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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!!!

Short and Sweet: July Newsletter

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I hope you all had a great 4th of July.

This month, Refuge is asking for help to meet two needs:

Homes for Tour of Homes 
If you are interested in having your home be on this year’s Tour and would like more information, please contact.  This is a great event and our biggest fundraiser of the year.  It’s a night to have fun with friends, eat great food, and support a wonderful cause all while visiting beautifully decorated homes in the Thibodaux area.  Let us know if you would like to participate or if you have a friend who would like to volunteer their home to be on the Tour.

Monthly Sponsors
$10, $20, $50, $100…whatever you feel in your heart to give.  We are looking for people to partner with us monthly.  If you would like to become a monthly sponsor, click here to donate.  If you’re not quite ready to be a monthly sponsor but would like to give a one time donation, you can do that as well.  All donations are tax deductible.

Again, we thank you for supporting the children of Hope Refuge School.

Well Hello June!

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This year is flying by so fast. Before you know it we will be back on a plane to Uganda!

Here is an update about what’s going on with Refuge.

Grace Doll Workshop
There will be a Grace Doll workshop held on June 21st from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Peltier Park recreation center. If you would like more information, please contact us.  We are so thankful for all of our volunteers who show up to make these dolls.  Special thanks to Mrs. Ann Buission, Mrs. Monica Stock, and Ms. Jackie Plaisance for leading this project.

Refuge Merchandise
Until our Refuge online store is finished, we have posted all of our merchandise online on Facebook and through our website at  For a donation, you can get a t-shirt or hat and let everyone know what you do to help the orphan in Uganda.  We can ship them to you if you’d like. Please take a look and email us if you are interested in purchasing one or more of our items.

Medical Mission Trip
Unfortunately, we did not have enough volunteers to go in August for the medical mission trip. However, we have set dates for our next one: June 2015.  This will give everyone enough time to start planning to take off of work and to start saving/fundraising for the trip.  If you are in the medical profession and are interested in going, please contact us at

New Roof
When Shay visited Dr. Sydney’s clinic in October, the roof of the clinic was leaking pretty bad. (Dr. Sydney is the doctor who is helping us treat the children at the orphanage.)  Refuge was able to help him seal the roof so that patients wouldn’t have to deal with falling water while they were sick.   Here are a few pictures from beginning to end of the process.

Exposed leaking roof

 New Roof!
YOU made this happen! Thank you!

We appreciate everyone of you who pray for this organization, volunteer, raise money, and keep up with what God is doing in Uganda. Stay tuned to more news from Refuge.

May Madness!!!

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Medical Mission Trip
Well, it’s official! We will be leaving in August for our first medical mission trip to the orphanage. We are so excited to see what God will do through the nurses and medical professionals that will be joining us on the trip.  Our plan is to vaccinate, deworm, and complete some tests while we are there. This trip will give us an opportunity to plan for the future health care needs of the children.

Funds are sent!
We have sent the funds needed to lay the cement and purchase and install the doors for the 5th building. This was possible due to those who came out and danced their hearts out at Zumba Love in April.  
Grace Doll Workshop
This past month, we had a wonderful turn out at our Grace Dolls event.  Thanks to the volunteers of Houma Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church and all of our other wonderful volunteers for coming out and helping to create these sweet little dolls. If you would like more information on how you can help, email us at
May Madness Challenge
Let’s break ground on a dormitory for these children!
Please consider making a one time donation of $10 
during the month of May to break ground on the  6th building!
That’s only $0.32 a day
Click here to donate!
mail it to PO Box 5582
Thibodaux, LA 70302
Goal: $2000 during the month of May

March Moments

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March has brought so many blessings for Refuge127 and the children of Hope Refuge School

Zumba Love 

Zumba Love was a huge success.  Our goal was $4000 to pour the cement for the 5th building.  At Zumba Love, we raised $3000 and an anonymous donor walked in during the event and made up for the rest!  What a blessing!  We can now pour the cement and move on to the 6th building – a dormitory!

If you would like to get a Zumba Love “I Will Go” T-shirt, please email us at 

Financial Blessing

During the month of March, we received a total of $9000 in one time donations to help finish the school!  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  You are supporting God’s mission!

Medical Mission Trip

We are in the process of planning our first ever Medical Mission trip to the orphanage this summer.  We have teamed up with a group of health care professionals in our area to immunize the children at the orphanage.  We will also be educating the villagers and teachers about things such as first aid, hygiene, and how to prevent certain types of illnesses.  Please pray that this trip will be blessed and that the children can finally begin to live healthier lives due to this medical trip.

Tour of Homes

We’ve picked a date!!  Mark your calendars.  Tour of Homes 2014 will be December 6th, 2014!

Upcoming Events

Grace Doll Workshop
April 12, 2014
9:00am – Noon
Peltier Park Recreation Center

What is a Grace Doll?
The Grace Doll is a handmade doll which represents the orphan. Volunteers get together at these workshops to cut out patterns, sew buttons, and stuff dolls.  When complete, these dolls will be available to people for a donation to Refuge127.  If you would like to know more about the Grace Doll project, please email us at

If you would like to become a monthly sponsor of Refuge127, please click on the link below.  You can donate any amount you wish.  All donations are tax deductible.

New Year! New Updates!

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So much has been happening with Refuge127 and we want to share a few updates, pictures, and a video with you.

