Since starting with New Hope Uganda Ministries in the North American office, I have been humbled by the generosity of so many.  I have a unique job because I see every single donation that comes to the ministry.  While I work in the North American office half way across the world from where New Hope Uganda (NHU) is located, I get to see what the missionaries don’t get to see while they’re on the ground.  I get to see what makes our mission possible.  What makes our mission possible is God’s work on people’s hearts to be generous with what they have.

One of our donors is a shining example of the work God is doing.  Milton and Liz Bobb have used what they have to support a mission that God has placed in their lives.  Their life hasn’t always been easy, but God has given Milton hobbies that He uses to further the mission of NHU.

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When Milton and Liz grew older they realized after facing some health challenges that they would have to sell their sheep that had been their livelihood.  This was a difficult time for them, but they can see the blessing in it.  When Milton sold his sheep, at the same time he advertised that he would like to buy a loom.  So they sold their sheep and bought a loom at the same time.

Now Milton makes rugs because it helps him to learn, it kills time, and he enjoys it!  Despite going through some difficult health challenges, Milton not only gained a hobby he enjoys, but sells the rugs and donates the profits to NHU.  It is encouraging for me to see how God used difficult circumstances for good and not only that, but the Bobb’s testify to this.  As Milton said, “The good Lord takes care of my wife and me.  Whenever challenges come, there’s an answer that develops”.

Not only does Milton enjoy rug making, but God is using another hobby of his.  Milton collects stamps.  You may wonder how God could use a stamp collector to help the mission.  We send Milton all our empty envelopes.  Milton gets to keep the stamps and in the process he checks each envelop in case we missed anything.  He has found a few things that we’ve missed so we’re thankful that God can use Milton in this way!

This sweet couple in North Dakota, who so humbly give what God has given them, first heard about the mission when Gary Wood, our current president, was their pastor in Taylor, ND.  They were impressed by how the funds truly go to the mission of “bringing the Fatherhood of God to the fatherless” and feel that differentiates NHU from other ministries they could give to.  Their family also has a historical connection to Africa because their daughter was a missionary to Nigeria and their granddaughter is currently a missionary in North Africa.  They have learned that the people in certain areas of Africa are more open to the Gospel and so it makes sense for them to give to those missions.

The Bobb’s are a true inspiration to me.  They are an example of how God can use the simplest things, even our hobbies, the things we enjoy, to support His work.  You don’t have to be a millionaire or travel to Uganda to make a difference.  All you need is to humbly ask God to use what you have.  May the Bobb’s be as much of an encouragement to you as much as they are to me!

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Syd and Stephen are on their 12th day! Here are some photos on the past six days. To find out what all this is about, or see days 1–5, click here.

Day 6:

Thursday, May 14th
Start: Ritzville, WA
End: Liberty Lake, WA
Distance: 83 miles
Elevation: 1,777 ft climb

Weather: The sun was shining through partly cloudy skies. Temps started in the 50′s and rose to almost 70 with a slight head wind. A beautiful day.
Today was a fairly flat day and a welcome change from yesterday. After the rain and wind yesterday we were very happy to see the sun right from the beginning this morning. Stephen had a couple of flats that we were able to fix pretty easily and continue on. As we rode into Spokane we were not allowed to ride on the interstate so got off and found an amazing trail called the Centennial trail that runs the whole length of Spokane and took us all of the way to our destination. We had a wonderful evening with a couple the I found out has close connections to my family back in MT.

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Liberty Lake, Washington

Day 7:

Friday, May 15th
Start: Liberty Lake, WA
End: Pinehurst, ID
Distance: 54 miles
Elevation: 2,245 ft climb

Weather: Mostly cloudy with a little rain on the top of 4th of July Pass. Overall a good day for riding.
Today we continued on the Centennial Trail saying goodbye to Washington and hello to Idaho. The trail was a beautiful route to ride and took us all of the way to the other side of Coeur d’ Alene. From there we literally jumped on Interstate 90 after finding that the trail that Google was trying to lead us on wasn’t actually there. We crossed 4th of July pass and finished up in Pinehurst ID.
Tomorrow it is supposed to rain and possibly even thunderstorm. Please join us in praying for weather conditions we can ride in.

