Prayer Answered, Trip 36 Report

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%.

Solar Power storage and distribution system at CRM
Replaced switch, wiring, and added fuse block

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.

This is High Def in these parts.

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.

My main “Handyman Apprentice” Joram.

Trip 36 to Uganda…Entrepreneurship Training CRM Young Adults.

The endgame for Mission Servants Ministry’s (MSM) support of Children’s Homes and Schools is to raise up healthy, loving, God Loving, educated, motivated, and productive people to improve their society and communities. Helping some to start small businesses is a great leg up to someone. Greg and I will spend much of this trip teaching Christian Entrepreneurship principles and practical business methods. We have been working with a number of kids from the Child Redeemed Mission (CRM) Home system that are ready for this training and ready to start businesses such as Hair Dressing Salon, Clothing repair and sewing, Barbering, and Food Wholesaling. We hope to launch some of these ventures on this trip.

We have launched projects in Kenya over the last year with kids from the Lord’s Servants Home system to start a Piggery, Graphics Design and Printing Shop, and other small operations. Greg and I have 70 + years combined in business, most of them for ourselves and love to teach “people how to fish!” Praise God for this opportunity. Your financial support and prayers make this happen. More updates to follow….our trip is August 3-13th.

Here is Sarah and Godsend Graphics.

Trip 33 to Kenya and Trip 34 to Uganda

God willing this Wednesday, 19 January a team of 4 leave for a 11 day trip to Kitale, Kenya to visit the Lord’s Servants Childrens Home and School supported by MSM. They have repair projects, furniture building, older children to visit, and Bible training planned.

On January 26, a team of 5 including me will leave for a 16 day trip to Bwase, Uganda to visit the Child Redeemed Mission Children’s Home and 2 Schools that MSM supports. We have many repair projects, school desk building, evangelism training, children projects, and planning for the future to accomplish. We are excited to meet 10 new children that have recently joined the CRM Home.

Please pray for all of us to remain Covid free and otherwise healthy so we can serve as we hope, that all the crazy logistics in these Covid-times happen smoothly, our families to remain safe, and for Christ to be glorified in all we do.

Let the packing begin…..updates will come. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Trip 30 to Uganda

9 of the 10 of us (Aaron left two days ago) and our 36 bags with over 1,000 pounds of tools, medicine, clothes, soccer cleats, Bibles, Jesus Film projector, audio Bibles, and other supplies, started out at Charlotte Airport at 4:00 am this morning.

The first crisis of the trip was a failed zipper on our largest duffel bag. A number of not great options rolled through my mind. No problem….we have Chandler, an Eagle Scout with spare paracord and pocket knife in his bag to check. The duffle was made of ripstop fabric so we stitched it closed. Hope the security check is OK with it.

We are excited to see the kids and the community and be inside God’s plan for this trip. Thank you for your prayers.

Trips to LSH Kenya and CRM Uganda in January.

Trip 29 is by 5 men to check on the kids at Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya the last week of January.  Trip 30 is by 9 people to the Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda the first two weeks of February.  These are the first trips of 2020 and are focused on checking on the children, working with those who have left or leaving High School, projects to repair and upgrade the homes, projects to enhance sponsored local schools, and a variety of spiritual and medical outreaches to the communities.

More will come about these two exciting trips which are fulfilling the Mission Servants Ministry charter of hands on support for the 100 vulnerable children in the homes and showing the Love of Jesus Christ in a practical way to the local schools and communities around the homes.  These efforts are made possible by your support and prayers.  Thank you.  More to come.

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