Hello Beloved Partner,
Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus, I pray that all is well.
Allow me begin by thanking you for the great and timely support you offer towards the programs in Uganda especially in the area of prayer. Prayer is a great resource towards the establishment, growth, and sustainability of the different ministry programs. We are truly grateful.
Since 2013 Mercy Link officially started partnering with the local church and local grass root organizations and leaders to serve the vulnerable and needy communities, train and empower leaders and establish Christian community programs like Bible clubs and Small groups (Prayer cells) in communities and schools. The church planter and children ministry programs have thrived and continue to spread across the country causing a paradigm shift in how the church views and runs evangelistic and discipleship programs.
In the month of June 2018 alone Through the children’s ministry and church planter’s programs, we trained a total of 78 potential church planters equipped engaged 20 master trainers in Kampala region, we launched 2 new children worker’s trainings this month with a total of 107 children’s workers, 1,121 people were reached with the Gospel and 325 people surrendered their lives to Christ, 49 people were baptised this month.
PRAISE REPORT- Children Ministry
Name: Ssebunya Kennedy
Occupation: Community Children worker
District: Wakiso/ Eastern Uganda
“My greatest challenge through the years has not been the lack of skills and most especially literature for use as I serve children in communities as I worked towards fulfilling the calling upon my life as concerns children ministry” he says.
Kennedy a community children worker and facilitator in his church lives in Gobero community a Muslim dominated community located a one-hour drive away from Kampala city centre. For the past five years, Kenny has been running a community bible club in his community. For the past four and half years, the community bible club has been a burden with fluctuation in the numbers of children attending the program. With little skills and no resources to use for the program, the program was always running on a downward scale. Until we got in touch with him through a partner and engaged him in our children ministry training program.
The training program was a boost to the already establish community program. Through the training, we shared with Kenny skills on the dynamics of reaching and discipling children through the Raising Hope children ministry training program. Having attained the skills, he was quick to implement what he had learnt. Within a one-month span of implementation, the number of children coming for the program has doubled and more new children have been reached says Kenny.
With a vision of reaching the 5 villages surrounding his community, Kenny has not run short of ideas and desires to see his plans fulfilled. A few weeks ago, Kenny shared an idea of reaching the youth in the communities. One key thing needed for this program are scripture portions in terms of books and bibles which we continue to believe God for and hope in the near future to be able to avail these for the successful running of Kenny’s programs.
CHALLENGES AND PRAYER REQUESTS
We are still faced with a number of challenges in these undertaking but majorly the challenge of;
1. Christian Literature: this has still been a great challenge in as far as our ministry programs are concerned. We have and are in constant need of Bibles/ study bibles, Children booklets, leadership books for the leaders, tracts and booklets for evangelism.
2. Pray for ministry programs of July. Among these include three School Outreaches, Prison outreach, 2 children ministry and Church planter training programs.
On behalf of the entire team and beneficiaries of our ministry programs, we wish to express our heart filled appreciation and gratitude for continual faithful prayer support for the programs across the country. Please continue to pray with us for the challenge mentioned above and for potential partners to partly support the programs.
May Christ bless and increase you in every area of your life.