Tal Anderson, NHA Stallions Coach and NHU Manager, shares a brief update of the National Basketball Tournament.

Hello from Mbarara! Thanks so much for your prayers and encouragement.

Just wanted to give you an update on things here. We are now in our fifth day here and are really enjoying the time with our sons and daughters. We have been focusing on glorifying God in all we do on and off the court, win or lose, and our children are doing just that.

NHU mares in White

NHU mares in White

The girls have played two games. They have been playing with the joy of the Lord. They won the first by a lot and today lost a really tough overtime game by one point. It was a tough loss but a good growing experience. They have been playing very hard with good attitudes. The girls can still advance to the final 16 if they win their third game on Friday.

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NHU Stallions in red.

The boys lost a really tough first game yesterday by five points. For most of the game the teams were one point apart.  The second game was against Lubiri who was 2nd or 3rd last year. They were a huge team with multiple players above 6’5″. We lost by a lot of points but the boys fought hard the entire game and really made us proud. Others watching saw their heart as well. We talked after about how they had very much glorified the Lord in the game.

In today’s game, the boys had another tough game and were able to win by 7. They again played hard with good attitudes. If the boys are able to win their final two games they could also still make the final 16 teams.

A wave of sickness has been passing through both teams especially the boys. They are playing through the sickness but we could use your prayers.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Go New Hope!

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Termly Updates

April 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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Kobwin SchoolKasana SchoolHere in Uganda, the school calendar follows the calendar year, with a convenient extended break during the hottest, driest months of December and January. Nationally, all schools follow the same term and holiday dates. Today, New Hope Uganda’s primary and secondary students at Kasana and Kobwin are celebrating the start of their first holiday of the year. Parents are meeting with teachers to receive report cards and students prepare for a month outside of the classroom. Candidates for Primary 7 and Senior 4 national exams, will spend a fair amount of time revising and reading their textbooks looking towards their exam weeks in October and November.

Would you pray for the children to find both refreshment and growth personally and spiritually during the holiday – that relationships between children and parents or guardians would be strengthened; for children living in the community who will spend more time around family and neighbors who might not be Christians or positive influences; for safety and protection over all areas of their life; and for their teachers to be refreshed for the coming term.

All of the Investment Year students are also at Kasana this week rounding out a time of training through a variety of topics. Many New Hope staff have invest in them the past two weeks bringing Biblical teaching in areas such as manhood and womanhood, practical business matters, job tips, and ending the training period today with a discussion on the book Is Africa Cursed? led by Aunt Jennie Dangers. The young men and women have enjoyed getting to interact with the material, encouraged to “wrestle with it” not just absorb the teaching without processing individually. On Monday, they will start their second IY placements learning how to navigate a new environment and testing out another possible career or line of work.

Would you pray for open hearts and critical thinking as each son and daughter is drawn into deeper areas of Biblical truth and personal walks with Christ through the presented material? Also, for each IY participant to find a placement with a supervisor who will invest, encourage, and challenge them.

NHA Mares play in blue and white.

NHA Mares play in blue and white.

And Saturday, the New Hope Academy (secondary school) Stallions and Mares will depart with teachers and various staff members for the National Basketball Tournament in Mbarara about 8 hours away. Updates will come throughout the week. “Like” our Facebook page to stay informed: https://www.facebook.com/newhopeugandaministries.

Join us in praying for safe travels, health, and players, coaches, and spectators who glorify God in all their actions and conduct.

NHU Stallions defend in red.

NHU Stallions defend in red

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The Stallions wearing alternate jerseys because Migadde also wore red.

The Stallions wearing alternate jerseys because Makerere also wore red.

New Hope Academy basketball has enjoyed a large amount of success over the past six years, with the boys qualifying for the national basketball tournament every year since they started (2009), and the girls doing the same (starting in 2012).

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I (Jensen Anderson) go up for a shot in the Makerere game.

Linda looks for a pass as the Mare's play against Saku.

Linda looks for a pass as the Mares play against Saku.

On March 27th, both teams played to qualify once more. The Stallions (NHA boys) played for their sixth qualification and the Mares (NHA girls) for their fourth. The tournament was hosted here at Kasana, with seven boys teams showing up to compete, and three girls teams. The first New Hope team to play was the Stallions, who went up against Makerere High School. The Stallions had a slow start, but finished strong with a 28-18 win to start off the day. The Mares first game followed immediately after the Stallions, playing against Ndejje. Though hard fought, the Mares lost 31-19. Before lunchtime, the Stallions played one more game against Katikamu and won by a huge margin with 32 points to Katikamu’s 14. With their first two games won, the Stallions still had to play Ndejje before the semi-finals could begin.

