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
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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


        After repeated requests to the officers of PLI to clarify the status of un-cashed checks and to provide end-of-year statements, we have had no response and have terminated our association with them.  
Through a friend at church we have been put in touch with World Partners, a branch of the Missionary Church, in Ft. Wayne, IN.  They provide all necessary financial services to dozens of ministries such as ours.  After having us fill out forms and provide all necessary information the WP governing board met last week and approved our request to become a ministry partner.  Shortly, an account will be set up for iheartBukasa into which donations can be received, deposited, and receipted.  We will alert you with all necessary information as soon as everything is up and running.  
Thanks for your understanding and patience during this process. We look forward to our continued partnership and we are grateful for your continued faithful support.  Here’s to a bright 2017!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Join us for Bukasa 2017 Summer Mission, July 1-13! 
     At Pastor George’s request our activities will include presenting VBS style activities for children; providing women’s Bible study; offering pastor training; providing local language Bibles for pastors and church members; visiting classrooms, teachers, and students; praying with students and parents in their homes; distributing children’s shoes; sharing personal lessons learned from Scripture; exchanging favorite Bible passages; and presenting encouraging, Christ centered messages to groups and individuals. 
Pastor George is in the process of  purchasing a building, adjacent to Bukasa School.  His goal is to transform it into classrooms thus accommodating two additional grade levels. This will be a step toward satisfying a city requirement of expanding the school to include fourth through seventh grades.  Depending on fund raising and speed of construction, the project might be far enough along for us to be able to help finish some aspects of the renovation while we are there.
During the many activities listed above we will also be building  relationships with new acquaintances as well as renewing and enjoying old friendships.  We’ll have meals together, share the gospel, discuss family, and  compare the every-day life of our different worlds.   
Besides serving in Bukasa Village we will also spend 2 days at God Cares Schools- one day each at the primary and high school campuses. These schools were founded by Pastor Dongo, who was the pastor of Kabalagala Pentecostal Church in Kampala, from which Pastor George was commissioned to plant the church in Bukasa Village. Some of you may remember that Pastor Dongo recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.  The good news is that God’s work, through Pastor Dongo’s family, continues to thrive! 
Prayerfully consider your participation in our mission trip this summer. Call or email me (b.d.rhoads@mac.com) with any questions or for clarification.
Duration: 13 days
We look forward to this journey as God prepares the way ahead.