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…..
lots of painting
New beds and stands in guest house
New nets and frames on all beds
New clothes lines and poles
Here are a few favorite photos….
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)
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!
Visiting teacher time
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.
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.
Final update from Kenya, from Tony….
Thursday evening, we had a nice time sharing and getting to know the staff better. We were wishing we had done this earlier in the week but it was great to get to know a little bit about them. Friday morning Bobby, Charlie and Ed went into town to get a new generator to replace the existing one which could not handle the load of the well pump. They purchased a nice generator and put it right to work filling the tanks when they got back. Now the facilities will have water even when Kenya Power is out for extended periods.
We did a lot of tidying up around and put the repaired tanks all back in place. We caulked and patched the few remaining gutters that needed repair and hooked them back up to the tanks for water collection. The home now has a more than sufficient amount of water storage available to handle extended dry periods without power.
Ed took the time to show several local pastors how to fit and distribute reading glasses. This was a need pastors had indicated would really help their members in Bible reading and study.
We took time to play with the kids and visit with sponsored children. The children at the school gathered together and sang several songs. There were probably about 100 kids and that was a real joy. As the evening wore on we received numerous notes from the kids thanking us for the work we had done and imploring us to come back again. The joy in their hearts is really a blessing. We should learn to be so thankful for all the Lord as given us. Quilts made by the ladies in the Quilting ministry at our church were handed out and appreciated.
Dad did some additional carpentry repairs and built a few boxes to store tools in. They were inventoried and stored so we know what will be available when we return.
We had a wonderful meeting with several local pastors in the evening. We spent a couple of hours discussing their needs and then shared a meal together. It is very clear that the church in the area is desperately seeking teachers to train and teach their church leaders. Although discussions of improving facilities was discussed briefly, the overwhelming request of all the pastor there is that the church in the US send people who can train local church leaders. There is a passion to learn the word of God in these men that I only wish I could emulate. We will begin to see if there is a way we can meet this need going forward in some way.
Saturday morning, we caught the flight out of Kitale to Nairobi and will spend the day here in the Hampton House. We will leave tonight and be home Sunday morning. It has been a wonderful trip and as usual we leave feeling blessed. Thank you for your support.
Ed, Bobby, Charles, Eldon and Tony