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Report on Visit to Hoima, Summer '08
by Prosper     

The Hoima mission was one of the most successful ones we’ve had in a long time. It was not exactly what we accomplished or harvested but the seeds we sowed and the prospects of future harvests that was most encouraging about it.

 

We left for Hoima as a three-man team of Ian as the leader, Zach and I on a Sunday afternoon. After driving through two big storms in a 3-hour journey, our hosts collected us at a guesthouse and from then onwards, every thing was surely showing God’s own hand in our entire stay.

 

We were taken to the Bishop of Hoima Diocese’s house where we spent the 5 days. Apart from the luxury of brushing shoulders with the Bishop himself, we were treated to a very comfortable stay in a fully furnished and self-contained house.

Our work started on the Monday morning when we went to the first parish. We were fortunate to have the company of three youths from Hoima Diocese to help us with the translation. Gordon, Nathan and Carol are university and tertiary going youths. This means that they have a very good command of the English language. Our aim was to work with them side by side, showing them how things are done so that they can do the same as the week goes on and after we leave as well. This we achieved because they handled some of the sessions ably as the week went on.

Our first day was quite a challenging one. This was because we were still adapting to the style of doing things in a completely new environment. However it was not long til we picked up pace. We took the youth through sessions of; Modern Culture vs Traditional Culture, Peer Pressure, Moving from a Follower to a Role Model and others. We handled the same topics in four more parishes through the week

 


A time of worship before the start of one
of the sessions.

We played various relay games including sack races, three legged races and wheelbarrow races

 

STRENGTHS

Enthusiasm of the teachers, youth and youth leaders; our style of teaching was new to the region and worked out to be more effective than the ordinary class setting methods since ours is more interactive. We were welcomed with a lot of excitement in all the places and we were asked to come back in the next school break.

The fact that we were doing the same teaching in different places in the week, we kept getting better and at what we were doing and how we were doing it. We got the opportunity to make notes on the character traits of the youths that enabled us make adjustments where needed. Our delivery kept changing from place to place according to the specific group we were dealing with and the observations we made.

Support from the Church Of Uganda and local Church leaders; with all the differences between the different religious denominations in Uganda, it was encouraging how the Anglican church welcomed us and took care of us for all the days we were in Hoima. We had both physical and material support extended to us; physical in the form of manpower and material in the form of accommodation and feeding expenses during our stay.

CHALLENGES.

Games and sports culture is very low in most of these areas. The youth are so used to the classroom and church settings that they found it very hard to join in the games. Some thought the games were designed for the younger youth only while others just didn’t understand the reason behind the games. The games were educative, competitive and some physical. So there was something for everyone. There was always a message behind them, so those who did not want to participate missed out.

Openness and self-esteem issues are a problem, so there was limited discussion. Most of the youth are used to sitting in church and listening to preachers talk to them while they listen so it was very hard to get them out of this mindset and talking in the discussion groups. The interaction and response even in the teaching sessions was low especially in the morning sessions; they usually opened up as the day went on leaving us with little time to get to talk personally.


A competition we used to begin the session on peer pressure, called ‘biggest balloon’.

 

Some places were more populated with children and adults instead of youth because of miscommunication. It was a challenge balancing and adapting the teaching to suit the big range of age differences. Some parents sent all the children while some churches had the older youth and youth leaders attending the teachings as well. We had prepared for a youth conference with lessons directed specifically to youth, so it was hard to incorporate the children and adults in the teachings so that they would not feel left out. We could not send them home so we just had to improvise and make adjustments to suit everyone.

Distance apart between the different parishes of operation was also quite a challenge. The mobility and accessibility in such places was a challenge since we were operating during a rainy season. Moving from one place to another just as the youth are just picking up interest and getting comfortable with us was an issue. A few of the youths attended more that one day in the next parishes for better understanding and more interaction with us, but most could not. More time to develop relationships would have been helpful.

OPPORTUNITIES.

After the week in Hoima, we were asked to do another of the same teachings in different parishes early next year, preferably January. We will therefore get the opportunity to spread the good news in new areas. We will also get the opportunity to initiate and demonstrate our teaching methods to another part of Hoima. We will go most probably as a two-man team this time. This will help us give more chance to the youth leaders that we will be working with to practically try out what we do.

