V127 June Update – Prayer Needed

V127 June Update – Prayer Needed

Dear Friends,

I just heard from Pastor Herbert that there has been a recent surge in Covid cases in Uganda. (They have had a very difficult time getting the vaccine there, and less than 1% of the population has been vaccinated.) As a result, the president made an emergency announcement Sunday evening that all churches and schools will be closed for the next six weeks. The children have until this Thursday to return to their homes, and then travel restrictions will be implemented. There will be no public transportation, and limited cars allowed on the road with no travel between districts. 

Our team is hard at work trying to pick up all of our children from their respective schools (some are a couple of hours away). Then our teachers and administrators will regroup and print materials for the remaining six weeks of the school year, so the children can finish their curriculum. As you can imagine, this is a very challenging time for our team & an incredibly difficult time for our families.

I asked Herbert how we can help them the most, and he asked us to first of all pray for the health of our children and families. He also said that our rice and beans donation this month will be critical to the health and survival of many. In the last lockdown food was very scarce for those who were not able to move about due to travel restrictions. I will be sending our regular June support later this week, so If you would like to help us with the provision of food through our rice and beans fund, you can do so here

We realized in the last lockdown just how important it was for our team to have a way to grow their own food to support our families. Our Noeline planted a garden last year on the rooftop of our school, and it did really well! That led us to expand our vision, and with the funds left over from the second term of school in 2020 (when our kids were in lockdown), we have been trying to purchase a piece of farmland for that very purpose. Our team found a parcel of land that Herbert thinks will a great fit for our needs, but he is still in the negotiation stage with the owners. Please pray that if this is the right piece of land for us, then God will make a way.


Construction on Phase 3 of Victory House has reached another milestone! Many of our young men are in desperate need of a bed and a roof over their heads… we already have a great team who will shower them with love! We just received an estimate that it will cost around $7300 to complete the roof of Victory House. God has already provided $2500 for the construction this month, so continue to pray for His provision for our roof. 


Many of you have asked about the National exams that some of our children took in March and April. The results are supposed to be released in July, but that may also be affected by this lockdown. I’ll let you know as soon as I get any news.

Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your help. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel. This is a scary and uncertain time for our children, so I’m encouraging you to take a few minutes to write them some words of encouragement. Never underestimate the power of your words…they read your letters over and over again! We know that none of this is a surprise to our great God. He has promised that He is always walking with us, and He will help us through every challenge. This has been one of my favorite verses since I first fell in love with Jesus…

“Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with my right hand of righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

Regardless of our circumstances, we can have confidence that God is always working, and it’s always good!

Finally, please pray for our friends and family at the Fairview Baptist Church. This is a small church in WV that has come alongside our ministry in a big way. They are sending our Shumayiya through medical school and faithfully give to our rice and beans fund and special projects. Their Pastor and Shepherd of 14 years, Mike McCoy, died of a heart attack on June 2. He was 57 years old. Please pray for his family and church family as they process their own grief while continuing to minister in their community and around the world.

The passing of Pastor Mike is a profound reminder that life is short. How are we spending our days? Are we making choices that glorify our Father and further his kingdom? Certainly the way that we are loving and providing for the neediest of the needy in Uganda is close to our Savior’s heart. May we all live each day as if it was our last, and love love love everyone that our Lord puts in our path.

Much Love,
Jan

Happy Mother’s Day from V127!

Happy Mother’s Day from V127!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our amazing moms! Thank you for your sacrifice and for your commitment to your families. Thank you for shining your light for Jesus so brightly in the way that you love your children.

I wanted to spotlight for you today one of our courageous Ugandan mommas. Faith’s story is very similar to many of our mothers…persevering through extreme hardship to insure the survival of their children.

Faith lost her husband to HIV about 10 years ago. She also lives with HIV, as she has struggled to care for her 3 beautiful children. She sells snacks along the road and makes various crafts to try to provide for her family. They live in a a small one room house, with very little of anything, yet the joy and gratitude that exudes from them is so inspiring. Her children, Judith, Mathias, and Jonathan are all sweet, funny, thoughtful, smart, and creative. When all three kids were sponsored through V127, it was a huge relief to Faith to know that they would now be able to get an education that she could not provide for them. Judith is hoping to attend university in the fall, Mathias is in vocational school studying Building and Construction, and Jonathan is a hard working 6th grader. I will never forget the tears in Faith’s eyes and the gratitude in her heart the first time I met her. She is so so grateful for those who are helping her children.

