Trip to Uganda and Our Needs

Dear Friends,

As I shared with you in my last email, V127 has a team of 6 traveling to Uganda Oct 23-31. We are going on behalf of all of you!

Here are some of the specific goals for our trip:

1. Accountability. We want to see with our own eyes and confirm everything that we already believe to be true. We are also anxious to see our school building in use, and continue to pray for provision to complete the second floor.


2. Encouragement. We will be coming alongside our Ugandan team who work tirelessly to care for the needs of many, many children. We want to help them in any way we can and remind them of what a great job they are doing.


3. Affirmation. We want to hug as many of our children as possible; look them in the eyes, and tell them how beautiful they are, how very much God loves them, and that he has a wonderful plan for their lives.


4. Solidifying Relationships. One of my personal goals is to continue to shore up the sponsor/child relationship. I will be telling them all I know about you, where you live, what you do, and encouraging them to work hard to make the most of the education you are affording them.


5. Sharing our gifts. Kris and Luke will be teaching an Engineering class, Jill will be teaching a Phys Ed class, and Kathryn and Megan will be teaching First Aid. Hopefully our kids will learn some new skills and have fun doing it!

6. Visiting Homes and schools. We will be personally delivering rice and beans, and visiting as many homes and schools as possible.


7. Celebration. We will be celebrating the marriage of our Joyce Nakawesi! She was in our first group of V127 children, has endured the loss of both of her parents to HIV, has cared for her four siblings while earning a certificate from vocational school, and is now a beautiful, accomplished young woman. What a privilege to attend her wedding and rejoice together in God’s faithfulness.


Here is what we need from you:

1. Prayer. Please pray for Kris, Luke, Jill, Kathryn, Megan and Jan as we are in the throes of preparation. Pray for our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Pray for wisdom as we gather supplies and discern what is most important to take with us. We have been keeping gratitude journals and traveling through the Psalms together, believing that thankfulness brings joy, and the more joy we have, the more that will spill out onto our Ugandan friends.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess 5:16-18

2. A Letter. Last year we hand delivered a letter from each of you, and the children were soooo excited to hear from you. You can hand write it if you’d like, and mail it to me at 732 Covered Bridge Dr, Madison, Va 22727. You can also email a letter to me and I will print it for you. We need your letter by Oct 1st. Your letters are treasures to your children!


3. A Photo of You. Many sponsors sent photos in their letters last year and the kids were so excited. The kids who didn’t get a photo were sad, so I promised to be more diligent in making that happen this year! You can print a photo and mail it to me, or just email it and I will print it for you. I need your photo by Oct 1st.


4. Donations. This is purely optional, but if you would like to help us with trip expenses & purchasing supplies, you can donate to the V127 general fund. We are hoping to purchase some desktop computers to expand our computer lab, as well as supplies for the school and children’s church. We would also love to be able to meet specific needs that we see while we are on the ground. (Last year we were able to purchase mattresses for Victory House while we were there, after we realized our teachers were sleeping on the floor!)

Every one of you is crucial to the success of this mission. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for sending your letter and picture by Oct 1st, and thank you for your financial help to enable us to purchase supplies and meet many needs.

God bless you for all that you do for our Ugandan friends!

Much Love,


August Update

Dear Friends,

1. It feels like the summer has flown by, and as we are rolling into a new school year, our friends in Uganda are just finishing up their second term of school. School reports should be coming in the next few weeks, so don’t forget to write and encourage your child in their academic endeavors. Send your letters to and put your child’s first and last name in the subject line. We will forward them to Uganda and our team will print and deliver!

2. For those of you who are paying per term, remember that your next term payment of $140 is due before Sept 10th.

3. The second floor of Victory Primary School is looking great! The walls are up, the rebar is in, and the concrete pillars have been poured. Next comes the installation of the roof structure and the waffles for the ceiling. We continue to trust God for his provision! Any donations to the construction fund will be used to complete this phase of Victory Primary School. It will be such a blessing to move our remaining classes out of the corners of the church and into our school building.

4. God has assembled an incredibly gifted and passionate team to travel to Uganda to minister and encourage our V127 family. Please pray for Kris, Megan, Luke, Jill, Kathryn, and Jan as we prepare physically, mentally, & spiritually for our journey across the ocean Oct 23rd-31st.

We need you to be our prayer warriors. I will be sending you more details soon!

5. I am excited to tell you that on Oct 26th, our very own Joyce Nakawesi, one of our original V127 children, will be married! What a privilege to be able to celebrate her wedding day with her! Joyce’s father died of HIV in 2012, and her mother Betty died of HIV in 2014. Joyce kept her family together and cared for her 4 siblings through many difficult days. She did this while attending classes herself and even earned a certificate in Fashion and Design from the YMCA vocational school. She and her siblings (Julius, Jeremiah, Jovia, Precious) live in our House of Hope, and we have provided food for them through our rice and beans fund. This is one of the first pictures we received of Joyce in 2013....

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Just this past weekend, our friends celebrated Joyce and Frank’s Introduction. This is an elaborate Ugandan cultural ceremony which lasts all day and involves the family and friends of both the bride and groom. It is prelude to the wedding. Here is a picture of Joyce in the introduction ceremony! I continue to marvel at the goodness of God, and the great plans he has for Joyce and all of His children. Thank you for being such an important part of that plan in your child’s life!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Thank you so much for all you do! Your prayers, your encouragement, and your faithful support are all vital to the success of this ministry.

This picture of Joyce reminds me of Isaiah 61:10:

“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Praise God!

