Recent Mission Trips to Arua Community Church

Over the last month, Arua Community Church has hosted three distinct mission teams. Each team came with a different purpose, yet each left a mark of improvement at Solid Rock. Wheels for the World and Father’s Heart Mobility Ministry (based out of Uganda) distributed 225 wheelchairs. Though Kathy, a member of Wheels for the World, has been on four prior trips to Uganda, she noticed that the most demand for wheelchairs was in Arua. As she recalled, locals in need were “crawling in to get a wheelchair.” Throughout their trip, Wheels for the World examined 259 people and allocated a whopping 225 wheelchairs to those that need it most. The Templeton-based medical nonprofit, His Healing Hands, examined more than 1,000 people (some at the Arua Community Church and some in nearby Arua Hills). His Healing Hands came to Arua with a group of 11 therapists, mechanics, and support persons to assist those that need it most. Lastly, The Jesus Church accompanied by pastor Jose Zayas from Portland Oregon made their way to Arua for a mission trip focused on spiritual guidance. Jose brought crowds that numbered in the thousands!

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One of Jose’s crowds. Credit: @josezayas

Thank You Templeton Presbyterian Church!

Members of the Templeton Presbyterian Congregation recently rallied together to sponsored 14 of the unique and beautiful individuals at Solid Rock Christian School! In addition to sponsorships, we also received a substantial $1,600 in donations to help pay for Solid Rock staff and future projects. From the bottom of our hearts and depths of our souls, we’d like to sincerely thank our new sponsors and contributors for being champions of education, poverty alleviation, faith, and the sanctity of life. We could not do it without you.


Some of the younger Zozu team members discussing their trip to Arua.

New Computers and New Learning

This month we welcomed a crucial addition to Solid Rock School that will prepare students for the modern world: computers. Thanks to students from Templeton, the We Create Change campaign, and Scottish mission team from last summer, most Solid Rock pupils are using computers for the first time!


Students are learning to type, communicate on a digital medium, study, and understand the functions of a device that’s imperative to upward mobility and general development in the 21st century. Furthermore, teachers can use computers to type tests, teach lessons, and remove the amount of paper required in administrative management (such as storing student reports and records). As noticeable in the accompanying pictures, the children are very enthusiastic about the new technology!

SAM_0589Powered by solar panels, these desktop computers and laptops have been placed in The Soaring Eagle Library. Given that these computers were paid for in part by Templeton students, the location of these computers could not be any more appropriate. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible!

Come and Join Us as We Discuss the Zozu Experience!