August trip to Kenya and Uganda… Update 10

Completing the new Dining Hall / Kitchen / Church building was our primary project focus.  This building was started in March and is 98% completed by the contractor.  We could not install the cooking equipment and will do that on our next trip in January.  They will still cook in the temporary kitchen but the building is very functional for eating, meeting, playing, and worshiping.  We did several things to make it nice….

The Dining Hall is in the background. The boys dorm to the left. The open space to the right is for the future girls dorm.

The Dining Hall is in the background. The boys dorm to the left. The open space to the right is for the future girls dorm.

Here's Pastor Moses, who joined us from Kenya, teaching and directing the kids in the art of concrete work. We added walkways between the buildings.

Here’s Pastor Moses, who joined us from Kenya, teaching and directing the kids in the art of concrete work. We added walkways between the buildings.

Installed gutters and rain collection tanks on both sides of the Dining Hall as well as the boys dorm. Collecting water reduces mud and is used for cleaning. We also added concrete walkways between the buildings.

Installed gutters and rain collection tanks on both sides of the Dining Hall as well as the boys dorm. Collecting water reduces mud and is used for cleaning.

The boys "helping" John install the LED Strip lights in the Dining Hall. The lights are powered by solar charged batteries.

The boys “helping” John install the LED Strip lights in the Dining Hall. The lights are powered by solar charged batteries.

It's a whole new world when your day isn't defined by the sun anymore.

It’s a whole new world when your day isn’t defined by the sun anymore.

Kathy and her church purchased 100 more plastic chairs for needed capacity for the church.

Kathy and her church purchased 100 more plastic chairs for needed capacity for the church.  Nobody thought I could carry them all on the Isuzu 🙂

Kathy purchased 100 plastic chairs for the needed seating capacity.

Shelves are the start of the storeroom.

Shelves are the start of the storeroom.

The wood fired cooking area needs to be finished.

The wood fired cooking area needs to be finished.

Serving and cleaning area needs to be tiled and finished.

Serving and cleaning area needs to be tiled and finished.

Next post…medical improvements for SOH.

August trip to Kenya and Uganda….Update 9

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 Ritah's little girl, Kathleen.

Pastor Paul and Wife, Ritah’s little girl, Kathleen.

Ritah and co-founder of SOH Home, Takola.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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...

They know how to worship with all they have…

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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.

...says it all.

…says it all.

This was an experience...

This was an experience…

John and I took the oldest boys on a leadership and prayer excursion to the top of a granite hill that is still used in witchcraft practices including child sacrifice. Reportedly 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.

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.

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.

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.

SOH Dining Hall nearing completion

The windows and doors are in and final cement work on the walls is being applied.  Painting will follow.  I am bringing and electrical distribution panel, wiring, and LED strip lighting with me on our trip later this month.  Our plan is to bring power by wire from the solar charging system on the main house and have lights in the kitchen and dining areas.

Since the Stream of Hope Home is located on the equator it gets dark before 7:00 pm each night.  Being able to eat, study, and play in a lighted building is a huge blessing.

It will be the rainy and muddy season when I will be there next month, I know that I will appreciate the building.  We will also work on installing the wood cookers, work tables, and shelving to make it a functional kitchen.  Thank you to everyone supporting this project.

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Next Trip….August, 2015…..Kenya and Uganda

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Hugs always appreciated.

The next Mission Servants Ministry trip to Africa will be this August.  The itinerary is split between Kenya and Uganda.  The plan is to arrive in Kenya at the beginning of August, serve 2 weeks at the Lord’s Servants Home and Academy the travel to Uganda for the last 2 weeks of August serving at the Stream of Hope Home.

I will be there during the whole trip and hopefully be joined by team members for portions of the trip, some to Kenya, some to Uganda, and some to both.

The time in Kenya will be small project and child and community relationship oriented and will depend on the available team members.  The time in Uganda will involve projects to equip, furnish, and light the new kitchen and dining hall building.  Smaller projects and child activities will be plentiful.

Please pray about joining us.  The cost will be about $2,500 and we are flexible on time.  Contact me by email, bob@pinnacleconverting.com or facebook.

SOH Kitchen / Dining Hall Under Roof

This building construction is moving at a rapid pace.  Now that the roof is on, work can continue even with some rain.  This structure that will house dining, playing, after dark activities, church, and fellowship is so important.  Praise God for providing this.  See what happened to the temporary structure in a recent rain storm.

Roof on.  Next step is the interior plastering.

Roof on. Next step is the interior plastering.

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Temporary shelter collapsed in a recent rain / wind storm.