So on behalf of all of our Ugandan mommas, I want to say Thank You for the way you are investing in their children and giving them opportunities that their mom’s could only dream of. God is richly providing through all of you and its a beautiful thing to see.

On a side note, on our first trip to Uganda, Faith’s children showed me that they each had a small plastic box to hold their possessions. They pulled out every letter they had ever received from their sponsors, and it was evident that they are precious treasures that they read over and over. Never underestimate the power of your words in your child’s life. (If you haven’t written to your child lately, you can do so here!


Construction Update


Construction is ongoing on Phase 3 of Victory House! Thank you to all of you who are helping us with this project. This third floor will be our very first dormitory for boys. We have several boys who are living with our teachers on the first floor (sleeping on the bunk beds that you provided), so they are all excited about getting this space of their own. (No one is more excited than the teachers! 🙂 )

This is a video we received this week of the construction in progress!


Farmland


Finally, I wanted to share with you that our team in Uganda has been diligently searching for the right piece of farmland for our ministry since this time last year, when God provided $11,000 for the land purchase. Herbert is very excited about a 30 acre lot they have discovered that is very fertile and has been idle for 15 years. The owner doesn’t want to subdivide, but he is only asking $990 per acre. (About half of the going price) That would mean that we could potentially get about 11 acres instead of the 5 we were hoping for.

Herbert has asked us to pray that he will find someone who would be willing to go in with him on the land purchase, and they would buy the 19 acres, while we could buy the 11. This land would be great for growing bananas, potatoes, other fruits and vegetables that would help to sustain our families and provide an agricultural education for many of our kids. Please continue to pray for God’s guidance and direction. We are trusting Him and believing the right piece of land is coming to us in His perfect timing!


I leave you with these verses that I’ve been meditating on all week…

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭

Are we praying and then waiting expectantly for God to answer? Paul tells us in Philippians 4:4-6 that the very act of bringing our requests to our Father with gratitude in our hearts, brings us a peace that “surpasses all understanding”.
Greater faith…more peace and gratitude and joy in our hearts…that is my prayer for each of us today.

Much Love,
Jan

V127 April Update

V127 April Update

Dear Friends, 

Thank you so much for your prayers and for your help with our bunk bed project. Our first group of girls moved into the Joanne Gentile Dormitory for Girls at Victory House, and they are all so grateful to be there. Above is a picture of them in their new beds!

Two of our girls, Jovia & Precious, were living in a small shack when we first met them 8 years ago. They lost their mother to HIV and moved into the House of Hope with their 3 siblings. When their older sister Joyce got married, they moved into Herbert’s house ( It is common for Herbert and Deborah to have 6-8 extra children living with them in their small house).

This dormitory will provide them a beautiful and spacious place to live with other girls their age and adults who will continue to love and care for them.


Construction Update


We shared with you before that our next construction project will be Phase 3 of Victory House, which will include a boarding section for boys. The blocks have all been completed for the third floor and construction is once again underway. 

Thank you to all of you who are helping us with this project. Whatever comes in each month is sent to continue the work, and we are trusting God to provide what we need. He is so faithful!


In-Person Learning!


 We are very grateful that our children have been able to return to in-person learning. We have received a few pictures of them hard at work in their classrooms, and we are happy to share them with you! 

Continue to pray for your child as they are working hard to make up for lost time. Many of our kids recently finished their national exams which will determine what school they are next qualified to attend. We are hoping for those results soon.


Rice & Beans


 Our youth group here at MVC has recently adopted our Rice and Beans fund as their missions project. We are excited to help these young people catch a vision for helping those who are less fortunate. 

Their goal was to collect $35 a month to send to Uganda for food, but the first month they collect $70 and the next month they collected $170! Praise God!

Pastor Herbert made this video to share a little more about the importance of our rice and beans fund and to share his appreciation not only to the youth, but to all of you who are so faithful to support our rice and beans fund. So many of our families struggle to feed their children, and the gift of food brings not only nourishment, but most importantly, Hope.