We also have a great opportunity as YEA of building a strong partnership with the Hoima Diocese. The Diocese seemed very interested in us extending our work in all the different parishes of Hoima. We can therefore work hand in hand with the local parish and diocese youth leaders to encourage youth discipleship.

 


YEA-Tigers Club Street Children’s Project Discipleship Camps -Collin Muwonge

From the 8th-11th of August 2008, YEA in conjunction with CIST, a UK based trust that had sent a team over to work with YEA in Uganda hosted a group of 24 boys together with 3 of their guardians. These boys were between the ages of 10 and 16 years.

These boys are from an organisation called the Tigers Club, a Retrak project in Uganda. Uganda has about 2.3 million children at risk in different ways. This organisation in particular takes care of street children and tries to rehabilitate them.

If they can't go back home, this organisation tries to get them into foster families. In the process, the organisation tries to expose them to Biblical principles and values like discipleship and mentorship.

YEA, through its Youth at risk program, partners with this street children’s project in specifically helping to introduce Christian character principles as well as lifeskills to these youth. These young people have lived on the streets of Kampala and the neighbouring slums for most of their lives, been involved in drug taking and trafficking, probably been imprisoned at tender ages etc.

YEA has interfaced with close to 3000 youth at risk

The Tigers Club boys were hosted by YEA and its volunteers at the YEA discipleship campsite in Entebbe. The boys were really excited because most had never actually spent a night in a tent! Throughout the time they spent at the campsite, YEA tried as much as it could to keep providing a balanced meal to the young boys.

The objective of the teaching sessions was to introduce these youth to the Bible and Christian living.

Andrew, the team leader of the UK based CIST charity taught on the following themes;

  • Knowing who God is; by doing this, the boys are more willing to appreciate what God has done for them throughout their lives. After this, the next step is-
  • Loving God; It’s far easier to love someone you know than one you don't. By loving God, the boys would learn more how to love one another despite all that they may have gone through or been caused to go through.
  • Serving God; This was the last topic that the team handled, it’s aim was to challenge the boys to serve God through serving the body of Christ i.e. each other, and to emphasise this the boys had the opportunity to exercise this by taking turns in doing the chores at the campsite

They were also introduced to relationship building and interaction through the sports program and the small group discussions in which they expounded more on what had been taught earlier, which they enjoyed very much.

The feedback from the boys is that they greatly benefited from the teaching sessions and having time off at the campsite, away from everything.

The camp was a success and YEA will be facilitating many more camps with Tigers Club in the near future.

 
  YEA in partnership with Compassion International projects

Discipleship camps at the YEA campsite

Compassion is a Christian ministry looking after disadvantaged children and youth in Uganda and round the world. They aim to address physical poverty, social poverty and spiritual poverty among their beneficiaries.

Many Compassion centres however have needs in responding to the spiritual growth needs of their children and youth.

YOUTHWORX- East Africa, working through the local churches, is a partner with Compassion International projects in responding to the social and spiritual needs of the young people.

We use discipleship camps and practical integral mission opportunities to spur the youth into responsible Christian living, spiritual maturity and discipleship.

Over the past month we have had 3 discipleship camps at the unfinished YEA campsite in Entebbe. We had close to 200 youth for all the 3 weeks

A lot of finances were invested into getting the campsite ready for the big groups and YEA volunteer team members stayed on site helping with getting everything ready. The YEA core team undertook the teaching and training sessions.

The campsite is still unfinished and there is urgency to finish work before December 2008.

With the the major desired output being "increased spiritual maturity among the youth", the teachings dwelt on equipping the young people with knowledge on Christian character development as well as with practical skills for living out God’s word.

As part of the camp activities, they engaged in door to door evangelism in the villages around the campsite.

Practical skills for addressing issues of negative peer pressure and poor communication/accountability were also taught.

They also engaged in sports outreach activities as well as HIV care-giving for those who had the necessary skills.

There was an increase in the numbers of youth and local village residents who committed their lives to Christ.

The youth left the camps equipped with skills for responsible Christian living, skills for evangelism and discipleship of new believers and knowledge on Christian character development.

Present throughout the camps were the youth workers at the local church Compassion project. They sat in every training session and will continue to cultivate the desire to grow among the youth.

YEA is planning other discipleship camps in the December 2008 school break to build onto what was in these camps.

