EYO Outreach

October 2, 2014 · 0 comments

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EYO organized a Vacation Bible School for the community they served in Yumbe.

Over the school holiday, 40 members of Emmanuael Youth Outreach (EYO) traveled to the Yumbe district in northwestern Uganda for a week-long outreach. EYO is a youth-led, adult-supported ministry of Kasana Community Church.

Nanteza Aziza, an S5 student, shared her perspective on her primary ministry involvement at the health center during the EYO Outreach. 

“My favorite [part] was praying for the sick and speaking to the people who were taking care of the sick. The hardest part was I prayed for one woman and the woman just died. It was hard because when I had prayed, I had faith she would live, but when she died, I doubted my faith.

When I went back to the hospital, I got a chance to speak with another woman suffering from the same disease. She was just crying from the pain and could not talk. She accepted Christ … then stood up and talked to us. And I got encouraged that God can use everyone – even those who are weak.

We were happy we went. Even the people there were happy because the LC3 (local official) mobilized the people to do the same thing we had done … cleaning the health center and picking up rubbish.”

More General Information about EYO and the Outreach Trip

The EYO youth worked hard to raise funds for their yearly mission trip outside of the local community. Activities on the outreach mission trip included gardening and other projects in the community, praying with local church members, a VBS, showing the Jesus film, organizing a football tournament, and door-to-door ministry. The local community is predominately Muslim and the outreach members experienced verbal opposition. The outreach brought Jesus to the community through their actions and labor around the village.

 

A showing of the Jesus film during the outreach.

A showing of the Jesus film during the outreach.

 

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Sambwe Rogers at Hope FamilyIn 1996 Sambwe Rogers joined New Hope Uganda as a day student from Kasana Village. Over the course of his schooling, his academic and work aspirations shifted. He now serves as the Hope Family Social Worker and on the Kasana Children’s Centre Management Committee.

“I knew I was going to be a doctor because I loved science, but in [the Investment Year], that all changed to social work. I loved to come back here and work with New Hope Uganda (NHU) because I felt blessed because of having been taken care of … a way of appreciating God for what he had done for me. I really desired to work with the community and people in the community.

I first worked in Extension (NHU’s staff who work with out children in the community) as Assistant Coordinator for two years. This year in January [2014], I became fully the social worker in Hope Family.

I do assessments on the babies who are always wanting to join the program. I do try to look at their health and family background and maybe family members. I encourage responsible people in the family to care for the babies. My favorite part is doing the investigations and assessment because I get to learn new things on the job.

[Working at Hope Family] I’ve been exposed in many good ways to the community. I’ve built good relationship with the people working in the community and also the families of the babies. And God has helped me through the challenges along the way – especially doing the investigations.

[During my time at New Hope] I’m seeing relationship grow stronger between the staff and children. Having grown up here as a child, I’ve seen that NHU wants sons and daughters to step into the ministry and serve the Lord.

I’m also seeing NHU is not just teaching and sending out, it is also training sons and daughters to do ministry and also pursuing … and welcoming those with a desire to come and serve with New Hope Uganda.

When I’m working at Hope Family, I think I’m serving my brothers and sisters and showing them a good example. I’ve been blessed to see some of my sisters going to do social work at universities. At first I thought [social work] was just a job that someone does, but it’s a way God uses to reach the people to share His love and share the Gospel with people in the community. So social work is also a ministry where the people’s lives are impacted.”

Sambwe off to greet a baby at the gate

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Thanksgiving 2 Thanksgiving 3 thanksgivingAt Kasana Children’s Centre, Thanksgiving occurs every July as a time of reflection of God’s goodness. We dedicate time to praise Him for what He has done in us as individuals and in the community. The service begins with a parade around the road that encircles the church and primary school waving branches in praise. The worship band led an enthusiastic worship time with songs in the languages of many tribes represented at New Hope.

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Benefit Concert

August 27, 2014 · 1 comment

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Under blue lighting inside the church with fabric around the open sides creating a cozy atmosphere, the youth of Kasana organized a benefit concert for Aunt Ketty Okoth’s treatment. On August 22 the attendees raised over 600,000 Ugandan Shillings for her ongoing treatment.

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As of last week, Aunt Ketty’s treatment has shifted to Kampala. After many prayers, conversations, and research, the Okoths and the team at Kasana coordinating to manage her care found a doctor in Kampala willing to administer her chemo. He is a kind Christian man and arranged for her to begin treatment with the most up-do-date chemotherapy protocol for esophageal cancer. We rejoice that she can receive this caliber of care while staying with her family!

