Over the twelve plus years since the inception of Uganda Orphans Fund, many wonderful people have stepped forward to help UOF rescue children at risk. We’d like to highlight some of those who are currently serving in Uganda on their own dime, giving their time, energy, wisdom and compassion, to run the orphan complex at Kasozi Village.
Beckie Bagby was an intensive care nurse for over 11 years, and loved taking care of people. Before coming to Kasozi Village, she attended a ministry school for two years. After that, she worked for 2½ years in South Africa with a team that planted a ministry school in Durban. She has served UOF by running Kasozi Village for long stints, giving Duncan a much-needed break from the day-to-day administration of raising 140 kids!
Beckie says, “UOF is establishing an atmosphere where orphans and vulnerable children will encounter the transformational love of God. Through healing, deliverance and restoration, the kids are affected at a heart level. UOF wants to equip them to become compassionate empowered leaders, releasing them to follow the dreams God has placed within them.”
Tim and Pam Dolan pastor River Rock Vineyard Church. They’ve also worked many years in agriculture, sharing the Kingdom of God wherever they go.Tim has gone over three times to run Kasozi Village, and on the next trip, Pam is joining him for the first time! Tim says, “UOF is changing lives. I see changes in the kids as they grow into adults. These young Ugandans are changing the world around them for good.”
Don and Diane serve as Elders in Big Sky Christian Fellowship, and Diane runs the church office. Don also works as a contractor. They’ve always had a heart for missions and orphans, and lived in the Congo and Kenya for years. They just completed a month at Kasozi Village. Don has done a number of building projects. Diane has sewing and administrative gifts.
They wrote: “Greetings from us in the red mud of East Africa. The kids are finishing their classes for the year. Many have done very well at good boarding schools. Others attend the local secondary school. The Head Mistress there says they are well behaved and have excelled in regional testing scores. They are smart. We sound like proud parents or grandparents don’t we?
We are. To help raise these smart and beautiful children is both an honor and a joy. This morning six of the older kids were in the church singing and praying— and perhaps fasting also, which is not uncommon. This is abundant life. Nothing can compare.”
For complete newsletter, check UOF Newsletter – Winter 2014