If you were to ever travel to Ibanda, you might miss our school. Tucked away behind a fading blue fence is our smallest PCM School.
We rent this space for just over $4 a day and everyone that attends knows that these 80+ children are receiving a terrific education.
We have 19 boarders and everyday get more requests. Our problem here is space. We can’t grow. This is the only place where we don’t own our land. That doesn’t limit the smiles though when we come to visit.
A greeting here from these children is worth every bit of effort made to make the journey. Mbabazi has been here many times but this never gets old.
The dusty hands wrapping around you before you even get in the gates is a powerful testimony of the PCM way learned by these 80+ students.
Ibanda truly is a tucked away gem. We started with just 40 students 2 years ago.
The area where the school is located is right off the main road of the city, a place where Christians and Muslims have had their moments in the past. Pastor Emmy desperately wants a presence for PCM in such a battle for souls here.
One of the best moments of being here is that we have an instant stage right in our very own front yard. And with willing servants like Kiconco
we can make an impact with any presentation that we make. These children had never seen God or Noah in a short skit I am sure.
What the locals outside the fence have seen before is the smiles on the faces of children like Immaculate.
I don’t have to say much more about this picture except to ask the question, “Whose life is being more impacted?” You can be the judge here for sure. The needy are here and your impact can’t be ignored.
Our goal here in Ibanda is to find another land, a place that we won’t have to wait for our landlord to make improvements on our school facility. We need a place for these children to learn without sitting in a cramped classroom. We have been searching for an area to expand and would love to find an area with some structures already on location. Something we could help finish out. Pray for us here that we can expand our impact and continue to be a local smile generator through teaching the love of Jesus Christ.
Just about 45 minutes down the road sits our largest campus. Katyazo.
The sun is shining on the soon to be PCM epicenter of the world.
Right now there are 4 impressive structures with green roofs and a host of other buildings where 28 boys and 35 girls are a part of our secondary school.
Our children are most thrilled for their newest building, the first ever PCM science center.
Pastor Emmy would tell you the bar is being raised daily in this location. The potential of these kids is limitless to change the world for Christ.
Mbabazi and Kyomu were excited to show Jude and our other sponsored children this new building where they will learn basic sciences one day.
If you were to step inside, you might be a bit muddy as 4 of our team members experienced.
But inside, Chandler wouldn’t be the first to realize there is a wonder here that is limitless.
A place where all present realize that Jesus is present. This world is His and His alone. These children had a special message for the anonymous family who bought this building as a birthday present for the father.
“I love you.”
Your impact on successive generations will be limitless indeed.
I told my parents to grab a picture of Enos. Many of you know him for his photogenic face. If you ever want a great picture, you just go find Enos and stand next to him. He was a part of the original PCM Choir 15 but for some reason the local officials in his village wouldn’t sign his papers. We will have to wait someday for his presence to grace the US soil.
Until then Enos will be washing his clothes along with others on this beautiful land.
Nearly all of these children are sponsored and the prayers that they return for their sponsors are precious and impactful.
There is so much there, but oh so much needed as well. Our PCM secondary school has a “football” team
Here is our current field. It has the biggest slope of any pitch I have ever put my eyes on.
The team is especially proud that it defeated a neighborhood school many times our size. Their requests are just a few:
- A set of uniforms with our school logo and numbers
- Some shoes for each team member
One day soon, when we start moving dirt at the bottom of our hill, we will level off an area that can be the site of our very own PCM Football field.
Until then our PCM tilapia ponds sit without a neighbor except the many fish growing inside.
Our Katyazo children are eating them an average of 3 x a month, a vast improvement in protein from prior to the ponds. A PCM poultry program has plans drawn up and is just waiting for the capital to raise chickens for egg and meat production.
There has been a lot of growth already.
Our two PCM banana plantations are producing fruit daily. We consume 100% of what we can grow.
Our famous “Check the Cow” has reproduced just like many of our other cows.
Supermom is truly unsure how many cows we have at Katyazo. Enough to search for more farmland to grow food and let our current cows graze.
Our PCM banana plantation is producing fruit daily, and 100% of these crops are being eaten by our PCM children. Mukama Asiimewe!! We truly can’t wait to acquire more farm land to increase our self sustainability.
Supermom and Emmy love “cow” but they do “like” bacon.
Here are our first ever PCM pigs. We have three and are raising them to maturity.
Everyone that steps foot on this property is transformed by the blessings the Lord has put in place there. Many challenges remain like
- enough beds and desks for our new children next year
- another girls dormitory
- a cafetorium to eat our meals under a covered roof and to serve as a main hall during the week and a church structure on the weekends
- an administrative building for our teachers
- and probably our biggest need here is solar power. We have an estimate of just $11000 to light up our entire campus with a PCM powerhouse of solar panels and batteries.
In summary, Jesus is at work in our smallest school and at our biggest land. Thank you for making the dreams of these children come to a reality.
Building His Kingdom right alongside you,