Easter Greetings & Spring Newsletter                   
2015
 
Rev. John
      May the blessings of the risen Lord be with you. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is no longer in the grave. He rose and lives forever. The testimony of the cross and the empty grave is victory. Our Savior conquered sin and death and through this  victory we have eternal life. It is a reality, blessed be His holy Name, that He would go to the furthest and give His most just to redeem us from the grave. His love for us is amazing, that though we were sinners and enemies, He esteemed us worthy of the sacrifice of His life.

     It is in this season, as we celebrate His passion, resurrection that we reflect again on the mission that brought Him in this world. He came to heal the sick, to give sight to the blind, to release the oppressed and bring the good news to the poor Luke 4:18. When He ascended to heaven, He left us with this mission and as Partners in Mission, we are seeing the fulfillment of that mission in our time.

   We see the light in the students of Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational school (KSVS) being able to make chairs, beds, do their own garments and even build houses. They are able to do many things that previously were impossible to them and we give thanks to God for that. We thank God when we see students from South Sudan, DR Congo, Tanzania, Burundi joining their Ugandan counterparts to receive a transforming education at KSVS. 

Choir at Nakivale Refugee Camp

   The mission of bringing peace and reconciliation to God's people continues especially in Nakivale Refugee Camp with some returning home. As you may be aware, there are churches within the camp and a trained minister and we have done several evangelistic missions there. We are grateful for the efforts that were put in equipping Rev. Silas Ssemugabo to do pastoral ministry around them. He baptizes, weds, and there is Holy Communion as well.

Christ indeed has been the bridge builder bringing reconciliation.
Portland Team passing bricks for construction of new Married Teachers' House

   We see this bridge building in the visit of Pastor Spencer Parks and the team from 1st Presbyterian Church of Portland, Oregon, plus that of Ruth Mershon (with Heal the Nations) and her Dad and friends toward the end of February. We who would have been strangers to one another are now a brotherhood because of the work of Jesus on the cross. 

   On April 2nd 2015, we hope to have a first meal in the dining; i.e the the last supper as well as Easter Carols for the secondary and the Primary section. We have grown, Halleluiah! 

   Our gratitude goes out to everyone who has supported us and stood with us since we started Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School (KSVS) as well as Good Shepherd Kindergarten and Primary school. 

Blessings to You,

John

Rev. Canon John Mulindabigwi

Partners in Mission, Great Lakes Region of Africa.

 

Saturday, August 8, 2015
7:00 am
Gather in the parking lot 
First Presbyterian Church
550 N. Main St.
Glen Ellyn, IL

Come Ride with us...
     Choose between a 50 or 84 mile ride. From 1st Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL, or Trout Park, South Elgin, IL. to The Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI. All riders start at the church. Those riding 50 miles will be provided transportation to Trout Park.
     After the successful ride, please join us for a Celebration Meal with entertainment on the lawn of the Abbey. 
     Transportation back to Glen Ellyn will be provided.
Cost:  $235
We encourage you to find sponsors to help cover the cost of your ride.
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REGISTER TO RIDE
     Our 2nd Annual  Bike to the Lake will raise money to construct a S.T.E.M. Science and Technology Center on the campus of Kamwenge Secondary & Vocational School (KSVS). The Center is a 3-year project costing at total of $350,000. It will include a science lab, computer lab, and library. Bike to the Lake 2015 will help support our fundraising efforts for S.T.E.M.
     KSVS is developing a reputation for scholastic achievement, economic empowerment, and leadership development.  The S.T.E.M. Science and Technology Center will provide KSVS with the facility and resources to address the social factors limiting the progress in Kamwenge. In the areas of food and agriculture, sustainable development, healthcare, economic development, and renewable energy resources - advances in S.T.E.M. will provide transformational solutions. 
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Last Year...
     seventy riders raised over $28,000...their efforts contributed to the construction of a $110,000 Kitchen & Dining Hall for KSVS. It will be completed by this summer.
We appreciate their efforts! Riders arriving at The Abbey
Sponsor A Student:
                                    Another way to support us is to sponsor a student studying at Kamwenge Secondary & Vocational School (KSVS), or a child attending Good Shepherd Primary School on the campus of KSVS. For just $30/month or $360/year, you can make a difference in the life of a child from Kamwenge.

     In an article by Bruce Wydick in the June 2013 issue of "Christianity Today," he highlights a multi-year study  by the University of California San Francisco on the effectiveness of child sponsorship. He talks about the study conducted in 6 countries, including Uganda. According to Wydick, "In all six countries, we find that sponsorship results in better educational outcomes for children. Overall, sponsorship makes children 27 to 40 percent more likely to complete secondary school, and 50 to 80 percent more likely to complete a university education. Child sponsorship also appears to be the great equalizer in education...In areas...such as sub-Saharan Africa, impacts are bigger."  

PIM Update from Rev. John
     January was a busy month. We had a successful Christian conference at Kamwenge Secondary & Vocational School (KSVS). Facilitators came from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, and Makerere University as well as young professionals from Mbarara District. The attendance was high with students on holiday and others from the community. The conferences are tailored to inspire young people to greater heights as they observe fellow young people in the universities and professions. It serves for career guidance too.  The theme of the Conference was taken from Isaiah 1:18, "Come let's reason together."  Some of the young people walked forward to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and we are happy for the harvest.  progress 3-2015


     KSVS was in operation throughout the holiday season, especially construction work at the kitchen and dining hall. We are plastering the interior now. We expect the structure will be completed by end of March as we embark on the finer work of finishing the structure. 
     First term in February began well at the school with over 300 in both the Secondary and Primary section.  

Dr. Charles Musinguzi

We are beginning the agriculture section at the school covering also bits of veterinary medicine. The trainer has already reported at the school. Dr. Charles Musinguzi, the lead vet from Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara, visited the school in February. He will be the supervisor for implementation of this project. This is one of the courses that will directly meet the needs of this farming community; the application of the course will be immediate. 
     Elise Cardigan, a Rotarian from the US, visited KSVS and met with Rotarians from the local club to enhance their partnership.

Elise, Beth, and community leader inside kitchen under construction
Elise and Head Teacher of Primary School, Beth, with one of the community leaders.

     They all agreed to go ahead with the nutrition and health project at the school which commences in February 2016. It is a program to enhance the skills of the people in the area. She was able to meet community leaders, parents, and some ministry of education officials in preparation for the program. All the meetings were fruitful. We are happy for the growing partnership base to enhance the work of transformation. 
     We would like to appreciate all your participation in these programs and your continued support towards the needed transformation of the area.

 

Barbara Retelny                                               PIM-USA Board of Directors
Partners in Mission - USA                              Barbara Retelny, President
630 913-0268                                                   Marj Dolbeer, Vice President
pim@pim-africa.org                                       Jess Sinnott, Secretary
pim-africa.org                                                 David Page, Treasurer
                                                                       Gary Alcock
                                                                       Bob Duncan
                                                                       Mark McAndrew
                                                                       Ebralie Mwizerwa
                                                                       Barbara Rundell
                                                                       Michael Trout
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