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.
A Buyamba friend in Florida shares his cry for prayer ...
"I have been actively praying AGAINST this storm from hitting land anywhere, that is to turn out to sea, since it first formed last week. Forecasters indicated, from the start, that the location and track of the storm could create a large dangerous hurricane. Yes, they were right.
I am asking, in prayer, that God be glorified in this potential disaster to Florida. If you remember Katrina was a CAT 5 at 150MPH winds. One way for God to be glorified is that He gets His people to pray in unison.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. - 2 Chron 7:14
If you have not prayed, God is Glorified in His miracles (John 15:8). We are looking for a miracle. Please come along side us, in unity, praying and asking that the Lord be merciful to Florida."
We will be keeping a prayer list specific to the needs of those affected by the storm. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call us at 805-558-0089 and let us know how we can pray for you.
May God watch over you and your families.
Julie Dimas & Your Buyamba Family
I left it all behind when I reluctantly had to leave the warm people and lush, vibrant red soil of Uganda.
I believed God would send me someday to Uganda, after I had a student who was adopted from God Cares School in my class five years ago. I just had a feeling that I would go back with him someday. Quite frankly, I struggled with the thought of spending all the money on the expenses of travel and a flight to get there, when the money could go directly to the school. The opportunity to go to Uganda opened up for me, and two weeks after I signed up for the trip, I got a call that my former student was going on the same trip! God is a miracle worker!
My life will never be the same, and I pray that the lives of those I had the awesome privilege to encounter will be touched, also. I was blessed to see the results of Buyamba's efforts in the gleaming white smiles of happy, joyful students by spending two weeks in Africa, serving alongside a team of 36 with the local nationals.
My expectations of what it would be like were blown apart when I stepped foot onto the campus of God Cares School. It is such a blessing to write a check for capital improvements, send shoes or buy items to help support the ministry, or to send a monthly check to sponsor a child, But to see the fruits first hand of all the efforts made by Buyamba cannot be described adequately in words alone.
A small idea of what it was like can be felt when we walked into the slums of Bukasa and visited the homes where some of the boarding students come from. They were very proud to welcome us into their space, which was only a few square meters wide, to talk, pass out sanitation packages, and pray. I will spare you the details of the living conditions… because they cannot be adequately described, but suffice it to say that it very, very rough conditions. I met with one woman who had not seen her husband in over a year, because he worked 40 miles away. It made me think of my husband's commute to work for many years, which was over 40 miles one way per day. She was no different than I, other than the fact of where she was born. She has huge dreams for her children to better themselves through education. I met another woman who said the government would soon come and level her home, and when I asked her where she would go when that happened, she just shrugged her shoulders. These are the homes of where some God Cares School children come from. We then went to the secondary school, and I met a girl who is studying chemistry, dreaming of becoming an international surgeon. She was articulate, joyful and hopeful for her future. The contrast was shocking. When I left, I might have had an empty suitcase, but I left with a full heart. My dear friend, who is on the trip with me, made a statement that put this trip into perspective. She said that Jesus sent people, not money. The students really care about relationship. They literally fast and pray for their sponsors. They look forward to letters, and pray for the families who support them.
We, as a team, were used as a bridge from Uganda to the U.S. to bless the people of God Cares School. I hope to someday return to these beautiful people, but in the meantime plan to support Buyamba's efforts in anyway I can. I was honored to step into their world and make a difference. I might have left all I had brought with me at the school and come home with an empty suitcase, but I left with a full heart.
Interested in going on our next mission trip? Visit our Mission Trip Page!
Let the graduations continue! Five God Cares alumni graduated from Africa Renewal University. Two of the five students featured are staying in school for one more year to gain another certificate. Please keep these women in your prayers as they have been equipped and are now launching into their communities to IMPACT UGANDA FOR CHRIST!
Our congratulations go to: Sharon, Hadijah, Mastula, Ritah, and Doreen.
For those of you in Conejo Valley and Ventura County in California, please join us at Waffle Wednesday next week for free food, games and entertainment on behalf of The Ross Group Mortgage company to support Buyamba Uganda! Sponsors and donors, this is a fun time to get together for fellowship and all will have a chance to look at the new “Shoes that Grow” and buy a pair of shoes for your sponsored kid ($15) and attach a personal letter inside to bless them. This is also a time to bring a friend to hear how sponsoring a child can make an impact on a life forever!
Hope to see you there! In case you live outside the area, or you're not able to make it, Waffle Wednesday will be streaming the event live on Facebook. Follow Waffle Wednesday on Facebook to be a part of the fun. Also, if you would like to find out more information on the "The Shoe That Grows" you can find it on our website, HERE.
Event Follow Up!
We were so blessed to be featured at Waffle Wednesday hosted by The Ross Group and Westlake Brewing and Libations in Westlake Village, CA. Thank you to all who gave towards "The Shoes That Grow" campaign. Your generosity will allow us to hand out 233 pairs of shoes to needy children in Uganda NEXT WEEK! As you recall, these shoes grow five sizes to last a child up to five years! They are durable and offer protection for the feet of little ones and adults alike.
Last Saturday was a big day for seven of our God Cares High School alumni who graduated from LivingStone International University in Uganda after five years of intense studies. We are very proud of these students, many of whom have been with God Cares Schools since its beginnings, and have shined all the way through. We applaud them for their efforts and achievements.
Our congratulations goes to: Deborah Nassanga, Ismail Mutawe, Jemimah Nakachwa, Juda Kisakye, Joyce Namuyomba, John Khaukha, and Brenda Nakinrijja. We are so proud of all of you!
Each of the seven students above have been supported by at least 3 sponsors and as many as 5 sponsors! We are thankful for each faithful sponsor, and pray that God would bless them for giving. If you are one of these committed sponsors, please keep an eye out in the mail for graduation pictures we will be sending you to commemorate your student's achievement.
Twelve:2 is based on Romans 12:2 which reads, " Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Madison and Emily are donating 20% of their sales directly to Buyamba in an effort to raise funds and awareness in their community. They are offering headbands and decals here: Twelve:2
Thank you Twelve:2 for being an example to us all of how we can make a difference with our skills, time, talents and dedication.