 

 

   
 
Chris, a Kampala Baptist Church member, who has been sent as a missionary to Gulu, sent us a copy of his report. You can see it in full by clicking here, but here is a snippet....
April has been full of activities. Much work, little rest time. God blessed us with a team of missioners from Parklands Baptist Church (Nairobi Kenya) and Youthworx East Africa to provide a work force for the mission work here in Acholi land of northern Uganda. Even with much violence covering their native land, resulting from the refuted election results, they still go ahead to demonstrate the ultimate purpose for the existence of the church, (reaching their neighborhood and the utmost lands with Christ’s love for regenerated and discipled souls).
GULU MISSION REPORT WITH INDA TEAM FROM PARKLAND BAPTIST CHURCH NAIROBI KENYA.

by Peter Zziwa

 

The team of 36 youth from Kenya arrived on the 29th of March at Ian’s place which had been turned into a campsite.

Sunday 30th the team had their Devotion and breakfast then headed to Kampala Baptist Church for the Service, then lunch. In the evening they were officially welcomed and briefed by Ian, Alex, Colin and Chris. The team was briefed about the Mission, then attended Karaoke at KBC before going back for supper and into the tents.

 The night storm
It was crazy that night. It rained heavily accompanied by a heavy storm that made the girls run out of their tents shouting “May Day”!!!! They went to the main house where they spent the night.

On 31st March the Team traveled to Gulu by bus. We traveled the whole day arriving at around 5pm . Immediately we arrived at the camp in Gulu a powerful storm came from nowhere making the tents set for the night to fly. We had to run after them and everyone was astonished. We were forced to change our accommodation plans because they could not sleep in the flying tents. Mr. Michael hosted the girls and the boys were given a room at Gulu Baptist Church. That same night one of the girls got an asthma attack. She was taken to the hospital where she was admitted for a night. In the morning she was brought back at the Camp in better condition.

 Tuesday
On 1st April the team had to settle and also strategize their mission in Gulu with the guidance of Chris who took the documents of everyone to the Defense office for security purposes. The team stayed at base to prepare.

 Wednesday,
Work began where the team was divided into groups, the first went to Layibi College in the morning with Chris, where they did a good work and they were invited again. Another group went to Gulu Baptist Primary School where they were also a blessing through skits and educative songs. In the evening a group went to Kolo Senior School and others went back to Layibi College.

 Thursday,
The team went to CWERO I.D.P Camp about 27miles away using a school truck. We began with Community Outreach where the group divided into small groups of about 5 people and went out in the camps to preach door to door. Two major problems were noted. That is Language barrier in that we had few Acholi interpreters and few people in the camps knew English; another was that the standards of living were very low and people were so desperate. People wanted more of a material Gospel than words. After we had our packed lunch and then went to Cwero Primary School and here the team worked with NEW SONG OF GRACE (NSOGU) in one of their programs called YATS, Meaning YOUTHS AT T JUNCTION. Teaching about abstinence and AIDS. This was not so good because for too many of the guys it was their first time to participate in such activities.

 Friday,
The team was divided into two groups one went back to CWERO I.D.P, where they went to the community first. Here they met a young boy called Emanuel, an orphan with wounds all around his body. Surely this boy was just living by the grace of God because no one was there to take care of him. Chris pledged to take to him to the hospital with the support of the team. We then went back to Cwero Primary School and taught a topic called HOW TO BUILD YOUR DREAM.

 Saturday,
The team was again divided into two groups, one was lead by Peter to Kolabiri to the Children of Hope Centre, an organization in KOLABIRI I.D.P Camp that provides help to children by giving them paraffin, food and other needs. The team did a very good work there, i.e. taught songs, which were a blessing to those children in the Camp. Another group went to Gulu Baptist Church and worked with NEW SONG OFGRACE - Chris works in the Children’s ministry here.

 Sunday,
The team was divided into three groups. One went to Layibi College in the worship service and here Mark and Carol shared. Another Group was led by Peter to Sir Samuel Baker fellowship where the team ministered through songs. George and Keith shared and Joshua and Peter did a skit. Another group went to Gulu Baptist Church led by Alex and in the evening as some were resting others went to the YOUTH CLUB where they found many orphans with torn clothes. They were challenged and so touched that they donated things like clothes and made friendship with them, which never left their lives the same.

