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Hello my friends!  
A few years ago many of you helped me raise funds to go on a mission trip with my church, Rock Harbor of Costa Mesa.  On that trip I was blessed to be able to visit Israel and Uganda.  Needless to say, the experience was absolutely amazing, awe-inspiring and life changing.  Israel is a place everyone should visit.  There is so much going on in that part of the world that we will never hear about here in the United States.  My hopes and prayers ar that we, as a people, are able to work together, give and take, in order to find peace in the birth place of Jesus Christ!  

The first part of that trip was a visit to a town in Uganda called Gulu.  During that part of the trip our group experienced and visited many places.  We served at a church where I was able to share my testimony.  That was probably the most amazing thing I have ever done.  We celebrated the new year together, shared meals, prayed, visited a small village called Guru-Guru, had scared adventures and amazing ones as well.  

While in Gulu visiting a church called Christ the Center, I observed a young  boy who was not attending the school, just wandering around, picking up trash, helping others and just being a kid.  While watching the school kids perform for us I kept seeing him over and over again, doing nice things for others.  I gestured for him to come over and told him that I was very impressed with him!  Well, some amazing things happened from there.  I met his brother Emanuel and his sister Peace and also his mother, Hope.  They are refugees from the Congo where they lost their father in some violence in that area.  They now are in Gulu trying to just survive.  Sam, the young boy I was talking about, and I just plain hit it off together and he and I spent the rest of the time in Gulu together, talking, dancing, praying, and many times just sitting together.  God formed a very special friendship that day, one I just cant let go of.  Eventually, we had to leave, a very difficult thing to do I must say.  I saw the value of an education for these people while visiting and felt so bad that Sam could not attend school.  I set a goal that day to get him sponsored and into school along with his brother and sister. 

When we got home I really didn’t know what to do for this family.  I didn’t know how to get in touch with them, how to help, but did know the power of prayer in their lives, that’s about all I knew to do, they were not on the list to be sponsored so their was little hope to help them.  I lost track of them for a few months and suddenly I received a message on Facebook from Hope, the mother.  The family had to leave Gulu as they had no money and ended up in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda.  I was absolutely amazed they found me, from the other side of the world, and were able to contact me.  The pictures they sent me broke my heart, I just had to do something for this family.  I called embassies, refugee camps, organization that work with refugees etc. with no positive results until one day a lady here in the U.S. returned my calls and hooked me up with a person who knew of the family. 

I knew where they were and saw pictures of how hard it was for them to exist in this camp and then lost them again.  They re-surfaced in another refugees camp for Congonese Refugees.  The conditions are something that none of us would ever want to live in.  My determination to help grew even greater.  Finally, I contacted one of our Pastors at church asking his advice and he set in place a process where I could bring them back to Gulu, get the kids in school, rent them a hut and hopefully provide the means for the mom to get job training.  The cost to do so was less than the cost of the new iPhone X,  for a year of life, education, and health, YES for all of them!  Amazing isn’t it?

In the Refugee CampWell, the kids are now in school, the family has a hut in Gulu, and the mom is trying to develop a business.  The kids are healthy, happy and learning!  The cost of putting the kids in school is $38 a month, above and beyond the $1000 I provided for them to just exist.  I am currently paying for all three kids to go to school, get at least one meal a day, school supplies and health care.  Two of my friends who were going to sponsor the little brother and sister have not been able to follow through and time has come to get them sponsored as my initial funding is running out.  The family still needs help with the rental for the hut, the kids will always need school and food.  

So, why am I sharing this with you?  Well, I need some help in raising funds to keep  Peace in school as the current person sponsoring her is stopping her support.  Back in GuluI will continue to support the entire family to the best of my ability but I need help in getting Peace, the girl,  in school. I would love it if you would consider helping this family who has been through so much.  Will you help?  $38  a month can change the course or these kids lives.  They are awesome kids!  I know you would love them as much as I do.  Think about it and if you would like to donate please do so at this address.  Let’s give a little to change the lives of this family.  

Thanks for reading this!

Barbara Bosch

2018-02-11 22:38:52

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. — Proverbs 31:8-9

Sandra snyders

2018-02-10 03:01:02

May God cover and bless this dear family.

