Founded in 2004

December 2004: Paul Mwesigwa establishes Blessed Family Child Center as an NGO in Uganda.

January 2007: Team from Boothbay Baptist contacts Samaritans Purse and connects with Paul who is working with Operation Christmas Child.

April 2007: While building a home for Watoto Childcare Ministries in Uganda the group asks Paul to take them to his village. The team visits and is overwhelmed by what they saw: Fresh graves, hunger, people dying and a sense of hopelessness. These tough conditions and God’s calling to reach the widows and orphans in Uganda motivated the team to action.

June 2007: Hope Mercy Mission, formerly Uganda AIDS Healing Outreach is formed.

July 2007: Paul visits the United States for the first time. Through visiting churches in Maine, enough money is raised to build a school that would accommodate 250 children.

August 2007: Paul returns to Uganda and begins construction on the school. Milk for Moms program begins which delivers milk to HIV positive mothers.

October 2007: Construction of the new school is complete.

December 2007/January 2008: First Mission Team visits Kabaale for medical mission, pastoral training and home visitation. New school called Hope Sunrise School is dedicated to the Lord. Churches represented were Emmanuel Baptist Church, Damariscotta Assembly of God, Boothbay Baptist Church and members from a Florida church.

March 2008: Construction on a second school begins that will eventually house 500 children.

April 2008: Team returns to Uganda for strategic planning and to research sustainable agricultural projects, water and sanitation programs. The team determines to proceed with a holistic plan with a 5 year goal to have a sustainable project.

June 2008: Agricultural program begins with the development of a school garden and pig farm.

October 2008: Emmanuel Baptist Church purchases a milk producing cow for the Milk for Mothers Program. It turns out the cow was pregnant so they were blessed with 2 for 1!

January 2009: 5 pastors from Kabaale Village and surrounding community receive scholarship from Pastor Bob Emrich, Emmanuel Baptist Church and Maine Pastors Group.

March 2009: Team from Emmanuel Baptist and Boothbay Baptist Church visit Uganda on a medical mission, midwife training, pastoral training and vacation bible school program.

November 2009: Team from Emmanuel Baptist Church, Boothbay Baptist Church, Florida Church return for medical mission, pastoral training and vacation bible school program. 5 additional Pastors receive scholarships to attend Bible College.

February 2010: To date nearly 1000 people have received medical care, hundreds have come to know Jesus Christ, over 560 children receive education, meals, biblical teaching and counseling and medical care and the school has provided a necessary economic boost to the community. Most of all hope has been restored to a people that had been forgotten about.

March 2010: Jan Wood from the medical team visited Kabaale Village to continue her work with the midwives and to also to treat the sick. Thanks to the donations from friends in Maine the first ever clinic in Kabaale village was constructed and dedicated.


meet the team