LOVING ORPHANS – in UGANDA:
Here’s an exciting mission update from the progress of our new girls dorm at Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center in Uganda, East Africa.
Learn to do good; Seek justice, reprove the ruthless,
defend the orphan, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17, NASB)
We’re so thankful for God’s provision for a safe place for 150 teenage girls and appreciate everyone who has given and prayed for this huge need. GOD IS GREAT!!!
Please continue to keep this orphan ministry in your prayers.
Introducing one teenage orphan girl from Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center:
Meet Jolly . . .
JOLLY is one of our youth leaders at Harvest Ministry’s Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center. Jolly loves the Lord Jesus and she enjoys worship and African dance at Guma Na Yesu’s new high school, Kingdom Vocational Secondary School. She leads a lunchtime “Scripture Union Club” which fervently prays for the lost and shares the Gospel through preaching and music at various schools throughout the district.
“I’m an orphan, but now I’m okay. I study well. I sleep well. And I thank God because of this Bible. I was having a desire in my heart and prayed to God for a Bible just this size
. . . and God has done it for me.” — Jolly Casandi
In her own words:
MBARARA, UGANDA, EAST AFRICA — In this video, Jolly Casandi shares a praise report about how God answered her specific prayer. You’ll also see a glimpse of the GUMA kids and youth fervently worshiping the Lord at GUMA NA YESU “Keep With Jesus” Children’s Center. What a joy to love and help orphan children, in Jesus’ Name.
Photo Highlights . . .
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” –I Timothy 4:12 (NKJV)
Harvest Ministry’s current prayer focus for LOVING ORPHANS:
At Harvest Ministry’s Guma Na Yesu “Keep With Jesus” Children’s Center, in Mbarara, Uganda, there are so many orphan children.
Currently, Harvest Ministry is providing care for over 1000 children: 530 children in our Adullam Primary school (Preschool and elementary — Baby Class through Primary 7), 170 children in our new Kingdom Vocational Secondary School (high school), plan an additional children who are being cared for in Christian family homes through 7 church-based Family Zone Centers. God has a big heart for orphans and so does Harvest Ministry! All of these children are precious to Him, and God knows them all, one-by-one.
We would like to introduce you to one young teenage girl, Ronitah Kansiime, and her four younger siblings (two brothers and two sisters).
Ronitah and her siblings are all brand-new at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center. Only a few months ago, their parents were tragically poisoned, and both died. These children were totally destitute. They had nowhere to go, no money for food, no place to live, and no way to continue their education. One of our HMFI Zone Pastors discovered them, and brought to our dear friends and NETS ministers. Naboth & Alice Tumuhairwe.
By the grace of God, these five children are now at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center. They have a safe and place to live and sleep, clothing, food, education. . . and most importantly, they have all heard the Gospel and all five have recently accepted JESUS CHRIST as their Lord and Savior. Despite her many recent hardships, this beautiful girl can sing of being thankful to God for His many blessings in her life. To God be the Glory!
We invite you to listen to Ronitah’s story, in her own words:
“It is not easy being an orphan. Please pray for us. God bless you.”
–Ronita Kansiime, Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center
Please keep Ronitah, her four siblings, and all of these precious children at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center in your prayers.
Good News from Guma . . .
At Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center, in Uganda, East Africa, the new Kingdom Vocational Secondary School is growing. Already, in just the first month, there are 170 registered students. Of these, 50 are “paying” students from the community, and the others are boarding students (including both needy children and orphans, receiving free education). Some of these are students who had left Guma Na Yesu, but who have now come back for further training. A few are in the vocational studies, but the majority of the students are in the secondary school (high school) section. It’s exciting!
New secondary school at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center
The high school students meeting together for an all-school assembly
Praying for God’s blessing on the new school . . .
We now have 170 students!!!
Thank you for caring!
We are so thankful for what the Lord is doing in providing such an answer to prayer. This Christian vocational and secondary school will not only provide education, but also spiritual training, encouragement, and HOPE for these children and their futures.
Please keep praying . . .
More about this new Kingdom Vocational Secondary School at Guma Na Yesu
We’re so THANKFUL to God (and to everyone who helped) for providing PILLOWS for all of the children at Guma-Na-Yesu “Keep With Jesus” Children’s Center. Just look at the faces of the kids and the JOY this gift brought to their hearts.
