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!

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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.

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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!)

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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 jan@victory127.com 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,

Jan