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Guest Blogger: Heather Austumian

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We met Heather during out last trip to Uganda. Needless to say she wasn’t as excited to be there as we were. LOL   Heather was ready to go the minute we got to the hotel.  We gathered for a prayer meeting on the second night but Heather went straight to her room.  She called her husband crying and was going to beg Josh to go home.  She prayed and God spoke to her and said she was there for a reason and to be patient. I asked Heather when did her feelings change and she told me “It changed when I laid eyes on that first child.”


Mission work will do that to you. It takes you to the edge of yourself and then turns your world upside down in a completely wonderful way. By the end of the trip, Heather couldn’t wait to go back. She was in love with the people, the country, and the children.


Heather was given the opportunity to go this August on a medical mission to the orphanage. Here’s her story in your words.


To be able to visit Uganda twice in one year is a privilege and a blessing.  This trip, I was able to travel with my son Michael who is a Junior at Purdue University.  This trip impacted him much like it did me the first time I went.  Our lives were changed.
With the help of the area physician, Dr. Masalo, as well as Dr. Sydney, we were able to do complete head to toe assessments on all of the children from Hope Refuge School.  Among the illnesses we treated were Malaria, ringworm, bacterial infections, fungal infections and intestinal worms.  Every child received treatment for intestinal worms.  Some also received needed vaccinations.
Seeing the familiar faces and all the smiles made the 5 hour trip on the very bumpy roads worth it.  Knowing that I was a part of perhaps saving a child’s life is all the thanks I will ever need.  It’s through the support of Refuge 127 and Helping Hands that we are able to help these children.  We ARE making a difference!












Two in One

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Hey Guys! Sorry I missed last month. It’s been a busy month for all of us with school beginning so here’s a two-for-one 🙂

Since last newsletter, the fifth building is complete. All it needs now is a little paint which we will be able to do when we go in January.  This was possible because of your support!

Bishop John Wayabire, who is in charge of Hope Refuge School, came to town in late July. We were able to meet with him and discuss the future of Hope Refuge and get an update of what is going on in Uganda.
 Kerry Consulting Group hosted a fundraiser and silent auction for Refuge at Fremin’s in Thibodaux. Such a great event. 
Thank you!

 Kylie and Kole Thorp wanted to help Hope Refuge School so they had a garage sale, saved loose change, and sold band bracelets as a fund raiser. In July, they presented Refuge with $420.65! In under a year, these two children have donated roughly $700 to Refuge127 and they can’t wait to get home and start raising more! They love the children of Africa and can’t wait until they can visit them one day. Thank you so much Kylie and Kole!

Stay tuned for a few announcements and a guest blogger!!!