DSC_0477Aunt Ketty and her family made a surprise appearance at the concert! She shared an encouraging message of how God continues to walk with her through this journey and pointed back to God’s glory and timing.

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The impromptu visit ended with Uncle Jonnes, the elders and their wives praying for Aunt Ketty. Thank you for your prayers as she walks through this journey!

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Warm greetings between Aunt Ketty and a friend after her return.

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The Okoth twins thank you for your support of their mother and family.

WOW, what a journey we are on!  Some good time has passed since we last gave you an update on Aunt Ketty Okoth and her progress.  It was 30th May when she finished her first round of treatments and arrived back here in Kasana.  What an experience for her as she was able to fly from Nairobi to Entebbe–her first time in an airplane!  Flying was much better for her health and allowed her to reach Kampala in just a few hours versus 15 on the bus.

For the past three weeks she has been resting at home and recovering from the treatment she received in the first round.  Things went exceptionally well during that five week treatment, but it still took a toll on her physically.  During these three weeks she has been eating well and building her strength in preparation for the next round of treatments.  We praise God as she is feeling fairly well, gaining some weight back and looks healthy.

The next step is for her to return to Kenya for evaluation and testing to determine how her body has responded thus far.  There she will undergo a CT scan, an endoscopy and lab tests to determine the nature of the next treatment course.  Results will reveal whether she will either be facing more radiation, but of a different type, along with chemotherapy, or whether she will receive chemotherapy only through to the end of the year.  Please pray for the latter as this is not only much easier logistically in many ways, but also a sign that her body is fully responding to the treatments.  If she is slated to receive further radiation along with chemotherapy this will have to be done from Nairobi as such a type of radiation is not available here in Uganda. However, if she is a candidate for chemotherapy only, then we theoretically are not required to have such done from Nairobi.

We are investigating all options including the possibility of embarking on groundbreaking steps by administering the chemotherapy locally with the help of various doctors and our nurses.  Of course, this is our first choice, for if she stays in Kenya for the duration of the treatment it would not be the easiest as time away from family, added expenses, and the difficulty involved in coordinating the support for Ketty would be added factors.  We are trying to evaluate what can be done and how can we steward the finances that we have at our disposal.  Please pray for wisdom as we determine the way forward.

Financially things have gone well! God has been good to provide for all the costs thus far.  Thank you to everyone who has so generously given.  Each step of the way we have seen God’s hand through the doctors, people giving, and even how He has revealed himself through numerous avenues.  We are still in good financial standing beginning round two of this process, but we already know we will not have enough to finish the course.  I cannot tell you at this time exactly how much we will need as the costs are not yet clear, but I do know we are still needing people to stand with Ketty.  We will do our best to keep you updated, but we ask that you stand in prayer with us as we walk this out.

Geoff Britton, Children’s Spiritual Development Coordinator

Thank you for your prayers and financial support! If you feel led to give towards Aunt Ketty’s further treatment, please visit the donation page and designate your gift for the Ketty Okoth Cancer Fund.

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I don’t know about you but I love to read and I often have 1 or 2 books on the go at the same time. One of the requirements of Investment Year is that the students read 18 books through the year (Yes you read right, 18 books!). I love that at the beginning of the year we introduce this part of the programme and the look of disbelief, fear and the comments from the students that this is an impossible task!

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Start when they are young!

As the year progresses it’s exciting to see our students with their books, not just reading them but also enjoying them, and enjoying them so much that some of them will read more the required 18! Many of our students have only ever really ‘read’ text books so to see them discover that books have so much more to offer, it is exciting and I trust it changes them for life as they become people who read for enjoyment, knowledge and life.

Working on a book report and reflection.

Working on a book report and reflection.

Out of the 18 books they read, 7 of them are compulsory (eg, Is Africa Cursed?, Louder Than Words, Long Road to Hope – the story of NHU, and I Love Idi Amin to mention a few) and for the rest of the required reading they can chose between two main sections of Novels/Biographies and Development & Growth. For each book they read they have to write a book report, not just about the book but we are interested in their engagement with the book: we want them to evaluate their response to the book, how did it make them think and feel. Did they enjoy it or not and why or why not? How has this book challenged their world view? What, if any, is there life application after reading this book?

