Greetings once again in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ; I hope the LORD has kept you well and helped you prosper in all your endeavors as He has done with us here. It’s with great pleasure that I bring to you yet this report. I pray this finds you in good health and wealth.
This month has been exceptional with the Lord blessing us with opportunities in different communities and helping us strengthen the ties we have already established with different communities, friends and partners before the lockdown. The month begun with the lifting of the ban on all religious gatherings. For the first time in months, people met in churches for prayer meetings which came as a relief to our church planters in the communities who had the opportunity to meet their congregations. This also gave our house churches established during the lockdown as a result of the evangelistic programs to be birthed into churches a great encouragement to community workers.
OUTREACH AND SCRIPTURE PLACEMENT PROGRAM
We also observed an increase in our evangelistic outreach programs in the communities. With the opening of the churches, there has been more organised outreach programs in the communities including evangelism, humanitarian outreaches and community empowerment programs. As a result of the programs, there has been a high demand for Christian literature such as tracts and bibles in local languages in the communities by the new believers especially after evangelistic outreaches. For this reason, we are launching a campaign for support towards the cause of purchasing bibles for the new believers in the communities. We ae open to any support I this area.
Despite of the restrictions into prison facilities due to the outbreak, we have been able to send approximately 5,000 Christian booklets and 100 bibles to the prisons. Engaged in support the prisons with sanitary items like soap, sanitizers and other sanitary items to help them observe the Standard Operating procedures during the lockdown this month.
Communities have quickly become like many unreached people groups around the world. Because of the lockdown, many previously church going children had lost touch with their Sunday schools thus losing their little understanding of who God is or the price that Jesus paid for them on the cross. But through this whole dilemma, our conviction over the years that children’s bibles clubs are a necessity and paramount in reaching and discipling the children in communities has become a reality. We have observed growth in knowledge and understanding of the word of God through the community bible clubs which remained operational at home levels. Our children’s community champions continued to reach and disciple the children around their homes.
Ssali Robert is a children worker from Kawempe worship center church. He has been faithfully serving with the ministry for the last three years. In September 2020, we invited Robert to attend a children’s ministry training at his church our first training after the lockdown. The decision to recommend Robert paid off so well in that in his first month of training he had already established a community bible club in his community.
“Prior to the training I hoped churches would open soon so that the children would be adopted back to the church system. All my focus was on the Sunday school program. The concept of the bible club was foreign to me. But the training brought so much revelation concerning who I am as a teacher and what my role is in the church and in the community. The fact that it was said that I was responsible for the children living around me was an awakening call that drove me to establish the children’s bible club.” He says
Robert says there has been a tremendous increase in the number of the club attendees. The numbers have grown from 5 to 25 in the last two weeks. He attributes this increase to the quality child friendly environment and spiritual growth of the children especially after having introduced the Raising hope curriculum. This has not only attracted the attention of the children but also parents in the neighbourhood such that parents are beginning to recommend other parents to bring their children to the club as a measure to riding them from watching too much TV and loitering around during this time of the lockdown. The contribution of the children in recruiting other at the club has been another great factor.
We are steadily standing with him and collaborating with his pastor in ensuring that this program continues running as a model program in his community for the benefit of the community and the churches around to emulate.
We are set to continue building the different programs established this year. Among the strategies to be undertaken include
1. Leadership Develop in communities and Prisons: We are relaunching our leadership development campaigns in the communities and prisons to develop leaders who will affect and transform their around the country.
2. The Disability Ministry: We are set to boost the disability ministry we undertake through the “Hidden Children” program through advocacy and outreach programs.
3. Community outreaches: we are still committed to our outreach programs in communities including evangelism and discipleship programs, nutrition’s support programs and empowerment programs.
We are faced with a number of challenges in these undertaking among which include;
1. Christian Literature: This has still been a great challenge in as far as our ministry programs are concerned. We are in great need of Bible, Tracts, and more booklets for evangelism.
Please continue to pray with us for
· The set programs in the months of OCTOBER NOVEMEBER and DECEMBER 2020
Partners like you are the life blood for the mission work here and it’s because of your prayers, support and encouragement that we have had the courage and determination to keep keeping on. May Jesus therefore fill you with blessings and increase you in every area of your life.