August 25, 2014

Meet the Hutchesons!

    Amazima is thrilled to announce its newest Western staff family- The Hutchesons!

     John Mark and Karen, along with their four beautiful children, LemLem, Isaac, Kashiku and Kaleb (pictured left to right) have officially joined the in-country Amazima team!  We are so excited that they are with us and would love to share a little of their story with you.

  John Mark has a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has over a decade of experience within the ministry as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and church planter. He has been involved in mission work in various places in the United states as well as international mission work in Brazil and India. John Mark has multiple years of experience teaching students and teenagers in a Classical Christian Academic setting. 

     Dr. Karen has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She has over a decade of professional experience working with children and families.  She has a wide range of experience in areas of child development, relationship-based traumas, and adoption psychological services, including psychological evaluation. Karen also provides clinical consultation and training in orphan care settings domestically and internationally.  

     John Mark and Karen felt called to mission work during their teenage years and have always known that they would not live in America their entire lives.  Karen became involved in working with undeserved populations, foster care, and adoption related clinical work during her graduate studies. They have always been open to international missions. They state that Uganda was a great fit for their experience and skill set.

     "We are both excited about the mission and vision of Amazima. We are humbled to be a part of the ministry and look forward to contributing and sharing our knowledge and expertise in training and equipping Ugandan staff."

     John Mark states that he is looking forward to learning the language and culture. He is also looking forward to teaching, training, and discipling staff members through cultivating genuine, deep relationships and seeing the Gospel at work in people's lives. 

     Karen is looking forward to helping to implement much needed psychosocial care to children and families.

     "I am looking forward to helping form an identity in all of our Amazima children that is firmly grounded  in the amazingly wonderful grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ."

     We are beyond thrilled to work alongside this amazing family and have already been so blessed by their vast amount of experience, education, and talents.  Please keep their family in your prayers as they transition into a new culture and seek to spread Christ's love alongside us here in Uganda!

August 22, 2014

Simon Update: He's Going Home!

What a hard, yet miraculous, journey it’s been for Simon! While the story isn’t over yet, we have come to the end of a chapter, and this ending wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and prayers of many.

A few months ago, we announced to you that Simon was in the United States undergoing multiple procedures at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. These procedures have gone well. In fact, they’ve gone so well that Simon and Anna, his mother, will be traveling back to Uganda earlier than expected.

For some time, Simon wasn’t able to eat any solid foods. He let us know that once he was able to swallow again, he would like to, “eat a whole cow.”

Well, we haven’t been able to give him a cow, but rumor has it that he did eat five hot dogs for lunch one day.

Simon and Anna head home next week and, if all goes well, he will continue to eat solid foods! Please pray for their trip, for continued health and restoration, and for an easy transition.

Thank you ALL for your support. Thank you to Simon’s doctors in the United States and in Uganda. Thank you to our amazing team. Thank you to Simon’s gracious and loving mother, Anna. Thank you, God, for your faithfulness, provision, love, and power!


If you haven’t been following Simon’s journey with Amazima Ministries, we encourage you to read former posts on our blog and Facebook page:

June 27, 2013 →
July 8, 2013 →
December 8, 2013 →
July 23, 2014 →

August 11, 2014

Singing in Masese

As all the children begin trickling into the clearing where Masese school is located, you can see them carrying plates, cups, bowls, eagerly awaiting their heaping bowl of beans and posho to be served piping hot from the kitchen.

There are many children who come and they can spend hours around this area waiting for, what is for some of them, their only meal of the day.

Exciting things are happening in Masese which we are just itching to tell all about!  More on that will be coming soon, but for now, please take a minute to watch these sweet faces and say a prayer for them today!

August 7, 2014

Meet Desire

Desire is 8 years old and has dreams of becoming a nurse one day. When she is at school, she works hard and is always positive. This past year she performed 2nd in her class! If she's not at school, she loves playing with her doll, Sarah, skipping rope, and playing football. 

When we asked Desire if there was anything she'd like to say to her sponsors, she responded, "May God bless them."

Thank you to the Amazima sponsors who have joined hands with us to educate and empower Desire. We can't wait to see Desire reach her dreams! 

July 7, 2014

Big Yields

    In Uganda, about 75% of the population is engaged in some type of agriculture.  For many, it is the sole income for their family and their only source of food.  One can imagine the anxiety that comes with waiting to see if the crop is going to be sufficient during harvest time.

    With conventional farming practices, the average Ugandan produces 200 kilograms of beans per acre.  Using the methods of Farming God’s Way, a conservation farming technique, the Amazima farm is producing 750-900 kilograms of beans per acre!

   Can you believe the difference?!? 

   Imagine the impact these practices would have on all of Uganda.  Our farming project relies on the “ripple effect” to spread these farming techniques. We continue to hold classes and encourage local farmers to partake in these new methods of farming.  These farmers serve as examples to their neighbors and have even helped friends and family plant their own fields.

   We are so excited to see these yields and are overjoyed that our surrounding community will benefit from our fields.  Please pray that we will be able to not only spread new farming techniques, but also spread the Gospel as we interact with those around us every day! 

June 16, 2014

Day of the African Child

Today, all of Uganda pauses to reflect on their greatest strength.

Today is the Day of the African Child.

This year the focus was placed on the importance for all children to receive a quality education.

Mentor Annet wrote a poem and a song for a select group of Amazima children to perform at the ceremony.  Annet said that the children performed well and were very appreciated.

Today we stop to value and cherish the children of this continent and of Uganda in particular.

We are blessed beyond measure by the children God has placed in our lives here.

We hope you enjoy their performance!