Monday, January 03, 2011

Investment Year 2010 in a nutshell

2011 is now upon us and before we put 2010 to bed, i thought i would take a moment to look back at Investment Year 2010. Thanks to Jennie for the summary as a lot of the words are hers, thanks!

Here is the “IY 2010 Year in Review” –


- Each of our 17 IY students read through the entire Bible and read a minimum of 8 books (many read more)! (Together, they read a total of192 books, not including the Bible-which means 192 book reports were turned in as well!)

Internships at the various New Hope Uganda sites:

- in accounts, construction, community relations, remedial tutoring, guest house, primary school, secondary school, Early Adulthood, special needs program, childcare/extension, and the clinic

Internships outside New Hope:

- worked with street kids and refugees in Mbarara; worked with special needs children in Guludene and Mengo; worked in a babies home and in a malnutrition rehabilitation center in Entebbe, a Christian school in Kampala, the clinic of one of Uganda’s leading doctors, and in the Kiwoko hospital laboratory, out-patients department, and electrical department

Other accomplishments and activities:

- served as interpreters for American lawyers at a remand home in Kampala

- started a coffee business and took over the running of and purchasing for the Kasana Children’s Centre gift shop

- business etiquette training and a business dinner

- The 8 boys helped run 2 camps for former street boys at Musana Camps

- Each IY either ran their own small businesses or made investments in various things to help with the costs of their further education

Each 2010 IY received training in:

- Personal financial management (through completing the 10-week Crown Financial course)

- Authority of Scripture

- Biblical exegesis and hermeneutics

- World view

- Courtship, Marriage, and family,

- What is salvation?- debates and biblical reasoning/discussion

- Church history/chronology of Scripture

- Entropy and stewardship

- Business etiquette and skills

- Public speaking

- Basic computer skills

- Basic photography

Unique to this year:

- This was our first year to have a reading list- we joke that each year gets harder and harder… Now that we know what they’re capable of, next year’s students will be required to read a minimum of 13 books and the Bible!

- We went to Kampala for a “Know Your Capital Day”- a day learning their way around the big city

- Girls’ week- a time of discipleship and fun and “mother-daughter” time with IY girls and the IY women staff members

- We spent time in “listening prayer” each morning we were together- learning to listen to God’s “still small voice” through His Spirit and His Word

- This was the first IY group to keep up with Bible reading throughout the year!

- We wrapped up the year with a Father Heart Retreat at Musana Camps

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In closing

As I looked over what God had done and what each of our IY’s had accomplished this year, my heart was full. But, more than the accomplishments and training was how the Lord knit our hearts together with the students this year.

The great thing about IY is that its not just the young people who are challenged, changed, impacted. This year has been so good for me to, as i have really started to see and understand what it means to be a father to our children, my 3 children (Joel, Anya and Silas) but also my IY children! They have taught me much and i am so grateful. Being a dad to 17 teenagers has been a challenge but so much fun.

IY 2010 was great and we look forward to IY 2011...and i will try and keep you upto date much better

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