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

Children receive blessings

Previous Post from Thursday, 08 May 2014

Hello Family and Friends,

It’s always a joy to write to you to keep you updated with what the Lord is doing here at Give Hope Ministries in Busia, Uganda. Thanks for taking this time to learn what is happening!

We have had a great increase in child enrollment in our program this academic term, which started in February of this year. At the end of last year we had 52 students; today that number has more than doubled to 109!

The children are at school from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; they attend classes, have devotions (for teachers, too), play games, take naps (especially the young ones), and we provide breakfast and lunch for all student; dinner is provided for the children that reside at the school. 

The blessings keep coming! We now have a school van that picks children up for school, and carries them home after school. What an unimaginable blessing this is, as some walked up to 4 miles to school and then another 4 to get back home.  The van does have some mechanical troubles that can create challenges so we are trusting and believing in God for a bigger and more dependable ride.  This week, our behind window screen got broken and we are using a polythin bag  to avoid water entering the van since we are in the rain season now

We praise God for the current progress on the construction of our last class room block and our first 2 story building! The walls are finished and now we are waiting upon the Lord for the second floor.

We are glad to report to you about the beds that we acquired for the children. We have thirty beds ready for starting the program. We have not started on building the housing units for the orphans in the program yet, but we are still trusting God for that project to kick off.

God blessed us tremendously through one of our church partners, Grace Fellowship Church, USA; they supplied much needed clothing, shoes, pencils, pens, and books.  The children and the caretakers were so glad to have these supplies. Thank you once again, Grace Fellowship Church for your generosity and love to these dear ones that we are serving together. We are overwhelmed and grateful for your generous donation and love.

We were so blessed to have our friend Joe here with us who shot a video at GHM. Keep a look out - the video is coming out soon! We would be happy to hear your feedback.  If you would like a copy of the video, or if you would be interested in having someone speak with your congregation, please contact us.  I will be traveling to the United States sometime in April to share the progress of Give Hope Ministries with family and friends. I’d be happy to meet you, as well!

We also had one of our donor and friend, visit with us here and this is the response we got from Renee after her visit with us here in Uganda,


Dear Willy, 
It was so nice to visit you and meet your beautiful wife, Autumn.  I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the school, Proverbs Junior Academy. I enjoyed seeing each of the classrooms and learning a little about the teachers and students and what they were learning. I can tell that the kids are very
happy there. They were also very thrilled to see you. It is obvious that they feel very cared for and you make them feel very special by interacting with them, playing basketball with them, eating lunch with them and calling them by their names.  After seeing the village and hearing about the community, I was even more grateful that the school now exists. I'm also happy to know that the
children are all getting breakfast at the school, as well as lunch each day. 

I am hoping that as the funds are available you will be able to continue building and expanding so that you can meet even more needs. It will be nice to have the dormitory ready so that more of the children that need housing can stay at the school. Also, I will be happy to know that you have a way to get the water out of the well as opposed to pulling it up by hand; that was A LOT of work!!!

It is great that you are able to pick up the kids that need a ride to school. I'm sure that the children are more apt to learn if they are not worn out from a long walk TO school each morning.  Also, since the school day is long and rigorous - I bet that the kids look forward to the fun ride home together in the van. It's so neat how things have come together and the school is operational and meeting the needs of the orphaned children in Busia. I know that the needs are great and although no one can do it all...your ministry has made great strides in helping the children that need it most. Keep up the great work.  God bless you.  

Sincerely,

Renee


As always, thank you for praying with us and supporting us. We genuinely appreciate you and wish you and yours all the best.

Will you partner with us today to educate, nurture and equip the next generation of children living here in Busia, Uganda?

Sincerely in Christ,

Willy Ouma