Grand Opening! Valentine Medical Clinic

shared by Cindy May

Thank You! The dream of Valentine Medical Clinic is becoming a reality. (It is named, by the way, after Frank’s mom, who went to be with the Lord 10 years ago.)

All that is left to do is to hold the grand opening, and Francis and team are ready to do just that. The build-out is complete, interviews are being held, signs are in place and they are looking really quite nice.

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I feel like I should say the stockings are hung by the fireplace with care. But no, that’s not the right line…

Next is the grand opening, which is more than what one might think. As Francis told me, everyone who comes to the grand opening will not be “feeling fine”. So 10 nurses will be on hand that day to treat the sick for free. Free food will be served, which will attract many hungry people, since Uganda seems to always have those in abundance.  Francis and I have agreed to pray in advance that God will feed the 5000 with the loaves and fish that we have, and that we will have food leftover. Afterall, we serve a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

I look forward to reporting on that.

Not only will the nurses treat the sick, but Francis will be individually meeting with all the sick, laying hands on them and praying for them.  He will be a busy young man, but God has gifted him, and given him exceptional insight, and exceptional enthusiasm for evangelism.

I can’t wait to see what God does with this clinic.

Will you please support Francis by liking his Facebook page? It would mean the world to him!

If you’d like to see where we are with financial gifts, you can click on the green donate button below. We’ve added a progress meter, which will update with each gift given. We so appreciate your support of Francis and his dream of a medical clinic, which will support not just him, but many others. May Jesus alone be praised.

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p.s. If anyone has an ipad they’d like to donate to Francis, please let me know. There is a team traveling in April. If you’re out of state, we can arrange for shipping to us.

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Good News! Grand Opening!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A doctor. A pilot. A gospel preacher. These are the answers we commonly heard in Uganda.

Few get to fulfill their dreams, because education is still for the privileged. Yet despite that, a young man who didn’t grow up in a privileged home, who grew up without parents or a family who loved him, is beginning to fulfill his dream and God’s destiny for his life.

At 23, Francis is opening his own medical clinic. How does a young man who was once an orphan boy do that? God.

Francis looks forward not only to treating patient’s bodies, but also their souls. Employing a model known as Community Health Evangelism (CHE), Francis and his staff will be visiting the surrounding community, laying hands on the sick and praying for their recovery, and offering free health training classes at the clinic. In all of this his first priority is to lead people straight to the Christ who saved him, to the Father of the Fatherless who defended him.

In order for Francis to open the doors to his clinic, he is required by the Ministry of Health to hire two additional assistants. To prove he is a legitimate employer, he needs to have 2 to 3 months salary for these employees in an escrow account. At $175 a month, it’s not an amount that is out-of-reach in our western culture. To see his remaining needs and/or donate to them, click on the green “Donate Now” button below.

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Don’t forget to….Smile!

Shared by Drea Thiele and Cindy May

Don’t forget to….Smile!

Our first check from Smile.Amazon.com was $5.21.

Right, we won’t spend it all in one place. But, as my former boss used to say, “It beats a sharp stick in the eye.” Certainly does.

If you haven’t signed up yet, will you do so now? It’s SO easy!

When you sign up to support Remember the Poor at smile.amazon.com, 1/2% of whatever you spend on amazon will be donated to RTP.  And it takes less than 2 minutes to sign up.

1. Go to smile.amazon.com

2. Pick your own charitable organization> Remember the Poor (bottom right of page). Your original account information–username, password, and order history all remain intact.

We’d love it if you’d share this on facebook, twitter, etc. The more the merrier.

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Partyin’ in Gulu, Uganda

Shared by Pastor Experito

Pastor Experito’s church is in Gulu, and each week he and Justine also minister in Koch  Goma, one hour north of Gulu

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It gives us profound joy and overwhelming gratitude to God for the way God has kept you through this Christmas season. In Gulu we as well are overwhelmingly grateful for the way God is peacefully making us to celebrate in a way it used not to be because of war and  consequently food un-availability. At least we have what we can put at table these days.

