Harvest Academy by Sinza

It is my honor to be the Principal of Harvest Academy. As always, every good thing presents its own unique challenges and I have had my fair taste of those ever since I took on this role. However, every so often I get a shot of encouragement that gives me tonnes of fuel to continue running this race and reading this piece was one of those really special moments. This final article in the “The Harvest Academy Series” is by Sinza Crystal Muwanguzi, who is also my daughter. Sinza turned 9 in October this year and is finalizing Grade 4. She loves singing, writing songs, mathematics, spelling, cats and dogs.

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Harvest Academy by Mark Guum

At Harvest Academy we intentional about creating a F.R.E.E learning environment. F.R.E.E stands for Fun, Respectful, Excellent and Empowered. Mark’s article confirms to me that we are on track. Mark Guum Ogwal is 8 years old and currently completing Grade 4. He loves planes, children and science especially the experiments. This is Harvest Academy through his lenses.

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HARVEST ACADEMY by Daniel K.

At Harvest Academy, we run the Leader in Me program; an integration of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in our daily routine in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, on stage, and back home. Daniel Kanyesigye is 10 years old and currently completing Grade 4. He loves to video games, soccer and basketball. This is his summary of the program.

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Harvest Academy by Hunter

This week, I present to you the “The Harvest Academy Series” – a child’s view of a school very dear to my heart. Hunter Tumusiime is now 7 years old and is currently completing Grade 1. He loves soccer, basketball, running and acrobatics. It is said “One picture is worth ten thousand words.” This picture by drawn Hunter when he was 6 years is one of those.

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Don't waste time over mistakes

At the end of my third year at the university, I had retakes in five course units in mathematics. I was a BSc Maths Major student having been admitted to this course as a straight “A” student from high school. Mathematics was supposed to be my piece of cake. Through my six years at the Bweranyangi Girls’ S.S.S every student in the school knew the end of year gift for best student in mathematics belonged to me. I had prided myself in the fact that I was the kind of student to get 98% in a Advanced level mechanics. THis was my absolute zone. What was this? To say I was quite beaten and discouraged is an understatement! And this is not the worst part of the story. I went on to stay an extra year in order to complete these courses and at the end of it all, I failed the famous Statistical Inference the third time!!! Jesus! And according to the university rules at the time, if a student failed a paper three times in a row, they were discontiuned from the entire course! How on earth was I going to call my parents back home in Kyera Birere Isingirio who were beginning to warm up for a graduation in Kampala to announce that their daugther was discontinued from the Ivory Tower on account of Mathematics? What?! Yesu! That afternoon, as I walked from the Faculty of Science to the chapel to find solace, I could literally feel the pit of my stomach.

Every so often we get to do things we are not proud of. Some seem like small mistakes, others shake us to the core and some are quite grave because you did not make the calculation right and now lives or livelihoods are at stake. It could be an academic failure like mine, a bad investment, a parenting mistake, you said a word to your spouse that whose effects are irreversible or you are short on cash at the bank where you are employed. Maybe you have keep yourself pure all these years and now you are pregnant out of wedlock. You do not know how to face your parents and friends with whom you made a pact.

More often than not, we spend a lot of time rebuking ourselves, beating ourselves to palp and crying over the proverbial spilt milk. We think of all the permutations of possibilities which if we had taken would have kept us from that ugly road of yucky mistakes. I spent time wondering how I could have found myself in such an embarassing place of failure. But you see, the damage was already done! I had failed five papers in my best subject and one of them thrice! I got the news direct from the head of department himself! So what was I to do?

An unknown author siad,

“Do not cling to a mistake because you spent a lot of time making it!”

As painful as it was, I needed to pick myself up, face the music and keep going. The events in my story turned round for my good and I eventually graduated from the university with a Bsc Hons. Maths and Physics. I wish I could say I never had other academic failures from that point on.  Whichever failure you are facing right now, I encourage you to get up, face the music, be sure to pick a lesson from the experience and and keep going. I learnt one thing from my experience;

“When you fall onto your fours, just like a child, cry if you must then get up and walk again. One day you will be running like a cheatah.”

KEEP GOING!

LOADED!

Loaded-Edited

“Blessed be the Lord,
Who daily loads us with benefits,
The God of our salvation!”

Psalm 68:19

I love construction. My heart health would hit the ceiling if I went to a one Hardware World stop with a healthy amount of money enough for trucks full of bricks, cement, sand, stones, iron bars, hoop iron, binding wire, electrical conduits, bathroom fixtures, paint, chandeliers, mirrors, and every nitty gritty detail that goes into building. I mean! That is like heaven on earth for me. On any day I would gladly sit at the back of one of those trucks and participate in delivery on site, watch the offloading, storage, plus visit the site daily to see the progress. It is exciting seeing these different elements be put together over time into usable spaces – some very beautiful and frankly speaking, some not quite!

