Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Love and Hope

A child never experiencing real love or hope has less chance of succeeding in life, especially in a community like ours.  Most of the time life is only focused on what you will eat that day and hours are spent trying to find your next meal.  Your entire life is looking for food and water and trying to just exist.

Our goal is to find these homeless children, get them off the streets but always with the intention of finding next of kin.  In the meantime we bring them into a warm loving home, feed them, teach them life skills and just love them to death.  To date we have 11 children with only 2 having 90+ grandparents.  In the short time we have been open, the changes are something I personally would never have imagined.  They've learned survival skills from the aunties; learned to grow crops successfully; take care of each other; teach others about God and to believe in themselves.

One year ago, these same children brought home their report cards.  Nothing above a 40% and as low
as 11%.  One year later, they came home with their grades again.  We had a meeting to discuss their results and to our shock.....nothing under 50% with most scores within the 80%-90% range.  Our little Saika who we recently took out of the garbage dumps scored almost everything in the 90's.  That's what happens with God in their lives and having hope and love in this home.

These children have never had a birthday party before.  Edwin and I decided to let them decorate the grass hut, blow up the balloons and decorate two big cakes we made with our new ovens.  Everyone had a small bag of frosting and attempted to make flowers.  The results were amazing and very tasty.
They have now decided to celebrate this special day by having one family birthday party a year.

This was their first cake and they loved every morsel, but the fun was making it themselves.

Our 1000 layers are doing very well with only 5 more weeks before we start to see them laying.  It will be part of the children's chores to collect the eggs but with knowing they will get an egg a day, I'm sure it will be done with a smile.  Thanks to David we have also been blessed to have a market for selling them daily.

Our broiler chicks are growing fast.  We have decided since the there is a high demand for good chickens for Christmas dinner, we are going to sell them where we can get the most profit.  The ones left will be bought by one buyer.

We would like to thank Marlaina once again for her monthly gift of food to Jaaja.  Every Sunday the children help an elderly person but this particular day we found out Jaaja was at his friend's burial.
This is Marian's 98 year old grandpa and we will be making it a priority to go back soon and help him do his chores.

We were very happy to host Dan and Mimi at our Home of Angels.  Dan was a huge inspiration for Edwin, teaching him about the chicken business and offering his help to set up spreadsheets to keep track of our business.  We visited Edwin's father in the village and he showed us the land he is letting us use for raising the 200 goats that were donated by Thomas.  What a blessing

Meet Emily who came to visit us from Word of Life in Entebbe.  Emily resides in my hometown and is currently helping teach at Word of Life.  We were so happy to have her here for a few days to help both the children and myself.  Thank you Emily for helping the kids get their shoes for Bible camp.  We love you.

We were also happy to have Miranda come for a visit.  We only had one full day with her but we packed a lot of activities in to give her the feel of our Home of Angels and our community.  By the way, we now have 2 Aunties with the same dress and they are loving being twins here.  
Thanks Mir for all the gifts you bought from your church with you....we are finding the best homes for them all. 

Alan has a new suit for church.  I have to tell you....it's amazing here.  Our kids all go to Sunday school with many other children.  We have street children that come in dirty clothes, we have children from the richer part of town or just the orphans like our kids.  No matter who, clothes are not the issue here.  Clothes are never an issue.  Everyone helps each other and everyone learns about Jesus.  And yes, I certainly do have a sewing project on my hands here.

Our gardens are thriving.  We have everything from green peppers, cucumbers, maize, kale, spinach and so much more.  We have all the passion fruit in now and even a guava and jackfruit tree.

Our little Joseph is the head gardner.  He seems to be able to produce anything but his biggest thrill was to plant the cucumbers.  Every time they get big enough, he brings one to each brother and sister.  Two years ago we almost lost this little one twice in one week.  Today he is healthy and happy.  I again attribute this to "love" and "hope".

