The turkey is gone, the shopping madness has subsided (slightly?), and today, we slow down and zoom out to refocus on giving even when it hurts, empowering others when we’re out of energy, and generating hope when all we want is to take a nap.
slice of great news #1:
Giving Tuesday isn’t a one day sprint for us at ROWAN… we’re marathon-ing this Giving Tuesday for a 17-day stretch, ending on December 15th. Our hope and prayer is that we will receive 1,000 bricks by then. Why? So that we can START BUILDING by early 2018!
Most of our tribe know that Phase Two of building the Hall of Hope, our first ever community center, is well underway and that we’ve asked you to consider donating a brick toward getting this beautiful building up and running…
slice of great news #2:
…but you may not know that you can ALSO donate a brick in someone else’s name as a gift to them this Christmas!
But wait… It gets better.
slice of great news #3:
Giving Tuesday isn’t just a “Make America Feel Better About How Much Money We Just Spent on ourselves on Black Friday and Cyber Monday” holiday anymore. In fact, this whole “Giving Tuesday” thing is about to play out in an INCREDIBLE way for our friends in Uganda, unlike anything you’ve seen before. Stay tuned to learn about the secret second twist—Giving Tuesday, UGANDA STYLE—at their CHRISTMAS PARTY!
Join us on our quest to get to 1,000 bricks!
To those of you who have already donated… Remember, this is about so much more than a building—and we couldn’t have FATHOMED doing this without you!
Greetings in the Lord from brothers and sisters across the ocean! I have the great privilege of sharing the stories of these precious people and how God is working in and through lives in Uganda. Today I want to share our most recent victory and how provision is made for His people. This post will be filled with pictures in order to somehow convey the great joy felt and expressed by so many this past weekend.
We are rejoicing around the world at all God has done for ROWAN this Christmas season!
Praise be to God, we were able to raise more than $12,000 and give a total of 230 goats to families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS this Christmas!
We are so grateful and excited about the impact these goats will have in the lives of the people in rural Eastern Uganda.
unloading the goats
Saturday, December 19th was the annual Christmas party in Mawanga for ROWAN and all members of its special groups. And it was an incredible time of dancing, singing, gathering together and rejoicing in the name of Jesus.
Pastor Paul Nyende, founder of ROWAN, dreamed of this day and believed that God could accomplish the task of raising enough support to purchase a goat for every orphan and every widow in our programs. And I am pleased to report that not only were we able to give each member of ROWAN a goat, we also blessed the staff and board members with a goat of their own as well.
There were over 1,000 attendees at this celebration, and there was enough food for everyone – a miracle considering the damage to crops in recent months. One of the honored guests attending was the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Uganda, along with 30 security guards. She was amazed at all that ROWAN is doing and wants to bring ROWAN to her village! This campaign has attracted national attention and ROWAN is gaining an opportunity to share their mission and vision with many across the country.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this celebration is the potential to multiply the effect. Each individual that received a goat pledged to bring a baby goat next year to bless another family with the gift of sustainability.
That means by this time next year, 230 goats could become 460 and the following year the number could be as great as 920! That is nearly one thousand families that will gain a way to provide an income and support and feed themselves. If this trend continues it could impact Eastern Uganda in a huge way and the name of God will be glorified through it all.
On the behalf of our staff, board members and widows and orphans of ROWAN, I want to extend an extra special thank you to each person involved in bringing this dream to life. What might seem like a small sacrifice to some has now changed the life of another by bringing hope and joy to the villagers in Mawanga and surrounding communities.
Pastor Paul, the Founder and vision bearer of ROWAN said, “What once was a riddle in our minds has become reality.”
Yes, Christmas is just around the corner! Here at ROWAN in Mawanga, Uganda, our kids are so excited to celebrate Christmas. Each year ROWAN celebrates by gathering all of our orphans and widows in the center of the village and throwing a big party for them, with food and small gifts–to show them the love they deserve.
IF you would like to help donate to this event, please click here. We are in need of funds to make this Christmas the best yet for our ROWAN family, and it’s your support that makes our Christmas dreams come true!
CHRISTMAS PICTURES HERE
Sports. Christmas cookies. Debate. Bible class. Christmas card making. Music. Drama. Annual Christmas celebration. Cake. Balloons. Gifts. This week was full of festive activities that the ROWAN community had never seen before! A volunteer team from Kampala joined Pastor Paul, Kelsey, Christine and ROWAN staff in celebrating Christmas in Mawanga. Two full days were spent with the children exposing them to a variety of new games, stories, dances, and music- all to be presented at the annual Christmas Party that was held on December 9th. Between the speeches made by the beneficiaries about the impact of ROWAN, the Christmas carols from the children, the dancing by the Kampala team, and number of new believers coming to Christ, there was a moment when one could feel the hope in the air. When George (a teacher living with HIV) stood up and declared he had Hope in Christ; when Mary (a widow) stood up and declared she has a family in ROWAN; when a Mariam, a secondary student (orphan) stood up and announced her miracle of going to a good school- there wasn’t a dry eye at the party. It ended in the best way possible: with ROWAN competing in a football match against the local team. The opponents assumed they would beat ROWAN with their eyes closed, but ROWAN took the lead 2-1 and the village was in shock! What a gift that the children will be sharing about for years to come.
Merry Christmas to everyone in the ROWAN family. Thank you for yet another year of carrying the flag of hope in Mawanga. The best is yet to come.