Summer Newsletter                   
2015
 
Rev. John

     I have been watching the developments at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School (KSVS) and Good Shepherd Kindergarten and Primary School (GSK), and reflecting again on the story of the talents. The master says to the one who was given five talents and brought back five more.. "Well done, good and faithful servant....".  The master commends him for bringing back a rich harvest on the talents that were given him. And the master even puts him in charge of bigger things. Because of his faithfulness, there was impact, because of his faithfulness, there was change. He became like the seed that was sown on fertile ground that yielded thirty, sixty and a hundred fold.

     One such development is four of our former students began another year at university in August; a fifth student who graduated in December 2014 is beginning his first year at university.  I can see that the input that went into their lives was not in vain. It has borne great fruit and the impact is visible.

     I look at the modern dining room and kitchen, the teacher's house

people entering Dining Hall
Dining Hall

under construction, the sponsored students who have gone on to vocational jobs or University...and even the success of our girls' football team to participate in the national sports competition. It is clear that the investment that has gone into shaping

KSVS Regional Champions Football Girls' team
Girls' winning soccer team

our youth and students has not been lost. It continues to have much impact.

     The kindergarten that has grown into a primary school, itself like a tree nursery of pure breed for raising a new generation. I am grateful that it came at such a time as this.

     I know therefore that whether its now or in the future, our labour, partnership, and general participation in making Kamwenge Secondary Vocational School is worth it.

     Our gratitude goes to all who stand with us in this work. We were Spencer team at worksite blessed specially by the visit of Rev. Spencer Parks his team from 1st Presbyterian Church of Portland, Oregon.. Their time with us was greatly impacting. We were also blessed when Mike Trout and his family visited in April. He came with his YMEN boys and girls from Chicago to share with our KSVS students. 

     Please continue to pray for peace in the region. We have been handling refugees from DR Congo and now we have refugees coming from Burundi. Pray for us to overcome the enemy who destabilizes our region.

May the Lord continue to bless and use you.

John

Rev. Canon John Mulindabigwi

Partners in Mission, Great Lakes Region of Africa.

 

Upcoming Visit from Rev. John & Jolly Mulindabigwi
September 14 - October 21, 2015
John and Jolly at Resurrection Anglican Church
     
     We're excited to announce that Rev. John and Jolly
will be visiting the US this fall. They will be in the Chicago area; Portland, OR; Nashville, KY; and Grove City, PA. Check their schedule below to see where you can see them this fall:
  • Sept 24, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL.  Faithbuilders Women's Bible Study; 9:15 - 11:00 am
  • Sept 27, New Jerusalem House of Prayer, West Chicago, IL Morning Worship followed by Lunch
  • Sept 27, Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville, IL          Dinner and Presentation 
  • Oct 1-2, First Presbyterian Church and Legacy Mission, Nashville, KY          
  • Oct 3-4, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Somonauk, IL
  • Oct 7, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL             Men's Bible Study, 8:00 - 9:00 am
  • Oct 11, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, IL           Morning worship and Sunday School
  • Oct 12-15, Grove City College, Grove City, IL            (including Morning Chapel, Oct 13)
  • Oct 15-19, First Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR        (including Morning Worship Oct 18)
     Support us by sponsoring 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."  

2nd Annual 

     Our 2nd Annual  Bike to the Lake  on August 8 was a success. More than 75 riders rode 84 miles from the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, IL to The Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI on the shores of Geneva Lake where all shared in a celebratory meal and time of fellowship. Combined with sponsors and other donors, they helped us to raise $35,000 net toward construction of a S.T.E.M. Science and Technology Center on the campus of Kamwenge Secondary & Vocational School (KSVS). We expect funding for The Center to be a 3-5-year project costing at total of $350,000.     Phase One will cost $125,000 to construct the foundation and first floor. To date we have raised nearly $85,000 from donors and are very hopeful we will receive another $40,000 in order to begin and complete construction of the first floor in early 2016. Once the first floor is completed, students will be able to access and use it as they wait for the final 2 floors to be finished.
     Thank you to everyone who participated in so many ways:
  • Riders
  • Sponsors/donors
  • Corporate sponsors:  KeHE DistributorsFellowes Inc;       Darwill Inc; Thomas Interiors; Parvin-Clauss Sign Co.
  • Volunteers                                                                                                      
               Save The Date to Ride with Next Year:              Saturday, August 6, 2016
                                                    riders from Fellowes                                                                                                          Click on Riders 2015 to view pictures of the ride.                                                                                           
Donate:
You can make a donation to the STEM Center. Click on the donate button; your gift if any amount is welcome. Thank you.
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, Development 
                                                                       Bob Duncan, Development
                                                                       Mark McAndrew, Development
                                                                       Ebralie Mwizerwa, Cross-Cultural
                                                                       Barbara Rundell, Sponsor Chmn
                                                                       Michael Trout, Development
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