Miranda bought gifts from the Sunday school at the Baptist Church in Princeton B.C.  The children had made paper bag hats for our kids with their names on them. What a nice gesture from these children as it meant so much to our kids that others around the world cared   enough to do that.

Happy faces

We have so many happy events happening at the moment in our Home of Angels.  We know that God is with us in a big way as all our dreams are starting to come true.  Yes, we still have a long way to go but we know in our hearts, it will happen.  One day we will have our second home built, 30+ more children off the streets and our sustainability programs in full operation.  The biggest success are these children who we can see are starting to grow into leaders at this young age.

Thanks everyone for sharing this dream to help the helpless.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Right Foundation

Foundation…. a very important part of our Home of Angels.  The right foundation makes a difference between something that lasts and something temporary.  God's truth is the only bedrock worth building on as far as Edwin and I are concerned and that is the home we are providing for the children who currently live there.  We have children coming to us from every situation imaginable.  Many due to family dying of HIV/AIDS.  There are those who fled to the garbage dumps because of orphanages closing and had no where to live.  We have children where mothers died giving birth to them and grandmas not being able to feed them due to housing 10 grandchildren already.  We are determined to create a solid foundation for these kids both spiritually and mentality and with God's blessings, it will happen.

As I am no spring chicken and Edwin has never done something like this before, look what's happened to this project since we started in 2010.  We did not do this….God did.  In the past month alone, I can list things that happened way beyond our wildest imagination.  I wrote in the previous blog that we needed 200 goats.  Thanks to our  friend Thomas in Hong Kong, he answered that request.  Edwin's father in turn donated 30 acres in his village to raise these same goats so that we could sell the meat on the international market.  Oh my goodness, he even planted banana trees for me to make banana bread in Uganda….ouch….not sure about this one.

We have always wanted to have a medical clinic on the property and between Carolyn and Warren Bebble and Marian and Rich Vanderwal, we started.  But, with situations changing around the world, we have been offered a medical clinic in the form of a kiosk to be placed outside our wall to help both our children and the community.  Another gift from Thomas and his partners and a much wiser idea.  Thanks to all of you for helping us.

The big item left, is to finish our second home as we need to house the remainder of the children.  We are working with a Probation Officer in Jinja to find kids that are truly orphans.  When located and the home finished, we will bring them in slowly, allowing them to adjust and get used to life there.  The kids living there now are so excited and will treat them with such love and understanding as they had come from these places themselves.  In the meantime, we are still looking for sponsors if anyone would like to help.

As there have been heavy rains this past month and power failures constantly, we only have a few pictures this time but the warm weather is coming.

We are presently installing showers into the kid's latrine.  It is a big process as the sump pump is on the other side of the property, but as you can see, the encasing for the pump is almost finished.  The water will run underground across the yard to a 3000 litre tank that Laury and Tom DeGroot donated.  That tank will be put up alongside the latrine so gravity will allow the water to flow down.

This is Frank, one of our guards.  Because of the issue of guns, we had decided to use bows and arrows to defend our compound in case of an incident and I better not hear any of you laughing.  But we have now decided that we would be wise to also purchase one rifle.  Hate the idea, but this is a place where even the grocery stores have a guards with AK47's  inside and out protecting their property.  

The greens are flourishing.  The kids were very excited to see so many because they love them and they are so healthy.  Not sure what kind of green this is but will let you know once I am there.  The rains have helped the gardens thrive…just hindered the power and road situations.

The maize is also thriving.

Our 1000 layers also doing very well.  Looks like James and Sula have mastered the art of raising chickens.  They have kept the 1000 alive for more than one month now.  They hopefully will be laying  by the end of the year so the kids will have eggs for protein and we can sell to the places already requesting them.  

A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend a Save on Foods awards banquet.  I felt very honoured to be asked. After dinner I was invited up on the stage to say a few words and have a "selfie"
taken.  I had no idea what this word meant but I went along with it and you are seeing the results.
These wonderful people are just one store that has made me feel like family and have done so much to promote our Home of Angels.  They have been a big part of changing little lives in a country that has many struggles. Thank you.  If anyone wants to come to our banana bread fundraiser on October 25th, we will be at the Sumas store in Abbotsford from 10am - 4pm..  Love to see you.

