i’m a mom

Have I ever told you about Sam and my family?
Well, a year ago, when I said, “I do” and became a wife, I also became a mother.


visiting with kids the day after our wedding, before they went back to school
(not all of the are our kids:)

 

For those who have known me for a number of years, you’re probably thinking, “I thought she didn’t want kids.”
You would be correct, I didn’t.  But, over the last few years, God has gradually changed my heart and made me love kids in a way I never did before.

How many kids do we have?  Currently, we have 7.  Although, I’m sure that number will continue to grow over time.
Continue to grow?  Simply put, Sam and I both have a heart for kids.  When we hear a child’s story, the hardships and the pain they are in, our hearts break.  We both want to be able to give them hope and fill them with love.
Although we created CITY to help kids, we also feel pulled to certain children and want them to be a part of our own family.


Sam with some of our kids on their first day of the school year

 

Who are our kids?  We have two boys and five girls.  Their backgrounds are varied: some have lost one or more parents, a couple have been diagnosed HIV+, some have a parent who is not able to feed them or pay school fees; but all of them deserve the opportunity to go to school and be a part of a loving family.

These children are incredibly precious to Sam and me.  When we talk about our future or anything we want to do, our kids are definitely part of our decisions and plans.

 

much love!

 

the latest on the land

This past month has held some ups and downs.  But, as January is coming to a close, it’s better to focus on the good and stay hopeful for what is to come.

Sam has been back in Uganda for over a month now.  Although it has not been easy having him so far away, I know that it is a really good thing he is there.  Many things have gotten done that wouldn’t have, otherwise.

Previously, I talked about Sam searching for land (you can read that blog here).  Well, Sam had found 4 acres.  This is double the amount of land he had been seeing, and it was half the price!

Unfortunately, when he went for negotiations with the owner, the situation changed.  The owner was now selling less than 1 acre, and it cost over four times the previous amount.

So, we have left that place and Sam has continued to diligently search for a good location for our school.
We have been so encouraged by those who have financially given to CITY, in order for us to purchase land when we find it.

Please, if you haven’t done so yet, consider partnering with us through a tax-deductible donation to CITY or telling people you know about what we are doing.
It brings us so much joy to see people coming together to support our ministry and the people we serve in Mukono, Uganda.

 

much love!

 

land, land, and more land

As much as I want to be in Uganda and helping Sam with the starting steps of our school; I feel like I wouldn’t be of much help.  Let me try to explain.

Sam has been looking at various properties.  It doesn’t sound like the most exciting part of this process to me.  I’m not sure I would be able to look at different places, some of them seemingly very similar, and be able to make a good judgment about how it would be for our school.  Thus, I am very thankful for the effort and work Sam has been putting into this.

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one of the properties

 

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another one
similar, right?

 

First, he has been asking around and trying to find out about different locations for sale.
Then, he has to track it down.  There aren’t really addresses, and not all the roads have names.
There are times he has spent the better part of a day, unsuccessfully, looking for land he heard about.
But, there are really encouraging times as well.  Seeing good property, in a good location, for a decent price.

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it would be so great to get this place or one like it:)

 

So as we mull over the places found and still search out more, please consider helping us be able to purchase the land.
Our target amount, to purchase land, is $28,000.

Click HERE to donate and be a part of our school and the lives of whom we will reach.

 

much love!

 

(If you ever have any questions, please feel free to let me know,  I would love to give you more information:)

new year. new project.

New Year’s Eve, three years ago, I was celebrating the countdown in Germany, while my heart was in Uganda.

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New Year’s Eve in Berlin

 

A few days ago, I was bringing in the New Year in South Korea, while my heart was in Uganda.
This year, my heart is even more so in Uganda than before, as my husband is there right now.

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Sam on an outing with our family, the day after New Years

 

Why would my husband go to Uganda and leave me in Korea?
Great question.  So glad you asked:)
We have started a new ministry, called CITY; one of our first projects is starting a school.
CITY comes from the words, Christ’s Identity, which is an important part of all we do.

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our logo

 

CITY’s first school will be a nursery and primary school; basically the equivalent of pre-school through middle school.  The name of the school will be Christ’s Identity Nursery and Primary School.
There is a lot that goes into starting a school, as you can imagine.  The first step we need to take is buying land, so we can start construction of the buildings.

Sam has been asking around and checking out different potential properties. We are hoping to get at least two acres.
So far, it looks like the cost will be around $28,000.
Although that might seem like a lot of money, I think it is reasonable for a decent amount of land and for it to be in a good location.

How will we raise all of that money?
If I am completely honest, I don’t know.
But I do know that God will provide; whether it is through you, or maybe even someone you know.

Please consider partnering with us to help build our school.
Also, if you have any connections or suggestions of someone we should reach out to, to help with this endeavor, please let me know.

All donations are tax-deductible!
We have partnered with an organization called The Cause.  Any money you would like to send to us / CITY, please do so through The Cause.

Find out more information on how to give HERE.
or
You can click HERE to donate!

Thank you in advance for wanting to be part of what we are doing in Uganda.

 

much love!

the day i changed my name

Back in the month of March, in a land not so close to Korea, or America, a pretty momentous occasion happened.  If you’ve read my blog before, or you know me, you’ve probably already guessed the location – Uganda.
But, what was the occasion?
I was in a wedding.  This wedding though, I wasn’t one of the bridesmaids, I was the bride!

