The Gender Reveal

Amongst the chaos of the last month and a half, God has given us something to laugh about. While we have been stressed and are mourning for our brother and friend, Myron West, as he battles for life, God has provided some humor. So here we go…. the big reveal.

We had an appointment scheduled in the states for a gender scan with my 20 weeks ultrasound, but our schedules changed and Chase would still be in Uganda during that time. We wanted to find out the gender of our baby together so we left early one morning and went to a clinic in Gulu town that our teammate, Holly, had taken a friend before and we knew they got the gender correct. With Myron’s advice, I drank a coke to make doubly sure the baby was moving to be able to see all parts.

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Picture Tour of Living Stones Christian School

I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse into the school day at Abaana’s Hope! As you can tell from the pictures, the students at Living Stones Christian School are happy, fed well and learning a lot everyday! Please pray for their teachers and administrators as they lay the foundation for these students future.

Happy National Women’s Day

Happy National Women’s Day to all the ladies out there! National Women’s Day is actually a big deal in Uganda. It is even a public holiday! In a place where women are normally cast aside and treated as property, it is refreshing to see them be pampered for at least one day out of the year. If only they were treated as equals {not same} the other 365 days. The ministry still has its work cut out for itself to continue spreading God’s message that women are to be treated with love like Christ loved the church. We see the reality of this almost everyday.

National Women's Day at the Women's Refuge Center

Without any prompting, my fantastic husband decided he wanted to cook lunch for the former and current ladies, and their families, at the Women’s Refuge Center. He spent the morning, along with a few volunteers who wanted to join in on the fun, frying 6 chickens, making 6 kilo’s of rice and a traditional Ugandan soup. Chase did a fantastic job on the southern fried chicken! I was impressed! Winnie, Abaana’s Hope Farm Manager, and Stephen, Abaana’s Hope Farm assistant, made sure the rice and traditional Ugandan soup were made perfectly. Both Winnie and Stephen work closely with the ladies at the Women’s Refuge Center, so it was a joy to see them want to bless the ladies.

The ladies and their families enjoyed every bite and even went back for seconds of the chicken. We might actually make southerners out of a few people yet! 🙂
The Spread

Children Enjoying Fried Chicken

The children LOVED the fried chicken! They enjoyed it so much that they wanted me to capture every bite! haha…

The First Day of School

Monday marked the first day back to school for these teenagers! It is a HUGE accomplishment to attend a secondary school in Uganda and we could not be more proud to watch these kids grow into young adults! Thank you to all the sponsors that helped make this happen!

Secondary schools are scarce in most Ugandan villages. In our area the children have to travel 10 kilometers to and back from school everyday. Abaana’s Hope has began a driving ministry to get our students, in the Child Development Program, to school safely and on time. Every morning at 6 a.m. the children wait on the road side for Chase to pick them up in the  ministries newly remolded taxi/ambulance! Yes, there is such a thing! 😉

Here is a picture from their first morning of school! They are a good looking bunch and two of the boys still need one more sponsor.Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring them? Visit the Child Development Program website for more information,