What a blessing!
Jesus loves the little children . . .
Each one . . .
God is so good! Thanks for bringing smiles to these kids.
We want to introduce you to some of the awesome kids who are being cared for through the LOVING ORPHAN outreaches of Harvest Ministry.
Sometimes, statistics can seem overwhelming. But let’s remember that orphans are not just “numbers” and “needs.” Each one is a special and unique child, created in the image of God. He loves them and at Harvest Ministry, so do we!
To love a child is not a burden, it’s a joy!
Meet one special boy: Daos
Name: Daos Ndyamuhaki
Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center
Mbarara, Uganda, East Africa
Age: 7 years old
Favorite color: black
Favorite food: “posho” (a Ugandan staple food made from cassava flour)
Favorite Bible story: Jesus loving the children
Favorite song: (in the Ugandan Nyankole language)
We are winners.
We are winners.
Believers do not fear.
Even if problems come
Jesus knows them
Daos is one of the kids at Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center in Mbarara, Uganda. Please keep him, and all these precious children in your prayers.
Learn more about loving ORPHANS . . .
MBARARA, UGANDA, E. AFRICA: Thanks to generous mission gifts, love, and prayers, we now have ELECTRICITY and LIGHT at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center.
Over the past several months, Harvest Ministry has been working and believing God for step-by-step improvement projects — such as PILLOWS, MATTRESSES, WATER, and SUPPORT. This new blessing of light and electricity is a huge answer to prayer. Praise God!
Getting everything ready . . .
The “Electricity Party!” — Praising God for LIGHT!
Please keep these children in your prayers. Our next orphanage improvement project will be BEDS. This next project is definitely a biggie . . . but our God is BIGGER!!!
To God be the GLORY!!!
An Urgent Need for Water . . .
We are thrilled to share an exciting report of God’s provision!
Recently, Harvest Ministry had an urgent need for a large water tank at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center. The cost for this orphan need was nearly $3,000 (above and beyond Harvest Ministry’s monthly orphanage commitment). This was a heavy burden on our hearts and a matter for specific prayer.
When we were recently in Uganda, we (Jon & Ann) saw this need for water in person,
but the situation had become much more desperate . . .
There are 143 million orphans in the world today. Why should you CARE?
’cause it’s PURE!
We all know that it’s physically healthy to drink a lot of pure fresh water. Well, how much of God’s PURE and undefiled religion are we getting into our spiritual system on a regular basis?
The connection to the city water was too undependable and was often completely shut off. The workers were needing to haul plastic buckets (“jerry cans”) of water from a very dirty nearby stream that was covered with scum. It was horrible.
An urgent email just last week (on February 8th) highlighted this need once again. It was a real need . . . and very important. But beyond our capability.
And so WE PRAYED to our very REAL GOD!!!
Keep it Pure!
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this, to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 5:12)
God’s Provision . . .
A few hours after receiving this email about the urgent need for water, Ann spoke at a local Christian school about world missions, orphans, and George Muller (a famous missionary from the 1800s who cared for thousands of orphans in Bristol, England). Together, the students and teachers agreed together in prayer for God to meet this need.
There was an excitement among the kids (and a faith in our hearts) that God would meet this need, just like He provided bread and milk for George Muller so long ago.
The very next day, we received a phone call from a lady who we had never met (she had read a mission article online and came to see Harvest Ministry’s website). On the phone, this woman shared how she and her husband felt in prayer that God was directing them to give a specific missions gift — of $6,000!!! — for Harvest Ministry’s urgent orphan needs!!!
WooHoo!!! The need was answered, with more than enough!
We were (and are) absolutely thrilled for this specific and abundant answer to prayer.
As with all designated missions donations (given directly to Harvest Ministry), 100% of this gift will be used overseas for the needs of these orphan children. For this need, $3,000 will be designated for the need for water for the orphans, and $3,000 to complete the construction of 10 greatly needed teacher’s rooms at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center.
To God be the GLORY!!!!
We’re so thankful for God’s provision and for the obedience and trust of this family (who we’ve never met). We’re so thankful for the hard work of all the teachers and leaders at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center. We’re so thankful for the prayers of the kids and teenagers at the Christian school . . . and for everyone who has been faithfully praying for Harvest Ministry’s orphan needs.
May God bless you all!!!