Much Love,


July Update

Dear Friends,

1. When I last wrote to you, God had miraculously provided the funding that we needed to build a security wall and gate around Victory House and the adjoining lot. I’m excited to tell you that the wall should be completed by the end of the week. Thank you for your prayers and thank you for your support. Two of our teachers recently wrote of how thankful they are for the wall, and the security it will provide.

From Teacher Sarah:

“ Though at times (life) is a bit difficult, God gives me grace to move on. I thank you for your prayers and inspirational words. Right now at Victory House, God has blessed us with a wall fence. Thanks to the Almighty God and our director who have always encouraged and guided us.”


2. Now that our security wall has been constructed, we are moving on to the second floor of Victory Primary School. Just today they started laying the first course of blocks! It is amazing to see this building continue to rise as a testament to God’s faithfulness and provision. This second floor will consist of 4 classrooms, and will enable us to move the rest of our classes out of the corners of the church and into this building. Thank you to all of you who are giving to our construction fund. Your gifts continue to make what was once deemed impossible, now a reality. Praise God!


3. I recently received this message from Pastor Herbert:

“Here are the Sunday school classes enjoying their lunch porridge on the veranda of the new school building. It was raining so heavily, but rain doesn’t stop you from getting your porridge because of a new facility that can protect us from all foreign challenges. Praise the Lord!”

And, if you give to our rice and beans fund, you help us provide that porridge to all of our children for Sunday lunch!


4. Herbert just told me of one of our children in his office hoping for a letter from his new sponsor. If you haven’t yet written to your child, please take 10 minutes and do so. They are anxious to know who is sponsoring them! For these children, it is like winning the lottery to have someone who is committed to praying for them, paying their school fees, and investing words of wisdom into their young lives. Don’t ever forget just how important you are to these kids. Email all letters to jan@victory and put your child’s first and last name in the subject line. I will forward to Uganda and our team will print and deliver!

5. We are now a family with 140 children. I am writing this with tears in my eyes, marveling at the goodness of God. When our ministry began, 6 short years ago, we were just praying for God to provide sponsors for 24 children that were sleeping at Pastor Herbert’s church, and on the streets, and had no one to help them. Now 6 of those children have graduated from college or vocational school. We have built our House of Hope, Victory House for our teachers, and now Victory Primary School. Countless families have been fed from our Rice and Beans fund, rent has been paid, medical bills covered, and children who were once forgotten are now leaders in their churches and communities. All of this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the enormity of the need, yet we will continue to do all we can to meet the specific needs that God brings before us.

I’m not sure what God is laying on your heart today, but my encouragement to you is to dream big. We serve a God who is so loving and kind and compassionate, and is just waiting to do “exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think” (Eph 3:20).

6. This is Victor Okidong...


Victor is one of Teacher Diana’s two children. We recently learned that Diana is now caring for 6 additional children in her two room unit in Victory House. She is an amazing, godly woman and we are so thankful to have her on our team. And her Victor is a sweetheart. This is how he concluded his last letter to his sponsor:

“Thank you, Auntie Brenda, for that big heart you have. I always pray for you. I want to meet you one day and give you a big hug for all that you have done for me and my family.”

Thank You

Dear Friends,

Just a quick note to let you know that God has provided, through many of you, the funds that we need to build a security wall and gate around Victory House. Incredibly, He provided that $3900 in only 5 days. I sent it to Uganda with our June support, and construction will begin tomorrow. Wow! Thank you so much for your prayers and your generous hearts. This has been such an encouragement to those who were traumatized by the break-in. Please continue to pray for protection and emotional healing. 

Also, I wanted to let you know that we received a new group of 6 children on Monday, and they are now all fully sponsored. What a blessing to have sponsors waiting! If you know anyone interested in sponsorship, have them fill out the sponsor form online (, and I will contact them when the next group arrives. We are now a family of 140! Praise God!

This is one of our new children, Herbert Mukisa. Herbert’s father died of complications from AIDS in March, leaving behind 8 children. Herbert’s mother is roasting maize at the evening market to try to support her children, but as you can imagine, there is no money for school. A sweet family in Pennsylvania is now bringing Herbert stability, love, and hope! 

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Thank you so much to all of you who are investing, encouraging, and praying for your children.  If you haven’t written to them recently, or if you are a new sponsor and haven’t introduced yourself to your child, please do! They will be so excited to hear from you. Email all letters to and put your child’s first and last name in the subject line. I will forward to Uganda & our team will print and deliver.

On this Father’s Day weekend a big thank you to all of you fathers who work so hard for your families and love your wives and children well. But no matter what kind of earthly father you have had, know that our Heavenly Father loves you with a fierce and everlasting love. Very few of our 1:27 children have fathers, but Psalm 68:5 tells us:

“ A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”

A Father to the fatherless...what a promise! Hallelujah!

Much Love,


Let's Build a Wall

Our team has decided that the best and least expensive way to provide protection for Victory House is to build a wall around the property with an entry gate. The wall will surround both Victory House and the lot beside it, which we purchased last fall. 

If we use the blocks that we have been making for our school, the materials and labor for that will be around $3100. The entry gate will cost $800, for a total of $3900 needed for the project. 

Will you please pray with me for God’s provision to keep our teachers (and the children they care for) safe, and give them some peace of mind?

If you would like to help us build the wall, just put your contribution in the V127 construction fund. (

Thank you so much for your prayers and your constant support!

Break-in at Victory House

Dear Friends,

I just received word that our Victory House, which houses our teachers, was broken into last night. The thieves used a pick axe to chop through Teacher Isaac’s door. Our Derrick Akampulira and Isaac’s nephew were staying in the front room, and held at knifepoint while the thieves tried to get into Isaac’s room. Isaac shouted for help, the other teachers came to their rescue, and the thieves ran away.

Herbert said they have tried to attack other units, but have been unable to gain entry until today. 

