struggles, but God moved again on another sponsor's heart named Jackie Grant, and she investigated the opportunity to have Buruhan treated in his own country with a specialized surgeon who travels internationally from the U.S.
In 2017, Buruhan had his first successful leg surgery (pictured above) that would be the beginning of healing. Now, in January of 2018, Jackie is traveling back to Uganda again to stay by Buru's side as he will have his second surgery on his other leg by that same visiting surgeon. While the first time God had moved on the hearts of a group of donors to cover all his medical expenses, this time, a generous organization called Child Springs International is covering all of his hospital expenses. Because these sponsors followed God's lead and had a strong relationship with kids at God Cares School, God's plan was set into motion.
On behalf of the Buyamba Uganda board and office staff, we pray that you have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
We are always encouraged by the opportunity to serve our brothers and sisters in Uganda alongside each and every one of you. May you be blessed by this special video message from the Dongo family on behalf of God Cares School, and know that your giving hearts have made a difference.
December 21, 2017 is National Crossword Puzzle Day. Just for fun we created a Buyamba Uganda Crossword Puzzle! Download the crossword puzzle, fill it out as best as you can and submit it through the form below. You will be entered into a raffle to win a mini drum, handmade in Uganda. The contest will end on December 25th, 2017 and the winner will be contacted and announce shortly after.
Contest Entry Rules: If all of your answers are correct and you have submitted this form on or before December 25, 2017 you will be entered into a raffle to win the mini drum pictured above. If your name is chosen you will be contacted by email and the prize will be mailed to the address provided in the form.
Last week, our Primary 7 students of God Cares spent two days sitting for their Primary leaving exams. We thank God for this large class of 80 students! The majority are featured in the above picture, taken before their exams, and as you can see they look ready to succeed. The students know we remember them in our prayers, and this is encouraging to them.
When a student successfully passes their primary leaving exam, he or she graduates to high school. Each year, God Cares School rises in the rankings of top schools in Uganda, and we believe this year we will once again receive high scores. Students transferring to God Cares High School will need an additional sponsor if they are not already living at the school. Due to the location of God Cares High School, the majority of the students live at the school and therefore need a residential sponsor. If your sponsored child is in P7, please be praying for a second sponsor, or share the blessing of sponsorship with a friend, and let them know about this opportunity.
We are overwhelmed by the sheer number of students that are moving through God Cares Schools, receiving a quality faith based education. They are being empowered to impact their nation for Christ!
The final term of school comes to a close on December 1, 2017. The S6 students of God Cares High School, as well as the S4 students, are preparing to take their national exams. S4 students take what's called, "O-level exams" and this determines whether or not they will proceed to S5 and S6 for further education or continue on to a trade school or enter the workforce. S6 students take, "A-level exams" and this decides whether they will have the opportunity to continue to a university, college, or some other form of higher education. Test results will be released in the late summer of 2018.
There are thirty students in this year's graduating S6 class and all of them have been praying about what God would have for their futures. Thanks to each of their sponsors, they have been granted the opportunity of education, which encourages them to dream and hope for a bright future.
If you're sponsoring an S6 student, we would ask that you also join us to pray that God would give each child His vision for their future. Please pray for them to stay on course with their studies and walk in faith through the season of waiting until the test results are released.
Does the Sponsorship Journey End Once My Student Graduates High School?
No.... our mission is to offer love, hope and a future through education and discipleship ... one child at a time. If a student wishes to continue their education beyond high school, we want to fully support them! Buyamba strives to cover a student's education from nursery to university. If a sponsor continues his commitment of $35 a month, we can continue to come alongside that child. We may need to add a couple of additional sponsors to a student if a particular university requires more. A given institution could require fees that would equate to one to three sponsorship(s) of $35 a month. A degree can take up to three years to obtain.
We are also launching our new University Scholarship Fund where an individual, church, or business can create a scholarship in their name for $3,900 - the cost of three years of schooling for the most popular university with the Buyamba students, The Buyamba Scholarship Fund will be available to students with top scores, good behavior, good attendance, and a demonstration of good leadership.
In honor of Buyamba's founder, Late Pastor Bethuel Dongo, God Cares Schools in Uganda held their second annual Dongo Run. Participation was open to students, staff and the community and close to 1,000 people showed up at God Cares high school to run the race! This 7K run took place days before the anniversary of our founders passing, two years ago. The day was full of fun as there were prizes, food, and games for all and people gave testimonies of how Pastor Dongo and the Buyamba Ministry has impacted their lives.
This is an amazing event and we're grateful for the leadership in Uganda who grants this experience to all of our students.
To celebrate National Poetry Day Buyamba Facebook followers submitted their poems and photos to share their hearts for Uganda and the reason we continue to do all we can to serve the orphaned and needy in Uganda.