June Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the Luwero Newsletter

Two new wells drilled

Following the plea for help to address the problem of drought, I am delighted to tell you that 2 new wells have been drilled. They are both 70 metres deep and are now providing an abundant source of fresh water for the staff and pupils of the Project.

To read the responses of the children who are now benefitting from the wells, go to the news section of the website or click on the letter below.

Pastor and Church Leaders’ Conference, Bible School and Children’s Club

This year’s event was very successful.

Conference

The conference was attended by nearly 700 delegates from across Uganda.  As in previous years it was a 5-day residential event with a few daily visitors. Plenary teaching sessions were held in the church while other sessions or workshops for pastors, other male leaders, women and youth were held at various locations around the project.

 

Bible School

Three new modules were taught at this year’s sessions of the Bible College.  Each module lasted 1½ days.  Over the 4½ days Darnell taught a module on Jesus in the New Testament, Stuart on God’s plan of salvation (Romans) and I dealt with a module on Christian Discipleship (Colossians). Approximately 25 students attended every module.

Children’s Club

The club attracted nearly 700 children. The event was organised and run by a Ugandan team of young people ably assisted by two volunteers from Scotland (Karen and Sandra).  The club ran each morning for five days and included a Bible story, quizzes, games, memory verses and singing together with breaks for drinks for the children.

For full details of all the events, read Ernie Bayton’s report in full on the website or click here.

School News

Dormitory Construction

I am delighted to be able to tell you that work has recommenced on the dormitories and is now progressing well.  Work on the girl’s block is now at first-floor level where the walls are at full height awaiting the construction of the second-floor slab. The boy’s dormitory block has been constructed as far as the first-floor concrete slab level.

New Headteacher Joins

As was mentioned in the last newsletter, Aminah, the long-standing Headteacher of Luwero Community Secondary school resigned her post.  Her replacement is David, who started work at the beginning of this term.  Please pray for David in his new post as he sets about leading his staff and pupils into a new stage, under a new school name and pray that all the schools continue to thrive.

July Visit

The arrival of 20 visitors from East Kilbride is eagerly anticipated at the Project, and the group are entering the final stages of their preparation.  Last Saturday saw a Coffee Morning held at Westwood Evangelical Church in East Kilbride which raised over £1,000 due to the generosity of the congregation.  The group are now making final preparations for their last 2 fund raising events and are meeting on Saturday 22nd to pack their “extra” 20 cases with supplies for the folk in Luwero.

While the party is over at the Project they will be helping in the following ways;

  • working in the wider community with jobs that Gabriel has organised,
  • painting the new dormitories,
  • oral checks and dental education,
  • teaching geography,
  • peer support for the primary and secondary Headteachers,
  • sewing and handicrafts,
  • homework help,
  • security evaluation,
  • maintenance review,
  • rebuilding the volleyball court and building a new basketball court.

Please pray for a safe journey and productive visit.

 

If you have any news that you would like to share with other supporters, please send it to the Luwero CP offices using the address shown on the accompanying email.

 

Progress on the new wells

Progress on the new wells

Work continues on the construction of both male and female dormitory blocks for the secondary school. Work on the girl’s block is now at 1st floor level where the walls are at full height awaiting the construction of the 2nd floor slab. The boy’s dormitory block has been constructed as far as the 1st floor concrete slab level. Finishing trades will now complete the ground floor and the party heading over in July will set about painting both blocks.

Two new wells have been drilled. Both are approximately 70 metres deep and provide a good flow of water. One of the new wells is pictured to the left.  Below you will find a letter of appreciation written by some of the children who are now benefiting from the new well being operational (even if one of them is only benefiting by having a new “swing”).

Please pray for the wells to be a continued source of fresh water for the pupils and staff.

 

Pastors’ Conference and Bible School 2019

Pastors’ Conference and Bible School 2019

Report from Ernie Bayton

I sincerely thank everyone for their prayerful support for and interest in my most recent visit to Luwero, Uganda. The project continues to be well run and overseen by Gabriel Kijjambu, ably supported by his wife Deborah together with a team of more than 50 paid staff and volunteers who assist with overseeing and administering various aspects of the project. The six pillars of the project – a church, school (primary & secondary), clinic, farm, orphanage and Bible College continue to develop and grow. Gabriel and Deborah send their warmest greetings to everyone who supports their ministry both directly and indirectly.

