News -Keeping Our Kids In School

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Dear Friends, 

Everyone lives for something better to come. 

Early in my junior year at Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon, I approached our principal, Mr. Westfield, to seek his permission to graduate at the end of the year.

“Why,” he asked, do you want to skip your senior year?”

“God has called me into full-time Christian ministry,” I replied. “I will have enough credits to graduate at the end of this year, and I want to enroll next year at Seattle Pacific University to pursue my ministry calling.” Mr. Westfield readily agreed.

Later that year, Portland voters didn’t approve the funding to keep our public schools open. So, school administrators made the decision to fund all programs until the money ran out. I graduated six weeks early. 

Since my birthday was May 15 when I would turn 17, and graduation was toward the end of April, I literally graduated when I was 16 years of age. 

I was excited to take a HUGE leap of faith, leave home, and head to college, determined to get a jump on my ministerial studies. 

Many of our sponsored kids in Africa are just as motivated to study hard and prepare for the future that God has for them. 

They don’t have the same opportunities, however, that we do here in America. 

Kids in Africa have to pay for the privilege of going to school. They have to come up with the money to fund their elementary and high school tuition, and pay for their school uniforms and shoes, books, and school supplies. 

For children and youth who have lost their parents, though, this is an almost impossible task unless these kids are sponsored. 

Even with sponsorship, however, kids in some parts of Africa still need additional assistance. 

The reasons are really simple. All schools are private. Some are more expensive than others, and educational costs in some parts of Africa are higher than others.

This is why we have established the Horizon Education Fund. It subsidizes what our child sponsorship dollars cannot cover. This Fund makes it possible to keep many of our sponsored kids in school. 

Abubakari is 15 years of age and lives with his ailing grandmother in Fort Portal, Uganda. He has received awards for his scholastic achievements and is able to stay in school because of the Horizon Education Fund.

13-year old Ncube lives with her aunt in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Funding from her child sponsors pays for her school tuition, but her textbooks and school exams are paid for through the Horizon Education Fund. 

Chomba lives with his maternal grandmother in Lusaka, Zambia. This 11-year old dreams of becoming a businessman when he grows up. The Horizon Education Fund keeps him in school.

Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $100, or whatever you feel led by God to give will replenish the Horizon Education Fund and make it possible for kids like Abubakari, Ncube, and Chomba to pursue their dreams. 

Remember, everyone lives for something better to come. This is particularly true of those who can see light at the end of their long dark tunnel. 

Sponsorship and the Horizon Education Fund is an essential part of this light for kids who have lost their parents. Your gift will literally “create hope” for them.   

Yours for making a way,

   Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

P.S. Several years ago, I met my former principal, Mr. Westfield, at Mt Scott Church of God in Portland, Oregon where I was speaking. He was in his early 90s at the time. Tears welled up in our eyes as we recalled his decision to let me graduate early. Your gift to the Horizon Education Fund will have a similar impact in the lives of our kids.

 

News -Replacing Filthy Rags

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Dear Friends, 

 It has been said that great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones come daily. 

You will be thrilled to learn of a GREAT OPPORTUNITY that God has given to Horizon, as well as a SMALL WAY that you can bless orphans TODAY. 

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Horizon has been thrilled to partner with Our Own Home in Jinja, Uganda since approximately 2008.  For the last nine years, we have sponsored between 50 and 60 HIV+ kids through Our Own Home.

 A few months ago, we learned that Our Own Home was going to close.  We immediately asked the question, “What will happen to our sponsored kids?”

We were told that the kids would be placed in a dozen less than desirable locations, a number of whom were unequipped to care for HIV+ kids.

We obviously knew what this meant!  Some of our kids wouldn’t live long.

This option was UNACCEPTABLE to us.  So, we approached Our Own Home and inquired about Horizon Uganda taking over the administrative and fundraising responsibilities as well as the child sponsorship supervision.

Our Own Home readily agreed.  Two emergency trips this Spring to Uganda resulted in the legal transfer of $600,000 (USD) in facilities and property assets from Our Own Home in Uganda to Horizon Uganda.

 A young couple named Joshua and Miriam Tumwisige from our team in western Uganda immediately moved their family from the Town of Fort Portal in Kabarole District to Our Own Home in Buikwe District—a distance of six hours by car.

Horizon Uganda then launched a new Eastern Region, using the facilities of Our Own Home as its base.

Another Horizon Uganda team member from our Central Region, including the capital city of Kampala, also moved to Buikwe to join the Tumwisiges.  Her name is Rebekah Ayabala.

