Update from RukoreRich Stigall
We recently received the following update from our GO Africa Field Director, Dr. Alison Barfoot, after a weekend visit to Rukore, Uganda.
We had a great visit to The Father’s House on Saturday, 10th May. Mike Fox, the Founder of GO Project, Joe Knittig, the CEO, and Ed Barber, a Board member, traveled to Rukore. The entire GO Africa team met them, and together were received by the church leadership – the Pastor, the Diocesan Administrator who is also the Father’s House Overseer for Kigezi Diocese (of which Rukore is a part), the 12-member Management Committee from the church, along with a number of other church members.
There are 80 children, eight Mamas, the Coordinator, and the biological mother of one of the children who is handicapped and very vulnerable herself, along with her daughter. So, The Father’s House community has 90 people living on site.
The children are doing well – physically, spiritually, emotionally, and cognitively. They are attending the local church-founded Rukore Primary School. The Headmaster of the school is a member of the Management Committee, so the church and the school are working together very closely. The Chair of the church Management Committee is the Director of Studies at the Secondary School where some of the children will start attending next year.
They have adopted the principles and practices of Farming God’s Way and have planted a number of Irish potatoes, bananas, beans, and maize. They are expecting a bumper crop at the time of harvest. They are also raising rabbits. Each home has their own rabbit hutch and the children are so excited about feeding their rabbits, and then enjoying the quality protein when they are eaten. The church also recently donated a calf to The Father’s House, and when it matures and delivers her first calf, she will also provide enough milk for the children to drink milk every day.
The local church recently constructed a small home for the disabled mother who’s now living with them, and also a small home for the Coordinator, so she can be resident on-site. The GO Project leaders who were visiting were able to dedicate both homes and pray for them in their ministry. The local church has really embraced the ministry, and it is evident in the peacefulness among the children, their improved health, and the fact that they are now attending school. The partnership is very effective and fruitful.
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