Guest House at LSH Home

A very good problem has come up at The Lord’s Servants Home…..Many visitors wanting to serve the children and community.  A Kenyan law is also threatened to be enforced, further pressing this issue….visitors must sleep in a building separated from the children.  A single donor providing funds outside the operating budget and fundraising of Mission Servants helped us solve this challenge.

The old original, temporary (yet 40 year old) church structure was torn down and a Guest House constructed inside the LSH compound.  This building will allow more visitors to stay a longer period, even months.  It has 4 bedrooms, a kitchenette, great room, porch, indoor toilet, shower with hot water, a septic tank,and electricity.  It is very comfortable and can house up to 16 people.

In addition to a growing number of Mission Group trips (3 in 2014) several long term volunteers have spent as many as 4 months serving in the LS Academy, kids at LSH, and the nearby community.  We believe in God for this to continue as a blessing to the community and are thankful for the Guest House.

Pray about joining us on a trip!!!

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Front of the house with porch.

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Rear of the house with view of septic system (unfinished).

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Luxury #1. Sink and flooring next to be installed.

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Luxury #2. Shower stall. Sink and flooring to be next installed. Yes…it will have hot water.

Pushing Back the Darkness…SOH Uganda Update #4…New Boys Dorm

The 20 boys of Stream of Hope Home currently sleep in two rented rooms in the trading center along the road a little over a mile from the SOH property.  A 10 room structure with capacity for 30 boys, a caretaker family, an office, and a library is being pushed along so the boys can live with the rest of the children in safety and cut about 3 miles of walking per day from their schedule.  We plan for completion and move in by the end of November.  You can imagine how excited the boys are to have a permanent home.    The building was underway during our trip in August.  Current photos are below.

View from the back of the compound showing the Boys Dorm on the left with Girls House and other buildings to the right.

View from the back of the compound showing the Boys Dorm on the left with Girls House and other buildings to the right.

Cement covering inside and out as well as installation of windows and doors is next.

Cement covering inside and out as well as installation of windows and doors is next.

The inside is finished well and has a nice ceiling.

The inside is finished well and has a nice ceiling.

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A new latrine/bath house is being finished as well.

A new latrine/bath house is being finished as well.

The 2 doors on the left of the center building is where the boys sleep at night.  We want them at SOH ASAP!

The 2 doors on the left of the center building is where the boys sleep at night. We want them at SOH ASAP!

Pushing Back the Darkness…SOH Uganda Update #3 Tables and shelving

Comforts of a Home bring a sense of value to a child.  We can’t imagine sitting in the dirt to eat, play, and study.  I saw something come over the children’s eyes when I watched them have their first meal at the new tables…I think it was a contented “I’m Home!” look that I get when I have been away from my home for a while on business or something stressful and have just returned.

So far I’ve shown the Electric Light project and the Water Well project that we complete on our August trip but providing tables and shelves for the home touched my heart the most.

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This is the first time eating at a table in the home. We made 5 of them.

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The boys loved helping us and did much of the sawing and drilling.

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Shelves that we made helped declutter the small home.

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…and get the food up off the floor.

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Pushing Back the Darkness…SOH Uganda Update #2… Clean Water

Waterborne diseases, common diarrhea, contaminated water supply and containers, missed school, missed work, wood too precious to boil drinking water, hours spent each day to obtain water, skipping tooth brushing, body cleaning, dish washing, and clothes washing due to scarce water.  The Stream of Hope Home and neighbors live this way every day…..that is until…

We had the pleasure of implementing a giant blessing to these precious people.  When we left to return to the US, chlorinated water under pressure was flowing to the orphanage and to the distribution site at the gate for the community.  The sun provides the power to automatically pump water to an elevated tank when needed.  It is a reliable system only requiring some sunny days which is not a big problem on the equator.

This is how it happened…All praise and Glory to God for His Provisions and Grace.

Drill rig on site in early July

Drill rig on site in early July

Hit a good water source at 150'.  Praising God!

Hit a good water source at 150′. Praising God!

Installed an AC/DC pump, 700W of solar panels and an automatic control system.  The wellhead is below the panels.

Installed an AC/DC pump, 700W of solar panels and an automatic control system. The wellhead is below the panels.

The instant that water was flowing (just out a hose) the community members filled containers for hours each day.

The instant that water was flowing (just out a hose) the community members filled containers for hours each day.

We designed and had a tank stand fabricated locally to hold a 5000 liter tank about 16' off the ground.  This was an event of Egyptian proportions.

We designed and had a tank stand fabricated locally to hold a 5000 liter tank about 16′ off the ground. This was an event of Egyptian proportions.

Eager plumbers helping Greg.

Eager plumbers helping Greg.

System working...God is good!

System working…God is good!

Chlorinator system.  Tank drain valve in upper right, provided the 1st shower after 2 weeks in Uganda.

Chlorinator system. Tank drain valve in upper right, provided the 1st shower after 2 weeks in Uganda.

View from the tank toward the home.  Boys dorm under construction on the left.

View from the tank toward the home. Boys dorm under construction on the left.

Fresh pure water piped to the home.

Fresh pure water piped to the home.

View toward the community distribution site.

View toward the community distribution site.

Community getting water.  Site to be improved but providing clean pure drinking water.  The Community was excited and supportive.

Community getting water. Site to be improved but providing clean pure drinking water. The Community was excited and supportive.

Water is Life.  Clean for drinking and cooking, available for cleaning, on demand to allow life to proceed.

Water is Life. Clean for drinking and cooking, available for cleaning, on demand to allow life to proceed.

 

Welcome to the LSH Margaret!

This week we welcomed Margaret Lemuya Ekidor to the Lord’s Servants Home. She is 7 years old and has been living with her Uncle’s family in Pastor Moses’s church district since she lost her Mother when she was 2 1/2. Her Father has been absent her whole life. Margaret is the 60th child at the Lord’s Servants home and fills the final spot.  I look forward to meeting her in a few weeks!

Margaret Lemuya Ekidor, 7

Margaret Lemuya Ekidor, 7