Starting day 7 on May 15th from the home of our hosts, Ray and Twyla, in Liberty Lake, WA. Thank you, Ray & Twyla, for your hospitality. God bless you!!

Starting day 7 on May 15th from the home of our hosts, Ray and Twyla, in Liberty Lake, WA. Thank you, Ray & Twyla, for your hospitality. God bless you!!

Just crossed the Washington /Idaho border! Goodbye Washington, Hello Idaho!

Just crossed the Washington /Idaho border!

Hello Idaho!

Goodbye Washington, Hello Idaho!

Day 8:

Saturday, May 16th
Start: Pinehurst, ID
End: Superior, MT
Distance: 77 miles
Elevation: 3,618 ft climb

Weather: Cloudy and cool. Thick fog on the top of Lookout Pass. A little rain on the way down the other side.
Today we rode the first part of our day on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes which is a beautiful trail that runs on the west side of Look Out Pass. The Lord answered our prayer and gave us a window of good weather to get over the top. It was really foggy and we had to walk around one section because there was road construction and combined with the fog it wasn’t safe to ride our bicycles there. We came off of the pass into Montana and had a good ride the rest of the way to Superior. It rained a little and I had a flat tire but as soon as we fixed that we raced the rain all of the way an only got a little wet. Tomorrow is a rest day that we are greatly looking forward to.

Absolutely gorgeous scenery on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

Absolutely gorgeous scenery on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

On top of Lookout Pass

On top of Lookout Pass

Day 9:

Monday, May 18th
Start: Superior, MT
End: Greenough, MT
Distance: 88 miles
Elevation: 4,246 ft climb

Weather: Sunny with a constant east wind. 9mph in the morning but quickly increasing to a steady 20mph and gusting to 30.
After a great day of rest in Superior we started this morning ready for the day especially since the sun was shining. The wind quickly drained our energy and what could have been a nice day of riding became a very draining day. It was a gradual uphill ride all day and the headwind was relentless. We are both crashing tonight very tired and not excited for tomorrow since it will be an even longer day with forecast for more headwinds. I would rather climb a mountain pass any-day rather than face a strong headwind.
On the upside more donations have come in and we are at 36% of our goal!! Thank You Lord!

Day 9 begins at 9:00 A.M. MDT from Superior,MT. Thank you to LeRoy and JoEllen for great hospitality.

Day 9 begins at 9:00 A.M. MDT from Superior,MT. Thank you to LeRoy and JoEllen for great hospitality.

Scenic start to day 9 of the "Cabins for Kids" ride this morning, May 18th.

Scenic start to day 9 of the “Cabins for Kids” ride this morning, May 18th.

Day 10:

Tuesday, May 19th
Start: Greenough, MT
End: Helena, MT
Distance: 95.5 miles
Elevation: 5,156 ft climb
Weather: Cloudy and cool with an east wind 20mph and gusting to 30 up the pass.

After a tough day of battling the wind yesterday we started this morning a bit tired and battling the wind again. We thankfully had a bit more variation because of the valley we were pedaling up. It was a beautiful ride though the wind made it quite challenging. We climbed the continental divide at MacDonald pass reaching the top at mile 80 of our day and then coasted most of the rest of the way into Helena. It was a long and tiring two days and we were quite glad to get off of our bikes. It was great to see friends at the the end of the day and have a hot shower and meal. Thanks Jeff and Amber for hosting us.

Starting day #10 @ 8:30 A.M. A 100 mile day and a forecast headwind of 15-20 mph. At least it's more downhill, we think. A big thank you to our hosts last night and this morning, Steve & Brenda! Good food, fellowship, and rest.

