Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Front Lines Update

This report is from IVO missionaries, Shawn and Sarah Ferrell.  
Shawn & Sarah are responsible for Front Line Feeding programs at two of our partner orphanages.   They also work with a third partner, API, in the street feeding program.  
Shawn and Sarah purchased a truck to make it easier 
to deliver food to various needy orphanages. 
They recently reported the truck broke down needing major repairs,  so if you'd like to help get the truck back up and running and delivering,  simply mark your donation truck repairs.  
Any amounts over and above the repair costs will be used on other projects!   
Report from the field:  

Building a school.

Raising up a child for Christ in a community of Muslims
IVO has built the latest and newest addition to this elementary school. 

This village is full of Muslim households and we are reaching them for Christ through there kids. Many of these kids never had hope of going to school but now there is a place where they can come, learn, grow, be safe and hear about the love of Jesus Christ. 

The newest addition will house the new 4th grade class. 

Seeing all of these kids in their uniforms with smiling faces says it all!

A bag of Posho.
What is that?
Good question, it is what Ugandans call food. It is corn ground up into a powder, then cooked in boiling water to make it eatable. If we ate this 5-7 days a week we would not be excited to see a truck with 50klg bags of this show up at our house. But these kids most defiantly are. They also get beans with each meal. If the money is there then vegetables are added to the beans. Not much for variety but it is healthy and they are getting food. If these orphans where on the streets it would not be so. We are very thankful that these kids are taken care of.

To date this year --- over 7000 meals!  Thank you to all who give!  The need continues so please continue to give and we are finding more opportunities to feed the children.  As always we promise to steward your gifts wisely!! 

Remember to help us get Shawn and Sarah's truck back on the road! 

May the Lord bless you!  We are delighted to serve alongside you all! Dwight & Linny

Monday, March 25, 2013

It's Been Way Too Long

WOW, it's been way to long since we wrote!   I cannot believe two months have passed since last  writing  while leaving Uganda.  But there it is in black and white on the calendar.  Two months?  Really?  Where has the time gone??

To begin with, upon arriving home we had to send out year end donation receipts to our generous donors.   We had contracted with a company to help us, "Donor Snap", but they took much longer than we anticipated and it still required a lot of our time. 

Next, was the new concept that I had to be ready for the CPA and the tax man on two levels.  The first of course is our personal return.  That was pretty simple given our past year's income.  What I did not count on was the time consuming posting of each donation and other items over the last year for IVO.  It is now complete & finished and we are on our way.

Please do not think for a moment that the ministry has slowed or stopped in the past two months.  To the contrary!  It is increasing at an ever expanding rate.  We have three team members on the ground in Uganda; Shawn & Sarah Ferrell and Emma Saunders, who are accomplishing many things for the orphans. 

Shawn and Sarah have been busy working with our feeding programs - keeping the children with food supplies and also developing strategies for the future.      (I will share on one of these stories in the next few days.)

Emma, is in charge of the medical, "Ruby's Friends" for IVO.  We now have completed three operations for children with great needs and will fill you in with more details in the next few days.    She is also busy establishing the vision the Lord has called her to.

So there is a quick update with stories to follow in the weeks ahead. 

To our generous donors we again thank you!   Your gifts make everything we are doing possible!

May God Bless You,  Dwight