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 The year end report has been archived to the website and can be linked here. 2020 Year End Report Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement, involvement, and support.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
We were all privileged this past year to participate in God’s mission work during the crazy year of 2020. We were able to work toward progress and hope among fear and uncertainty….toward health and growth among loss and disease and love and friendship among hate and selfishness. This was a tough year but we praise God for His work through us this year and holiday season.
Christmas….All the kids sponsored by MSM at The Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya were given a supply of food for their guardian families.
The kids at Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda received new clothes and the ones living with guardian families during Covid received a food supply gift.
MSM partnered with the Lyavo Bible Church and local community leadership to repair flood damage to the main bridge and road into the community after a historic rainy season.
Major construction was launched at the Rock View Primary School to build a new 5 room class building and finish the recently constructed 2 room building. In 2 months, it is under roof by this time.
In addition, two homes for widows and orphans were constructed in partnership with local churches. All children are in school or preparing to start in January. Over a dozen older kids are in college classes. The teachers at Promise Primary were employed during 2020 Covid shutdown. A new kitchen was built at Promise Primary. Repairs were made to the kitchen at CRM. A new Directors House was completed at CRM and Emma and Gorretti married and made it a Home.
MSM also organized local outreach in Concord, NC for needy patients under kidney dialysis treatment. 29 families were served with food and supplies at Thanksgiving and Christmas along with other individual acts of service and love.
We praise God for your prayers, love, and support. Mission Servants Ministry is fullfilling it’s purp[ose and mission without interuption. Thank you all for your continued support.
God’s blessings to you this New Year!
Bob Hillebrand and team at Mission Servants
Children and staff at Child Redeemed Mission Home – Uganda
Children and staff at Promise Primary School – Uganda
Children and staff at Rock View Primary School – Uganda
Top Primary and High School classes in Uganda and College classes in Kenya and Uganda have in fact opened as planned in October. Much of the College classes are on-line. The Primary 7 and Secondary 4 classes in Uganda are open to allow the students to complete their studies and test for the next level. Over 10 older kids in Uganda and Kenya have been accepted to and begun College studies beyond High School. They are in studies ranging from nursing to IT. The kids and their extended families partner in this with MSM and provide laptops, upkeep, and supplies as they can. Many kids have student loans.
Pandemic safety is a challenge that the kids and schools that MSM supports are embracing and have been prepared for. Temperature testing equipment, hand washing stations, and distancing procedures are in place at the schools and homes and have been approved by the government.
The kids are excited. These are some from Child Redeemed Mission Home (CRM) that are attending Promise Primary (PP).
P7 class is open at Rock View Primary (RVP).
MSM has funded the current construction of a new latrine and will be assisting Love Exchange United (LEU) in constructing a new multi room class building this fall at RVP.
All is well otherwise at the missions. I often get requests from kids and others there to pass on their greetings and prayers to us in the US for protection from COVID struggles. They are very sweet! Thank you all for your support and prayers. God be praised and honored always!
Since my last post in June, all plans to open schools have been delayed. Last week Ugandan President Museveni announced plans for limited openings in October for those students in grades that are transitions to higher levels such as the last year of Primary School and High School. Also churches can open with reduced capacity. Roughly 15 kids from Child Redeemed Mission Home (CRM) are excited to get back to school.
The Bwase Redeemed Church partnered with MSM to build a home for a family that lost the mother during childbirth. Twins were born and are doing well and about 3 months old. This family is related to one of the older CRM kids, Julius and cares for him out of school. They are doing a great job.
Most of the children from CRM are living there and receiving some tutoring and refresher lessons from the idled teachers from Promise Primary. Everyone seems happy being productive.
The children at Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya have been placed with extended family guardians and are awaiting school to reopen in January. Most colleges and Universities have opened in September and a number of our sponsored children are college students. Sharon is starting a Business degree program, Fidelis in Engineering, and Bridget in Teaching, while Ken and Mika are continuing in Nursing and IT respectively. Brian just finished truck driving school and is employed. MSM is blessed to help these kids reach their potential in a fulfilling career.
President Museveni also announced that the Airport will open to international tourists (not mission workers yet). I am hoping we can make a mission trip in January.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The Covid shutdowns are very difficult for the general Ugandans and Kenyans. Many are struggling to survive without work and services.
A month ago I reported that the plan was for schools to open on a limited basis on June 2nd. Not only did that not happen but a new plan has not been established. Schools, both government and private have been ordered to continue to pay teachers. I would expect many private schools to fail and close. Promise Primary, being sponsored by Mission Servants Ministry has been able to pay the teachers and use the store of maize grain that was intended for Term I for needy families and teachers in the area.
The economy however is hit hard in Africa and the poor are struggling in a big way. There is no ability to work during shut down and no government assistance. People are without food and in trouble. The good news remains that the number of reported cases of COVID19 and deaths are not high in Kenya and very low in Uganda. Uganda still claims zero deaths. Of course we can’t plan our usual July/August trip to visit the homes due to the pandemic. Our prayers are for a January trip to be possible.
The kids that are stationed with extended family during shut down are visited and needs addressed.
Usually food is left with them. Roughly 15 kids are staying at the CRM home since it is safest for them, many of them enjoy learning craft skills while on shut down….
We did take advantage of most of the kids being away to upgrade the cooking stoves. The old stoves were cracked, had broken parts, hot, inefficient with wood, smoked a lot, and were too large. We replaced them with 4 smaller units with precision fitting pots and an outside grill.
Look for another update in July. Thank you for your continued support and prayers.