Thursday, October 28, 2010
Chapter 10 Update #7
Chapter 10 Update #7
October 23, 2010
Thanks to everyone who have been praying for me as I have been adjusting back to life here stateside. It has been good to be home with friends and family.
My trip back home was good…but my luggage did not arrive with me at LAX! For some reason, the bags never got transferred to the plane in London. They all arrived in one piece on the same day, just next flight! Thank goodness that British Airways delivered the bags to my house! The bags showed up via messenger late Saturday night.
I have been in constant contact with Solomon since coming home. All is going well with the transition. Pastor Paul said that they are all doing fine at the house. He said on the first day they went back to school, he stood outside as one by one they filed out of the house! What an amazing picture of grace!
The new landlord came and met with Solomon last weekend. His name is Hudson. He took Solomon around the neighborhood to introduce people to our ministry! Hudson seems very satisfied with our group occupying his home.
Solomon has been working to get everything in order to register Raining Hope in the new district. He has to meet with quite a few individuals and officials. Continue to pray for him that it will be a smooth transition.
I have been working on getting the sponsorship files updated. We have 38 students that we are taking care of through Raining Hope. Some of the older students are currently in boarding school. The majority of these students will be housed in the new home. We also have 3 full time staff, Solomon as manager, Annette as the main houseparent and Loy as our cook. Two of our older students, Charles & Peter are becoming Solomon’s right hand men.
Through a generous donation made towards food, the children have been eating well. Solomon is doing a great job managing the food supply. He just wrote to tell me that food prices were rising, so he bought extra that should last them for a longer period. I am watching the finances being managed well as Solomon is a great steward of God’s resources.
Calendar of Upcoming Events:
I am leaving tonight for the Fresno area. Pray for me as I will be speaking tomorrow, October 24, 2010 at 11 am. I will be at Annadale Baptist Church, 1511 14th Street, Sanger, CA 93657. The pastor is Ernie Sanchez, Sylvia Hernandez’s uncle. I am looking forward to sharing with the congregation about what God is doing in Uganda. They have a heart for missions. Pray that God would be glorified. If you are in the area, you are welcomed to join us.
I will then stay in the Fresno area as our California Southern Baptist Convention is Tuesday, October 26-27 in Clovis. I then plan to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit my family for a couple of days.
I serve as a lead chaplain with the California Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team. There will be Disaster Relief Training - November 11-13, 2010 (Thursday-Saturday) Registration on November 11th is from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm. Session begins at 6:30 pm. Concludes on Saturday at 12 noon.
This is an introduction to Disaster Relief, DR Witnessing, Chaplaincy, Cleanup, Damage Assessment & Mass Feeding. If you would like serve on the Disaster Relief team, you must go through the CSBC Disaster Relief training.
Place: Ventura Baptist Church – 4515 Ralston Street, Ventura CA 93003
For more information you can contact me or contact Cathy Glover at 559-229-9533 ext. 255.
We are also excited that Kiana is involved in the production of “Oklahoma” through the Performing Theatre for Young Artists.
Dates of the performances are
Saturday, November 13th: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 14th : 4:00 pm Gala (specialty food & drink) & Reception / 5:00 pm showtime
Saturday, November 20th: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 21st : 4:00 pm
General Admission: $15 adults/ $12 Children or Seniors
Tickets bought before November 4th will receive $1 off per ticket.
Kiana is very excited and invites anyone to come & support her! You can email me back or contact me by cell phone to let me know if you would like to purchase tickets. The Raining Hope office is also in the same building, Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura 93003. We plan to host a reception in the Raining Hope office before each performance! Please RSVP to purchase tickets as soon as possible. The space is limited. Email email@example.com
Annual Tamale & Christmas Boutique – December
First Annual “Sit A Thon” – February
More information soon on these events. Get ready to order your tamales!
1) We praise our God for answered prayer. All is going well with the move to the new home. Solomon was able to get the outdoor structure taken down from the old house. He will be moving the wood to the new house this weekend. This is what we use as an outdoor dining area. Pray as he needs to get the structure set up at the new house.
a. All is working out well to finish the third term. Continue to pray for Pastor Paul & Margaret as they house our children so they can finish school.
b. We did pay the balance of school terms that we knew we owed. However, we were loaned that money at home so we could pay it off in one place back in the states rather than owe the multiple people here in Uganda . We still need assistance with these fees.
b. We discovered on the last day that we owe an additional amount of school fees that was unexpected. This is an additional amount of approximately $1,500.
3) WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP.
a. If you would like to help you can make a tax-deductible donation of any size to help us pay off the amount loaned to us to clear all debts.
b. Contact our treasurer for Raining Hope Inc., Carol John at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
c. You can also go to our website at www.raininghope.org You can make credit card donations at that site.
4) Continue to pray for the transition. They will not all be together at the new home until December and the end of the school term. Pray for Solomon and the staff as they prepare the house during this transition.
5) Pray as we shift the name from Living Hope Children’s Home to Raining Hope
Children’s Home! Solomon will be working on all the necessary paperwork and meetings. Solomon asks for prayer that every office he enters that he will find favor. Solomon is working on revising our constitution to reflect the new name.