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Vol. 4, Issue 7 — August 2018

 
A Note from Pastor Anne Grizzle: Uganda Mission Trip
 
 
Boys Home student Christian with his new friend from Uganda
 
 
Boys Home Student Evans dancing on stage
 
 
Left to right: Boys Home students Nikki and Evans, houseparent Milliyon Fesseha, and Boys Home student Christian
 
 
Boys Home is in fact a mission, but part of what we do on "the hill" is to encourage our students to spread their kindness and caring beyond the boundaries of our community. 
 
This summer, three of our students practiced their missionary spirit on a trip to Uganda. Evans, Nikki, and Christian, along with two houseparents, Deborah Darcus and Milliyon Fesseha, joined Galilee Episcopal Church from Virginia Beach and made the trek to Uganda! 
 
The group served at the Otino Waa Children's Village for the first four days. As part of Solar Light for Africa, the group helped install solar lights in the village. As a way to bring fun to the children of the orphanage, the group spent one day offering a field day filled with soccer, face painting, and many games. The following evening was movie night, and the final evening was a dance night. The students learned that dance is a way of saying goodbye in Africa. Boys Home student Evans won the dance contest!
 
Next, they had the priviledge of spending two days at the Chobe Safari Lodge, within Murchison Falls National Park. There, they were able to experience the amazing wildlife of sub-Saharan Africa! The group was very excited to see elephants, giraffes, water buffalo, hippos, and monkeys! 
 
Next on their agenda was to visit two other children's schools, where they installed and checked on lights. One of the schools was a school for the deaf. The Boys Home students learned how important light is at night because this is how the students could see in order to communicate using sign language.
 
When asked about the highlights of the trip, Evans responded with "I was in Africa!" Houseparent Debbie Darcus said she found the trip inspirational as they bonded with the children in Uganda and witnessed the great faith of each of them! She also said how helpful, kind, respectful, and hardworking the students from Boys Home were.
 
Judging by the smiles on all of their faces when they talked about their time together, it is clear that this was a trip where they not only gave, but they also received.
 

 
Adopt a Cottage for the 2018-2019 School Year!
 
Did you know that it costs approximately $2500 to fund just one cottage for a school year? This includes hygiene essentials, paper products, cleaning supplies, furniture, etc. Boys Home has seven total student cottages on campus.
 
Would you or your church like to "adopt" a cottage? Of our seven cottages, two have groups that provide support for them. Let us know if you would like to assist in this way!
 
Remember, any donation is tax deductible! 
 
 Whitehead Cottage
 

 
Boys Home Announces
Second Annual 5K and Kids Fun Run!
 
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Intervale Trailhead, Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington, VA
 
Wear your favorite Halloween costume and don't be scared! Boys Home of Virginia is hosting the Howl-O-ween Hustle 5K and Kids Fun Run! This outdoor event is focused on bringing runners, families, and pets together for some fall-themed fun! Attendees can participate in a 5K walk/run, a 1K fun run, costume contests, face painting, games, and more. Come enjoy the beautiful fall scenery of the Alleghany Highlands! 
 
Race Day Schedule:
  • Packet pickup and race-day registration: 8:00 a.m.
  • Fun Run: 9:30 a.m.
  • 5K: 10:00 a.m.
  • Awards: 11:00 a.m.
This event will be chip timed, USATF sanctioned and certified. Top 3 finishers in each catergory will receive a collectible pint glass! (Top 3 male and female overall, top 3 male and female by age groups [14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75+])
 
All children (14 and under) participating in the Kids Fun Run will receive a participation medal. All registrants receive a race T-shirt.
 
Registration fees are $25/individual or $40/family (2 adults plus children) before September 1, and $30/individual or $50/family after September 1. Pet charge is $5/pet; pets will receive a race bandana.
 
Can't make this event? Join us from a distance with our Virtual 5K option! You can run, jog, or walk on roads or trails, or even go the distance on a treadmill. You get to run your race at your own pace! Once you complete the distance and subit your data, your shirt will be ready for pick-up or shipping!
 
Click below to register today!
 
 
 
 

 
 How Can I Help?
 
If your congregation would like a visit from Boys Home, please contact Lauren at Lward@boyshomeofva.org and we will work to set it up. We look forward to visiting as many parishes as possible to share the Boys Home story.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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