Let’s drink more.
Let’s keep it pure.
Exciting things are happening at Harvest Ministry’s Guma Na Yesu in Uganda, East Africa. This week, a new Secondary School is launching for the older children.
The vision . . .
It’s the beginning of dreams-coming-true and many prayers being answered.
This week, in Uganda, East Africa, a new secondary school (high school) is launching to help the older teenage children at Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center. It’s called Kingdom Vocational Secondary School and the vision is for a Christ-centered secondary educational training center, with potential to become financially independent.
The secondary school is beginning with a combination of day students (who will pay tuition) and overnight boarding orphan children (who will receive free education).
Christian families from the local churches has been requesting a Christ-center secondary (high) school and Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center has been needing a secondary school to help the older children. This vision helps to fulfill both needs.
February orphan focus . . .
This month’s orphan-focused memory verse:
“Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless,
defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
This month’s orphan prayer focus: EDUCATION
Students check in . . .
(Some of the older children – orphans – from Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center who will be benefiting from the new secondary school. This secondary education, with a Christ-centered foundation, will give these teenagers increased training for life and hope for their futures.)
New uniforms . . .
Secondary Education (High School)
The property and buildings were formerly the main “mother-church” center; a few years ago, the main church moved to a new location and since that time, this building has been mostly unused. This is an exciting answer to prayer and a good example of making “full use” of what we have in our hands!
Caring Teachers . . .
Vocational Training . . .
Practical vocational skills includes carpentry, tailoring (sewing — which is also benefiting Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center by making the school uniforms), poultry farming, and goat keeping. We are also preparing to launch a Bible training school (using an international Bible college curriculum), both for these secondary students and for remote village pastors.
It’s a beginning of a new dream . . .
This week, the secondary (high) school began with over 30 students and 8 teachers . . . and many more students are in the process of enrolling.
NETS ministers, Naboth & Alice Tumuhairwe, are directing (and delegating) this new project, and we would appreciate if you would keep them (and us) in your prayers, for God’s wisdom and direction and provision.
Loving the Lord, the lost . . . and orphans.
It’s such a joy to love orphan children . . . for God’s kingdom and for His GLORY!
At Harvest Ministry, our primary calling is missions evangelism and soul-winning; but we have found that rescuing orphans is a spiritual battle-zone for the next generation. Currently, we are excited and honored to be caring for over 1000 orphan children — physically, educationally, emotionally, and spiritually — and we wanted to share how YOU can be a part.
From God’s Word, we definitely know that orphans are on God’s heart . . . and they’re also on our heart!
The Bible says, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27)
How YOU can help . . .
Before we share more details, we wanted to give you the “bottom-line” — with two specific ways that you could help some very special orphan children.
1. You can PRAY!
James 5:16 tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Prayer takes time and it is a huge gift. We know that prayer makes a difference and we would greatly appreciate your prayers for this area of Harvest Ministry orphan outreach (especially for God’s wisdom and direction).
2. You can become an ORPHAN SPONSOR.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Harvest Ministry orphan sponsor (through a monthly orphan-child-sponsorship — of any amount — or through a one-time or special orphan gift), just CONTACT US with your name and mailing address. We would be happy to send you an info brochure and Harvest Ministry’s monthly mission update.
Each “number” is a real little child . . . with a heart and a soul and a potential to love Jesus!
Our call to the lost . . .
In world missions, Harvest Ministry’s focus is evangelism. Specifically, we’re called to preach the Gospel to a lost and hurting world, especially to “unreached” people who have never heard of Jesus Christ, and especially in areas that are currently “most-ripe” for harvest.
Over the years, we have often found that some of the world’s most spiritually-hungry areas are also physically-needy areas. Often Harvest Ministry is called to preach the Gospel in current war-zones, or in places that are facing tremendous political and economic challenges. And as we’ve been preaching the Gospel and winning souls for Jesus . . . the Lord has shown us His love for orphan children.
The need to help orphans is HUGE and it’s a strategic point of “battle” against the enemy.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 1:9,
“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
We just hate the devil and his deplorable acts. Not only does he “kick” people when they’re down and condemn people when they’ve fallen into his sinful traps; but he has no qualms about taking the most innocent victims of his violence, diseases and sin — precious orphan children — and abusing them to further his evil agenda.
The statistics are horrific.