Update #3 of my UGANDA FAMILY
November 27, 2018, 12:04 pm

For those of you who have offered prayer and funding thankyou!  As you know, I am seeking assistance in the sponsorship of this family in Gulu, Uganda.  I provide the family with $100 per month to provide them with a hut and food, $1200 a year gives them the basics needed to live a descent life in Gulu, less than the cost of a new iphone!!!!  Recently, one of the people assisting sponsor Peace, the young girl, informed me that she can no longer support her and will be stopping her $38 a month donation to keep Peace in school, being educated, recieving health support, and at least a lunch every school day.  I will continue to support the family as I have along with $76.00 per month to keep Sam and Emmanuel in school.  If you can see it in your heart to help me sponsor Peace we can keep her life going in a good direcion spiritually and educationally.  Education is the only way out of the situations families like this face on a daily basis.  Can you reach into your heart and see if you can help.  God asked his disciples to cast out their nets and find the ONE they can bring to him.  Can you cast out your net for Peace?

God Bless and Thanks!

Update #2
July 9, 2018, 2:52 pm


Thank you for your continued support of Samuel Kamanzi, Emmanuel Kamanzi through Renew Gulu. Each quarter, the Renew Gulu Project Director, Ojok Simon, compiles a quarterly highlight letter, showcasing the wonderful ways that God is using Renew Gulu to impact the children of Gulu. We are so excited to share with you some excerpts of the most recent quarterly highlight, which focuses on the Center Day Program. Here are some highlights:
The theme for the Center Day was “The Fruits of the Holy Spirit” focusing on Galatian 5:22, teaching children to understand the fruits of the Holy Spirit. There were several objectives for these Center Days including:
To develop children spiritually, physically and morally to be good to God & others just as God is always good to his people.
To enable children to develop a heart of love towards God and one another, just as God loved us unconditionally.
To teach the children that joy only comes from the Lord and also to be joyful to others.
To enable children to develop self-control both physically and spiritually in their everyday life when they are faced with temptations and trials.
To allow children to be faithful to God and one another in all aspects of their lives.
To enable children to be patient and only wait for the Lord’s direction in life.
To enable children to identify themselves in Christ while leaving the worldly behavior and lifestyles.
To teach children self-awareness so that they are able to take good care of themselves, understanding their strengths and weakness so that they develop skills and practices that leads to positive developments.
We achieved this through devotions, class sessions, outreaches, meals, games, and talent shows.
Morning Devotions: Each day of the center day began with a morning devotion where children participated in praise and worship, sharing the word of God and praying together with other children.
Class Sessions: These lessons focused on various topics with a Bible passage corresponding to each one. Some topics included goodness, love, joy, self-control, faithfulness, patience, identity in Christ, and self-awareness.
Games and Talent Shows: Our children just like all people created by God are greatly talented and it’s our duty as children-workers to identify and nurture these talents. The talent show included poems, dance, and singing, fashions among others.
Outreach: We teach our children that it is vital to reach out to the community in a loving and caring way. We visited a local hospital to pray for and love the sick.
Stateside, we could not be more excited for the future of Renew Gulu and the ways in which God is changing the lives of the children in our program. It’s our joy to pass on this report of how the children, as they grow, are learning to serve others around them as Christ has taught each of us to do.

Update #1
June 24, 2018, 12:59 pm

Thanks to all of you who have donated to keep this family alive and healthy.  As of now, Hope, the mother, has been repeatedly in the hospital due to some serious health issues up to and including PTSD.  Hope, in her journey to Gulu, Uganda, was repeatedly raped as she attempted to bring her children out of the Congo after the death of her husband.  Her three children, Hope, Sam and Emmanuel have witnessed attrotious crimes on other and their own mother.  Hope is experiencing massive headaches, malaria, and other illenesses.  She also now requires glassses in order to see clearly.  Recently, her daughter Hope was admitted to the hospital for some night time terrors resulting from all of the above and incontinence.  The boys, Sam and Emanuel. have been in and out of school as their mother is treated in the hospital. Sam recenctly broke his arm but is now doing well.   All are now home and doing much better.  the hospital is located many miles from Gulu in Kampala.  In order to go there the family must find transportation on their own.  The kids are all back in school, mom is home and they continue to be in need of financial support and prayer.  The Gallery now has some recent pictures the family has sent me.  One of those photos is of Josh Harrison from Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, who recently visited Uganda and was able to check up on the family for me.   I ask that you continue to examine your heart and see if you can assist financially and in prayer for these amazing kids and their mother.  God Bless!

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