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Twelve students from MHA's Refu-Jesus 2.0 class will be heading to Uganda on a mission trip this spring. This trip of a lifetime is being planned with lots of prayer as each student reaches out to their communities to raise the necessary funds to make the dream possible.
The Uganda project, including the building of water sources, providing basic needs, and ministering to the local area, has consumed the students, their families, and Mr. Russell Palmer who heads the Refu-Jesus 2.0 class. Students love discussing everything they will be able to accomplish once they are in Uganda--meeting the people, working hard, and using their God-given talents.
But before they can get there, they have to raise a lot of money--$3,200 each. Flights to Africa, supplies, travel expenses all add up. It takes more than just talking about it; it takes a leap of faith.
One fundraising assignment was to write letters to business leaders and philanthropists in the hopes that this might produce a donation. This was a good way for the students to learn about writing grants and fundraising in the real world. One of these letters was rewarded in a big way.
James, an 8th grader in the class, was afraid he would not be able to go because he just had $100 of the $1,600 needed at the halfway point. So, his excitement was palpable when on Monday, November 26, he received a letter from Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble saying he had received $1,000 to finance his trip to Uganda. This one time gift was Mr. Riggio’s way of giving back to the people of Africa where he himself has scholarship programs in Sierra Leone.
As James said, “I have hope now. I’ll get to go.” That’s what faith did for James--it gave him hope.
-- Agape Hammond