We are thanking and praising God that no one was hurt, but they are all obviously traumatized.


Please pray for our teachers: Martin, Patrick, Sarah, Isaac, Diana, Frank, Suzan, Sylvia, Irene, Derrick. They are working so hard to educate, encourage, and help our children. We need them to be safe. We will be installing a fence around the property to restrict access, and looking for other ways that we can protect them. Also pray for our Derrick Akampulira, who has now been through another awful ordeal in his young life. 

It’s a spiritual battle, my friends, and it’s a country full of desperate people. That’s why we are working so hard to give hope to the hopeless, and to give those who have nothing, a chance to succeed.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; even though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.”

Thank you so much for your prayers.

Much Love,


Thanks and Praise

Dear Friends,

Someone recently asked me to share before and after pictures of the bathrooms and kitchen that our friends in Uganda were using, and the ones we have just completed at Victory Primary School.

Here are the before and after pictures of the bathroom facilities:

Before - Exterior

Before - Exterior

Before - Interior

Before - Interior



Here are the before and after pictures of our kitchen:



After - Stoves

After - Stoves

After - Sink

After - Sink

This is the realization of a dream to provide better facilities for our hard-working team in Uganda. It’s just incredible what God has done through your prayers and your generosity.

These pictures of our children learning in their new classrooms and discovering the Truth in their new Bibles are my absolute favorite. 


We are a small ministry with big dreams and Our big God is doing a mighty work! Hallelujah!

We are hoping to soon have 4 more classrooms on the second floor of our building as we move right into Phase 2 of our project. Please pray for wisdom and provision every step of the way.

Most of you have received school reports, but I am still waiting on 24 more to arrive. Hopefully we will have those to you soon! And thank you for writing to encourage your children. 

More children are coming soon to join our family of 134! Continue to pray that we will have sponsors waiting for each one of them. 

I have recently challenged our family to memorize Psalm 34 together. Maybe you can join us too! Today I wanted to share with you verses 1-3:

“I will extol (praise enthusiastically)the Lord at all times. His praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.”

Thank you for your partnership in the gospel...Don’t forget to pray for your child today!

Much Love,


May Update

Dear Friends,

1. I am so excited to tell you that God has provided the funds to complete the first phase of construction of Victory Primary School!  Our team in Uganda held a dedication and thanksgiving service on May 17th, and officially opened the building! Praise God! It was a grand celebration of God’s love and faithfulness that would not have been possible without the prayers and support of all of you. We now have the bathrooms and kitchen that are necessary for full accreditation of our school. 
Here is a picture of Herbert showing the guests the new kitchen:


2. We are immediately moving on to Phase 2 of our project, which is 4 classrooms on the second floor of the building. These children are performing on what will soon be their classroom floors!

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We have 4 classes currently meeting in the corners of the church building, so these classrooms will provide the space we need.

Our educators have been doing such a great’s just exciting to be able to give them some facilities to work with.

So please continue to pray. The completion of Phase 1 is a huge milestone, but there is much work yet to be done. Tell your friends and family to come join us in this exciting project!

3. We have just received many first term school reports, so I will be getting those to you in the coming days. It’s a great time to write and encourage your children. Always focus on the positive & look for ways to share God’s love and yours with them!

4. We will be receiving a new group of children soon, so pray with me for sponsors to invest in their young lives. We have 5 sponsors waiting now, which is such a blessing!

If you know anyone interested in sponsorship, send them to to fill out the sponsor form, and I will contact them when our new group arrives.

5. This is our Justine Kisakye, when she first came to us in 2013....

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Justine’s father died and her mother has been very sick with HIV for years. Justine was sponsored by my niece Jill when Victory 1:27 was first launched and Jill was just a college student.

Here is an excerpt from a recent post by Jill:

“God gave me such a gift when He gave Justine to me some 6 years ago. Our lives are really different...she lives on the other side of the world , in a culture ridden with AIDS and homelessness and hopelessness. I got involved just wanting to help children in need receive food, shelter, and education & God took what little I’ve been offering and did so much more...

Do you see the joy, the hope on her face? Good grief, I love that girl!”

The picture on the right is recent picture of Justine. She is now studying to be a teaching assistant at vocational school, and we are hoping she will soon be working at our Victory Primary School! 

Justine is just one beautiful example of why this ministry is so important, and how God is using our offering to change lives. Jill & her husband Jacob, just like every one of you, are making an impact for eternity. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Much Love,


April Update

Dear Friends,

Happy Resurrection weekend! Here’s the latest from Uganda...

1. It recently came to our attention that our V127 children did not have Bibles of their own. That immediately became a priority. The leadership team at MVC decided to fully fund the purchase of age appropriate Bibles for all of our children. Not only that, but Herbert found someone to put the names of the children on the Bibles. For our kids, who have so little, to have a copy of God’s Word in their hands is so so so exciting. These pictures that I received this week, brought me to tears. The Word of God is living and active and powerful and now in the hands of our precious children. Hallelujah!


2Ugandan children are required to take national exams at the end of Primary 7, Secondary 4, and Secondary 6. These exams determine the path they will take. They are tough, and our kids study for them throughout the year. The cost of these exams is anywhere from $50-$75 a piece. We recently sent over $1000 from our general fund for exam registrations for 17 of our students. (James, Judith, Julius, Mathias, Hillary, Melvin, Esther, Manday, Eric, Faith, Joshua Okiiya, Timothy, Deborah Kwagala, Deborah Nakiranda, Davis, Ashmat, & Peace Whitney) Our general fund is so important. It is used for medical expenses, rent, electricity, covering missed sponsor payments, etc. So if you have contributed to the general fund, you have helped our children in many ways!

