Impact Blog

I have been thinking about all that is going on right now in the Impact world. This morning I received pictures of the new piggery in Kalonga. The roof was completed just today. Now our Ugandan partners have doubled their capacity to raise and house pigs–-to about 70. Pigs are one of the most profitable ventures we have in Kalonga, helping to pay for food for orphans, teachers’ salaries, and starting new ventures for women-at-risk. Besides the piggery, a deep well is being dug right now. The water will be pumped up to a tank on a small tower which will provide drinking water, not only for the children at Hope and Care School, but will allow school and community gardens to be planted. This well is a huge step forward.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: A Great Week In the Impact Nations World by Steve Stewart

As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and His resurrection life and power in us, I am reminded of this testimony from last year’s Philippines Journey of Compassion. We were in our final barangay, giving out bags of rice and distributing water filters among the village that had been ravaged by two different typhoons. As we came to the door of one house, we could see a woman trying to come to us. She was barely moving, hobbling as she leaned heavily on the furniture. We told her not to come any farther, we would just come in ourselves. Before giving her a filter, it seemed obvious that we should pray for this poor woman. Ray asked her where she felt pain. She replied with a long list––her head, neck, back, hips, knees and feet. So Ray decided to start with her head pain. As she prayed, the woman began to smile and indicate with her hands that she felt something lifting off her. Then suddenly, she jumped up from the stool, raised her hands over her head and began to dance. I mean dance! All over the room she moved and kept saying it was all gone. We asked if she meant her head pain was gone. “No! All my pain is gone from everywhere!”  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: "Behold, I make all things new!"

A few weeks ago I met a woman in a large city in Tanzania. She was striking––both her physical beauty and her confident bearing immediately stood out. “Anne” was a very successful businesswoman. She traded in various grains, importing and exporting to various east African countries. My friend told me that Anne was, by Kenyan standards, a millionaire. Then he informed me that just three years ago, Anne was working the streets as a prostitute. Having just conversed with this self-assured, professional woman, I confess this was hard to imagine.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Anne's Transformation Story by Steve Stewart

Our Indian partners felt especially led this past month to do their monthly Feeding the Poor outreach among children. January 26 was Indian Republic Day and many schools and colleges were celebrating in various ways and to add to the celebration, our partners visited a very poor area where they gathered 86 children and taught them songs, played games, shared stories and the Gospel with them, prayed for them and distributed food packets consisting of biryani, chicken curry and mineral water.  In all, 161 food packets were distributed to the children and beggars at platforms.  It was a time of great joy.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Feeding the Children

In early December, I woke up one morning with the strong impression that the Lord was asking me to go to Tanzania. This was both unexpected and yet persistent, so I called my friend Mike in Kenya and asked what he thought. Mike’s response was immediate: he believes that this is a time of destiny for Tanzania, and so he was not surprised by what I shared with him. I was leading a Journey of Compassion to Uganda in early January, and so it was not difficult to travel from there to another East African nation. At the completion of the Journey, I flew to Nairobi with David and Cynthia, and our partner in Kalonga, Richard. From there we were picked up by our friend Mike, then drove south across the Tanzanian border to the city of Arusha. We were in for a great adventure as we scouted for a potential Journey of Compassion to Tanzania.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Four Days in Tanzania

Yesterday the team headed to a new village, Kantegalamire. It is a very interesting place, indeed. Although it is less than 10 miles from Kalonga, this village of 5,000 is remarkably isolated; in fact it feels like it’s a hundred miles away. I was surprised to discover that the people speak a different language from those in the surrounding towns and villages. This is because Kantegalamire was populated by a nomadic tribe a number of years ago. We found out that we are the first “musungus” (white people) to come in 15 years. The medical clinic that we set up yesterday was the first ever in this community. When we arrived, there was a large crowd waiting outside. Once again, the doctors and nurses reported that they encountered a lot of very sick people. Like the last village and Sango Bay, this has been a very bad year for malaria. There were also many serious stomach problems. While the nurses and doctors saw patients for hour after hour, the prayer team prayed for hundreds Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Steve's Third Report from Uganda: Jan 2016

On Wednesday, we began our first mobile medical clinic in a town where we had been last year. The people, especially the children, were very sick. It is malaria season here in Uganda, and a local doctor told me that this is a very bad year for malaria. While the medical clinic went on, David and Cynthia Pearson led teams out into the town with water filters. Each filter will provide about 20-25 people with a permanent supply of clean water. At about 5:30, the team went into the middle of town for an outdoor meeting. We have a very musical team of translators on this Journey, and by the time we got there, a crowd of 300-400 had gathered to listen to them sing. After a while I preached and about 200 people came forward to receive Christ. Following that, the team prayed for the sick for almost an hour. There were many healings and more salvations.  Read More

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Checkout the Latest: Steve's Second Report from Uganda: Jan 2016