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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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