Back when we first started, the road to Rwemikoma was a three hour, riveted, bumpy dirt road. Not all the teams went there and when they did, most weren’t sure they could make it back. More team members have gotten sick along the way than with any location we have ever traveled. We have had more teams have difficulties dealing with the emotions this place evokes than any other site.
We love this place though. It’s a constant reminder to me that following Jesus is never easy.
The reason some of our children walk over 5 miles to school is that there aren’t many schools around here in deserted western Uganda. Power is still missing in the village.
There aren’t many other schools nearby because conditions are tough here. No one wants to be here.
Yet, there is something about this place that tugs on my heart every time we visit.
Oh my goodness, the children don’t seem to mind that fewer kids here are sponsored than any school we have.
They welcome the teams that do come with open arms.
They welcome Kiconco each and every time she brings another group of “vistas.”
A few years ago we saw faces like this……saying little outwardly, but inwardly crying for help.
Why can’t we sponsor more kids here? Because literally these families are so preoccupied with searching for food that they move more often than any school we serve. If food is found in other parts of the country, that is where they go.
One of my favorite photos of Rwemikoma is this one above. I think this is what God meant by sharing your bread with the hungry.
Nothing at Rwemikoma is ever easy. We drilled wells at most of our schools and of course there was no water to be found at Rwemikoma.
If you come visit you will meet our water boy biking from the nearest bore hole many kilometers away.
Rwemikoma does have one of the most beautiful trees in the world: a Psalm 1 tree.
We have sat under and seen more teaching about Jesus here than by any other tree in Uganda.
What is special about Rwemikoma is this place is our school of performing arts. Humble as it may be with some classrooms having no doors and windows (due to the classrooms made of mud or the bricks now too old to hold windows), this place will have two members of PCM Choir Tour #4.
Joshua will be coming to share Christ. He told me this week when we saw him at Katyazo that if we gave him a chance to preach about Christ in America, that he would be so grateful. Get ready Joshua, your chance is coming.
Also on PCM Choir 4 will be this guy, Amon. Well known to the teams that have visited Rwemikoma, he surely won’t disappoint Jesus either.
This place lacks a lot of things and has our highest staff turnover of any site we have due to the primitive conditions. We have seen morale here the lowest for obvious reasons. Motivating a high turnover staff with high turnover children might be the biggest challenge of all, but the praises to Jesus keep coming.
The foundation of this place is built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.
These children have little by our American standards, but they see what God is doing.
Our kids can see the Spirit inside of them despite their circumstances and we know that is a testimony for all.
They are growing up helping each other in so many ways.
They wait in lines for everything they do, but do so without complaining.
Today, we praise God that food comes more abundantly.
Every bit of this food is eaten and enjoyed.
Despite the hardships, these children are thriving. They know one thing…
From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord
Webale Yesu for the opportunity to worship with these titans of faith.
They may be little in stature, but they have much to teach us. They look so smart in their new shoes and uniforms.
Help us to remember these faces of Rwemikoma
long after our time at this PCM School.
We are forever changed by you and the circumstances in which He has allowed you to live your lives.
We are thankful for the road that is now fully paved to visit you more easily. We are praying that the Lord provide for your needs in a way that can only be described as a miracle.
Thank you to those that have visited, sponsored and given to this PCM school. We will never remain the same because of your love.
Serving Him here in Rwemikoma with you,
Epa and Kiconco