Summer is upon us, but our friends in Uganda are a few weeks into their second term of school. Victory Primary School started this term with a record 100 students, but one child withdrew soon after their term began because of the lack of facilities. Herbert said the parents were impressed with the academic standards of the school, yet concerned about the sanitation. We are about to change that!
The concrete will be poured this weekend for the foundation of our new school building. So exciting! This building will include a kitchen, bathrooms, and classroom space. Please pray with us for God to supernaturally provide the resources for this project. Whatever comes in each month to our construction fund will be used for the ongoing work. It is going to be amazing to watch it rise from the dirt!
Speaking of rising from the dirt, Victory House is nearing completion. Many last minute details are being addressed and it is looking great! Herbert said that the teachers can’t believe they will be living in such a nice place. The very fact that it will have bathrooms and electricity and even running water is such a blessing. Herbert has promised a video walk-through upon completion, but here is the latest picture of the construction. Thank you so much to all of you who have played a big part in this project!
Thank you too to all of you who are faithful to give to our rice and beans fund. It is making such a difference. Herbert shared that the children are healthier and their immune systems are improving due to the fact that they are eating regularly. The availability of food is something we truly take for granted in our country, but so many of our Ugandan children come to us malnourished and sick. The Rice and Beans fund is helping them with basic nutrition, so they are then able to learn and grow.
We met Jovan Sseguja when were in Uganda a year and a half ago. He came to the church, found Pastor Herbert, and asked him if he could find a way for Jovan to go to school. We soon found out that his father had been killed by a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi), and his mother had not been able to send him to school. Herbert put him in Victory Primary School right away, and God provided a wonderful young couple to sponsor him.
Well, just this week, Jovan celebrated his birthday for the very first time with a party thrown by his teachers and classmates. Here is the adorable picture! Happy Birthday Jovan!
One last piece of exciting news...Beatrice Nakabubi, who was in our first group of Victory 1:27 children, will be graduating from Uganda Christian University on July 6th with a degree in environmental science. Beatrice is beautiful and smart and vivacious and we are all so proud of her! Thank you to all of you who have bought artwork and notecards and otherwise contributed to our higher education fund. Beatrice is a shining example of why we do what we do. I will share more about her next month!
Thank you so much to all of you who are praying, writing, and investing in your children. God is working in many ways, and we continue to trust Him to lead and guide us in every aspect of this ministry. What a mighty, loving God we serve!
I leave you with some sweet encouragement for us all...
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18