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 victory127.com for more information. Here is the latest picture of the progress!

 
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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,

Jan