When Jack was nine he began baking pumpkin bread and selling it to help children go to school in Uganda. At that age he couldn’t imagine growing up without an education and with his can do attitude he figured he would help a little. There’s a tab above that describes the whole story. He is twelve now and he has educated four children each year to go to school. It is this time of year that his baking really picks up and he gets locked into the kitchen for long days. One of the benefits of home schooling is we can alter his schedule for an activity with such purpose and importance.
Every year his dad has a holiday luncheon and Jack has been invited to go. This year he dressed up in a suit jacket, he brought samples of his bread and an official sign up sheet he made himself on the computer. He came home with fifty orders to bake in four days! We were swamped. He and Hannah did the math and went shopping for supplies. Kevin helped with the dishes. I did the packaging and Dad did the deliveries. When Jack felt overwhelmed I understood, and I reminded him, “you are serving Jesus right now.” That helped him find the joy in the hard work. The first year he did this work we took him to Florida to talk about his efforts at a fundraiser. When we returned from missing two days of school we were warned by the police he has missed too many days of school. The other days were missed to be IN Uganda. That’s about the time we realized he might use his time and energy better if he were home schooled. I think we were right.
In October he collected orders from the stables and earned enough for one child to go to school. More orders will follow for the Christmas season.This weekend he sent an email to the head swim coach at our gym who offered to ask his life guards to make orders. Jack told me he took care of that himself and that makes him a business man now. He brings bread to sell when I set up a booth for Kirabo Seeds. He is quite a salesman, it is so natural for him to approach an adult and tell him what he’s doing and why. He’s quite irresistible. He says “I am losing the cute factor I had when I was nine, but I’m getting smarter about sales.” He is a funny kid. We no longer ship bread though because it costs soo soo much.
This year we are going to take the scholarships he has earned over to the community where our children at Kirabo Seeds in Uganda grew up. Jack has such a personal relationship with all the children in our home that he couldn’t be a sponsor to just one or two of them. It makes better sense for him to reach out into the community where there are countless children who were friends of our kids but not able to go to school.
The good news is that we have at this point three scholarships to give away in February when school begins for the new year. The problem is there are so many children desperate to be able to go to school. We figure with $350 a child will get the supplies and uniform and school fees. That’s 35 loaves of bread! Choosing the children who will receive the gift is going to be a challenge. I’ve asked Phiona and Robert to go visiting and count up how many children are not in school. I also want to understand who are the most desperate as well as eager to go. Somehow we’re going to have to sort out the precious few who will receive this gift.
Seeing with my own eyes children who cannot go to school weighs so heavily on my heart. I can’t bear it. I begin to fantasize about building a school. But I know we are too young of a ministry to do that because we we don’t have the people power to run it. And I would want to provide the absolute best for the students. Truth is we aren’t fully funded for our children’s home yet, so growing before we accomplish that goal would be foolish. I suggested to Jack that he could use his Instagram connections to motivate other children to sell just 35 loaves of bread, or use their talents and help children go to school. Who knows what God will do! Jack knows the children who need the education and he can deliver it too. But he can personally only bake so many loaves of bread. Maybe he can mobilize other children to do a little here that goes so so far over there. I can only pray we are able to help more children be able to go to school. I hope next year he is able to be useful to God in helping countless children in our community near Kirabo Seeds receive an education. He has until the end of January to come up with this year’s scholarships.
For our ministry we still hope for the commitment of seven more sponsors to help us meet the needs of the children in our home. Sponsoring our children is a long term relationship commitment. Some times people just want to benefit someone for a one time gift without the long term commitment. I understand this very well. Contributing to the education of a child is a good way to make a difference. Every little bit adds up quickly to change a child’s life. And we believe God is the one who moves in hearts and provides for his children. We, Kirabo Seeds, are simply the channel through where God works for the good of underprivileged children. Through the middle of January anyone can indicate they would like a child to go to school from the village and we will take care of the work on our end at our own cost. 100% of the education designated funds will go directly to educating children who would otherwise just sit around all day long wasting potential.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matt. 19:14
I myself, this Christmas can’t think of a single thing I could ask to receive. I asked Craig to send a child to school in my name and what a joy that will give me all year. (so that makes four scholarships available for Jack to give away) If you would like to discuss this with me personally send me an email and we’ll sort out details! email@example.com