April 2012 (We are in the middle of updating the blog & the website. These are past emails that had not been posted to the blog.)
Happy Easter to all! Thank you for your prayers and support for our children. Last month I had an opportunity to speak at a Women’s Symposium for the Lions District 4-C4. It was held at Oracle in Redwood City. My subject was bridges in communication as I have served as the sign language interpreter for Lions Clubs International. This summer will be my 25th year of service! I also shared about our work in Uganda with the children of Raining Hope! Another highlight was hearing the keynote speaker of the event, Dr. Oz!
I will be speaking at First Baptist Church in Carpenteria on April 29th at the Mission’s Emphasis Sunday. I will also speak at a Women’s Tea in Oxnard in May before leaving for Uganda. We are currently working on updating our website with a new look! Joanna Waterfall has come up with some great new ideas! We will have it up and running soon!
Most immediate need is for the rent - The rent on our building in Uganda is currently $400 a month. We are in need of paying for the months of April, May & June. Please pray as the landlord is requiring the 3 months of rent immediately.
Pray for our regular everyday needs - Our children are all in school. We were able to pay all of the necessary fees. We are now short on food supplies as well as utilities bills.
Pray for my ISP team - We are in the home stretch of training! Hard to believe that we only have 4 more training sessions! My team has currently raised 74% of their funds! The dates of our trip are May 23-June 13. Please continue to be in prayer for us during this time of preparation. Unfortunately I had one team member that had to drop out due to not meeting the first financial deadline. Currently we have 11 on our team. We had a successful fundraiser on April 6th in Riverside at Chick-Fil-A! The restaurant donated 25% towards our team during a 3 hour period for those that specifically came in to support us.
Pray as we will begin to proceed with using the land immediately to begin growing crops. First steps will be to look at the land and determine what structures we will build. As we determine how best to use the land, we can begin now planting crops to use for our food supply. We can also become more self sustainable by selling the food to locally raise money.
We are in need of immediate funds as my manager just wrote and said we are running out of food.
If you would like to make a donation:
1) Website: www.raininghope.org. You can make a donation online using a major credit card. All donations are tax-deductible.
2) Mail a check to: Raining Hope Inc. 3451 Foothill Road #206, Ventura, CA 93003 Or send it to my address at 8823 Denver Street, Ventura, CA 93004. All checks should be made out to Raining Hope Inc.
3) If you have questions you can contact me at 805-340-7612 or contact our treasurer, Carol John at 805-377-7387. Most of all, I appreciate your continued prayers.