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…..


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


This will last them a while.


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.


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….

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…..


  • 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…

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.


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.


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

Trip 18, SOH Uganda, Update 5

I am actually in the long process of returning home.  It was a good trip and we completed all of our target projects.  We made a big impact on the home operationally and security wise.  Here is an outline….

  • installed two additional batteries and new control panels in the main control room and in each building.
  • installed new wiring and lights in all the rooms of the girls dorm.
  • installed 7 motion sensing security lights around the compound.
  • installed lights in the latrines and bath houses.
  • built 10 shelving units.
  • built 5 tables.
  • built roosts in the new chicken coop.
  • installed a new hose system to transfer water to storage tanks.
  • cemented the areas between buildings and created rain water removal ditches all to reduce mud.
  • installed gutters and two storage tank space on the girls dorm to collect rainwater.
  • instaled a hood and electric fan over the cookers in the kitchen.
  • installed 3 cyclone vents in the roof above the kitchen and dining hall to remove heat and smoke.
  • installed new and additional lights in the kitchen.
  • built furniture for the guard shack.
  • finished the roof on the guard shack

I’m forgetting a dozen smaller projects.  We were busy and enjoyed the instant gratification of the improvements being gratefully used.  Praising God for all.

Thank you all for your support and prayers for us.