November 17, 2020
With only a few days left before Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for purpose, the children in Uganda, and each of you. After you hear what’s happening with the ministry, perhaps you will be too.
In just a couple months since our land was paid off, we experienced a boom in ministry. Our very first child center day had about 70 kids come out. The second had over 100. When we held our 3rd week of it, 200 kids showed up and we realized we needed to change our strategy.
How do we turn away the children? Instead, we broke up all the kids into groups. Twice a month, we still gather all the children together for games, music, and group activities, but now 10 families (the kids and mothers) show up for Bible study on one day. Then the next day 10 other families come by for Bible lessons, and it repeats through the whole week.
Speaking of the mothers, not only do they want to hear what the children are learning, they are eager for us to launch vocational training programs. Peter and Joseph, on our staff, have been holding meetings with the women to see what the interest is. As soon as is feasible, we will be setting up a chicken raising program and teaching the women the business of rearing chickens. To help them have a stake in it, we are asking all the ladies interested to save 2,000 shillings (approx. 80 cents in USD) a week for 12 weeks. It will cause a slight shift in mindset as they learn the value of saving and are able to have a stake in the program. After the chickens are raised, the eggs will be sold and a good portion of the profit will go back to ladies who raised them. Then they can buy chickens of their own to provide long term benefit.
Restrictions are still in place for corona, yet God gave us favor here as well. Since our village is a distance away from the big cities, the local leaders have chosen to make an exception for us to have families come together with us.
The harvest is abundant! As we share the Gospel, people are eager to hear, yet the workers and resources are few. Just as Jesus did, we ask God to send more workers into the field with us.
So with this in mind, Joel (who is visiting the US right now) will be returning to Uganda in January, and I will be right behind him, coming in March. There is so much to do, and already God is paving the way.
If any of you would like to come down and visit us in Uganda, you are welcome. Right now we are not set up for a large mission team with housing, paperwork, and such, but we would certainly be glad to see a couple of you at a time over the summer, if God puts it on your heart to come. Just send us a message to discuss.
Please continue to pray for us and the ministry. Over this next year, Joel and I look forward to seeing the school underway, finally getting married, and continuing the work already being done. We are grateful for you, for the children, and for the purpose God has for each of us. I hope you are too.
May you have a wonderful season of Thanksgiving. If there is anything we can pray with you about during these holidays, let us know. We would love to join you.