Worldwide, over 143,000,000 children are orphans. To survive, many of these children are forced to beg or to steal food . . . or worse. Many are sold or “tricked” into slavery. Little boys are forced to become child soldiers. Little girls are forced into the sex trade. Every 15 seconds, another African child becomes an AIDS orphan; in Africa alone, at the end of every year, over two million children will become orphans.
To us, these numbers are not just stats and heart-tugging-manipulators. To us, each number is a real child, with a heart and a soul and a potential to love Jesus.
In many areas where Harvest Ministry has led evangelistic outreaches and where new churches have been planted, local believers often face huge practical challenges. In many villages, national pastors are dealing with a crisis of SO MANY orphan children — due to AIDS, civil war, disease, or incoming refugees — that is way-beyond the capability of their poor congregations. Many church families are trying to help the orphans of their relatives and friends, but sometimes these small churches need help, even for temporary relief.
Since the launching of our orphan outreach in 2006 — by God’s grace and through the generosity and prayers of our wonderful partners — Harvest Ministry has helped to rescue over 1,200 orphan children.
Building projects have included schools, chapels, kitchens, and children’s homes. Special projects have included “underwear-drives” and truckloads-of-mattresses. Over the years, hundreds of children have been fed three meals a day. And most importantly, these children have come to love Jesus Christ. Orphans have saved by God’s grace, water baptized, filled with God’s Holy Spirit and trained in His Word. Many are now involved in worship and dance outreaches, mission evangelism in villages, and church ministry.
Some of these “little missionaries” had been sleeping under trees or wandering the streets. Some were starving or being abused by relatives. Some had nothing but old ripped-up garbage sacks for blankets.
To see these kids now happy and worshiping Jesus is such a JOY.
Prayer and Worship is a vital part of the ministry at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center
“You have been the helper of the orphan.”
Harvest Ministry is called to help children who are not being helped by others. We especially feel a burden to help the orphan needs in the village churches that Harvest Ministry helped to establish. Sometimes our current situations are not as “pretty” and “perfect” as other more established orphan homes; but the needs we have found are real; and the leaders are loving, godly, and genuine people of integrity.
Our calling is to help orphan children in great need . . . for the Glory of our GREAT GOD.
Our daughter Caela with a few children from the Village Family Zone Centers in SW Uganda
Josh & Anna Dunagan – with the children from Aasha (Hope) Children’s Home in SE India
Jon Dunagan – with precious children we helped to rescue – Bussi Island, Uganda
The need . . .
Currently Harvest Ministry is caring and supporting over 1000 orphan children in East Africa: including fully providing for 530 younger orphan children at Guma Na Yesu “Keep With Jesus” Children’s Center (in Mbarara, Uganda), fully providing for 170 older children (primarily orphans) at our Kingdom Vocational Secondary School, plus, overseeing and “checking-up” on an additional 300 orphan children who are living with their relatives and/or Christian families in remote areas and being helped by church-based Village Family Zone Centers (located throughout East Africa).
Also, our son and daughter-in-law Josh & Anna Dunagan are fully supporting 23 orphan children at Aasha (Hope) Children’s Home in S.E. India through a brand-new mission, Gospel Projects International, recently launched-out from Harvest Ministry.
The on-going support for the 700 children at Guma Na Yesu ‘Keep With Jesus’ Children’s Center includes spiritual care and Bible training (with daily chapels, prayer time, fervent worship, and opportunities for ministry outreach); provision for a safe place to live; Christian education (including nationally required school subjects, plus music, cultural dance, and sports); three simple meals each day; clothing (including school uniforms and play clothes); and loving care from the Christian teachers, church leaders, and mommas.
The on-going support through the Village Family Zone Centers includes provision for supervising tutors who travel to the villages to check-up on 300 orphan children and to help encourage the children’s school work, and assistance through local churches for families who have adopted children.
Ann Dunagan – having fun with kids from Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center – Uganda
School buildings at Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center – Uganda
How YOU can help these children . . .
The need is great and any help (through prayer or support) is very appreciated.
Right now, all of the needs for these children (spiritually, educationally, emotionally, and physically) are being met with an average of only 50 cents per child per day. The physical needs are great, especially for food and living conditions, but we don’t see the situation as desperate. The kids are happy, safe, and doing very well. They are receiving good education, clothing, and basic needs. We’re continually praising God for His provision and rejoice in His daily “manna.” The spiritual situation is strong and the on-sight atmosphere is full of God-glorifying life and JOY!!!