Starting day #10 @ 8:30 A.M. A 100 mile day and a forecast headwind of 15-20 mph. At least it’s more downhill, we think. A big thank you to our hosts last night and this morning, Steve & Brenda! Good food, fellowship, and rest.

At mid-day, May 19, riding on Hwy 141 about 10 miles from Avon, MT. Cloudy, cool, and breezy. Temp 49, wind ENE @ 15-20. A pedal fell off Stephen's bike which caused a little delay.

At mid-day, May 19, riding on Hwy 141 about 10 miles from Avon, MT. Cloudy, cool, and breezy. Temp 49, wind ENE @ 15-20. A pedal fell off Stephen’s bike which caused a little delay.

Summit of MacDonald Pass. 6325 feet, temperature 48, rare patches of snow around.

Summit of MacDonald Pass. 6325 feet, temperature 48, rare patches of snow around.

Scenic views of the "Cabins for Kids" ride the last two days. A thousand thanks (Tusen Takk) to all of you praying for and encouraging Syd and Stephen. Though today was their longest ride, and in spite of the head wind, they made it and both were still able to smile. The route we took from Potomac to Helena is very beautiful.

Scenic views of the “Cabins for Kids” ride the last two days. A thousand thanks (Tusen Takk) to all of you praying for and encouraging Syd and Stephen. Though today was their longest ride, and in spite of the head wind, they made it and both were still able to smile. The route we took from Potomac to Helena is very beautiful.

Day 11:

Wednesday, May 20th
Start: Helena, MT
End: Manhatten, MT
Distance: 80.3 miles
Elevation: 2,499 ft climb

Weather: Sunny with a stiff headwind to begin the day. The wind changed and diminished in the afternoon.
After two days of battling the wind we were not excited to wake up to another headwind, but that is what we got. The day started very slow. We didn’t have as much climbing as yesterday which was good. In the afternoon the wind did finally decrease a little and even seemed to change a few times to a tail wind. That didn’t seem to make a difference for Stephen’s bicycle though. His pedal came loose again… twice. We are hoping to get into a bike shop tomorrow in Bozeman and get it fixed so we can continue without any more pedal problems.
Two highlights for the day… At breakfast this morning little 4 year old Avery brought out her coin purse and gave her own 70 cent donation to Cabins for Kids. It was an honor that she thought of us and wanted to give.
The second highlight was getting to see Don, who knew that Stephen and I were pedaling to Manhattan today and stopped to say hello on his way to Helena. It was quite a surprise since I know him from Bowman and was not expecting to see him out here at all. Thanks for stopping and saying hello, Don.

Left: Starting day 11 from Helena very grateful to our host family, the Olssons; Jeff & Amber, their children, Avery (4) and Lief (2).  Right: Don with Syd and Stephen

Left: Starting day 11 from Helena very grateful to our host family, the Olssons; Jeff & Amber, their children, Avery (4) and Lief (2).
Right: Don with Syd and Stephen

This is Avery on her bike, with Syd and Stephen, after her donation to "Cabins for Kids."

This is Avery on her bike, with Syd and Stephen, after her donation to “Cabins for Kids.” Thanks Avery!

 

All pictures and updates were pulled directly from Musana Camps’ Facebook page (you don’t need an account to access). Stay updated!

Praise God, we’re at 36% of our donation goal! You can help us reach 100% by clicking here and designating your gift to Musana Camps Cabins for Kids.

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Holiday. Three weeks. Rest? Not so much.

In David Family we had gardens to weed. The rains had started around mid-term so we planted. The crops flourished as the rains continued, but so did the weeds.

Once the first term ended the kids weren’t waking before dawn for school, but they were still up early every morning with hoes raised high then aimed expertly at invading roots. Finally, the gardens were declared clean and the reward came.

Four days at New Hope’s beloved Musana Camps on the shores of Lake Victoria!