 Monday,
Ahahaha ……free day and waiting to welcome Pr.Nick from Nairobi and Ian from Kampala who joined the team at around 2pm. We had lunch together and in the evening Ian took the team for a drink which was fun.

 Tuesday,

We went to Lukodi with Ian and Pr. Nick where the team visited one of the great historical sites in Gulu, Fort Patico, where the Colonial Masters, that is sir Samuel Baker, overcame the Arabs with their evil activities of slave trade. Surely this was a good study tour and so interesting. After that the team was divided into two groups and ministered to two schools mainly about abstinence and AIDS.

 Wednesday,
Ian went back to Kampala early in the morning and the team went to KEYO I.D.P camp where we worked in one of the schools in voluntary work; slashing, cleaning the Compound making it cleaner than it has ever been. We then took lunch and left some people at the school to teach and others went to Keyo P.7 where they taught abstinence and AIDS which was our last mission in Gulu. We had a “fire of discovery” at night after supper led by Pr. Nick. Here we sat around a campfire and three people had to tell what they had discovered in someone during the stay in Gulu. This was so interesting and educative to everyone.

 Thursday,
Pr Nick left very early in the morning to Kampala and that day the team had to practice for the Concert, which was prepared for K.B.C. Chris, Judy and Ben had to take Emanuel to the Hospital. The team was shocked to hear that Emanuel was HIV positive. We got someone who pledged to take care of him with the support of Chris.

 Friday,
The team packed their bags and took photos with the family that had hosted us. By 9am we were already on the bus. As we were about to enter Kampala we had the news that the taxi drivers were on strike and people were fighting the police, burning and stoning every car that was carrying passengers. We began communicating with the people in Kampala to know the situation but unfortunately it was not promising. The bus stopped somewhere until the patrol came to help us, but when we reached the police post at Kawempe (a Kampala suburb) the bus could not proceed because matters were worse in the next suburb. This forced us to change all our plans. For example we had planned to divide the group into different host homes and to have lunch at church. This was not possible so we had to walk from Kawempe where the bus was advised by the police to stop, up to Ian’s home. It took the team 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach home in time for supper. The girls were taken to a local guesthouse and the boys stayed at Ian’s place in tents. Ooohhhhh sorry guys. Its because you are guys!!!!!! Ahhahaha

 Saturday,
The team went for shopping to Kampala where they spent the whole day. Some went to Mukwano Shopping Center, others went to have their hair done and others headed to the expensive places in Kampala like UHURU Restaurant, SAB restaurant and then went to Garden City for more shopping and to have more fun in Uganda. We came back at around 8pm in the evening.

 Sunday,
The team went to KAMPALA BAPTIST CHURCH where they were given chance to share with the church about the work in Gulu. Peggy, Keith and Aisha shared their testimonies and after the service the team had their lunch at church prepared by Ian. After this the team prepared for the Karaoke which began at around 6pm to 8pm. This was all fun and interesting. We had a brief meeting at home after the karaoke where people shared what they had observed and gained in the mission, which challenged us all.

 Monday,
The team left to town for shopping and organizing their passes with the Akamba Bus. After they went to Garden city to have fun and move around the city until 2pm as the bus was leaving at 3pm. This was a sad moment for people who had developed good friendships as they had to say BYE to one another and by 3 pm the bus had started. The team reached Nairobi at 6am on Tuesday safe and happy with great testimonies but missing the friends they left in Uganda. On arrival in Nairobi Kendi realized she could not run any more. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord.


Report compiled by
Peter Zziwa (YEA volunteer)
Report on the on-going mission work of YOUTHWORX- East Africa (YEA) among the Kenyan people in Mulanda refugee camp-Tororo District
22 April 2008  by Collin Muwonge
 

Collin teaching on peace and reconciliation
The YEA team has been working among the Kenyan people (refugees) in Mulanda Transit Refugee camp-Tororo district for over 2 and half months.
Collin (YEA team member) has been going in and out of the camp over the last 2 months. A YEA volunteer mission team has visited and worked in the camp for 3 days.

We thought that the recent signing of a power sharing agreement in Kenya would encourage the refugees to go back home and settle down; this however is not the case. A lot of them are scared of going back home for fear of being killed and most of them have lost everything they owned in Kenya, including houses.

The situation at the moment is that starting mid May, the refugees will be relocated to a real resettlement camp in Masindi district (Western Uganda).
God has already started to indicate to us that he wants us to continue working among these poor and needy people.