Finally, I just want to mention how grateful we are for all of our sponsors. There is a map on the website that shows all of the states where our sponsors live. It is amazing that we now cover most of the East Coast! We would love to spread our wings farther to the west, so if you have friends and family who would be interested in investing in the life of a Ugandan child, please be our ambassadors and share the ministry with them!

Be encouraged today, my friends. God is doing a mighty work in and among us! I love this passage…

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:18-22

Help is on the way, and our hope is secured!

Much Love,

Jan

Bunk Bed Update!

Bunk Bed Update!

Dear Friends,

I am marveling yet again at God’s faithfulness to provide above and beyond all we could ask or think! We presented a need last week for bunk beds and mattresses for our very first dormitory at Victory House. We needed 22 bunk beds plus mattresses for our girls dorm, and 10 bunk beds and mattresses for boys who will be staying with the teachers on the ground floor of Victory House until construction of the boys dorm is completed. We were praying for God to provide a total of 32 bunk beds. 

God provided (through the generosity of so many of you) the funds for 47 beds! What makes this even more amazing is that when the boys dorm is complete we would have needed those additional 15 beds. God just went ahead and provided now for the extra 15 beds we will need in the future! We currently have the funding for all of the beds and mattresses for both the girls and boys dormitories. Hallelujah! Praise God! With tears in my eyes I encourage you today to trust your Father to provide for you in every area of your life. He loves you, He knows your need, and He longs for you to fully depend on Him. 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” Phil 4:19-20

I am sending the funds today; our first set of 10 bunk beds will be delivered this weekend, and our first group of girls will move in to the “Joanne Gentile Dormitory for Girls” next week! Our girls dorm is named after one of our long time sponsors, Joanne Gentile. Joanne went home to be with Jesus a few months ago but had a huge heart for missions, and her memorial fund has been a sweet encouragement to the ministry.

Praising God for His many blessings, including each one of you!

Much Love,

Jan

Victory House 🏠 Phase 2 Completed!

Victory House 🏠 Phase 2 Completed!

Dear Friends,

Victory House Phase 2 is complete! Praise God! This is our very first boarding section for our school and it will be a dormitory for girls. We will be able to house 44 girls there, and there are also bathrooms, 4 housing units for our teachers and a housing unit for the Dorm Mother. Here is the layout and some pictures of the completed project!

We started this project in March of 2020 with $5000 and God has graciously provided enough each month to keep the construction moving. We were able to finish the construction for $38,000. The fact that we have been able to complete this project in the midst of the pandemic is even more amazing. Thank you so much to those of you who have prayed and given so generously. It will be such a blessing to our Ugandan family!

This is a picture of our Teacher Diana, who had 8 children living with her in her small two room unit at Victory House last year. This new boarding section will give them all room to breathe!


New Need!

We now need to purchase bunk beds and mattresses for the dormitory. We need 22 bunk beds + 44 mattresses for the girls, and 10 bunk beds + 20 mattresses for boys who will be staying with the teachers on the ground floor until we can build a boys boarding section.

The bunk beds are $120, and two mattresses are $55, or $175 for the set. If you would like to help us buy a bed, mattresses, or a whole set, go to v127.org/give and choose construction fund. Designate your gift for beds for our kids! Thank you so much!


What’s next?

As we complete one project, we are always praying about what’s next. The question that continues to guide us is “What is the greatest need right now?”. The answer to that question is a boarding section for boys. Soooo….our next project, which will get underway this month, is Victory House Phase 3! This will be the third floor of Victory House and consist of a dormitory for boys, bathrooms, a room for the dorm supervisor, a lounge, and one more housing unit for our teachers. Here are the latest plans, drawn by our very own civil engineer, Julie Wandera. 

Pray with us as we embark on this next leg of our construction journey. We are trusting God to provide exactly what we need. On our first trip to Uganda, we were so struck by the deplorable living conditions of our children. I told Herbert that we had to somehow provide better housing for our children, our teachers, our families. We also knew that we were in desperate need of school facilities, with a kitchen and bathrooms. That was in Feb 2017, and in the last four years, God has provided not only two floors of our Victory Primary School, but also two floors of Victory House where teachers and children can live in much better conditions in close proximity to the school. Providing a safe place to live continues to be a priority as we seek to better the lives of the children and families that God has entrusted to our care.

