Celebration Evening

Celebration Evening

Woodhill Evangelical Church in Bishopbriggs is hosting a celebration evening on

Saturday 7th December at 7pm in support of Luwero Community Projects.

Gabriel will be singing on the evening and will be accompanied by the Inspire Choir.

A collection will be taken on the night on behalf of the Projects .

To reserve your free ticket just click on the link below.

Luwero Digital Poster

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

13th Annual Youth Camp

The 13th annual youth camp took place recently and a full report on it, written by Ernie Bayton, is shown below.

We are grateful to the Lord for his goodness and for the many friends and supporters of the Luwero project who prayed for our 13th annual youth camp. The camp, attended by approximately 800 young people, was residential for most with a few daily visitors. Starting on Monday 9th it ended on Friday/Saturday 13th/14th with an all-night prayer meeting.

O Lord that you would bless me and enlarge my territories’ otherwise known as the ‘Prayer of Jabez’ (1 Ch 4:10) was the theme for the camp. To develop the theme, a series of 14 talks was delivered from the book of Joshua, which lent itself ideally to practical lessons about deepening, developing and extending our Christian commitment and effectiveness. One of the last teaching sessions was given at midnight on Friday night (no-one fell out of a window!).

This year a Kenyan brother, Peter Opolo (left), who met Gabriel 20 years ago when they both studied at Capernwray Bible School, also spoke at the camp. Peter works with young people. He complemented the teaching on Joshua by sharing a series from Ephesians. Other local speakers spoke at various sessions during the week. In addition to the plenary teaching sessions, camp activities included workshops, competitions, testimonies, quizzes, games, community work (where a team of 100 young people went out into the community and did practical work such as cutting back bushes, clearing rubbish, tidying up public areas, etc.).  There were door-to-door visitations in villages sharing the gospel, sports (which included basketball, netball and football competitions), films and talent contests, HIV/Aids testing and blood donor programmes.

Once again we were able to distribute Bibles either in Luganda or English for those not having their own. Each day commenced at 4.30 am with ‘Morning Glory’ and closed at 10.00 pm with lights out.

Gabriel and Deborah, as hosts for the week, had 27 teams of personnel each under the leadership of a local pastor responsible for the many activities required to run the camp such as registration, cooking, translation, dormitory provision, setting up and removing equipment, ushering, etc.

During the week many young people responded to the gospel invitation to accept Jesus as their Saviour.  Others rededicated their lives to the Lord and many were strengthened in their faith. We give God all the glory. Thank you again for your prayerful support.

Gabriel’s Itinerary in Europe

As you may be aware, Gabriel is currently in Germany for 3 weeks to meet with supporters. The German Trust has now been set up and is fully operational: it mirrors our UK organisation. We wish our German friends well as they continue to develop their own support base. It has been a privilege to be of some help to them establishing their own charitable foundation.

Later this month Gabriel will arrive in the UK to meet with supporters and update folk on the progress being made at the Project.  His itinerary is shown below.

UK Visit

25th to 30th October – Northern Ireland

3rd November (am) – Kirkliston

3rd to 6th November – East Kilbride

7th to 11th November – Worthing

14th November – Newmilns

15th to 16th November – Prestwick

17th November – Colne and NW England

22nd to 30th November – Northamptonshire

1st December – Board Meeting

2nd December – Motherwell

4th December – Leyland

7th December – Glasgow evening concert – Gabriel & Friends

8th December – Glasgow

13th to 18th December – Gairloch

Other dates and venues are under discussion. For local details regarding location, timing, contacts, etc. please contact the office via this website.

School News

The schools continue to thrive and the pupils are as busy as every.  The big news items are that the Senior 4 candidates began their final exams on Monday of this week and the Primary 7 candidates are going to be dedicated on Saturday this week because their finals are due next month.  The rest of the classes, both primary and secondary, are doing their mid-term exams.  Please pray that the pupils stay focused, work hard and gain the rewards of their endeavours.