When I have read a great book I want to tell everybody about it and encourage them to read it, (12 Years a Slave is one I have read recently, though a tough read, what a story). We are always on the lookout to increase our IY library so if you have any recommendations, please let me know, or of you want to donate books you have read and are just sitting on a shelf, we will gladly receive them. Books and reading has certainly been one of the ways that God uses to develop skills, knowledge and character in our IY students.

– Steve Brown, IY Programme Coordinator

On this link is a wish list of books we would love to add to IY library, please take a look when you have time. Wish List http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/J6L4PHNAXXXD/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_ws_8biAtb1GFVFRM via @AmazonUK

If you are interested in learning further about the IY Programme, please visit our page. Please visit the donations page to support the IY Programme.

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Around here, you might here the phrase kulikayo (welcome back) several times on any given day. Welcome back home; welcome back to the office; welcome back to primary, welcome back to the classroom. No matter how near or far one has traveled, kulikayo is always an appropriate greeting upon one’s return.

DSC_0397Friday, May 30th the New Hope Uganda family welcomed Aunt Ketty Okoth back to Kasana after her one-and-a-half months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Kenya. That morning she and one of our nurses, Kimberly White, flew from Nairobi to Entebbe – Aunt Ketty’s first adventure on an airplane. By the time they arrived at Kasana, her family and friends from all over the site had gathered to give her a warm welcome including many children from the primary school where she and her husband are both teachers.

DSC_0405Thank you members of the NHU family near and far for making this possible! Thank you everyone who supported her family, who kept her company in Kenya, who prayed, who gave, and did so much more. Her doctors are very impressed with her continued good health throughout the treatment and minimal side effects.

The next steps are still being decided with her doctors and we will keep you informed. For now, please join us in praising God our Healer and Provider!

Kulikayo, Aunt Ketty!!

- Wesley Steeb

Administrative Assistant to the Manager

If you feel led to support Aunt Ketty’s continued cancer treatment, please visit the Donation page and designate your gift to the Ketty Okoth Cancer Fund.

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HOW WE SPENT OUR OUTREACH ON THE 18 APRIL IN KIRULI PLACE

First and foremost i would like to give the Glory back to Jesus who enabled us to go and reach out to several people in Kiruli and His protection and provision towards us EYO (Emmanuel Youth Outreach) members.

group-childrenWhen we were there we blessed many people and we were also blessed by them.
We were able to heap potatoes for two older ladies who were unable to dig, it was really a great gift for them. One said she was so happy because of what we did for her and to the other man said the same.

We not only dug for them, but we also had an opportunity to share with them the word of God. Being it was the time of Easter we mainly emphasized on Gods love. The love that he has for us through giving up his life for us who were sinners. Glory to God there came up people who gave their lives to God. We also had an opportunity of showing them a movie of Jesus Christ the way he was bruised for you and me. It was a great encouragement to the people of Kiruli.

We were also blessed by a South African team which joined us in this ministry. They were able to work with us and we had a children’s outreach in Kiito. Games happened with them, God’s message was preached to them and also a movie was shown to them.

jesicaWe really had great fun in Kiruli as Uncle Paul’s family welcomed us well, they fed us and made us to feel at home. Uncle Paul is part of the New Hope family, having grown up in the ministry and is now a pastor in Kiruli.

On Easter day we were able to clean the village, pick all the poly-bags and burn them. People were amazed with our humility and the heart that we had towards what we were doing.

We had the service in Uncle Paul’s church, it was good for us to live together as a family in Christ. When the service ended, we had a big meal together as EYO members with Uncle Paul’s family, it was fun for all of as to enjoy together. I wish you were also there as Psalms 133 says “how good and pleasant for God’s people to stay in unity”.

As our day was coming to an end we had a football match with the Kiruli team though it rained we still managed to play well but unfortunately we were given five goals to two only. The winning team was given jerseys and also the two best players were given gold medals and a ball to their captain. That marked the end of our outreach in Kiruli, but we left them celebrating, running around the field, blowing vuvuzelas for what had happened to them. It was a great blessing to them.

Great appreciations goes to all people who stood with us in prayer and also the EYO leaders who showed us a great example of serving others. I will ask you one thing to continue praying for us because we have much to do in future and it needs you standing with us.

- Jessica N., S-3 student and member of David Family

EYO is ministry of Kasana Community Church, youth led, youth envisioned, youth funded. To God be the glory.

