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It is indeed a Happy New year!!!!
You cannot imagine how the year ended on our side. It all began in October on our way from Kochgoma. It was heavily raining and it made the roads so bad that travelling was near impossible. Our car reached a point where it slid off the road and was stuck so that it could neither move forward nor backward. We could not easily obtain help because there were no people around to push the car. Darkness fell and when help was not forthcoming, I left my wife in the car with Carissa, Melissa, and Vanessa and went into the village to get some help. It was mainly elderly ladies whom I met because all the young people had gone out for booze. It was late in the night when drunkards begun returning home. I asked them to help me push the car. It was a very desperate situation because the car had hit a big stone and the fuel tank was damaged and fuel was gushing out. The drunkards could not make any considerable success. To make matters worse the area had no signal strength for any mobile phone network. Upon seeing that no solution was reachable the drunkards decided to quit. At that time I noticed the fuel had emptied and the drunkards had left us in the deep jungle for the night. The girls were now hungry and there was no food anywhere to buy. I got emotional. I cried soooo loud, possible as loud as Joseph when he made himself known to his brethren. This crying miraculously touched the drunkards that they reconsidered not to abandon me until the car was pushed away. They finally succeeded. When I drove away I forgot my phone with the drunkards because I had given it to them to flash beneath the car to see where they had to clear. I packed the car and went back to look for them. Thankfully, they were still available. At that time my wife was crying and the kids as well. I came and drove. As I was driving I noticed a deep ditch full of water. While trying to cross it water swallowed the entire vehicle and even the engine went off! It was was a nasty experience. That dirty water made its way in the car and all of us got wet. This dirty water affected Mellissa and my daughter so much that she contracted a diseases which even medical doctors failed to cure. We had to resort to intense prayers. Praise be to God that she is recovering. This disease affected her face and the picture below is one of great improvement from the original onset of the disease. Three quarters of her face were breached and contorted!!! It was a nightmare!
Martina’s, the widow we built the house for, son has been hospitalized for over two months and hasn’t been able to be home. So even when the rain stopped we could not do work on her house since we couldn’t have workers on the premises when she was not available. Soon work will restart.
The work for the dorm was started and the foundation was raised. Thank you so much for helping us to start.
Rent for our house was paid up to February 2014. We are so much overwhelmed with gratitude for the money-gram.
Our car had serious mechanical damage owing it to the harsh terrain which it operates. Both the crankshaft and the camshaft broke and replacing them was not cheap. It has been in the garage for over a month. I have used this money-gram sent to get the car out. Now we have the car to use again!!! HALLELUYAH WE ARE SOO HAPPY. WE HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION. WE HAVE BEEN BORROWING HERE AND THERE. May God abundantly reward your kindness always and all ways.
There was a quarantine on animal movements from the place where we were going to purchase our animals for plowing. Once it is lifted we will buy them straight away.
We are excited about farming this year. There shall be increased acreage. Thank you for standing with us to produce food and feed and the starving and the vulnerable.
Inspite of the challenges we’ve experienced, we have managed to have a Christmas party for the least advantaged. The church also raised some bread to give to as we visited homes. Glory to God!
Thank you for being available for us.
Happy new Year. May every break up become a makeup in 2014.
Hugs and Love,
|Steve and Jenell|
|Zona and Ron Amstutz|
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. Galatians 2:10
Shared by Seggy
“Uncle Seggy, I am so delighted that God has heard my prayers and am at a loss of words,” said Sarah’s mother when I approached her to let her know that a family in Canada wanted to support her daughter in any way possible.
Fast backward, in October 2013 Tom McDougall traveled —for the first time—to Uganda on a baseball mission. He arrived as a stranger but within days we became good friends. We chatted in the car and as we drove around Uganda I shared with him information on the New Dawn Africa foundation and what we did there.
Then on Saturday morning he joined me and my wife (An) at the Foundation and he volunteered to pack the food packages and play with the kids. There was this outstanding little beautiful, charming girl who kept close to Tom and asked him a lot of questions. Later that evening Tom asked me about Sarah, though I didn’t know much about her family.
On his return back to the comforts of Canada, Tom still felt connected to Sarah and wanted to help out. Tom’s wife, Christy and kids, were excited and they fell in love with Sarah even though she lived thousands of miles away from them. They then asked me to find out more information about Sarah’s family and this is what I found out (which was very touching to me):
- Her Mother is called Stella and she has 3 boys ( 20yrs, 18yrs, 12 yrs ) and 2 girls ( 16yrs, 10yrs ).
- She is HIV positive and lost her husband to AIDS in 2006. Her husband’s family treated her badly after his death and chased her away together with the children. The family has not been supportive in any way.
- She has struggled a lot to have her children go to school and be fed.
-She works at a flower company which is located about 2kms from New Dawn.
- She earns $24 per month working all seven days from 7am to 7pm.
-She said that Sarah is very much discriminated by their neighbors because she has HIV/AIDS.
-She struggles to have time with her children yet at the same time she has to work.
-At the moment she has problems with her eyesight and she believes its due to the chemicals she uses to spray on the Rose Flowers at the company.
Fast forward, to right before Christmas.
The McDoughall family decided to give a treat to Sarah’s family. They provided them with new mattresses, blankets, clothes and 2 pairs of shoes for each family member. They also provided them with chicken, beef, and lots of food to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Happiness engulfed the family upon receiving these gifts, at a time they much needed them and less expected them.
In Ugandan culture Christmas is much celebrated and it’s a time when parents must buy new clothes for their kids and feed them well. Beef, Chicken, and soda are a big treat here. Many people only get to eat them on Christmas or at wedding parties. They praised God for such a blessing from afar.
Sarah is now assured of joining a better school this year and will enjoy life just like any other kid. We at New Dawn are moved and humbled by such acts of pure love; these are some of the things we are thankful for in 2013.
We don’t need lots of money to make smiles, we don’t need to know people before we help them, we don’t have to wait for Christmas to give a gift, all we need is to ACT in any way possible at any time and share the LOVE.