At last we’ve been able to find time to send news and photos. We arrived in Mbale late evening last Sunday 12th Jan and have had 10-12 hour days ever since! Some of the group have already visited Women’s Groups to see various projects including: Rainwater Harvesting Tanks, Reusable Sanitary Pads and Micro Finance Projects – including one group who are 2.5 hours drive away near the border to Kenya and who have never had ‘Muzungus’ visit before!
We have visited individual people in their homes and heard heart wrenching stories and been inspired by their pride, dignity and complete trust in God.
The “Children’s Conference” has been a huge success – 70 secondary school young people (aged 15-24! ) have had amazing teaching on topics such as modern day slavery, career guidance, sex education, stress and bereavement with each session grounded in scripture. They all loved our craft activities and some of our group couldn’t believe that young men and women of this age would have so much fun making loom band bracelets and necklaces! Their patience and artistic creativity was wonderful to see with the scratch card calendars!
Three young people gave their lives to Christ at the Conference, including 1 Muslim boy, and UWCM will put them in touch with their local churches for ongoing support and guidance.
So we have all had an amazing first week and we are off to visit Sakiya prayer and porridge and a wedding later today!
Terry Game, Bridget Withell, Sarah Parker, Graham Roberts,
Carolyn Waite, Penny Sims, Pete & Janelle O’Keeffe