The Story of Grace !
This long journey has had an amazing journey through the people of God to bring about His Glory for one little boy. Grace is the second born to the in country director of Beyond Uganda. He was born with a small growth on his belly button but over the last 5 years has grown to the huge growth you see in the pictures. The lack of funds and lack of clean, safe medical attention has kept two loving parents in prayer for their son with no other options. God heard those prayers and spoke to the heart of a woman in Paducah (Sarah Housman) that whispered to a doctor friend (Karen Banister) that just happened to have jury duty with the U.S. director of Beyond Uganda and before we knew it she had contacted a surgical friend in Kenya that happened to be in Uganda. Grace and his family traveled to Kampala on April 15th for surgery and was discharged successfully on April 21st. with a new start on life. We are so thankful for the obedience of each of these people to listen to what God asked of them, no matter how big or how small, and trust that He would use them as part of a bigger picture. We will keep you updated on this amazing story and this precious little boys life. Thank you to all of you that have been part of this journey with us. Glory to God in the Highest!!!
A second well is provided...
We've just completed putting a new well in a village near Bugiri. It started supplying beautiful life changing clear water just last week. This video shows the beginning of yet another well being provided by donations from many generous sponsors. This one is in front of our Not Forgotten childrens home and the BU office in Uganda. What an opportunity to share the Word this will provide. Thank you Heartland Worship Center's HOMEBUILDERS class for making this possible.
BU Kids have a new home!
This milestone has been a vision for Beyond Uganda for some time now. As God brought children, literally to our door step, the Not Forgotten program was born. These children, many of them living on the streets, were put into boarding school in January of 2014. This gave them a safe place to lay their head at night and healthy meals. This was a great thing but stirred up a new concern in our hearts to where these children would go when school was out. Could we really take them off the streets, give the hope of a new life and then put them back on the streets when the school year is out?
The Ugandan staff has worked tirelessly to find Godly homes that would take some of the children in for the short school holidays and missionary family, Travis & Emi Hensel has taken in up to 20 at a time at their own home. This is a short fix but again, we believe God rescued them for a purpose and they were to have a permanent home to call their own.
That came to pass recently with a grant from Carson Myre Foundation that enabled BU to purchase a plot of land with an existing structure that is close not only to the school and the office but to the Director as well so it is under constant supervision. Travis Hensel has taken on the task of overseeing the construction and renovation of this home and we are hoping to have it complete by November so the children can come back to a home they can call their own.
This may seem like humble beginnings but to the many children who have never had a place to retreat to that can be a safe zone, a place of love and a place they know God provided for them because they have been fearfully and wonderfully made, well....this is truly a miracle and something to be celebrated.
There is much to do to complete this home and see what God has in store for us all through this. If you would like to help complete this house and provide a permanent home for the Not Forgotten Children, please make your donation today and make sure you put children's home in the memo line. It will take the generosity and work of many to see this fully done but we are confident that what God has started will be seen fulfilled and completed in the end. Welcome to the adventure God has called us on.
Dennis Wandera is the Business Manager for Beyond Uganda. He runs the second hand clothing store, Hope's Closet in Kampala and helps with all "in country" travel and any special projects. He recently was on the site of the first well being dug at the Mt. Zion Orphanage when he received word that his grandmother had passed away. The staff, Hensel Family and Interns were there to be by his side. Walking through life with people has been the greatest calling by God for Beyond Uganda and for each of us individually. Here is what Dennis had to say...thought it was worth sharing:
"Thanks for the prayers in this season. I was so humbled...really so humbed. by the solidarity shown to me by the Mzungu team here. So small the world, I never knew Lexi and Sam and the interns would ever be to my village. Today, the entire group showed up to comfort me...so humbling!!! So proud of this great family. How God blends us together from different nations. Divided by race and color, but united at Calvary."~~Dennis Wander