Reforming communities in the midst of social and economic adversity
Ministry in Uganda
Many places still lack the modern infrastructure of transportation and communication. These unreached people are often physically remote and culturally isolated. They usually live in places where no foreign missionaries would go due to the political, economic, or cultural conditions. In most cases, they will only be reached by Christian workers from within their own country who can travel and share the Gospel.
Starting New Churches
Local champions are provided with training, accountability, and tools — including Bibles, Bible study booklets, textbooks about church planting, and children’s Bible Club materials.
- Complete one year of combined classroom training and supervised fieldwork
- Often open doors in communities through children's Bible Clubs
At their six-month and one-year marks, Church Planters report back on their results.
- The Gospel is introduced to previously unreached villages and neighborhoods
- At least two new churches are planted
- Hearts and attitudes are transformed — people discover freedom from fear
- The power of answered prayers is unleashed
- Villagers become aware of basic rights as citizens, including freedom of religion
- Healthy worshipping groups sprout up and grow
And after training is done, Church Planters continue to mentor new believers in their area, building strong communities of faith that continue to grow and multiply.
In the slums on the outskirts of Jinga, Uganda, many factors contribute to the quality of life. A local brew provides income but also leads to issues with alcoholism and domestic abuse. Lack of sanitation has led to diseases such as cholera. Limited access to medications takes a common disease like malaria to a point where it is left long enough in a child to produce cerebral palsy. A lack of family planning and sexual health teaching leads to a very high rate (estimated as high as 80%) of HIV/AIDS.
In light of these conditions, starting with basic education with a Christian worldview can be a long term solution for change. Indigenous teachers will be equipped to educate the children not only in academics, but also in the areas of hygiene, family planning, and to instil a sense of self-worth and hope for a brighter future.
Alternative Basic Education (ABE) is a program that provides non-formal basic education and includes:
- Basic reading, writing and arithmetic on a three-year cycle equivalent to the government formal education.
- Incorporating a children’s club to help participants to compensate for lost opportunities in education, and get better academic results.
- Within these children’s club programs, students are tutored in English, mathematics, sciences, all with a Christian worldview.
Over 40% of these children become lifelong followers of Jesus Christ!
Famously dubbed the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, Uganda is a small nation located in East Africa. Uganda is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west, by South Sudan in the north, by Kenya in the east and by Tanzania and Rwanda in the south.
Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake, forms a large part of the southern border. The country straddles the equator and has regions of swampy lowlands and a desert, but it is largely a fertile plateau with tea, sugar and other agricultural production.
Population: 37 million
Human Development Index: 164th (out of 187 countries)
Life expectancy: 59.2 years
Religion: 42% Roman Catholic, 42% Protestant, 12% Muslim, 4% other