An Update from Uganda

 Greetings Sponsors, 

Our schools opened in January 2022 after a difficult season of a two-year lockdown due to the covid pandemic. Last month I had the joy of leading the first mission team to Uganda since March 2020. Having just returned from Uganda, I saw firsthand how well our sponsored children have been cared for during this time of pandemic and the hope that radiates from the children in our program. . .

Our March 2022 Update

We value your feedback. One thing that we have heard is that those of you who are not on social media don’t want to miss out on all of the news and updates we post to those platforms. So we will begin sending a monthly email sharing some of our posts from the prior month. Below, you will find some of our posts from February and March. 
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March Gladness

For many of us, March is about celebrating the fun of basketball. In Uganda, our students may not have as much free time as students in the USA, but they still love their sports – especially soccer (football) and volleyball (netball)!
As we enjoy basketball this weekend, I would like to invite you to partner with us in what we’re calling March Gladness!

We would like to bless our students with some things that are not necessary but will bring so much gladness to them – SPORTS and a COMPUTER lab.

Consider spreading some gladness this week!
Pastor Keith DuffUSA Board Member

An Update from your Sponsor Child Letters + a Special Letter writing Opportunity

We hope the festivities of the season are going well with you and it is our prayer that the gift lavished on you, Emmanuel, God with Us, is bringing you peace and joy for all to see! In this special time of giving, we are thankful that most of you received a special gift from us… a letter from your sponsored child, along with a picture and an update from your child’s social worker. Unfortunately, some of you did not receive one. For reasons we don’t understand, the remaining letters sent from Uganda via DHL are being held up at customs. Having shipped many times via this carrier in the past, we did not foresee any problems. We hope the shipment will somehow be able to complete its delivery to us after it is realized that the items are simply precious letters from very important orphans! So if you have not received your letter and update, it’s probably stuck in customs and we hope to have it cleared and on its way to you soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Choosing Hope: Double Your Impact

Dear Friends, 
2021 has been a year like no other. Our mission, to raise up vulnerable children in a loving environment, is more important than ever before. During another year filled with uncertainty, God remains faithful. His hand of protection has been upon this ministry and His miraculous provisions in our work. God’s faithfulness through you – reaching out with love, prayers and financial support – has provided hope for children and families in need. The pandemic may be straining your economic security, but you refuse to turn away from those Jesus asks us to love. As such, Juna Amagara Ministries continues to offer hope and stability to the children we serve with our partner in Uganda, Hope Partners Africa.

Sponsor Child Christmas Gifts

As we head into November and a season of thanksgiving, I would like to take a moment to thank you, our faithful child sponsors. Thank you for your support during the tumultuous year of 2021! Because of your support, we have been able to continue investing in the lives of almost 1,000 Ugandan children. At a time when many have lost hope, these children continue to be cared for, continue to have access to school (some are in person and some are remote) and continue to be loved – by you! On behalf of the children, the teachers and the staff, THANK YOU!

While you’re probably not yet thinking much about Christmas, that’s right around the corner, too. And as a ministry, we start planning for Christmas now because there are a lot of moving parts that need to come together in order to make the celebration of our Savior’s birth a special time for your sponsored child.

Please take a minute right now to send a special Christmas gift to your sponsored child. As in past years, we cannot send physical gifts from the U.S. but we can provide gifts purchased in Uganda that will remind your child of your love for him or her in this season of joy.

Lee “Mzee: Mulder

Dear Friends, 
It is with deep sorrow and joy that we share that founding JAM Board Member Lee “Mzee” Mulder has passed on to the presence of his Savior. 

Lee sponsored many children, traveled to Uganda more than 20 times, served on the board for over 15 years, and even after he “retired” continued to write for our newsletters and support ministry projects. Lee worked tirelessly in the service of our Lord on behalf of the children of Juna Amagara.

To know Lee was to know his passion for Juna Amagara. He had an infectious enthusiasm for the ministry and a gift with words that he generously shared. He told stories of changed lives beautifully and loved to highlight the transformations he witnessed through his work with JAM. 

Lee will be greatly missed, but we take comfort in knowing that he is in the arms of his savior. We ask that you lift up Clara and his children in prayer as they grieve.

We invite you to read the words he wrote upon his retirement from Juna Amagara’s board, which recount his service and reflect his love for God and the children of Uganda: Lee’s Comments