Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
His Love and SONshine has had quite a year of ups and a few downs.
God has provided some new monthly donors.
The new school building has been progressing in its stages.
We went to Uganda in July and each of the members deeply cared and poured into the people at the school.
Our board is deeply thankful for your investment in the community at the school and children at the school.
We have some new updates coming in the New Year.:):)
(This update has been edited with content and photos.)
Provide the children with healthier meals during the school day-
Snack and Lunch:
Currently: The cost of the meals and snacks is at $70 daily, $350 a week and $1400 monthly
Snack-porridge with milk and sugar sometimes with a bun
Lunch(meal)-three days posho and beans and the two days rice and beans
Goal: Frank, the School Board President, said that he asked if possible if we could add a daily bun in the porridge and change meals like posho, rice, beans, peas, groundnuts and maybe add beef once a week
The updated average cost would be $120 daily and $600 weekly and $2400 monthly.
Will you consider helping make this goal come to fruition by 12 people donating $10 which could cover the amount for the changed lunches and snacks for the children a day?
HIS Love & SONshine which is a ministry of Seek & Serve is thankful to be partnering with many.
Thankful to be partnering with the School in their mission and with those (the family) in Uganda facilitating in the details.
My Grammy (Mary) and Aunt Jennifer are partnering with us in faithful prayer for this wonderful school community to be so impacted by God's Activity.
My Aunt Jess has been used by God to put together this entire site. She has been instrumental in this journey!
We are thankful for Seek & Serve, Inc. taking on this ministry as a part of theirs.
ALL OF YOU are partners who are partnering in prayer, financial support, and brainstorming!
A special thank you to Nancy our dear friend who was the one who saw the heart that He had laid on me regarding Uganda and gave me the opportunity to go to Uganda and thank you to wonderful Miss Shelly & Mr. Dan with Sixty Feet to bless us with the opportunity to get to be a part of what God is up to at this special school!!:)
Thank you to SO MANY friends and family partnering in God's Activity at this precious school that brings the good news of Jesus. It brings HIS Love and SONshine and a wonderful education to these children. I so believe when we invest in children, we invest in the future of our world.
Rachel Mary- Founder
Suzanne- co Founder
She prays and is a monthly donor.
She loves the school. She is responsible for this site being up and she is a monthly donor.
"My name is Ava Weeks and I have been working in Uganda with Sixty Feet since January, 2015. Sixty Feet is closely connected to Maama Catherine's Children's Home as we have sent many children from the facilities where we work to Maama. These children attend Gateway Nursery and Primary School, so I am closely connected to it as well. I am a former teacher and love helping the school in any way I can. The children at the school all call me Jajja. (grandmother in Luganda) I tell people I have 11 grandchildren in the states and 400 in Uganda!"
Will and Eve Rumbaugh
They love the school. They are monthly donors. They have an extensive educational background.
She and her husband love the school. We sought her counsel and her husband’s about starting the ministry as they head up Wiphan after Shelly mentioned and they encouraged us to go forth.
Kris loves the school. He promoted His Love and SONshine to my prior church last year and he was the mission's pastor!
She loves the ministry so much and is only in high school. Alicia will be doing the following for the ministry as she states, "I would love to help plan fundraisers, make baked goods, create promotional videos, and create any posters/graphic design-like things that you need because I just got Photoshop, so I can do a lot more with photographs and stuff. If you ever need help, tell me!"
Ken and Cindy O'Leary
They love the school. They're monthly donors and they went to Uganda with us.
Hello supporters, His Love and SONshine is giddy to share about the Uganda trip!
We had three days at the school!
There are many aspects of the trip that hit me like a ton of bricks and seeing the purity in their faces was a dear gift in knowing that they have His joy even though they do not have much.
All right the main points of take away were:
There are around 165 students! Each of these children are eager to learn and LOVE Jesus! Their spirits radiate Jesus and seeing their hard conditions breaks my spirit yet they live out what it means that even in nothing they have everything....
The teachers make around $5 a day which even by Ugandan standards is not much money at all. They live humbly and yet out of their nothingness (which they truly have nothing) they give what they have away.
Pastor Ernest and his wife, Catherine, who are the greatest example of such an act are the heads of the school. The wife was orphaned when young and has become a mother to the orphaned and her husband was imprisoned for his faith during Idi Amin rule.
The first day of our visit at the school we felt the joy of Jesus radiate from the people. For many of the kids at the school they only get one meal a day. They eat porridge in the morning and posha which is like grit consistency with beans.
We played games with the kids. We simply hung out with the kids, heard their hearts and their dreams. I learned their names.:) I talked to the children and boy are they are darling!!!!!!!!:):) Each child would SHOUT out Bible verses and they were 4 years old. The children would memorize the Bible verses!!
We got to hear from the heads of the school share all that is going on at the school and their goals.
His goal was to increase the salary amount the teachers. For example, our ministry has been able to pay for 12 teachers giving them $1,000 a month. As their school has changed in leadership and growing in a great way they have added a teacher and the teachers need more than a $5 day salary and our goal is to give them $2,000 a month. Sitting down and talking to them was an experience that I can't express through writing because one would have to be with them, hear their hearts, listen to their stories and hear what they do now.
We were at the school for 3 days and got to read books, play games and just hung out with them!:)
The first day we went and saw the new construction that they are building. They are building a new school building as there school building is extremely small and run down.
The story on the school building: in short God provided $70,000 through a donor who was burdened by God to give money for the school project unaware that it was happening but felt His heart.
Here is a crazy interesting update from my friend Ava Weeks, "Generally in Uganda, reading is only taught up to P2, then the children are just expected to know how to read and go on their own."
When Rachel Guy was in elementary school, she was fascinated by children in African countries; her heart was particularly drawn to children who had been orphaned. At the age of twelve, the country of Uganda became the focus of Rachel’s interest and concern when a close family friend, Nancy Wellham, invited her to join her on a mission’s trip there. It was on this trip that Rachel visited Gateway Nursery and Primary school and fell in love with the people there. Four years ago, Rachel was shocked when she was invited to start a ministry for the school. With humility and gratitude, she said, “Yes” to this unlikely adventure with God.