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 29, 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!

May 26, 2014

Sweeping for Support

During our HIV and AIDS support groups, we focus on "living positively." Living positively is acknowledging that while you may have HIV, you still have the right to live a full and productive life. We encourage group members to maintain good hygiene, eat properly, exercise, take medication at the appropriate times, and continue attending doctors appointments, and to help their children or family members do the same.

One of the biggest hindrances to living positively for our group is finances. Families confessed that it is difficult to eat nutritious foods like eggs and bananas regularly when they often do not have the money to afford it. 

After exploring several income generating options, we realized that Amazima purchases about 930 brooms each school term to send with our sponsored secondary students. After some brainstorming, we decided this is an excellent market for our support group to take part in!

The group, made up mostly of parents and guardians of children in our program, was very excited about the prospect of becoming broom makers. With the extra income they earn from making brooms, they will be able to provide their family with healthy food to keep their bodies in excellent condition!

By empowering these families to live positively, we hope they will be a light to the rest of their communities and encourage others to live to their full potential!