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Causes: Children & Youth, Foster Care

Mission: Provide support and educational assistance for orphans in uganda; promote evangelism and discipleship in uganda

Programs: Provide support and services for over 600 children and youth in uganda

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tom_67

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family and I have had the privilege of being involved with JAM over the past 14 years. My son, Matt, served on staff with Jam for the previous 10 years full time and took 4 trips to Uganda during his college days. My wife and I have also visited Uganda 8 times and have had the great joy of seeing the work of JAM grow and increase over these years. This is a ministry that has had an untold impact on the lives of over 700 needy children in Uganda. If you are looking for a place to invest in God's kingdom work this is a great place to start. Tom Kehn

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have had the privilege of sponsoring a child over the last 8 years and seeing her grow from a little girl to a vivacious and intelligent young woman in high school. It has been wonderful to have contact with her both in print and in person. Sponsor a child. It is an opportunity to have a lasting impact on a someone's life for good and for eternity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Juna Amagara Ministries does a fantastic job of keeping me up to date on what is going on in their ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Juna Amagara changes lives. I feel confident donating and working to help others know of Juna Amagara with confidence. I have talked with people who have visited the site in Uganda and have been inspired and gladdened with the tales of hope and success children have experienced as a result of their participation in the Juna Amagara program. Many of the participants have come back to mentor and help the following groups.

In this day of global village, I am happy to help ensure the success of these unwanted children with my donations. If we are to survive as a planet, we have to assist the poor and forgotten of other nations in their survival as well as our own.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Juna Amagara changes lives. It was founded and is operated by compassionate hearts that have given everything for the cause of the children who would otherwise have little or nothing at all. It's the redemptive arm of love that is not just bringing the sometimes ethereal side of heaven to earth like hope, peace, and joy, but it is truly bringing good news to the poor, oppressed, abandoned, outcasted, forgotten, malnourished, uneducated, undereducated, sick, fatherless, and hungry in very tangible ways. Now that's glimpse of heaven. I give JAM five shooting stars.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

February, 2010 found me (along with five others from our church in Central Iowa) in Uganda for two weeks working with Juna Amagara Ministries. The long ‘road’ there had some ‘ob-stack-les’, plenty of adventure, and great treasure, some of which we sought, but mostly about which we didn’t have a clue!

The treasure was the PLACE -the Pearl of Africa, the PEOPLE -who God must’ve been thinking of when he pronounced his creation of mankind very good, and the POSSIBILITIES.

Oh, the possibilities. What one dollar can do to build schools and orphanages is astounding.

But pssst: Here’s the real treasure: sponsoring an orphan who is herself/himself a treasure, full of wonder and gratitude. Yep. A buck a day for wonder and gratitude.

Oh, and did I mention that I got WAY more than I gave? How do you put a price on a new perspective?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I recently traveled with a missions team from the U.S. to Uganda to assist the Juna Amagara ministry schools and Care Points. It was truly an amazing experience!! The ministry leaders and staff were so loving, kind and welcoming. The children opened their minds and hearts to us as we sang, taught and shared our lives with them. This ministry is making a positive impact in the lives of those in the communities and surrounding area they serve. God's blessings on your obedience to Him and the faithful work of your hands!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Juna Amagara Ministries does a terrific job of caring for and educating orphans. It is amazing what the ministry can do with a $35 monthly donation to support a child. The child is also nurtured with strong Christian principles. I did visit a few of the care points in Uganda and the love shown to the children is amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I first went to Uganda in 2009 at the invitation of Rev. Dr. Ben Tumuheirwe, founder of Juna Amagara Ministries. As a Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Advisor, licensed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, I carefully research the organizations I contribute to with the same diligence that I research investments. Since that first visit I have returned to Uganda, met with the children we are sponsoring, and monitored the progress of Juna Amagara. I have seen that the dollars I have invested in Juna Amagara have been leveraged and multiplied many times over in changed lives. The passion of Dr. Tumuheirwe and the commitment of all the Amagara staff is incredibly inspirational. There is no sure thing in the stock market. But investing in Juna Amagara Ministries is as close to a sure thing as I have ever seen. The results are dramatic; children with no hope have been given hope and a future, introduced to a relationship with Jesus, given an education and medical care, and included in a loving supportive community. When Jesus told us that caring for the least of these is caring for him, this is exactly what he meant.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring a child in Uganda for about 6 years. I regularly receive correspondence from her and enjoy seeing her grow and learn. I visited the children's home in Mbara a number of years ago and was extremely impressed with the work that Juna Amagara is doing for the children of Uganda. God bless this ministry and all of the wonderful work they are doing with children whose lives have been changed by AIDES.

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Wes W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife (Amanda) and I had a very organic introduction to Juna Amagara (JAM). We basically discovered their website through some intentional online searches for Ugandan ministries and orphanages. By reading and interacting with the various media, stories, and information on their website, we contacted JAM and told them of our interest for the two of us to visit Uganda and partner with their ministry. That was the summer and fall of 2008.

