Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Van Delivery!!! w/ Pictures!

The van was delivered!!!! Praise the Lord!

Thank you each and everyone for making this possible! May the Lord Bless you all!!!

Thank you for blessing each orphan and child!

Now the downside to the van. The van did not come with seats, the seats had to be made, (this is standard here in Uganda, as all vehicles are shipped from Japan without seats). They insisted on adding the front guard and back guard inside the van. This all cost 3,000,000UGX (1200 US)

We still owe car dealership 5,000,000 UGX (2000 US) payable on January 1st. We do not have this money please pray for us.We also found out that the van needs a private license, 300,000UGX All together we were 3,500 short in paying off the can completely. We are asking you again to consider donating any amount of money no amount is too small to help.

Praising the Lord today for Blessings that overflow!!!

We are so humbled and amazed at what we see the Lord doing each and every day here!

Shamin, even though she has been so thoroughly abused and neglected, is one of the most loving children I have ever met. She tries to comfort the babies when they cry and her face is lighting up so much when she smiles! I thought it would be a very long time before she would show these signs but she is adjusting better than anyone has hoped for! Pray for wisdom for us, we have a disabled clinic in Jinja that has said they would take her. But we are falling in love with her, and with the disabled clinic somewhat near, we are wondering if she should stay with us. We do not know if this is our hearts talking or wisdom, our goal is to get the children the best care possible, so please, pray we use wisdom and not our hearts in this decision!

By the way, we would love the Body of Christ's input as well, in any of our decisions, this is God's ministry, not just one persons, we do what we do for His Glory.

Blessings to all

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Health Inspection Report and Probation Report

We have good news!!! We passed our health inspection! The inspector asked that we get head coverings and aprons for the cook, send her for a full medical and buy 2 fire extinguishers. We are so excited!

Grace also met with the probation officer yesterday asking for a referrel for the Minister of Gender. She has agreed to write the report. Praise the Lord!!!

Please pray that the letters come to us in a timely manner. If the Minister of Gender comes on time we only have a week and a half to receive those letters.

We are also taking donations for the fire extinguishers. My husband will be leaving last week of February for the states to go back to work to help support HCU. Please pray for funds til he is able to leave.

We have our very first volunteer coming Friday during the night!!! Pray for safe travels for him.

I have 2 other pieces of very very good news, BUT I will post one each day instead of giving it all to you at once, :)) God is so good!

Blessings to all!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Health Inspection

Grace and I were very busy once again today, we finished some paperwork, and then we went to the district offices to ask for the referrel letter from the Probation Officer. She was not in today, so we asked where the Health offices is, and we went there! The nice people at the Health Dept let us pick our day to be inspected and were very very nice.

Monday next week is our Health Inspection, please pray! We have one week to finish everything!!!

We will try probation officer again Wednesday as my husband has a check up tomorrow and Grace and I have to go to immigration once again.

Blessings to All

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Update on License

Oh the Lord's blessings are so incredibly amazing! I am completely totally in love with the life the Lord has given to our family! The rewards and even the hard trials are so very worth being in total surrender to Him.

This week was so full, my husband fell ill and we spent 3 days in Kampala doing tests to find the problem. My personal conclusion (he is feeling better) is that the enemy is doing his best to slow us down and stop us from working.


We had an appointment with the Minister of Gender on Friday at Noon. Now I know this next sentence is going to amaze so many people. (Saying this with big smile and sarcastically) They are reviewing and changing the process to become an Orphanage. There were 2 very nice and helpful gentlemen in that office. They were saying that now the process is going to become 'backwards' from the way it is now because of so many orphanages that are being run illegally. We have less than 3 weeks to finish renovating and getting the health departments referral, the probation's officers referral and the town council referral. They will be here in 3 weeks time wanting all those things plus an Ugandan board in place! OH MY! What work we have to do in that amount of time is staggering!
We have to have all paperwork to run HCU in place so that they may review our processes, we have to finish the outdoor kitchen, (that has not been completed because of funds) we have to get all 3 referral letters. Of course each referral letter will have a fee involved. 

I beg each and every one of you to please take a few minutes and pray for HCU and this whole process. This license is a crutial part of this ministry. Please also pray for more individuals to step forth and volunteer their time with us, as the extra hands would be beneficial.

Praise report! My work permit was finally approved!!!! PTL, but on a side note, they have yet again lost Randys file.
Praise Report! While at the meeting Friday we were informed that we needed a full time worker with one of these certain degrees in community service, aka social work etc. I was in a slight panic as the ones I have interviewed have been wanting far too much money for what we can afford. We had taken Grace (the woman that schools my children with us) and as I looked at her with tears in my eyes and said Oh My what are we going to do, she got a very big smile and says, dont worry I HAVE!!!! I said truly? You have the proper degree and she said Yes, mom, I have, we will be fine! PTL!!!!!!!!!!! We will have to give her a slight raise and change her job, but PTL!

Now needed:
I now need someone to school my children!!!!!!! Please, Please, Please, someone please come and school my children for me! LOL
Funds are needed for finishing the kitchen, and we still owe on the van since we were not able to get the tax exempt status. We are also in need of consistant monthly donors. Please be in prayer for these things for us.

