Uganda Blog: Latest News of our current visit (scroll down for previous posts)
Received 27th July
Well, we are finally back in Kampala ready to prepare for our overnight flight home tomorrow!
Yesterday was a long day of driving, not helped by a broken down lorry in the middle of a busy road, which held us up for 40 minutes.
Received 12 July
Today was great – 300 + primary age children
at Ssanje modern primary school.
This school is well run and a government approved exam centre.
Boda Boda shot of the day !
And the video: loves causing so much chaos.
Received 16th July
Yesterday we travelled South to Mbarara. Today Jon and Chris met with local ministers in the morning while Jane and Mike visited a local school. This afternoon we all went to Ruti church where local Pastors, many having recently completed the Romans 1:11 Training course, took part in a sculpture-focussed encouragement session led by Jon and Chris. Pastor Richard Tusiime and Wilber helping and translating.
Please pray for Pascal, Pastor of a local church who we prayed for as he has Oral Cancer confirmed. We assume much treatment, perhaps possible in the UK, will not be available or possible for him……your prayers are valued.
Well, hello all – I am sitting in the dark as the town has a power cut (normal) and water comes and goes.
Yesterday we had a long drive partly through Queen Elizabeth National Park where we saw Elephants, monkeys, baboons, impala, kudu – very lucky.
Then later the car blew it’s radiator – saving the long story we have taxied on – please pray for this to sort out.
Today was wonderful as we had the graduation of six Pastors who recently completed the Romans 1:11 training course.
This was in Karokajenga about an hour off road from Kyenjojo where we are staying. All very rural.
Please pray for the new Pastors as they return to their congregations.
Best wishes , Mike.
From Chris: Sam’s car, which we are using, broke down yesterday while we were on the road. Radiator, head gasket ++ need repair so we are currently relying on hiring cars with driver. We hope to either get Sam’s car back or sort something more permanent while in Kakumiro, where we go tomorrow. Lots of prayer please! Xxx God bless
Anyone for tea?
Received 19th July
Received 21st July
Today we had a wonderful welcome at Osborne School visiting the children in class and watching them perform many songs with hip dancing full of joy and energy and lots of natural rhythm. We also toured the dormitories where 35 are boarders, some share a bed due to the shortage of beds. (£83 per metal triple-stack 3 beds – anyone with a big heart?)
Some classrooms are brick and the young ones still in old wooden ones. The school has many challenges but has made huge advances over recent years with new (long drop) latrines and wash areas now separate for girls from boys – strip wash with a bowl of water. Pray for Jon & Chris as they meet pastors tomorrow with some issues with their colleagues.
Mike and Jane back to Blessings School to play and put some colour in their classrooms.
Today was our full day at Osborne School which started with giving out pharmacy items followed by various classroom visits with educational posters (from UK 99p shop) and other teaching aids.
Jane had a craft session with the little ones and Agnes.
It is a fascinating job as both children and teachers have never done such things before so have no idea what to do. Under Jane’s patient care soon artwork was created.
Break time was frenetic with new footballs,
Frisbee and a teaching session of rounders.
After break, following initial reluctance, great excitement in the school office as Jane set up and trained some teachers on the electric sewing machine we brought.
All of them had a go and were clearly very keen to get on and learn how to use it and make clothes. It was thought they might make some of the school uniform – we wait and see!
Afternoon brought heavy rain and then red “marram” ground turns to stodge and stopped play.
We had some time to discuss their challenges in more detail and share about Belper Baptist Church and life at home.
Great amazement, shock and amusement as Mike, after giving some old spectacles, then removed his contact lenses and then put a fresh pair in.
Please pray for the children to be able to attend school (not always possible due to being needed at home or sickness or insufficient fees). Also for the teachers working with them.
Meanwhile Chris and Jon after negotiating major Ugandan roadworks went to Kibaale to meet Duncan and had very fruitful discussions about his school and ministry. They then travelled deep into the bush to Kitutu. In a mud church with a tin roof they held a bible encouragement session with leaders from several bush Churches. The noise of the rain on the tin roof stopped the teaching so praise singing was a great alternative until the rain eased.
Chris & Jon
Received 24th July
Mike and Jane have now returned safely to the UK so Chris and Jon will continue to try to update everyone when we have internet access.
Received 25th July
The third church gave us a major presentation, including a talk about their work with orphans and other very needy children. Very impressive, if rather long!! We were glad to reach our hotel although it too was very basic.
Please see our Prayer Update page for an itinerary and a map
A TRIP AFTER TWELVE YEARS
Samuel Muhumuza writes:
Nothing better than achieving something that you have been longing for, I am grateful to share with you about my trip to UK in September –October 2016.
It was really great after twelve years to see again my sisters and brothers in Christ during my visit however, due to difficulties, I got my visa late and I missed my programme to Lindfield URC which made me half sick although I was comforted by meeting Ron and Janet Goodenough who were waiting for me at the Gatwick airport oh …..it was good.
I was happy to go back to the churches and places I had visited before but it was also wonderful to visit new places and to meet new people and to know what God is doing in different parts of the country.
MANY THANKS :
This trip wouldn’t be fruitful without the support of the following people; my thanks to Romans One Eleven Trust who invited me and supported me in many ways more especially Rev. Chris Vivian and her Daughter Rachel who worked on my itinerary, it’s true that by your support I was encouraged as our Motto says.
I want my thanks to go to all friends who transported me from one place to another, those who provided me with accommodation and food, you really made me feel at home thank you so much. I want to thank friends who took me for a walk, I really needed it and you did it.
My thanks to you all church Elders and ministers who welcomed me to share with you what God is doing in my ministry, for sure you encouraged me in many ways.
Thanks to you all who made arrangements for me to visit schools and have time with the children and students as well, it was good to know the difference between our schools in Uganda and yours in the UK.
I want also to thank you dear brothers who made it possible to for me to spend a day in elderly HOME in Leeds it was really good for me and I enjoyed them very much and the lunch we had together it was more than food but a fellowship.
For those who took me to synod’s ministers’ meetings, you gave me an opportunity of learning how you do things over that end. Thank you very much for that chance.
Other things I liked on this trip: I liked dogs that I found in homes that I was staying in. It was my first time to use water transport while I am in UK and I liked the means from Lymington to Isle of Wight and from Isle of Wight to Portsmouth.
- The main aim of my trip was to raise funds for the school dining hall, toilets, Kitchen and plumbing system and I am pleased to inform you that the total amount that was corrected is 1,083 pounds (with the promise of a further £600). Thank you very much for your giving and I will keep updating you if I get more.
- The second purpose of the trip was to share the new programme called vocation scheme which we are about launch, it’s like a Gap year or internship programme but this one shall be shorter – for only four months.
I once again thank everyone who supports us, we still need more financial support and I believe together we can achieve it because, we have achieved much together therefore, together with God, our dreams shall turn to reality.
“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generation, for ever and ever. Amen”. (Ephesians 3:20,21)
Peace to the sisters and brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Rev. Muhumuza Samuel