Hope this letter finds you healthy and well. There is so much to be grateful for this 2020. Early this year, God provided food for over 5,000 starving people through so many of you. Then a month ago, we were able to pay the last bit due on the land for HACF – another miracle. Even just last week, we had our very first Child Center Day in the village of Butende! Hasn’t God been good?
So Saturday, October 17th, about 70 young kids came out for Bible lessons, games, songs, and breakfast. Our team (Joseph, Peter, Julie, Stella, and a few volunteers) led them in activities and enjoyed spending the day with them. It’s an exciting time, entering a new season.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Inviting these children and their families to grow in relationship with Jesus and demonstrating His love for them is the heart behind everything we do.
Perhaps you have a desire to join in. As we move forward in the vision, countless opportunities have opened up for others to be a part of the mission. While some ways are financial, some are hands on. Here are just a few of the areas you can take part in:
The Children’s Programs
Every week on Saturdays, we will continue to gather all the children together for Child Center Day. Then, throughout the week, we will meet with the kids in smaller groups for Bible study during Tuesday thru Friday. These children will enjoy every opportunity to grow in relationship with God and their full identity in Him.
Women’s Investment Program
Because of the culture of the village, most of the responsibility for the family falls to the women. While we also want to help the men learn skills and take responsibility, we are creating groups of women interested in learning a trade to support them and their children. Some of the trades we desire to teach are poultry farming, modern agriculture, and sewing.
There are certain families in this community that could use help by the way of food, specifically older widows and grandparents with young children. With this in mind, we’ve decided to continue the food program we had during the lockdown, but on a much smaller scale. This week we gave food to 5 families in Butende.
Our team in Uganda consists of 4 staff members and a few volunteers. We’ve rented a small 2 room building in the village of Butende as a temporary office, and stocked it with a few supplies. So while we are pretty much set, the cost of paychecks, rent, and transportation currently comes to about $1,500/month. Much of this has already been pledged by some of our partners, but we are still looking for people to commit with us in this area.
In the future, we will be moving our office to our actual property. This will require remodeled shipping containers, electricity, wifi, a well for water, and a toilet installed on the land. So if the behind the scenes of an organization or administration is dear to your heart, perhaps this is your opportunity.
Education and advice
This is a new season for us. Our dream is too big for it to remain ours alone. If you have experience of knowledge in any of these areas mentioned (child care, education, shipping containers, modern farming, administration…) we would love to have you on our team, or at least sit down to hear your wisdom.
Within the next year, we are looking to register as a non-profit in the USA. Do you know someone who has done so in the past? Perhaps you have experience in running a business or organization. Would you share the lessons you’ve learned?
If you have an idea, share it with us!
This ministry is powered by the people of God coming together for a common cause. If no one knows, no one can participate. Having Joel in Colorado has been a great opportunity. We’ve been able to speak with 3 churches and share updates with so many partners.
Invite us. We will gladly buy you a coffee, join your small group on a zoom call, travel to speak to your church (or visit through video if need be), or cook Ugandan food for a gathering at your home.
Give this newsletter to your friends who want to make a difference in children’s lives or who are interested in Africa. We would love to meet them.
We love you all and are grateful for how God has connected us. This is 2020. Many complain of the disasters this year has brought, but as we’ve seen God do some extraordinary things. He turned foul things around and caused good to still come out of them. Tell me, what are you thankful for this year? We’d love to hear.
Thank you for your prayers. May God bless you as we enter this month of Thanksgiving.