I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has been faithful to provide continued growth and momentum in many areas of church life where our missions, vision and passion continue to be knowing Christ and making Him known.
The River of God primary school (our orphanage school) teaches preschool through Primary Seven and is running smoothly. Current enrollment is 286, with 119 children receiving free education. We thank the Lord for this project, which not only responds to the education problem, but is also a key tool for evangelism. Every Thursday all of the children assemble for Chapel services where several have given their lives to Jesus!
Kerith Children’s Home currently serves 23 children. Each day we see that they are growing physically, spiritually, and academically.
During the second quarter, we were able to construct a poultry house and plan to raise 200 birds. This project is geared toward supplementing Kerith Ministry income and adding to the diet of the children living in our children’s home.The recent harvest of maize will help to reduce food expenses. The piggery is also growing and now includes several goats and many pigs.
The children also help in farm work when they are not in school. This has helped them learn practical agricultural skills, which is important since Uganda is primarily based on an agricultural economy.
We began construction of a health center at the end of 2013. Phase I of the work has been completed. Community Health Outreach held two days of health clinics and over 200 people were treated for malaria, gastric ulcers, cough and flu, sight defects, and ear infections. We also offered health education on hygiene and sanitation.
This outreach has built innovative partnerships with community members through a wide variety of health and wellness programs, health talks, and chronic disease management services. It has also helped to promote a good working relationship between the ministry and the government because of the willingness of government health workers to treat the patients.
EVANGELISM AND CHURCH PLANTING
I hold firm to a belief that little can bond and unify a church community like corporate worship. Sunday services are incredibly special times in the life of our church.
Ministry to college-aged people has been a focal point over the last several months. We held services for St. Stevens College, Kasodo Technical Institute, and Pallisa Community School, and 231 students gave their lives to Jesus!
Our ministry recently started a new church in Osupa Village. The church now has about 75 members.
A Man Up conference was held in May and over 130 men participated. We are grateful to the Man Up team from the United States that came to help teach men about Jesus.
Through our partners, the community of Osupa was provided a borehole. This borehole has reduced the number of people served by the Kerith Children’s Home borehole and reduced the distance community members have to travel for safe and clean water.
- At present, only 3 of the 23 orphans cared for by Kerith Ministry have sponsors. Please pray that God will provde additional sponsors.
- We face a challenge of finishing the school with windows and doors costing $1,800.
- The Kerith Health Center needs to be completed with flooring, paint, furniture, and other medical equipment costing $4,500.
- We need a motorcycle for transportation to help in coordinating and supervising ministry activities costing $1,450.
- We are holding an evangelism crusade in August and ask you to pray for God’s hand to manifest, for clear weather, and for God’s provision. Finally, please pray for the new converts that God will establish them in His word.
We love you so much and are thankful for every support given to this ministry. Please know that we pray for you. My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.