In the sweltering heat of the afternoon, the Mares played Saku to determine who would play Ndejje in the finals. After trailing early and then picking up a 25-18 lead, Saku came back and tied the game which sent it into four minute overtime. The Mares’ defense was solid and they put up four points to win 29-25, meaning they would play Ndejje again for the final. In the meantime, the Stallions still had two more games to play. Their toughest opponents yet, Ndejje held New Hope to just 8 points, though their offense had trouble as well, scoring 20.

All the tournament participants await confirmation of who qualified for Nationals.

All the tournament participants await confirmation of who qualified for Nationals.

 

The girls played in the final against Ndejje and lost 39-19, finishing second out of the three girls teams that participated.

The boys played their final game against Saku to see who would play Ndejje for the regional trophy. A number of factors played into the 38-6 loss, but probably the most important was the excellent outside shooting attack from Saku, who scored a number of three pointers during the game.

The final was played between Saku and Ndejje, with Saku blowing out Ndejje 43-18.

All in all, the day was fun, hot, competitive, and a great example of glorifying God through sportsmanship. God-willing, both the Stallions and the Mares will compete in the National tournament at the end of April.

Pray that the teams will continue to move forward with unity as brothers and sisters in Christ and praise God with us for the opportunity to play in Nationals again.

By Jensen Anderson

IY Participant

 

 

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daniel1The first day I went into the Treasures Class (special needs) for music, I stepped inside and immediately felt uncomfortable. I didn’t know any of the kids and didn’t know how to act around them. Some can’t speak, some can’t move on their own… it was awkward for me because I had no idea what to do, how to communicate, if I should try to communicate!

When everyone was seated around the table, Hannah was given a warm welcome by everyone. Then one of the teachers asked in Luganda, “There’s someone new here, who can show me who it is?” Some of the kids didn’t exactly know who she was talking about, but immediately, from across the table (I was somehow seated behind a few children somewhat obscured from view) this boy leaned over with this huge grin on his face, looked me in the eye, and pointed me out, calling attention to me. I couldn’t help but be amazed at how quick his reaction was… and how bright his eyes were. This is Daniel.
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If just anyone were to come into that room and observe him from afar, all they might see is a thin boy whose movements aren’t conventional. They would hear his slurred words and perhaps avoid him because of his differences.

But I beg to differ.

As I’ve been visiting the Treasures Class over the past few weeks, I’ve watched Daniel and tried to get to know him a little with my limited Luganda. There’s only one word to describe how he’s affected me: captivated. When I watch him, I don’t see his jerky movements or the way he walks anymore. I see his eyes full of life, I see his goofy smile. When he talks, I don’t hear slurred words. I hear an intelligent voice which makes me giggle because he does sound funny, but not in a bad way. We were celebrating my friend Catriona’s birthday on Monday at Treasures Class, and as Catriona approached the building, the class cried “Happy Birthday!”; but Daniel probably could have been heard on the other side of Kasana, because he yelled it so loud, he was so excited. I just laughed and laughed at his enthusiasm. Yesterday, as I approached the building, he walked towards me, arms wide open for a hug and my heart practically caught in my throat. He has captivated me, and he brings me so much joy and I don’t know why.

Maybe because God’s trying to teach me something. Something about His character. God has created Daniel just the way he is for a reason. Maybe it’s to show me how goofy God can be, or how carefully he formed Daniel that way just to touch something deep inside me.

Whatever it is, I thank God for Daniel- lanky form, bright eyes, hugs and all- and the lessons he is teaching me. 

By Kara Peterson

IY Participant

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A student works with a trowel on his assignment.

A student works with a trowel on his assignment.

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A student using a level to make sure the wall is flat.

Avoiding the sweltering heat of the sun at Kobwin Children’s Centre is not always an easy task, but gathered under the shade of a few large trees was a group of boys with piles of bricks and “local mortar”, a mixture of dirt, sand, and water.

Meet the Kobwin Primary School vocational class. They have sessions every Monday and learn from Uncle Julius. Brick-laying was the lesson on Monday, March 2. Not including a break at 10:30am and lunch, the class worked on their structures from the morning around 8am until 3:20pm.

Building along a string helped keep the walls straight, along with encouragements from Uncle Julius like, “Your house will fall down if you don’t straighten the wall!” The whole operation was very professional, with plum lines and trowels used quite expertly to create upright and sturdy walls. Brick laying is a valuable skill to know, especially with the expansion that often happens at Kobwin. One of the staff houses there was expanded by graduates of this vocational class, which goes to show how useful this can be.

Praise our heavenly Father for enabling the Kobwin staff to teach their students such a practical and useful skill!

By Jensen Anderson, Investment Year participant

 

 

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Kara Peterson, an Investment Year intern with Hannah Kusler Youth Music and Worship Coordinator, shares what God has been teaching her during her first few internship weeks.