3. Our team in Uganda is working hard to complete the first phase of our school construction, and we are praying in the last $3500 we need to make this happen. Please pray with us and share the project with others. Here’s the latest picture of our new steps, and the ground leveled and ready for pavers.


And the below picture is the new bathroom. We are so close!

I love this picture of our children in computer class.  We took 6 desktop computers with us on our trip to Uganda last October, and now all of our classes have a computer lab during the day. Praise God! (And that is sweet Maria Aliru smiling for the camera!)


4. If you are a new sponsor and have not yet written and introduced yourself to your child, please do so. They are anxiously waiting to hear from you! If you have been sponsoring for a while, but haven’t taken the time to write and encourage your child, please do so! Most of them will be finishing up their first term of school very soon.  A short note of encouragement will mean the world to them. Share what God is teaching you & what’s happening in your life, and let them know you are praying for them. Many have been sick and continue to face so many challenges. Your love and investment in them is priceless! Send all letters to with your child’s first and last name in the subject line.

5. As we celebrate the Resurrection this weekend, be encouraged that you are giving your child new life, and a new hope. Our Savior defeated the grave, and because He lives, we all have the promise of abundant life here on earth, and eternal life with Him in heaven.

These words from the Hillsong United song “Good Grace” have been especially meaningful to me the last few weeks:

“Take courage, hold on, be strong, remember where our help comes from...”

Which leads us to Psalm 121:1-2:

“I lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.”

God loves you so much, my friends. Whatever you are facing today, take courage, hold on, be strong.

Thank you for loving our Ugandan children.

Much Love,


February Update

Dear Friends,

I’m so thankful today for life and health and for each one of you!

Here’s the latest news from Uganda:

1. We received 15 new children into our Victory 1:27 family this month. That’s the largest group we’ve ever had! 12 of these kids have been sponsored, and if you are one of those new sponsors...Welcome to the family!


Please pray that God will provide sponsors for Angel, Zaituni, and Georgina. They are beautiful and smart and only need someone to come alongside them and give them a chance to succeed. We now have 135 children in our V127 family. So exciting!

2. Our team is making steady progress on the construction of Victory Primary School. Thank you to those of you who have sacrificed and prayed and given to this project. They were laying tile in the bathrooms this week, and just completed the retaining wall. We are getting close to completion, but we need your help to finish the first phase of this building. If you would like to give, you may do so at


3. We added a new class to our primary school this year, so now we have 111 students in Kindergarten through Primary 6. They are so anxious to use this new building! Here is a picture of our teachers in front of our new retaining wall. We are very excited that our friend Derrick is now teaching computer to all of our classes. We went to Uganda last fall with 6 desktop computers, so it is awesome to hear that all of our children are now benefitting from that donation. Praise God!

4. When you get a chance, please visit our website, victory127.comThere you will find a sponsor page with the children available for sponsorship, a higher education page with a listing of our kids who are in college or vocational school (as well as our graduates), a construction page with the latest pictures and information on our construction projects, a resources page with a listing of all of our children as well as a printable brochure, and lots of other information. It’s a great tool to share the ministry with others! 

We also have a sponsor testimonial page, and would love to see you there! Just write a paragraph about what it means to you to sponsor a child with V127. Email it to me ( along with a picture of your family, and we will include it on the website. Your testimony could be the one that will convince someone to partner with us in the ministry.

5. Please pray for your child, and write to him/her when you get a chance. Your prayers matter. Your letters are an enormous source of encouragement.

I leave you with a verse that our Ladies Bible study group has been memorizing this week. It’s one of my favorites. I am praying this for all of our Ugandan friends and also for all of you.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Much Love,


New Children and a New School

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to tell you that just this week we have welcomed 8 new children into our Victory 1:27 family. The incredible thing is that God had sponsors waiting for all of them. That is such a blessing! (If you know someone interested in sponsorship, please have them fill out a sponsor form at

I look at the faces of these kids and I know that their lives are about to change forever. We are bringing them life-giving hope, stability that they have never known, and the promise of an education that will enable them to break the cycle of poverty. Remember that our kids are the poorest of the poor, living in the slums outside of Kampala. The fact that God is calling someone across the ocean to pray for them, provide for them, and invest in them is evidence of just how much He loves them, and how precious they are in His sight. Thank you for being rescuers and for showing your love for your Savior by loving these children.

This is one of our newest, Faith Namataka. She comes from a polygamous Muslim family. Her mother Mariam accepted Christ as her Savior and was forced to leave their home with Faith and her sister Brenda. She hasn’t been able to find work, and is just struggling to survive with her girls. Now those girls have sponsors who will pray for them, love them and provide for them. That is an answered prayer for their sweet mother Mariam!

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Our team in Uganda is hard at work on Victory Primary School.  They are doing a great job! If you have been considering donating to this project, now is the perfect time. We are getting ready to do the flooring, while finishing the septic system, the kitchen, and the bathrooms. We are in the home stretch! Our P5 and P6 classes have already started school, and the rest of the classes will start next week. We need to finish this building as soon as we can. Pray for wisdom and God’s provision. ( construction fund)


I’m still receiving the last of our letters and school reports for the third term. If you have received either one, it’s a perfect time to write to your child to encourage their hearts, and encourage them in their studies.(Email your letter to me at and put your child’s first and last name in the subject line) Your letters are cherished and read again and again!

Here is an excerpt from Sharon’s letter to her sponsor...


“ Thank you very much for entrusting part of your wealth for my school fees, advice, holiday gifts, letters, and time to my education. Just have it in mind that your daughter in Uganda is making it.”

Much Love,


Christmas Report

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season with your friends and family. Our Ugandan family has been very busy this month. Here are a few of the highlights.

