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Spotlight on Brent and Leah Phillips – Cherishing Uganda

For years, our very own TimberKids have raised money to buy chickens, a motorcycle, rainwater barrels, and even pigs for Cherish Uganda. During our recent Missions Focus Speed-Date-a Missionary night, we had the chance to meet the current directors, Brent and Leah Phillips.

A lot can happen when a pastor’s wife takes time out of a trip to support a missionary wife overseas. After a 45-minute tour of a children’s home serving kids with HIV, Leah left with the lingering idea that their church back in the United States should perhaps support the ministry. Eventually she realized that the nudge had to do with their personal family, not their church so they returned for another visit. Eleven months later, they sold everything and moved to Uganda.

Cherish Uganda is a self-sustainable children’s village comprised of seven family-style homes where two alternating moms, an auntie, and eight children live onsite. There is also a farm to provide work and food including those chickens and pigs TimberKids helped buy. Hope Academy is an elementary school for both Cherish and community members with plans to expand to a middle and high school curriculum. More recently, the Hope Hospital opened and serves the greater community living with high-risk conditions like HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, malaria, and tuberculosis. In a typical day, Cherish Uganda has 450 people in and out of their complex.

At the core of their ministry are the hearts of orphaned and vulnerable children. Many of these were abandoned by their families and picked up by the police. Some—in the wake of a move to clear the cities of street kids prior to tours by visiting dignitaries—are actually sent to a children’s prison to suffer a worse fate unless they can be brought to Cherish Uganda instead.

Once inside the loving arms of Cherish Uganda, the children are first given holistic care through food, life-saving medication, clothing, education, and counseling. Over time, the desire is to plant hope in the heart of a child by connecting them with Christ in order to rewrite their past scars of worthlessness into a story of hope. Another goal is to eventually reunite them with some sort of extended family

After investing six years on the ground and four years as CEO, Brent and Leah Phillips are now based in the United States to continue raising funds and return to Uganda each quarter for a multi-week visit. In their absence, the 125-person locally-led staff continues to cherish the rejected children of Uganda. You can find out more at cherishuganda.org.

Another Update About Giving From Timberkids!

 

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As part of our annual Orphan Care Weekend focus, the Timberkids children’s ministry at Timberline Church set an ambitious goal to raise some money for a piggery at Cherish Uganda. (Read more about their goal here.) The numbers are in! Here’s an update from Pastor Donny Abbott:

For the month of October, Timberkids set a goal of raising $3500 to purchase pigs (Timberpigs) for Cherish Uganda. We asked kids to fill their cups with change during the month of October and to bring their cups back to church on Orphan Care Weekend (Nov. 5/6). That weekend the kids poured money from their cups into pig troughs. (Until the troughs began to sag along the bottoms!)

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To get that weekend off to a good start we had live pigs on site to help get us into a giving mood.

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I am happy to report that we ended up raising $3,648!!! This money will be used to greatly expand the current piggery at Cherish and will allow them to sell the pigs on the open market as a way of producing income. This is yet another step forward in helping Cherish to become sustainable while also creating awareness of who Cherish is and why they exist. For more info on Cherish please visit cherishuganda.org.

Timber-Piggery Fun to Help Cherish Uganda

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During the month of October, Timberkids hopes to raise $3500 to purchase pigs (Timberpigs) for Cherish Uganda. Each child who attends Timberkids has received a cup like the one in the picture. (Think of this like a “piggy bank.”) The kids were asked to fill their cup with change during the month of October and then to bring their cups back to church on the upcoming Orphan Care Weekend (Nov. 5/6).

That weekend the kids will pour the money from their cups into pig troughs that will be placed in the Children’s Ministry area. There will also be live pigs on site that weekend.

This money will be used to greatly expand the current piggery at Cherish and will allow them to sell the pigs on the open market as a way of producing income. This is yet another step forward in helping Cherish to become sustainable while also creating awareness of who Cherish is and why they exist. For more information about the ministry at Cherish Uganda please visit cherishuganda.org.