 

Visitor News

The latest visitor to spend time at the Project was Stuart Wynne from Glasgow.  Stuart was studying aspects of the Project as part of his Honours dissertation for a degree in Geography and Economics at Glasgow University.  While he was there he interviewed approximately 20 people living and working in the Project and the local village to gain their perceptions of the value and impact of the work done by volunteers over the last few years.  He also helped out in various parts of the Project during his 2 week stay.

Luwero Calendars

Luwero 2020 calendars are now available.  Large calendars cost £9, small calendars cost £5. Please allow an allowance for postage and packing if required. Orders can be placed via the website.  They make a great stocking filler.  Order early to avoid disappointment!

 

13th Annual Youth Camp

13th Annual Youth Camp

Please find below Ernie Bayton’s report on this year’s Youth Camp

We are grateful to the Lord for his goodness and for the many friends and supporters of the Luwero Project who prayed for our 13th annual Youth Camp.The camp, attended by approximately 800 young people, was residential for most with a few daily visitors. Starting on Monday 9th it ended on Friday/Saturday 13th/14th with an all-night prayer meeting. Some delegates at one of the daily plenary sessions are pictured below.

O Lord that you would bless me and enlarge my territories’, otherwise known as the ‘Prayer of Jabez’ (V1 Ch 4:10) was the theme for the camp. To develop the theme, a series of 14 talks was delivered from the book of Joshua which lent itself ideally to practical lessons about deepening, developing and extending our Christian commitment and effectiveness. One of the last teaching sessions was given at midnight on Friday night (no-one fell out of a window!).

This year a Kenyan brother, Peter Opolo (left), who met Gabriel 20 years ago when they both studied at Capernwray Bible School, spoke at the camp. Peter works with young people. He complemented the teaching on Joshua by sharing a series from Ephesians. Other local speakers spoke at various sessions during the week. In addition to the plenary teaching sessions, camp activities included workshops (see below), competitions, testimonies, quizzes, games, community work (where a team of 100 young people went out into the community and did practical work such as cutting back bushes, clearing rubbish, tidying up public areas, etc.), door to door visitation in villages sharing the gospel, sports (which included basketball, netball and football competitions), films and talent contests, HIV/Aids testing and blood donor programmes.

Once again, we were able to distribute Bibles either in Luganda or English to those without their own copy.  Each day commenced at 4.30 am with ‘Morning Glory’ and closed at 10.00 pm with lights out.  Gabriel and Deborah, as hosts for the week, had 27 teams of personnel, each under the leadership of a local pastor responsible for the many activities required to run the camp; such as registration, cooking, translation, dormitory provision, setting up and removing equipment, ushering, etc.  During the week, many young people responded to the gospel invitation to accept Jesus as their Saviour.  Others rededicated their lives to the Lord and many were strengthened in their faith. We give God all the glory. Thank you again for your prayerful support.

Ernie Bayton

13th Annual Youth Camp

August Newsletter

Annual Youth Camp

The 13th annual Youth Camp is scheduled for 9th to 14th September. This year’s theme is, ‘O Lord, enlarge my borders’ (1 Chronicles 4:10; The Prayer of Jabez); the theme is being developed with a series of studies on the life of Joshua.

The camp, as in previous years, is residential and will include workshops, sports, games, competitions, choirs, health programmes and community involvement. The speakers shown on the poster will be at the camp on various days, teaching, leading and running the all week’s programmes.

Gabriel has predicted that 1200 young folk – between the ages of 14 and 35 – will be in attendance.  Most of the delegates will be residential although some will attend daily.  Most will come from across Uganda, the others will travel from Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan.

The camp will be advertised on local radio as well as through churches and locally displayed posters .

Ernie Bayton will again be speaking at 12-15 sessions including workshops over the 6 days. He will be joined this year by Peter Apolo, a Kenyan pastor and friend of Gabriel, whom he met when studying at Capernwray Bible School in Cumbria.   Peter plans to speak and lead a series of studies on the book of Ephesians

Thirty students from the ICCU (International Christian College, Uganda will attend at the same time as the youth camp but have their own programme led by local pastors.

