Refuge 127


Refuge School

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I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Psalm 91:2
This is the scripture that gave birthed the name of this ministry.  We pray the children have the revelation that God wants to be their refuge.  He wants to take care of them, heal them and take what the devil meant for bad and use it for good.
 …to visit and help and care for the orphans… James 1:27 amp

This is our mission.  It is a simple command God gave to us.  We ignore this command.  We come up with excuses to not follow this command.  We skim over this passage along with the hundreds of others that command us to take care of the fatherless, the orphan.  It is God’s burden. I pray God birth’s in you this day his burden for the orphan.

4 Buildings Completed!

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The orphanage in Mbale has been given 6 acres of land as a donation by a villager in that town.  The goal of Bishop Wayabire is to build 25 buildings.  These buildings would house the children with beds, have their school with their classrooms and medical facilities.  A church in Indiana paid for a well there that gives clean water to 5000 people.  The money we raised by your amazing donations has finished the 1st 4 buildings!  Only 21 to go.

That kind of Joy

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I was recently introduced to a Joy that I had never witnessed before.  Maybe I seen glimpses of it in my child’s laugh on Christmas morning, saying “I Do” to my husband and when the doctor told me my child had been healed but they could not explain it.  Those were all Joy moments but because of the busyness of life, they flee.  I was blessed to experience a people that possess this Joy in their everyday life, in their worship and in their dance.  Psalm 126:3 says “The lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.  Psalm 100:1 says “Shout for joy to the lord, all the earth.”  Psalm 81:1 says “Sing for joy to God our strength.”  I let the cares of this world affect my joy. I allow the pressures of my career dictate my joy.  I hand over my joy when I have not realized daily, that “the lord has done great things for us!”  I silent the joy of God when I don’t “shout for joy to the lord!”  I weaken myself when I don’t “Sing for Joy to God our strength.”  Jesus, you are the giver of all Joy. I choose this day to walk in this Joy. Help me to not let the cares of this world steal my Joy.  I want to be Joy.  I want Joy to spill out of me.  I want Joy to overtake me.  Thank you God for showing me a people who walk in your Joy!  Thank you for showing me despite the situation, food supply, money supply, and circumstances, you can walk in constant Joy. 

James 127

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In the bible, God’s word tells us in James 127 to “take care of the orphan.”  There are times in our lives that we have all felt the agony of being orphaned.  Maybe a family member died,  maybe a friend moved, maybe a job ended and we experience a pain and grief that almost kills us.  But for most of us, this season of life ends at some point, or something else comes along and fills that void.  For the orphan, this pain, this void will be with them until the day they die, unless….. Unless the love of God is birthed inside their heart and they allow Jesus Christ to become their everlasting father.  His word says in Psalm 68:5 that He will be a “father to the fatherless…”  My heart and soul beats for the orphan that cries themselves to sleep, that ask “why” everyday, that long for someone to tell them the words “I love you” and truly mean it.  I desire to see the orphan allow God to hold them in His arms and wrap them in His love and kindness! – Mama Shay

Message from Uganda

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As I lay inn my bed, mosquito netting hangs from the ceiling surrounding every side of me. God whispers, this is how my love for you and protection for you is. My eyes water as I feel His love for me wrap around me. While I can see through this fine mesh, my vision is impaired slightly. God whispers again, because I want you to see this world differently. I want you to see people through my eyes. The thin mesh separates me from the outside. God has set His people apart. To not be conformed to this world. To be the light in this darkness, to be His Hands and feet. As I look up, a metal ring holds the netting from the ceiling. God reminds me of a wedding band. A covenant of two people who love each other and who become one. I am reminded of the covenant I have made. When I truly gave my life to Jesus, I became His bride. He loved me so much He laid His life down for me and now I daily give Him my life in return.-Mandy

T-shirts for Africa

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Mandy and Shay have the oppurtunity to go on a mission trip to Uganda. They will be holding a children’s cruisade for approx. 1000 orphans.  The money they are raising is also going to buying food for the orphans, digging clean water wells, and helping to finish a roofing project.

If you are interested in buying a t-shirt, please email Mandy at  They are $15 a piece and we have Large and X-Large remaining.
All proceeds go to the orphans of Uganda, Africa

Please let us know soon because Mandy and Shay are leaving for their mission trip on January 8!

Tour of Homes 2011

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For the past 5 years, this ministry has put on an event called Tour of Homes.  We visit different homes decorated beautifully for Christmas and there is food at each house.  The wonderful thing, is all proceeds go the orphanage here in town as well as an orphanage in Uganda, Africa.  Here are some highligts of this years homes!  Please join us next year for this awesome event!


Welcome to the Refuge Ministries first ever post on our new blog!  We are so excited to have this up and running so that we can share the wonderful things God is doing through this ministry.  For the past five years, God have opened so many doors to allow us to minister to the children of the Juvenile Justice Facility here in Thibodaux.  This facility is home to children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect.  Since 2008, we have taught weekly bible studies, been able to throw many “fun days,” bring the children to church, put a bible in their hands (sometimes for the first time), and love them unconditionally.  Through the support of so many, these children have been able to experience the true love of God.

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Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

The Refuge Team