BU Kids have a new home!
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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.
Dennis Wandera is the Business Manager for Beyond Uganda. He runs the second hand clothing store, Hope's Closet in Kampala and helps with all "in country" travel and any special projects. He recently was on the site of the first well being dug at the Mt. Zion Orphanage when he received word that his grandmother had passed away. The staff, Hensel Family and Interns were there to be by his side. Walking through life with people has been the greatest calling by God for Beyond Uganda and for each of us individually. Here is what Dennis had to say...thought it was worth sharing:
"Thanks for the prayers in this season. I was so humbled...really so humbed. by the solidarity shown to me by the Mzungu team here. So small the world, I never knew Lexi and Sam and the interns would ever be to my village. Today, the entire group showed up to comfort me...so humbling!!! So proud of this great family. How God blends us together from different nations. Divided by race and color, but united at Calvary."~~Dennis Wander
Meeting Medical Needs
Travis and Emi Hensel and the Beyond Uganda staff were able to spend the day in the village that surrounds the Heartland Worship Center of Uganda for a Medical Day. Now let me preface this by saying that we are not doctors and Emi does have limited knowledge of medical care but much of the preventable or small wounds are simply things we take care of everyday here in the U.S. But in a remote village, where simply medicines and creams are unattainable, people die from these same things. The medicines taken quite literally are the donated ibprofen, hydrogen peroxide, and anti-biotic cream (like neosporin) that the locals are calling miracle cream. In an area where most adults and all children don't have shoes, open wounds are common and become infected quite easily. These are often life threatening. But days like today not only treat those wounds and many other things but it gives the BU staff a chance to pray over those that come for help and even find enough time to play with the children. God has continued to teach us that building relationships is the best thing we can do. That is the doorway that opens to God being able to walk on into their lives. And afterall, that is the best gift of all.