Saturday, July 1, 2017

B u k a s a B o u n d !

In just over 24 hours we depart for Uganda! As our Bukasa Team enjoyed a meal together last night, we welcomed our 9th member, Danielle Maillard, who has participated in each team meeting, since March from northern CA, via Face Time, Skype, and audio recordings. We finally got to meet face-to-face! 

After dinner we prayed over each member, practiced songs to present to host families in the village, and discussed last minute logistics. It's hard to believe that after 6 months of planning we will soon be on our way! 

Before leaving we wanted to express our love and appreciation to you- all of our supporters. Thank you for your continued encouragement, your financial support, for sponsoring many of the students, and for your faithful prayers.

We will have limited internet access to our communication and updates will only be occasional throughout our two weeks. We look forward to sharing our adventures with you when we return.

Blessings,
Bob


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Garage Sale Results

Thank you all for your donated items and for your continued support of Ever Increasing Children's Center in Bukasa Village. On Saturday, April 1st, we hosted our largest and most successful garage sale yet! We are waiting to hear about the few items posted on Craig's List but so far the total sales amount to $1,655! 


I wanted to give special thanks to Jim, Charles, Anna, Marjorie, Nita, Andy, Madi, Ana, Marlene, Donna G, Donna O, Christine, and Sarah who came to help set up, sell, and clean up at days end- with a special salute to little James, who donated all proceeds from his donut/brownie booth.


       An important element in the success of our garage sale was Craig Sturges' Dodge Ram Truck! What a lifesaver! Yes, the white streak you saw flying around town was me as I drove the wheels off Thurs./Fri. collecting and delivering items from Westlake to NP. My task would have been murder in the VW bug my neighbor offered me. Glad I turned him down for a better ride. Thanks Craig!  

 

      With these earnings Pastor George will be able to complete the purchase of additional property to expand his school. Renovation cost ($1500) is the next hurdle to jump before his June 30th deadline.

 

      More news to come as we clarity the matching/supplemental gift offer we received earlier. We are grateful to you all and thankful to the Lord for His faithfulness and provision.


      If you would like to help Pastor George renovate his newly purchased property click the 'donate' button below. This link will take you directly to our World Partners page for an online contribution. Thanks in advance for your support.

Bob

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Great News!

We now have a working relationship with World Partners, a branch of the Missionary Church in Ft. Wayne, IN.  
Starting today sponsorship checks, donations, and contributions can be mailed to

World Partners
PO Box 9333
Ft. Wayne, IN
46899-9333
260-747-2027
Please make checks payable to World Partners and write ‘UUXO1’ on the memo line.  Using WP’s accounting code for iheartBukasa assures that your donations will be  deposited into our iheartBukasa account. 
If you would prefer to donate online using a credit card, go to World Partners at https://wpartners.org/ministries/projects/iheartbukasa-uux01. Using the green ‘donate’ button you can make your contribution.  Also, if you wish, you can set up re-occuring contributions at this location.
Thank you for your patience during our period of transition.  We are grateful for your faithful giving to this ministry and for your on-going sponsorship of students.  Unfortunately, for reasons beyond our control, past records are not available so there is no way to accurately determine most recent contributions.  If you are willing to make up for missed payments, as best can be determined, we would be very grateful.  
Pastor George’s needs continue.  In satisfying a city requirement to accommodate grades K-7, he is currently mid-campaign in a new building project.  You might remember that your contributiions have recently helped him make a down payment of $5000 on an existing structure.  He needs an additional $2000 to complete the purchase and begin renovations.  Not only will this project provide two additional classrooms, bringing the school to K-5, but it will also be a show of good-faith, perhaps allowing them to remain open beyond the June deadline.  Contributions to this campaign can be made using either method listed above.  Thanks in advance for your contributions to this project.
Plans are being made for our mission trip to Bukasa Village in July.  We are assembling our team and will be booking airfare in the near future.  There is still time for you to join us!
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.  I can be reached at b.d.rhoads@mac.com
On behalf of Pastor George and the teachers of Ever Increasing Children’s Center, we thank you for your love and partnership.  On behalf of our team state-side, thank you again for your patience and continued support despite our accounting problems.
Bob