What an incredible and amazing trip to Uganda we have just ventured on, which saw 3 of us go to Jinja to prepare for a team of eleven to pray, partner and participate in the Misseo Dei (the mission of God).
During our time in Uganda, we were able to visit FACT, Future After Child Trauma, sharing with many young people here and see the new school that they are starting. We were excited to meet Pastor Paul and to see the project that we partnered with, in the provision of a new toilet block. We also saw a number of other projects (where we will be taking a larger team in the summer) and visit schools, where Vicky took the lead in setting up the empowerment of the teachers and development of the education. Vicky not only excelled in this area but related to teachers and students alike so well. As we partnered with our friends in Uganda, Vicky led us in worship, which was amazing and inspiring. It was so encouraging to see the way God spoke through Vicky whilst we were there, and we saw much transformation.
We were so privileged to partner with Peter Mugabi, the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Uganda, and his wife Rose. They have such a passion to share Jesus and, together, we saw many souls won for Christ. We are so humbled and honoured to work with such Christ-like people. It is so exciting to see lives transformed and partner together with others to see lives transformed.
We returned just in time for Easter and what an amazing time we had celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour! A number of us took part in the ecumenical walk of witness through the town on Good Friday morning, and we held an outdoor worship event at the top of Old Pale Hill, Delamere in the afternoon, where we were able to share the gospel message and the meaning of Easter with many of those out for a walk there. Richard Heywood: singer, songwriter and worship leader joined us for the weekend, helping us to lead worship at our Easter event, and also leading us in 3 song-writing workshops – an amazing time of exploring and celebrating our faith and love for God through the medium of music. There were some amazing pieces and testimonies that came out of this. Finally, on Easter morning itself, 20 of us gathered at 6am in Verdin Park, overlooking the town to see the sun rise, to worship and celebrate the resurrection, an incredibly special and beautiful time.
As we continue to gather together for worship we are growing in unity and discipleship. We are finding the freedom of meeting in different venues exciting. We have enjoyed welcoming new people and sharing together at the Memorial Court too, which is at the heart of the community.
We have had a really excellent time at our Alpha course, with many people expressing how it has deepened and developed their faith. At our final session, we were so thrilled to see and experience a move of God’s Holy Spirit. We witnessed at least three people healed and one young man give his heart to Christ, which was so fantastic. This session on healing was a dramatic one, hearing testimony from Peter Ashburner, and praying for many of the participants with many experiencing immediate healing. We have now begun the Bible Society’s ‘The Bible Course’ as we continue to disciple those in the group.
Many thanks to those of you who supported Jo and Sarah in their 24 hour bakeathon and the following coffee morning, fundraising for the trip to Uganda this summer. Your presence, support and cake-eating is much appreciated! We are looking forward to the fashion show on 14 June, £10 a ticket for 2 fashion shows with chances to buy, and tea and cake served, or come and enjoy an amazing meal at Kanya Bistro in Northwich, followed by an auction; tickets are £25 each. These will be held on 6 June and 11 July. If you would like tickets for any of these events please see Jo Wallwork, Sarah McKechnie, Anna Walton or Sarah Stanton.
Rev. Neal Stanton, Pioneer Pastor, Zac’s House, Northwich