Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The MinistryCycle Update!

Here is a little update on the MinistryCycle. The motorcycle is now in service as a boda and it provides transportation for our ministry. After much prayer, our decision was to hire Richard as our boda driver. He is the older brother of the three children that we reunited earlier this year. The whole family is together now. Richard who is 20 years old was in need of steady employment and we needed a driver who we could trust.

The preliminary figures show that we should have income of about 150,000 schillings per month from the driver lease and in addition to that we should save about 70,000 schillings per month for our transportation. For a total 220,000 schillings, that is the equivalent to about $110.00 per month. (Our total monthly operating budget is about $2000). We will keep you updated as we track more time on this project.

Now we have two income programs in place for our goal of becoming partially self supported. During this next month, we will be updating you on our farm project.

Both of these projects were made possible by our donors!
Thank you!

Monday, December 28, 2009


I would like to share this recent email from my daughter!
Dear Dad,
Well I am wiped out! I just had 9 kids in the house between the ages of 5 and 8!!
We decided to do a full out birthday party for Jesus tonight. Jaden, Kellen, and Sage each invited a couple friends (Christopher and Katie went to Graham's house to play). The party was from 4pm to 8pm. I painted a big sign and taped it on our front door that said "Happy Birthday Jesus." We hung up crete paper in the dining area. We had a white tablecloth and red plates with Happy Birthday napkins. We had dinner together and decorated cupcakes together. Each child got to have a candle to blow out as we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. We played the cotton ball game, made "stained glass windows" that say Jesus by shaving crayons onto wax paper and ironing it. We watched a little bit of the movie, "The Nativity Story," and the rest of the time, the kids played and played and used up LOTS of energy. The kids all brought birthday presents for Jesus. (One child even used his very own $). This is the exciting part! All together, Jesus raised $144.75 at His party! And guess what?? It all goes to Jireh/Door of Hope for Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Love you,

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Menu and Gifts

A Special Thank You To Those That Sent A Gift For

"Christmas At The Door Of Hope!"

Robyn decorated the dining room in red and white with balloons and table cloths. Since we have only about 12 of us here right now because a few had some relatives in their village to visit for the holiday, we split our big double dining room table into two sections, one for dining and the other for the buffet.

We started the day with scrambled eggs with onions and tomatoes along with fresh mangoes, and chapatis served with hot milk and tea. Everyone received their own apple too! Apples and milk are luxury items here, and they don't get eggs often so this was a pretty special Christmas breakfast.

After several hours at church we had lunch!

Lunch was a buffet today serving goat stew, rice, motooke, fried whole potatoes, yams, cooked cabbage, fruit salad bowl with watermelon and apples. We also had fish for a couple of non meat eaters. We had a green salad of cabbage and tomatoes with onions with home made Thousand Island dressing. And to top it off, everyone enjoyed their favorite soda with their meal. Having meat at this meal was pretty special along with other things, like soda. So the gift we received for this meal, and to make this day special, was quite a blessing to our family!

We had a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake for dessert! Robyn said, instead of blowing out the candle on His birthday cake, we are lighting a candle. I thought that was an awesome idea!

The best part was the stories after dinner. The realization that we are doing more for these kids than we ever thought. This was the first Christmas dinner that they had ever been a part of especially sitting a round a table together. One reason is because they haven't had a family to celebrate Christmas together. They went around the table and gave testimonies of their life especially this past year here with us at the Door Of Hope. Three of them had literally been on the street prior to coming here. Peter, who works as an administrative assistant in our office, has a sister (Jennifer)here in our family. He is 24 years old and was extremely appreciative of joining us today and said not only was it his first time to have a Christmas dinner like this, but he was so happy to celebrate Christmas with his sister for the first time!

These are some of the gifts that were made possible by this donation too:

Transportation to their village for those with relatives.

Leather sandals (2nd hand)

20 fleece jackets / pullovers (2nd hand)

2 coats (2nd hand)

Sweatshirt hoodie (2nd hand)

Windbreaker (2nd hand)

Jean jacket (2nd hand)

Six boys dress shirts (2nd hand)

Eleven girls blouses (2nd hand)

4 boys jeans (new)

One dress trouser (new)

Two dress shirts (new)

Two skirts (new)

One tailor made traditional dress (Jennifer had her own material)

One baby doll (new)

Airtime for a short phone call to a friend or relative

Two movie rental


This was all made possible by $344.75 donated specifically for this day!

We just never know how the Lord will use all of us in His blessings!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Give A Gift In Honor of Your Friend

The small inset above shows the front and back view of the card.

This Holiday Season give a gift that keeps on giving! You can give a gift to The Door of Hope Family in the honor of someone special to you. They will receive a Christmas card with our family picture along with a note showing a gift was made in their honor.

Contact us with the name address to who and where you want the card sent. You may make a donation on line or by mail, just let us know what you prefer! info@hewillprovide.org

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


This officially "puts us on the map"!

We Received Our Approval For An NGO!

We have been working on this all year, and comparatively speaking, it was a lot more work than getting our 501 (c) (3) in the USA! So now we are allowed to apply for Visa Work Permits instead of Visitors Passes which in the long run will save us money along without the hassles of going to the immigration office every two months. This is important to all of us long term volunteers. It will also allow us to apply for any government grants that are available in the USA or Uganda.

Jireh Ministries Foundation, Inc. USA
He Will Provide Ministries, UGANDA