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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Building Hope--Sheltering Ugandan's

God seems to continue to open doors of opportunity for Mercy Uganda to minister to the precious people in Uganda.  We have recently been faced with two situations involving shelter.....and roofs. One in the Fort Portal area and one far from there in Karamoja. Both involve storms, damage, and a very real need for help with safe and secure housing.

Mercy Uganda has been a friend to Pastor John Kalenzi and his family for about 2 years now.  Pastor John is a wonderful, humble, and gentle man with a very dear wife and children.  He pastors a small church in Rwengoma, a village in the Fort Portal area of Eastern Uganda.  When we were there in 2009, Pastor John invited our team over for lunch after church one Sunday morning.  His home....very humble and poorly constructed had holes in the tin roof, and  bricks that were beginning to wash out from the rain.  Now, two years later, we learn that a serious storm damaged crops and properties in that area, and claimed hundreds of lives.  Pastor Kalenzi's home was one that was destroyed. 

We are now partnering with pastors and churches in the U.S. to raise the $3,500.00 needed to build a new home for John.....a home with a good roof, good walls, a concrete floor.....a seemingly large project for such a small amount of money.  We are currently working with Pastor John in getting a plan drawn for his home, and will have a team go in September to build the home, which will take about 2-3 weeks.  We have an individual here in the U.S. who has agreed to go and lead the ranks on the building of this home, and we are thankful.

Recently, severe storms hit the Karamoja region, where we visited in January. Some of the homes that were heavily damaged were those of the pastor, Phillip, and some were the homes of some of the children in our sponsorship program.  We found out that it would only cost $2,500.00 to repair all 7 roofs...5 are thatch, and 2 are tin.....and this price also provides a way to replace bedding, and cooking supplies that were destroyed.
We have already received $1,500.00 of the $2,500.00 needed for that project and our ministry liaison, Gabriel will go and oversee the construction work on the roofs himself. 

I am so thankful that God has placed these needs before us, and that He has already begun placing individuals before us who are helping us meet those needs.  Please pray for Mercy Uganda and for those God has placed before us.
(the pictures are:top to bottom: Pastor Kalenzi and his family; the Kalenzi home; one of the homes with thatch roof; Pastor Phillip with Gabriel)

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