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A big “Thank You” – HIVAfrica 2013 Report

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Team VBS – 11 volunteers
We had 423 AIDS orphans attend our Jesus is My King Vacation Bible School. VBS is rarely done in Africa and never for AIDS orphans.  We did it 7 times in 2 countries and 3 languages. These are kids who have never had a birthday gift or experienced a Christmas morning. They each each got a colored wristband, a turquoise t-shirt, they learned 4 songs with motions and dancing, they got skits, and stories about Jesus our King, they did crafts, got de-worm pills, and got lunch (kids never eat lunch in Africa) WITH a soda (I insisted that they get this treat!), a baggie with a cross, pencils, a pen, a toy, and lots of other stuff all in the name of Jesus. Huge success.

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Team Medical/Care Outreach – 11 volunteers
We did medical/care outreach to those with HIV in our Support Groups in the remote villages with our Doctor and 3 nurses who evaluated, and saw approximately 700+ people where we then provided medications needed for their ailments from our own pharmacy. These with the rest from our Support groups that we saw (another 1000+ people) received numerous items including blankets, mosquito nets, beans, rice, sugar, clothing, flip-flops, hoes, machetes, de-worm pills, and baggies (1000) filled with toothbrushes, pens, pencils, clothespins, toys and much more and always a hug in Jesus name.

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We gave Charles Kasaija, our Staff Worker in Ft. Portal, a new Yamaha motorbike. We also bought our Country Director, Pastor Moses Drake Luswata, a new motorbike. We gave the Leon Holmstrom School a new water system and 1000 gallon tank. We gave Bishop Benezeri Kisembo a one year supply of a very expensive eye medication needed for his eyes. We provided a new solar-powered projector for HIV Uganda and a traditional projection system for HIV Kenya. We provided a 1000 gallon water tank for our a church in Nalimawa, Uganda where our Support Groups meet and 5 500 gallon tanks in Nagamuli for our Support Group leaders in this extremely remote area in the Kamuli District.

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And we did a lot more. We gave out 100 goats, 400 T-shirts with Terry’s Kids logos and Jesus is My King and on and on… God is good!!!!!

– Bruce A. Sonnenberg

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