David family and associates

David family and associates

David Family has a unique legacy with Musana Camps. We were the first family group to camp on the site.

We were there before the papers for the purchase of the land were finalized, before any buildings stood or even plans drawn for them, before the water fall was discovered, before the beach was cleared. David Family pitched tents, hauled water about a half kilometer uphill, chose thick clumps of bushes for guys and girls separate latrines and bath “houses” and explored all over the uninhabited hills and shore.  That was 2008.

This year was our fourth visit.

Every David Family arrival at Musana Camps brings ooo’s and aah’s. The development never ceases. New latrines and bath houses, water delivery systems, staff housing, smokeless kitchens, a well-stocked canteen, meeting structures, obstacle courses, game areas, clean and cleared beaches, permanent tents on cement slabs and most recently the beginning of permanent cabins are just some of the things we witnessed this time.

David Family loves the beach!

David Family loves the beach!

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At the top of the waterfall

We availed ourselves of as much as we could in our four days there! With bus parked, we ran to every activity! In daylight we traipsed to the beach two afternoon’s for swimming, jumping, volleyball and canoeing. The second afternoon yielded a waterfall hike and the joy of getting doused by either the waterfall itself or a friend! The campfire each night was lively as Aunt Hannah led us in our favorite camp songs, “A Moose Named Fred” (who liked to drink his juice in bed) and “Flee, Fly, Mosquito!” (itchy itchy scratchy scratchy, I think I got one on my backy). Fun and games with Justine, one of our older daughters, and spontaneous dances by others meant the laughter and crazy antics continued until lights out.

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The guys dominated the new challenge course wall – seven guys over the 11 ft wall in 54 seconds!

Early mornings were spent in personal devotions overlooking the majestic, sparkling waters of Lake Victoria, the second largest body of fresh water in the world. During mid-mornings through lunch both the Dangers and Jacksons led us in the practicalities of living out manhood and womanhood. We didn’t just sit in our chairs for this portion of our week! We became part of the lesson as some girls dressed up in borrowed clothes to communicate certain attitudes for the rest of the girls to identify. The boys learned the hands-on value of working together and supporting one another on an 11 ft. tall, bare wall at the obstacle course.

Brian and Kakulu get into the water too!

Brian and Kakulu get into the water too!

And a special treat this trip was the addition of Kakulu, Brian and Kakande, residents of our special needs program. They were carried to the beach on ATVs and Kakulu and Brian were helped in their “swimming” by being held in inner tubes. Kakande ran, jumped and splashed in the waves and a smile never left his face. All three paddled out in the canoes hoping to NOT see the reported resident crocodile. (No siting this trip, thankfully.)

Canoeing

Canoeing

Though broad smiles and deep appreciation for an overall great time can still be heard from the kids, the most talked about activity of the week was the “Mystery Dinner.”

The mystery was not in what you ordered, but in what was delivered to the table. We could all “read” the three course menu–it was in English, but we had no idea of the actual interpretation of what we’d asked for until the plates were set in front of us.

Shrieks, laughter, squeals and “ewwwww!” rang out across the dining hall throughout the meal! Each time a new plate was delivered crowds ran to the recipient to either rejoice or moan! Some got their cake first! Sounds great, huh?  But, what if your first plate was not just cake, but cake and . . . fish soup! And to eat it you’re given utensil was a knife??? Some fared a bit better, but none could say their meal was “normal.” All had a great time!

Reacting to some of the hilarious food combinations at the mystery dinner. This one was "bricks" (cake) in "Nectar of Life" fish soup, served with only one utensil: a knife!

Reacting to some of the hilarious food combinations at the mystery dinner. This one was “bricks” (cake) in “Nectar of Life” fish soup, served with only one utensil: a knife!

