.  It is humbling and awesome.  This is all our Father’s work and we just need to submit to the call and be faithful.  God IS good.

Thank you all for what you do….pray, hit like or share, sponsor or donate.  The team of people that make up the care for the 100+ kids in Kenya and Uganda is amazing.

Trip 20 to Uganda, Post 4

We were a small team, Gary and I, but we had many helpers!  We didn’t plan on any large projects but we accomplished a lot of upgrades, improvements, and maintenance items.  As always, the best part was doing them with the boys (and sometimes girls) helping.  Here they are…..

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Just like when I used to help my Dad….except for them not learning colorful words 🙂

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This will last them a while.

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Soccer goals were the boys favorite project.

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Security light on a pole (behind the clothes) with motion sensor to light up the yard behind the dorms.

 

Finished up the concrete work (using local labor) between buildings to eliminate mud. The cooks especially appreciated the work outside the kitchen.

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We moved the water tap nearer the kitchen and run off drain.  Added a 2nd valve for the hose.

 

We finished the rain water run-off trenches (using local labor) to route water away from the buildings.  The back 2 acres of land slopes toward the living areas and created mud during rains in the past.  Gary built his first ever bridge.

 

The kids planted 640 shrubs and trees all over the compound, along footpaths, walkways, buildings, and fences.

 

We also replaced a few failed lights, an underground wire, 6 broken windows, tetherballs, seats on seesaws, several solar landscaping lights, and several worn out valves on water tanks.  I had a great time!

The next posts will cover an outline of our next trip (in January) and MSM’s work to partner with nearby schools.

Thank you always for your prayers and support!

Trip 20 to Uganda, Post 2

Gary and I returned to Charlotte last night.  Ve’Neesha will remain at the Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda for two more weeks.  We completed the planned scope of projects and issue investigations and found the children doing awesome and the home operating well thanks to loving work by Pastor Emma, Director and his team.  I will post more details and photos soon.  Thanks for the prayers, Bob

Here are a few photos of us enjoying the visit….