As you can imagine, there are many ongoing needs — for food, water, clothing, shoes, school supplies, beds/bedding, primary health needs, and continued construction.
Because there are so many orphan children we need to help, Harvest Ministry is no longer doing one-on-one child sponsorship. Some of our orphan projects are short-term relief efforts, or in the process of becoming self-supporting; because of this, we need the flexibility to transfer Harvest Ministry’s orphan funds to the greatest areas of current orphan need. Also, coordinating individual communication between 700 children and individual sponsors is too time-and-labor-demanding for our man-power. We realize it’s a “fun” family project to receive a child packet with an individualized picture and regularly updated information on “your” chosen child; however, as we’ve prayed and sought the Lord about how to move forward to help many more needy children — along with how to focus on all the other mission work and our own family balance — we believe we are not to go this route.
Primary school children at Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center in Uganda
We have been encouraged by testimony of George Müller (1805-1898) , a well-known missionary who believed God for the provision of thousands of orphans in Bristol, England without sharing his need with anyone (and we can safely assume, without any one-on-one sponsorships).
The logistical administration for this “fun” element of one-on-one sponsorship is extremely time-consuming (way-more than we realized). Harvest Ministry went this route for five years, when we first launched our orphan ministry, but the Lord has clearly shown us to make a change. Now, we are simply trusting God for all these children. We’re believing for His provision, even without the personal benefit of one-on-one communication. All of these kids need our help. Instead on one-on-one update packs and individual sponsor letters, Harvest Ministry will highlight an individual child each month and a specific area for prayer.
If your family is considering sponsoring an orphan as a project to encourage your children for missions, here’s our plan. Lord willing, each sponsor will receive our monthly HARVEST REPORT mission letter, along with an orphan POSTCARD with a NEW orphan child photo & bio each month, a specific prayer focus, and an orphan-focused memory verse.
At Harvest Ministry, 100% of all mission gifts designated for ORPHAN needs are used for these needy orphan children. Nothing is taken out for any administrative/office needs.
Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center
Ugandan Guma Na Yesu Children’s Center Directors, Naboth & Alice Tumuhairwe
A few ideas . . .
As we live simply, God can help us to give generously . . . and a little bit can make a BIG difference.
Right now, $15/month is fully supporting each orphan child — in spirit, soul, and body. (As God provides, we are hoping and praying to greatly increase this per-child provision; but please know that every dollar is stretched very-VERY-far to help many needy orphans).
Just think of what a dollar a day could do!
Could you imagine providing for 2 children with just $30 a month, or for 5 children with just $75 a month, or (for those of you with big families) for 10 children with just $150 a month.
We praise God for His continued provision and know that He will direct those who are called to join with us to help meet each need. In addition to monthly sponsorships (which primarily meet our daily food and educational needs), you might be interested in a special project for orphans . . . such as clothing or underwear or mattresses (each about $10/child), bunk beds ($25/child) or blankets ($5/child).
The children all have pillows, blankets and a special TRUNK-BOX for personal belongings. In 2012, we launched a new Secondary/Vocational school for the older children. In 2013, we completed a BED-project, to get bunk-beds and mattresses for all of the kids. Other recent projects have included building a necessary water container, bringing-in electricity, building dormitory housing for the boys and girls and simple apartment rooms for the teachers. Several current needs are additional dormitory buildings for the children and landscaping, and playground equipment.
How YOU can help . . .
Once again, here are two ways you can help Harvest Ministry’s orphan children:
1. You can PRAY!
2. You can become an ORPHAN SPONSOR.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Harvest Ministry orphan sponsor (through a monthly orphan-child-sponsorship — of any amount — or with a one-time or special orphan gift), just CONTACT US with your name and mailing address. We would be happy to send you an info brochure and Harvest Ministry’s monthly mission update.
Here’s a bit more here on our website . . .
More about how we’re LOVING ORPHANS . . .
More about Guma Na Yesu (Keep With Jesus) Children’s Center in Mbarara, Uganda . . .
More about Aasha (Hope) Children’s Home in S.E. India (led by our newlywed kids, Josh & Anna)
God bless you!!!