16 more sleeps and we are off to Uganda.  Our director and his wife will be coming to see the wonderful things you have all had a part in creating and we are excited to show them.  As Dan and Mimi are big chicken farmers in the Fraser Valley, they will be able to advise Edwin and his crew with their expertise.  I will be taking lots of pictures over the months ahead and be sure to keep you all updated.  The weather will be better, the sun will be shining and there will be lots of wonderful things happening.  Thanks for continuing to follow our story.

God bless you all

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Promoting Unity

I decided today to sit quietly and read the 65 blogs I had written in the past.  I felt as if I had floated back in time remembering every step so vividly on how our Home of Angels came to be and all the people who made it possible.  So many adults and children who helped change a life.  Whether it had been helping a widow, an orphan or Edwin and I to build this compound, we always knew that without God at the helm directing traffic, none of it would have been possible.  He knew that we could accomplish more together than we could alone.

We started building in 2010…I made enough banana bread to send Edwin $500 at a time for bricks.  Over and over I sent money for more bricks.  I didn't tell anyone.  One year later we had one single home almost completed and Global TV came into the picture and helped us to find donors by airing our story.  Following that, Save on Foods became our community partner supplying all my ingredients to bake with.  We were then on our way.  Today, 4 years later, we are at a point where we are struggling to complete.  Our goal is to have 50 children and be self-sustainable.  We want to operate from Uganda and not always rely on the people in North America.  Presently we have 11 children and cannot accept any more until we know we can take care of them.  The kids we will have living with us are kids that are truly alone due to death of family or abandonment.  To abandon them again would destroy them.

Everyone knows this next part is very difficult for me.  I never ask for help for anything but we never know how strong we are until we are challenged, right?  Could I ask for your help?

As you know, we presently have 1000 layers and we are bringing in 500 broilers between the layer cycle.  We have just planted 140 seedlings of passion fruit in order to supply the demand at the market.  Edwin's father has offered to raise 200 goats in his village knowing it will multiply to 400 in a year. The intention is to sell goat meat internationally as the demand is high.  All these ideas are for self-sustainability but more importantly, our kids will live much longer with all this provided nutrition.

If you would like to help us with any part of the following items, we would be extremely grateful.

The 2nd children's home will cost $18,100.00 to finish.  This is the most costly item needed but until completed, we cannot bring any more kids in.

We will need to build a septic latrine with showers for the children.  This includes digging a hole 8'x15'.  Constructing bricks inside that hole and plastering it with water proof cement.  A slab is constructed on top to build the actual latrine including showers.  This way our latrine will be able to be emptied annually and will last for 40 years.  Total cost will be $6,000.

We have one generator and it is presently being used for the chickens in case of power failure.  We are going to need a powerful generator for the main compound to keep electricity, water and appliances running.    Cost is $3,700.00

As our community helps each other, we in turn have been able to help them by providing water.  In times of drought we have invited them to come and fill their jerry cans on our property.  These are mostly orphans and widows who come.  Until we can fix our roof to accommodate these people with  rain water into a tank, we are eventually going to need to purchase a new sump pump costing $1,800.00.

We finally received our 1000 layers from Israel.  It has been challenging with the rainy season and the power going out daily but Edwin and the boys have managed to keep them alive except for a few chicks that died trying to keep warm.

This is our friend Godfrey's passion fruit orchard up the road.  He is helping Edwin with the one we
are presently planting, giving our crew all the important tips for making it a success.  Thanks Godfrey
for this…I love this about our community…everyone helps everyone and doesn't think of rewards.

Meet Sam our oldest boy.  He is following Godrey's direction and digging a 2' x 2' hole for all 140 seedlings.  He fills the hole with a mixture of ash and chicken manure before the seedlings are planted.
The poles and wire will be constructed next and what happens after that…I am not sure.  All I know is that on Godfrey's land, the passion fruit is thriving.