Recently, Ian met with the Anglican Bishop of Masindi Diocese (Reverend Bishop Ntangali) who expressed interest in the refugee camp work as well the general ministry of YEA.
We are scheduled to be meeting with him soon to discuss on the way forward but we are already thankful to God about the growing partnership with this Anglican diocese.

One of the setbacks with working in Tororo is that the local church is not directly working with the refugee camp. Working with the local church of Masindi will bring immense opportunities for evangelism and discipleship.
In the meantime, we will continue to work in Mulanda (Tororo) but phase out our work by the end of May.

  Camp Life
I thought I should give you a picture of what the refugee camp is like. Hopefully you will have seen photos and pictures on TV.
(See previous reports below for more photos.)

There are currently about 2100 refugees in the camp. A lot more have come in recently because of the violence that broke out again in parts of Kenya.

There is a big number of children and youth (18-35) as well as mothers. The number of older men is minimal

The people in this camp are completely needy and everything from food to water to shelter is provided for them by the Red Cross and the UN refugee body.
Families mostly sat together in the tents and so it’s common to find a family of husband, wife and 4 children all in the same tent.
They feed on mostly posho and beans. There have been reported cases where the refugees will sell the posho and beans they’ve been given to the local Ugandans.
I have come to realize that most of these people were leading fairly well-to-do lives before the violence.

Water and sanitation is provided by World Vision (our partner organization there).They use makeshift toilets and bathrooms and of course these usually don’t keep very clean, especially with children using them as well.

YEA, WorldVision and Save the Children have provided games and music instruments for recreation and a resource centre for literature and books.

The camp doesn’t have electricity at night so it’s usually very dark. Most people are usually ready for bed by 9pm but a lot of the young men spend the nights drinking alcohol at the nearby trading centre.
There is such a tremendous need for equipping the youth in this camp with lifeskills for good decision making, good reproductive and sexual health skills as well as relationship skills.

Because a lot of the people are suffering from trauma stress, there have been reported cases of suicide attempts over the last 1 month. The HIV incidence rate has also gone up as well as the alcohol drinking rates & drug abuse rates of the young men.

There are no job opportunities for these people in rural Uganda so most of the people in this camp spend their day just “hanging around” if they’re not in a workshop.

There is still a lot of tension among the different ethnic groups in this camp. The majority tribe in the camp is the Kikuyu but there is a range of other tribes like the Kissi, Kalenjin etc

There is a prayer overnight for the Christians in the camp every Wednesday night and on Sundays there is church for the different faith groups in the community. A lot of people don’t go to church though.

YEA work in the camp
Over the last month, we have continued to respond to the need for training of young people in lifeskills i.e. training of young adults in peace & conflict resolution skills, training of teenagers in good decision making, training of peer educators counseling, supporting the development of the youth service and distribution of Bibles.

Our strategy is to aid holistic transformation of the youth in this camp.

  The Youth Forum
We have continued to support the work of the Kenya Youth Forum (the organization that brings all the youth in the camp together).
We are particularly happy about the way in which the youth executive is effectively giving leadership, planning and executing their responsibilities.
We are organizing a team building retreat for them (1st week of May) and this will be a time for them to relax, pray, plan and strategize, but also thank them for the immense work they’ve done over the last months.

Life-skills training in HIV/Aids and Abstinence
HIV/Aids remains a major threat in Africa and the rate of spreading it from one person to another is always high in refugee camps among young people.
There has been an increasing incidence of HIV spread in the camp over the last month and YEA was tasked with working with the youth in creating HIV/Aids awareness and prevention.

Previously, we have conducted 2 life-skills workshops on HIV/Aids, showed 2 educative and informative films on good decision making and HIV/Aids and have interfaced with over 300 young people through these workshops.
These trainings have been mainly aimed at creating HIV awareness and prevention in the camp as well as teaching young people on Abstinence.

We have started training of HIV peer educators (both teenagers and adults) and have had 3 training workshops over the last 2 weeks. We had 50 peer educators for teenagers and 40 for adults.
The goal is to train people who will in-turn be able to train and influence their peers.

We will be continuing with these trainings over the course of the coming weeks before the camp is relocated.

We have been able to secure some HIV educative books from a youth organization in Kampala that we have handed out to young people in the camp.

