The first two months of 2017 have been busy and exciting around Man Up and Go.
Below are some of the highlights we can share from January and February, 2017:
- In January, we facilitated a trip of 19 high schoolers and 4 chaperones to Nicaragua in partnership with a Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, FL; this included a big audible at the end of that trip as the team was due into the Ft Lauderdale airport on the day of the shooting that took place. Four separate flights and 48 hours later, we were able to get the team home safe and sound (thank you Jesus!).
- One of our partners in Uganda, Pastor Sam, has needed a new ministry compound for all the years we've been working with him. A generous donor of Man Up has helped to make this dream a reality (see below pic). This ministry complex will benefit the community, the ministry, and teams which come along side Kerith Ministries with Sam and Mercy, his wife. We are still in need of a water well to help support the facility and residents in the area. The price tag on the well is $3100 if God has laid this on your heart.
- Man Up has secured and sent money to expand the Bethel Junior School once more, this time adding new classroom space for the children graduating from Primary 5 to Primary 6.
- In addition to sending money for the classroom, we were able to help supplement the staff salaries and operating expenses thru the generosity of your giving. While child sponsorships cover a portion of the costs, as of yet, they do not cover the entire cost of running the 15-employee, 120-student school. As a reminder, the school is a ministry of Home Again Ministries in Masese (Jinja, Uganda).
- Speaking of Home Again, their Super Saturday program is still going strong. An average of 500 children from the community show up for 3 hours every Saturday to play, eat, and learn about God. Thru our relationship with Convoy of Hope, we have secured another container that will provide over 200,000 nutrient-rich meals for these children. Currently, we are in need of securing funds for the transport of this container - please contact us if you are interested in funding this initiative. (Below is a pic of the program in early February of this year.)
- Man Up has increased our monthly sponsorships to 32 children in total from Kerith Children's Home or Bethel Junior School thanks to generous givers and supporters of our ministry. There are more children to sponsor, so please view the profiles HERE of some of the kiddos at Kerith's and follow the instructions to get your sponsorship set up.
- A terrible storm ripped part of the roof off of the River of God church and school facilities in Pallisa (see pic below) but due to the graciousness of a donor, we were able to fix the roof in January so that the ministry to the children at the River of God school could continue uninterrupted.
- We were also able to help with back pay to the nurse salaries of the Kerith Health Centre, which Man Up helped to construct and open in 2015. While we have visions of this being a totally self-sustaining clinic, changing a mindset from "you owe me" to "thank you for serving me and here is my fee" happens slowly. We're thankful for Susan, Andrew, and Judith, and Edith who serve on the staff of the clinic. (Below is Edith on the left, in the middle is Andrew, and on the right is Judith).
- We've also been cultivating our relationships in the Dominican Republic and have begun to financially support a pastor and orphanage in Santo Domingo. We can't wait to share more about this project in the future; we'd also love to have you join us in May for our mission trip there to LOVE BIG on the kiddos, women, and men of the Dominican.
- Home Again Ministries cares deeply about the women in the slum community of Masese, and Pastor Andrew's wife, Juliet, continues to minister to them each week. She not only helps them with vocational skills, but teaches them on a variety of topics, from spiritual to financial to personal hygiene matters. Below you can see a shot of her teaching the women last month.
- Man Up and Go's major three strategies include Engaging the fatherless, Empowering single mothers and widows, and Equipping men to lead. In addition to that, we exist to Encourage our ministry partners as well, as they're in the day-in-day-out business of restoring families through the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities. Below is a picture of Pastor Sam and his wife Mercy after a counseling session with a couple in their church. The couple, headed for divorce, has decided to stick it out and work on their relationship instead of quitting. That is Manning Up and will ultimately mean less fatherless children in their community, which is the reason we exist.
- In addition to our international efforts, we're hard at work planning our first mission trip to Florida. We've dubbed this Operation Fighting Fatherlessness and you can read more about that effort HERE, slated to take place May 18-21. Come join us in Florida as we love big on the American orphans in our foster care system.
Of course all of our leaders are getting ready for our 2017 trips, and we are looking for like-minded folks who want to MAN UP for orphans and widows in their distress, and equip men to lead in the process. Please consider where God might have you join us this year. Check out our full slate of trips while you're on our site.