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Dear Family,

We all have seen, read, and felt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the United States and beyond.  We remain in prayer for all who are being hit by this disease, the medical personnel and others who are working overtime to care for us and prevent its spread, and for all whose families, schools, businesses, churches and groups have been adversely impacted by the virus and related operating restrictions.


Because of this virus, on Monday morning, March 16, the US Embassy in Kampala denied travel visas for members of the 2020 I AM Family Choir.  Sadly, there will be no I AM Family Choir tour this year.

 

While we know that God is in control, this news is a great disappointment to I AM Family Ministries on many levels.  Normally, a Choir Tour brings so many blessings to our audiences, host families, choir members, sponsored children, the Ministry, and others.  These blessings will be sorely missed, including:
  • The joy and love for Jesus which the Choir always shares with our audiences
  • The opportunity such a tour provides our choir members to see America, motivating them to continue their studies so they can achieve a better lifestyle
  • Introducing I AM Family Ministries to new audiences and raising new awareness for the ministry,our children, and the challenges and opportunities faced by our country
  • Through a tour, hundreds of new sponsors normally connect with I AM Family Ministries, giving hope and encouragement to hundreds of our children
  • A Choir Tour always brings special donors and supporters to the ministry who have blessed us with generous gifts of financial, logistical, and prayer support
We are now assessing the financial impact to the Ministry of this new set of circumstances.  We will never know the amount of donations and new sponsorships that would have come to I AM Family Ministries through a 2020 Tour, and unfortunately, we have already incurred significant expense in preparation for this visit including visa fees, immunizations, costumes, equipment, deposits, and more.  In addition, as the coronavirus continues to attack the American financial community, we are being contacted by current, loving sponsors who, regretfully, are finding themselves in the position where they feel they must discontinue their child sponsorship immediately.
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Again, we are truly grateful that this is God's Ministry, these are His Children, and He is in control of this situation and all of our finances.
We realize these are challenging times for all of us.  We remind you that, should the Lord lead you in this fashion, your extra gift to I AM Family Ministries would be especially appreciated at this time.  In addition, even lacking our wonderful children's choir, we would very much appreciate the opportunity to introduce I AM Family Ministries and some of our children to your church, business or social/professional organization.  Stay tuned, as plans are in the works for ways which we can make this happen, even while our Choir remains in Uganda. If you or your church would like to work with us on such an event, please contact us.
Thank you so much for the love you have expressed for I AM Family Ministries, for the child(ren) that you personally have sponsored or encouraged over the years, and for your ongoing prayer support. 
You are a great blessing to us and our Children!

We realize these are challenging times for all of us.  We remind you that, should the Lord lead you in this fashion, your extra gift to I AM Family Ministries would be especially appreciated at this time.  In addition, even lacking our wonderful children's choir, we would very much appreciate the opportunity to introduce I AM Family Ministries and some of our children to your church, business or social/professional organization.  Stay tuned, as plans are in the works for ways which we can make this happen, even while our Choir remains in Uganda. If you or your church would like to work with us on such an opportunity, please contact us.
We are so thankful to count you as Family!   Thank you for keeping I AM Family Ministries, our staff, volunteers, and our kids in your prayers. Similarly, we continue to pray for you, our sponsors and supporters, as coronavirus continues to impact you personally.  We also thank God, as He continues to guide us and provide for all of us through these challenging times.
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