Tomorrow, 26 May, Casey and I will begin Trip 17 which will ultimately include 12 people and transpire over 2 months. We have a diverse team including teachers, college students, an eye Doctor, and us regulars. The youngest is 16, several are first timers to mission trips, and some will incorporate the results of their work in their Graduate thesis.
We will be working at the Stream of Hope Home in Uganda, the Lord’s Servants Home and Academy in Kenya , and visiting a Pastors Training College working in the border region with the Teso people.
One of our projects will be installing a water tank that will allow treated drinking water to be available to the community around the SOH home. This was funded by fund raising efforts from Ms. Spencer’s awesome 4th grade class at Patriots Elementary School who have been studying about water crisis’ in the world.
We will also be installing additional solar panels at SOH, building a playground at the LSA School, several smaller projects, meetings to chart the future for the orphanages and school, lots of child educational programs, social efforts with the kids involving art therapy discipline, lots of community support activities following up on previous trips, and equipping church planters in the Teso region with audio Bibles in their language and solar powered video equipment to show the Jesus Film, courtesy of Campus Crusade for Christ.
We thank you in advance for your prayers for God’s guidance, wisdom, and provisional safety and for our families that are back home.
Look for my frequent (hopefully) blog updates.
Team Uganda has all arrived back at home or back to Kenya. They had a good 2 weeks with the kids who were out of school and got a lot of help from them with some projects…
Basketball court and the SOH Globetrotters….
Fenced in Chicken range and new roost, goal being to grow the flock for eggs and meat…
Shelter for outside gathering in the shade. 18′ x 18’….
New climbing wall and fort for the playground…
New desk for Paul, new BBQ Grill for the Americans….
New generator to power the water well when the sun is not shining. This will eliminate water shortages and allow the distribution to the community more regularly.
Greg with one of his helpers…
The team enjoyed nightly visits to the community, praying for the sick and sharing about Jesus. This was well received and influenced the high attendance for the Jesus Film showing.
The Stream of Hope Home is beginning it’s 3rd year at the property purchased near Biasi, Uganda. The community has seem amazing things happen, buildings going up, children given hope, church revivals, community service, and fresh water supplied. These are all passive illustrations of the love of Jesus working in practical ways. On this trip, the team has made active evangelism efforts into the community to tell people the “Good News”. Their words have credibility due to the ministry’s loving actions. Here are a few updates from Ed and Greg at SOH…….
Greg and the rest of the team did a nightly walking evangelism tour of the local families. The area is rural and very depressed but they all heard of the Eternal Salvation which is only through Christ Jesus. One woman was so grateful that she gave the team 3 live laying chickens. Can you imagine being so grateful for the Gospel message of Salvation that you would give up part of your food source? When I saw the chickens and heard the story I couldn’t help but think of the Widows’ Offering in Mark 12:43 – Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. (44) They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on”. (The chickens will provide eggs for the kids)
Wednesday night we played the Jesus video (in the Lugandan language) which chronicles the ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. Because of the outreach into the community, I counted over 150 people in attendance. When the movie came to the part where Jesus was resurrected, the entire audience went wild with clapping and hollering. After my initial astonishment, I teared’ up as I realized that they got it.
….on our witnessing yesterday we met a man that was dying and he believed he had been cursed by demons. As he lay there naked in his own urine, we layed hands on him and prayed the demons away (Paul was not along so I had to lead the prayer, way out of my comfort zone). I will go back to see the man today. …..pray for this man. He is dying and needs peace and a savior.
Edinasi, Greg, Jon, and Nathan with one of the “gift” chickens.
The team has been at the Stream of Hope Home this week and have been doing well. Ed and Geri will be traveling back to the US tomorrow and Sandi back to Kenya for a few more weeks. Nightly community walks and evangelism visits lead to a standing room only crowd to see the Jesus Film in Lugandan last night, shown in the SOH dining hall. Greg reported that one woman was so happy that they visited and spoke to her about Jesus that she gave them 3 chickens for egg laying. Please pray for travel mercy and for the community to be open.
Here are some photos of the open air shelter, new basketball court, and kids.
Team Kenya has all safely moved to their next destination. Three of the team traveled with Pastor Moses and Dr. Ben to the Stream of Hope Home in Uganda to meet up with the team there. I’ll update more about SOH next time.
Here are a few happy pics before the team left the Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya.
…and the first ever water balloon fight!