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Meet Elisa and Wahabu

In Wednesday’s blog post, we featured two caregivers (Katherine Nabirye and Badiri Mukose) in need of sponsorship.  Today we are turning the spotlight on two of ROWAN’s sweet primary children who are waiting for their sponsors.  

Little boy standing on a field in Uganda

Elisa Mugoya is a little boy with a big heart.  He is one of 8 siblings! Elisa dreams of one day becoming a police officer so that he “can help keep people safe.”  With your help, we can support Elisa as he grows up and works toward accomplishing that dream.

A young boy standing on grass in Uganda

Wahabu Kafero is one of two siblings who live with their mother.  He is a kind little boy who dreams of becoming a lawyer one day to help “protect and defend” others.  Wahabu knows that this dream will require a lot of work, but he’s willing and ready to put the work in to make his dream a reality.  By sponsoring Wahabu today, you are showing this determined little boy that he won’t be alone on the journey toward his goal.

A young man in his school uniform in Uganda

 

A little boy dressed in a suit in Uganda

 

A ROWAN sponsorship costs as little as $38 a month.  Your sponsorship dollars help ROWAN cover the cost of:

Medical Care

Education and Literacy costs

Business training

Nutritious meals

In addition to meeting the physical needs of our ROWAN members, sponsorship builds relationships.  Once you sponsor a ROWAN member, you can write to the individual you sponsored – and have them write back.  You become a treasured part of their lives, and they will quickly become a precious part of yours.

To sponsor Elisa or Wahabu, simply click on their names anywhere in this post to be taken to their individual sponsorship pages.  

When you sponsor a ROWAN member, you are changing lives and lifting hearts.  We are so grateful for each of our ROWAN sponsors!  Your generosity helps ROWAN stand in the gap for our members, and we couldn’t do that without you.

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

Standing in the gap

This week we will be spotlighting a few of our ROWAN members in need of sponsorship.  Today we are shining the light on Katherine Nabirye and Badiri Mukose – two of ROWAN’s incredible caregivers.  The caregivers that ROWAN serves genuinely understand the scriptural passage found in Matthew 25:40, which teaches, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” 

A smiling woman in a colorful dress standing in a field in Uganda 

Katherine Nabirye is a woman who knows the meaning of christ-like service.  She takes in orphans and lovingly raises them until they are old enough to be independent. She serves those in her community selflessly and without hesitation. Katherine is love in action, and she has touched the hearts of many in the ROWAN family.

A smiling man in a blue shirt standing under a tree in Uganda

While raising his ten children, Badiri Mukose has also taken in his nieces and nephews, who lost both of their parents to HIV/AIDS. Badiri is a peasant farmer by trade with a full house and a full plate, but he doesn’t allow the stresses of daily life to stop him from being there for those who need him. He is a man with a huge heart who shows, by example, the power of choosing love.

A man in a blue shirt standing in the shade in Uganda    

A closeup of a smiling woman in a colorful dress in Uganda

We would love to see both Katherine and Badiri get fully sponsored this week! Will you help us meet that goal?  Together, we can show Katherine and Badiri that they are not alone on their journey as caregivers. 

If you are interested in sponsoring Katherine or Badiri, please click here to be taken to ROWAN’s sponsorship page or click on either of their names anywhere in this post to be taken directly to their individual sponsorship pages. Thank you for standing with us in the gap!

 

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

Get ready for Fall with our new merchandise

White mug with the words, "Hope does not disappoint" written on it in scrabble pieces

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” – Oscar Wilde

Happy first day of  Autumn!  Crisp mornings, colorful leaves, and pumpkins on porches – all sure signs that Fall has arrived.  What better way to celebrate the arrival of a new season than by making a purchase that helps lift someone else?  The new ROWAN merchandise gives you a chance to do just that.  All proceeds from our Fall merchandise go to feeding our ROWAN families during the continuing COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda.  

                   

 

To see all of the merchandise available or to make a purchase, click the link below:

https://www.bonfire.com/store/rowan-store/

If you are interested in learning more about the situation in Uganda, click here.  Please continue to pray for the people of Uganda and our ROWAN families, and if you can, please consider purchasing a shirt or a mug to help keep food on the tables of our Ugandan families.  

 

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

“Gratitude is our foundation.”

A learning center in Uganda

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3: 5-6

A young child in Uganda

Recently pastor Paul said, “The world is in total confusion, but Uganda is confused more.”  Like so many places in the world right now, there is a lot of uncertainty in Uganda right now.  People are not sure where to turn or what to do.  Children long to be back in school and their caregivers don’t have any clear answers as to when that will happen.  The Ugandan government is saying that schools are reopening and is now demanding school fees be paid in order for children to return to in-person learning, but there is a general feeling of mistrust surrounding this.  Ugandans are worried that they will pay these fees and then schools will close once again.  For many these fees take up a large amount of their income, ROWAN would have to pay $6,000 (USD) in fees to have all of its children return to school right now. 

Pastor Paul is meeting with ROWAN staff to brainstorm ways in which the Learning Center can be used for help in continuing the education of ROWAN’s children.  You may remember that thanks to last year’s Christmas campaign, we were able to purchase an educational curriculum and now have a staff of 4 teachers in our Learning Center.  So, thanks to the generosity of so many of you, our ROWAN children will have access to education during this time of uncertainty.

A desk with chairs in a classroom in Uganda

As Pastor Paul says, “Gratitude is our foundation.  COVID has pushed ROWAN outside of its walls, outside of its programs.  What does ROWAN look like when we are outside our walls?  We rely on God’s daily bread for our direction, inspiration, and provision.  Our courage is expressed in surrender.”

