Winter 2016 Newsletter
March                                                                           2016

In This Issue
Our Mission:  We promote God's love to marginalized children of Uganda by providing education, community development, and Christian discipleship

Rev. John

     I have been thinking about the commitment of our Lord Jesus, how He loved us and gave up His life to pay the price of redemption and went all the way. He demonstrated love at it's most. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us".
     We are what we are because of His sacrifice on the cross. 
I wonder what this world would be like if everyone emulated His example. I wonder what it would be if we served one another with such deep passion and commitment. The transformation that we so desire in our communities would be realized. All this is possible if we allow the Lord, by His Spirit to work in us and through us to.
Ephesians 3:20 says "Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think".And He will indeed accomplish them through us when we avail ourselves.
     Our gratitude goes to all who have been part of making the dreams of many a reality here in Kamwenge. They have engaged a high gear in having great facilities  come up at the school, the kind of facilities to transform the minds of people preparing them for the future. We pray that the Lord rewards your efforts and support richly. We are also excited that some of you are coming to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus here. Your coming is a big honour to us.

     Please pray for Burundi, DR Congo and South Sudan as they settle from recent conflicts. Pray also for Uganda as we host most of the refugees from these nations.

Blessings,
John
Rev. Canon John Mulindabigwi
Partners in Mission, Great Lakes Region of Africa.


Family Bike & Hike May 7
   Changing the Lives of Under-Resourced 
Children - From Illinois to Africa
If you live near DuPage County, Illinois, grab your family and friends, and join us on May 7th for a family fun bike and hike. Partners in Mission is joining with a local ministry, Victory Sports, to sponsor the first Family Bike and Hike on Mothers' Day Weekend.        
It is an opportunity for Dad, Mom and the kids to celebrate Mom on her special weekend at St. James Farm in Warrenville, IL. On the route will be activites for the whole family to enjoy together. 
Lunch will be provided by our partner, Chick-fil-A.
Proceeds will be evenly split to help Partner in Missions raise money for kids in Uganda and the Victory Sports Scholarship Fund. 
$45 per person or $125 per family, tax deductible entry fee.
     Click here for more information and to register.

Rotary Team Helps Train KSVS Teachers in Culinary, Health, Nutrition, and Sanitation Skills
Rotary Training Team

     A team of 4 members of Northern Illinois Rotary District 6420 visited Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School the first 2 weeks of February. Their purpose was to begin training teachers and students in culinary skills, nutrition, and sanitation, using the facilities at the new Kitchen on the KSVS campus. District 6420, in partnership with Mbarara (Uganda) Rotary Club, also awarded KSVS a grant to purchase new equipment for the kitchen.
     One member of the team, Dave, is a professional baker and chef. He was the cooking /baking teacher of approximately 25 adults and students. He plans to return for follow-up training concerning the implementation of menus and a business plan. In the meantime, he will communicate online.
    There is also a tentative plan for a reverse trip where KSVS will send 4 or 5 teachers  from the school to Northern Illinois to study culinary arts.  
 
    
Update and Looking Ahead for STEM Center
     Last year we began a 3-year campaign to build a STEM Science and Technology Center on the KSVS campus. Ongoing Ugandan education standards, emerging requirements regarding technology training, and lack of science and technology space have raised the need to build the Center.
     With help from generous individuals, organizations, corporations, and riders in Bike to the Lake, we were able to raise the full $125,000 necessary to complete the first floor. Construction is moving quickly and the 1st floor will be occupied when it is completed. Board Member Mike Trout's children are raising money to fill the shelves with books.
     This year we are seeking to raise $100,000 to complete the 2nd floor which will house a state-of-the-art science laboratory. The Glen Ellyn (IL) Rotary Club has partnered with us and has plans to purchase equipment for the science lab in the summer of 2017. 
     The total cost of the STEM Center is expected to be $350,000; the cost of the 3rd floor (housing computer lab) and roof is projected to be $125,000.
     To learn more or donate, click here

Health on the KSVS Campus

     Ruth Mershon, a Physicians Assistant, and her good friend Elizabeth Oklevitch visited KSVS the first 2 weeks of February. Both are graduates of Grove City College. For Ruth, it was her 3rd visit to the school. She worked with Nurse Ruth, the school nurse, and visited members of the Kamwenge community.
     While the women were visiting they, along with Nurse
Re-wrapping a wound
Ruth, started a Health Club on campus - Rev. John selected three teachers who are already passionate about health and then they identified 2-4 students from each grade (KSVS) to be in the club. They met several times while Ruth M. and Elizabeth were there, started some basic education and answered a lot of questions. They held our first "event" - a guys-only and girls-only separate sessions on gender-specific health issues and sex education, which went very well.  
     The Health Club will act as
Teaching the Health Club about cancer cells
communicators to the larger student community, answering questions and finding answers to questions they don't know. They meet together weekly to learn more from Nurse Ruth and to encourage each other.
Bike to the Lake 2016

Bike to the Lake 2016
Save the Date
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Register and learn more here
Sponsor a Student at KSVS
     When you sponsor a student at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School or Good Shepherd Primary School, your donation will directly impact all students by helping to pay salaries and general operating expenses at the school. 
     Our students are not turned away due the inability to pay their tuition, though we do ask each to make some contribution to their education. 
     At Partners in Mission, we encourage our sponsors to develop a relationship with a student through correspondence. Developing a "pen pal" relationship with a student encourages them in their studies and spiritual journey. We have found that sponsored children do better academically at our school.  They develop a relationship with their sponsor and feel encouraged in their studies. 
     To learn more about sponsoring a student for $30/mo or $360/year, visit www.pim-africa.org/give/sponsor-a-student or email us studentinfo@pim-africa.org . 

Partners in Mission - USA                Partners in Mission - Uganda
      Board of Directors                                 Board of Directors
Barbara Retelny, President                Rev. Canon John Mulindabigwi,Coordinator
Marjorie Dolbeer, V. President           Canon Phinehas Nyenda, Chmn Emeritus
David Page, Treasurer                       Professor Jonathan Baranga, Chairman
Jessica Sinnott, Secretary                  Joel Mwesige
Gary Alcock                                        Rev. Canon James Hende
Bob Duncan                                        Rt. Rev. Canon Nathan Ahimbisibwe
Mark McAndrew
Ebralie Mwizerwa
Barb Rundell, Sponsorship Chairperson     
Mike Trout                        

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