I am WOWED!

My my my how beautiful the sight! I received pictures last week of the progress in our new tailoring classes. In four weeks the students are already sewing uniforms for children in our village whose families struggle to pay school fees and supplies for their kids, and children that don’t have families to help them. We want to instill into the students the joy and blessings of giving.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver.8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

We are so very proud of them. And proud of our Takia, she’s an excellent teacher!

Hope For Mamas

This week our girl Salima has been busy giving out fifteen Mama kits. She, along with her mother Jenifer, educate the women on pre-natal care and give the life saving MAAMA kit along with the receiving blankets, panties, soap, pads and wash clothes all in tote bags made by our training center instructor Takia.

Jenifer works alongside the government checking on, teaching pre-and postnatal care for mothers and immunizing babies. So she is the perfect person to speak to these ladies as a group.

We are so thankful to know everything is in such good hands when we are not there. And we count everyone of these ladies, both mamas and our workers, blessings in our lives.

Join us in praying for healthy and happy births!

Dreams of a Future

We – The Mandate – are supporting and funding the building of a new school and a water well. The Pastor has been a good friend to us for about five years now and has a huge heart for the “mother- and fatherless” children he cares for on very little. He started schooling underprivileged kids under a tree a few years ago. They now have two small buildings. He has taken care of over one hundred young teenagers on very little. There’s been times he’s had to choose between getting girls what they need for “that time of the month” or getting food. He was so thankful when we went and gave over 60 girls the Hope for Girls kits. As time has gone by and people know he takes in children there have been at least six babies just dropped off at the schools. So he has gotten widows to care for them while also trying to keep the widows and the children fed and clothed.

Boys Dormitory
The current school office and classrooms
This is what the new land looked like a month ago!

We are so amazed at how fast they have been building. School has been out for two years now due to covid and the plan for Ugandan children is to start back in January. We pray (and at the rate they are going they may well) that more of the buildings and dormitories will be ready. The building in these pictures is all ready getting the roof on!

When we left the country four weeks ago the first building was started.

This is from The Mandate Newsletter: You change the world one life at a time in the Eastern Region of Uganda in the village Ikulwe. The Mandate is doing just that by supporting “Hope of Provision for the Vulnerable Child”. Hope of Provision is a ministry that provides a school, The Global High School, along with a safe place to live for 160 displaced, abandoned and often abused young people. The school is presently operating in two rundown buildings. Pastor Kriwa Kireri Emmason and missionary Christian Welch direct a staff of five full-time teachers, nine part-time teachers and three support staff. These tenacious and resolute men and women provide leadership and Christian development for these precious young people.

This secondary school (high school) is about an hour away from The Mandate. It is being built in phases as funds are available. In May of 2021, The Mandate gave Hope of Provision a grant to purchase the land. Phase One of the buildings began about three weeks ago. The progress is astounding.

They have been operating with one building for classrooms and two dormitories for over 150 students. These are very small, rundown buildings.

It is so exciting to be part of a project that will enhance the lives of so many youths now and for years to come.

In addition to new, safe buildings, work on a water well will be starting next week.

If you would like to be a part of giving these kids the education of their dreams please click on the link below. The school is being built in phases and there are many things listed that you can donate toward.

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Baby Boom

A few months ago we gave out nineteen Maama kits. We are now seeing the healthy Mamas and their babies. So far only two have been girls! We are so thankful we are able to help these mothers. The clinic in our village doesn’t have enough supplies so they are grateful these women are able to come with their own.

“All in all the ladies have been greatful including their husbands, the husbands said that you really helped for mama kits, they said mama kits were so expensive and hard to get yet its so essential. But you save them”

We thank all supporters of The Mandate. You can see the end result of your donations and your prayers. The $10 donated saves the lives of these Mamas and their precious babies! And gives us the chance to spread the gospel while giving out the kits, along with education about the care of themselves during pregnancy and care for their babies. We give them out to 7-9 month expectant mothers. May the Lord bless you as you are a blessing to our ministry.

Tailoring School

Finally since quarantine has been over we were able to start our tailoring class. It is a seven month course, we have started with three girls and one boy. The boy is about sixteen and has no father, his mother is mentally ill so he has been taking care of himself.

They will start out learning the basics and then move on to making school uniforms for students in our village that families struggle to buy. We want to teach them about serving others. They have been given this opportunity so we want them to show gratefulness and know the blessing of giving to others.

After they have more skills down they will have an opportunity to make girls kits and earn a little money which we will encourage them to save some of it to put towards buying their own machine.

The student with the highest marks will receive their own sewing machine and the other students will keep their “tools” to help them get started on their own.

We are so excited to see them learn and grow into responsible adults while learning about Christ from devotions before class every morning.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

New Babies!

So far this month we’ve had four of the women we gave mama kits give birth! All girls!

There were two others that lost their babies that were stillborn, including a set of twins. We pray for those mothers but they thanked us for all of the other things in their kits that helped them so much.

One mama brought her baby born June 2 to see us last week. She was so tiny. She said she was so thankful to have the mama kit when she went to the hospital as they didn’t supply them.

Baby Katherine

Another had her 9 1/2 pound baby at home by herself! I couldn’t even imagine having to do that and be all alone. She was taken to the Dr the next day and mama and baby are doing fine.

