Greetings from our home in Uganda!
Can you believe it has been a year (1 month and some odd days) since we packed our bags, said our goodbyes and boarded a plane to our new home in Gulu, Uganda? We can say without a doubt this year has flown by, and at times stood still. God has surprised us and challenged us to grow closer to Him everyday. God has shown out in many ways at Abaana’s Hope this past year. God has had His hand on us and we continue to see Him use Abaana’s Hope to bring people to Christ while teaching them life skills.
As partners in this journey, we would like to take the time to update you on all things Abaana’s Hope! Here is a brief summary of several things that have happened this past year and some of the new things to come!
- First, and most importantly, God has used Abaana’s Hope’s employment opportunities as an avenue to spread the gospel. We have seen God call many to Him, and their lives have been changed drastically. Because of the programs at Abaana’s Hope, people are learning to be productive, self-sufficient and radiant people who reflect the love of Jesus Christ.
- Since we have arrived, Chase hit the ground running as the Abaana’s Hope Construction Manager! Under his leadership, his team has successfully completed a medical clinic, a children’s home, staff housing, two toilet blocks, six otlum (huts), a new borehole, a playground, a store room and a production well.
- We are excited to share that the Abaana’s Hope Chapel is 80% complete! We cannot wait to have a stable place for the church to grow together in Christ. We are also in the process of building a kitchen to feed the some 100 Abaana’s Hope employee’s two meals a day.
- Abaana’s Hope has expanded its outreach to come along side battered and widowed women in the Abaana’s Hope community. We are currently building a piggery to give these women, who have been caste aside to beg, hands on raining that will equip them with skills needed to help them earn a living, emerge from horrible poverty and despair.
- The life beads jewelry program has official launched and Kimmey is the current director of the program in Uganda. Life beads employs 40 women and its vision is to empower women by training them to create unique pieces of jewelry out of paper and to restore the lives of women in Northern Uganda by teaching them about the one true God who empowers, creates and restores life for everyone.
Even with so many amazing things that have been accomplished through Abaana’s Hope this past year, we know that God has plenty still in store for the rest of 2014.
We would like to say “thank you” for coming along side Abaana’s Hope and helping make a difference in the lives of the Acholi people group. We are beyond grateful to have so many friends and family members who have joined us on this journey to literally build a better future for the people in Northern Uganda.
We hope that through this journey you have felt connected and informed as to what God is doing at Abaana’s Hope. If you would like to hear more about the progress of the ministry, please feel free to contact us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We would also love to sit down and speak with you, or your small group, in person this coming holiday season. If you wish to arrange a meeting, please email us to set up a time.
To God be the Glory,
Chase and Kimmey Barbrey
PS-One more picture. How beautiful is God’s creation?!