August trip to Kenya and Uganda… Update 10

Completing the new Dining Hall / Kitchen / Church building was our primary project focus.  This building was started in March and is 98% completed by the contractor.  We could not install the cooking equipment and will do that on our next trip in January.  They will still cook in the temporary kitchen but the building is very functional for eating, meeting, playing, and worshiping.  We did several things to make it nice….

The Dining Hall is in the background. The boys dorm to the left. The open space to the right is for the future girls dorm.

The Dining Hall is in the background. The boys dorm to the left. The open space to the right is for the future girls dorm.

Here's Pastor Moses, who joined us from Kenya, teaching and directing the kids in the art of concrete work. We added walkways between the buildings.

Here’s Pastor Moses, who joined us from Kenya, teaching and directing the kids in the art of concrete work. We added walkways between the buildings.

Installed gutters and rain collection tanks on both sides of the Dining Hall as well as the boys dorm. Collecting water reduces mud and is used for cleaning. We also added concrete walkways between the buildings.

Installed gutters and rain collection tanks on both sides of the Dining Hall as well as the boys dorm. Collecting water reduces mud and is used for cleaning.

The boys "helping" John install the LED Strip lights in the Dining Hall. The lights are powered by solar charged batteries.

The boys “helping” John install the LED Strip lights in the Dining Hall. The lights are powered by solar charged batteries.

It's a whole new world when your day isn't defined by the sun anymore.

It’s a whole new world when your day isn’t defined by the sun anymore.

Kathy and her church purchased 100 more plastic chairs for needed capacity for the church.

Kathy and her church purchased 100 more plastic chairs for needed capacity for the church.  Nobody thought I could carry them all on the Isuzu 🙂

Kathy purchased 100 plastic chairs for the needed seating capacity.

Shelves are the start of the storeroom.

Shelves are the start of the storeroom.

The wood fired cooking area needs to be finished.

The wood fired cooking area needs to be finished.

Serving and cleaning area needs to be tiled and finished.

Serving and cleaning area needs to be tiled and finished.

Next post…medical improvements for SOH.

August trip to Kenya and Uganda….Update 9

Thanks and praise to God, we have been home from our 4 week trip long enough to get settled back.  I was not able to post updates from Uganda due to only having internet in town.  Some exciting things happed during our time at Stream of Hope Home which the next few updates will show.  Thank you for your support and prayers, which without would have made a useless trip.

Pastor Paul and Ritah's little girl, Kathleen.

Pastor Paul and Wife, Ritah’s little girl, Kathleen.

Ritah and co-founder of SOH Home, Takola.

Ritah and co-founder of SOH Home, Takola.

3 day crusade held on the grounds of SOH reached several hundreds of people in the community.

3 day crusade held on the grounds of SOH reached several hundreds of people in the community.  Kathy Bailey led the preaching and call for surrender and healing.  Pastor Paul led worship well into each night.  Thunder and lightning did not even stop them the first night.

Dr. Ben and his mission to support the pastor training seminary to the Teso People group. We brought 15 audio devices with the Bible in Ateso language. We have supplied dozens over the past 3 years to help them successfully start Bible discussion groups and plant churches.

Dr. Ben and his mission to support the pastor training seminary to the Teso People group. We brought 15 audio devices with the Bible in Ateso language. We have supplied dozens over the past 3 years to help them successfully start Bible discussion groups and plant churches.

A simple way to love on people. Fit and give reading glasses so they can read again. I had 50 pair with me and it was exactly enough.

A simple way to love on people. Fit and give reading glasses so they can read again. I had 50 pair with me and it was exactly enough.

We dedicated the new Dining Hall / Church building and packed it for Sunday service. Kathy purchased 100 plastic chairs for the needed seating capacity. What a great building for a church!

We dedicated the new Dining Hall / Church building and packed it for Sunday service. Kathy purchased 100 plastic chairs for the needed seating capacity. What a great building for a church!

They know how to worship with all they have...

