WHERE YOU ARE GOING

Glorious 2019, we just had our Board Meeting, the first one for 2019. We reviewed where the Lord has been obvious in his blessings on Give Hope Ministries this past year and are coming close to the 5-year mark where the launch of this journey in the life of the Founder/CEO, Willy Ouma, added this chapter to his journey record, by the Grace of GOD.

 

GOD blessed us with your giving, with your help, your prayers, your views on our website, your interactions with donations, partnerships and with sharing our ministry with others as ambassadors for us and advocates to Where You are Going in your ministry hearts.

 

You were going along with us, gradually, and we could see you in every child's face, every brick placed, in the graduating students smiles. God provided YOU being there with us in some way. In Philippians 1:6 it states, “We are confident that HE who started a good work in you will continue it until the day of Christ Jesus." While the words of Paul were to those in the church of Philippi, it applies to us all that GOD takes and makes us part of where HE is taking us inserting us and extracting us in our Journey why we are Going along the steps in our lives. (Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 16:9)

 

In Love for our GOD and for others, we are to obey the command to Love one another as Jesus left us with this new command. (John 13:34)

Therefore, this blog message is a compliment to GOD of “Where You are Going”, as you are part of the Founder's Journey. You are the stepping-stones, the enabling forces, the movers of mountains, the ones that walk alongside the children, the staff, the community, and the Founder, Willy Ouma, as we all follow the steps ordered by GOD for us all.

 

In 2018, you helped us get a new School Bus. Admittedly, it seemed at times it would not happen. It seemed obstacles were everywhere, but as our Board Member Richard Z. would say, he learned a lesson in himself about GOD's timing, GOD will make it happen in HIS TIME and we have to go all in TRUSTING GOD that HE is taking us with every step to WHERE WE ARE GOING.

Your hands, footsteps, efforts of generosity lifted by prayers, sharing of the resources GOD provided you, helped us with more Classrooms to complete what was needed to support all students. You helped us with a Restroom facility. The old latrine style retired and no longer part of the life at Give Hope Ministries. You enable us to have a flushing toilet system from start to finish.

 

In the original plans in the heart of the founder, the facility was to have 300 children capacity. There are about 280 children today and our goal of 300 children is only 20 more away. Does this mean that it is all there is, and that everything will stop now as we have reached that target capacity? NO WAY! This is the first facility of what we pray is more to be realized. This is the learning phase even for the founder and the board of directors and YOU. The steps ahead include a multi-use facility including a formal Church area and another location on a separate property for a vocational education and training center for those with a path other than further education. (GOD has a path for us all.)

 

We DO NOT STOP at capacity. This is the first of several facilities around Uganda, and it is the model that will we be replicated in other communities and will continue to provide and break the cycle of Poverty. GOD started this good work, he will see it through. This work started at the Cross and has continued with each person that has given, each person that has served others in the command of Christ Jesus to Love one another. Each person that has read what religion GOD accepts is to care for the Widows and the Orphans.(James 1:27) To take care of the least of these, for Jesus stated it was the least that would be the greatest in heaven.

 

We wanted to share with you, WHERE YOU ARE GOING, and wanted to let you know that the whole of heaven, the whole of Give Hope Ministries was very grateful that HE started a good work in YOU and as a result, we all together continue HIS good work until the day of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior returns. YOU are a part of a purpose that GOD laid out before he formed you in the womb of your mother. (While GOD is speaking to Jeremiah the Prophet, the words apply to us all as HE has done the same for each one of us.) (Jeremiah 1:15, Galatians 1:15).

 

THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU EACH ONE. YOU, and many others, have been with us all these years and with each prayer raised, each hand giving something of themselves and each partnership alongside us, HE has continued to be clear WHERE WE ARE GOING.

 

This year we have big projects again and we can use your help. One of the events this year is a Team Trip in August 2019. This trip is WHERE YOU ARE GOING if you can come along, we would be delighted if you or a team can come along. You can find out more by going to TRAVEL on our website or by CONTACT US link.. Pray and ask GOD if YOU ARE GOING to Busia, Uganda with us as HE may have already planned this for your journey and we are informing you now so you can get your plans in order to walk the steps ordered by GOD himself.

 

GOD's thoughts are above our thoughts and His ways above our ways,(Isaiah 55:8-9), but the great thing is, HE has no issue letting his children know those ways and thoughts in his Love, in His perfect timing.

 

Take the time morning when you awaken and get with GOD and ask Him, “What is on the Agenda for Today GOD?” Listen for "Busia, Uganda is WHERE YOU ARE GOING, and embrace the steps He has ordered for you.

 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. May GOD continue to Bless You richly, daily.

 

In full Gratitude,

 

Give Hope Ministries. org

 

SMILING

This is a re-posting of our Guest Blogger -Pastor Paul Gilbert, Grace Fellowship, Buffalo, Wyoming

I always enjoy looking at the Give Hope website or Facebook page.  I continually find one common denominator; lots of smiles!  A smile is an expression denoting pleasure, contentment, happiness, and joy. The smiles of the children of Give Hope are not with just their mouth and lips, but with their eyes and ears. If you want to see a grimace or anxiety on the face of a child, then Give Hope is not for you.

These are smiles of hope as the students are being taught, being loved and given purpose.  These are smiles of contentment because the children are being cared for and nourished with good food and clean water.   Their contentment is not only physical, but emotional and spiritual.  The smiles you see are smiles of confidence as they are learning mathematics and other subjects that will help them not only graduate, but have employment when they reach the job market age.

The smiles are contagious because the student always see Willy Ouma (Founder and CEO) and the rest of the staff smiling.  The staff is smiling because they are living by faith, trusting God to provide for them and they know His faithfulness.  They are smiling because of the joy that comes from making a difference in a child’s life.

I think Jesus smiled a lot.  He smiled because he was often surrounded by children.  In Matthew 19:14 (ESV) Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”  I think Jesus not only smiled, but each child He touched had a huge grin cross his or her face.

 How about you?  Do you smile enough? Often? Not so much?  That could change for you! Check out how the Amplified Bible translates, 2 Corinthians 9:7 Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].  What a wonderful thought!  When I give with a smiling heart and make a difference at Give Hope Ministries, not only will a child smile, I will to.

 

Busia Community Church Thrives

Busia Community Church Thrives

Pastor Steven shepherds the flock

A little while ago, Pastor Steven Birungi was recruited to lead the newly opened Busia Community Church which was founded by Willy Ouma. Pastor Steven’s direct and biblical preaching style and his heart for evangelism make him a perfect choice to lead this burgeoning community of believers.

The body is growing in faith and in numbers. We look forward to the day when we will outgrow our current building as God brings more and more disciples into His kingdom.

Pastor Steven with two of his four children

Pastor Steven with two of his four children

 

Crusade launched

Over the school break, Pastor Steven led a group of young people on a evangelistic crusade to Simasse Village. The group used song, dance, and preaching to spread the gospel to this very needy area. We pray that God will bring a harvest from the seeds we sowed while there.   

Our crusade team, made up of members of the Busia Community Church which meets at the Give Hope Ministries campus

Our crusade team, made up of members of the Busia Community Church which meets at the Give Hope Ministries campus

New speakers and Holy Communion plates

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the church (and Proverbs Junior ) are now benefitting from new speakers as well as new Holy Communion plates for Sunday morning worship. We love and appreciate our donors and praise God for your generosity. As the Apostle Paul writes in the fourth chapter of Philippians, “the gifts you sent (are) a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Our new speakers and Holy Communion plates

Our new speakers and Holy Communion plates