This exciting project to add 4 new classrooms to the Promise Primary School and impact children’s lives is complete. This school is the vision of Noah Mugabi, Director and Lillian Russell, a woman from South Carolina with a heart for Ugandan children. The vision was to provide a quality education to the small community of Nabwigulu village, Kamuli district, Uganda (Africa) about 5 km from the town of Kamuli. The school was adding temporary buildings but was not able to accommodate the volume of children in the area needing a school.
A core purpose of Mission Servants Ministry is to help ministry organizations that have child serving visions, to achieve them to the benefit of children….sooner rather than later. This project will allow 425 children to enroll in January, up from the current 250 and adding the final upper grades in primary school…Grade 6 and 7. Promise Primary is now a full primary school with quality programs, clean water, and coming soon (next trip in January) a playground. This project was completed for under $16,000. The other assistance MSM provided was mentorship in planning and budgeting with the goal being that Promise Primary will operate in a fiscally self sufficient manner in 2019.
During the month since the last update, the 4 classroom addition project was finished by hanging doors, installing plexi-glass in the doors and windows, finish the plastering inside, and painting. Also during this project a water well was dug and a pump installed. Finally, a very exciting parent and community open house was held discussing the school vision. All glory to God!
The school will open for Term I of 2019 in the end of January. The MSM Trip 26 in January will include building desks and tables and building seesaws and swings.
We praise God for all this and appreciate your prayers and support.
In 2018 alone so far, 3 mission teams spanning over 3 months in residence, visited CRM. Visiting teams are very important to the children, community, and local management team. It was decided to renovate the original family house that existed on the land that was purchased to build the Child Redeemed Home (CRM) in 2013 into the CRM Guest House. Since it is not ideal to displace kids from their rooms in the dorms when mission teams visit, creating a guest house became a need. This work was done with a separate donation and for less than $6,000. The building had been recently used for storage and some temporary stays as it had a leaky roof, dark interior, and unfinished walls which were havens for rats and bats. Well, Thanking God, it is open for teams….join us at CRM for a visit.
The renovation was extensive as the roof was removed, walls heighten 15″, wall vents installed, some interior walls altered or moved, interior walls raised all the way to the roof, an exterior window and door installed, interior doors installed, new roof installed with some translucent panels for natural lighting, plastering inside and outside, and painting. This yielded a layout with 4 private bedrooms, one which can function as a garage, a central meeting room, and an outside accessible utility room. It is quiet, private, cool, well lit, and rodent free. Next step, during the January trip, DC lighting and power will be installed. Bedding, curtains, and furniture for the meeting room will be added soon.
Here is what it looked like previously…
Robyn and her six, yes 6, kids traveled to Uganda from Charlotte, NC and have been serving at the Child Redeemed Mission Home in Uganda this week. The kids range in age from 10 year old twins that were adopted from Uganda 5 years ago to College age and all together carried almost 1,500 pounds of donated supplies to Uganda. Robyn, an RN, and her kids brought their skills and energy as well and have really blessed CRM, the Church, and two schools that MSM is working with. The Rock View Primary School and Promise Primary School were both visited and blessed with supplies, hygiene training, and encouragement. Clothing, medical supplies, tools, crafts, balls, encouragement and love have been distributed. God bless you guys as you journey on next week.
The girls moved into their new dorm home last week. It is an incredible upgrade from where they have been staying for the last few years, which was the original unfinished house on the property. The boys moved into their new building in 2015. It is exciting because now all the kids are in quality, clean, and equal accommodations and capacity is expanded to allow SOH to begin accepting additional kids in 2017.
We will be installing lights inside and outside, gutters and rain water collection, curtains, and personal storage, and concrete pads between the buildings during the MSM visitation trip in the 2nd half of January, 2017. This will complete the building. Total cost will be less than $50,000 for a 10 room building…amazing.
There are 40 children being raised at SOH, 15 will be at boarding High Schools and Trade Schools starting in January. With this addition, SOH can increase to a potential of 60 children living on site, God willing and providing.
Thanks and praise to God, we have been home from our 4 week trip long enough to get settled back. I was not able to post updates from Uganda due to only having internet in town. Some exciting things happed during our time at Stream of Hope Home which the next few updates will show. Thank you for your support and prayers, which without would have made a useless trip.
Pastor Paul and Wife, Ritah’s little girl, Kathleen.
Ritah and co-founder of SOH Home, Takola.
3 day crusade held on the grounds of SOH reached several hundreds of people in the community. Kathy Bailey led the preaching and call for surrender and healing. Pastor Paul led worship well into each night. Thunder and lightning did not even stop them the first night.
Dr. Ben and his mission to support the pastor training seminary to the Teso People group. We brought 15 audio devices with the Bible in Ateso language. We have supplied dozens over the past 3 years to help them successfully start Bible discussion groups and plant churches.
A simple way to love on people. Fit and give reading glasses so they can read again. I had 50 pair with me and it was exactly enough.
We dedicated the new Dining Hall / Church building and packed it for Sunday service. Kathy purchased 100 plastic chairs for the needed seating capacity. What a great building for a church!
They know how to worship with all they have…
We traveled 22 km to the Nile river after service and baptized 55 people, roughly half were SOH children. This was one of my favorite days.
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This was an experience…
John and I took the oldest boys on a leadership and prayer excursion to the top of a granite hill, the highest spot overlooking the region, that is still used in witchcraft practices today including child sacrifice, and believed inhabited by demons and local superstition. We discussed the power of the Holy Spirit in us, why we have no reason to fear, and prayed for the community. These boys will become team leaders of groups of younger boys at the Home.
The superstition is that demons will trip you on the way down if you pray.
We however, serve a loving Jesus Christ. We were protected, provided for, and directed all through the trip.
In the next few posts, I’ll cover the new Dining Hall building and the projects we completed.