Greetings Church, instead of my normal blog. I've asked Aimee Mackey to give an update on how things are in Uganda with the work she is doing. Blessings Nu
Since Josh and I spoke in a Sunday meeting about our work in Uganda with our charity, Hope for Orphans International, we have received so much support from our Elim family. We cannot thank you all enough! Following our talk about the rescue God had called us to do, we received five new sponsors, three new monthly partners and a total of $7000 in one off donations which is just overwhelming. Thank you!!!
This money has enabled us to completely pay for a full term of school fees for the twenty two children we have under our care, at both primary and secondary level in both in our family home and those we support in the community. These donations equipped them with new school uniforms, new shoes, new school bags and all their school requirements, brand new. For some, they have never had these belongings before so it is truly an achievement and the knowledge that people that don’t even know them have cared enough to extend love this way, makes such a difference for them. For two of our older girls, we have also paid for tertiary studies in their chosen vocations with all of the essentials needed, which they are elated with, these are answered prayers.
Additional to this, we have had the home stocked with nutritious food and have been able to provide medical care for the illnesses that have arisen and implemented prevention measures for Malaria.
I have had daily contact with one of the eldest children in the home and she reports the children are all so happy. That Steven and Priscilla are beautiful and supportive parents and that God has truly answered their prayers. They are also all putting on weight, which is awesome... Amen!
Initially, I envisaged we would just be supporting the children we rescued but I am now sensing God has a bigger plan here in our new village, Masaka. In this past month, God has brought two new children under our care. Eric is a 9 year old boy, who has suffered significant physical abuse from his stepfather and following hospitalisation for severe burns, we have been blessed to welcome him into our family. Immaculate is a two year old, found significantly malnourished in the community, and unable to walk due to this. Immaculate was abandoned by her parents into the care of her grandfather, who died in September. The woman who took her following his death has been caring for her since, sharing a bed with her and sharing one meal a day due to financial lack. This woman absolutely loves her so we are going to support her to continue to care for Immaculate. After medical testing and increase in nutrition, Immaculate has improved significantly in the past few weeks. I love that God is enabling us to reach out and empower families external to our home now. We are seeing new relationships establishing and I’m so excited to see him raise up these individuals.
Similarly, we have been waiting for six children from our old village to arrive into our family home but due to circumstances surrounding this we are now supporting them in their own family homes in the community. Again, another opportunity to raise up families and individuals. I’m just loving how God is working here. We update our Facebook page regularly with what He is doing if you want to keep updated, www.facebook.com/hopefororphansinternational
Going forward, we do still need further support. Education is by far our largest expense and currently we are at around 50% of regular income needed. We have three children in need of sponsors as well as partners needed to help with our significant deficit. Our Partnership Programme is similar to sponsorship but is a monthly donation chosen by individual families that goes to our family collectively. If this or sponsorship is something you are interesting in, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
A huge thank you once again church for your amazing support, Josh and I are just so grateful. We are so privileged to have such an amazing church and to be able to share with you all.
Thank you so much,