We found the facilities at Child Redeemed Mission (CRM) Home in good shape except for the Solar Power collection and distribution system. We had to leave it at 50% capacity after our February trip due to battery supply issues and an apparent possible lightning strike/wiring failure in May caused enough damage to disable the system until we arrived on this trip. We brought with us spare parts and upgrades and on our way to CRM, obtained the needed batteries to return the system to 100%.
The staff, kids, and church adapted over the last few months to using the generator and solar flash lights but restored power was very welcome. One main area that was especially welcomed was the evening movies the kids enjoy a few times a week using a projector and DVD player. The projector was also broken and we brought a new one. We provided one to Promise Primary for education use and entertainment as well.
OK, I’m getting to the “Answered Prayer”……We also repaired a number of failed switches and lights and realized that one of the 8 batteries was in a weakened condition. Our source was unable to find one additional battery and had tried all week long. We needed a 150 amp hour solar duty battery. On my last full day of the trip, becoming desperate to not leave CRM in a less than 100% state, I traveled to the larger town of Jinja to try and make it happen with our source. Finding out that he had given up on us, I did the American thing….Googled: 150 ah solar battery supplier Jinja. Well that was silly and useless! I was with my main helper, 12 year old Joram. I said to Joram, “all I can think to do now is pray for God to lead us to find a battery”. I told God that I had no idea where to go and only have a few minutes to spare to look before needing to begin the 1 1/2 hour trip back to CRM. I’m not sure what Joram thought of that but after the Amen, I drove a few blocks one way, a few another, and saw a small electronics store. Greg had asked me to find a couple battery clips for him and I thought I might as well get them there. After paying, I showed the woman store owner a photo of the battery I hoped to find. She promptly pointed at me. I showed her the photo again and she pointed again. I cought on that she meant for me to turn around. Across the street was a solar store, I parked almost in front of it. Jinja is a big place with a thousand small stores spread over several dozens of blocks. I expect God to answer prayers but this was dramatic….almost really so…the store was out of the battery but called someone and directed me just one block away to someone that had one. This all took 5 minutes total. God is good! I made sure Joram understood what just happened. We left CRM in great shape after installing that battery. Praise God….I love that feeling.
The pandemic year of 2021 was actually one of the most constructive of MSM history. Five buildings were constructed, many project were completed at the homes and schools as well as in the neighboring communities, and we found ways to improve the kids education and opportunities.
The 2021 year end report has been archived to the website and can be linked or downloaded below Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement, involvement, and support. It is an honor to work with you all and a privilege to serve this mission.
Stay tuned for news of the 2 mission trips in January and exciting things already happening.
Uganda is currently under it’s 2nd COVID shutdown, expiring in the end of July, closing schools, churches, and gatherings again. Mission Servants Ministry has taken advantage of the Pandemic disruption since early 2020 to improve and build facilities at Promise Primary School (PPS) and Rock View Primary School (RVPS). The facilities will be ready when the kids are allowed to return, hopefully by August. These projects not only provide learning facilities but also much needed jobs and hope. Shockingly these buildings are finished complete for about $25,000 each. Money is a great tool when used wisely. Thanks for all the support for MSM and all praise to God.
Replacing a 4 room wooden structure, the 4 room brick building will feature a folding door to allow a double sized room when needed. This building will increase the permanent classroom number to 10, one room for each grade, and a new dorm room for the boys that board.
Early in the COVID period of 2020, a new kitchen was constructed to allow more efficient feeding of the 400 students that will ultimately attend PPS.
Rock View Primary School…
A 2 room structure was finished into a 2 class building in January.
This 5 room building was completed also in January.
Construction was started in June on a 4 room class building to replace the last wooden structure. This building will be completed ib July and will provide RVPS with 11 class rooms. It is expected that 400 kids will ultimately attend RVPS.
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 saw a complete shutdown of school activities in Uganda due to Covid19. For safety reasons, the kids at CRM were sheltering at the home and this is what they did. Music, singing, and dancing are a passion at CRM as well as worshipping our Lord. Collectively this group of kids expressed themselves by writing, composing, choreographing, and performing these original music videos which were funded as an education opportunity during the Covid shut down in 2020 and early 2021. Enjoy!