June 25, 2020 - Uganda
"...with your blood, you purchased for God, persons from every tribe and language - Rev. 5:9 NIV
Last week, we spoke or met with over 200 pastors and congregants representing several tribes and languages who received a Bible this year. Most had never owned a personal Bible because the price is a month's income or more.
VOICES RECEIVING A BIBLE EARLIER THIS YEAR
- Okware Robert, 39 years old, was born blind and is married with six children. He received his first Bible in February in his language, Lugandan. His sixth grade daughter reads to him what the pastor has said in church and now, "I will mature in the knowledge of Jesus and serve Him."
- Kirabira Geturide, 84 years old, is now reading her first Bible in Lugandan. She has been going to church for the last 62 years without a Bible. She is "Happy to own her own Bible for the first time."
- Blind lady - "I can't read because I am blind. My grandchild reads to me. This is one of the happiest moments in my life to hear the Bible read in my home. I love to hear the Bible stories of how God spoke to others. And now another generation is reading and hearing the Word of God."
- Chairman of a Church Association - "These Bibles came as the church stopped meeting physically. Those who received the Bibles now have God speaking to them through His Word"...despite not being able to attend church because of COVID.
- 89 year old retired pastor - For 50 years of serving as pastor, he never had a Bible in his language, Samia. Recently, the Lusamia Lugwe Bible was introduced. Now, he reads the Bible in his own language and teaches it to his grandchildren.
- A Christian for 40 years - "I listened to pastor each Sunday. Now I can read what the pastor is preaching from and correct him when he is preaching what is not written in the Bible. When you have the Word of God in your hand, you can understand the right words of God."
The Talking Bible - 22% of Ugandan pastors are illiterate, as well as many in their congregations.
We want these people to hear the Word of God in their own language.
We are partnering with Talking BIbles to bring solar and battery powered audio Bibles to those who are hungry for God's Word in Africa but cannot afford an audio Bible.
The Talking Bible gives non-readers the chance to learn about God.
Talking Bibles can reach many who would never otherwise hear God's Word in their language.
Help us invest in every tribe and every African tongue who needs to hear the Word of God
- pray for funds to provide these audio Bible
- donate $50 to help to purchase 400 Talking Bibles which we should be in country by September. Donate to Africa Bible Project at the Disciple Makers Network via credit card or check designating the gift as "Bibles."
(Disciple Makers Network is a tax exempt non-profit, which supports Christian ministries which advance the Gospel around the world. 100% of all contributions designated for use to support ministers are sent to the mission field.)
"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Do you see yourself as God sees you?
God created you to be His image-bearer. Our work is a reflection of who God is. When you see yourself as God sees you, you can best steward what God has placed before you. What does that look like in your daily work?
Poverty can focus work to one main goal...food for today
In Africa, many have heard and responded to the Gospel message. But, for the poor, pressing life issues can make it hard to focus on living out the Gospel.
Hossana offers a hand up and a model for Bible-based businesses
The Hossana Bible-based Community Development Model encourages existing entrepreneurs who need a hand up. Hossana finds Christians who are capable of growing their business, hiring others, and sharing the Gospel. This model supports the work of the church as Christians go about their daily work.
Weekly meetings - learn, share and grow
Hossana meets weekly with each partner to discuss their business and show them how to connect their business to the Gospel. As Christian business entrepreneurs are empowered and uplifted, they build strong, high-trust relationships that allows them to share their Hope in Christ, because people listen and take what they have to say seriously.
See four women below tell their story of how Hossana has helped them.
May 25, 2020 - Report on Food Relief for Uganda
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ - Matthew 25
Voices from Recipients of Food
- One of the old women had been sleeping hungry. But she was reading the Bible every day asking Him to provide. She said, "God answered my prayers by giving me food today". She thanked God and the team that brought the flour to the church.
- Mama Agutu, Mama Agelina and Mama Nafula, aged 75, 73, and 82, wear improvised face masks receiving food. Site of Bible distribution in February 2020.
- Some at Bugobi Baptist Church said they appreciated the support of food as they had no food. "We could only take water to our children and pray for what would happen the next day".
A few weeks ago, many generously gave for those in need in Uganda!
AND they are so thankful that you did!!
Over 1500 families were given food.
Here is a sampling those who received food:
- Grace and Thomas parents died of HIV and left them with 9 siblings. They received food for their family of 11.
- Mzee Olowa, aged 96, said he slept two nights without food and this distribution was God rescuing him.
- Mama Atieno and Mama Martha, aged 76 and 72, said that life was becoming unbearable but now God has given them a life line.
"Our church and pastor do extend our sincere appreciation to you for your generosity towards this noble donation. We continue to be together in the Spirit as the Body of Christ praying for one another that God's will be done. God bless you for the sake of His Kingdom."
