First of all thank you for supporting the work we do in Uganda through your prayers, finances and encouragement. We are off to a strong start in 2019 and wanted to share the progress we are making. April 15th we begin construction of the pavilion foundation at Kingdom View. The architect has completed all the drawings, the city has approved the building permit and before we left Uganda in February we ordered the materials for the foundation.
|Phionah and Moses|
We are fortunate to have an engineer on our Ugandan board(The Rock Kingdom LTD) and he has already begun to oversee the project. Previously he assisted us with the road up to the property. Moses Nawaha and his wife Phionah are a real blessing to us.
He also leads our cell group in Watoto Church, the church we attend in Uganda. While in university he was the "Papa" for Life Ministries Uganda (CRU) at Kyambogo University.
|Proscovia and John|
God has blessed us with two excellent men on the board. John Ggayi Bugembe is a business man and small group leader for Bible Study Fellowship International in Kampala. His wife, Proscovia and all of his college age children attend BSF International as well.
His reputation for advising church members and widows in particular and their families on construction projects has extended to Kingdom View. The subcontractors we used on the ministry house had worked with John for many years. The result was completing the project on time and all original items on budget. John was also our landlord in 2005 when we first lived in Uganda.
Christopher Byomire began January 2019 as our Kingdom View Hospitality Coordinator. He is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities such as Bible studies, understanding our practical God-given skills, helping to write resumes. In addition he works with our board members and advisory members implementing ministry objectives. Christopher is busy coordinating use of the ministry house facility/welcome porch, maintenance, bookings of the guest house rooms, promoting opportunities to fellowship groups and tracking all expense receipts. For the last 4 years, we have mentored Christopher. We first got to know him as a student then disciple. As a professional with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration he worked last year for a US Non-Profit overseeing drilling 150 water wells. He understands our expectations and has been fully trained in all aspects of the ministry and discipleship. While on campus he was very involved with Navigators.
"You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
We are encouraged by our team and the progress they are making. Each time we return to the U.S. we delegate more responsibility so the transition is gradual. This way we are able to handle challenges as they say in Uganda "slowly by slowly," empowering the team in practical ways.
For Ugandan leadership to be firmly established, it is necessary for the ministry to be financially secure. The goal is to be sustainable in Uganda by Ugandans while continuing to work with The Rock Outreach in the US.
To lay a foundation for funding ministry operational expenses locally, February 1st we began offering high quality guest house services. Please share with your friends coming to Uganda the links. The guest house rooms are listed at a discount on our website along with FlipKey and TripAdvisor.
|Kingdom View Pavilion|
- $ 5,000 needed to complete construction due to an increase in supplies
- $ 10,000 equipment-tables, chairs, audio visual equipment
- $ 6,000 kitchen-catering appliances, pots, pans, dishes, flatware for 150, and linens
- $ 21,000 total investment needed
By May we hope to have the balance of the construction funds raised.
Would you consider making a donation to help with the completion of pavilion?
With appreciation and grateful hearts,
Mark and Margaret