How Beyond Uganda was founded.
Do you sponsor a child through Beyond Uganda?
Have you ever thought about the possibility of meeting this child who's life is being influenced by your generousity? Come on a trip to work with our Uganda staff and continue to be an influence in person. This years trip is filling up fast.
What will we do and see?
As God directs these trips things can certainly change but here's an idea of how a trip normally goes. You'll arrive in Entebbe usually of an evening and meet some of our local staff, load up the bus with all our luggage and take a 30-45 minute drive into Kampala where you'll stay the night. Up around 7 or 8 the next morning and you'll have your first Ugandan breakfast consisting of fresh fruits, omeletes, toast, coffee and often a breakfast sausage. Fresh pineapple is almost always there and a favorite of most. Juice and often peanut butter will be available as well. After breakfast you'll get back on the bus and start the roughly 4 hour trip to the BU offices in Bugiri. We often grab a bite to eat on the way. Now your home, or what most of us that have made this trip before call home. Settle in that evening into your motel where you will stay the next 4-5 days. Breakfast is always taken in the motel of a morning. Your journey at this point is directed by God and the needs as identified by our staff. Oh I may have failed to mention we always try to work in a worship service at Watoto church and perhaps if you're lucky a Sunday at Dennis Wandera's church in Kampala. Again, we ask God for direction so hold on. Only He knows what's in store for you. At the end of the trip you will visit a real African Safari, enjoy incredible food and likely an opportunity to take a swim in the pool. We always try and share this experience with a few of the kids and staff so a little one on one time with them is always incredible. Then the hard part. Get ready to come back to the states. (You notice I didn't say home.)
If you're interested in taking this adventure with God, the link below will send you to the mission application page at Heartland Worship Center. You can turn the application in at the church office or give bring/mail it to the Beyond Uganda office.
Hold on! He's an awesome God.
The Story of Grace !
This long journey has had an amazing journey through the people of God to bring about His Glory for one little boy. Grace is the second born to the in country director of Beyond Uganda. He was born with a small growth on his belly button but over the last 5 years has grown to the huge growth you see in the pictures. The lack of funds and lack of clean, safe medical attention has kept two loving parents in prayer for their son with no other options. God heard those prayers and spoke to the heart of a woman in Paducah (Sarah Housman) that whispered to a doctor friend (Karen Banister) that just happened to have jury duty with the U.S. director of Beyond Uganda and before we knew it she had contacted a surgical friend in Kenya that happened to be in Uganda. Grace and his family traveled to Kampala on April 15th for surgery and was discharged successfully on April 21st. with a new start on life. We are so thankful for the obedience of each of these people to listen to what God asked of them, no matter how big or how small, and trust that He would use them as part of a bigger picture. We will keep you updated on this amazing story and this precious little boys life. Thank you to all of you that have been part of this journey with us. Glory to God in the Highest!!!
A second well is provided...
We've just completed putting a new well in a village near Bugiri. It started supplying beautiful life changing clear water just last week. This video shows the beginning of yet another well being provided by donations from many generous sponsors. This one is in front of our Not Forgotten childrens home and the BU office in Uganda. What an opportunity to share the Word this will provide. Thank you Heartland Worship Center's HOMEBUILDERS class for making this possible.
BU Kids have a new home!
This milestone has been a vision for Beyond Uganda for some time now. As God brought children, literally to our door step, the Not Forgotten program was born. These children, many of them living on the streets, were put into boarding school in January of 2014. This gave them a safe place to lay their head at night and healthy meals. This was a great thing but stirred up a new concern in our hearts to where these children would go when school was out. Could we really take them off the streets, give the hope of a new life and then put them back on the streets when the school year is out?
The Ugandan staff has worked tirelessly to find Godly homes that would take some of the children in for the short school holidays and missionary family, Travis & Emi Hensel has taken in up to 20 at a time at their own home. This is a short fix but again, we believe God rescued them for a purpose and they were to have a permanent home to call their own.
That came to pass recently with a grant from Carson Myre Foundation that enabled BU to purchase a plot of land with an existing structure that is close not only to the school and the office but to the Director as well so it is under constant supervision. Travis Hensel has taken on the task of overseeing the construction and renovation of this home and we are hoping to have it complete by November so the children can come back to a home they can call their own.
This may seem like humble beginnings but to the many children who have never had a place to retreat to that can be a safe zone, a place of love and a place they know God provided for them because they have been fearfully and wonderfully made, well....this is truly a miracle and something to be celebrated.
There is much to do to complete this home and see what God has in store for us all through this. If you would like to help complete this house and provide a permanent home for the Not Forgotten Children, please make your donation today and make sure you put children's home in the memo line. It will take the generosity and work of many to see this fully done but we are confident that what God has started will be seen fulfilled and completed in the end. Welcome to the adventure God has called us on.