Schools are closed in Uganda but it is a good time to build…

Uganda is currently under it’s 2nd COVID shutdown, expiring in the end of July, closing schools, churches, and gatherings again. Mission Servants Ministry has taken advantage of the Pandemic disruption since early 2020 to improve and build facilities at Promise Primary School (PPS) and Rock View Primary School (RVPS). The facilities will be ready when the kids are allowed to return, hopefully by August. These projects not only provide learning facilities but also much needed jobs and hope. Shockingly these buildings are finished complete for about $25,000 each. Money is a great tool when used wisely. Thanks for all the support for MSM and all praise to God.

Promise Primary…..

Replacing a 4 room wooden structure, the 4 room brick building will feature a folding door to allow a double sized room when needed. This building will increase the permanent classroom number to 10, one room for each grade, and a new dorm room for the boys that board.

Early in the COVID period of 2020, a new kitchen was constructed to allow more efficient feeding of the 400 students that will ultimately attend PPS.

Rock View Primary School…

A 2 room structure was finished into a 2 class building in January.

This 5 room building was completed also in January.

Construction was started in June on a 4 room class building to replace the last wooden structure. This building will be completed ib July and will provide RVPS with 11 class rooms. It is expected that 400 kids will ultimately attend RVPS.

Update 3 about Kenyan and Ugandan Child Missions under Covid19.

A month ago I reported that the plan was for schools to open on a limited basis on June 2nd.  Not only did that not happen but a new plan has not been established.  Schools, both government and private have been ordered to continue to pay teachers.  I would expect many private schools to fail and close.  Promise Primary, being sponsored by Mission Servants Ministry has been able to pay the teachers and use the store of maize grain that was intended for Term I for needy families and teachers in the area.

The economy however is hit hard in Africa and the poor are struggling in a big way.  There is no ability to work during shut down and no government assistance.  People are without food and in trouble.  The good news remains that the number of reported cases of COVID19 and deaths are not high in Kenya and very low in Uganda.  Uganda still claims zero deaths.  Of course we can’t plan our usual July/August trip to visit the homes due to the pandemic.  Our prayers are for a January trip to be possible.

The kids that are stationed with extended family during shut down are visited and needs addressed.

WhatsApp Image 2020-06-09 at 11.38.45 PM

Usually food is left with them.  Roughly 15 kids are staying at the CRM home since it is safest for them, many of them enjoy learning craft skills while on shut down….

We did take advantage of most of the kids being away to upgrade the cooking stoves.  The old stoves were cracked, had broken parts, hot, inefficient with wood, smoked a lot, and were too large.  We replaced them with 4 smaller units with precision fitting pots and an outside grill.

Look for another update in July.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

 

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.

Merry Christmas from MSM and All

My Christmas thought this year……Our heavenly Father gave us a Christmas present that was just what we needed and a perfect fit.  We can’t top that gift or reciprocate equally.  Jesus was given for us out of pure love and grace.  John 3:16-17, Heb 2:14-18.  MSM is a means for us to give out of love and show grace in a symbolic way of appreciating what Jesus has done for us.  What a privilege it has been this year thanks to your prayers, generosity, and love.

Here are just a few pics representing the 100 kids living at two sponsored Children’s Homes in Kenya and Uganda, 600+ kids attending three sponsored schools, roughly 500 people served at a sponsored medical outreach in Uganda, literally thousands of people hearing the Gospel by means of the Jesus Film and native language Jesus Film and Audio recordings, four mission trips to Africa, and many other projects and efforts showing the love of Jesus in a practical way in Africa and in the US.

We do all these projects with what has been provided to us.  Thank you for your prayers and faithful giving in 2019.  We look forward to continuing with your gifts yet in 2019 and ongoing.  I have been asked to pass on the greetings and thanks from the many people whose lives we have been blessed to contact.

Merry Christmas from Bob and the MSM team.

IMG_8039s

11bf6a9e-4559-49c3-b929-fa311abedfb5s

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.

 

IMG_7309

IMG_7588

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.

IMG_7289

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.