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The IY students are in the middle of their second training of the year. This week and next they will learn practical and heart lessons to better equip them for their future experiences. Here, a visitor to the first training week of 2014 reflects on her interactions with the IY Programme.

It was a privilege and great joy to stay overnight on 2 separate occasions with the students (16-18 year olds) and the Brown family in Kampala. I was introduced as ‘Myrna from St Mary’s Burwell church (UK) – they sent money to help with the conversion for you to live here’ and Judith Goddard as’ the lady whose house this is and lets us rent it’. It was amazing to see how much our money achieved towards the conversion to accommodate this big ‘family’! During the evening I enjoyed talking to the students in their bedrooms. Some asked “Why would your church send money for us?” They were also surprised when I said I would tell you more about them and were obviously pleased to have our interest.

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Would you eat the same food each day? Both evenings we shared an evening meal with everyone, maize and bean soup. Their food is basic – as Steve said “Posho and beans, rice and beans, Katago (beans and casava), MEAT on a Saturday evening otherwise it’s BEANS.” Two students serve everyone from 2 huge pots and it is filling and adequate. The Browns, including their 3 children, eat exactly the same food with them. Breakfast is cereals and Kathryn makes bread to augment the budget.

The Browns’ focus is on enabling the students to acquire basic life skills ready for work and life in the ‘outside world’. They come from children’s homes and this is essential experience of becoming more independent: managing time – getting ready and being punctual for their placements; informing placements of absence – “no excuses for rain” (many of them walk a long way!); creating a good impression by being willing to do whatever is asked; budget training; communication skills (discussion, negotiation)- the list is long and it was fascinating to hear how kindly but firmly this is all encouraged and instilled, individually or in groups. There are such different personalities and needs. All of this is backed by Christian values through teaching, reading, discussion eg making choices.

Each IY participates in three Internships during the year. Examples of their placements are with a dentist, doctor, garage, Blood Bank, workshops, teaching, hospital, construction, and many more.
I also met previous IY students, Immaculate and Kasule, who now assist the Browns. Kasule has a Diploma in legal studies and has an internship at a legal firm working with prisoners’ human rights cases (many now unjustifiably in prison as there is no-one to help) – this is his career ambition and shows how the IY programme helps focus future work.
By our second visit students were more settled, getting on together and discussions were lively; I loved hearing activity all over the house and outside in the evenings (even early in the morning as some have left before 7 am). Since my visits I’ve been left with many thoughts and prayer needs.

Will you pray for:
• The students’ success at work and when they return to their studies – that this experience will equip them for the future, including the Christian guidance received.
• Steve and Kathryn Brown and their dedicated commitment to this valuable programme.
• Their children Joel, Anya, and Silas living alongside the students in this bustling family environment – that they also may have the care and attention that they need from their parents.

- by Myrna Leech

If you are interested in learning more about the IY Programme please read here. To support the Investment Year financially, please visit the Donation page.

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As one of goals of training and educating the whole child coupled with the Ministry of Education and Sports requirement to develop the learners’ talents through games and sports, two of our teachers Mr. Chelangat Elly and Miss Namata Sylvia went for the training.

games 2014By March 28th the first phase of competition happened at Katooke sub-cluster. Our school sent 24 kids under the age of twelve and 24 kids under fourteen. From the four schools competing our school Essuubi Eppya Vocational Primary School emerged the first with 12 participants qualifying to the next level cluster.

On a remarkable note and at five cluster competitions with 24 of our students representing at each one, three of our children were selected to qualify to the district competitions, they include Moses in P.6, Prossy in P.5, and Charles in P.2.

When the district competitions took place at Kiziba cluster on 23 April 2014, Moses exhibited excellent performances to still qualify for the National level in May in Soroti District.

Many thanks to the school games teachers for their sacrificial investment of time and energy especially Chellangat Elly, Berwanaho Clive, Okitoi Isaac, and Namata Sylvia.

Furthermore acknowledgement goes to the Education committee for supervising the schools. Finally special thanks to the headmaster Mr. Katabazi Simon for his timely responses and recommending the schedules for athletics training.fiona

Thanks to the parents of all the children whom they gave us (the school) to shape their talents.

Continue praying for the teachers and the children even for more opportunities to exploit various talents.

- Kokas Otim, Deputy Head Teacher at EEVPS

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