As I look back over the past year and even further back over the past 12 and a half years heeding God’s call to follow Him to East Africa and war torn Uganda in particular, I see how Jesus has indeed been a friend that sticks closer than a brother. It has been an amazing journey of faith that grows better and better.
The vision God has cast seems to be ever picking up speed and causing us to feel that all we can do is believe and hang on. So much has happened in the past year that it is hard to consolidate it into one report.
Certainly the greatest area of growth at Restoration Gateway (RG) has been in the area of spiritual formation. Being on a front row seat to watch God add His people to His work has been so incredible. The times of prayer and worship have grown across the campus not only in number but in depth as well. This has been manifested most of all in the precious children that have been entrusted to the care of RG. They have grown in wisdom, stature and relationship with God, their caregivers and each other. Many of them are maturing into special godly people that we are blessed to count as our friends.
I can’t begin to count the ways God is working to transform and mature RG administratively. He has shifted the responsibility of running the ministry from a human perspective with a few individuals to an Executive Committee made up of CEOs, CFO, COO and CSO (Chief Spiritual Officer), all with specific responsibilities for various aspects of God’s work that can be explained to all in an organizational chart.
While I can’t say that learning this new organizational dance has been easy or smooth, since there have been a lot of toes and feelings stepped on, we all see now that this new organization will allow us to move and grow better in the future by God’s grace. While I have been the worst at learning this new dance, there has been a lot of grace imparted by this wonderful faith community and a lot of cheerleading and wisdom imparted by our USA RG office, USA Board of Directors and our Ugandan Board of Directors who all came together here at RG for the first time in 2018. This coincided with the visit of H.E. Y.K. Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda and the First Lady and Hon. Minister of Education and Sports, Maama Janet Museveni in April. They dedicated to Christ our newly completed Healthcare Ministry made up of the 180 bed full service hospital and eight chair dental center which are both teaching institutions.
One of the many great things that is happening here has been the institution of an accounting system with many checks and balances and oversight on both sides of the ocean. God has been so gracious to provide for RG’s needs as they arise, and great help has been given in the area of development.
I am very happy to report that the Lord has restored my health after greater than a year of physical struggles and I’m even more happy to report that God has supplied the succession plan that will provide for RG when our time to turn over the reins comes in the next few years.
Finally, I am listing as bullet points some of the physical growth that has occurred over the past year:
· Covered workers’ lunch area, payroll station and carpentry shop with a 40’ container on the side of the Central Storage building.
· 12 new office spaces were developed within the Central Storage building. All are occupied.
· 6000 sq. ft. mechanic/machine vocational training institute building erected by volunteers from Waco, TX.
· 3 homes for childcare were completed in the fourth of the five planned pods. One is being occupied temporarily by some of our older children awaiting their permanent boarding houses.
· Installation of a 500KVA generator which will be the backup of the major electrical solar/battery system installed and distributed by ITEC ministry. This was essential to the opening of the Healthcare Center. President Museveni has promised RG that we will get grid power as soon as it is available.
· As mentioned above, the 180 bed hospital is operational as we continue building and equipping the laundry, central store and kitchen, as well as, the morgue.
· Two state of the art chicken houses with 1250 chicken capacity and a 1000 capacity egg incubator for resupply of our operation, as well as, a supplier to local farmers.
· Milling machine made operational for maize flour, posho and layers mash.
· Greatly expanded agricultural fields and production- see Agricultural Report attached.
· Completion of storage garages and McCalls’ fantastic house with a million-dollar view of the Nile River.
· Completion of Patrick House with the same living space and view as the McCalls’ upstairs as well as two down stairs apartments. This home and apartments can be rented out for the benefit of RG when not occupied by the Patrick family.
· Secondary school lab nears completion and is being equipped for teaching multiple science courses.
· The school library has been expanded with new books and a “manipulative Lego center’. This was added by Cynthia Chai.
· Landscaping plan for all of RG is being developed and implemented in stages with the help of volunteers from America and RG workers, who are developing a plant nursery with ornamental flowers, shrubs and trees. The whole place will be a veritable garden- PTL.
This is God’s work and He is due the glory for what He has used many to accomplish. We are grateful to all who have prayed, worked here and around the world for RG and given so generously. May God reward you this year with a greater realization of what a great and awesome God we serve.
Yours in Christ,
David “Tim” McCall, M.D., Executive Director Restoration Gateway Uganda