December Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends,

As we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ, I am so grateful for his coming to earth as a baby, living a perfect life, and dying on the cross for our sins. What an awesome Savior we have!

It has been an interesting year for the work in Uganda. Getting into the facilities has proved challenging because of Covid 19. At one point the country was completely locked down so we couldn’t go at all. Once it started opening back up, we were allowed only limited access to the children. We praise the Lord that now, some staff has been allowed back in every facility we serve so we have been able to minister to the children and share the love of Christ with them. We pray that in the coming months Covid-19 will settle down and we will be able fully engage with the children.

The good news is that many of the children at the rehabilitation center where we serve have been resettled with their families, so will be home for Christmas. The numbers at the facilities are lower than normal for which we Praise the Lord. As many of you know, we not only work with children in the various facilities, we also work with a precious foster family in the village of Bwerenga. Maama Catherine’s Children’s Ministries started several years ago as Pastor Ernest and Maama started taking in children who were abandoned, or whose family could not provide for them. Their work with 60 Feet began in 2014 when they took in children from the facilities who were extremely vulnerable and had no family to go home to. This year we are trying to get sponsors for each of Maama and Pastor’s children. Would you please consider “adopting” a child? Child sponsorship programs have been around for years. They provide an incredible way to connect with and support a child a world away that you might otherwise never “meet”. However, not all sponsorship programs operate the same way. In many large organizations, only a portion of the money you send actually goes to the child. This is completely understandable considering the cost of paying employees, travel, and so on. Also, because other organizations may have the backing of businesses, a sponsor pays only a portion of what it actually costs to send their child to school and buy their food and clothes. Sponsorship through Sixty Feet will function a little differently. First of all, because our staff is paid from other support, every cent you send will go toward your child’s care. Second, the cost of sponsorship may be higher than what you have seen from other large organizations because when you sponsor a child through Sixty Feet, you are fully supporting that child. Third, because the fees for primary school and secondary school (all secondary students are boarding students) are different, the amounts for different children may differ depending on where they are in school. If you have seen the 60 Feet Gift Catalog, you have probably already seen some of the children that live in Maama Catherine’s Children’s Home and need sponsorship. These children came from government facilities and were placed with Pastor and Maama by 60 Feet. So, these children are being sponsored through 60 Feet. However, Pastor and Maama are also raising children that have come to them in other ways. Some of them were found abandoned, some were rescued from extreme poverty or abuse and some are related to them. Each of these children are precious to the Lord and we are thrilled with the opportunity we have to offer them sponsorship through Chara. Elementary Students: $990/year = $82.50/month Cost for housing, food, and medical $690/year = $57.50/month Cost for schooling for $300/year = $25/month Secondary Students: $1,690/year = $140.83/month Cost for housing, food and medical $690/year = $57.50/month Cost for schooling for secondary students $1,000/year = $83.33/month Please see the children and their bios below. If you would like to sponsor a child, or do a partial sponsorship, please email me and let me know so we can remove your child from our list. Thank you for your continued support of this ministry. May God bless you! I pray you will have a safe and Merry Christmas. Love, Ava