We are serving the farmers of Uganda...
We work under Equip Canada, a registered Canadian charitable organisation that assists the local church in ministries to the poor. We work with rural farmers teaching them a life changing curriculum called Farming God's Way. Check out our links to our web page and to the various organizations we are associated with.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Well friends it has been some time since we sent you all an update about how life is going here back at home in Uganda. We have been very busy thus the long gap between proper updates. I have had two seminars lately that have kept me busy but have been very fruitful and exciting. We ran two identical Farming God's Way (FGW)Seminars in two consecutive weeks at the begining of February. I am now planning and preparing for a slightly more extensive seminar in Mbarara in mid March.
These initial FGW seminars are aimed at what we call FGW champions who are basically church leaders and people involved in Agriculture with an NGO or are community leaders in Agriculture. These Chamions are our real reprasentatives who will take the message of the Kingdom and how it affects every area of life -- including farming, to their organisations,churches and communites. So far in the three breif seminars we have trained about 90 people from well over 30 0rganisations and Churches. FGW training material provides a spiritual base for why we do the technical part and emphasises good management which can only really be a bi-product of a life transformed by God Himself.
In addition to the training coming up in Mbarara Chris is hoping to carry on from there to Rwanda and Burundi and possibly Congo. Teh plan is to run at least one seminar in each location. We have friends in Rwanda and Burundi who will host us. Please pray for direction and guidance as we consider going to these countries. It wil be lots of traveling and about two weeks apprat from the family.
ASide from work we have had some health struggles -- the boys have been mostly healthy since returning to uganda in October until recently almost all of them had malaria at the same time. Jane has struggled wuite abit with morning sickness and also had a severe sinus infection which finally seems to be clearing up finally after seeing speciallist in Kampala.
We have also been sorting out our work visas which has been quite a headache as we have three classed of visas in our family and they are all come due at varying times with varying processes. In addition to this Uganda is now asking that foreigners need to have a security letter from the RCMP. This,as we found out after quite a bit of research is also another big long process including getting fingerprinted here in Uganda and mailing it off to Ottawa and waiting up to four months for a result. Also the visas are now all in Dollars and are more pricey thatn they used to be (almost double in most cases).
Recently we had the pleasure of having future Equip Missionary Cindy Benda at our home for about a week. Cindy had come out to scout the land as she prepares to join the Equip team here in Jinja. We will now have the Boones, Cindy and ourselves working here in Jinja. Cindy is a retired nurse from the US army and was a sergeant at the end of her career. She grew up in Eastern Congo so she remembers visitng Western Uganda and even Kampala as a child. She will be working mostly in community health and most likely serving alongside the Boones and ourselves in programs focused on prevention and education.
The boys are doing well with Andrew and Tugume having just started their school year at the nearby school and Kenny and Albert working their schoolwork at home; they are studying the Canadian Curriculum and are attached to the Abbotsford School District Distance Learning program.