Our lives are poured out daily through a ministry that God called us to. He, alone, has built a ministry that has grown beyond our 5-year plan - a church, a private, Christian primary school that educates 320 future leaders of this country, a clinic, and are building a hospital and a leadership + discipleship academy. We also have a Childrens's Home - a safe haven for orphaned, abandoned, abused, and/or otherwise vulnerable children. We serve over 4000 people in our village alone, with our heart's passion being to reach the lost, disciple the saved, and create sustainability. It is our goal to empower them with the skills and opportunities they need to sustain their families which keeps their children from being put into orphanages and keeps them at home where they belong. Our ministry is not supported by a church in the US nor was I sent here by a missionary-sending agency. Most ministries have an entire fundraising team - people are actually hired to do that. I am that person for our ministry. That means that for the last 4 years my time has been split between serving and then I do all the admin/fundraising at night when our children go to bed. And there is no salary which means I also have to raise money for our family.
We need monthly sponsors for Ekubo Children's Home and through a fundraiser a friend did, we were able to raise $900 more in monthly support, putting our monthly commitments at $1100. However, it takes $5000/month to run at full capacity. Also, this year we changed our school's sponsorship program from sponsoring an individual child to sponsoring the school as a whole because when sponsors failed to send in their payments in the years past, those children had to leave school. Very few people wanted to pick up where others left off and children were being sent home. If too many children were not sponsored from the same grade, it was impossible to pay that teacher which meant the entire class was in jeopardy. The new approach is best for the child, for the family, for the community and for our ministry. However beneficial it was to everyone here on the ground, most of the sponsors didn't like the idea so they left our program and we almost didn't open our school at the beginning of the year. In March, a friend that has spent time with our family and has even been here to Uganda to visit our ministry, offered a $25,000 match for any and all donations given to the school within a certain period. That fundraiser raised $6,000 but instead of matching that, they sent the $25,000. They knew as well as we did that the school would have closed otherwise. Since then we have coasted and it has remained open but it and our Children's Home has required daily fundraising which left me zero time for my family and our ministry.
Today Ekubo Christian Academy started its last quarter for this year. I have been so busy with other emergency needs that I didn't even have time to raise funds for this. Parents/caregivers are required to donate something so that they are invested in their child's education. Our commitment to their education is tuition, uniform, shoes, school supplies, medical care and spiritual discipleship. $300/year covers one child. We have 320 and since this is their last term, we just need $100 per child to cover them for the rest of the year. I know there are people that will cheerfully give $100 but I am one person sharing every single need our ministry has and we have just been overwhelmed lately. We had a little money to buy food for the school so we could start. Y'all, something has to change. I am worn. Exhausted. Burdened. Depleted. We need your help.
We need a team. We need voices. We need people to stand with us. To come alongside us and support us financially as we do the work physically. There is fruit here and I need to be able to share that with everyone. We have spent hours in meetings. Going over the numbers. Trying to account for each expense. What would it take for me to put the laptop away? What would it take for us to be parents to the children we see in our home and only sit in the same room with for Bible Study? What is that number that allows me to be present? What figure allows us to pour into our marriage and start to actually BUILD THIS MINISTRY instead of borrowing money to keep this going or doing one-week fundraisers? What is the number that allows me to be on the ground? To be a mother? A leader? A part of our ministry again? I love to BE with those I serve. TO BE PRESENT. To MAKE time. But I have none. What will it take for me to return to "the ground". To sit with women and share their struggles. To talk with them and build relationships. I came to live life in community with the people here and share their stories with you as we all watch God work in their lives.
Y'all we need $62,000 to finish the year. And you know what? That number doesn't make me feel defeated like it once would have. It doesn't make my head spin. It doesn't take my breath. That amount includes the school, clinic, children's home and staff salaries. It educates 320 students. It provides a salary to 14 teachers and 6 social workers and 4 caregivers. It cares for 20 children who have no other option as we trace their stories and try to reunite them with their families. It pays guards to ensure their safety. It provides a salary to the men and women that run our ministry. It might be a big number to you and make you feel like your donation won't put a dent in it but that is just the enemy whispering lies. If just the school was covered - $100 per child, 320 children - that knocks out almost half! Y'all, let's link arms and get this done. Even if everyone commits to sharing this need, we can reach thousands of people! If we could get these 3 needs met, not including emergencies that might arise, I could sell jewelry and crafts and t-shirts to fund what our family needs. End of story. I could put my time where it belongs - into my family and into our ministry. Prayerfully consider helping me get there.
Ekubo Ministries is a 501(c)(3) organization which means your donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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