1.  Dec 9th was Speech Day! This is a big end of the year celebration for our school, where academics are celebrated and parents and visitors are entertained with music and drama presented by the children.


End of the year awards are also handed out. Here are a few that our children received:

Best in class:

P5. Joseline Nalanda

P4. Precious Nakanjako

P3. Alvic Matovu

P2. Desire Najinda

Best behavior: Roger Luutu, Dorcus Kwagala

Best Leader: Jovia Nantongo

Best English Speaking: Shibah Nakazibwe

Most Caring: Cathryn Ganyira

Most famous at school: Maria Aliru

We also graduated 15 children from our kindergarten top class! It was a great celebration.(with cake included!)


2. The Children’s  Christmas celebration and meal was held on Dec. 16th. Our children ministered in every part of the service that day! Pasco and Allan led a 25 minute opening prayer time, Joshua Aliima and Hillary Apaye led worship, both Hawa Nakato and Esther Nabawanguzi taught from the Word while Zula Babirye interpreted, and many others participated in songs and drama presentations.

They served a big meal to 500 children and 150 parents in attendance. It was an amazing day of celebration made possible by your generous donations. Thank you so much!


3. On Dec 17th, our Victory 1:27 children came back to the church and received your Christmas gifts and letters. They also wrote letters back to you, so I am hoping to receive them soon and get them out to you!


4. On Dec 24th, 3 lbs of beef, 3 lbs of rice, and 6 sodas were distributed to over 200 families in the community so they would have food for Christmas dinner. Our 1:27 families all received this gift package too, as well as our team of workers and teachers.

Later in the day, 42 policemen and their families received the same gift of food. This was an incredible outreach to a group of underpaid and seldom appreciated officers.


Most important, Christ was proclaimed in every aspect of the Christmas season and His love was poured out on so many.

5. Finally, on December 26th, Herbert asked the married couples in the church to invite all the married couples in their neighborhoods to come with them and enjoy a special marriage seminar together. They fed them breakfast and lunch, and had 3 teaching sessions to encourage them in their faith and their relationships. 170 couples were blessed by the ministry that day!

6. Thank you for praying for Pastor Herbert and his family as they were victims of a robbery while the Christmas celebration was going on at the church. Herbert said that the drug activity and crime has increased near his home with those who are jobless and have had no opportunity to be in school. What a great reminder of the difference we are making in giving our kids a chance to get an education and get off the streets. 

7. Just a quick reminder that if you are paying per term, your payment of $140 is due before Jan 10th. Thank you for being so faithful in getting your payments in on time!

8. God continues to provide for our school construction. Block by block, we are building a school! We are praying that we will be able to use the building when our new school term begins in February.  Thank you so much to those of you who have given so generously to this project. We continue to send whatever God provides each month, and He multiplies it so faithfully! The slub has been poured for the roof and they are currently working on the septic system and the kitchen. Visit our homepage for a video overview of our construction projects, and select construction fund on the give page to be a part of this exciting project.


9. We have a new group of children coming soon! God has already provided 9 sponsors waiting for them. What an incredible blessing to have sponsors waiting on children! Hallelujah!

Thank you so much for your faithful support and for praying for your children and this ministry. Our prayer is that in 2019 more children will be rescued, more families will be fed, our school building will enable us to educate more children, and in every area of this ministry, God will be glorified.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.” Psalm 96:1-4a

Much Love,


December Update

Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas! As we are all in the midst of the hustle and bustle, I wanted to give you a quick update on what’s happening in Uganda.

1. Thank you so much for praying for the funds to purchase our new property adjacent to Victory House. That purchase has now been finalized! Praise God! He is so faithful & we are so grateful. We don’t yet know how He wants us to best utilize that land, but He does. Pray that we will listen and be attentive to the leading of the Spirit, and faithful to His purposes. I have no doubt this property is significant in the future work of V127.


2. Thank you so very much for your contributions to our Christmas project! Our team in Uganda is hard at work buying gifts, preparing for the community celebration and meal, and also the outreach to those who would have no food for Christmas dinner. The numbers are pretty staggering. They are buying gifts for all of our 120 children; last year they fed almost 1000 people at the celebration meal, and provided food for over 400 hungry families on Christmas Eve. I just received this picture of gifts they have already purchased for the children.


You can see backpacks, shoes, underclothes, bed sheets, & blankets just for starters. It’s a huge project and you are the ones who have made it possible! The big celebration is Dec 16-17. Thank you for praying for our team as they prepare!

3. We have just completed a video highlighting our construction projects, and focusing especially on Victory Primary School. You can see it on the homepage of victory127.comPlease share it with family and friends who may be interested in helping us build our school. This is a big project, but we have seen time and time again that when we pray, God answers. Pray for His provision and for wisdom in every decision that is made. We saw first hand that our team in Uganda is doing a great job and your offerings are being multiplied! Whatever comes into our construction fund each month is sent and used for the most immediate need. We would love to have this first phase completed for the beginning of the new school year in Feb 2019. 


4. Finally, I do have some artwork, notecards, and sandals made by our Babra Naluwoza that would make great Christmas gifts! Please let me know if you are interested. This is a great way to not only spread the word about our ministry, but also to support Babra and our higher education fund.

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, may we remember that it is because of His great love for us that He was born in a barn, walked the earth as a man, and ultimately sacrificed His life so that we may live forever with Him. The best way for us to show our love for him is to be obedient to his commands and love others the way that He loves us. 

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” I John 4:10-12


Don’t forget to pray for your child today!

Merry Christmas! 

Much Love,


***There is also a new video on the homepage of of our children singing a song they wrote about V127 and performed for us while we were in Uganda. They are so talented!