Life-skills training in peace and conflict resolution:
Peace and conflict resolution skills are one of the major needs of the people in this camp result of the political upheavals.
We have continued with life-skills training in peace and conflict resolution over the last 1 month with 70 youth. This training mainly focused on equipping the youth with peace skills so they are able to use them among the refugee community but also bring healing to their individual lives.

We are now organizing (together with the refugee community) a community outreach where the peace team (the team trained by YEA) and YEA volunteers will be educating and advocating for peace and forgiveness among the Kenyan community in the refugee camp.

There is still a lot of need for healing among the refugees. There is a lot of fighting still going between the different tribes and political wars still exist.

  Camp Youth Service
The camp youth service has picked up now and the numbers in attendance have increased. The youth have asked one of their own to be their youth pastor.

The youth service is a time for spiritual renewal and healing where the Word of God is preached, worship/praise songs sang and prayers raised up to heaven. There is a complete freedom of worship on Sundays, a time lots of young people wait for anxiously.

The Sunday school for children has received a tremendous boost since the last recruitment and training we did for Sunday school teachers

  Distribution of Bibles
We have distributed a total of 3OO Bibles to the refugees. There is a visible hunger for GOD among the people and such a great need for Bibles and Bible literature.

Mama Grace, a personal friend, is an example of one of those with a hunger for God. She’s a mother of four but wakes up everyday at 5am for morning prayers and does her daily round of evangelism in the camp. She’s received a Bible from us which she treasures with all her heart.

The Local Church involvement
We would like to encourage the local church to directly get involved in bringing healing to this community and as a result, together with the local churches in the area (Deliverance church, Baptist church and Anglican church), we are organizing an evangelism drive among the community for the 1st week of May.
We will be doing evangelism, teaching from Gods word, prayer and a worship/praise rally.

There are also a number of Christian young people and adults in the camp and they attend the prayer overnights for the Christians in the camp every Wednesday night.

Please be in prayer as the fields are very ripe.

  Youth Resource Centre
Together with Save the Children and World-Vision, we set up a youth resource centre. The resource centre is a place where youth come to borrow books, educative and informative reading materials, Bibles and Christian books etc
YEA has been mainly involved with equipping the resource centre with Bibles and Christian literature as well as with educative/informative materials for the young people to take away and read.
About 100 youth visit the resource centre in a week.


With the tremendous needs among these people, it sometimes looks like we are not doing enough but we thank God Almighty for enabling us to accomplish what we have accomplished so far and for the various relationships built with people in this camp.

As the YEA team, we would like to thank all YOUTHWORX- East Africa partners and supporters for the tremendous encouragement, prayer and financial support being given to enable us fulfill our vision of working among the Kenyan people, especially in their time of need.

Thank you and God bless you
YEA team
 

Here is a letter that was written by the Youth Forum at the camp to YEA friends and supporters:

KENYA YOUTH FORUM-MULANDA
C/o UNHCR-MULANDA TRANSIT CENTRE
PHONES +254203539330, +254710564460.
E-mail; tamak-au yahoo.com

DIRECTORS AND SUPPORTERS
YOUTH WORX EAST AFRICA.
P.O BOX 26430
KAMPALA, UGANDA.
 


 

Dear Sir,
RE; APPRECIATION
Kindly receive our humble appreciation for supporting us in all spheres of our lives especially during our time of need and grief.

The youth forum is an organization of Kenyan refugees at the mulanda refugee transit centre aged between 18 to 35years. We are the hard hit victims of the post –election violence in Kenya. Our organization also incorporates teenagers of all ages 13-15 with total membership of over 300.

We are highly indebted by the material and technical support your organization has extended to us notably through seminars and training and donation of educative materials and the youth service. Equally the tireless efforts of your staff, Mr. Collin Muwonge, are highly appreciated.

It is our prayer and hope that your organization will continue with these activities especially to the less fortunate members of our community.

Yours sincerely.
Antony Thio.
Youth Forum Chairman

Report from Sena on his trip to Mount Elgon:
I was dying to know what God had assembled up there and wanted to find out for myself.
Well being my first experience of such a high altitude it was such an amazing time for me mountaineering on Mount Elgon. I had a wonderful time though I had to take on the challenges of coldness (around 9 - 10 degrees) and the unstoppable wind all the time.
My skin turned red from the freezing then changed again as I started to descend. Most of the time I would not think of washing my face because the water in the streams was too cold.
Sleeping was not much fun as I kept waking from the cold. I had to warm my sleeping bag and jumpers on the fire before using them.
I was also up in the clouds most of the time, plus the water behaved differently when I tried to boil it for tea !
 