 Through Rebekah’s leadership, five Children’s Clubs have already been formed in Buikwe District.  Some 200 orphans and their caregivers are being taught the Word of God through these Clubs, including many Muslim kids.

Horizon is now laying plans to recruit American sponsors for a number of these new children and youth.

Eventually, each of these Children’s Clubs will form the hub for the formation of new churches.

 Here’s how you can help in a powerful and impactful way!

Recently, Joshua told me on the phone that most of these newly identified orphans needing sponsorship are DESPERATE. 

“Uncle Bob,” he pleaded, “the clothes they are wearing are filthy rags.”

You and I can make a BIG DIFFERENCE in the lives of these kids.  Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more will enable Joshua and his team to purchase good, second-hand clothing for these 200 kids. 

Your gift will help these kids, and others like them, to know in a very tangible way that God loves and values them—that He hasn’t forgotten them.

The urgency in Joshua’s voice, and the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40), COMPELS US to “go the second mile” and provide assistance to these precious children.

Will you join me?  Even now, before you put this letter aside?  Thank you!

Grateful for God, the kids of Buikwe, and you,

 

  Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

 

News -This is Why After-School Meals Are So Important

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Dear Friends, 

You may not be aware that in some parts of Africa, Horizon serves hot and nutritious meals to many of our sponsored kids every day after school.

 One of the children who benefits from this important service is an 8-year-old girl named Palesa.   June reduced photo

Palesa lives with her grandma and three brothers in Matipane Village, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

She is enrolled as a student at Femane Primary School where she is in the third grade.  Her favorite subject is learning the Sepedi language.  She also loves to read, watch television, and play netball.

Palesa and her three brothers lived with their father until his death earlier this year.  Their mother left the family some time ago, and no one knows where she is or how to contact her.

 Like so many other aging African grandparents, Palesa’s grandmother is unable to adequately provide for her grandchildren.  She has taken on the unexpected task of being responsible for raising them at a time in her life when her health is declining and she is unable to earn a living.

Social Security, and other related government benefits for the elderly, are almost non-existent in Africa.  Grown children usually care for their aging parents.

The AIDS pandemic and related diseases, however, have claimed a generation, saddling aging grandparents with the challenge of caring for their grandchildren.

This is why after-school meals are so important to the ongoing health of Palema, her brothers, and hundreds of other kids like them.

Unfortunately, these daily meals are quite expensive and aren’t covered by child sponsorship donations.

In South Africa, where these hot and nutritious meals are served through our Orphan Drop-in Centers, the food portion of our child sponsorship budget covers breakfasts and meals on weekends.

 Palema’s main and most important meal of the day, then, is the one served at the Matipane Orphan Drop-in Center Monday through Friday where she and other kids gather for worship, Bible study, homework tutoring, and sports.

While our Horizon partners in Africa grow many of the fresh vegetables that are served in these meals, the meat and other parts of the meal have to be purchased.

In order to continue providing these meals for Palema and other kids like her through the end of the year, we need to receive an additional $10,000 beyond our anticipated funding sources.

Will you prayerfully consider how God would have you respond?

Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $100, or more will be used to continue blessing hundreds of Horizon-sponsored kids with great food and good health for months to come.

Thankfully yours, on behalf of Palema and others, 

 Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

P.S. Adri van der Merwe, Horizon Thusanang’s Orphan Care Coordinator in Limpopo Province, South Africa is in urgent need of your prayers for God’s healing.  She has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, is undergoing extensive chemotherapy in a Pretoria hospital, and is quite ill.  

 

 

News -The Power of a Soccer Ball

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Dear Friends, 

 Kids in every culture LOVE sports!

Several years ago, I discovered the power behind a single soccer ball.

An American team from Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming was conducting a Vacation Bible School in Sekgopo Village, Limpopo Province, South Africa.  This was before we had erected fences and built the Sekgopo Drop-in Center. 

A thousand kids were divided into a dozen groups.  Each group was assigned to a different outdoor learning center.  One group focused on a craft.  Another on an art project.  Still another a particular Bible story.

Over the course of a week, the groups would rotate to each learning center.  I was assigned the group that would play soccer.

On the first day, I made a HUGE mistake!  I dropped a soccer ball.

Before I knew it, the kids from the other groups, plus my own, descended upon that soccer ball like a pack of wolves after a rabbit.  Imagine a thousand kids having the time of their lives chasing after one soccer ball!

Someone in the Highland Park group later observed that our Vacation Bible School ended for the day the moment that soccer ball hit the ground.

You can make a similar impact, a far more positive one, by helping us to buy soccer balls and other sports equipment for our African orphans.