There is one thing that quite possibly rivals the Mystery Dinner in the memories of some. The all staff, all David Family WATER FIGHT!!!!! With Uncle Nathan’s generator-powered water hose pummeling human targets no one was either safe or dry! Two hours of running, dodging, soaking and getting soaked made for a good sleep that night!

Everyone got involved!

Everyone got involved!

Our four days at Musana were full and rich. For some it was their first time, but for all it was their best time. Musana Camps uniquely enhances the lives of children who, without New Hope Uganda, would probably never experience such a gem in their own country.

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(photo credit: Phiona Morton via Musana Camps)

Written by Mary Britton, David Family associate.

Photo credit: Musana Camps. To see more photos visit Musana Camps’ Facebook page. (You don’t need an account to access).

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At the beginning of each term, the children bring brooms to help clean out the classrooms. This boy is hurrying because he's almost late for the assembly!

At the beginning of each term, the children bring brooms to help clean out the classrooms. This boy is hurrying because he’s almost late for the assembly!

Today marked the first day of the second school term of the year. I had the opportunity to go down to the Primary School and photograph the usual Monday morning assembly time which this week also included a few remarks about the new term. Children came bearing brooms and backpacks, and then entered the porch to sing, have devotion time, and listen to what new things the new term will bring.

Morning assembly

Morning assembly

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Praise and worship, the drums are a must whether the songs are fast or slow!

Praise and worship, the drums are a must whether the songs are fast or slow!

The Luganda Bible verses for the morning: Matthew 20:28 and Acts 10:38

The Luganda Bible verses for the morning: Matthew 20:28 and Acts 10:38

Children listen intently to the morning's Bible story about Abraham and Sarah.

Children listen intently to the morning’s Bible story about Abraham and Sarah.

 

The headmaster, Uncle Simon, closed the morning assembly with a speech.

The headmaster, Uncle Simon, closed the morning assembly with a speech.

 

 

By Kara Peterson, Investment Year student

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On May 7th, Syd Sparks and Stephen Roise set off from Bellingham Washington on bikes to travel three quarters the length of the United States, fundraising for new cabins at Musana Camps. Musana has been forced to turn away over 400 kids due to inadequate lodging. Through this bike trip they hope to raise $166,000 to build 10 cabins and shower houses; enabling them to lead more people toward life transformation as they encounter Christ.

To reach their goal, they need to raise $69 per mile. 

Here are some pictures and updates on their journey.

The route

The route

Day 1:

Friday, May 8th
Start: Bellingham, WA
End: Snohomish, WA
Distance; 79
Terrain: rolling hills – 3,280ft of climbing
Climate: 70s, sunny and warm – Beautiful!!

Today was an amazing day to start our ride the weather was wonderful and the ride was beautiful. We started at Good Shepherd Community Church rode and touched Bellingham Bay on the Pacific Ocean and then down Chuckanut Drive leaving Bellingham. It was a great first day.

Bellingham Bay, Day 1

Bellingham Bay, Day 1

Day 2:

Saturday, May 9th
Start: Snohomish, WA
End: Olallie State Park, WA
Distance; 53.8
Terrain: – 2,200 ft of climbing
Climate: low 80s, sunny and warm – Beautiful!!

It was a great ride again today. We forgot our sunscreen yesterday so we got a little sunburn that we were feeling today but otherwise it was a good day. We changed our route to avoid the traffic in the Seattle area and rode to a State Park part way up the Snoqualmie Pass to break up the climb. Tomorrow is a day off. We will visit Calvary Chapel South in Kent and then resume riding Monday morning!

41 miles in so far, heading east on I90 now!

41 miles in so far, heading east on I90 now!

A bit of the view

A bit of the view

Day 3:

Monday, May 11th
Start: Interstate 90 near Olallie State Park, WA
End: Ellensburg, WA
Distance: 67 miles
Terrain: Snoqualmie Pass at the beginning then mostly downhill.
Climate: Overcast, started in the upper 40s then warmed up. Over all pretty comfortable.

