The Peckhams

The Peckhams

Missionaries: The Peckhams

As of October 17th, 2005, Bill and Ann Peckham have been residents of southern Uganda, in East Africa. Bill retired from teaching in the Province of Manitoba where he had worked for nearly 31 years. His first year of teaching was at Margaret Barbour Collegiate in The Pas. Then, for nearly 20 years, he taught at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate in Winnipeg. During this time, Ann worked for Motor Coach Industries in the office in Winnipeg. After completing his Masters Degree in Education Administration, Bill worked as Principal of the Berens River School in North Eastern Manitoba. The Peckhams lived in Berens River for four years before moving to Ebb and Flow School for seven years, during the last six of which Bill worked in the Resource Department with the Special Education program. After retiring in 1999, Bill and Ann settled into Bill’s family home in Gilbert Plains where he had been raised and had taken his elementary and secondary schooling.

Bill and Ann attended Parkside Gospel Church, south of Dauphin, Manitoba, where they served on the Missions Committee. After receiving information about a Billy Graham Conference to be held in Amsterdam, Holland, they applied to volunteer as Stewards at the conference. They were accepted and spent one month in Amsterdam during the summer of 2000. After the Conference, they traveled to Athens, Greece, where they visited young friends from their church who were with Hellenic Ministries in Athens. While doing some volunteer work at the Hellenic Ministries Office in Athens, they were invited to return to Athens as soon as possible to assist with planning and implementing a Christian International Conference, HELLAS 2002. The Lord opened the door for them to return to Athens in May 2001. They lived in the heart of the city of Athens for 15 months while volunteering with HM Mission. Bill worked as an English Registrar and Ann worked on the office computers, updating their English Data Base plus taking charge of many worldwide mail outs. During this time, they did many other odd jobs for HM. The Conference was a great success.

Plans were then made to travel to Uganda, Africa, in August, 2002, in order to visit with Rev. Christopher Muwonge who had lived in the Peckham home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for six months during 1986-87. They wanted to meet their Ugandan brother’s wife, Harriet, as well as their children. At the same time, they offered to volunteer to serve the Lord wherever needed in the Diocese of West Buganda. The plan was to stay for three months in Uganda before returning to their home in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. They ended up spending nearly two years in Uganda, returning to their home mid-June, 2004. While there, Bill and Ann had unique opportunities to travel extensively throughout the West Buganda Diocese, visiting many parishes and schools speaking with the young and old alike.

In Uganda, Bill and Ann became aware of the plight of the thousands of orphans in the Diocese and they developed a burden to try to do something for some of the orphaned children, including those who might be living with HIV/AIDS. They used the information that they gleaned from visiting orphanages throughout the country to start planning for their own program on a site of land located near Lukaya in the Kalungu District of Southern Uganda.

An application was submitted to the Ugandan Government after visiting many local and national officials to obtain letters and signatures to submit with the application. In July 2004, the application was completed. A certificate was issued by the Government giving “Eagles Wings Children’s Village” official status as an NGO (Non Governmental Organization).  Eagles Wings Children’s Village became a registered Canadian charity and was incorporated, in both Uganda and Canada, in the spring of 2005.

The Peckhams have two children, daughter Linda Vandenakker and her husband Ken who have three children, Amanda, Joshua, and Jennifer, and son Mike Peckham with his daughters Felicia and Sheena. All of them live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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