Reign-Bow Int’l Ministries on the MOVE April 2012
In these last 6 months, God has continued to MOVE RBIM faithfully FORWARD. Here are some of the highlights!!
3 of 5 children, of a moslem widow’s family, accepted Christ as their Savior and are being disciple through King Jesus Ministries (KJM)!
God completely eliminated the $8,000 of debt which was leftover from our first team ministry trip to Uganda last July/August so that we ended 2011 in the black! God allowed enough financial seeds to come in so that we were able to receive much needed support for pastor Raphael & his family as well as ours!
God has linked us with another organization, in Elgin, called Women of Grace and Dignity to partner in an initiative called, “Esther’s House project”. This is an AWESOME project to set up Esther, who is a single mother in the KJM church, to make BEAUTIFUL dyed silk scarves there in Busega – UGANDA, market & sell them here in the USA. Esther has 3 wonderful children named Elijah, Miriam & Samuel who are TOTALLY committed to the plans which God has for their lives!! It is our desire to see this first project become a model to be duplicated many times to help uplift the lives of other “Hidden Treasures” of Busega, Kampala – UGANDA!
God has opened the doors to different churches, businesses & other groups to be able to market & sell the BEAUTIFUL African crafts which we brought back with us. These have been made by the women of KJM under the direction of pastor Raphael’s wife, Allen. Similar to the “Esther’s House project” many of the women are single mothers who desire to be able to provide the essentials of life including school fees for their children.
An hour down the billy goat trail they call a road lays Kamuli Uganda. A little dusty town where you can buy a few luxuries like toilet paper or light bulbs. =) We are 5 kilometers outside of that town. The screaming of 221 kids marks the spot we are calling home. Our official title seems to be gofer. We have filled a spot (or are trying to fill it) in a ministry of a long time friend. The ministry is called Uganda Orphans Fund. Children at risk from all parts of the country have been searched out and brought here to our home. We feed and clothe, put through school and love as best as we know how. It is amazing how quickly you can fall in love with ornery kids that you can only have limited conversations with. Wanting only the simple things in life such as some beans and Posho (a corn flour paste), maybe an empty water bottle, some physical touch that is pure and seasoned with love rather than various forms of abuse that they were previously accustomed to. Their stories are all different some have lost their families to aids, some to war; some have families steeped in witchcraft. All are here because Jesus stretched out his hand and snatched them out of the enemies best laid plans for them. They have seen tragedy we can only shudder to imagine. Some of them came to us with STD’s even though they weren’t any older than 8 years old.
The Gospel is still the good news! The darker the night the brighter the morning! We recently took in some children from a local orphanage that the police had closed because they had been involving the children in the sex trade. We see the fear melt in about 2 days, but in our heart we know that Jesus still needs to invade the darkness in their memories and bring light and healing. It is coming. The Lord is faithful and insistent on their freedom! We can only offer ourselves to his work and open our hearts and arms and love and pour out the spirit for all we are worth! 221 kids make us scream out to the Lord for him to send laborers into the harvest! To love, father/mother, teach and disciple.
We need to raise them to healthy mature Spirit filled believers that can change the corrupt part of their culture and trade it in for Kingdom culture and values! We are not sure how long the Lord has called us to work here, but we want to blow the whistle and call for reinforcements. Reinforcements in prayer, in person (come visit or work with us!) or anyway you can invent! We thank you for standing with us! Bless you all. Pray for us! The task is bigger than we are…=)