shared by Cindy May and Pastor Experito
Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
In late January, we emailed Experito to notify him that funds were available to build the teacher’s home that houses the teacher for the school in Kochgoma. The temporary structure that had been built previously was destroyed in a storm.
The community wanted to build a permanent structure for the teacher. We discussed the typical local home (mud hut), but those who are educated enough to teach would generally have a different expectation for housing. Therefore the one teacher who had been willing to teach in Kochgoma was living in Gulu and making a horrendously long and difficult daily commute into Kochgoma (think huge mud mogles for 60 to 90 minutes each way on a motorbike).
The Koch Goma community began by donating bricks (which they made) to build the new structure.
When we learned they were hand-carrying all the bricks from their community to the school site, we were able to send money in May of 2011 to assist with transportation.
Below is Experito’s always-spirited response to learning of the good news that the $11,000 necessary to build the school teacher’s home is now available…
Waaaaooohhhh……Waaaoooohhhh….Waaaooooohhhhhh! This is incredible! It is unimaginable! I am at loss for words. I believe in the kingdom of God there is enough for every need except greed.
I had not been on the internet to see your email, because we had traveled to Kitgum. It is a district north of Gulu, on the border of Sudan, and there had been an outbreak of NODDING DISEASE (a fatal, mentally and physically disabling disease that only affects young children typically between the ages of 5 and 15).
This disease caused people to abandon each other in order to avoid it. We risked our lives to take food to some of the suffering families. Many had gone days without food or medical help in near reach of them. But when we arrived they were filled with joy and we got to minister to them.
We also discovered kids who had passed well to go secondary school. Some of these kids hopes for further studies had been shattered because their relatives and parents were now helpless. We picked Daniel, one of the kids who had passed well, and the congregation bought him scholastic materials, as well as a mattress to go to boarding school. We have yet to raise tuition for him to cerebrate joy in his schooling.
Justine had gone to Kochgoma with Carissa to make arrangements for the start of the new term. The teacher of the school in Koch Goma had expressed pain in traveling daily long distances to the school. So he opted to halt the services. God has demonstrated a miracle. When all was immovable, God moved. We cannot say enough thank you for your concerted efforts to make Kochgoma a place of praise for God. Thanks to Drea, the director, for the new breath of energy which is bearing unexpected precious fruits. Our momentum has taken us to unimaginable levels.
Next week it will be work on the staff house. We salute Pastor Steve for his love for us and courageously became a voice for the voiceless.
Hugs and Love to all,
Postscript- On the morning of 2/6, Experito sent an email that said: We are sooooo happy that Daniel’s tuition has been worked on. He at least can be able to reach S.4 (High school grade 4 out of 6) with the contributions that have been pledged for him by the members of our church. He starts his schooling on 13th Feb.