Monthly Archives: June 2014

Hand Up Africa (HUA) has had a very busy year.  It began in March of 2013, when we went to Uganda to speak in schools and visit with a couple of ministries to investigate ways HUA could partner with them.  It was a special trip as my youngest son, Derick accompanied me.  In Kampala, Uganda, we joined with Bill Greenwood (a man who spent more than two years discipling me in the 1980’s).  We went into several schools both primary and secondary and was able to share with many young students and teachers.  I am always impressed by how the students receive us and by their hunger for learning.  In the Ugandan schools we were able to share from the Bible freely.  The students and teachers were so ready to hear and share from their faith experience.

After the two weeks in Uganda, Derick returned to the states and I went to Kenya.  In Nairobi, I visited with Carla Porter, co-founder of Living Faith International, a ministry in which HUA purchased a block making machine.  Carla and Davies (co-pastor) agreed to allow HUA to move the machine to build a dorm for girls at the Challenge Farm.  Now there was work to do in Kenya!

Upon returning to the states, I discovered that my grant funded job was ending in June 2013.  Now I was certain God was preparing me to help build the girls dorm in Kenya.  So I scheduled with Hydraform (company from which HUA bought the block machine) to participate in their training session to be held the end of June in Johannesburg, South Africa.  This was very beneficial for me and the task which lay ahead.

In August I returned to Kitale, Kenya to make blocks for the girls dorm.  Over the next five weeks, we made almost 17,000 blocks.  I was very impressed by how well the block machine functioned and how strong the blocks were.  In January 2014, I returned to Kenya (see the pictures on the attached pages).   Murray Kartanson, one of HUA board members, led a team of five men, who assisted with the building.  We were able to complete the first level in just five days.  The internal support walls and the second level were completed over the next three weeks.  In March, another team from the states did the wood work (floor and internal walls) and some of the finishing work.  Hopefully, the girls will be able to move into their new dorm before the end of the year.

This has been an incredible year for HUA and it has been possible only because of the blessings of the Lord and your gifts to Hand Up Africa. THANK YOU!