In 2008, we had just begun serving with MAF in Botswana when our almost 2-year-old son Johnathan died suddenly in a drowning accident. Friends and family wanted to comfort us, but couldn’t send flowers, so a memorial fund was established. At that time, God spoke to Cheryl, saying, "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed, but if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)"
Keith had been thinking for some time about how we could help people in a meaningful way, to give in a way that empowered people. The ideas came to life, and Johnathan’s Seeds was born out of our tragedy.
Cheryl started to work with the vulnerable and orphan children in the slum of Gaborone and later oversaw a preschool in our yard in Maun. Keith was very involved with his staff members there, and we were able to help some of them achieve their goals and even some life-long dreams, by providing small loans. We were also able to help destitute families in our midst and to care for widows and orphans who needed assistance.
Now, in the Kisenyi Slum of Kampala, Uganda, we have been partnering with others to feed and care for homeless boys living on the street, and to show them the love of Jesus. During a weekly program on Thursdays, we provide a nutritious meal to between 50-100 boys. Using donations, we have been able to fund medical care, literacy resources, Bibles, shoes, and clothing, and to host special events like Baptism celebrations and Christmas meals.
It has been an honour and privilege to steward this fund that has been used to bring hope and light, make disciples, and alleviate suffering in the lives of 100's of people through the years.
Johnathan’s Seeds is a board-approved project of MAF Canada.
This letter of thanks is from our friend Joyeux. He identified 119 families in need whom we were able to assist thanks to your generosity. The regular provision for these folks has been disrupted due to the COVID restrictions here.
333 people in 43 families received food yesterday because of your help.
322 more people in 52 families received assistance for food this weekend. This brings the total to over 1570 people! Together we are making a big difference in the lives of people in Uganda. One pastor we are partnering with told me that people are "dying quietly", because they have no food. With your help, we are literally sustaining life.
The location has changed, but His love remains the same.
498 more people have received assistance in the past two days. The need is great but our God is greater.
Johnathan's Seeds is currently assisting families in crisis due to the Covid-19 related lock down. Some had been without food for several days before receiving assistance. Many more are at risk. So far, we have reached over 750 people with assistance for food.