“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 victory127.com 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!