The children had a chance to play on a slide and swing set at Word of Life.  Mama Hope and Mama Jowell were helping little Alan to have the time of his life.  I wish you all could have seen where these
kids came from and where they are today.  It's thanks to all of you that they are so happy.

After I previously posted this picture, I received a message:

A message from Rachel and Mark Peru….This is such a lovely photo Barb, I am so excited that Mark and I have just got married and we asked for donations to your charity instead of wedding presents. So far we have received £1400 which adds to our playground funds for your playground. I can't wait until next year when this will become reality for them . X

This is a picture of what love and hope can do.  These kids…out of the garbage dumps…out of terrible conditions with absolutely no one to care for them and so much suffering…. look at them now.
Thanks to all of you who prayed and who helped us make a home for them.

Edwin and I would like to thank everyone for following our story and mostly thank God for all that He has done for us over these past 4 years.  He has never abandoned us.  It is He that placed you all on this journey with us and we  hope you will continue to watch this unfold.  In the meantime, if any of you would like to help us, we all would be so grateful.

Please see the link at the top for how to donate.

Until next month…….

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


When I look back at the 64 blogs written over the past few years and the 54,000 hits that I didn't even know were a huge amount, I realize now how green I am.   People write me all the time and ask how we did it and I just keeping answering, trust in God, don't quit and it will happen.  To be really honest with you though, we had no idea this would grow into such a wonderful project with children so enthusiastic to learn and want to help others as they do.  We are aware how truly blessed we are.  God knew what He was doing when he designed this plan, but what we didn't know was what He had planned for our future.  Amazing things are starting to happen in our little jungle community….

We do realize though that we have some issues to deal with in order to complete our Home of Angels.  Thanks to Northview Church, we are able to complete the entire chicken project.  This was an enormous gift and we are so grateful.  With a few projects like this under our belt,  we can make it work in the future, but we still have some big issues to deal with.  It will be some time before there will be any profit on these broilers and layers.  In the meantime, we need to complete the 2nd home before we can bring any more children in and until we can finish this and know we can provide enough food and wages, we are not out of the woods yet.

About Edwin…. we realize that this is a lot of work for one person so we decided to hire his brother David part time.  They have had their challenges also.  Last week they were pushed into a raveen because someone got impatient with their speed and the car was totalled.  Both are OK.
The following week, when Edwin and David took our little Joseph to the hospital to check his CD4 counts, they returned to find their locked car broken into and completely gutted, removing everything of value.  This vehicle belonged to another family member who was storing it in our compound for safety.
Total cost of $800.00 for repairs.

The children are doing well except for Joseph.  Please pray for this little one.  So many times we have come so close to losing him but he continues to rally.  If we can get our chicken project off the ground and be producing meat and eggs, these kids will have a much better chance with the protein in them.  We believe that every life is precious and Edwin and I will not quit until this project is completed.

The Gleaners is a place I love to brag about.  These are the people that gave us 500,000 meals for our container and we were able to help so many people fight hunger.
Not just in our community but in areas to the north also.  Our children will have food for 2 more years because of this organization and I am proud to say "I am a volunteer".

This was a container that arrived from Saskatchewan with 84,000 pounds of high protein lentils and peas.  All donated.  You can check them out at http://www.fvgleaners.org

Here we have the 2nd children's home that we hope to fill with 40 more children one day.  We did get the doors and windows secured but we must wait now until we have enough funding to complete it.

Thank you Lauri Bach for bringing my large envelope to Edwin and the kids.  None of these children knew when they were born but always wanted to have a birthday.  They chose a date in the year  and I sent them all a real birthday card with stickers and balloons.  I miss them terribly.

Here comes the rain….