Did you know that you and I can have this kind of experience every day of our lives? The LORD our God LOADS us with benefits; DAILY! Pslam 68:19 declares this truth to us. We can wake up every day, check in with Heaven’s Hardware World with as many trucks as possible and drive off with loads and loads of benefits.

In Psalm 103: 1-5 we get a sneak peek into what these benefits are. Let’s take a look;

“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Psalm 13:1-5

  1. He forgives ALL your iniquities.

Yes. It is true that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We must all come face to face with the fact that without the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, we ALL do not measure up to God’s standard of righteousness and holiness.  The good news is that at the cross, Christ died so we could be reconciled with God. Sin was dealt with once and for all and have been therefore been reconciled back to God. Receive your forgiveness. Load that truck!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”

Romans 5:19

  1. He heals all your diseases

What are you suffering from in your body? Has the doctor given you a life threatening verdict? Is your physical body presenting symptoms that are giving you sleepless nights filled with anxiety and fear? Is it an emotional sickness you are suffering from? I have good news for you; you have a daily benefit in God. He heals ALL your diseases. Not some. Not those that are easy to deal with. Not those for which a cure has been discovered. He heals ALL your diseases!

“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls”

1 Peter 2:24-25

  1. He redeems your life from destruction

Most of us rarely stop to think about this but as we go about our business, God does deploy legions of angels to ensure we are safe and sound. Even though the enemy actively sets all sorts of traps for us to fall in, our God is a trillion steps ahead of Him.

“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.”

Psalm 91:3-13

Ah! Friends!! This is absolutely amazing! Can you imagine that our God appoints angels over us to ensure we do not dash a foot against a stone? Just a foot? How detailed! Jesus!!!

  1. He crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies

 At any wedding, it is very easy to identify the bride because most of the time brides put on a crown. She is the center of the celebration. She is adored, admired, complimented and even the toughest cookies kinda mellow at weddings just watching the bride. You and I are Christ’s bride. And HE crowns us with His boundless, limitless love weaved with kindness and tender mercies. Imagine that combination! He just spoils us with His love and the world can see it. Be still under His love. Let Him spoil you with His tender words.

“He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.”

Song of Solomon 2:4

 

“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

  1. He satisfies your mouth with good things,

The mouth is one of the most significant parts of our physical bodies. Its key responsibilities are to eat and talk. We eat for purposes of feeding the body so it can be strengthened and for growth. We talk so we can communicate what is on our hearts and minds. The scripture says He satisfies our mouths with good things ‘so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.’ Does this refer to food? Yes it does. But even better, it refers to the good things He declares to us in His word which when we agree with by speaking them out with our mouth, our youth is indeed renewed like the eagle’s! Proverbs 4: 22 says to us that His words are ‘life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh!’ Load His truth!

“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth”

Proverbs 12:14a

 

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 18:21

 

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

 Joshua 1:8

 

Friends, these benefits are ours DAILY!

Heaven’s Hardware World is open 24/7.

C’mon!!! Load those trucks DAILY!

MY LAST WORDS

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Today I present to you Netanyahu: The Poet. Netanyahu Benjamin Ajiri is 11 years and in Grade 7. He loves rap and rhyming words. He writes;

 

If I were to go away

My last words would simply say

Or if I were to journey far

My brethren this is what I would say

 

I hope you prosper in this way

BE successful everyday

And when you don’t

May you remember He is the potter and you are the clay

 

May He lead you-not astray

And may He answer when you pray

May He guide you in your life

And on your deathbed where you lay

 

May you be alright, ‘I say’

May the sick get well ‘n’ okay

May no one have broken bones

Or fractures in their vertebrae

 

May the hurt go through today

Forget the sorrows of yesterday

Long for a better tomorrow

Humble their hearts and start to pray

 

May the LORD be your host

Fill your cup and plate and tray

Restore your heart with your desire

What you cannot ever pay

 

And for the wise whose heads are gray

May your robes-with scent and spray

Signature the LORD of night and day

Who made the sun and stars with say

 

And for the weak ‘n’ weary

Whom to their enemies are prey

May He lift you on eagle’s wings

Strong and straight as a mathematical ray

 

And for the captains at the bay

May you have good sailors, winds

A boat, cargo that is in good weigh

And an attitude that tells a captain, ‘Aye’

 

The last words I’ve really said

In memory of a song I did play

Remember me! Oh my brethren!

For the last line I choose to say!

 

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