"We the pastors of the association of pastors of Tororo North with great pleasure would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation for the donation of food....It is indeed a great blessing to have food for our stomach as we continue to nurture our spiritual lives. May the great Lord continue to bless you."
From Kidera, we "...appreciate...the donation of food...This food will help us reach out to the very needy and hungry members within our reach and church."
Mavuneo...This is to appreciate your ministry for the food provided to us by you, at such a time as this when we really needed it. This will go a long way feeding hungry family members."
How was the food distributed?
For each area where we distributed Bibles, we contacted all the pastors and asked for the names of those really needing food. From the list of Bible recipients, we selected up to 100 to 150 families per site.
The rice or posho was purchased from a seller of grain, who is a member of the Hosannah Bible-Based Community Project.
Trucks were loaded with bags of either rice or posho. Each family of four was given 20 to 35 pounds bags to feed them for at least a week).
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done." Proverbs 19:17
April 17, 2020 - Uganda COVID-19 Emergency Appeal
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done." Proverbs 19:17
UGANDAN PASTORS' VOICES
"We are elevated from the pan to the fireplace!"
"We are singing to our children to make them sleep when we are nearing former dinner time as we have nothing to feed them."
COVID-19 EMERGENCY APPEAL
We are in regular contact with church pastors, regional Christian organizations and national ministries in Uganda. They are sharing the disruption caused by COVID-19 virus.
In Uganda, the rural church tithe is usually less than $3 per week if that. And churches can't meet now. And regardless of COVID or not all rural pastors must work to feed their family. And work is hard to find now.
With COVID-19 lockdown, their congregation and others in the village are looking to them daily for spiritual and physical support. Now more than ever these pastors need to feed their flock as shepherds. As well as feed their own family.
They do not have a safety net of savings or now the luxury of a job. My friends of many years, Pastors Monday Bernard and Okumu David, will ensure that your prayer, or your gift will reach a pastor in dire need.
I wish you could meet these pastors and hear their hearts for Christ. They echo Paul's:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair...not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed...For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body...Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
YOU CAN HELP OUR UGANDAN PARTNERS IN THE GOSPEL IN THREE WAYS
- encourage them by sending a written prayer by replying to this email. Your prayer will go out to hundreds of pastors who have received Bibles for their church.
- pray for them now and then reply to this email that you have prayed. We will tell these pastors how many have prayed for them. They believe prayer goes to our God who hears and acts.
- make a gift to Africa Bible Project Meals Appeal by donating to the Disciple Makers Network via credit card or check designating the gift as "Africa Meals". $1 feeds one person two meals each day. $10 feeds a family of 10 two meals for one day. $210 feeds a family of 10 for the next three weeks. The funds will go to selected pastors involved in Bible distribution based on the need.
If you would like to support these meals electronically via credit card, you may use the "Donate" button below, which will take you to Disciple Makers Network which is our partner in collecting funding for the project. Indicate "Africa MEALS."
If you prefer Snail Mail, please make your tax deductible check to: Disciple Makers Network. Send the check to: Disciple Makers Network, PO Box 770902, Memphis, TN 38177. Please indicate in the memo line: "Africa - MEALS"
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Below are messages I received on April 2-3, from Africans concerned about the lost in Africa based on reading Paul's message (Philippians 1) from a prison in Rome.
God continues to sustain us amidst the hopelessness of the situation around us. We too daily pray…that out of this, a gospel explosion will result. Many in Africa have resorted to…running to God more than ever before...with cries for prayer.
God willing, I hope to be given 30 minutes of free air on one of the Christian Radio stations in Kampala to give devotions and messages of encouragement. I thank God for such an opportunity even though I will have to walk for about 45 minutes before reaching the station due to a Government ban on movement. All the same I look forward to the opportunity and challenge.
- Executive Director Scripture Union Uganda
April 3, 2020 - African day of prayer
"The heart of man plans his way but the LORD establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9 GNB
Most countries in Africa have begun draconian lockdown measures. Banning travel in vehicles with few exceptions. Food is being restocked but slowly. Those living hand to mouth are finding it harder and harder to find food or pay for food.
The United Bible Societies of Africa, the Baptist Union of Uganda and many other groups representing every country in Africa have called for prayer for Africa on April 3rd.
Please consider joining in prayer with the following suggested format:
In ten villages in five days in Uganda, we distributed 2,378 Bibles and trained 2,444 Christians to read God's Word.
February 15 - Weak but Strong in Christ
Morning Distribution - Bugubi, Uganda
In Bugobi, the church is packed. The roads here were a places impassable except for going around peoples property. This place was picked because it is very rural, away from towns, relatively weak and poor.
Hi, I'm Mike. We at the Africa Bible Project believe that Bibles are a necessary tool in the Life of every African Christian.
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