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Giving thanks....a Tale of Two Houses

Posted by On Belay on August 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (3290)

Isaiah 63:7 I will tell of the Lord's unfailing love. I will praise the LORD for all he has done..."


One year ago, in August of 2016, Bryan and Barb Hoffman and Cathi Von went to Uganda to prepare for taking on our 16 Ugandan students. There was a lot to do to prepare for them. We had hired Vincent, who met us...

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Making Progress!

Posted by On Belay on August 5, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Photos: Top 2 photos are of the kiln built for firing the bricks, 3rd photo of plants starting to grow on the farm!

Our On Belay students and staff have r...
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Meet Vincent, Manager of Operations

Posted by On Belay on July 21, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (7)

Vincent Kayongo is the manager of our operation in Uganda. It would be impossible to imagine how we could have managed all that has happened this past year without him. He is a gift to our ministry, a very close friend, and a joy to work with.

A year ago we had mentioned him in our On Belay blog. At that time he was just beginning to think a...

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Student Entrepreneurs!

Posted by On Belay on June 23, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (7)

Several of the students with whom On Belay is partnering have an extended break until their studies ...

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Santiam Christian's Mr & Ms SC donates $1000 to On Belay Ministries!

Posted by On Belay on June 8, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On Belay Ministries was blessed with a $1000 donation last month from students at Santiam Christian High School, located in Adair Village, OR. The students, who had been selected to compete in the Mr. & Ms. SC fundraiser, chose On Belay earlier in the year to be the recipient of the money raised. We are grateful for their hard work and generosity and k...
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A House Here, A House There!

Posted by Barb Hoffman on August 4, 2016 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


There are lots of houses to rent in Uganda.  All kinds of houses.  Just not the kind of house that we needed! Fortunately, we serve a great God that can lead a couple Mzungus to find a needle in a haystack.  House shopping was a bit daunting, to say the least. But through a series of "coincidences" we found ourselves at just...

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"Who knows how I feel?"

Posted by On Belay on August 3, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (7)

Barb and Alice


"Who knows how I feel? I feel so happy to know I am special in someone's heart."


"At first I felt that I was not loved, but now I feel for the first time in my life that I am loved and it feels so good. I am ...

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The Ups and Downs of Uganda

Posted by On Belay on August 2, 2016 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)


On Belay Ugandan Team


The Ups Today, we met with our Ugandan team for the first time. We are amazed at the way God has brought us together; godly men and women who love our kids and have unique skills and passions. So many decisions made and situations  explained in a cultural context....

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Meet Vincent!

Posted by Barb Hoffman on July 31, 2016 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (1)

We are back in Uganda and we thought we would share with you one of the miracles of On Belay.  Often we do not see the tapestry that God is weaving together in our lives.  Little did we know 10 years ago when we first met Vincent what an important part he would play in the ministry of On Belay.  He is a monument...

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Belay On!

Posted by Barb Hoffman on July 29, 2016 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Is that a typo? Isn't it "On Belay?" Belay On is the name of our "launch trip" (July 28-Aug.10). Let me explain...when a climber starts to climb, they yell down to the person holding the rope "On belay!" The belayer yells back, "Belay on!" As our young adults move towards independent adulthood, we will be an anchor and support a...

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