Here is a link to the latest “news and views” of the team’s visit to Uganda, enabling you to follow the activities each day and to pray for them:
If you want a reminder of what they are doing in Uganda, here is an excerpt from an article written by Neal Stanton for the July/August edition of KMC’s “Open Doors” magazine.
“Over a number of years I, Neal, have built up partnerships in Uganda with a number of people and charities/ organisations, and been able to support and encourage them in their work. Through the April trip that myself and Vicky went on, we were able to work with some of these and establish the purposes and aims of the mission trip in the summer.
Educational development – helping people to learn in effective ways
Empowerment of women – giving a voice to the voiceless
Encouragement of leaders and pastors – helping leaders to flourish and disciple well
Enhancement of agricultural sustainability (a hope we are developing)
During our time in Uganda, we will spend time with a number of projects to meet these aims, including:
The partnership started 15 years ago when we took out brass instruments to support young people needing to build up self-esteem. These young people had been through traumatic and abusive situations and Paul Tenywa set up this organisation, teaching them valuable musical skills, encouraging them through group participation in a brass band, raising their self worth and providing income. Many years later, when Neal was visiting another charity, we bumped into Paul’s brother, Jude, and re-established contact with Paul and FACT. At Christmas, we were able to fund the building of a new sanitation block at the school through the offering on Christmas Day. This block has now been completed and is looking great!
Now Paul has found his ministry to young people expand and he has been approached by as many as 130 young people needing housing and education. Paul has set about raising support for these young people, and is asking for help with sourcing:
· Brass instruments to develop the bands further
· Educational development, both practically and with equipment
· Biblical materials
· Support to enable young people to develop in discipleship and empowerment
This is a charity that provides health and education services to men, women and children, in particular through the impact and needs brought about by HIV.
They aim to reduce poverty and stigma by addressing gender inequalities. Gender equality has been shown to have the biggest impact on development outcomes.
In 2017, they opened a new preschool and education facility – ‘Kathy’s Centre’ named after the late founder of Act4Africa. We have the opportunity to support them in the building of a new toilet block within the pre-school during our visit in August. During this time we will also be able to engage with the pre-schoolers through play and reading, find out more about the HIV testing and support that goes on, and visit the goat farm which provides empowerment and income through valuable resources. We also hope to be able to connect Act4Africa with FACT, so they can utilise the ecobrick knowledge and skills that Act4Africa have been using.
Pastors’ Discipleship Network
I connected with Pastor Peter and his wife, Rose, through a friend, and we have been able to support them in their work encouraging and nurturing pastors and their wives, through conferences and worskhops. They have an extensive network of Pastors and leaders, aiming to influence influencers, providing discipleship and encouragement. Having prayed with Rob, we felt this was an excellent opportunity to partner with Firefest, bringing the first ever Firefest International! We will be leading a 2 day conference, and this is an exciting development for both Firefest and PDN.
Please pray for:
· all members of the team in their preparations both practically and spiritually
· spiritual protection for all involved
· good health and safe travel during the trip
· that all involved would grow in their faith and relationship with God during this time
· team members.”