“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done…” Matthew 6:10

Your kingdom come, Your will be done… this is the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray to their heavenly Father, and the vision and theme for New Hope Uganda in 2015. What does praying that prayer mean on a day-to-day basis, especially for Aunt Hannah and I as we work with worship teams, primary classes and individual piano students?

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One area where we need to be praying this is within the Heart of Worship Team that I am a part of and am currently helping with during my IY placement. Are we nudging the kids in the team to really embrace Him as King of all? Because really, when we are standing up front and leading people into worship, we are leading them somewhere – and our goal is to lead them to the Throne of God, where we see His Holiness and our desperate need for His Grace. But when we get there, we often don’t realize where we are! So we pray His Kingdom come in our hearts and the hearts of each individual in the worship team so that we are able to realize why we are singing, and how we should be singing (i.e. where are our hearts?) to the King of kings.

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Sometimes, teaching in the Primary school is a challenge. Sometimes, the kids are eager and willing to learn about music. They love to move their bodies to a fast beat and giggle at an opera singer. But at other times, you can see in their eyes a battle raging in their hearts; a battle between sinful nature and obedience. As we interact with these children, teach us how to pray Matthew 6:10 over these children- let His kingdom come into their hearts! Let His will be done in their lives, not our will!

And our prayer is that His kingdom will be evident in our lives- that even if we’re teaching individual piano or voice lessons, or teaching the Primary baby classes, we would be showing the kingdom of God through our actions;* whether it be a different way of thinking or doing, or even being. *

The truth of His Kingdom coming and His will being done is very freeing because our responsibility is only making sure that His kingdom is presented to these children or teenagers. We leave the rest up to God, because He’s going to work His will in their lives and hearts. We have no control over their hearts, but if we have done what God called us to do, we can trust that God will move somehow to bring His truth and His kingdom.

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The girls line up for their race.

The girls line up for their race.

On a hot Friday afternoon, eight contestants lined up, feet on their bike pedals, ready to begin. February 20 marked the date of the bicycle races at New Hope Academy. Shortly after two o’clock, the first race began. The girls went first, along a route that runs to Kiwoko, a town a few kilometers away, and back. Following them in a car was Nancy Kirsch, the Kasana Manager, to make sure everyone followed the route. Along with the car were a number of support bikes ridden by classmates and friends.

Namuyiga Lorreen finishes first in the girls' race.

Namuyiga Lorreen finishes first in the girls’ race.

About fifteen minutes after the race began, the first biker rolled across the finish line, got off her bike, and collapsed on the ground. The collapse was over dramatized, and Namuyiga Lorreen, the winner of the girl’s race, enjoyed her victory with her friends. A few minutes later, Birungi Josephine arrived at the finish line, followed by Birungi Rachel and Nanyombi Christine. Nakasale Francisca came fifth, and Nalawombe Lillian had a bike failure and had to be picked up by a car.

Once the girls had finished, it was time for the boys’ race. Run along the same route with the same support vehicles, a decently sized crowd awaited the racers at the finish line, eager to see who would come out on top.

Kasajja Deimon rounds the final turn to win the boys' race.

Kasajja Deimon rounds the final turn to win the boys’ race.

When the dust cleared, Kasajja Deimon had won by a fairly large margin. Following him was Sembatya Livingstone in second, Mutebi Moses in third, Kibuuka John, in fourth, Ziwa Fred in fifth, and Kalyango Gerald in sixth.

These races are part of Friday afternoon games that take place every week at New Hope Academy. A good time was had by all on this sunny and fellowship-filled afternoon!

By Jensen Anderson, Investment Year participant

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Mama Jane on the far left.

Mama Jane on the far left.

Kasana Community Church started focusing on discipleship last year with staff fellowships, sermons, and Sunday school classes devoted to the topic. Growing from this focus, periodical Sunday updates have highlighted church members stepping further into a life of discipleship.

During the fall, the New Hope Institute of Childcare and Family offered its first institute taught completely in the local language, Luganda. Of the fourteen students, many were New Hope staff members as well as some community members. All who attended received the opportunity for the growth and teaching previously unavailable in Luganda. From equipping the students to more effectively serve at New Hope, many participants in the Luganda Institute have also reached out to their villages and communities, expanding the impact of these trainings.

This Sunday one of the New Hope Uganda staff members was recognized for the efforts she has made to disciple others in her community. Mama Jane, as everyone affectionately calls her, felt inspired by Acts 2:41-47 Matthew 28:18-19 from Luganda Institute and started co-leading a community group, feeling the call to actively go and make disciples, as well as encourage those who are struggling in their faith.