Christmas Reminder

Hey Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that we are wrapping up our Christmas project by Thursday of this week. If you haven’t already, please email a letter for your child and send in your donation by Nov 15th. We need each one of you to participate to make this celebration a success! For many of our new children, it will be their first time to receive a Christmas gift. What a wonderful way to share Christ’s love this season!


Also, please pray with me specifically for the $5690 that we need to complete our land purchase by next week. That sounds daunting, but God has shown us time and time again that when His people pray; He answers. He is our Provider and we are trusting him! The way this opportunity appeared while we were in Uganda made it clear that God has a plan far beyond what we can ask or imagine. Thank you for praying with us!


As we honor our veterans today, we want to say a big huge “Thank You” to those of you who served or have family members who served. Your sacrifice has secured our freedoms. Our trip to Uganda was a stark reminder that this is a great country and we are a very blessed people. Thank you.

If you haven’t already, check out our trip overview video on, and don’t 

forget to pray for your child today!

Much Love,


“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10


Dear Friends,

Christmas is coming and we would like to make it an incredible day of celebration for our Ugandan Friends. Look for a bright red envelope in your mailbox that will give you all of the details!


Basically, our mission is four-fold:

1. A big day of celebration and food for the entire community.

2. Gifts and letters for our Victory 1:27 children.

3. An outreach to families who have no food for Christmas dinner.

4. Appreciation for the police officers who desperately need encouragement.

What we need from you is two-fold:

1. Email a letter for your child to

2. Send a contribution to make it all possible. ( Choose Christmas offering in the drop down menu)

We need both of these by Nov 15th to allow our team in Uganda the time to purchase individualized gifts for our children. 

Breaking news...we received 9 new children this week! Their pictures are on the website, so pray with me that God will provide sponsors for each one of them.

Our new children are Deborah, Phionah, Zaha, Joshua, Darlin, Davis, Zaake, Abubeker, and Isa. With our new additions we now have 120 children in our V1:27 family. Praise God!

This is Deborah. She has never been in school, her mother and siblings were about to be evicted when Herbert stepped in this week, and they hadn’t eaten in 3 days. By the grace of God, she will go to school for the very first time next week. Our rice and beans offerings are helping to feed her family, and your contributions to our general fund will enable us to pay their rent for the next few months. God is so good.


Thank you for your involvement in our Christmas project. We need every one of you to make it a success. How exciting for Deborah and others to receive their very first Christmas gift!

A quick note of encouragement for you...Our Joshua Aliima recently wrote to his sponsor “It is you who have drawn me closer to God.”  Your words matter.

Watch for your red envelope!

Much Love,



Dear Friends,
It’s 4:00 am and we are flying above the clouds over Northern Africa on our way to Amsterdam, and eventually Washington DC. It’s been an incredible 8 days in Uganda.
Your kids are amazing. We had an opportunity to establish relationships with many of them, watch them perform, hear their stories, and shower your love on them, even as they poured out their love on us. We conducted a business seminar, a youth event, visited homes and schools, spent time with our teachers, distributed the supplies you provided, and set up a computer lab. There are moments we will never forget. Here are just a few:

1. We visited the home of Rachel Aliima, mother of our Joshua & Caleb, to deliver rice and beans. She is a widow, and she shared with us that the oldest of her 5 boys was suffering from mental illness as a result of drug use. She fears for their safety when he is around, because he becomes violent. She is a sweet believer who had her Bible and notebook open on her table. We met her Jonathan, Joshua, and Caleb and they are all amazing young men. She has experienced so much heartache in her life, and even though her sandals were broken, her spirit was not. It was a privilege to join hands and pray with her, and leave her two new pairs of sandals.(made by our very own Babra Naluwoza)

2. Our Alvic, who barely knew English when we were there in 2017, has become an incredibly articulate, kind, and compassionate young man. He bravely stood up in front of the entire church on Sunday morning and praised God because his sponsor had cancer, but God had healed her. He was also the first to learn how to use a mouse in our brand new computer lab.


3. We were standing on the unfinished second floor of Victory House, when we got the news that the lot beside it had just come up for sale. We immediately prayed for wisdom, as this could be a great opportunity for continued future growth. The asking price is $9500, and we were able leave Herbert enough money for a down payment on the land. Wow! This wasn’t even on our radar! 


Victory House looks great. The teachers are very excited and grateful and it was an emotional moment when we hung the sign on the wall. We are believing God for two more floors on this building, to house more teachers, provide a gathering room, 3 guest rooms, and eventually board students. 


4. We were excited to see the progress of our new building for Victory Primary School. We have two classes meeting in the corners of the church building, and when there are events or activities, they have to crowd in with other classes in a very small space. It will be so exciting to be able to give these kids some basics...bathrooms instead of a latrine, an indoor kitchen instead of a tin shack, and a real classrooms in which to learn. Please pray with me for another $20,000 to complete this phase of construction. We are asking God to provide it soon, so we could have this building ready for the beginning of the new school term in Feb 2019, when we will be adding P6 to our school. We are also working on a mini-documentary that will be a great tool for sharing this arm of the ministry with others. (And the neighborhood goats are enjoying the second floor!)


5. We had a huge graduation party on Friday night for all of our higher education graduates. It was a moment I will never forget watching those graduates in their caps and gowns spread across the stage. Our ladies had worked for days to provide dinner for 400 people; they dressed us in traditional African wear, and there were even government officials in the audience. Herbert shared the story of the beginning of Victory 1:27, and each of the graduates shared a testimony about how their life had changed when hope and stability came into their lives. What a celebration it was! Their pictures are now on the wall on our V1:27 Wall of Fame, so the young ones can see what is possible and work hard to be on that wall themselves. It’s going to one day be a very big wall!


