Our special June greetings to you. We hope our Newsletter finds you well. We continue to trust the Lord, especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic, and we seek His hand more, that He will heal the world. In Uganda it continues to spread, but we have not heard of any deaths caused by COVID-19 in the whole country. However some things have been lifted in the Lockdown. But still life is still very hard as many people cannot easily move around or work - even those in villages who might have their gardens far from them. This has created shortage of food, essential medical care, and churches are still not allowed to gather. Simon and I we meet each Sunday to worship and pray for you, and all other facets of this ministry. Simon has recovered from the malaria that you would have read about in the May Newsletter - it’s a tough disease!
As you see in the picture, Simon has been able to make liquid soap from chemicals he buys in Kampala. This is especially for people who come to get food for their families (especially those affected a lot by COVID-19). So as well as coming to get rice, they also get some good soap.
Below is Nabatanzi Joan - one of our church members (a single mother with two daughters) handing out rice to other ladies.
The man below had just given his life to Jesus Christ when the churches were closed the week following Covid-19. He was super happy to get food for his family. His wife Sylvia came to Christ through this church, but he was slow to respond to the gospel. In the picture he is getting rice for his two kids.
Food distribution has been a great relief for most of the families in our church. We had Agnes share with us how her daughter burnt herself, and as a result of taking her to the clinic, she spent all her money on medication. There was no food at home so she came to our church and we helped her. Her husband is at home with no work.
In the picture below is Pastor David who has planted many churches in the Kyegegwa district - an area where there are many refugees. We met Pastor David when I was doing discipleship training from the book of Romans, and many refugees attended the seminar. Since then Pastor David has been taking Bibles to these people from our ministry. He has been a good ministry friend to us. He was so happy to get these three Bibles for his church members.
It had rained on me as I was delivering the Bibles to him (you might be able to see the dirt on my heavy riding jacket).
We want to share with you that we don’t have any Bibles left now, and we are in great need. We want to thank every one of you who has been able to stand with us in the past months, to make sure we had Bibles. May God richly bless you. Please pray that God will provide in His own way. Also we thank God for all the food provisions to this ministry - your contributions are greatly appreciated.
Keep praying for the people who have come to the Lord during this time of Covid-19 - that God will strengthen and empower them. Pray for Irene who comes from a family which believes so much in satanic practices such as witchcraft; bewitching etc. to appease demons. When she came to Jesus, her relatives (mainly brothers-in-law) came to know about it. They were furious, and hated her. They are trying to cause turmoil in her family in order to upset her. When we met with her she was in great tears. She was sick and in need of medical care.
The picture above with Irene sitting on the white mat was taken back in February when she had just come to Jesus. Pray that also God will raise up more women in this ministry to work alongside us, especially when in comes to visiting Christians in their homes, to pray and encourage them. Sometimes this is not easy for me and Simon, or in fact any other man. It’s a challenge I have come to encounter in this ministry. It’s a challenging venture in ministry. If you have been a church pastor or at the frontline of a ministry you will understand what we mean and what it entails.
Our piglets below are about to make two months. The big ones on the left are pregnant (3 pigs). The number of our pigs has reduced greatly, but they have been of great support to us during this time. Now that we only have a few left, we can’t sell them any more - we just have to wait until they increase in numbers again.
Please pray that God will provide for us; for this ministry; and for Bibles.
In His name
Alex and Simon