In the early spring of 2009, the two of us boarded and plane and landed in Uganda, having never met any JAM staff beforehand, except through email and phone calls. It was easily one of the very best decisions we have ever made a married couple.

We returned again in 2011, and our goal is to keep returning every other year, based on finances and availability. In fact, we even hope to spend at least a year with JAM in a partnership role in Uganda.

We have made lifelong friends through the hospitality and shared common vision between the staff at JAM and ourselves. We miss our close friends when we are not there, and have subsequently had the blessing of hosting Rev. Dr. Ben and other staff members while they are in the US for visits.

If you are contemplating a trip or partnership with JAM, you will have a life changing experience that will help you see all of the graceful and powerful work that is happening through JAM in Uganda. If you can go, please go. The staff and ministries at JAM, and ultimately the people of Uganda, will love having you visit and partner with them. You will love it as well. - Wes Wilson

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Lisa370

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with Juna Amagara was in 2010. My trip to the Pearl of Africa that year changed my life as I left a piece of my heart there. Eventually I decided to spend a year serving with Juna Amagara in their ABIDE program (Amagara Bible Institute of Discipleship and Evangelism). This is a unique 6-month residential discipleship program for high school graduates. We have students from all over Uganda, and have even expanded to Rwanda and Kenya. Several students come from Juna Amagara's schools and child sponsorship program. The vision is to see students transformed in Christian faith, character, and leadership. The mission is to equip students to study and apply God's Word, mentor them in life decisions, and send them to serve Christ in their church and community. Our curriculum includes classes in Bible interpretation, Spiritual Leadership, Business, Life Skills, and more. From the classroom, to household chores, to weekend outreaches, everything is training in being disciples of Christ, and making more disciples. There are currently 112 ABIDE alumni, and it's exciting to see the impact God is having in and through them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Juna Amagara Ministries is amazing from A to Z. They are helping the people, children especially, in Uganda in all aspects of life. They care about their spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

I was able to help influence people's live through education, health care, improving quality of life, and prayer.

If I had the time and money I would visit and volunteer in Uganda and with the people of JAM on a regular basis. They made me feel like family.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I commend the work of Juna Amagara Ministries, I cant forget the 12/01/2009 when I was selected ot join a discipleship program under JAM. I was a broken boy who had grwn with out parents through my life. Life full self hared, bitterness and yet I was bornagain. Christ himsel used the JAM staff in loving mem, teaching me the work of God, and fully supporting me through my university education. This is something I had never dreamt of in my life. I am nolonger the hopeless boy who full of bitternes because I know am loved. I know belon to a family that cares and that family is JAM.
I am now independent at work, I suppport my seld with full optimism that was like a dream to me. I cant express the work JAM did in my life.

God bless the vision of JAM and I pray that all the staff will be blessed

Medard Akankwasa

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Ben and Lily at my church when they came and explained their story and unfolding ministry to children in Uganda. I appreciate Ben and Lily's dedication to the children served by their school and their dedication to listening to and following God's direction. I donated to the addition of a dorm on the campus so students would not have to walk miles to and from school. I received a personal email from Ben and was able to watch, in pictures, the progress of the dormitory online. Ben is passionate about this work and enjoys inviting individuals and groups to visit and volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Juna Amagara Ministries in 2003 when I made a trip to Uganda and saw first hand the great need of the orphans in that area. The work of JAM has grown exponentially over the years because the need is great, and because the JAM staff works tirelessly to care for the kids. they make the most of the resources that they have, and are eager to take in as many kids as possible.

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Leslie56

Donor

Rating: 5

We came to know the founder of Juna Amagara a few years ago through our church. About a year ago we began sponsoring a child at the school. Pastor been keeps in touch regularly and we see videos of the progress the school is making in the lives of these young ones. We give thanks to God for what they are doing for these orphans.

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david profitt

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ben does a wonderful work with caring for children through the Juna Amagara ministry in Uganda. I would recommend the ministry and Ben to anyone looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long-time donor and short-term volunteer for this organization. The people who run it have the utmost integrity and genuinely desire to help the most orphans that they possibly can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for this organization for eight years, often traveling to Uganda to assist with the work. Juna Amagara means "saving life" and is dedicated to caring for orphan children, giving them education, a loving home environment and a faith basis for life. It started with 14 children in rented facilities and how has nearly 400 children in four locations in SW Uganda. Juna Amagara has built and runs its own schools, children's homes and community centers. Unlike many other orphan care organizations, Juna Amagara makes sure orphan kids are integrated into the community and are not stigmatized as "those poor children." Kids from the first years are now in university or in trades; several have returned to be on staff. The organization's goal was to raise up children and have them magnify themselves in the world. That vision is being accomplished with great success. For more information, read my book on Uganda and the ministry: "They Call Me Mzee: One Man's Safari Into Brightest Africa." available at www.createspace.com/3655457 or Amazon or Amazon Kindle.

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