When I arrived at the house on Monday, I turned my camera over to our camera man, Frank! He took over the interviews I wanted to have of the children saying thank you to sponsors. Godfrey wanted me to spend the afternoon walking though the house. We knew when we bought the house that there would be needed repairs. Godfrey did an excellent job in preparing a report for me so I would know exactly what would be needed. He had estimates drawn up from various builders and contractors so I could make specific plans for raising the funds. He made my job easy!
through both houses and I video taped as I went along. The men who
were working on the pit latrine were also in the middle of pouring
concrete and laying down the foundation. We were able to buy supplies
to at least get the process started before too much rain hit the area.
was question as to whether we would need a new roof on the house.
While I was there, Godfrey showed me the area inside the house that is
leaking. It is also near some wiring so this will be one of our first
priorities after the house is paid off.
second priority which is just as important is building a perimeter wall
around the compound. The local council is asking us to do this as soon
as possible. For those who have been to Uganda, you know that many
homes are surrounded by perimeter walls to deter possible theft. This
is a security issue that is for the safety of our kids and for the
property inside the house. One side of our property is fully open to
people who walk by on a daily basis. One side has a wall that is part
of the neighbor’s property. Another side has a chain link fence that
while separates us from that neighbor, doesn’t give any privacy. The
fourth side is partially walled off by a natural wall of plants &
bushes. This is the side that the children make the “imaginary gate!”
Godfrey has plans for us to have a wall around the whole property with a
security gate. Godfrey told me today in an email that when they are
all at church, strangers are hanging around our compound. The local
council has asked that we speed up the process with building the
perimeter wall. Cost for the perimeter wall is going to be close to
$2,300 which includes labor.
house is actually in very good shape compared to other houses that we
have lived in. In Update #4, I talked some about the first impressions
of the house. This day I went around with pen and paper and took notes
about specifics. Godfrey is thinking ahead, knowing that we can’t make
all the renovations all at once. I asked him what it would take if we
could make all of the improvements on the house to fulfill all our
dreams. As we walked around, I started adding things up in my head. I
thought it was getting close to $25,000. But when we sat down, Godfrey
opened up his notebook with all of the estimates he had already worked
on for me. Turns out...all of the renovations would be closer to
We also have
made a decision according to my conversations with Godfrey and with my
team back here at home. Godfrey has negotiated with workers to hirer
them at a fare but discounted rate for construction. We have decided
that we would prefer to give the jobs to the Ugandans that Godfrey knows
rather than bring teams from America to help with the construction. We
actually don’t save that much money by bringing volunteers to help with
the work. The actual labor that is represented in the $15,000 is a
very small amount. If it costs each person from America at least $2,500
to come work, that money could be used to help pay for the materials.
We also want to give the work to the local Ugandans who need the work to
help feed their families. Godfrey was thrilled when he heard my
approach to this decision. The people here are in such need of work
that we believe the Lord desires for us to move in this direction.
have had so many over the past few years who have waited for us to
having a building team trip. We are so thankful for each one of you who
desired to help. The way that you can be more effective is by helping
us raise the money to get this work done in a timely manner. It is
becoming apparent that we need to accomplish some of these tasks sooner
than we thought. So please keep us in prayer as we desire to make the
home that the Lord has given us into the excellent place of ministry
that will bring glory to Him!
keep us in prayer as we are trusting in Him to provide. These figures
are using the current exchange rate of 2950. In all the years that I
have been in Uganda, the exchange rate has never been this high. It is
allowing us to get more for the dollar right now. This is a huge
blessing from the Lord! We want to continue to do as much as we can now
while the exchange rate is so high.
To pay off the house in full by June 6, 2015 - $12,950
Roof for the main house - $4,270
Perimeter wall - $2,340
Main gate - New $1,220
Boy’s Quarters - $1,470
(This is to finish the half of the house that is incomplete)
Electrical needs - $962
Plumbing - $2,742
Labor - plumbing $548
reason we have a typhoid problem is also due to the rusted pipes that
run through the house. They would like to eventually replace the pipes
with PVC pipes to help cut down this problem. The new drinking water
cooler is immediate help. But the pipes need to be replaced for bathing
Septic Tank - $678
Total - $14,232
will be other costs such as paint, glass, tiles and other miscellaneous
expenses. But this is the best estimate we currently have to do all of
the renovations that would get the house in the best shape possible.
had the children enter into a 3 day time of fasting and prayer as they
dedicated the home to the Lord. I received this word from Godfrey
today about their time of prayer and fasting:
we were having times of prayers and fasting, God was calling Raining
Hope to greater ministries. From the testimonies of the children,
they felt closer to God than ever before through His provision and
answering prayer for the new house and meeting most of our needs through
you. God needed our hearts in all he is doing that we may know him as
God who helps us. Others were delivered from their past unforgiveness of
those who hurt them. They said they have learned to humble themselves
and watch God work. We mostly read through Isaiah 36 and 37. We formed
prayer groups and Bible study groups to help in the process of
We are so
thankful for the water cooler, it will indeed help to provide safe and
clean water to the children, and they feel important to have such
vessels in the house. We have been having a challenge with how to keep
the water since our water passes through old pipes which are dirty. The
water cooler will help us to reduce typhoid and other water borne
With what is
happening at Raining Hope at this point is a clear picture of what God
is doing through you. Most of the children used to go to their relative
during holidays but this time most of them are around because they feel a
sense of belonging and more safe at Raining Hope than ever before.
This is the meaning of it all. This is how much God is using you and
this was my prayer all far back while still in Wanyange that God may use
you for his purpose.” Your son, Godfrey
is attributed to all of you who have continued to stand by Raining Hope
these eight years. It is because of all of you that dreams are coming
true for these children. The fact that many of them stayed back at the
house during the holiday break is a huge testimony as to their sense of
feeling safe and belonging to a family. This is the first time that
this has happened.
be in prayer with us for God to provide all that we need to pay off the
house and to start on the renovations. The perimeter wall and the roof
are the first priorities.
Also a question recently came up about giving on our website or the YouCare site.
you make a credit card donation on YouCare we are charged just under 3%
as a processing fee. If you make a credit card donation on the Raining
Hope website we are charged just under 2% as a non-profit
organization. If you send a check, 100% of the funds go to Raining
If you have any financial questions, please direct them to Carol John our treasurer, 805-377-7387.
I have more to share about the last evening at the home. I will send that in the next update!
all of the mother’s who read my updates...HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! May God
bless you with the love from our Father ... and the love from your own
children! Our Raining Hope children all love you for the way that you
love and care for them!
Happy Mother’s Day!
mama eydie kisayke!