Pastor Paul, one of the Institute teachers, explained a few impacts of having the class in Luganda, “Generally there was real transformation. Worldview was a big thing, very confronting. The [students] were more confronted with God’s truth into their belief systems which influenced their lives. Manhood and womanhood were also impacted strongly. Marriage and family was another one. For many the orphan heart was deeply confronting as a topic. [We saw] lots of healing in those areas. People reconciled with past pains and wounds which were affecting family and church relationships. Those who have finished bring up testimonies about what they had learned and how it impacted them in their families even now that the class is over. Basically it was a way of discipleship. Most people learned how to go to God’s word and understand what it means. They could read and seek understanding for themselves. They were given tools to help them feed on the word of God to make relevant applications.”

Prayer requests: for their group and those they are impacting; also the dream of having a local church in Kasana and Wabitunda villages, which are located near Kasana Children’s Centre.

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A student takes a quick break from work to pose for a photo

A student takes a quick break from work to pose for a photo

Young men and women busy at their desks, teachers writing on chalkboards, and the Ugandan flag waving proudly over the assembly area – all typical events during another school day at New Hope Academy (NHA).

NHA Students studying

NHA Students studying

With the first school term in full swing, I found several students at NHA raking up leaves on the school grounds in the afternoon shortly before the bell rang signifying the end of the day. Among these compound-cleaners was Moses, an S3 student attending the academy. After greeting him and asking permission, I interviewed him.

Me: Coming back from school, was there anything new that you didn’t expect?

Moses: Yeah, I think I didn’t do very well in exams and I knew that maybe I won’t come back to school, but the good thing was that I prayed to God and he helped me to come back to school and change my mind.

Me: Well done, so are you happy to be back in school or kind of sad?

Moses: Yeah, I’m happy because I love it, you know. I enjoy studying and I want to have a good future here.

Me: Thank you!

An NHA student helps his friend

An NHA student helps his friend

Completely unexpected but certainly welcome, this young man’s encouraging testimony is a beautiful witness of God’s sovereignty over all, even something so seemingly trivial as whether or not to return to school.

By Jensen Anderson, Investment Year participant

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Yesterday, Kasana Community Church got to hear the best kind of pre-sermon announcement. It’s been circulating around the greater New Hope community and we are delighted to share it with you all today.

Dear friends of Aunt Ketty Okoth,

Our meeting with the oncologist began at 7:45 p.m. Friday in Kampala. I had the CT scans and written report in my hands at 2 p.m., but the words of the radiologist were ambiguous so I kept my numerous thoughts to myself and didn’t share them with Aunt Ketty as I didn’t want to speak out of turn.

When we walked out of International Hospital Kampala after 8:30 Friday night we were beside ourselves with emotion. It had been a very long day. I had been awake since 3:15 a.m.and left for Kampala at 5 a.m., Geoff had taught in Kampala the day before to the Investment Year students and had stayed in town overnight, and Ketty had traveled to town with the Vogt family who took her to lunch to celebrate God’s miracle work in her body–even before any of us knew actual CT results.

The oncologist’s words included: “remarkable improvement”, “dramatic”, “remarkable response to radiation”, and as he provided details in medical terms of what he saw I noticed Ketty’s glazed over look. She was not comprehending what was being said. She stopped him and started, “Doctor, forgive me, but if we could go back a little and review, what are you saying? Am I healed of the cancer?” To which he replied, “Yes, Ketty, you have responded well to the radiation and chemotherapy and it appears that the esophagus has no more cancer, and though there is a small spot on the brain, it is most likely scar tissue.”  Ketty asked, “So, what does that mean? Are we done? What about my liver and abdomen?” He then gave her the good news that no sign of cancer was seen in any of the organs. Her face was unchanged except for he big eyes and raised eyebrows. She then breathed, shook her head, clapped her hands and said, “God, be praised.” The doctor reminded her of their words together before her being sent to Nairobi last November regarding expecting God to continue His healing in her. And so He has! The follow-up plan is to perform CT scans every six months unless she is experiencing symptoms warranting an earlier check.

Okoth FamilyOn the way home she called her family and I sent notification texts of the great news. Geoff simply tried to drive as safely as possible given that we were caught in Kampala Friday night jams and then were traveling in village darkness coupled with bright oncoming headlights until we reached home around 11:30 p.m. Some of her children and her husband were still awake and enthusiastically greeted her as we pulled up to their home. We fell into bed well after midnight, full of thanksgiving.

THANK YOU for you financial support, your prayers, your messages of encouragement to Ketty and her family and your faith in the LORD GOD’s goodness! Please continue to pray for her body to remain free of cancer in the future.

The follow-up CT scans cost $300 and each doctor consultation appointment costs $30 with trxansport at $65. Our first follow-up appointment is March 6 and is simply for her to meet with the doctor to discuss her progress. If you desire to be a part of the financial support for these costs you may send monies to New Hope Uganda Ministries, P.O. Box 154  Belle Fourche, South Dakota, 57717 designating it for the Ketty Cancer Fund on a separate piece of paper (or donate online).

Thank you all so much for your amazing support throughout this journey!!!!!

Mary Britton

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