6. The children were so excited to get your letters. Those who are in schools close by sat down and immediately wrote a reply. Some of my favorite pics are of the children holding your pictures! I talked to many of them about many of you. They asked lots of questions and wanted to know all about you. You are a very important part of their lives.


We have around 30 kids in boarding schools or schools farther away that we weren’t able to see, but hopefully they will get your letters soon. Thank you for investing in this way!

7. Our team did an incredible job of accomplishing our objectives for the week. What a great group God put together for us! It is a very difficult journey of around 8000 miles just to get there. The conditions are challenging, and the environment is harsh. Just last night it took 2 hours to travel 5 miles on the insanity that is their road system. (Another reason for the importance of Victory House and having our teachers nearby). Thank you so much for your prayers. 


I became ill on Sunday morning & ended up in a Ugandan hospital on Sunday afternoon. That was very difficult because I was unable to minister the last two days of the trip. The team, however, plowed on without me and did a great job. I could definitely feel your prayers and was incredibly grateful to be well enough to travel home. As I reflect on that experience, I have a whole new perspective and empathy for our children who are sick, after experiencing the Ugandan health system as a patient. God is faithful and we know that he is continually working all things for our good and equipping us for what’s next. We will just keep trusting him!

8. We have a new group of 6 children coming soon! The sponsorship is the heart and soul of this ministry, and I am so thankful to have 5 sponsors waiting for them. As the ministry continues to grow, we ask God for wisdom every step of the way. The needs there are overwhelming and what we are doing is only a drop in the bucket, but it’s the drop that God has called us to, and what we hope will become a nourishing stream. We are trusting Him to multiply our efforts and continue to effect change for a group of sweet believers who are near and dear to our hearts. 


Thank you for praying, thank you for investing, thank you for loving the poorest of the poor.

As one of our children wrote in her letter..

“Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.” Psalm 41:1


Dear Friends,

I shared with you last week the amazing story of Julie, a beautiful young woman who has endured a lifetime of abandonment, abuse and heartache. But that is not the end. Yesterday, Julie graduated from Ndejje University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering! She is serving in Victory Covenant Church and involved in many aspects of our ministry, including designing the plans for our very own Victory House. 

We are so proud of her and excited about her very bright future!


I am also very excited to tell you that I now have letters for all of our children written by their sponsors, to be hand delivered to Uganda! Hallelujah! It has been a feat collecting them all, but it is so worth it for the joy it will bring to our children. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to invest in this way.

Our team leaves tomorrow to travel to Uganda on behalf of all of you. We need you to be our prayer warriors. The enemy is not happy about the lives that are being changed and the attacks are real. But...

“Greater is he who is in you, than he that is in the world.”

God is so faithful and we are trusting Him to go before us and meet every need. 

Tonight, on the eve of our journey, I am thanking God for all of you and praying that He will hold you close. I know many of you are walking very difficult paths, so I leave you with a verse that is one of my favorites.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ” 

Is 41:10

Much Love,


October Update

Dear Friends, 

It’s hard to believe that in only 11 days, our team will be traveling to Uganda on behalf of all of you, to love and encourage our extended family there. Please pray for Greg, Lori, Kathryn, Kris, Tim, and Jan as we prepare for this journey. (Oct 14-23)

Pray for:

1. Our health..before, during and after the trip.

2. A safe and uneventful trip, & that our luggage arrives with us.

3. That we are able to get our donated desktop computers through security in Entebbe.

4. That our eyes will be open to what God wants us to see, and our hearts will be open to the needs before us.

5. That God will show us ways to make the ministry more effective & to reach more children.

6. That we will bring a boatload of love & encouragement to our Ugandan team that works so hard on behalf of our children each and every day.

Thank you to those of you who have sent letters and pictures for your children. You can still email a letter; we just need to have them all by Sunday, Oct 7th. One of the first things the children asked the last time I was in Uganda, was why I didn’t bring all their sponsors! A letter and picture will help my case...:)

Please continue to pray for the construction of Victory Primary School. We still need around $25k to complete this first phase which will consist of a kitchen, bathrooms, and classroom space. Check out our website at for more information. Here is the latest picture of the progress!


Thank you for praying for Vincent and for Praise. We are working to get Vincent the help he needs, and Praise seems to be doing much better.

Pray for our little friend Ronen, who we just found out needs a tonsillectomy. Our team is looking for a good surgeon that we can trust. Pray for all the details to be worked out, and for healing for Ronen.


I’m excited to share with you the story of an amazing young woman named Julie. Julie is one of 7 children. Her father abandoned them when she was 9 years old. Her mother went to Kenya looking for work to support them, and the siblings were left on their own. For the next several years, Julie lived with different people and suffered many kinds of abuse.  She somehow managed to excel in her studies, even in the midst of her suffering. She is very bright, and always had a dream to become a civil engineer. She was living in the slums of Namungoona with her sister, when someone invited her to Victory Covenant Church. Here she found a community that loved her, and friends that encouraged her dream. She completed secondary school, and received a government loan to attend university, but still fell short financially.  Herbert and his team were helping her in any way they could, and when we completed the House of Hope, they moved Julie into one of those apartments. We came on board to help her complete her education through our higher education fund. And now, on October 12th, Julie will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Not only that, but she completed her studies near the top of her class with a 3.89 GPA. She also designed our Victory House!  Wow.


God is so good. Our blessed Redeemer! If you have prayed or contributed to our House of Hope or our Higher Education Fund, then you have played a part in Julie’s story. What a beautiful, intelligent, strong, and resilient young woman she is! 

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. 