ConferenceThis year’s conference was attended by nearly 700 delegates from across Uganda. As in previous years it was a 5-day residential event with a few daily visitors. Plenary teaching sessions were held in the church while other sessions or workshops for pastors, other male leaders, women and youth were held a various locations around the project. The main teaching sessions were undertaken by Stuart Smith, Darnell Starks and I. Stuart focused on God’s Covenants, Darnell on the 5 purposes of the church (prayer and worship, ministry, discipleship, evangelism and fellowship). I led a series of studies in the Psalms. Each speaker had 8 or 9 teaching sessions over 3 days. On the final afternoon of the conference it was a privilege to lead the communion service. As in previous years every delegate was supplied with a copy of the outline notes of all the teaching given. The 60 page booklet was available for delegates either English or Luganda, the purpose being that teaching pastors were able to use the outlines to teach others. All sessions were taught in both English and Luganda. Gabriel provided an excellent team of translators for the week. The conference ran smoothly and delegates were provided with three meals every day. Bibles were also given to those not having their own copy of the scriptures.

Bible schoolThree new modules were taught at this year’s sessions of the Bible College. Each module lasted 1½ days. Over the 4½ days Darnell taught a module on Jesus in the New Testament, Stuart on God’s plan of salvation (Romans) and I dealt with a module on Christian Discipleship (Colossians). Approximately 25 students attended every module. Each was selected by their pastor and was fully fluent in written and spoken English thus avoiding the need for translation. Darnell, Stuart and I rotated amongst us between the conference and college throughout the five days.

Children’s club – this year’s club attracted nearly 700 children. The event was organised and run by a Ugandan team of young people ably assisted by two volunteers from Scotland (Karen & Sandra). The club ran each morning for five days and included a Bible story, quizzes, games, memory verses and singing together with breaks for drinks for the children. The theme for the children’s club was ‘Jesus is alive today’. On the final day all the children were taken to the pastor and church leader’s conference to sing some of the songs they had learnt.

Wedding – A local wedding took place on the Saturday following the conference. The Scottish team were invited to both the wedding and reception. Stuart and I both took part in the wedding service. The event took place with typical African hospitality and sense of celebration.

En-route home I stayed overnight in Kampala with friends Roy and Caitlin. Roy is a Ugandan national married to Caitlin who hails from Bishopbriggs, Glasgow whom I have known for some time. It was good to learn about their ministry and worship with them at their church on Sunday morning. Roy is a skilled musician and has a recording studio. Plans have been discussed with him for Gabriel to make a CD for sale in the UK.

God Willing I hope to return to Uganda in September to speak at our annual youth camp. This year I have chosen the theme from the prayer of Jabez, ‘O Lord, enlarge my borders’ (1 Chron 4:10) and plan to develop a series on the life of Joshua.

Kiltwalk 2019

Kiltwalk 2019

A heartfelt thank you to all our supporters and sponsors from the Luwero 2019 team.  On Sunday 28th April we set off from Glasgow Green to walk the 22+ miles to Balloch.  Leaving Glasgow at 9 am, we arrived in Balloch at around 5 pm.  Feet and joints were complaining and had every right to , given what we had put them through.  The walk itself was very enjoyable as we kept each other going and chatted all the way.  Entertainment has been laid on at various points of the route and there were pit stops every 3 or 4 miles where fluids and food were available.

The point of the day was to raise as much money as we could to support the work of Gabriel and his team in Luwero and we succeeded more that we could have dreamed.  Our target was £4,000 to help fund the drilling of bore holes and the provision of food and so far we have raised the sum of £5,840!  When The Hunter Foundation contribution of 40% is added, it means that we will have raised £8,176 to support the work of the project. More donations are still being received from supporters as the website does not close for a few weeks so we do not know what the final total will be.

None of this would have been possible without your support and we are extremely grateful to you.

Farm News

Farm News

The work of the farm continues, despite the hostile conditions it is facing to grow.  Crops have been planted recently and we pray that they will grow and provide food for the Project.  The really good news is that some rain fell on Luwero recently and we hope and pray that this continues.  Please remember to keep praying for rain to sustain the crops.