Brick by Brick—Giving Tuesday with a Twist (or TWO!)

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.

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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!
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What Christmas Looks Like in Mawanga

Christmas is a season centered around the person of Jesus Christ; how He came to earth as a baby and was the greatest gift to mankind. Many people around the world celebrate by giving gifts to each other and spending time together rejoicing that the Christ child was born in a manger many years ago.

And Mawanga is no exception — just a few days ago the people of ROWAN gathered for the annual Christmas party. Look at their faces…Joy. Wonder. Amazement. Never have they received a gift like this one.

People gathered from Mawanga and surrounding villages like they do each year, but they had no idea what was in store for them. Up until the truck carrying all these gifts arrived, our villagers had no idea they would be going home with their very own mattresses.
Just look at the mountain of mattresses we created for this celebration!

Because of God’s goodness and provision and the generosity of so many of YOU we were able to distribute 370 mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets this year!

This is the first mattress the majority of these people have ever owned. And it truly is a life-saving gift; as the mattress will keep them off the ground, the blanket will keep them warm, and the mosquito net will help protect against malaria. I forgot how much you can fit on a boda boda — but as illustrated here, where there’s a will there’s a way.
So to everyone who was involved in this mattress giveaway, whether it be by prayer or financial support — THANK YOU! To God be all the glory for what He has accomplished.

Your goat has arrived in Mawanga!

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pastor Paul, the Founder and vision bearer of ROWAN said, “What once was a riddle in our minds has become reality.”

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A ROWAN Christmas Party – Donate Today!

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!