Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A new school year!

We are more than half way through our school year teaching the missionary kids, but the Ugandan school system operates on the calendar year, at least mostly. This year the start of school, which usually begins in late January, was delayed until after the presidential elections in late February. They have now been back to school for a couple weeks. (No, the 180 days of school required in the states, are not required here.) Students have had a lot of free time on their hands being out of school since November or early December of last year. One benefit of that free time is that students and parents have had more time to work to earn money for school fees. 

Our neighbors and friends here in Buwundo village have used some of their free time to make purses, headbands, and necklaces. I agreed to buy these items and save a portion of their earnings for their school fees. Some of these kids used to walk 30 minutes down the road to a school where they were being taught another religion and the students do not perform well on national test. Others were not going to school at all. Now these students are in the top school in the district, receiving a Christian education in their own village. We are so thankful for the many of you who have helped make this possible either through buying their crafts or supporting our ministry so that we can buy them. 

I am so thankful that these neighbors and friends will have the opportunity for a good education that helps them learn more about Jesus! Please pray for the older students in particular who are trying to catch up to grade level as they switch schools. 

Also pray for these little ones. I am thankful that they are able to begin their education here at GSF learning about Jesus from a young age. Please pray for our Ugandan teachers who are teaching and discipling many students! We are excited to see what God will do this school year at GSF!


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