If you would like to buy a bed, or help us with Victory House Phase 3, you can go to v127.org/give and choose construction. Also, you can go to the current projects page to see the latest pictures, progress, and updates!

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” Psalm 127:1a

Don’t forget to pray for your child today <3

Much Love,
Jan

V127 February Update

V127 February Update

“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

Much Love,

Jan

Christmas in Uganda!

Christmas in Uganda!

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families and a great start to this new year! I know there are many challenges for all of us, but I’m so grateful for God’s continued faithfulness and the joy and hope we have in Christ!

One unexpected challenge for our V127 team in Uganda was that the Christmas funds did not arrive until the week before Christmas. (We’re so grateful they finally got there…Thank you so much for your prayers!) Our team leapt into action and did an amazing job of accomplishing all of our objectives in a very short period of time.

Here are some highlights!


On Dec 20th, our teenagers led three Children’s Christmas services, with around 100 people at each one. They ushered, led praise and worship, preached, and led in prayer. The children and all of those who were ministering that day were fed a hearty meal as they celebrated the birth of Christ!


On Christmas Eve, over 400 families from the community were invited to the church in shifts to receive a love gift of 5 lbs of beef and 5 lbs of rice. This was a huge outreach by the members of Victory Covenant Church to invite their friends and neighbors to come to the church on Christmas Eve, hear about the love of Jesus, and go home with food for Christmas dinner!


Also on Christmas Eve, our team invited police officers to the church so that we could express our appreciation for their service, and as an opportunity to tell them about Jesus. They were given a gift of 6 lbs of beef and 6 lbs of rice as well as sodas and live chickens! 52 police officers showed up! The new police commander in the area could not believe what was happening. He said he had served the country for 35 years and had never before experienced such a gesture of goodwill. The officers are paid very little and live in deplorable conditions, so the gift was much appreciated!


I had asked Pastor Herbert to please bless our hardworking team this Christmas with gifts for them too. They were each given bananas, chicken, rice, potatoes and soda! This gift package was also given to all of the families that we help with our V127 rice and beans fund. They were all so excited!


Our team “shopped till they dropped” for our 147 children. They assembled gift bags for each of them that included a new pair of school shoes, pants, dresses, underclothes, handbags for the girls, balls for the boys, chocolate, biscuits (cookies), and a soda!

Not all of the kids were able to be at the church for Christmas, so the team is distributing the gifts as they see them. Hopefully by the end of this month they will all have received their gifts! We are beginning to get some letters in from the kids and they are all so sweet.


Finally, on Dec 26th, our team hosted their annual marriage seminar with 75 couples in attendance. The couples attended classes on the importance and sanctity of marriage, the roles of husband and wife, and what it truly means to love and respect one another. Lunch was also provided as the final component of our Christmas project.

I want to offer my sincerest thanks for your prayers and support for our 2020 Christmas Celebration in Uganda, but these words from our V127 children say it better than I ever could.😊

From Faith K:
“Let me take this opportunity to thank you for the Christmas gifts. You’ve really made my Christmas so joyful. May God bless you for the new shoes, deodorant, purse, nickers, and the snacks. I am just too grateful…”

From Favour:
“First of all, I would like to thank you for the kindess you have shown me by paying my school fees and sending me gifts. I am so happy I got shoes, biscuits, chocolate, gorillos, and a vest! May God bless you for the work you have done for me. You asked about my best friend. I have a best friend and his name is Jesus. With Jesus I am never alone.”

From Gideon:
“Thank you for my shoes, watch, ball, pants, socks, chocolate, biscuit, and sweets. I pray for you.”

From David S:
“I want to take this opportunity to appreciate you for all you’ve done for me. The sponsorship, it is a great pillar of my today. The gifts, they are another source of joy in my life. I greatly treasure your words. May the Almighty richly bless you.”

Please continue to pray for peace as the Ugandan presidential elections are this month, and the turmoil and violence are escalating.