Today we climbed Snoqualmie Pass. It was a good climb to start the day. We had to walk around an 8 mile section that was closed off to bicycles because of road construction, but had a walking trail available. After finishing that we jumped back on the bikes and rode the rest of the way to Ellensburg. It was mostly down hill and had some pretty fun parts. It is now looking like rain in the next couple of days so we are praying for breaks in the rain so that we can ride.

Over half done with the 8 mile hike. Due to road construction east of Snoqualmie Pass, the bikers have to hike for about 8 miles.

Over half done with the 8 mile hike. Due to road construction east of Snoqualmie Pass, the bikers have to hike for about 8 miles.

At the top of Snoqualmie Pass

At the top of Snoqualmie Pass

Day 4:

Tuesday, May 12th
Start: Ellensburg, WA
End: Moses Lake, WA
Distance: 75.5 miles
Elevation: 2675 ft climb
Hours on our bikes: 5 hours 20 minutes
Weather: 46 and rain in the morning. The rain cleared and eventually the temp climbed to the 60s.

We started the day in the rain. It was cold and we had a head wind. We had our first flat several miles into the ride. Thankfully the rain eventually cleared. The drop into the Columbia River Gorge was wonderful even with a headwind. Crossing the river was a bit dicy however as there was no shoulder and traffic was traveling at interstate speeds. Even with Gary trailing us with his flashers going there were some drivers that didn’t seem to see us. We made it through fine and started the long climb out of the gorge. It was great to get to the top and look back at the road we had just pedaled. The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful but enjoyable especially since the weather warmed up.

Stephen and Syd rode through here on May 12

Stephen and Syd rode through here on May 12

Camping at Moses Lake; lovely place and nice evening. Gary made wild rice soup supplemented with bread.

Camping at Moses Lake; lovely place and nice evening. Gary made wild rice soup supplemented with bread.

Day 5:

Wednesday, May 13th
Start: Moses Lake, WA
End: Ritzville, WA
Distance: 41.3 miles
Elevation: 2,017 ft climb
Hours on our bikes: 3:21
Weather: Misting and 50 degrees with a 20mph head wind that turned to rain, and a cross wind.

Todays ride was rough. The 41 miles we rode today felt much longer than yesterdays 75. The weather made it a pretty cold and miserable day. My toes even went numb. I was quite glad to be done.
The greatest part of the day was seeing how God answers prayer, sometimes in ways we don’t expect. In order to tell this though I have to back up to our trip out to Bellingham last week. As we were driving we stopped here in Ritzville to mail a few things. In the process we met one of the postal employees who also happened to be a local pastor. When he heard what we were doing he invited us to come and talk with their youth group when we came back through… That was over a week ago. Fast forward to last night… I texted him to see if he was still interested in having us speak and if he knew of anyplace we could camp in Ritzville. He still wanted us to speak and said he would let me know in the morning if he could find anything. So as we were riding in the cold and rain I prayed “Lord it would be really great to have a hot shower and place to stay inside tonight.” When we arrived in Ritzville the pastor gave us a name and address. Not really knowing what we should be expecting we came to the house and were welcomed straight in. The gentleman gave us towels and showed us where we could get a hot shower and when we were finished he had an amazing hot meal waiting for us. We went and shared a little with the youth group and after some more visiting we were all ready to call it a night… inside. Thank You Lord. Thank you too to Pastor Rio and Mark you have really blessed us today.

After another rainy night they are ready to start day 5. Shorter ride today starting out with some head wind and good chance of rain showers.

After another rainy night they are ready to start day 5. Shorter ride today starting out with some head wind and good chance of rain showers.

Arrived in Ritzville, WA at 3:45 pm today (May 13). On our way west last week we stopped at the post office here. Syd met a PO employee who is also the pastor of a church. The man was curious, so Syd told him about “Cabins for Kids” and gave him a brochure and they exchanged phone numbers.

