Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An Update from STAO



Greetings, brothers and sisters in Christ,

I am pleased to be sending you news from SAVE THE AIDS ORPHANS-UGANDA, and hope to update you more frequently in the future.
Life here at the children’s’ home continues to be busy, with over 80 children currently under our care. Besides providing for their basic needs (food, shelter) we sometimes encounter difficulty paying for all of their school fees as well as providing books and other supplies for their studies. We are doing our best to remind the children how vital it is to obtain an education.
Although we are doing our best to provide adequate nutrition for the orphans at STAO, many of them are intermittently ill, and because they live in such close quarters it is not surprising that more become sick as a result. The most common ailments appear to be malaria, worms and respiratory infections. The clinic that operates just beyond the STAO grounds has been providing for the health needs of the children and has been treating them accordingly. In addition to caring for the orphans, this clinic also treats members of the community who come seeking medical help. This also helps cover the cost of the treatment required for the kids. Though this clinic has perhaps had humble beginnings, it is our hope that we will be able to expand and therefore provide medical services to more people in the future. Please join us in praying for this.


We have been blessed recently, financially and with the presence of volunteers from the United States and Canada. They have brought another glimmer of hope to STAO, and most importantly to the children, and have been instrumental in providing such necessities as medical care and supplies, food, and school fees, just to name a few. As a result of their being here, we’ve been able to expand a couple of income-generating projects which we hope will further our goal of sustainability. Specifically, these endeavors include a pig farm and a chicken farm, both of which are in close vicinity to the children’s home. Currently the pig farm is being permanently constructed to accommodate livestock in the coming weeks. We are looking forward to updating you soon on the finished product!
Hens are kept nearby and help to generate further income for our various needs here at STAO. The eggs they produce are sold and the profits go back towards the needs of the children.
The church building on site couples as a classroom for some of our children during the day. We are excited about the changes we are making to our curriculum currently, and with the help of volunteers and our new teacher, we hope to improve the framework of the curriculum for the children in nursery and primary levels. Below are a couple of photos of a few of the children in the classroom. We hope to, at some point in the near future, be able to provide all of the children with the necessary uniforms for school. Your prayers regarding this matter are greatly appreciated.
We continue to be grateful to God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us, and we wish to extend the warmest of thanks for the support and prayers of our sponsors. There is always need, and God is providing through you! Thank you so much for taking the time to make a difference in the life of a child.
Blessings,
Pastor Nelson Lufafa
Director, STAO)


Sunday, October 18, 2009

PLEASE READ; Our mission

James 1:27 “Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

We’re sure everyone has realized, at some point, how short life on Earth truly is. God has given us one job while we are here, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and we have such a short amount of time to get that accomplished. We feel God clearly speaking in our lives and telling us that loving others is the only way to Him.

In April 2010, we are beginning a journey to Jinja, Uganda, in East Africa. We will be working at Save the Aids Orphans Uganda (STAO), loving, teaching, and caring for orphans and widows who are suffering because of AIDS and abandonment.

While in Uganda we will:

  • Help with Bible studies at the Orphanage
  • Teach classes (the English language and Math)
  • Teach the kids different games
  • HIV/AIDS awareness program
  • Evangelism at home cells
  • Medical home visits to families that have been affected and effected due to HIV/AIDS

The world has created so many things that keep us from getting closer to God and doing His work. Unfortunately money is one of those earthly things that is required to get by in this world. We want to be completely honest with you when we say we despise money and hate to ask it of you. But then we realized that is what our brothers and sisters are for! You may not be able to adopt or personally go care for those who are suffering, but God does tell us to care for orphans and widows and this is a direct way that you could do just that.

We don’t know what the future holds for us, but we do know this is the beginning of our path to radically and passionately be the hands and feet of God. We ask that you continue to pray for wisdom and discernment even after this trip because we both hear God whispering that greater things are yet to come. Please, please, please do NOT underestimate the power of prayer. We both truly believe that prayer is how we are able to have an intimate relationship with our precious Jesus. We would greatly appreciate prayers for guidance, love, and the right actions and words while we are there.

Please email us at LIVINGHISLOVE@GMAIL.COM and visit STAO-Uganda.org. We also have a blog to keep everyone updated on our progress before, during, and after our journey. PLEASE follow along with us and tell others so you will know our specific prayer needs; LIVINGHISLOVE.BLOGSPOT.COM.

If you have prayed about this decision and God has led you to support us in some way, you have several options:

make checks payable to:

Megan Forgey

6206 Regency Court

Chattanooga, TN 37421

or

McClain Baggett

505 West Audd

Checotah, OK 74426

Or Donate online by clicking the “Donate” button at the bottom of our blog.

(keep in mind if you choose this method Paypal keeps 18% of whatever you give)

Thank you in advance for Prayer and ANY support you are able to give. We love you and love our Lord, so let’s do this!

Megan Forgey and McClain Forgey Baggett

Proverbs 24:11&12 “Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help. If you say, ‘but we knew nothing about this’ will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely you know-someone who not impressed with weak excuses.