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with my new husband

 

From the time I was little, I was never one of the girls that planned her future wedding.  There were little thoughts or ideas, here and there, but that was about it.
Let me tell you, this wedding was beyond anything I ever would have imagined or thought of.
I was surprised by some of the different details of the day, and just the sheer amount of people there.
It was amazing though, if I do say so myself.

So without further ado, here are some pictures of the day.
The day Sam and I started our new life together.

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with the wedding party after breakfast

 

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the band that lead the way to the church

 

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our line of cars being surrounded by the kids

 

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do you see how many people there were – and there were many more inside

 

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walking up the aisle with my dad

 

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my parents giving me away

 

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with Sam

 

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our families

 

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Sam and I ready to go to the reception

 

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the wedding party

 

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with Elizabeth, my matron

 

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some dancing and entertainment for the guests

 

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dancing back in after a change of clothes

 

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feeding each other the cake

 

We were surrounded by so much love, joy, and excitement.
This was a day I don’t think I will ever forget; so, so great.

 

much love!

#GivingTuesday

I’m not much into the different “days” after Thanksgiving:
Black Friday
Small-Business Saturday
Cyber Monday

But there is one day, that started in 2012, which I like the idea behind – #GivingTuesday (click for more information behind this “day”)
After Thanksgiving, a lot of money goes into buying gifts for friends and relatives, or buying things because they are a “steal.”
People can be very generous, but sometimes not know how to help.  #GivingTuesday can help to bring awareness to organizations or causes that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Since Fall of 2012, soon after I had first moved to Uganda, God laid it on my heart to build a library and additional classrooms for the school.
If you’ve read my blogs, there’s a good chance you have already heard about this Hallelujah Project (as it was named) for Champions Christian Primary School.

Over the past couple of years, it’s been amazing to see the progress of the building and the development of the school.  In July, 2013, the library and three ground floor classrooms were officially opened and dedicated.
The second floor, with three more classrooms, has made progress since then; but can’t seem to get past the “walls” stage.  The outside walls for the second floor are almost all at roof level, but it is not usable in this condition.

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sometimes, it’s hard to believe this much transformation has already happened

We have gotten estimates, from an architect / building consultant, on what it would take to finish the building.
The grand total is roughly $43,000.
Not going to lie, that number is pretty intimidating.
But don’t get overwhelmed by the big number.
As pastor has told me multiple, there is only one way to eat and elephant, one bite at a time.

How do you do that in building a building.  Do it in phases.
Let’s start with re-enforcing the concrete: $5,000
And we should also look into fitting the doors and windows: $4,500
I’d say both of these are reasonable goals.
These two together total $9,500.

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baby class | many of the upper class pupils
When I went back in July

On this #GivingTuesday, consider being an integral part of completing this building, by helping us complete this phase.

To support you can click here and find my name: Eason, Bethany – UGANDA
or here and find out different options.

Of course, feel free to contact me with any questions or if you want more details about the Hallelujah Project!

much love!

the overdue school update…

Sometimes, actually, many times, it is difficult for me to find the right words to express what I am thinking or feeling about something.
And, how, across thousands of miles, can I convey to you the progress and amazing changes that have been made at Champions between May of 2014 and when I just went back at the end of July?

I have been asked multiple times about an update on the Hallelujah Project.
For those of you that do not know: when I lived in Uganda, we started to build a new building, that would house a library and additional classrooms for Champions Christian Primary School.  Last July [2014] the Agape Library and three classrooms on the ground floor were officially opened.
But, there is more work to be done.  There is a second story, which is partially finished, that will eventually be more classroom space for this great school.

Going back to Mukono in July, I was not sure of what changes I would see at the school.
Boy was I surprised!
Driving up to the school, I could see differences immediately.
Buildings had been painted, making the school stand out, and also bringing it up a notch (many schools are painted).

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what I saw when we first drove up

 

Not only was the L-shaped building painted, but they also added stairs to help make it more accessible and nicer looking.

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They moved the cooking area and made it larger, which is more sufficient for cooking for 400 plus people daily.
And now, they had a couple of play-sets for the kids to enjoy during free times.

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looking down to the kitchen (on the left) and the play-sets

 

There were other changes, such as in what classroom different grade levels were being taught, the staff, and some administrative organization.
Even being told about some of these things before I went back, it was so great to actually see things in person.

And the Hallelujah Project, how was that?
Oh my goodness, it was incredible to see the first story completed and in use.
To walk into a library full of books at a school that previously didn’t have books for their kids.

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the Agape Library

 

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But, the building is not finished.

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the outside of the Hallelujah building

 

Pastor, Maama Frida, and I talked about the completion of the building when I was with them.
As much as I trust that this will be completed, they do too.

In order to finish it, we need to complete a couple sections of the wall, get windows and doors, and top it with a roof.
When the second story is finished, this will add at least three more, much needed, classrooms to this school.

Sometimes it seems daunting, how will this ever be completed?
From where will the money come?
But, looking back and seeing how far we have come and the amazing ways in which God has already provided for this project, I know it will be done.

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some of the nursery kids – their classrooms are on the first floor of the Hallelujah Project

 

Will you join us and help to finish the Hallelujah Project?
We need people to people to continue to partner with us in prayer and with finances.
Let me know if you have any questions!
And, you can click here for more information on how you can financially support.

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surrounded by most of upper primary my last morning there

 

much love!