At that altitude you see more plants than animals as they stay lower down (the lower slopes of Mount Elgon have quite a diversity of animals including Mountain Elephants . ED )
 
I was very lucky to have 3 guides on the 1st day then 2 (Mike and Steve) for the rest of the time on the mountain. These guys were so friendly and very helpful to me in everything. Even they made the meals for me.
 
After the whole trail I have reached 2 peaks, Jackson 4165m and Wagagai 4321m, crossed numerous streams, a natural bridge, seen many waterfalls and lots of valleys with a whole range of unusual plants within the park.
 
Senabulya Richard. YEA volunteer (and mountaineer !)

Alex's report on YEA work in Gulu - Northern Uganda
 

Alex Gift Mumale
YEA Volunteer
 


Background
For the last 27 years, northern Uganda has been under war. Constant rebel attacks have continuously forced people to leave their homes and confine themselves in camps (IDP Camps).
In response to the pressure of violence, family breakdowns, death, hunger, sexual assault and name it, - several organizations, including the government of Uganda, intergovernmental agencies and Non Governmental Organizations, have worked hard to help minimize the effect of this conflict on the local people.

The Situation Today
The Government of Uganda, with help from the local and international conflict management agencies, has helped to reduce the rebel attacks and some people have managed to go back to their homes. Settling after 20 years of war is still hard for the people but it’s the only way to reduce the congestion in the camps. However, despite the efforts to send people back to their villages, many people are still under fear and trauma and for that reason they have not developed the courage to go home.
 
Problems in the IDP Camps
  * Disease Infections i.e. STIs and HIV
  * Un churched (most of them don’t go to church)
  * Sexual abuse
  * Child abuse
  * Poverty
  * Hunger
  * Family breakdown
  * Poor child upbringing
  * Unemployment
  * Etc

Teenagers in an alcohol abuse workshop
 
Activities in IDP camps
  * Economic
  * Small scale shops
  * Prostitution
  * Subsistence farming
  * Hut building
  * Brick laying
  * Local brew selling
Social activities
  * School (Primary and Secondary)
  * Few people go to Church
  * Local brew consumption
  * Sports (Young people)
  * Attending social meetings

The same workshop for 18-35 year olds
 
(YEA) YOUTHWORX- East Africa’s Work in Gulu
In view of the problems in Gulu, we can only do too much because the need is too much. Only heaven knows because every day new problems arise as problem analysis and research go on.
YEA’s work is mostly focused on young people and discipleship in particular. In Gulu YEA does not work independently; we work in partnership with other organizations, Churches and individuals. Currently we directly work with New Song Of Grace (NSOGU). NSOGU has introduced us to 4 secondary Schools, 2 Primary schools, Hope Alive children sponsoring project and 3 Churches.

Our work briefs in Gulu.
1. Discipleship training
2. Leadership training
3. Problem analysis
4. Foreign mission teams coordination

Work at hand between March and May.

Date Day Activity In charge
21 Fri A team of 8 YEA volunteers Travel to Gulu for the Youth Easter program Alex
22 Sat Gulu Baptist church youth fun day Alex
23 Sun Visit Keyo IDP camp Church Alex
24 Mon Team travels back to Kampala Alex
25 Tue    
26 Weds    
27 Thurs    
28 Fri INDA team arrives from Kenya  Eugene, Ian and Alex
29 Sat INDA team orientation Christopher & Ian
30 Sun INDA team Visit KBC and go shopping Eugene
31 Mon INDA travel to Gulu Alex
1 April Tue INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
2 Weds INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
3 Thurs INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
4 Fri INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
5 Sat INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
6 Sun INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
7 Mon INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
8 Tue INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
9 Weds INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
10 Thurs INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
11 Fri INDA work in Gulu Eugene and Chris
12 Sat INDA travels back to Kampala Eugene, Alex and Ian
13 Sun  INDA goes to KBC to say farewell and debrief Collin and Ian
14 Mon  INDA goes back to Kenya Eugene


Prayer concerns
  * Journey mercies for the travelling teams
  *  Financial provisions
  *  Favour before the people in the IDP camps
  *  Health (Red dust and pot holed roads)
 

 

The YEA Action team, comprising of five members, set off from Kampala Baptist Church for a four hour journey to Mulanda Externally Displaced People’s Camp in Tororo on the Friday 14th March 2008 at 8am. Among the team members were two ladies (Rachael and Carol) and three gentlemen (Robert, Isaac and myself).We all carried different items with us which included clothes, books and other stuff that we thought would be useful to the refugees. REPORT FOLLOWING THE VISIT TO MULANDA E.D.P CAMP.