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3

Oaks of righteousness...Annet, Babra, Beatrice, Joyce, Joan, Rose, Joshua, Julie...

Praise God!

Much Love,


September Update

Dear Friends,

“Let the ruins come to life, in the beauty of your name, rising up from the ashes, God forever you reign.”

We sang this beautiful worship song yesterday and I was struck with the visual of how God takes the failures and mistakes in our lives and uses them for our good, essentially bringing those ruins to life. I thought about how our friends in Uganda have dealt with such tremendous heartache and poverty and devastation, with civil wars and an AIDS epidemic, yet those ruins are now coming to life. The picture of our House of Hope, our Victory House, and now Victory Primary School rising up from the ashes, is symbolic of how the lives of our precious children are rising up from the ashes as well. They are being educated and fed and given hope where there was no hope. God is allowing us to see the transformation first hand in the lives of our graduates and it is a beautiful thing.

1. It’s amazing how our primary school is taking shape. We are hoping to build this building for around $50,000. God has already supplied almost half of that amount and we continue to marvel at His provision and faithfulness. Here is one of the latest pictures, as they prepare to pour the concrete slub for the roof.


I encourage you to be a part of this project. Any donation to our construction fund, no matter how small or large will make an impact. How exciting to say you have had a part of building a new school in Uganda!

2. Our children have just finished up their second term of school. I have just started getting school reports in, so hopefully you will have those soon. It a great time to write a letter to encourage your child. Please don’t stress about what to write. Just look at the letters as an opportunity to encourage and invest. Share with them what is happening in your life. Share with them what God is teaching you. Let them know you are proud of their hard work and you are praying for them. It doesn’t have to be long, just heartfelt.

I asked one of our sponsors to share her inspiration for letter writing, and here are a few of her thoughts:

“I try to paint a picture of what we are doing in our lives; to connect with them in a way that makes them feel a part of our family, & to help them know Jesus. In their school reports, I encourage them where they are struggling and celebrate where they are doing well. I make my letters a priority of every month, knowing that my money alone is not enough to supply their most important spiritual needs. I am transparent about my struggles and how God is using life events and scripture to change me to be more like Him. Sharing examples of God’s goodness and faithfulness with my child also reminds me of how good God is all the time!”

If you would like to read Beth’s full letter about communicating with her child, let me know & I will be happy to send it to you. 

3. A quick reminder that if you are paying per term, your payment of $140 is due before Sept 10th. Thank you so much to all of you who are faithful to get your monthly payments in on time!

4. Please pray for two of our children who are having medical issues. Vincent Lujjumba continues to suffer from an eye disease. He is improving, but not as much or as quickly as they would like.


Praise Kisakye was abandoned by her mother when she was only one year old, and her father was a drug addict when Herbert found her. Her father has since come to Christ, and is trying to break his drug addiction, but she has had a difficult childhood. She has been experiencing repeated swelling in her face & the doctors aren’t sure what’s happening. Please pray for Vincent and Praise as you pray for your child today.


5. We have a small group of six headed to Uganda for a work trip from Oct 14-23. We will be conducting a two day business seminar for those interested in starting their own businesses, visiting homes and schools, checking on all aspects of our construction projects, working on new videos and pictures, and laying the groundwork for future trips. Our teachers have sent a list of items for us to bring with us that would be a help to them in the school. Any donations toward the trip will go toward the purchase of those items, and then anything left over will be used to help meet the needs we see when we are on the ground in Uganda. If you would like to donate, you can do so through and select the 1:27 general fund.

Please pray for Tim, Kathryn, Greg, Lori, Kris, and Jan as we are hard at work preparing physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally for our trek across the ocean.

Thank you for your prayers, your encouragement, your support, and your partnership in the gospel. So thankful for each of you today!

Much Love,


August Update

Dear Friends,
1. Our teachers are moving in to Victory House! What an answer to prayer. 
Just one year ago, Herbert contacted me about a piece of property that was for sale near the church. We stepped out in faith & believed God for that land, and He provided the funds to purchase it in just five days! The plans were drawn and construction began. Once again it has been an exercise in faith, watching this building come together and now provide a home for our teachers and their families. Thank you to all of you who have prayed and invested in this project!


Here is a picture of our hard-working teachers who will be living there. They are a wonderful group of committed believers who are determined to put these children on a path to success. We are very thankful for each one of them!


2. The walls are also rising on Victory Primary School! This is an even bigger project, but God continues to challenge us to greater faith. He is prompting hearts and we are excited about the progress. Please continue to pray about every aspect of construction, for wisdom and guidance and supernatural provision. What a difference this building will make for our students and teachers!


3. The children are finishing up the second term of school next week, so pray for them as they study and prepare for exams. To celebrate the end of the term, our students at Victory Primary School went on a field trip last week to visit the Ugandan parliament and also a bread factory. I love this picture of the children each taking home a loaf of bread. What a treasure!


4. We have a small group of 6 who are headed to Uganda in October. We will be checking out all aspects of the ministry, seeking to be an encouragement to our friends there, and hugging as many of your children as possible. I will send you more info soon, but please pray as we prepare for this journey!

5. It looks like we may have a new group of children coming soon, so please let me know of anyone who is interested in sponsorship. Currently we have 111 children, and we are always excited to welcome new children & sponsors into our Victory 1:27 family. 

6. Pray for your child today & if you haven’t written to them recently, please send them a note! They love to hear from you! Email all letters to me at and I will forward them on to Uganda, where our team will print and deliver. 

Lives are being changed. Children are being rescued. The hungry are being fed. The hopeless are given hope. The uneducated are given an opportunity for education. Your investment is making a huge impact in a poverty-stricken country. Thank you for your faithfulness. To God be the Glory!

Much Love,