Recent Visitors

Some of you may already be aware of the work done at the Project by the recent visitors from East Kilbride in Scotland.  During their two-week stay they achieved the following:

  • dental examinations and oral checks for all the pupils and many of the local villagers,
  • preparation of the senior boys’ dormitory to make it fit for habitation,
  • installation of sports courts – basketball, netball and volleyball courts
  • teaching of handicrafts in the vocational college – knitting and sewing,
  • teaching in the primary and secondary schools.
  • a pictorial overview of all the aspects of the Project.

If you would like to read about their visit in more detail, visit the News section of the website and take a look at the photographs in the new Luwero in Pictures section.

Gabriel Will Be Visiting Supporters

Gabriel plans to visit Germany and the UK this autumn. He will be in Germany for the first three weeks in October and in the UK during the last week in October through to mid-December. His UK itinerary is currently being planned and will include visits to Worthing, Northamptonshire, North West England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Anyone wanting Gabriel to visit their area should contact the office via the website.

 

The New Wells

Last August I reported that Luwero, like the UK, had experienced a shortage of rain and that some of the wells in the community had dried up.   I am delighted to inform you that the 2 new wells drilled over the summer months are working well and yielding a steady supply of fresh, clean water.  In addition, the recent rainfalls mean that the existing well outside the clinic is working well too.

School News

School pupils are busy preparing for their end of term exams. The school term finishes on 24th August and recommences at the end of September.

2020 Luwero Calendars

2020 Luwero Calendars will be available from October this year.  Details will be included in the next Newsletter.  As usual, copies can be ordered via the office.

Visitors from East Kilbride

Visitors from East Kilbride

We gathered in East Kilbride on the morning of Tuesday 2nd of July excited at the prospect of journeying together to Luwero via Edinburgh Airport, Istanbul Airport, Kigali in Rwanda and on to our ultimate destination of Entebbe Airport.  Little did we know what the journey had in store for us.

We were aware that the turnaround at Istanbul Airport was tight, just over 90 minutes, but were primed to make it work.  We were delighted to find that the gate we landed at was the same gate we were to depart from, meaning we did not have to negotiate the airport and the time pressure just disappeared.  As it turned out, the plane we had just disembarked from was to be the same plane we would be flying in for the remainder of our journey.

The onward flight passed without incident until we arrived at Entebbe Airport.  Imagine our horror when we discovered that our 40 cases had been removed from the plane at Istanbul and not put back on.  This was the same aeroplane remember!  We spend a total of 3 additional hours in the arrivals area completing forms individually to identify our luggage.  Having been told that it would be 2 days before we could be reunited with our luggage, we then engaged in a “full and frank exchange of views” with the manager and received an assurance that we would get them the following afternoon.  We were not happy. 

Deborah had arrived an hour early to meet us along with some others to help with the luggage.  She began to think that we had missed the flight until we managed to contact her via text message.  We eventually set off for Luwero for the 3 hour journey to the Project.

Our welcome was everything we expected and it was a delight to be back among Gabriel and his team.  Half of the party had been before and knew what to expect but the folk visiting for the first time were overwhelmed by the warmth of our reception.

Despite the assurance of the office manager at Entebbe, it took 2 days for 39 of the cases to arrive and 3 days for the last one.  Deborah managed to produce clothes for us to wear until our own arrived.

We had negotiated with Gabriel that we would undertake 6 main projects whilst we were in Luwero;

  • Dental examinations and oral checks,
  • Preparation of the senior boys’ dormitory to make it fit for habitation,
  • Installation of sports courts,
  • Teaching of handicrafts, knitting and sewing,
  • Teaching in the primary and secondary schools.
  • A pictorial overview of all the aspects of the Project.

I am delighted to report that we were very successful on all fronts.

