“Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:11-12
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I hope you all feel very loved and appreciated today and every day. There would be no V127 without our sponsors and supporters. We are able to do what we do because of your generous hearts and we are so grateful for each one of you.
I’m excited to share with you that we have recently been blessed with our second V127 grandbaby! We were so privileged on our last trip to Uganda in Oct 2019 to see our Joyce Nakawesi, (one of our our first V127 children who lost both of her parents to HIV), put on a beautiful white gown and marry a kind, thoughtful, godly man named Frank. Now they have become parents to beautiful Jada Kerons! The joy on their faces brings tears to my eyes, and the fact that little Jada was born into a stable, loving home is a continued testament to God’s faithfulness. We are so happy for Joyce and Frank!
The return to school plan in Uganda has remained fluid, just as it has in the United States. You probably know by now that tremendous pressure is put upon the kids in P7, S4, & S6 to do well on national exams in order to continue their studies. Those kids returned to school in January and are in class from early until late, for the exams that are normally in November are now being held in March. Other students are being staggered in their return to classes. Pre-candidate classes (P6, S3, & S5) are returning the last weekend in February, and most other classes will return in March or early April, except for the youngest primary kids who won’t return until June after the older primary kids have finished a term. (This will enable them to maintain some social distance.) The higher education kids are all returning in the next few weeks. Everything there is nationally mandated, so our team is working hard to be compliant, and still ensure all of our children are safe & learning wherever they are. It’s confusing and complicated, much like here, so continue to pray for our team and especially our children in these challenging times.
I was so encouraged by a letter that we just received from our Edith Nakabanda to her sponsor Donelle. Here is an excerpt:
“This pandemic has changed many things. Some people have died, some have lost their jobs, and some have lost their loved ones. But I thank God that we are still together as a church. Even though people have faced a lot of challenges, I thank God that some of us have learned other activities. For example, I have learned how to prepare some meals, like baking chapati, pancakes, and samosas. I have also learned to share the little that I have with the needy, helping and teaching others to be patient & trust God who is the answer to every question. God has done miracles! Even though we couldn’t gather for church services, small groups and home cells have been introduced. We have been praying together from home, and this helps us never to forget God and his wonderful doings. I have not forgotten to pray for you and your community. I love you so much & I thank you for the gifts. You really are a good sister to me.”
Phase 2 of Victory House is nearing completion. Praise God! I am hoping to have more details and pictures for you soon, and also news on our next construction project!
We currently have 9 kids in Higher Education. If you haven’t recently, go to V127.org to see Shumayiya, Julius, Mathias, Angel N, James, Angel M, Hillary, Dorine, and Davis. They are studying Medicine, Agribusiness, Building and Construction, Electricity, Water engineering, Catering and Hotel Management, Fashion and Design, and Mechanics. We are so proud of them! All of our kids are amazing and talented and gifted in their own ways, and we are excited to come alongside them in their educational pursuits.
This recent letter from our Deborah Kirabo to her sponsor Laura, underscores just how much our Ugandan friends long for an opportunity to get an education. It’s something we take for granted here in the USA, but is a great privilege for those in Uganda, and the cornerstone of our ministry.
“How is everyone there? On my side, I am doing well at school because I have been blessed with the one thing everyone would like to acquire in this life and that is an education. Honestly, I am so thankful to God for the gift that he has brought into my life and that is Laura, who is always thinking about me, loving me, and caring for me. I want God to bless you as you continue to bless me with education, and I want God to bless us with more knowledge and understanding as we seek after Him. I received a letter from you and that relieved my heart to know that you are fine. I know that he has promised to be with us in the fire and in the storm and we shall walk and not get tired. (The pandemic) is a storm that shook all countries, but He is with us and I believe He will be with you in each and every situation as you continue to seek his presence in your life.”
We have 147 amazing kids. Don’t forget to pray for your child today ❤