Pastor Ryo invited Syd to talk about “Cabins for Kids” at their Wednesday night meeting. A member of the church also invited us to stay at his house. God provides for us in every way, but once in a while there’s a special providence.

 

After Syd's presentation and a time of prayer, a few gathered for a photo outside the building. L to R: Rio, Gary, Stephen, Syd, Pete, Mark, and Tyson.

After Syd’s presentation and a time of prayer, a few gathered for a photo outside the building. L to R: Rio, Gary, Stephen, Syd, Pete, Mark, and Tyson.

 

Day Six ride photos, Ritzville to Liberty Lake; a warmer, sunnier, and dryer day.

Syd on day six

Syd on day six

Stephen

Stephen

 

 

Back at Musana Camps…

Between our saving and the funds that have come in so far from our Cabins for Kids fundraiser we are excited to have started building our first cabin! This photo shows our first cabin under construction with David Family from the Kasana Children’s Center.

We are thankful to be at almost 25% of our fundraising goal.

The first cabin!!!

The first cabin!!!

All of these photos and updates have been pulled from Facebook. To see all photos and updates, click here. (You don’t need a Facebook account to access).

Musana is still 75% away from their fundraising goal! We need your help! To contribute, click here and designate your gift to Musana Camps Cabins for Kids.

Thanks to all who have been praying for and supporting this whole adventure! Keep on praying, they’ve still got a long way to go.

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Our two tallest players against two of their multiple big guys.

Our two tallest players against two of their multiple big guys.

Our New Hope Stallions boys team’s second game was against Lubiri, the team that ended up winning Nationals. It was a real David vs Goliath experience. I wish I had a picture of the two full teams (hopefully the photo gives you some idea of the size difference). Lubiri has 4 or 5 guys that were 6’6” or taller and very athletic. 10 of their 12 guys were over six feet. They all looked five years older than our guys. It really looked like a Jr. High team playing against Kentucky.

Lubirii ran a full-court press the entire game and absolutely crushed us on the scoreboard but our guys fought every minute from beginning to end and never backed down. Even when we put in couple of our reserves who had not played up to that point at the end of the game, they played just as hard and went right at Lubiri too. I cannot tell you how proud I was of the guys. They did exactly what we had been talking about, playing to the utmost of their ability  and without fear (Isaiah 41:10).  I got misty-eyed during one time-out just telling them how I proud I was of what they were doing (and after that, they played even harder).

Our boys definitely glorified God that game (1 Cor 10:31) as both the boys and girls teams did throughout the entire tournament. Our sons and daughters were terrific. They really could not have been easier to work with. They made us so proud with their giving it their all on the court and their good attitudes win or lose.

We praise God for the opportunity to compete and thank all who helped make it possible for us to travel to the National Tournament.

In Christ,

Tal Anderson, Boys Coach

The 2015 New Hope Academy basketball teams.

The 2015 New Hope Academy basketball teams.

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Holidays

May 14, 2015 · 0 comments

in NHU

This week marks the end of the first term break. The schools were quiet and all the students were relieved to have the first term exams finished. Some spent their free time looking for jobs to earn money; some continued studying for next term. In David family, the Ludo board (a board game very similar to parcheesi) was out almost constantly, and in other families the boys were preparing for the upcoming football (soccer) tournament.

David family girls playing Ludo

David family girls playing Ludo

Since plowing takes a long time, much of it is done during the holidays.

Since plowing takes a long time, much of it is done during the holidays.

Many spent the break doing minimal work and allowing their brains to rest from the hectic school schedule. Others, such as staff members, continued working. For one of the teachers at Secondary, the break consisted of preparing the entire next term’s lessons, as I’m sure was the case for most primary and secondary teachers. Some staff members went back to school for the holiday, as there are different courses that run on the break schedules.

