Ministry update January 2021
Dear Brothers and sisters in the Lord, we send you greetings from Uganda. We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.
Here in Uganda things have been rough the last couple of weeks since we have been having presidential elections going on. In Uganda it’s a scary thing to have presidential elections going on because the incumbent president who has been for 35 years always threatens beginning a war incase he is beaten in elections. This time round just like the past two elections he was beaten and instead rigged votes, he totally switched off the internet for five days since the opposition had created an App that was intended to count the votes across the country; to frustrate their plans he switched off internet and used military to chase away most their agents [who they had placed at the polling stations to count the votes] from the polling stations. Pray for our country, we need God to deliver us from this leadership that doesn’t care about people’s lives but only personal agendas. The election is over, the incumbent is announced winner, the opposition is gathering data to go to court, hopefully there will be some hope from there.
On a lighter note, we thank the Lord that even if we have been going through troubling times as a country, yet as a ministry we have had a fruitful one and half months with the young people that have been staying with us fulltime at our house. Earlier in December we decided to take on 17 young people from our church community to come stay with us [which later became 19] with a purpose of spending more time with them, getting to know each other better, spend more meaningful time in God’s word and learning some basic house work skills.
During our stay with the young people we have emphasized the discipline of spending time with the Lord in the alone time which we call Quiet Time or other people call devotions. For all the young people that are able to read and write the English language we gave them a full year quiet time diary. We are praying this is a discipline that our young people will take seriously as it’s of first importance in our walk with the Lord. They have learnt things in relation to our salvation and how we can be faithful in our walk with the Lord.
Claire has been able to train the young women and men the basic house work skills they need. Most of our young people come from a family where there is no mother and a father, they either stay with a grandfather/mother or they have been moving home to home and have never settled in a single home to be treated and trained as a child should be. Some of the skills that they have been trained in are; pressing clothes, cooking, how to live responsibly, communication skills, moping a house [since most of them live in mad houses] etc….
It’s for such reasons that we want to build dormintories for our school so that we can be able to spend more time with the children such that we can continually walk alongside them as they stabilize in their walk with the Lord and also get the care and love they need as children.
School in Uganda will be starting in less than a month’s time, we are getting back into a busy mode as we expecting our kids to come back to school. We had 120 kids at the break of school last year in March due to the CIVID-19 pandemic, this year we expect more people because we have constructed more classes inorder to give more kids in our community and the neighboring communities an opportunity to study and most importantly get an opportunity to hear the gospel through our weekly chapels [to know more about our school ministry, kindly check newsletters from 2019 and early 2020 which you can find on this website.]. By the time school was suspended last year, out of the 120 young people we had only around 35 where being fully sponsored and the rest were either paying half of the tuition or studying for free as many of our parents and care takers cannot afford to pay tuition. We do offer opportunities for people to sponsor a kid(s) in our Christian school.. It costs $360 to sponsor a kid in our school and this caters for tuition, school uniform, basic medical aid and a meal at school. We kindly request you to consider sponsoring a child in our school. We allow exchange of letters and pictures between a sponsor and the kid(s).
We would like to thank you and your family for being faithful in praying and supporting the ministry God has called to, God is doing amazing things in our community to change for His glory.
Tomorrow on the 22nd of January I (Kenny) will turn 34, this is the first birthday I have felt old. Most of my birthdays have been coming and going most times without so much to think about, but this time round I feel concerned about my future interms as a husband, father and minister of the gospel; I guess this how old people feel 🙂 I am thankful these years and for His faithfulness in saving me and calling to this wonderful ministry of livng for Him and making disciples for Him.
We all send you many greetings from where we are here in Mityana, Uganda [East Africa].