Mountain View Chapel has responded to the needs of people in America and other countries of the world. Victory 1:27 is a cooperative effort to help children (and families) receive food, shelter, and education. It started with Uganda but is spreading to Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and wherever we have partners "on the ground".
The ministry has grown and expanded to the point of needing a web presence. Click the logo above to visit the site.
Sam and Ashley's Visit to Uganda (July 2015)
James 1:27 (NIV) “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
How to sponsor a child:
$35.00 per month provides food, shelter, and education for a child in need. If you are interested in sponsorship, please click the "Open Sponsorship Form" button below or email Jan Crouthamel at firstname.lastname@example.org directly. Either way, she will establish a dialogue with you and explain the options for sponsorship as well as the process in detail. She will do her best to address any questions or concerns.
The money needs to be received by the 10th of each month due. For term payments; January 10, May 10, and September 10. Funds can be sent via postal mail service or online giving options are also available.
The school terms in Uganda function on a trimester basis: First term; Jan, Feb, & March….Holiday in April. Second term; May, June, & July….Holiday in August. Third term; Sep, Oct, & Nov…..Holiday in Dec.
Once all of the arrangements have been confirmed with Jan, a sponsor will receive a sponsor card similar to the ones in the slideshow below. An update will be emailed or postal service delivered each trimester with an update of the student’s progress in the boarding school that he/she is currently enrolled. The sponsor can write to the sponsored child and it will be forwarded via email once Jan receives the correspondence. Internet and email are being utilized as much as possible to keep administrative costs to a minimum.
Click "Open Sponsorship Form" to sign-up to sponsor a child today:
How to help feed hungry children and families:
The rice and beans fund is an opportunity for anyone to make a difference with nourishment for daily survival. Any amount given will be used for people closest to starvation or malnutrition that are within the view and ministry of Pastor Herbert. The money will be used for rice, beans, or fruit to help children, mothers, and families who cannot help themselves. Whether $5 or $50, the gift is a survival provision in Uganda.
Click "Give Now" to give online (see below):
This give now button can be used to send regular sponsorship or one time gifts. After you have confirmed sponsorship of a child with Jan Crouthamel, you can use this button to provide your monthly donation. Donations can be made with a credit card or direct withdrawal from your bank account. All donations are submitted using a secure form. In addition to sponsorship donations, this button can be used to give to the Rice and Beans fund or other MVC gifting opportunities.
Victory 1:27 - The View From African Soil
Thank you for sponsoring a child!
The Story of How by Jan Crouthamel
Victory 1:27-Uganda was born out of a study of the NT book of James. I was studying James with a group of ladies in the fall of 2012, and we had just covered chapter 1. I was meditating on James 1:27, “ True religion that God the Father accepts as pure and faultless is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” I was focused on the last part of this verse when I felt compelled to consider the first part of the verse. “What, Lord? What does this verse mean for me? Show me what you want me to do with this truth.” I prayed. I did not get an immediate response so I headed off to get ready for a women’s conference over the weekend.
Pastor Herbert, our dear friend and faithful minister from Uganda, was visiting us for a few days. My husband Tom told Herbert that I would be leaving for the weekend to attend a women’s conference with a lot of the ladies from the MVC family. Herbert said he wanted to attend. I was startled. “Tell him it’s for women”, I said, “He won’t be comfortable with 10,000 women! Please talk him out of it.” Tom tried, but to no avail. Herbert said that he had a church full of women and he might learn something to bring back to them. It was at that point that I realized, if God wanted Herbert at a women’s conference then who was I to talk him out of it?
It was a great conference with dynamic speakers and a presentation by Compassion International. As we were driving home late Saturday night, I asked Herbert what he thought of Compassion. He said he thought it was a great organization, but he had never been able to get them to consider any of his orphans. My head and my heart jumped to full alert. “What orphans?” I said, “I didn’t know you were caring for any orphans.” He went on to tell me that they had been trying to care for about 25 children through their ministry, Victory Covenant Church. Some were sleeping at the church, some had a mother but not enough money for food, and not one of them had enough money for school. The public education system in Uganda is a mess, and the only hope for a good education is a boarding school. Herbert and his congregation of mostly single women were doing all they could to help these children, but they desperately needed help themselves. “How can I get help for these children?” he asked me. He went on to tell me that for about $35.00 a month, he could get a child into a boarding school where they would receive food, shelter, and an education. My mind was whirling.
The next morning Herbert spoke in the morning service at MVC. It was a beautiful service but he did not mention anything about these children. At the conclusion, my heart was beating out of my chest, and I knew that I had no choice but to stand and speak. I asked for 5 minutes. I shared with our Mountain View Family my conversation with Herbert the night before. I told them about James 1:27 and how I had been asking God what he wanted me to do with that verse. Then I asked our church to pray about what God would have us do with this information regarding such a serious need. I asked them to pray for these precious children and those in Uganda who were trying to rescue them.
Our leadership team shared my passion for these children and Herbert’s heart to help them. Meetings happened and plans were made while Herbert was still in the states. A process to implement a plan was established. Months later, Tom (my husband) and Philip Morris were in Uganda for a first-hand experience of the need and the potential for change. As I am sitting at the table processing sponsors and connecting them with children in desperate circumstances, I am amazed by the grace of God. I am encouraged at how God the Father can take a response of faith and transform a life. We are praying that God will take these small beginnings, multiply our investments, and change the lives of hundreds of children in the process. Please partner with us to help those in Uganda who cannot help themselves.
Wife, Mother, and Victory 1:27-Uganda Sponsor