 

For thirty people, one of the weeks of break held the National Basketball Tournaments in Mbarara. That was a significant time of family and growth for them. This week, David family is taking a trip down to Musana Camps to enjoy the scenery and each other as they spend time swimming, hiking, and having water fights!

 

Now, all eyes are turned toward the next term since it’s right around the corner. Students are looking forward to being back in school, to study and be with friends they haven’t seen for a month. IYs are preparing themselves for a couple of months in a new placement, and teachers are steeling themselves for the bustle of the next school term.

 

When school books are put away, the guitar comes out!

When school books are put away, the guitar comes out to play!

Please pray as we head into this next term for children’s hearts to be turned to their Father, whether they are in Primary, Secondary, or IY; and pray for the New Hope Staff, that they may be righteous and loving examples of Him!

 

By Kara Peterson, Investment Year Student

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A secondary teacher takes on one of the Ebenezer kids

A secondary teacher takes on one of the Ebenezer kids

It’s the last week of break before the second term; the children’s brains are resting from school, hoes and slashers are leaning idle in their stores by late morning every day, and the kids are sitting around needing something to fill the afternoons. So naturally, the families decided to arrange a football (soccer) tournament between the six family groups.IMG_8213

On Monday, as you approached the Primary field, you could hear periodic cheering and the quick bursts of a whistle indicating a game had already begun. With five teams total (David and Worcester combined), two games would play every afternoon, an hour each, making a total of ten games before the Semi-finals the next week. Together, the kids, family parents, and the associates would compete for the championship: the distinction of being the best football family in New Hope.

Yesterday I was able to be at the Ebenezer/Pacific match. I was expecting a lot of slipping and sliding because it had rained the entire night before and into late morning, leaving heavy cloud cover; but fortunately there wasn’t a whole lot of mud, so the competitors were able to play well in relative coolness. It was a hard-fought game with only one slight injury. The final score was 1-0 in Ebenezer’s favor.

The younger children play their own game during half-time

Some of the younger children play their own game during half-time

Not only are the contestants having fun, but often as you come onto the field you’ll have to find your way around spectators surrounding the field. The younger children kick around the ball and compete in their own small games, using shoes to mark the goals; and those who don’t know how to play (or prefer not to) still take pleasure in watching their family members work together towards a common goal.

 

 

Kara Peterson is an Investment Year student working with New Hope Uganda Communications. We are excited to have her sharing on the blog over the next couple weeks.

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Saturday, the boys and girls basketball teams made the 8 hour return trip to Kasana Children’s Centre from the National Basketball tournament. Here is an update from Tal Anderson, New Hope Academy Stallions coach.

Thursday the boys played a great game and won quite handily. All the boys got to play that game and they all did very well. By the end of the game each boy had scored at least once in the tournament!

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The girls game ended up being at the same time as the boys game – it was not supposed to be that way but after our game ended we jumped in the car as fast as we could and drove to the girls game (about 10 minutes away). We made it just in time for the 4th quarter. When we arrived they were down one point. They played great and ended up winning by three points in a hard fought game. That put them in a three way tie for first – with only two teams advancing. Winning by three tied them with the team they beat for first in the tiebreaker and since since they had beaten that team, they were first in their pool!
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Friday afternoon, the girls represented our Lord and New Hope very well in their knockout round of 16 game. They got off to a tough start and were losing by 11pts at half time. They kept working and got all the way back to being only two points behind with a minute left. The other team made a couple of free throws at the end to beat us by 4pts, ending up 9th overall in the nation! The girls congratulated the other team very well, thanked the referees and we had a nice time talking and praying after the game.

We were able to have a celebration dinner as a full group that was a lot of fun – lots of laughter and the chance to watch a slideshow of of the week’s events. We ended by thanking God for His goodness and provision during this week.

Thank you for your prayers for health and safety. Everyone had a good time playing to the Glory of God and supporting each other. They were a group dedicated to supporting each other and playing with character. We are all thankful for the opportunity to play basketball and cheer each other on this week.

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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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