A young boy smiling in Uganda

 

We at ROWAN have so much to be grateful for – even in these uncertain times.  We have not had a single member of the Ugandan ROWAN community test positive for COVID.  We have supporters whose generosity and kindness have allowed us to meet the needs of our members throughout this pandemic.  We have been on the receiving end of miracles and had so many answered prayers during this season of hardship.  And we have seen the power of love in action.  God is great.  Prayers are heard.  Hope is real.

A little girl smiling in Uganda

All photos by Bob Ditty

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

When things are hard, PRAY.

30 days of prayer prompts introduction

“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.”

– D.L. Moody

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread, people worldwide facing floods, famines, and political unrest, the world can feel very heavy.  But we at ROWAN think there is also a tremendous amount of good in the world, and we are choosing to look for and see hope.  We believe now is the time to gather together and to pray.  To this end, we put together a prayer prompt campaign for September.  Each day this month, we will be sharing a scripture and prayer prompt, and we would love to have you join us in prayer.

Prayer Prompt for forgiveness                  Prayer Prompt for Courage

We have seen the power of prayer in action, and it is a beautiful sight to behold.  Just this week, ROWAN’s co-founder, Kelsey, had a powerful experience with prayer.  During a conversation with Pastor Paul, he shared a need for funds for tires, land titles, and other backend costs for the ROWAN land in Uganda.  These needs totaled up to $2000 (USD).  These items weren’t in the budget, but they were necessary, so Kelsey sent the money to cover them, and then she prayed.  In relating this experience, Kelsey said, “I remember praying out loud and saying, ‘Lord, I just trust you, and I pray that you somehow bring this money in today’.” and then she went about her day.  While running errands, Kelsey ran into a woman she hadn’t seen in a while.  As they were talking, this woman asked Kelsey about ROWAN, and after hearing about some of the struggles our Ugandan members were facing, she said, “I’ll just cut you a check right now.”  This kind and generous woman then wrote a check to ROWAN for the exact amount needed to cover the expenses Kelsey had prayed about that morning.  

What an incredible example of the power of prayer and of the way God provides exactly what is needed!  

Courage Prayer Prompt

We would love to have you join us this month as we pray.  Our prayer prompts are shared daily on ROWAN’s social media stories or, if you prefer to see a week’s worth at a time, we share them weekly via a post on our social media accounts.  We are grateful for all of those who pray with us and know, as Mark Batterson says, “Prayer is the difference between the best we can do and the best God can do.”

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

What is the job you were given to do?

Logos for members of Uganda Unite

Last Thursday, August 19th, the 2021 Uganda Unite Summit was hosted via Zoom by Kelsey Hargadine and ROWAN.  We had representatives from 12 different organizations and over 40 participants in attendance.  It was an incredible summit filled with inspiration, messages of hope, and information sharing between organizations.  

We were fortunate to have Bob Goff as our keynote speaker for this year’s summit.  Bob’s words of hope and encouragement were so inspiring!

Some of the messages that stuck out to those in attendance were:

“Don’t let setbacks stop you from doing something.  Do what you can.”

“Don’t engage in every fight.  Be picky about issues you want to take on.  You don’t have to swing at every pitch.”

“We have to decide when something burns down in our life –  when something goes wrong – not to let it distract us. Don’t give up.  Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.  Finish your work.  Never give up.”  

“Know what you want.  Why you want it. And what you’re going to do about it.  Figure these out, and you’ll run your race.”

And my favorite:

“God just wants to surprise us.  The story is not where we are the victim or that we are the hero. It’s that we are a participant.  Show up – fallible as you are and bring everything you’ve got because this is something worth doing.”  

So many nuggets of wisdom!  It was such a wonderful and uplifting way to start this summit.  

Following Bob’s remarks, two breakout sessions gave the participants a chance to share their organization’s work in Uganda and talk about the different challenges they are facing.  So many insightful ideas were shared during these breakout sessions!  

To close the summit, Kelsey Hargadine, Co-founder of ROWAN, discussed the impact the COVID-19 Pandemic has had on the people of Uganda.  During this discussion, Kelsey shared that Pastor Paul, Rowan’s Co-founder, and his wife had been in the United States when the COVID-19 Pandemic began to impact the U.S. in mid-march of 2020.  Their planned stay of a few weeks became a stay of nearly five months due to the travel bans that were put in place.  These five months turned out to be a really special time.  Pastor Paul and his wife were able to truly rest for the first time in their lives.  Through that rest, creativity began to flow, and Pastor Paul and Kelsey were able to come up with new, creative solutions for ROWAN, its programs, and the people we serve.  

When Pastor Paul and his wife finally returned home, they carried with them a new sense of calm.  Recently, Pastor Paul was speaking with Kelsey and sharing with her some of the hardships, roadblocks, and issues that ROWAN and its members are facing during this second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the subsequent lockdown when he paused and said, “But Kelsey, I have joy.  I have never had this much time at home with my family.  I am getting to know each of my children, and I love getting to know them.  Yes, there is a lot going on around us, and there are so many hard things, but this family time has been so wonderful.”

Pastor Paul then asked Kelsey to share the following message at the Uganda Unite Summit:

“Tell them that COVID is a checkpoint for us.  That this is an opportunity to take inventory of what you have and value the relationships and families that you have.  COVID will come and go.  But how will we look back at this time?  Take it as an opportunity.  An opportunity to spread hope.”

I love that. 

 “An opportunity to spread hope.” Or, as Bob Goff said it, “Faith expressed in love.”

 

Post Author: Kirsten Formea

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