Here are two more of the babies that were brought to show us, one was just born this past week and is our “Ugandan Granddaughter”. Her mother is one of our girls that went to tailoring school and will be teaching at our training center. She has a little time anyway to rest and be with her baby – we are under full lockdown here in Uganda. Takia and baby girl are doing well and at home.

A certain little girl was determined our Takia name her baby after her middle name Noelle. I don’t think they knew how to spell it but named her in R’s honor!

Nowelyn Blessing

And baby born June 7 is called Shemora. Her mother only had a midwife to help her so she was very very thankful to have everything she needed so a safe birth.

Baby Shemora

I thank all mothers who have received the mama kits for bringing their babies so that we could see. And so thankful they are all healthy and Mamas’ are happy! We will be having 25 mothers ready to receive their bags July 1 but since we are on lockdown they will be delivered to them individually.

Everything in the tote bag, including the important Mama kit plus other things a post natal woman needs.
We are thankful to Takia that she got so many tote bags done before she had her baby!

Carpenters in the Making

Christian has been very busy trying to get the training center ready, I thought we would have our first class by May. But we don’t have a Lowe’s or Home Depot here so getting the materials for wiring the lights and electricity in the building has been a nightmare. Getting wood the he doesn’t have to plane and recut isn’t possible. So progress has been slow. He’s also been making me cabinet doors and a new cupboard because I had the bright idea when we moved here to have lockers made for our food. But, especially during lockdowns and stocking up they aren’t big enough so they are to go in the training center for the students to each have their own for their supplies.

But, Raelee’s two best friends that are here most of the time are always wanting to help him. One’s dad is in the military and gone most of the time. When you join the military here you are in until you are 65. Sula’s dad isn’t around very much because he has other wives and spends more time gone then being there. So Christian is a father figure for them. When he is trying to work he will have four little hands trying to help with everything and makes it extremely hard for him to get anything done. They can’t do a lot on their own (we thought!) and there isn’t much they can do to help with the training center. We are under quarantine again so they aren’t in school. They are getting too old to want to play house and dolls with Raelee so they always want to be in the barn with him. So Christian put all projects on hold so that they could help him build a dog house. We recently got two Rottweiler puppies after our Dobermans died of cancer. We are tired of them sleeping in the bathroom and when they get full size we need somewhere to lock them in when we have the kids for church or visitors as most people here fear dogs.

The boys were thrilled and actually did a great job even when Christian wasn’t right there. Not that he left them for very long around all the power tools and saw! But he did go to check on some other projects going on and when he came back they had one wall up by themselves. So not only giving his time that he really didn’t have, he’s teaching them early a skill that will give them an advantage when they get older. And an example to be for them. (Personally I think it should have been a little bigger considering these dogs can get close to one hundred pounds! But the boys would gladly build another one!)

In the beginning Christian said “I left them for ten minutes and came back to this. You see what I’m working with?”! He had the flap up at one time and underneath he had yellow safety glasses on!
Very proud of these boys. And I know Christian is because he actually asked to be in a picture! That does NOT happen very often! (And even though she is small Bella sacred people more. But there’s no way she’s going to sleep in a dog house outside. She barks all night anyway when outside. But she alerts us from in the house if there is anything out of the ordinary outside. She’s a brat but a good security dog!

Bring the Little Children unto Me

Its very sad baby Kamuya has passed away this afternoon. The malnourished baby. It is sad but I rejoice because this baby who has only knew a life of pain and nothingness is now running and dancing on streets of gold.

I am sad that Salima hadn’t discovered him sooner, many times babies or children that aren’t deemed perfect are hidden away. It is just in the past years we’ve been here that there are more and more ministries to help even albino children who are thought to be a curse.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 10:14

Please pray for the mother. She is not all there mentally, was not in any position to care for a baby and her mother can’t watch over her all the time, she’s an adult with a child’s mind and is deaf also. Someone keeps taking advantage of her, she is about to give birth any day now. And the circle goes on. That is the saddest thing here.

Clean Water

The Mandate just put in our thirteenth bore hole in about six years we’ve been here. We try and put two a year but we didn’t get to drill any last year. (Covid messed everything up!) We always consult the chairman of the village as to where they are put. They have all been put in strategic places so that clean water is available to everyone. So many people have had to walk miles each way to get just one ten liter can of water. Living without running water ourselves I would say there are many trips for those who need water. Thankfully we have a bore hole in front of our home and I have Raelee’s friends that earn money by filling my jeri cans as they are called. We go through 10-15 some days. Just think about how much you use for bathing, flushing, washing – clothes and dishes! Don’t forget cooking and drinking.

I can go into all the steps of drilling but I don’t want to bore you with technicality! Mainly the first step is to get a professionally trained Hydro-geologist to test the best place to put the well. Where the water is and the best way to get to it.

The hole is then drilled by a drilling machine and steel encased piping is put in. Then they test for how much water is there, how much can be pumped and at what rate.

After all the testing and agreement on the correct placement of a well the pipes on and then the pump is cemented in. It takes time to dry and then the base around the actual pump is poured along with a “ditch” or run-off gutter.

Then you have clean water and happy very people!

The concrete on this one just has to dry and it will be ready to pump water! You can tell how happy they are!