 Our plans have always been that when we can, we will bring in these two children.   Meet Sammy.  This little guy is a brother to Hope and Desire and has been taken to the north to work as a slave…that's right, a slave.  He has been hidden in a northern village all this time but we found out where and there are now people looking for him.  If found, Sammy will be coming to be reunited with his sisters and have a chance to go to school and be a normal little boy.  We really need prayer for this to happen.

Alex, the other boy is at this time with his mom in the hospital watching over her as she goes throughout her final stages of AIDS.  You might remember is brother Nathan who passed a few years ago due to the same disease.  To give her final peace, we promised 4 years ago that we would bring him to live with us.

At least we could get this vehicle back inside the compound.  They stole the lights on the outside and...

...everything under the dash.  This was a car that Edwin's brother had lent them to tend to the children's needs but also store in safety until he returned.

On a very happy note though, I would like to tell you about two Secondary schools, one in Port Moody and one in Richmond, where students worked all year to raise money for our Home of Angels.   I especially want to say how proud I am for all the banana bread they baked.  I personally know this challenge and know it's not easy.  The video below is from McMath Secondary and I know you will enjoy it.


You may remember Rachel from Heritage Wood Secondary School in Port Moody.  She and her friends Rachel, Amanda and Rebecca have been raising funds for us for the past two years by having banana bread fundraisers.  They were able to raise $1,494.93 and all of us are so grateful for their efforts.  Thanks for all your hard work.

Thanks girls for all your efforts
to make a better place for the children at Home of Angels.  We love you ….

For the past 4 years, I have always said that I wanted to do something for the "Kids helping Kids".
It haunts me because we need to show the people in our country how dedicated they are in trying
to make a difference to the less fortunate.  Our kids are awesome and I am so proud of them.  The time is going to come where we can introduce them to you.  Most of you reading this blog have been with us and supported this cause the entire time.  I have had the pleasure of meeting most of you and been able to verbally say "Thanks".  What an amazing project we have where all your money has gone to make a difference.

God bless all of you.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Touching Hearts in Uganda

Sometimes Edwin and I just talk about how many lives have been touched by our Home of Angels.  In Uganda for example, the lives of the people just in our community alone have been so changed.  Work has been provided, water, when the wells are dry and our kids hosting their friends to come and watch the Jesus videos.  This in turn has led the parents to our grass hut to try and understand why their children as so excited.  Lives are changing in a big way.

It is very evident that this project, only four years old, has grown very quickly.  We couldn't have done it without our Father watching over every step we make or the donors who believe in us, finding it in their hearts to help.  We now have a Board of Directors that are teaching both Edwin and I to slow down and do this in a way that it will be both sustainable in time and secure.  Edwin, with the chickens and construction and myself with documentation.  When we started this project, we knew nothing except we wanted to build a home for the true orphan.  I baked the Grandma banana bread and Edwin gathered his friends to clear the land.  Easy……

I must tell you that today, it's not easy.  We needed help and my church reached out with ideas and people that were experienced.  We now have a strong team guiding us down this road and we want to thank them so much for all the time and energy they have put into this venture.

We have 1000 layer chickens arriving from Israel but there has been a delay since the Entebbe
airport was threatened by Al Shabaab.  Security is tight and these chickens could die waiting for customs to attend to them.  We will have more on this next month.

In the meantime, we would like to share the latest pictures with you.

The kids were telling me that in their school they are known as the "angels".  Of course everyone now wants to be an angel, so when Edwin found a way to hook up electricity and sound to the grass hut, the kids invited their friends to come and watch the Jesus video.  Hundreds came and we couldn't accommodate them so we ordered 50 more seats and this weekend they will hold another showing.

Everything is put on a "boda" which is the main transport here.  5 trips of chairs and mission accomplished.

As you can see, this is night time and it's really black out there.  What you don't see are the hundreds of people sitting outside our wall listening to the sound of the story.  One day we hope to bring everyone in but know because of the masses, it will be impossible.  We need a church to be able to teach them more….but right now only a dream.

