Trip 28 to Uganda and Kenya Update 3 …Medical Outreach

A full joint effort among the Child Redeemed Mission Home, Bwase Redeemed Church, and Mission Servants Ministry produced a Medical Outreach project on the CRM grounds for the local community.  Services were provided without charge as a practical expression of love, that are not readily accessible or affordable.  Eyes/vision, dental, and general medical services were professionally available as well as the needed drugs.  A local Doctor, Nurse, Phlebotomists, Dentist were brought in and well as Dr. Randall helping people with eye and vision issues.  Even two young men from the Kenyan Lord’s Servants Home visited to serve.  The CRM facility was perfect for hosting this event.  The local police and community leadership also showed their support.

The numbers are amazing….. over 800 adults and children served.  The goal was for each of them to be personally prayed for by one of the BRC church members, children to be played with by the CRM kids, and all treated with hospitality as they waited.  We had to shut the gates by 12:30pm the second day but treated every person that arrived before that happened, by 5:00pm.

 

 

Over 100 people were seen by Dr. Randall Thomas OD and treated for irritated eyes and infections or given prescription or reading glasses and needed drugs and medicine.  Dr. Randall brought an Autorefractor device loaned to us from PlenOptika, which automatically assesses vision and provides a corrective prescription if needed.  Eye glasses were donated by Restoring Vision and others.  I caught a photo of a man breaking out in a big smile when he first looked clearly through some glasses given to him.  A girl with an eye threatening infection was diagnosed and treated.  Another young girl that already lost an eye was evaluated for future assistance.

 

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Dental services such as teeth pulling and infection treatment were given to over 100 people by a hard working local dentist and a team of volunteers that tirelessly sterilized instruments and served the people before and after.  Case after case of pain relief.

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A team from Kamuli Mission Hospital of Dr., Nurse, Phlebotomist, medical student (our own Kenny from Lords’s Servants Home in Kenya) and many volunteers served nearly 600 people with Malaria Testing, Blood Pressure screening, treatment for a number of common illnesses and conditions, needed drugs, and promise of follow up services.  Several severe cases were referred and these people will continue to be assisted.  This team worked extremely hard.

 

Most importantly people were met on a personal level and prayed for.  This was a powerful opportunity that the members of the BRC Church took advantage of to share the love of Christ in a practical way to their community.  Over 60 people prayed to receive Jesus as their savior during the outreach alone.  We praise God for such an awesome blessing!  Thank you to all who donated to this project to allow the hiring of professionals and purchase of supplies and drugs.  An impact of love was made to a needy group of people and children and many kids and volunteers experienced a servant Ministry.

 

 

Trip 26 – Uganda, Update 6 Summary

I enjoy reviewing a trip, once home, and summarizing how it went compared to expectations.  It amazes me without fail how willing people are used by God to serve in a loving and tangible way.  Our goals were to…

  • Build a playground and finish the 4 room school building addition at Promise Primary.  See Update…Promise Primary opens and See Update 2
  • Make upgrades and repairs to Child Redeemed Mission Home.  See Update 1
  • Help prepare the kids to start the school year.  See Update…Back to School
  • Bring and distribute 10 bags of clothes and shoes…including soccer gear.
  • Visit the Teso ministry in Torroro, upgrade audio and video capabilities and encourage their training and evangelism efforts.
  • Interact with the community, church, schools, and families.  See Update 3

It was a successful and positive trip for all.   We use what the Holy Spirit gives each of us to serve which may include handyman skills, teaching talent, medical training, empathy for people and love for children, or just willingness to be there. (SHAMELESS PLUG…Pray about joining us on upcoming trips in August and January)

Here are a few project photos…..

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New clothes lines and poles

Here are a few favorite photos….

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Here are a few Teso Ministry photos…

(SHAMELESS PLUG 2…Pray about joining us on upcoming trips in August and January.  More of the same…projects, time with kids, sharing love with the community)

 

 

 

Trip 26 – Uganda…Promise Primary School expands and opens.

Last September MSM began funding a four room expansion of the classroom building at Promise Primary School serving the Nabwigulu community about 15 km from the CRM Home.  The expansion was needed to add the 6th and 7th grade classes and allow more children to register.  A fresh water well was dug and installed to serve the school in October.  During this trip a school necessity was installed….a playground! …. and rain gutters and 60 desks and 6 tables.

Promise Primary had 225 students last year and has opened the 2019 school year with 400 students registered.  Many of the additional 175 kids had not been attending school or were in poor learning situations.  The goal is to expand registration by another 50 students eventually, including families that can not pay the modest tuition as sponsorship funding is available.  The vision is to impact the community in a long term way….education.

Imagine such excitement over school…

Finished building….added rain gutters for the rainy season.

I love building playgrounds!

Desks………and water

Visiting teacher time

 

 

Trip 26 – Uganda, Update 4…..Back to school.

This was back to school week for kids in Uganda and the ones at Child Redeemed Mission Home approach it with a lot of enthusiasm….Shopping, supplies accumulation, prayer meetings, head shaving, making of fried crispy dough called Daddies (their version of snack chips).  6 existing High Schoolers were joined by 7 first year students and 32 elementary school aged kids started school.

CRM kids know that their future is why they are going to school and value the opportunity.  Sadly, even as I walk the kids to school, I pass dozens and dozens of kids working in the family gardens or just hanging out…not going to school.  A life in early years without hope for future opportunities is so sad.  CRM kids have the opportunity to have dreams and goals.  Praise God.

We purposely plan our January trips to coincide with the end of their holiday vacation and to be part of the going back to school time.  One transition we celebrate is from Primary School to High School.  We took the 7 new high schoolers to town for a nice lunch, chat about the future, Fatherly advice, and prayer.  That was a real treat for them….and then shopping in town for shoes and remaining needs for going to boarding school.

 

 

 

 

Trip 26 – Uganda, Update 3

I love this Place!  Less than a week before returning home.  All of our planned projects at Child Redeemed Mission Home will be completed in a few days.  The grade school and upper class High School kids start school Monday and everyone is prepared.  7 new High Schoolers are being prepared to start in a week.  The playground, student and teacher desks, and building projects for Promise Primary are finished and they are ready to start school Monday.  The church is really alive and service is tomorrow.  Please pray for all that to go well in the next few days.   I’m enjoying everyone.  I love this place….. It was built on prayer over the last 5 years.  Thank you for being part of it.

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