Tour of Homes

Tour of Homes 2013 was a great success!  We had so much fun and the homes were beautiful. Special thanks to our homeowners, caterors, bakers, door prize donors, and volunteers for making this year wonderful!

This trip was a very productive trip.  Here are a few pics of the progress of Hope Refuge School and what we were able to accomplish.

1. When we were there in Dec/Jan, one of the buildings had walls but no roof.  Since we have left, the roof has been complete!  We’re ready to begin building another building!!

3. We were able to de-worm 550+ children.

3. We brought 12 suitcases of medical supplies to Dr. Sydney for his medical clinic and to help treat the children at the orphanage.  

4. We were able to work with a wholesaler to purchase food for the children.

5. We had the first women’s service for the women of the village.

6. We were able to give new shoes and clothes to the children.

7. Nicholas is a little boy that we met at the orphanage.  He was very sick.  We prayed with him and he received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.  Dr. Sydney said that if he didn’t receive medical attention, he wouldn’t live long. We took him back to the Bishop’s house and collected $900 from everyone on the group for his medical treatment.  After tests, Dr. Sydney said he liver failure and Hep C.  Nicholas has so much faith. He believed His God would heal him.  Nicholas received His healing a day after we left Africa; it just wasn’t in the way we thought it would happen.  He is now dancing around Heaven, healthy and happy, with His Jesus!
This trip was very productive for Refuge127.  We made lots of new friends, and we are anticipating great things for 2014!!!
Webale Nyo!
(Thank you very Much)

Update on Hope Refuge School

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Shay and our friend Jeramy just got back from a week long trip to Uganda two Sunday’s ago and God’s favor was with them! They were able to accomplish much while there and Shay was able to get updates on the Orphanage.

This is a new building in the process of being built. The donations given to Bishop during out last trip were used to build this building and to lay cement in the existing buildings where there was once only dirt floors. Now the children don’t have to sit in dirt while they are in their classroom.

Thank you for all of your support! We will be returning to Uganda in December.  Please keep up in your prayers.
 The kids say Thank You!!!

Bishop Wayabire

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Refuge helps the Hope Refuge School and Orphanage in Uganda, Africa pastored by Bishop Wayabire. We helped to finish a few of their buildings there so far and they decided to use our organization’s name in their school name, what an honor for us. Well Pastor Wayabire came to the U.S. to spend about 8 days with us very recently. It was such an honor to be able to show him all of the things that we are doing here to help him in Africa. While he was here to visit, he went to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and was able to meet and speak with the CEO of the hospital about the extreme need for medical equipment in Africa. He was also able to visit the eye doctor to get help with some vision problems he was having and, LuLu Thompson, a member of our Advisory Board is an eye doctor so she was able to help him with what he needed.

We were able to set up a meet and greet so he could meet some of the people in the area that were going to attend the next missions trip to Africa in January and some that are eager to go in the future. He was also able to attend the garage sale that we held which in the beginning confused him a little but he was so appreciative of people donating their things to be sold to help him and the children in Africa. We asked him on numerous occasions while he was here how his trip was going and he always answered us with excitement that he had a great time and was always eager to thank us for the work that we’re doing for the orphanage. We cannot thank everyone enough for the help that you all give to us. We would not be where we are today without the help of each and everyone of you.

5K Run for Kids Feb. 25

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February 25, 2012
A 3.1 Mile Roll through Peltier Park and Thibodaux Neighborhoods
(Leaving from and finishing at the Peliter Park in Thibodaux)
Hello Running Friends:
House of Prayer Kid’s ministry ages ranging from 3 years to 6th grade, are proud to present the 1st Annual Thibodaux “Run for Kids” 5k walk/run.  This is a first time EVER 5k race being put on by our children’s ministry. We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are about doing this.
Of course like any new event, it takes resources, both human and financial, to organize and put on an event such as this one.  We are looking for your support. We are already in the works to have free entertainment, music, and children’s activities. However, there are a few other resources needed to make this race a success… We are hoping to provide free giveaways, awards, T-shirts, food, and etc. Your help is needed to make this fundraiser a success. Please view the sponsor list below to see how you can help.
Our Solid Rock children’s ministry will be giving 100% of the proceeds to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) located in Lafourche Parish. This organization trains and supports local volunteers to act as court appointed advocates. These advocates are the voice for abused and neglected children in court cases. With your help, we are hoping to provide more resources to CASA in order to ensure a more safe and loving environment for our children with no home or family support. 
Not only are we helping a local organization, but we are also teaching our children the value of giving to those less fortunate. Please take this great opportunity to join us and be part of an event in support of CASA. If you wish to discuss how you can participate in ways other than those noted here, please contact one of the persons named below.  Please say, “Yes” and support us.  Thank you.
Please consider one of the sponsorship levels below.  Your contribution will make a difference.  Your logo and name will be included on all media, apparel and advertising.
Platinum Sponsor 
$2000 – $3499
4 inch on back
Gold Sponsor
$1000 – $1999
3 inch on back
Silver Sponsor
$500 – $999
2 inch on back
Bronze Sponsor
$250 – $499
1 inch on back
$50 – $249
Name on back
Food / Drinks / Gift Certificates
Donation of goods
Name on back
Semonne Holloway: 985-859-6231               Keesha Melancon: 985-859-2130