I was asking my husband yesterday, our lives are so incredibly blessed, I feel Gods hand on this ministry, could it be the enemy is attacking us through finances? Please pray for the ministry

Shamin (I spelled her name wrong the first time) and Faith are doing beautifully. We will take Shamin up to the disabled clinic hopefully this week.

Trusting in God's promises this Sunday

Friday, November 11, 2011

Beautiful New Arrivals!!!

This is Charmane!

When we found her.

The middle picture is once we got her home, she is already showing signs of happiness!!

We are asking for sponsors to help us with her medical bills and therapy that she is going to need. Please consider making a monthly donation towards this incredible need.

Here is our next new addition, we named her Faith. She was abandoned at the government hospital.

We would welcome sponsors for her as well!

Please pray for God's protection for these children!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Promised Pictures

Here are the pictures I promised, oh the beds are wonderful!

Are they not just perfect? Honestly though they are slightly large so the next 2 that arrive will be modified and slightly smaller.

The locking medicine chest is also here!

Now for some pictures of our beauties!!!

Now i may be biased but I think they are all gorgeous!!!
Please pray we are found favor when the time comes and are granted our license because having only 5 children right now we are falling in love with all 5!!!!! LOL Randy and I would then be proud parents of 12 children...OH MY!

Blessings to all!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Frustrations and Disappointment

Last week was so very busy! We went to Kampala 3 times in 3 days. I will try to lay our week out day by day for you all so you can get an idea of how frustrated we have become.

Wednesday we went to Kampala and went looking at vans for HCU, after hours and hours of looking we finally found one that was very very nice. It is a 1998, 14 passenger, the big engine, only 130,000 Miles, diesel, and did not have rust. All vehicles come from Japan and can have rust. We could not afford this van til they said since we were an NGO that they would be able to tax exempt it. We negotiated a price and put a deposit, then they informed us that we needed to get the tax exempt ourselves and it 'just takes going to the minister of finance and asking'. We were very re leaved that we were FINALLY chosen a van that we felt would be the most effective use of money.

Thursday we returned to Kampala and went straight to the Minister of Finance, there we met a very nice man who informed us that we needed to go see the Minister of Gender, He says if they refuse, get their refusal in writing and we will then consider you) (here starts the Kampala roundabout, around and around and noone helps or takes responsibility) At the Minister of Gender, the secretary there states, "you will not be approved because you have not been in operation 3 years" I ask, please put that on a piece of paper for me. She states, I do not have that authority! She also states Minister of Gender will be back the next day. I then asked her why would you say no if you cannot write it down, she then states, now that I have thought about it please go upstairs and see this woman, I think she is now handling everything. We go up the stairs and stand outside her door thinking she had someone in her office, someone finally walked by and stated she was not in because she was at a workshop. I go back to the Minister of Gender, she says Do you not have an African to chase this for you? At this point I knew it was going to be bad! We called one of our Ugandan friends in Kampala and asked if they would meet us for lunch, and asked him to start chasing this exemption for us. He says yes. We return home for the day finally.

Friday, Oh were we excited we were going to get to stay home for the whole day, just leaving to pick up items for the babies. My phone rings at 12:45 pm, it is immigration, they say your work permit application was deferred, ohh the emotions that ran through my head, I started crying, and I HATE to cry, and he says please Madam dont cry just come we fix. So we leave for Kampala by 1pm, get to Kampala and enter immigration, go to public relations, noone there knows it was deferred nor why, I go to 3 different rooms, and finally, after 4 rooms, we find mine, all they want is the NGO certificate, oh my goodness, he then informs me that next month when my special pass runs out to please return so he can extend it, WHAT? seriously? My application has now just got put back in the pool of those to be processed. We also ask, where is Randys, now this is going to shock you all, we cannot find Randys work permit, arent you all just shocked and amazed? So frustrating, every special pass is $150 plus each and every child as well. Craziness!!! We are running out of money just dealing with immigration. Please please pray that they process quickly!

Now back to the van, the man I have chasing the exemption has called said he doesnt think its possible to even be granted one, he went back to the Minister of Finance and there they flatly said no more exemptions, oh my, now we are short on funds, I ask Ernest if we can please just buy his now, and he says after van shopping with us, he wants to keep his! Please pray for a resolution to this incredibly frustrating mess.

Wednesday of this week we went back to Kampala to take our car to the mechanic and finalize what we could with the van.

Bad News....we could not get the tax exempt for the van, government says there is an indefinite hold on them. Now we are 2800 short.

Good News....Mechanic fixed car so nicely it drives like a whole different car!!!! Praise God!!!

Good News...Cribs were finished and locking medicine cabinets were finished. Pictures to come tomorrow!

Now need mosquito screens on all windows and the outdoor kitchen worked on. We need a refrigerator and paint for the kitchen.

Grace and I are working on all kinds of administrative and boring paperwork!!!! I would much rather be dealing with people than sitting doing the paperwork.

Pray that we find favor in obtaining our license to be an orphanage. We are slowly but surely making progress. Pray for our work permits as well as they are still not processed.

Blessings to all!

Will try to post pics tomorrow, out power has not been the best this week I had 3 drafts just trying to get one post out. But I will do my best!!!!