GROWTH 2018

Wow already 2018 year is upon us. We are so grateful to GOD for providing everything we have been praying about in 2017. Certainly we could not do it without the Partners and Donors helping these children grow in so many ways. Continue in your Prayers and Support in 2018 and beyond.

We prayed for a replacement school bus for the children. It is on the way! Thank you for all you have done to help us get this much-needed part of supporting each child’s growth. Watch for pictures shortly.

We have over 200 children getting clean water from the drilled well last year. The facility is maturing as the plants along with the kids are growing.

First of the year is always busy as the third graduating class is also getting ready for those national exams that will promote them on to more education and another stage of continuing out of the cycle of poverty.

We of course still have projects ahead for 2018 and we know that each one of our Partner Donors will be there with us all the way.

We have the final phase of our classrooms to complete!

We have the next phase of a new restroom on planning now to provide the Hygiene for the children and staff that is needed for healthy and happy people.

We have a great flow of other projects right behind these, including adding the orphan homes and a church building so the Glory of the Lord can expand into the community more and more.

GOD have provided for everything and we along with each of you rejoice.

YES, the children are getting daily meals, education and skills of learning to take care of chickens, harvesting eggs, agriculture and proving out in real-time the model the founder Willy Ouma originally envisioned. Proverbs academy is near being a facility that will one soon be fully self-supporting and provide a long-term place for children to be safe, learn, grow and know the Lord Jesus Christ in their life.

This year we are adding other avenues of sharing what is going on at Give Hope Ministries to invite mission groups to be part of our growth. Help the children by inviting more partners to consider coming and seeing with their own eyes how Give Hope Ministries is the hand of GOD at work and help us bring back to their organizations and churches just what GOD does actively do to change the world of these children and the community with each donor and partners involvement.

We would love to have each of you go to the bottom of our home page and be added to your email listing. We want to send out quarterly newsletters, and give other timely communications to our Partner Donors as we continue our GROWTH to give Glory to the LORD.

Please look around our website and notice items such a Radio Show recording with the Founder, and other items that might be of interest as well, all added to give you and others what is needed to help GIVE HOPE MINISTRIES GROW in 2018 and beyond.

Remember to visit our Facebook Page as well and look for other added Social Media links in 2018 so you can share and keep up with what is happening as the LORD’s hand works in every way for the Least of These.

God Bless you and we are blessed by each of you,

Ray Smith

 

Thirst No More

By Ray Smith

God provides for our needs. Here at Give Hope Ministries, we see that promise fulfilled daily. We needed to have a clean and accessible water supply for the children, staff and care givers at Give Hope. In prayer we asked the One who could provide it, doing so in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and out of those prayers it became a reality.

The Lord brought to our team board member Richard Zander, who had the knowledge to lead us into obtaining fresh water at the facility. There were other ideas presented, but this was the most expeditious and cost effective, as fresh water had become a first priority within our growing ministry. After visiting and spending time at Give Hope, he worked on ideas, cost, and logistics to present solutions to the founder and board of directors. Richard then worked on connecting with others through his personal and professional relationships. First seeking GOD, and then with others in the field of expertise, he searched for a solution that would be truly realistic and could be performed by a local team of professionals equipped to dig a deep well and add a proper pump at a location that would enhance our facility.

Thanks to Draco (U) ltd.’s expertise, today more than 222 children and staff receive God’s provision of fresh water, daily. We are very thankful first to GOD, to Draco (U) ltd., to the Donors, and to everyone that helped in some way to be the Lord’s hands and feet on this project.  

Draco (U) ltd. performed a site survey, dug the well, performed a pump test, set the casing and the well pump in place, and even provided a report for review. You can see the finished pump station here.

We will soon add a day tank so the fresh water is ready for instantaneous use. Today, the children no longer need to travel long distances to a place of standing water teaming with parasites. Today, we no longer need to boil in order to obtain even one drinkable sip. Today, we have fresh water that no longer threatens the health of our children.