Our Jeremiah Katumba finished a letter to his sponsor with these words:
“I have written to thank you for the Christmas gifts you sent me. Thank you very much for everything. I believe that we can remember the birth of Jesus any day we wish, so Christmas really never ends. Uganda is voting (in January) and I expect to sit for my exams, so I request you to stand in prayer and call upon God’s mercy and pray for peace in Uganda.”

Much Love,

Jan

A Time for Thanksgiving!

A Time for Thanksgiving!

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:1-2

In this season of thankfulness, we are thanking God for His faithfulness and kindness, for His protection and His guidance.

Here are a few more specific things we are thankful for:


Your love and generosity as we raised funds for Christmas in Uganda this year. Our goal was to raise $10,000 and God provided $14,738 for our Christmas Celebration!

Pastor Herbert was overwhelmed at both the gift and the possibilities that it will afford. He said: “We can only pray a prayer of thanksgiving and loudly say Hallelujah to the King of Kings!” It will be so exciting to see the many ways our team uses this gift to bless others and share the love of Jesus this Christmas.


God’s provision for Victory House Phase 2.

Our team just finished the walls and is turning their attention to bathroom fixtures and tile work. In the midst of fundraising for Christmas, God also brought in $6,000 to continue the construction! Hallelujah! We are hoping that our children will be returning to school in January, and we would love to have this boarding section ready for those who need it by that time. It looks like we only need around $5,000 more to finish this project. 


God’s protection over our teachers and our team.

Last week the Uganda police came to the church and school with cameras and the press, prepared to arrest our teachers for helping our children who were homeschooling at the church. The teachers ran when they saw the police, but thankfully Herbert was there and he and Noeline spent two hours talking with the officers. Fortunately, one of the officers was familiar with V127, the annual Christmas celebration, and all that our team does for the children of the slums. They left without any arrests, but forbade our teachers from meeting with any groups of children at the school or church. Our children are now having to work all on their own, picking up and dropping off assignments once a week. Thank you for your continued prayers for them.


Our 118 sponsors, who sponsor our 147 children.

It was a huge effort collecting letters from everyone, but also incredibly rewarding to be able to send a personal letter for each child for Christmas. They will be so excited! You really are the heart and soul of this ministry and your investment in these children is priceless.

(The Gerard Family, from Holly, Michigan!)


On a personal note, I’m so thankful for new life. Our newest granddaughter, Clara Anne Crouthamel, was born on Nov 19th. She is a beautiful reminder of the new life we have in Christ! She is so blessed to have two parents who love her, and looking into her sweet face, I am more determined than ever to fight for our Ugandan children who don’t have parents to love and care for them. These children are born into unimaginable circumstances, yet are still created and used by God for His specific purposes. Every child is precious! 

We will continue to work on behalf of these children who just need someone to see them, to love them, and to give them a chance to succeed. We thank God for His many blessings along the way, and for the privilege of being a part of His Kingdom work.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭107:1‬ ‭

Praying for all of you <3

Happy Thanksgiving!

Much Love,
Jan

V127 September Update

V127 September Update

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that a new season is here already. I do love the fall! Praying for each of you as you adjust to a new and very different school year, and as we all continue to navigate this new season of our lives.

Our friends in Uganda are also entering a new season, with changes to school formats and new challenges. We just received word that the Ugandan kids who are in candidate classes, P7, S4, and S6 (those who have to take national exams) will be returning to school on Oct 14th to complete their second term. All other children have been asked to homeschool the second term and work to be able to fully return to their classrooms in January to begin their third term instead of starting a new school year at that time.

This is a very difficult endeavor, for most of our children don’t have an educated parent, electricity, or any kind of support at home to make this work. As Pastor Herbert says, “For most of these kids, the church is their home.”

So our team is springing into action to enable continued instruction for our children who are not permitted to physically return to school at this time. They are hiring secondary school teachers to work with our secondary kids in small groups in our church building. Our primary school teachers will be working with our primary school kids in our school building informally, without uniforms, social distancing and practicing good hygiene to keep everyone safe. Practically, they will be using both the church and school buildings to homeschool our students. It is a big undertaking, but I am excited that our kids will be learning in a safe environment and receiving food while they are there as well. (Thank you to all of you who continue to contribute to our rice and beans fund!) We have an amazing ministry team in Uganda that continues to fight for the welfare of our children with tenacity and creativity. We are so thankful for them!


