A Video Message from Julie Dimas and Worship Dongo
Please take a moment to watch the video above featuring Buyamba's Executive Director, Julie Dimas, and Executive Director in Uganda, Worship Dongo Byakika, as they offer updates concerning actions being taken in the ministry both in the U.S. and in Uganda in light of COVID-19.
The Ugandan government ordered all schools to close for a month, making reopen day April 20th. This closure was a shock to the God Cares School administration because there wasn’t even a case of COVID-19 known in Uganda when this directive came (although there are 33 currently upon this writing). Schools across the nation were closed, and that included all 900 boarding students at God Cares High School.
Worship Dongo reported that many of the students did not want to go home, and many were crying. It took encouragement and prayer to help all leave. Many students went home to the slums and into a situation where there may not be enough food. The Dongo family is there helping the most desperate families with food for many families were unprepared to have their children back home.
The Buyamba office has gone remote, and the staff and many volunteers continue to work at home, for there are many different tasks involved in running the ministry, and each worker knows their area well. Donor support has been wonderfully steady. We are following the Lord’s lead to be at peace and to continue to stand as always with those we love and support in Uganda to the best of our abilities. There is and will be adjustments, but we are trusting in the Spirit to lead us in the right direction as we ask for wisdom daily and
give over our concerns to the Lord, who is more than able.
Our Focus During This Time
Buyamba is God’s ministry. We have grown and adjusted under his directives, and this time in history is no different. Our focus now is two-fold…. one, on you, our Buyamba Family, and also on the community of God Cares Schools that we serve in Uganda.
SOME OF YOU HAVE ASKED... how you can help beyond sponsorships and building support ... our new need is simply funds for rising FOOD COSTS. This rise is prevalent everywhere in Uganda because they are dealing with the locust problem in the north and the virus situation throughout. You can give on our donate page, as usual, designating "FOOD" in the note area intended for your designation.
Written by: Taya McLoud
I was wearing my red shoes.
I purchased the red Puma sneakers because I knew whenever I’d wear them and look down, the color would remind me of Jesus’s blood being shed for me. It was just one more way to have Jesus fill every nook and cranny of my life. Soon the shoes were packed for my Uganda trip. Our team would be spending time at both of the God Cares School campuses as well as within various communities. If anyone asked about my bright red sneakers, I figured they would be a great way to bring up the topic of Jesus. Little did I know that when I arrived in Uganda, I did not need my shoes or anything else to transition to the topic of Jesus. Jesus, I found out, was already deeply rooted in this beautiful country. He wasn’t merely a topic for discussion. He was a beloved member!
He was in the nurse’s tender care of the cut on my finger, even though her medical supplies were scarce. I could go on and on…
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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.
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.