I would like you all to meet Genia, Chris and Ericka.  They attend McMath Secondary School in Richmond and last summer had heard me speaking at Rockridge Canyon.  They came home and decided to raise money for our Home of Angels and did an amazing job of it.  They baked and sold
160 loaves of banana bread and had a talent show.  They raised $1,100.00 for us and presented us with an artificial cheque as the real one will be mailed when the teacher's strike is over.  Thanks McMath.

Another thanks to Save on Food for once again helping us fund our project one brick at a time.  We had the manager serving ice cream on samples and a live banana enticing the customers to our table.
Needless to say, we sold out that day. Thanks also to Gloria for your bright smile and help.

Canada Day….Edwin and the children wanted to wish us all the best.

There comes a time when the children must leave our Home of Angels.  Sam has another 2 years and he must go out into the world, but in order for Sam to survive, he needed to have a trade.  Thanks to his sponsors, Dianne and Sim and to Benny, he will now have a good chance.  He is learning auto mechanics and doing very well.

Dennis is our electrician and he is putting electricity into the children's home.  They were having difficulty seeing at night to do their homework.  They must also get their grades up so this will hopefully help them.

The doors and window frames have been welded by Atimu.  As usual, he has done an excellent job and will be back this week to install them into the 2nd children's home.

Edwin and the children were blessed to have been a part of the dedication of Word of Life Fellowship church in Entebbe today.  The kids were excited to see our dear friends once again and to have had the opportunity to sing.  Edwin was invited to speak and all in all, they had a lovely day.  Congratulations Pastor Welli and Dolly.  This is only the beginning…..

Welli…..Alan sure looks happy in those arms.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Blessing of Giving

I don't know how you all feel, but I get such a blessing out of helping others.  I think I can speak for Edwin regarding this too.  No matter how we give, whether it be by taking care of someone or giving financially, it can sometimes benefit the giver more than the receiver.  We see this so many times with you who help us help these children.  But, I have to say the best part is….we are now witnessing it with the children in our home as we watch them go out and make a difference in someone else's life.  You taught them this by helping them and they really treasure the love behind "your" giving.

Speaking of "giving",  I would like to update you on Jaaja Barb's Home of Angels.
We have now re-instated our Society but are still under the umbrella of Multi-Nation Missionary Foundation.  Tax receipts will be issued by MMF at the end of each year, but donations should be sent to Barb at the address under donations at the top of this blog.   We have a wonderful Board of Directors, all professionals, who are teaching Edwin and I the business part of this huge endeavour.  Edwin is being advised on how to operate the chicken farm and to make it grow with proper management.  I am learning the accounting end of it with the help of a professional accountant to keep track of the books.  Again….all giving of their time.

I also had the pleasure of having dinner with His Excellency, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda, John Nsambu.  John was visiting from Ottawa with other Ambassadors, so this was a great privilege.  He will be coming to our compound in Jinja in July to meet Edwin and see what he can do to help us.

We would also like to say "Thank You" to Northview church and it's members for raising $10,000.00 towards our project.  The act of giving reminds us that we live by the grace of God.  All of us are so grateful to you for this gift.

Edwin and I would like to show you what has been happening at our Home of Angels in the past month.

The kids were so excited when the van arrived.  This meant no more walking for medical help and maybe….just maybe... they were going to see some places within the area like Lake Victoria and the Nile River.  We had taken them out before I left in April, but there is so much more for them to see and learn about.  They also want to visit the elderly in villages once a month to help them so now we have the means.  Edwin has lined the seats and floor with a special plastic to keep it clean inside as so much red dirt is on everything.  Just look at the paving stones in this picture for example.  Smart thinking Edwin...