They know how to worship with all they have…

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We traveled 22 km to the Nile river after service and baptized 55 people, roughly half were SOH children. This was one of my favorite days.

...says it all.

…says it all.

This was an experience...

This was an experience…

John and I took the oldest boys on a leadership and prayer excursion to the top of a granite hill that is still used in witchcraft practices including child sacrifice. Reportedly inhabited by demons and local superstition. We discussed the power of the Holy Spirit in us, why we have no reason to fear, and prayed for the community. These boys will become team leaders of groups of younger boys at the Home.

John and I took the oldest boys on a leadership and prayer excursion to the top of a granite hill, the highest spot overlooking the region, that is still used in witchcraft practices today including child sacrifice, and believed inhabited by demons and local superstition. We discussed the power of the Holy Spirit in us, why we have no reason to fear, and prayed for the community. These boys will become team leaders of groups of younger boys at the Home.

The superstition is that demons will trip you on the way down if you pray.

The superstition is that demons will trip you on the way down if you pray.

We however, serve a loving Jesus Christ. We were protected, provided for, and directed all through the trip.

We however, serve a loving Jesus Christ. We were protected, provided for, and directed all through the trip.

In the next few posts, I’ll cover the new Dining Hall building and the projects we completed.

August trip to Kenya and Uganda… Update 8

We have wrapped up our time at the Lord’s Servants Home and will travel all day tomorrow to the Stream of Hope Home in Uganda. This was a great visit. We saw the LSA #2 building get under way, implemented several improvements to the home, added to the playground, and spent a lot of time with the kids. Thanks for your prayers. Updates may be fewer from Uganda since the Internet is not as accessible for us there.

Just happy.....

Just happy…..

Wall footers/foundation stones are in place

Wall footers/foundation stones are in place

Foundation stones.

Foundation stones.

All kids got letters from sponsors and supporters. This is a big favorite for them each trip.

All kids got letters from sponsors and supporters. This is a big favorite for them each trip.

Finished 2 seesaws. Steel design.

Finished 2 seesaws. Steel design.

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More good uses for old tires

More good uses for old tires

 

 

August Trip to Kenya and Uganda… Update 7

It’s been a good day.  Took all the kids to the Kitale Museum nature park.  They are on school break and I’ve enjoyed being around them so much.  Tomorrow is our last day here already.

Kitale museum trip

Kitale museum trip

Needed to make it if I wanted a rocking chair.

Needed to make it if I wanted a rocking chair.

Kitale Museum nature walk

Kitale Museum nature walk

We're really proud of High Schooler Emily

We’re really proud of High Schooler Emily

Evidence of walking a lot ..or I'm an engineer.

Evidence of walking a lot ..or I’m an engineer.

Only 60 balloons.

Only 60 balloons.

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This porch needed a white haired guy and a rocking chair.

This porch needed a white haired guy and a rocking chair.

 

 

 

August Trip to Kenya and Uganda… Update 6

Weve had some challenges with power but over all it is incredibly pleasurable here.  LSH is a happy place.  Our meetings and projects have gone well, here are a few photos of things…

Found one problem with the incoming power at the home and fixed it...sort of...can you tell that I'm a mechanical engineer...wire and tape.

Found one problem with the incoming power at the home and fixed it…sort of…can you tell that I’m a mechanical engineer…wire and tape.

Some of the guys.

Some of the guys.

John giving his testimony at the Lyavo Bible Church with a friend.

John giving his testimony at the Lyavo Bible Church with a friend.

Found a use for some old tires

j Found a use for some old tires

Noah

Noah

Completed installation of solar powered lighting in the boys dorm and cooking areas.  Moved the switch panel to a better location.

Completed installation of solar powered lighting in the boys dorm and cooking areas. Moved the switch panel to a better location.

Honey theft team included 3 boys.

Honey theft team included 3 boys.

They got about a gallon of honey but it was a war.

They got about a gallon of honey but it was a war.