2018 New Year Letter

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Taking AIDS Prevention Education to Africa

 

 

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Kenny's Kids

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Pastor Kenny Fabamifobee Kids

Pastor Kenny and Comfort are from Nigeria and worked with Beacon of Hope, teaching the Smart Choices program for nine years.  In May 2015 we heard the shocking news that Pastor Kenny had been murdered. Read the blog, that I posted at that time.  

Pastor Kenny and Comfort have two children, Debbie who is about 12 now and Isaac is about 9.  Since Pastor Kenny's passing Comfort has had a terrible time trying to keep up with fees levied against her because she is an immigrant that has to keep her visa current.  She has even ended up in prison for a period because her documents were not in order.  

Her current situation is being in need of School fees to keep her kids in school.  What she needs to send her kids back to school in January is. $500.

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Betty Lyagoba Surgery

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Pastor Moses and Betty Lyagoba, Entebbe, Uganda

Pastor Moses Lyagoba is President of CASP (Canada Africa Schools Project). CASP has been Beacon of Hope's Smart Choices partner in Uganda since the summer of 2011.  The program in Uganda has been thriving under Pastor Moses' leadership. 

A few weeks ago we had a desperate message from Moses saying that his beloved wife Betty was experiencing serious pain from her appendix and needed surgery.  The doctors were treating her with medication but said she really needed surgery. 

It is amazing first of all that it only costs $375 to get an appendectomy in Uganda.  What is more amazing is that they would not do surgery to avert a potentially life-threatening condition unless the patient would have the surgery fee.

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2018 Johannesburg Wellness Testing Project

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BOHI Board Challenge

As BOHI's governing board we have been continually encouraging our team leaders to come up with innovative ways of generating their own sources of income to supplement what they are receiving from BOHI. Welcome Ndlovu, our Johannesburg team leader, is one of our most innovative, efficient,  and successful leaders. Welcome and some colleagues have been involved in part-time work doing wellness testing to supplement their income. All of our team members are volunteers and all funds that they receive from us go strictly towards the expenses of running the program and that does not include salaries.

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Jinja Baptist Seminary

Jinja Baptist Seminary Visit – June 10, 2018

Our friends and Ministry collaborators Mike and Cindy are coming to Africa for four to five months.  Mike's first assignment is going to be teaching at the Jinja Baptist Seminary for a few months.  On June 10 I visited the Seminary and spoke to Principal Anthony S and another volunteer Professor, Jim C.  It was a very picturesque, secure, and well-kept property.  There are three on property apartments for visiting professors. There are two duplexes for accommodation for four local professor’s families. They can accommodate about 100-120 students in rooms with double bunk beds with eight people in a room.  Enjoy the pictures below.

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Wrapup and Award Ceremony

Wrap-up, Program Evaluation, and Award Ceremony

On Saturday June 16, my final full day in Iganga we had the Wrap-up and award ceremony.  It was held at the Buckley High School that is really a primary school.  This was the first school that we taught after my arrival, but Moses and the team had trained another two schools the week before I arrived. 

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Smart Choices Evaluation

2017 Evaluation

Friday June 15 was declared an impromptu public holiday because it was new moon and the Muslims need to have a day of fasting and prayer.  Fortunately, Moses had prearranged with one of the schools that was taught Smart Choices in 2017 to have sample contingent show up at school for us to do a follow-up evaluation.

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Uganda Week Two

Second Week June 11-16

Completion of the Idudi Parents School Program

At the beginning of the week we completed the program at Idudi Parents Primary School.  This is the school that I showed last week with no window or door frames and huge step up to the classroom floor from the playground.  I have learned that this is private school, and such does not receive any government funding.  So, teacher's salaries, school upkeep, feeding, security, and all other costs are paid by the student’s parents.  In a society where an entry level teacher earns $104 and Head Teacher (Principal) earns about $170, you can only imagine the type of incomes the parents have. The Great thing is that Director at this school is a great guy the teachers are extremely dedicated and love and care for the children as best they can.  The students at this school and in most of the schools, were very well disciplined and I was pleasantly surprised at their English ability. All instruction is given in English.

 

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Impact Ministries Mbale

Mbale weekend trip.  Impact Ministries and Faith Radio

Pastor Moses Lyagoba, our Uganda Smart Choices Associate made the following Whats App posts after our world wind trip from Iganga to Mbale last weekend June 10-11.

God is opening new expansion of His evangelical replication of the smart choices to Mbale. Since yesterday and today we explored a lot of ventures to penetrate Mbale and we hope that we are gonna roll this Ministry to Mbale thru Faith Radio as a channel of our operation.

We were so humbled to have this visit to Bishop Patrick Okabe who has done an incredible job and his compassionate work has touched lives in Uganda.

 

 

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Meeting Bishop Wakula

Central Busoga Diocese Of the Anglican Church of Uganda

We had a meeting with the Lord Bishop of Central Busoga Diocese (CBD) the Rt. Rev. Patrick Wakula and his Missions / Youth Management team.  There were about ten people in the team. Everyone introduced themselves and described the role on the management team.  The Bishop only arrived at the tail end of the meeting because of other commitments. The Secretary to the Bishop seems to be the chairman of the management team and spoke very glowingly about the Smart Choices program and about pastor Moses Lyagoba, our Smart Choices team leader.  The CBD oversees 276 Christian schools within geographic confines of the diocese.  These are the schools that Moses has been targeting for the past three or four years. 

 

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Photo-op on the stairs of the new Diocese Administration Building.

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The Bishop's Inauguration Day

 

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