To offer a place of compassionate care for women with AIDS who have no one in their own community that can care for them and nurture them back to health, allowing them to become productive members of their community once again.
To provide a source of spiritual strength as they face their illness and its effects on their lives.
To give supportive care to those that are not able to survive the effects of HIV/AIDS and help them reconcile with God.
To provide a safe loving atmosphere for pregnant women that are HIV positive, high risk and/or have no safe place to go during their pregnancy; to assist them in having a successful delivery and return them to their community as quickly as possible.
To provide life skills which will allow women to support themselves and their children by giving them the opportunity to benenfit from trade school scholarships.
Hannah’s House Ministry, Uganda was launched in May 2007 as we saw the desperate need of the women here in Uganda. The need became apparent when we discovered one of our own prison ministry nurses, Awuma Joyce, had become a victim of HIV/AIDS. She acquired the virus while caring for a family member in the past. She was bed-ridden in a small clinic without the loving care she deserved and needed.
After a quick phone conversation with the WOMF leadership, it was decided to move her to our southern regional headquarters care in Masaka, Uganda where I was living at. With great excitement we brought her in and began caring for her. She was weak and unable to stand, and with the help of our dedicated staff, we cared for her until July 2, 2007 when she went home to the Lord.
While one can say that we failed because she died, I believe we succeeded. She was showered with our love and the love of her heavenly Father up to the moment of her death. I know that she knew she was loved and that alone was enough for me!
In the meantime, I got a call about a young girl, Brenda, that was raped and now pregnant at the age of 14! Needless to say, my heart wrenched for her and we brought her into our care. She was an orphan with only a poor grandmother to care for her. We were again able to speak into her and prepare her for a safe delivery. She successfully delivered a healthy baby boy in September. Because of her age, she chose prior to his birth to give her son up for adoption. Because of her loving decision, he is now in a loving family envirionment and she was able to go back to school to continue her basic education.
After Brenda went back to school in Feb. 2008, our room was empty. I quietly waited to see what God had in store for us. Sure enough, as always, He had a plan. While it did not fit my plan, I went with it. In Mar. 2008 our local hospital called me about an abandoned premature baby! Well, how could I refuse such a request. After confirming it was okay for us to accept the baby on behalf of our mission, I went to meet baby Ruth.
My heart wrenched again as I looked at her. She was thin and so weak. She could not move on her own. The hospital had a feeding tube in place already. I prayed over her and she remained in the hospital for 1 week before I brought her home. I was quickly reminded of 3 hour feedings, 24/7 as I cared for her by myself! I weighed her after 10 days and she was a whopping 2 pounds!! Well, long story short, our “miracle” baby is doing great. She has been adopted into a loving family and is thriving under their care.
As time went on that year, we received 3 more orphans under our care as we had no baby house that could take them. I am over-joyed to report that we now have Bethany Baby House under construction and our baby orphans have been placed under their care as of Aug. 2009.
As this transition took place, God has brought Hannah’s House Ministry 2 young ladies that are pregnant and a woman with HIV/AIDS that need our care. By God’s grace we are moving forward to provide for these women and nurture them spiritually. You can read their “stories” and follow their journeys in Hannah’s House Ministry.
Thank you in advance for your prayers for the girls and women that will pass through Hannah’s House Ministry today and in the years to come. Blessings.