Partners in Mission - USA

Partners in Mission Newsletter

Bike to the Lake
 
Coming August 9
     It's not too late to sign up! Bike with us from Glen Ellyn, IL to The Abbey Resort at Lake Geneva, WI. It is an 80-mile ride wtih a 40-mile option.  Dinner and fellowship at The Abbey follow your arrival. 
     It's a fundaising event to build a Kitchen and Dining Hall for students at KSVS (see article below).
NOTE: The registration fee has dropped to $235. To register or for more information,  click here or contact Gary Alcock: 
gary@alcockdevelopment.com, 312- 551-0900 or 312-806-9915. 

"Sponsored by Kids" 
Brenda
     Brenda is a 7-year-old 2nd grade student at Kawenge Secondary and Vocational School. Her sponsor is Chicago Westside Christian School located in North Lawndale, an inner-city community.  We recently received this letter from a teacher at the school:

     I apologize for how late I am in getting back to you for Brenda's sponsorship.  The students at Chicago Westside Christian School just ran laps for Brenda last Friday (their last day of school) and they helped raise $275 on Brenda's behalf. My own children have been raising chickens and selling their eggs to make up the difference so Brenda is definitely sponsored by kids!  

Karen Trout

     Click here to begin sponsoring a student with an on-line monthly donation of $30.  If you prefer to pay $360 yearly, click here for instructions.

 

Kitchen and Dining Hall
     
     Our campaign to raise $108,000 to build a Kitchen and Dining Hall for students at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School is 80% of the way home, thanks to all who have supported our effort. 
     When completed, the modern kitchen will not only serve lunch to our 600 students and dinner/breakfast to 200 students living on campus, but it will serve to train students in culinary arts, nutrition, and sanitation.  The dining hall will allow our students to eat indoors, especially important during rainy seasons in Kamwenge.  To make a donation, click here.
     To learn more about why we are building and Kitchen/Dining Hall...and to learn about how Rotary Clubs of Northern Illinois are partnering with us,  click here
     To make a tax-deducible donation for the Kitchen, indicate in the memo line of your check "Kitchen/Dining Hall" and send to:
Partners in Mission
PO Box 441
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138

Prayer Requests
Thank you for praying for us.
  • Praise God for our donors who have contributed $88,000 for the new Kitchen and Dining Hall.
  • Praise God for the marriage of art teacher Joan and her new husband, Isaac; pray that they find happiness and blessing in their marriage.
  • Praise God for the mission of Jaimie to supply 500 textbooks for the students at KSVS.
  • Pray for Rev. Canon James Hende, PIM Uganda board member, for healing and health.
  • Pray for Megan and Jesse, students from Grove City College, that
    Megan with Joel Mulindabigwi at KSVS
    Megan with Joel Mulindabigwi on KSVS campus
    their time at KSVS  and in the Kamwenge community during the month of June is fruitful. 
  • Pray for Alice who is working as an intern at Rukunyu Health Center this summer.
  • Pray for our preschool and primary students at Good Shepherd School, that they receive a firm foundation in Christ.
  • Pray for all KSVS students, that they succesfully complete the 2nd term.
Spring 2014
Rev. John

     Second term at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School began well on May 19. In this term there is a Parents' Sports Day as well as inter-dormitory sports competitions. The July 11th - 13th weekend is when our annual conference for students and the community is scheduled. The theme is Rev 22:14. 

     Some of our former students are back in Kamwenge during their break from university studies.  They are a great resource to the community indeed. You can read about some of our graduates below.

     For another year running, we won the district football (soccer) championship and emerged runners-up in the region. This has generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in the school. Although they were not able to go for the national competition in Northern Uganda, the team knows that its worth is bigger.  

 

     Also during the holiday, our art teacher, Nagasha Joan, was wed to her fianc�e Isaac, a policeman, in a colorful ceremony. We thank God the day was a success.

     On a low note, one of our board members Rev. Canon James Hende suffered a blood lot on the brain in January and has been receiving treatment ever since.

He is improving somewhat and recently travelled to India for more treatment. Please keep him in your prayers. 

     I also struggled with a fever, cough and some fatigue and was down for two weeks. I am back on the road though, and grateful to God for the healing.

     This is to appreciate everyone whose efforts, support and involvement is fueling a great transformation in the Kamwenge Community. 

May the Lord indeed continue to bless you.

 

John 

 

Jaimie's Blog
     Jaimie Towns, Oakland University student (Rocherster, MI), returned to Uganda for the 3rd time for the month of May.  Her friend Shawna visited with her and both were a welcome addition to KSVS.  Here are excerpts from her blog:
  • ....I keep looking around and asking myself is this really my life?...if I stay in America and teach how wonderful it would be to have a classroom with electricity...but there is nothing I want more than walking past goats and chickens on my way to teach in a classroom with...only 4 books for a class of 19 students....I have learned that my thinking is right when I say....I can't do this but I serve a God who is far more powerful than me...The one lesson  I have learned so far is to trust....and let go of all control. 
  • 1 textbook in Uganda costs less than $8; how much does a typical American spend at a coffee shop or fast food
    head teacher Beth with primary children
    Head teacher Beth with primary children
    restaurant even when there is food in
     
    your fridge? The lord has laid it on my heart to raise funds for textbooks for the school....My goal is to have raised funds for 500 textbooks by fall.
  • As I sit on the airplane flying home I keep thinking about the amazing things God has shown me....
    I don't want to just move to Uganda and teach, I have to do something more!...seeing teachers copy everything on a teacher writing on a blackboard with chalk chalkboard because they only have 1 book for class...I saw obstacles as a teacher and student at Good Shepherd Kindergarten (GSK)....
    God is not done with this city...He is going to do amazing things in Kamwenge. And when He asks who should I send? I will yell HERE I AM SEND ME!!  
     
     

Our Former Students 
Christine
     Alice, Florence, and Christine graduated in December 2012. 
Florence completed her first year at Ugandan Christian University and is back at KSVS helping with classes here. Alice is studying counseling at Bishop Stuart University; she is currently interning as a counselor at Rukunyu Health Centre in Kamwenge. They are a great resource to the community. Christine is also assisting at KSVS; she hopes to become a teacher and has applied to attend Bishop Stuart University in September.
     Alongside that, some of the students who finished senior six at the school have been taken up by the National Identity card registration exercise because of their computer knowledge. These young people are now great treasure to the nation, especially in a rural area. Among them are Tukamushaba Godfrey and Nyangoma Odetta. Godfrey's father was excited when he found his son manning the computers at the registration center. He exclaimed that the education his son got was not in vain. Others are teaching in some primary and secondary schools in the district.  
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