A Note from Pastor David Cronk
Newlife Children’s Home Our Mission - Saving the Aids generation in Uganda both physically and spiritually through the power and love of Jesus Christ our Lord.
How it all began - Kyaka Noah, a young Christian man, saw a tremendous need to help the many children who had been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic throughout Uganda and in his village of Butale, which is in the Eastern region of Kamuli, Uganda.
With the help of his friend Isabirye, they started building a home where they could provide shelter, food and clothing for these children. Although it was successful, the children still had a need to be educated.
Kyaka wanted to teach these children to learn to read and write to provide an opportunity for them to succeed. However, in Uganda, school is not free. Parents have to pay to send their children to school. So, in late 2015, with the help of some sponsors, Kyaka started the St. Noah’s Junior School to provide education to the children in the Children’s Home free of charge. The school was originally intended to give the orphans at the children’s home an education, but it quickly expanded to reach out to the Butale community as well.
Soon after the start of the school Barbara Carmichael, who attends here at Calvary Chapel Brighton, came alongside to help them organize the many building projects and oversee the funds that were coming in to support this ministry.
God blessed the ministry abundantly. By 2019 the Newlife Children’s Home had grown to 7 buildings, a multi-user bathroom and a fresh water well, providing a home for 65 orphans and a school that was educating over 400 children. All the 400 children were fed breakfast and lunch as well.
In early 2020 Covid hit Uganda hard, and with little to no medical assistance the Ugandan government gave the order to close down all of the schools in Uganda. This meant that the 335 children that attended St. Noah’s could no longer go to school. This left the Children’s Home with 65 kids who had no other place to go.
When the school shut down all the sponsors left as well. There was almost no funding coming in at all. The school and orphanage was on the verge of closing its doors for good.
Although the storms of life seem to cause damage, their main purpose is to clear the way for a new work to begin. And God had a plan to clear out everything that was not reflecting His glory and to rebuild Newlife Children’s Home His way.
Over the past 18 months it has been amazing to see God do so many miraculous works to teach everyone involved in the ministry to put their trust only in Him, to show the children and the staff His faithfulness to provide for them and to do it in such a way that gives God all the credit. Truly it is just as it started, as a venture of faith. Soon the Covid ban will end and school will be back in session. In the meantime, the 65 children are still there and are being educated and clothed and fed. But mostly they are being loved with the heart of Jesus.
We so appreciate the support that all of you give to the outreach to these children. It is just as Jesus said, "Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me and when you have done it to the least of these, you have done it unto Me!”
If you would like to learn more about the Newlife Children’s Home you can go to the Newlife Children’s Home website or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/newlifechildrenshomeuganda.
If you would like to help support this ministry you can do it through the Calvary Chapel Brighton Giving link as well as through the Newlife Children’s Home website.
May God Bless you abundantly, Pastor David