Andries and Nelly van der Merwe, our Regional Directors in Limpopo, have requested funding to purchase soccer uniforms and shoes for our team from the Sekgopo Orphan Drop-in Center.  Our Sekgopo team plays teams from area schools. 

Each soccer uniform and pair of shoes costs $115.  There are 15 kids on the team.

Soccer balls for the Sekgopo team are also needed.  A good soccer ball can be purchased for around $15.

Life Center, our orphan ministry partner in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is requesting funding to purchase soccer balls, darts, basketballs, and table tennis.  These items will be used by our sponsored kids every time this Children’s Club gathers together.

Our partners with Horizon Zambia in Lusaka and Chongwe District, Zambia are asking for money to buy soccer uniforms and balls, netball jerseys and balls, volleyball nets and balls, as well as basketballs.

Horizon Zambia operates approximately 20 Children’s Clubs.

Similar requests have been made by our partners in the western, central, and eastern regions of Uganda. 

Tatenda and Lucia Gunguwo, however, have REALLY grasped the power of a single soccer ball.

The Gunguwos are our Regional Directors in Harare, Zimbabwe.  They partner with 600 Christian congregations that belong to a fellowship called Eternal Word. 

Many of these congregations were launched with a single soccer ball.

The Gunguwos and their field workers go into a rural area, spread the word that a soccer game will soon begin, and a speaker then shares about Jesus during a break.

A number of these congregations sponsor Horizon Children’s Clubs and provide the spiritual nurture that our sponsored kids receive each week.

The Gunguwos are asking for 200 soccer balls.

You can unleash the power of a single soccer ball and the energy of a tsunami wave through sports by making it possible to buy soccer balls and other equipment for our sponsored orphans and their friends.

Will you join me by making a generous gift today?  Your donation will make lots of kids break out with rapturous laughter!

Yours for creating SMILES,

  Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

 

News -Funding Zambian Partner Salaries

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Dear Friends,

One of the most challenging tasks in orphan care ministry is finding the funding needed for African partner salaries.

This is particularly true for our team on the ground in the country of Zambia. 

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Horizon Zambia has a GREAT team.  

Let me introduce them to you.

The leaders of the team are Moses and Cecelia Sakala.

Moses and Cecelia are passionate about what they do.  They and their team are responsible for “creating a world of hope” through approximately 400 orphaned Zambian kids.

While the Sakalas coordinate the ministries of the entire team, they personally direct two Children’s Clubs through churches in Garden and Kalingalinga Compounds in the capital city of Lusaka.

Derrick and Mercy Banda are the Project Managers in Chongwe District, approximately 35 miles southeast of Lusaka.  They and their team of volunteers care for approximately 200 orphans through Children’s Clubs in ten Chongwe churches.

Joshua and Jessie Sachipita direct the orphan care ministries for 100 kids in Lusaka’s Chaisa and Chazanga Compounds.

Rounding out the team is Oscar Ndao, Jr.  Oscar leads three Children’s Clubs through congregations in Lusaka’s Chainda, Kalikiliki, and John Laing Compounds.

Together, this team is doing an AWESOME job.

Through their faithfulness, these 400 sponsored kids are being fed, clothed, and educated.

Tremendous breakthroughs are occurring as a result of their efforts.

BaptismFor instance, last August, 58 sponsored kids were baptized in a Horizon Bible Camp as they publically stated that they are followers of Jesus Christ.

Another incredible first is the awarding of full-ride Horizon scholarships to two graduates of Horizon Zambia’s orphan sponsorship ministry.

Ruth Banda and Annastasia Sekeleti are completing their first year of studies at APEX Medical University in Lusaka.laptop girls

In order to continue the AMAZING ministry of Horizon Zambia, however, we must find new and sustainable funding sources for each of our Zambian partners.

The first thing we need to do is raise $15,000 to wipe out the indebtedness that currently exists in our Zambian partner salary accounts.

Your gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more can help us to do just this. 

We also need others to join the dedicated team of donors who faithfully help to underwrite Zambian partner salaries with their monthly gifts.

Would you prayerfully consider making a monthly donation to support the salary of the Sakalas, the Bandas, the Sachipitas, or Oscar Ndao?

If you feel led to do this, please write the name and monthly amount on the enclosed Response Form and return it in the Orange Envelope.

Grateful for all that you do,

 Bob only in blue ink mini sginature 

Bob Pearson

Founder and President

Horizon International

P.S. Thank you for your wonderful response to last month’s Emergency Appeal for Tsholotsho District, Zambia.  Within a week of the mailing, we received almost $17,000 with more coming in daily.

 

 

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