When I was a kid growing  up in the rural setting,  I thought Christmas meant the season where cobwebs were to be removed from dirty houses and bushes cleared of compounds which were overgrown. Its activities which attracted my attention hinged around that. Then came indulging in unusual eating and drinking.

As of now, my understanding of Christmas is of a much different meaning. I feel very grateful to God that my life means  something to this community where love had vanished through the windows of violence. God has restored peace, and we now are busy touching lives with Christ. Kids who grew up in the bush could not easily define Christmas. We have to make kids  love one another through the influence and impact of Christmas. We were happy, Justine and I, to celebrate Christmas with 150 kids in the church compound sharing what God had placed into our hands. This was rice, beans cabbages, meat and juice.

We brought some gospel artists and entertainers as we also cut a cake. The kids played games and enjoyed everything in the atmosphere of love. We were able to raise the funds  to put up this Christmas party for kids by asking members of the church who could sacrifice Christmas day and fast in order to feed the vulnerable. Our food which we were supposed to be eating on Mondays when we fast for Drea’s  baby situation was also added. The party was phenomenal.

Great Blessings,
Hugs and Love.
Justine and Experito

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Justine with kiddos

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Cutting the celebrated cake

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Experito

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Christmas is Joy.

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TIA (This is Africa)

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 

Shared by Experito via Cindy May

TIA. This is Africa.  But it doesn’t have to be.

In a recent email, Experito shared 2 situations they encountered due to lack of decent transportation.  One of them could truly have been life-threatening.  As we prepare to build the school in Koch Goma, we will be looking at purchasing heavy-duty transportation, and also at improvements to some of the roadways (laying gravel for instance).  Experito’s personal vehicle is currently down-for-the-count, as well as Cyrus’s in Kisii.  Those are the first two items we plan to purchase.  Cindy

This rainy season has caused not simple challenges to our movements that, apart from my car getting stuck on the way for several days, it has been breaking down and causing inevitable costs to repair. There was a day the oil pump failed to work which affected the camshaft and the crankshaft. After repairing them it broke down again, such that we could only be towed.

It was night and I was rushing sick kids from the school to the hospital in Gulu.  We got a vehicle to tow us which also got stuck due to mud.  We remained in the place for two days with the sick kids, to arrive the following day at 2.00.a.m.

Recently, when Andrew and the team from Australia visited us, they had a bit of the rough nature of the seasonal roads. They even abandoned the car and they jumped on motor bikes, locally known as bodabodas.  A journey which would have taken 1 hour, took more than 10 hours!!!!

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10Note from Cindy:  Make sure you notice just how many people are on that motorcycle!  

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Thank You!

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40

Shared by Cindy May

Thank you for your support of these Kings and Queens!   We are happy to report the following!

Francis’ medical clinic:  Funded.

Beds and bedding for Kissi orphanage:  Funded.

Ruth’s tuition: Funded

p.s. Don’t forget to sign up for Smile.Amazon.com.  We’ll give you an update when we get our first deposit from them.

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FundEasy

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

Shared by Cindy May

I love this tool that will help us love the children of Koch Goma well!  It’s simple and effective, and makes tracking progress a snap.

Let’s say you’ve set a goal of giving $10,000 to help build the schools in Koch Goma. $10,000 would sponsor the complete schooling infrastructure for 10 children.  (Remember, this is a one-time sponsorship.)  Whatever your giving goal is, you may donate all the money yourself–monthly or one-time– or you may choose to involve your family, friends and co-workers.

It may take a month or a year to bring in the funds.  That’s up to you and God.  Once the goal is met, you’re done!  Or you can choose to sponsor more students.  Again, that’s up to you and God!

Go here to see my page and here to set up your own page with your giving goal. (Click on the “Participate” button.)

FundEasy allows for simple automated updates on your Facebook and Twitter pages.  Any one of your friends can join hands with you, and help you reach your goal.

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We’ve chosen a project end-date of  December of 2015, and are prayerfully trusting the Lord to provide all the funding by then.

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