FIRST QUARTER NEWSLETTER 2018
|“I know we lost everything, yet through this, God gave us what we can’t lose, the gift of eternal life.”|
From where we are seated in Mityana Uganda, so many miles away, we greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord has been gracious this first quarter of the year.
From our family, all is going well, the Lord has provided and protected us very well, we are only grateful. As most of you already know that we pregnant (now 29 weeks and we now know He is a boy and His name will be Joseph, if nothing changes), I am happy to let you know that both Claire and the baby are doing well. Our son David made two years on 21st/03, we are so blessed to be part of his life and all that He is doing in his life. Our daughters Edith and Laushan are also good and doing good in school and making good friends from their new school. As a family we are blessed and thankful for God’s care.
Earlier this year we started the process of registering our nonprofit with the government of Uganda, it is a long and tedious process with lots of learning. As for now, we have gone half way the process. This came with the changing our ministry name from hands and feet for Jesus to Esuubi (hope) community outreach ministry. Please continue praying that the registration will won’t take long to be done with.
Giving away of school supplies.
We had such a successful camp (attended by 150 kids) where we played games, gave out school supplies and shared the gospel. About 50 kids came to the faith and some of them are continuously growing with us in the word during the weekend Bible studies.
each kid was able to get books and pens or pencils to use during school time. Some of these kids would miss classes just because they can’t afford these supplies, we are blessed to contribute a little something towards their education. We also paying tuition or involved in their schooling in some serious ways for 70 kids. Thank you for supporting our tuition raising campaign.
Ladies and nutrition ministry.
God has graciously allowed Claire a wonderful ministry with the ladies, both middle aged and teenage mothers.
Due to the high rate of early school dropout amongst the kids in the community due to lack of tuition, this has increased the rates of teenage pregnancies and hence teenage mothers. These mothers lack basic needs to the level of not having things to use for giving birth. Now, we were blessed to receive birthing kits from our ministry partners of This is Hope ministry. The birthing kits included gloves to be used in the hospital, baby clothes and blanket, flash light (helping In case the mother gives birth at night there is no power and so many other basic needs for child birth.
one of the teenage mothers with the birthing kit.
same teenage mother, now with her baby after birth and wrapping her in the clothes she got from the kit.
Since teenage mothers struggle with the area of taking care of their kids, it came to our realization that there is a high rate of malnutrition amongst the kids below five years.
women meeting to feed kits and learn more about nutrition. This occurs every Saturday. They also started a saving program where one mother receives funds at the end of month and uses it to buy something that will benefit her and her children.
Some of the kids that have benefited from our nutrition program are Prosy and Pamela.
that’s how they looked like a couple of months ago when we first met them.
this is how they look like currently! We praise God for their mother who has progressively learnt how to take care of them!
PS. This ministry is funded by our ministry Partners of This Is Hope Ministry.
The increased rates of new HIV infection among the youth today is attributed to the fact that young people lack essential information about HIV. This is true in our community, many young people know little about HIV, yet that has not stopped these young people from acquiring the virus that causes this epidemic.
Now, what we do is to go to schools and sensitize kids about the epidemic and the seriousness of HIV. On several occasions, we have been able to get opportunities to share the gospel and many young people come the faith. Since this year began we have reached about 400 kids with the message about HIV and over 70 kids have come to the Lord through opportunities that we have obtained to share the gospel during different days as we sensitize.
These are some of the kids that came to the faith in one of the schools we had gone to.
We do a monthly kids camp where kids from our and the neighboring communities come to play exciting games, serve a meal and hear God’s word. From our camps, we both share the gospel and also disciple the young people that do come to the faith. In a typical camp we get between 90-300 kids. The two camps we have had so far this year, about 80 kids have come to the faith. We praise God for those little souls He has saved!
Weekend Bible study.
The kids that come to the faith in Our camps, most of them continue to grow with us in the word by coming to our bible studies that take place every weekend.
We now have over 30 kids who regularly attend our discipleship program.
There is so much that takes place in our medical outreach ministry every single day. However, because of our patients’ confidentiality being a priority, we tend not to take any pictures or share any stories.
This lady had brought her to seek Medicare for him, we shared the gospel with her and God graciously saved her. We are continuing to see and others as they continue to grow in our weekly fellowships!
Thank you for reading this newsletter and praying for us and the ministry God has entrusted with us.
Please pray for us as we have a lot of ministry opportunities ahead of us. Pray that God will give us the energy, wisdom, resources (this includes funds) and if you are led by the Spirit, please do not hesitate to support any of our ministry involvement via our website.
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