Dear Fellow Servant of Christ,

I’m a born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I got a BA in Bible in 1988 and have served as a missionary for about 10 years now all together. I’m currently living in Peekskill NY and attending Hillsong NYC in Manhattan.

I did a write-up of my personal testimony a few years ago and put it online. Here’s the link…

My sons were born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 1994 (Everett) and 1996 (Austin). They lived to be 16 (Austin) and 22 (Everett). 

God taught us all a lot through the experience. Here is a short write-up of a little bit of what I personally have learned…

I started a charity named after Everett and Austin in October 2018. We had great care for them here in America, but people in the third world haven’t been near as fortunate. So The Everett and Austin Project helps those in poor countries going through it.

Our maiden voyage is set for the country of Uganda in East Africa. Three of us on our team have our tickets to fly to Uganda on October 21, 2019  for 2 weeks. We had our first major breakthrough in helping a family in Uganda on Monday, Sept 2, 2019.

Paul Kayonga and Josh Kasaija Chatting Hopefully
Paul Kayonga and Josh Kasaija Chatting Hopefully

Here is a little write-up and short video about it…

As you can tell, we have already begun helping those who are experiencing this deadly disease in the third world. The sheer joy and happiness that you will see in this video is incredibly exciting and rewarding. I love being able to help the Kayongas! We expect to be able to help the Kayongas more, and then also to find others in Uganda and other poor countries that we can help.

Two of the Kayonga Boys, Emma and Herbert
Two of the Kayonga Boys, Emma and Herbert

In order to be able to make our maiden, we still need to raise some funds. We have already raised about 96% of our goal for the maiden voyage. Of course we will need much more than that to continue to have an impact in Uganda and around the world. Here is a list of things that we hope and expect that we will be able to help with to help the poor and lame like Jesus did.

The following is a list of items that are needed in order to assist the poor and the lame that we are helping.  We are working so hard so that we can be more effective in supporting these sick children.

    1. Wheelchairs 
    2. Beddings 
    3. Clothes
    4. Medical Fees
    5. Guidance and Support 
    6. School Fees 
    7. Scholastic Materials

Medium Range Goal: Set up the Kayongas with a sustainable shop so that they will have income and Paul can care for the kids. Long Term Goal: a home for the disabled like Hillsong South Africa created in South Africa. We would like to create one in Uganda. Even Longer Term Goal: a home for the disabled in multiple poor countries!

These verses from Luke 14 are driving us:

“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,”

Luke 14:13

“…’Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in 

the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’”

Luke 14:21

I did my second “Hike for Duchenne” on September 18th. I walked from our office in Peekskill to Yankee Stadium – 36 miles. It was a fundraiser to help Paul Kayonga some more and others like him in poor countries. I was able to raise about $2000 from that event. We are having our next “Hike for Duchenne” on October 26, 2019 in Uganda!! Please stay tuned for more details and follow along with our frequent updates on our Facebook page…

Do you know any individuals or churches or businesses who could support our trip? The sky is the limit really in what we can accomplish through The Everett and Austin Project. We are currently partnering with a fabulous organization in Uganda named Sapphire Foundation. Sapphire Foundation provides education materials and lunches, among other things, for poor children in remote locations in Uganda.

Paul Collins is the founder and he and his partner Josh Kasaija regularly pray with us on our regular Monday prayer time on Free Conference Call. We pray at 5:00 PM EST in case you would like to try it with us sometime. Just let me know.

Here is more information on Sapphire Foundation…

Sapphire Foundation Founder Paul Collins and Kids
Sapphire Foundation Founder Paul Collins and Kids

Please help in any way that you can, including sharing this ministry with people or businesses or churches that you think might be able to help. Any help that you could provide would be most appreciated. Please join us in this great cause to reach the poor and the lame.

Thank you for your consideration. Also, I would be honored to speak in your church about this. Please call me to setup a time, or have somebody from your church call me. Thank you!

In God’s love and service,

Tim Gillen 

Mobile: 914-314-0077

By Tim Gillen

I'm a born-again christian, sold out to serving the needs of the less fortunate and in Sub-Saharan Africa. I founded The Everett and Austin Project in October 2018 to honor my 2 boys posthumously by helping people living in poverty going thru Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and other rare diseases. My sons each died of Duchenne, Austin in 2012 at age 16 and Everett in 2017 at age 22.

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