Programme update March 2008
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13 – 16th March Collin and team training in IDP Camp Tororo
19th March Fiona Lex and family arrive for holiday
21 -23rd March Alex and team to Gulu.
28th March – 16th April Kenyan INDA team visit Gulu
14/18 April KEST Preaching conference. Final session.
24th April ? Alex to Le Pelgrim in Belgium
13 – 16th May Uganda Youth Forum National Conference in Kampala
23rd May – 10th July Ian in UK and Belgium
29th July – 15th August Christians in Schools Team (CIST) visit Uganda and work
with YEA team.
The following news is based on a conversation with Ian this afternoon –
apologies that this will be summarised by me rather than reports direct from the
team this time!
TORORO IDP CAMP.
Collin and YEA team have visited the temporary IDP camp for the Kenyans based
just over the border in Tororo on a number of occasions over the last few weeks.
They were invited by World Vision to help organise youth activities in the camp.
Teachers and youth workers from within the camp were gathered together to form a
youth team and a Youth Information Tent has been set up. The YEA team have
undertaken a mixture of training in youthwork, lifeskills, Sunday School
training, and health education, with a view to this being self-sustaining in the
future. The situation in Kenya seems to be settling and it is hoped that the
displaced people will be able to return soon.
GULU – YEA + INDA TEAMS
Alex and the YEA team will be going to Gulu over the Easter weekend to take on
the work that the Kenya INDA team were to have done and that could not be
Now that the Kenyan security issues have eased, from 28th March to 16th April
the Kenya INDA team will go to Gulu to work mainly in the IDP camps with the
young people and children.
There are 40 Kenyan high school leavers in the INDA team headed up by Pastor
Kip. They will be spending 2 days at the Kampala YEA HQ (Ian and Collin’s home)
en route to Gulu for orientation, staying in a mixture of accommodation in the
house, tents in the compound and friends houses locally. Annette, one of the YEA
team who has recently finished her education and wants to study to be a hotel
manager, is responsible for the catering – Ian comments it is like preparing for
an army exercise – 40 is a large team!
Christopher in Gulu has found a vacant house with a compound for their
accommodation whilst there. They will be self-catering – again with Annette’s
help. The Kenyan team are self-funding so on a very restricted budget.
They will return to the YEA HQ for two days for debrief at the end of their time
PARTNERSHIP WITH BAPTIST UNION UGANDA YOUTH TEAM.
Collin has been in discussion with the BUU for some while as they invited YEA to
provide training for their youth teams. Training is now set to go ahead in
various parts of the country.
BMS Action Teams – BMS have been restricting where their youth action teams can
work in Uganda and it has been suggested that Ian may visit BMS HQ in Didcot
whilst in the UK to update the BMS on the current security situation in Uganda.
IAN’S UK VISIT
Ian is now booked onto a SN Brussels flight on 23rd May arriving in Heathrow
10.10am. He will get on a train and be in Bognor in time for a late lunch.
He is flying back on 10th July at “some unearthly hour in the morning”, from
Heathrow, connecting in Brussels like last year. It is hoped that Zach can book
on the same flight so that they can fly together. It is also hoped that Alex
will return from Belgium to Uganda and meet up with them on the flight from
Ian will be spending some time with his family, some time in Bognor Regis and
also in Belgium plus other visits where possible. He needs the use of a car
between 18th June and 1st July, so if you can help provide this, please see me.
They are quite frustrated about this at the moment as they have been very near
to completion for some time but have met with delays. As they have now spent the
funds raised they plan to make a list of specific things for a final fundraising
event to complete the equipping of the campsite. However, it could be open for
small groups almost immediately.
The current vehicle has recently been serviced and the bodywork attended to so
it is prepared for work again!
The possible second vehicle is now in the line of containers that have been
backing up at Mombassa port unable to move due to the recent Kenyan conflict.
Silver has the documents and is waiting for a call to go to the border to meet
the container so that it can enter Uganda. On arrival in Kampala, it will
initially go into a Bonded Warehouse where Silver can inspect it. If this
vehicle is not thought to be suitable for them, they will immediately search for
another one as the money has now been raised so they can act quickly if
something comes up.
The internet and email situation have been “horrendous” and they have been once
more emailing from internet cafes. However, this morning Ian discovered that the
problem may not be their computer or modem as MTN has had a serious problem for
a week. He is now hopeful that once the service provider has rectified their
problem, all will be connected and working again.
General cost of living has stabilised now to about 10% above what it was before
the Kenyan troubles. Fuel is available now and down in price too but not back to
normal and is very expensive upcountry. However, electricity is now three times
more expensive than before and is apparently the most expensive in Africa.
They are experiencing big thunderstorms in the night at the moment with
lightening and heavy downpours of rain from about 2am all through the night.
This makes sleeping difficult when you have a tin roof! It is fine during the
day and everything is green again.
As mentioned last month, the invitations and opportunities for the YEA ministry
continue to grow. More leaders are emerging to take additional responsibility
and the volunteer team is growing. Much of the day to day work is funded by the
monthly budget we send over, funds raised by the volunteers and supporters in
Uganda, and contributions from the churches they visit. In addition, our Belgium
partners are regularly contributing to the work. However, there is still need to
support the volunteers by sponsoring them for the bigger trips. We give thanks
that the immediate needs have now been covered by gifts over the last month but
continue to pray for regular donations for future work.
We praise God for the generous giving that has enabled us to raise the money
that is expected to be required for a second vehicle.
PLEASE PRAY for Alex’s preparation and financial provision to spend time in
Belgium. His application for a Shengen visa can take 4 – 6 weeks to process and
he is unable to book a flight until his visa is granted. The Shengen visa also
stipulates a specific health insurance that is expensive. They are meeting with
Pastor Andrew of KBC this week.
Pray too for wisdom in planning, safety in travelling, and health and strength
for all the teams.
Thelma Edwards, 16th March 2008.