Holy Grounds

Dear Friends of Remember The Poor,

It has been far too long since you have heard from us, and we apologize for that. The co-founders and heartbeat of Remember The Poor, Frank and Cindy May, have been battling with Cindy’s health for the past several years. Unfortunately, none of us stepped up to fill in the gap and fill her shoes (IMPOSSIBLE), and communication has suffered.

One of our amazing ministry partners in Uganda is Experito Bulamu. Experito and his lovely wife Justine minister in Northern Uganda–both in Gulu and in Koch Goma…and they have a vision!

From RTP: Koch Goma is in the bush. Two hours from the small city of Gulu, it is remote, without access to roads, clean water/running water, internet or electricity.

More than clean water, better food or decent homes, Koch Goma adults together cited their number one desire to be a school for their children. More than 2000 children have no school to attend. We plan to build a school from Kindergarten to High School, complete with clean water wells, boarding facilities for teachers and students, food-grown for students, construction vehicles, and construction of roads and other infrastructure. Estimated Cost is $1.6Million.  

From Experito: We have seen an opportunity to realize this dream with least effort. We would love to grow 50 acres of coffee on our land, whose total acreage is 100 acres. The cost of raising one acres of coffee is $1,000. If we are to raise 50 acres, we need only $50,000.

The return on investment is amazing. From one acre we can obtain $6,000 which can give us $300,000 from our 50 acres– per year. If we start this now, our dream can nearly be realized in only 8 years!!!!!! 

Many Blessings,

Justine and Experito

We do earnestly and heartily support Experito’s vision! We are undertaking the “Holy Grounds” project to see the Koch Goma school become a reality!

I want you to know that, other than bank fees, 100% of your donation goes directly to our ministry partners. All of us at Remember The Poor are volunteers.

Andrea Thiele
U.S. Director
R e m e m b e r  The  P o o r
PO Box 6002
Glendale, AZ 85312

Galatians 2:10 “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.”

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New Dawn Africa Easter

The New Dawn Foundation hosted an Easter Party for their kids on Saturday.  All the kids were treated to a buffet lunch and a Passion for Christ Movie.  Each child was able to take home one kilogram (2.2 pounds) bags of beans, rice, maize flour, millet flour, sugar and a load of bread.  What a blessing to each of them!!

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So many kids waiting patiently.

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Enjoying Easter Dinner with Friends

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Easter treats waiting for the kids.

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African Bush Christmas

Experito hosted a Christmas party in Rwot Obilo Village in northern Uganda for the local children.  Some of these children lost parents in the 2000 Ebola outbreak.

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Experito serving food to the kids.

 

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Kids enjoying their meal.

“We were able to serve  them rice and meat as well as cutting a cake.  We were humbled when we took balloons to these kids and majority of them it was their first time to  hold a balloon leave alone owning it.  We played games with them and gave them chance to paint.  It was a moment of joy fulfilled in the earth to whom the Lord is pleased.
Wishing you a Happy New year 2016
Experito”
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Happy Birthday Jesus!!

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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!

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.

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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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Identity of and Vision for the Kings and Queens

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11-13

       Shared by Cindy May

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The Vision

Simply put, our vision is to see each child in Koch Goma receive the good news of the gospel and grow up into maturity in Christ.

We want them to understand their identity–as sons and daughters of the King, with access to all of the resources in His Kingdom.

We want them to understand their mission and purpose–to take the good news of the gospel to the ends of the earth.

We want to educate them so that they are able to fulfill their mission well!

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Our world has 7000+ unreached people groups*

Every people group in the world is represented by a red, yellow or green dot on the Google map above.  Notice the 10/40 Window** and the concentration of red dots.

Visit JoshuaProject.net to explore more.

Niger, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia are all practically neighbors of Uganda, a country whose population is more than 99% evangelized.  In these 6 neighboring countries alone, in 267 people groups, live 61,513,000 unreached people–61,513,000 people who have never heard the name “Jesus”.

The Project’s Vision?  For the children trained up in Koch Goma to take the gospel to those who have never heard the Majestic name of Jesus.

The primary and secondary schools will also serve as missionary training schools.  Among other things, we plan to engage and teach Worldwide Perspectives/ Pathways in the Koch Goma schools.

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**The 10/40 Window is the rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia approximately between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The 10/40 Window is often called “The Resistant Belt” and includes the majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists.

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Kings & Queens Project

For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”  Matthew 17:20

            Shared by Cindy May

In Koch Goma, an estimated 2000 children are currently unschooled–because there are no primary or secondary schools available.

Although the 12 disciples were unschooled men, they did have the privilege of spending 3 years with Jesus, the best teacher to have ever walked this earth!

The Kings & Queens project?  Build school facilities for primary and secondary students on the same land as the pre-school.  While RTP funded the building of the pre-school, the operations of the school have been self-sustaining.

The cost is an estimated $2 million.  Don’t let your eyes bug out.  This is pocket change in God’s kingdom.  And it is an estimate of only $1000 in infrastructure per student.

How many students would you….and your family…and your friends…and all your facebook friends like to sponsor?  (It’s a one-time sponsorship of $1000 per child, and you are welcome to send it all at once or send monthly donations).

Pray about it for now.  We’ll explain how you can be a part of this project in the next couple of emails/posts.

Miracle Kids Junior Academy & Miracle Academy (Primary and Secondary)

Located in Koch Goma (NWOYA DISTRICT), one hour drive west of Gulu town

Estimates in US DOLLARS

1. ELECTRICITY SUPPLY…………………………………………. 250,000

2. PIPED WATER………………………………………………………   50,000

3. SWIMMING POOL, GAMES &SPORTS GROUNDS….. 150,000

4. STAFF HOUSES ……… …………………………………………..  350,000

5. LIBRARIES & LABORATORIES ……………………………… 200,000

6. CLASSROOMS & FURNITURE ………………………………. 500,000

7. DORMITORIES & BEDS…………………………………………. 250,000

8. DINING HALL, KITCHEN & FOOD STORE……………… 100,000

9. SCHOOL MEDICAL CLINIC…………………………………….. 50,000

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