New Children

We received 9 new children into our V127 family this month, and I’m excited to tell you that 8 of them have been sponsored! We are incredibly grateful for new sponsors who have joined our family, and we are excited about the way God continues to expand our ministry.

Please pray for a sponsor for Shakira. She and her mom were abandoned by her father, and she hasn’t been in school for the past two years. She is 14 years old, beautiful, and loves to sing. We will be excited to see who God chooses to invest in her!


Project Updates

Pastor Herbert and team have been hard at work searching for the right piece of farmland for us to use for food and educational purposes. They have looked at many options, but haven’t found the right parcel of land just yet. Continue to pray that God will give them wisdom as they continue the search.

The concrete has been poured and is curing on the second floor of Victory House!  If you haven’t seen it yet, go to V127.org and watch the construction process up close. It’s a bit different than the way we do things here.😊 We continue to rejoice in God’s provision for this project, which will provide a boarding section for our students as well as more teacher housing units. Whatever comes into our construction fund each month is sent to continue the work. Currently, we still need around $11,000 to complete this project. We’re getting so close!


Thank you to those of you who have recently written letters to your children. They love hearing from you! We hope that our new website has made this even easier with the letter template, where you can write and submit your letter, even attach a picture, right from V127.org. That’s just one of the many great features. (Also check out the V127 sponsored children page, where you can see all of our kids and their sweet faces! You can also see those who are in higher education, and what they are studying, as well as those who have graduated from higher ed! So cool!)

Be encouraged today, my friends, that just like his children in Uganda, God is calling us to be strong and courageous. Our challenges are many, but our God is greater than all of them. Our strength comes from the presence of God in our lives and the working of his Spirit in our hearts. 

Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Josh 1:8-9

Much Love,
Jan

*Don’t forget to pray for your child today!*

New Children & a New Website!

New Children & a New Website!

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to tell you that just we received seven new children into our V127 family! Hallelujah! I rejoice as I see their sweet faces, for although their life has been so difficult, that is all about to change. God is going to provide a sponsor to invest, encourage, and provide for them and give them a chance to succeed! Just providing the stability of an education brings hope in a land of desolation. 

Here are three new members of our family, and one current family member in need of a new sponsor:

Alan, Luke, and Ronald are all brothers. Their father died a few years ago, and their mom has been washing clothes for people in the community to try to provide for them. She Is unable to send them to school. In Uganda, a child can enroll in school, but then has two weeks to pay the school fees for that term. If the fees are unpaid, then the child is sent home. For most of our children, this is what they’ve known. Two weeks of school, and then back home with nothing to do. Many of our kids have written about the stability that sponsorship brings, and how it is incredible to get to go to school for an entire term.  Education is a great gift and they are so grateful for the opportunity.

Jennifer is 11 years old and has been sponsored through V127, but is in need of a new sponsor. She is one of 8 children and her mother is trying to support them by roasting maize in the evenings. There is no money for school fees. She is a sister to our Herbert Mukisa.

Please pray with me for sponsors for Luke, Ronald, Alan, and Jennifer- as well as Jovia, Gift, Andrew, and Geoffrey. We know that God will provide!


New Website

If you’d like to see our new children, you can find them on our new website, V127.org!

We have been working for months on a new logo, website, and brochure. We are very excited about how these tools are going to impact and further the ministry. Please take a few minutes and explore the website…there is so much great information there! It is also a tremendous tool for sharing the ministry with others. We are incredibly thankful for those who have been working so hard behind the scenes to bring all of this to life. (One feature that I think you will love, is a template for you to use to write and submit a letter for your child! You can find it here.)

I’m just starting a study on the book of Haggai, and God has been encouraging my heart with a message from the prophet…

“ ‘Be strong, all you people of the land’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,‘ declares the Lord Almighty”. Haggai 2:4b

1. Be strong
2. Work
3. I am with you 

Whatever God has called us to do, he asks us to be strong and courageous, do the work that He has put before us, and always know that He is with us. 

He has called us to be a part of his rescue plan for these forgotten children of Uganda, and we will be strong and work in the strength that comes from His presence! Praise God!

Much Love,
Jan