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.
Thanks to generous year end donations, we were able to assist another 195 families with posho, beans, oil, soap and sugar. There is a great need right now, but a greater God who cares.
A Christmas Eve blessing for 250 families was met with rejoicing through singing and dancing. Thank you for being such a huge part of this ministry!
$17 puts food on the table for a refugee family in Kampala...no, not once, but for every day for more than 2 weeks. We are targeting to feed 250 families this week and would love for you to join us. Each family will receive 10 kg of posho, 5 kg of beans, oil, sugar, and soap. Thanks for your partnership. Together, we can make a big difference.
The birth of a tailoring center to empower refugees through training and a workspace to generate income and support their families.
Thank You Friends for your response to the Perfect 10 Campaign! Together we will be able to make Christmas special for so many this year!
Of course our care for the street boys has not stopped. Every week the kids are being fed and cared for till we can network and find vocational programs for them.
More photos to come soon! This is the space
So we did something. We have started a legacy project in the name of Keith's Grandmother, Dorothy Gerspacher. She loved sewing and creating gifts for her kids and grandkids and her name means 'gift from God' so our first sewing project shop will be called Dorothy's Designs in her honor. We have signed a lease on a small commercial space where 6 tailors can work and a training school can operate in the mornings.
What is your Perfect 10? I felt led to invite friends of Jesus to be creative and listen to the Holy Spirit regarding their Perfect 10 gift this Christmas. We want to sponsor a project to help people put food on their own tables with bursaries which will help them start businesses and earn money using the skills they already have. Working with the refugees that have been evicted from their homes, we want to purchase about 8 sewing machines so tailoring and crafts can be made. There is a good market for this. Also we want to purchase quality Hair clippers and supplies for a 'Hair Saloon' (salon) that can employ a group of women. The orphan street boys I know who have just graduated from mechanics school need tools to start operating as lisenced boda repair technicians. Plus we need to do another critical food distribution! So I put out an impassioned plea for people to pray about their Perfect 10 gift. It can be creative! Maybe you want to sell 10 things you dont need and donate the money to this, maybe you want to invite 10 friends to join you in praying about this, maybe its a 10K sponsored walk or run (indoors preferably for you Canadians in the cold and snow). Maybe you want to bring Baking to work and sell each yummy piece for $10, or maybe its a multiple of 10 that you feel is an acceptable sacrifice for JESUS, the one and only PERFECT 10! We would love to hear your ideas! Together we can make Jesus Birthday celebration wonderful for a great many desperate people. So grab a pen or pencil and ask yourself, what is your Perfect 10! As always with Johnathan's Seeds, EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR GOES DIRECTLY TO THE CAUSE. There is NO OVERHEAD! MAF is helping us with tax reciepts as thier support of Johnathan's Seeds.
Expectant and nursing mothers, and young children received a nutritional boost thanks to your help. The fortified soya porridge and soya porridge with milk will help to boost health in this community. i
https://www.irishtimes.com/1.4360662 We continue to work with the vulnerable and at risk people groups. This week we have provided 135 expectant and nursing mothers with nutrition boost porridge and baby porridge. Let us know if you would like to be part of this outreach.
Just as we are wrapping up the last distribution,we are diving headlong into the next one. Tomorrow, the care packages for another 110 families will be staged for distribution. The cost of the distribution is approximately $2400. We would be grateful if you would be willing to partner in this outreach supporting nutrition and health.
Social distancing and proper covid procedures followed... and many people were helped through your generous giving.
We reached our latest goal of $7500 ($1800 was given offline). The money needed for the latest outreach was $2585.59. With offline donations, we received $2600. God is so faithful. With your help we were able to reach 130 families so far, totaling 843 people. We still have 20 more families to meet with.
and maize meal are on the way
plus 300 kg of sugar...
150 one liter jugs of oil, 150 kg of soap...
We're at it again! Once the lock-down eased, many people have been able to go back to work. For us, it was easy to hope things would be back to normal. However, the first line of defense for social welfare is extended family. Those able to return to work are finding themselves caring for additional extended family members whose jobs have not resumed. This puts a great strain even on those who are able to work right now. We have been approached by our friend Joyeux, who works with Congolese refugees (see May 27th and June 12th posts). Together, we are planning to help another 150 families (130 refugee families) with basic food and hygiene items. We have been able to go direct to some suppliers and secured great deals from a major grocery store. The overall cost for this outreach will be approximately $2500 Canadian. Would you consider partnering with us to meet this need?
After being treated for a serious head injury, Umar recovered and we were able to help him get resettled with his grandmother.
Once the rain stopped, some hearty food was provided to some hungry boys in Kisenye slum.
On day 2 of the distribution, 11 families totaling 37 people were reached by motorcycle delivery.
143 People in 24 families received maize, beans, oil, sugar and soap on the 1st day of physical distribution....proper social distancing and Covid hygiene observed. Thank you for your generosity to enable this to happen.
Webele Jesu - Thank You Jesus
We reached another 219 people in the past 2 days, in 29 families. We have now reached 3004 people in 447 families. We would have never imagined that we could help so many people! With your help, we are digging in our heals and tackling the hunger problem in Uganda. Please pray for the food distribution tomorrow planned to assist 36 refugee families from Congo. There is a great need, but with God, nothing is impossible. Thank you for your concern for the poor and your partnership in the gospel.
We've been able to reach another 295 people in 43 families thanks to your generosity!
Through Johnathan's Seeds we are partnering with our MAF Uganda family and others to meet the daily needs of some folks who were struggling. Collectively, we have reached over 8200 people with relief for food. The video is a story of thanks from some
Yesterday, we reached 189 people in 31 homes with help for food. We are so blessed to share in this life-saving act with you. Thank you for your generosity and care.
308 People in 42 families received help for food this weekend. Check out the video below for a brief story from Sam.
Pastors Sam and Sarah Tsapwe - Jesus Film Ministries
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.