God gets the glory and we give him all the praise. In prayers and through faith with actions from each of our team, each of our suppliers, professionals, donors, caregivers, workers, board members, Pastor Steve and founder Willy Ouma, we receive yet another way in which God the Holy Father shows his love by providing for our needs, even to the least of these. For it is written;

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”  James 1:27.

We have other projects to accomplish and we pray for your help with gratitude to accomplish each one of them. You can see the list of other projects here at the bottom of the page. Please look at everything, and give as it purposes in your heart. You can give donations, you can offer help as a mission trip or get your church or organization involved in other areas of need. Contact us with your questions or ideas so we can see how they can be a fit for our growth and how we can give Glory to God for his provisions.

As we look at long-term impact, our prayer is that the children at Give Hope Ministries will be able — through Faith in Christ Jesus and the education they receive — to break the cycle of poverty around them and use the provisions God gives them to sustain their families and live lives full of the grace and mercy given from heaven above.

 One of our students caring for the chicks.

One of our students caring for the chicks.

This has always been the goal of founder Willy Ouma, an orphan himself. We creatively seek ways to use the resources God has given to further his Kingdom and to help our children and their families. Recently the purchase of 1,000 chickens will be used not only to supply food for the children, but also to bring in additional income to offset expenses. Endeavors like these help us move towards our goal of someday becoming a self-sustaining organization. Your donations and your work with us is helping us move closer towards that goal.

Thank you for being part of our team to help the least of these. For according to Jesus Christ, they are the greatest in the Kingdom.

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” Matthew 18:4-5

God Bless,

Ray

 

Our Joy is always increasing with GOD

Previous Post from Thursday, 20 August 2015

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To All,

I eagerly write to you as it has been far to long. I must begin by giving all glory to God as we have some really... REALLY exciting news!

We recently finished our last classroom block serving Primary 7! This classroom block we constructed is our first 2 story building! The upper level is waiting to be built and it will serve our entire campus - a library! A school is not a school without a library, right folks!? We are thankful for our friends and supporters in Buffalo, WY for their donation of many books that are waiting to fill the shelves!

Last month, July, we had a friend and one of our partners from WY, Richard Zander visit with us here in Busia, Uganda. It was such a great blessing to our children and also to our church partners in WY to see the work God is doing here on ground! Richard will be joining the GHM team as one of our board members!

September 11th we are expecting a husband and wife team, Nino and Nicholas from TN to come and minster with us for two months. We so much look forward to their coming! I can think of no better way to kick off the new school term which begins September 7th!

The exciting news continues... we have begun construction on our very first housing unit!!! This is indeed a miracle to see the full vision of our campus coming to fruition!

Currently we are putting up a fence around our campus for security purposes. Commonly at better schools in Uganda there will be a wall around the campus. You can enter at the front gate where a guard will permit you entrance. This is similar to schools in the U.S. where you enter the main doors pushing the call button to identify yourself for permission into the building. We feel this is an extra precautionary measure in keeping our children safe.

Buildings! Buildings! Buildings! With all the construction happening please let us not rob you from understanding why the buildings matter... to bring education to the poorest of the poor... to offer a hope and a future to the children of Busia, Uganda! We currently have seven children who call GHM campus their home! Until our first housing unit is complete these 7 students learn in their classrooms by day and call their classroom home by night! They fully live on campus, eating 3 meals a day, studying, and even do the washing of their clothes on school grounds!

There's a quote by Mother Teresa that I deeply love and feel now would be a good place to share...

"How can you have to many children? It's like saying there are to many flowers."

We want every child at Give Hope Ministries to feel loved and valued having the opportunity to learn and to take what they learn here at GHM out into a world of opportunity!

Blessings to you all. None of this would be possible without YOU! We are forever grateful to God and to you for being Jesus' hands and feet.

- Willy