Callum, our dentist, became a celebrity during our visit as he had a constant stream of patients from the school and the village of Kiryanyonza.  He worked tirelessly during our stay, supported by a variety of helpers, particularly Nurse Rose, who organised all the patients, and Gerard from the local hospital who acted as translator for some of the local villagers.  During the time he was there he extracted 427 teeth from 380 patients!  He reckons this is more “detoothing” than he has done in his practice in the last decade.  Callum hopes to put in place a series of yearly visits involving himself and  his colleagues from the practice, to ensure that the improvements in dental health will be sustained.

 

The major physical project was the preparation of the boys’ dormitory.  The first floor has been constructed but was only completed to a rough finish.  The dormitory comprises 4 rooms – a Housemaster’s room, two large dormitory rooms with shower blocks and a large store.  Roughly 80 metres long, it was to be a major undertaking to get it ready on time for its official opening on the Monday before we left.   The work comprised scraping and sandpapering the entire inside and outside of the building and the windows to get it to a level of finish where it could be whitewashed to reveal if it was ready for filling and painting.  Around a dozen of us worked all day for 8 days to scrape, sandpaper, apply 2 coats of whitewash, sand again and apply the final undercoat so that the painters could apply the final finishing coats.   It was extremely dirty, dusty, hot work – but we managed to persevere and get it completed.  You can see the transformation of the building in the accompanying photographs.

In our interactions with the schools we had a team of 3 secondary school Geography teachers who worked collaboratively with colleagues from Luwero Community Secondary School to plan and deliver a series of lessons on climate and weather.  All the teachers felt the benefit of the exercise and the pupils engaged well with the topics.  In the primary school, our Primary HT Julie worked closely with Headteacher Harriet to plan and deliver learning to the lower primary pupils.  The areas of similarity and difference were fertile discussion points for the two ladies.

Perhaps the most obvious difference to the appearance of the Project was to be seen in its sports facilities.  When we arrived, these consisted of a football pitch and an area for playing netball.  During the course of the 2 weeks the outside games area was transformed.  During this time we managed to measure out and line full-size basketball, netball and volleyball courts.  The netball hoops were replaced with regulation-sized hoops and the stands painted – one in Scottish colours and one in Ugandan colours.  With the help of several of the upper primary and secondary boys, we managed to dig and lay foundations for new volleyball posts and new basketball stands.  We had brought over new basketball hoops and nets and a new volleyball net.  Erecting the posts and stands involved us working late into the evening by the light of headlamps and arc lights to get the posts concreted into position and supported whilst the concrete dried.  Once dried, the backboards were painted with a Saltire and Ugandan flag to emphasise our partnership.  The new sports facilities are the envy of all other schools and the basketball court is the only full-sized, fully equipped one in the county.   The pupils were ecstatic about the few facilities and were putting them to good use whilst we were there.  Teacher Joel, the sports master, was particularly pleased, as this adds a whole new dimension to the sports curriculum within the secondary school.

The vocational college sprung to life upon our arrival as we had three experienced sewers and knitters within our party.  We had arranged with Gabriel to have sewing machines serviced and ready in one of the college rooms and this became a base for both teaching the pupils and training a few members of staff how to deliver teaching once we had gone.  Our philosophy was to leave a legacy and not just provide a brief distraction.  The boys and girls were shown how to cut out from patterns and sew the parts together using the machines.  The biggest hit of the handicrafts, however, was the pompoms that the pupils could create quickly and easily.  At times the class was inundated with boys and girls all making pompoms.  Thread, material and wool have all been left to allow the initiative to progress in our absence under the stewardship of the staff members.

Prior to the visit, I had been asked by Ernie Bayton to take pictures of all the aspects of the Project so that folk who have not been can visit the website and see the aspects for themselves.  I have taken the pictures and they will be shown in galleries on a new section being added to the website. 

I would like to express the gratitude of all our group to the people who supported us financially and in prayer to allow us to visit and return safely.