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 21 to Uganda, Post 9 – Community Support and Kingdom Projects

Some of the best things that we experienced, involved joining God’s plan for the lives of other people in the community outside the Child Redeemed Mission Home.  Here are the ways the Mission Servants team was called to help others on this trip…..

Eddie is a cousin of Julius, one of the CRM children.  Eddie was born with a Club Foot on his right leg and his mother could not afford to get it fixed.  She thought it only cost the equivalent of $13 and that was too much.  Donors (with a specific heart for Eddie’s needs) through MSM agreed to pay the roughly $500 for Eddie to start and ultimately complete the several procedures and operation to allow him to walk and run normally.  The Mom did not ask for help but was beyond words with the love and grace shown her and Eddie.

MSM has been working with the Teso Christian Center, on the Ugandan/Kenyan border since 2013.  They are Ugandan Teso Pastors that train Kenyan Teso evangelists to reach unreached people and plant churches in an area with low literacy.  Donated solar powered audio Bible devices, Jesus Film projectors, solar charging equipment, and laptop has been provided to Pastor Godfrey and his ministry.  They use it all with great results in spreading the Gospel to remote villages.  We attended a graduation ceremony of 9 Children’s Ministry workers and left more audio Bibles and a solar charging system.  MSM also supplemented their effort to expand their church/meeting/training building by funding the steel roofing materials needed.

MSM begun a relationship with the Rock View Primary School in the village of Kuslwe, about 15 kilometers from CRM in 2017.  RVPS is a Christian private school started in 2010 and has almost 300 children in classes Nursery thru 7.  MSM built and provided 78 (4 student each) desks and 5 teachers tables to help with the growing enrollment.  RVPS is constructing several new buildings including a classroom block.

MSM begun a relationship with the Promise Primary School in the village of Nabwigulu, about 10 kilometers from CRM in 2017.  PPS is a Christian private school started in 2016 and has almost 300 children in classes Nursery thru 5.  MSM helped to complete a latrine last year and will help with a monthly funding supplement and capital support as needed as this school, which serves a very poor region, works to become financially independent in the near future.  MSM also provided 22 (4 student each) desks to help with the growing enrollment.

Budala is an elderly church and community member who worked for CRM as a guard for a while and supports several family members yet being unable to work anymore.  They live in a small traditional temporary hut in poor condition.  He did manage to make enough bricks for a small permanent house for his family but was stuck with any hope of going farther with the project.  MSM and the church stood with Budala.  MSM will provide the cement, roofing, doors, and other supplies, and the church will provide all the volunteer labor to complete the house.  This project has some urgency as the rainy season begins in about 6 weeks.  Budala did not ask for this….and was overcome with the love shown to his family.  It is heartwarming how the church got behind this.

Stephen is a neighbor and part of the supportive community around CRM.  He started a yogurt production facility in 2016 and CRM has been buying enough for the children, twice per week.  Stephen needed a new freezer which will allow him to increase production in a safe manner and become profitable.  His yogurt is very good and the only dairy (source of calcium) the kids get.  Tuesdays and Fridays are highly anticipated yogurt days at CRM.  MSM gave him a microloan in exchange for discounted yogurt for 1 1/2 years and the freezer is now in place.

Trip 20 to Uganda, Post 5 – Partners

IMG_2723One cool thing that I have realized during our work in Africa is how vast God’s network of workers are and how complex and perfectly tuned are His plans.  MSM is involved at CRM because we were connected via Holy Spirit and internet to Kathy Bailey and her ministry Dominion Divas and she asked us to investigate in 2013.  That was the beginning of our work in Uganda.

Much of the work we are able to accomplish is through help from other ministries.

Water Missions International had helped us with installing water wells at both CRM and IMG_2618the Kenyan orphanages as well as solar power installations.  They are working with us on a project planned for our next trip to install a pump, chlorinator, and tank on an old well at the Balowoli Pimary School that our kids and 1200 other community kids attend.

 

We visited the Promise Primary School in a nearby town 22403983_726180607575127_199721876_othat is sponsored by Lillian, a 72 year old woman from South Carolina who has a heart for Ugandan kids and started a school two years ago.  MSM helped her finish a badly needed latrine.  The school has rapidly grown due to the need of poor families in that area and her resources were stretched keeping up with over 200 kids.

 

MSM worked with Ve’Neesha, a young lady who started the Love Exchange United IMG_2658ministry and sponsors school kids at the Rock View Primary School in a nearby town.  This is a new school started by a retired Ugandan Pastor and Schoolteacher to help the local kids get a good start in education.  A project is planned to build desks and tables for their expanding school during our trip in January.

 

World Mission donated solar powered audio devices called Treasures that have the Bible translated in Ateso.  MSM delivered roughly 100 now to a group of Ugandan Teso Pastors that are reaching Kenyan Teso people.  The Jesus Film ministry donated two solar powered video projectors that we delivered to allow the Teso evangelists to show the Jesus Film to thousands of Teso people.  Restoring Vision has donated hundreds of reading glasses that MSM has fitted to people that lost the blessing of reading due to age, and trained others to bring this blessing into the field.

The Kamuli Mission Hospital in Kamuli and their sponsors provide excellent care for our kids when they have medical needs.

Abandoned Children’s Foundation has been partnering with MSM to bring volunteers and support to the Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya and CRM in Uganda.  These volunteers are vital to the children and orphanages and do wonderful and loving work.

There are many other individuals and groups that are standing to help and are brought in by God’s faithfulness.  It is humbling and awesome.  This is all our Father’s work and we just need to submit to the call and be faithful.  God IS good.

Thank you all for what you do….pray, hit like or share, sponsor or donate.  The team of people that make up the care for the 100+ kids in Kenya and Uganda is amazing.

Trip 18, SOH Uganda, Update 6

Impact summary….we really enjoyed the opportunities to make personal differences in the lives of the kids and community and participate in the efforts of the churches.  We partnered with the Voice of God Church which serves the SOH Home and community and the Teso Church in Torroro.

We saw several people come to accept Jesus as savior.  Last Sunday during service, a woman stood up and the whole church exploded into screams and dancing with joy and excitement.  The woman was a practicing witch whom the church has been praying for and had decided that Christ was her savior and to be born again.

We also saw churches get excited about serving their communities, children being excited about school and their future, the community to see a practical example of the love of Jesus Christ, improved the health of the children and community, and for the children to feel less “Fatherless”.

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support that made this possible.  It was everyone that did this….we were the fortunate ones that got to witness it personally.

Trip 17, Update 4 Teso

After 10 days at Stream of Hope Home we traveled to Kenya and spent 2 nights with a ministry evangelizing the Teso people….a people group along the Ugandan border that is unreached in some areas and under reached in most.  Sweet people.

We left 30 audio Bibles in the Ateso language and 2 solar powered projectors with the Jesus Film in Ateso, donated by Campus Crusade for Christ, to allow this group of church planters to show the Jesus Film and start Bible study cells in remote areas.

We encouraged them at one of their churches….the shade under a big mango tree…my kind of church then showed the Jesus Film to two groups.

The Asinge group of believers

The Asinge group of believers

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