Most of you know Shaban, our gardner.  Shaban had polio as a small child and his legs don't function.  I met him on the road in January swinging himself on a long pole.  He told me that he came from a distant village to find work so that he could provide an education for his sister Zakia.  He gave up his own education to do this.  Edwin and I then thought that he should maybe go fetch Zakia so we could meet her.  Their Mom and Dad had recently passed away due to AIDS and they only had each other. So off he went all dressed in a suit for the long journey back to their village.  The next day they both arrived and we immediately fell in love with Zakia.  We offered to bring her in with us and we were so thankful to find a sponsor named Elliot who takes very good care of her.  Shaban was helped by our long time friend Lottie who donated his wages for his work.  Zakia loves helping her brother make the gardens look so beautiful.  Just look at the gardens below….

Because of the fungal diseases in Uganda, we must have the kids heads buzzed once every two weeks.  It was getting expensive so we invested in our own equipment.  Edwin usually does this but when he's busy, our electrician Dennis helps out.  I have to say that the one thing I love the most over there, is our trades people are a part of our family too.  They are there in a moments notice if Edwin needs them for something, whether it be for work or just helping with the kids.  Most of the time, it's done out of the blessing of "giving" again and not money.

Alan is having fun in the water…
Today, this is his bath tub and swimming pool.

                                   Don't worry, Edwin is there
                                   and only taking this picture.
                                   He had so much fun that he
                                   fell asleep.  Can hardly see
                                   any water in there…..love
                                   this boy so much.

Thank you Ames Family Foundation for our gardens.  They are thriving in both compounds and just look at how high the maize has grown.  The kids work every day hoeing and weeding so that they can have the greens for meals.  We are finally saving some money on food now so this is another way for self sustainability.  Once the chickens and gardens are in sync with each other, we will be able to provide good food to these little angels and watch their energy level increase.  

Thanks to the Gleaners for food,  to Thomas in Hong Kong with his donation of solar lights and to an anonymous donor for the van….we are now on a roll.  Look at these excited kids going into places where Jaaja's are taking care of grandchildren.  Our kids are blessed to be "giving" too and Edwin let them do it on their own while he went and did another project alone.  They could hardly wait to start their own little ministry called "God's Little Angels Ministry" and apparently did an amazing job.

Edwin is off on his own while the kids are doing their demonstrations outside, explaining to these women how the solar lights work.  He says a prayer here before he starts and then explains how to operate them.  He is in a hospital and these are nurses and women in the community who volunteer to help.  There is no electricity in this hospital so they were all so thrilled to be able to see something like this.  Maybe just one of these lights will save a life.

Outside the kids are doing their own ministry.  They are giving out food and teaching the women how they should prepare it.  They explain the nutrients in the soup and how it will benefit them for health.  They also give each Jaaja a solar light with an explanation on how to operate it along with that bag of Gleaners soup mix.  All I see are smiles here and boy oh boy am I jealous I can't be there witnessing it. Can you see the changes in these kids already?  This little guy in the green t-shirt is recently off the street and had been living in the garbage dump.

I would like you to meet His Excellency, John Nsambu.  The Ambassador of Uganda, who I had the privilege of meeting and having dinner with.  He was very interested in our project and will be going to Jinja in July to meet Edwin and making a presence there which will be an honour for us.   His dream is the same…to help his people of Uganda and I know, with God working alongside of both us, we will accomplish this.

Sometimes I just have to shake my head when I see what has happened.  We started with a one load of bricks that cost $500.00.  This was weeks of baking banana bread.  Never in a million years did we think that we would build more than one little house for a few kids.  Look what has happened.  I am thrilled that so many of our kids are out there helping and it's spreading around the world.  No kidding…the world.  From the UK to Hong Kong, to India to El Salvador….can you imagine?  "Kids are helping Kids".  Not just kids but their families too.  Kid's grandfathers who are challenging their companies to match what employees are donating.  It goes on and on but the one fact remains.  God is at the helm of this.  He is loving what we are doing and right alongside of us holding our hands.

I need your help.  Will you all put your thinking caps on and think of a brilliant way we can let people know how amazing our kids are.  Kids in general...They need to be acknowledged.

Thanks all of you…..this just keeps getting better and better.