Remembering, Reflecting and Rejoicing at Kingdom View
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
What a great trip to Uganda! The month went by in a flash. As we drove
up to Kingdom View the road was bad due to the rain. We started up the
hill and the car was stuck in the mud. Quickly the staff moved into
action carrying our luggage and bringing Margaret's Crocs, so she could
walk uphill. Thank God the road improvements were completed during our
stay and the drainage and erosion problems are solved.
Upon arrival at the compound, the house and pavilion looked better than before we left 13 months ago.
Elijah, a student we mentored,who is now working as an engineer for
Uganda Roads, volunteered with an erosion plan. The comprehensive plan
solved the drainage, water velocity downhill and stabilization down to
the main road.(see pictures below)
Once we got settled we had visitors coming and going and it was like old
times. Three couples recently got married during COVID and we couldn't
wait to catch up with them. Each couple visited on a Saturday and spent
the night. They participated in Saturday night activities and the
students loved hearing about their experiences planning a wedding and
helpful hints about navigating the culture. Each couple had different
perspectives. One student mentioned, "it was so great to have people who
were like us come back 'home' to share life with us. Most don't want to
return to university."
We felt like our role was to encourage and appreciate the team. During
our morning devotional some staff members shared their fears of dying at
the beginning of the pandemic. It was surprising to hear this but
wonderful to see the growth and confidence they had. Everyone stayed
safe and no one got sick.
As we walked around the compound we were reminded of different donors
and how each person has made such a difference in the development of
The staff expressed their gratitude for continuing to employ them during
the pandemic. They did a great job maintaining Kingdom View. We are
grateful because many non-profits in Uganda closed down, but the Lord
allowed us to persevere. God has done amazing things through all of you
supporting The Rock.
With appreciation and joyful hearts,
Mark and Margaret
Recent Pictures From March and April 2021
New road with stone pitching and steps to control erosion and velocity of flow of water.
Chef Patrick, a bi-vocational pastor, teaching the team to
make chicken lollipops to sell on Saturdays at movie night. One of the
projects to generate income at Kingdom View.
View from the balcony of the ministry house as a fellowship
group concludes their meeting. We love being a light on the hill for
Morning devotionals with the staff at Kingdom View. This
has become a wonderful time of Bible study, discussion, prayer and
Newlyweds Jesse and Pam Mugero sharing with students at
Relationship Forum how to navigate planning a wedding and staying out of
debt. We have a time for anonymous questions the students ask and put
in a basket. Mark was reading one of the questions. Jesse is a lawyer
and Pam is a business professional. Both of them recently published
books. I read Pam's book recently called Running in Heels and I couldn't put it down.
Resty and Joseph visited us one weekend. They are newlyweds
and we have known Joseph since 2005 when we first visited Kabale then
later started a home in western Uganda. He later received a scholarship
to Uganda Christian University from The Rock Outreach, graduated and
went to work with a sub-contractor for Google. He also founded a
ministry with a female friend who was a social worker to help teenage
mothers. Resty and Joseph both have careers but also have a heart for
ministering to the young girls needing encouragement, skills to start
businesses, and a plan to support their children and return to their
We were so excited to meet Irene's husband, Wycliff. They
recently got married and are delightful to be around. Irene served on
our advisory committee while she was a student at UCU in Honors College.
She has had a career in banking and accounting and is currently
finishing her CPA. Wycliff is a commercial lawyer. Both are active in
their local church in Kampala.
Mike Reid, our architect for Kingdom View and his wife Kris
paid us a visit to see the new construction. The last time Mike was on
site we were beginning the pavilion. He was so pleased to see his
creative planning come to life. Both of them have worked for UCU. Kris
is a doctor and has been teaching at the Medical School. It was a
bittersweet time for them since they are leaving Uganda in June after
living there many years. God blessed the ministry in so many ways by
bringing the resources to develop Kingdom View.