  Ray Rugambwa, YEA Volunteer team member


The journey was smooth for a while but got bumpy from Iganga to Bugiri. Fortunately, we managed to arrive at our destination. We had time to have lunch and move around the town. We were expected by Mr Collin Muwonge who then picked us up to go set up camp and then prepare for the days that lay ahead of us.

First day at the camp was Saturday 15th. However, our anticipation was totally differing from what reality had in stock for us. Though depressed and broken hearted, the faces we saw while going in the camp were full of smiles and better so, Hope. Knowing that we were new in this community, we had a number of people following us around wondering what we had come to do. While moving around, something caught our eyes. One tent had a sticker with the words “YOUTHWORX- East Africa”. There were some young people in the”YOUTHWORX East Africa” tent. These are the first people we talked to; Eunice and Ann. We introduced ourselves so did they.


Collin had not arrived yet but put us in touch with one Anthony, who was the leader of the newly formed Kenya Youth Forum. He took us for a short tour around the camp. The camp accommodates 1,900 refugees, of which 98% are Kikuyus. 2/3 of the people in the camp were youth and children.

Our mission was to know what these people were going through so we could find out which ways we could help them. Rachael’s responsibility was to work with the children which I must say, she did very well. She played with them. She went ahead to train the Sunday school teachers.
Robert went tent to tent talking to the different residents. He learnt that many of the residents had similar experiences. Many of them were driven out of their homes which were later burnt down. With this reason, a number of the refugees have no intention whatsoever of going back to their country. They want the Ugandan government to help them settle and start new lives in Uganda. I met two sisters and a brother who didn’t know where their parents were. They were staying with their aunt.

We held 2 training workshop sessions that day. Carol took up the first session which was for the teenagers (13-17 year olds). She talked about sexuality with them. She discussed that sexuality was a gift from God


But, like He made boundaries for everything he created, it has boundaries too. If these boundaries were crossed, the repercussions are fatal. She advised them to abstain until marriage. The attendance was over whelming numbering about 80.

I then took up the second session for the young adults (18-35 year olds) with the help of Carol. We talked about sexuality and HIV/Aids. A number of the youth attended the session which was encouraging. Through the session, we made friends who we had an extra talk with afterwards.

Robert and Isaac conducted the HIV/Aids awareness workshops with the young people in the camp.
Robert, being a professional counsellor, spent most of his time giving trauma counselling to different people in the camp.

Saturday turned up to be a very beautiful day for us. However, another day (Sunday) awaited us. We planned to conduct a youth service and Sunday school class for the children. Rachael handled the Sunday school while the rest of us handled the youth service. The preacher of the day was Carol with the sermon about Love and forgiveness. She urged the youth to have Love for one another so they could have a hopeful future together. After the service, we were invited for lunch by our new friends Jenny and Rahab. We had lunch with them and later said our goodbyes. The youth asked us to go back sometime. We hope and pray we will be going back soon.

We would like to thank all those who contributed to our journey to Mulanda. May God bless you. We would like to thank YOUTHWORX- East Africa, Kampala Baptist Church, and Viva Network.
 
Report on the on-going mission work of YOUTHWORX- East-Africa (YEA) among the Kenyan people in Mulanda refugee camp-Tororo District.

March 08

History
As a youth organization, we are called to minister to the young people of Kenya and over the years we have been involved in facilitating and teaching in youth camps in Mombasa, networking with churches in Nairobi like Parklands Baptist Church, which is sending us a mission team of 40 young people (INDA team) this month (March-April).
The INDA team is going to be working among the people of Northern Uganda in Gulu district, a place that has been ravaged by war and disasters for 20 years.
   INDA OBJECTIVES:
I: Involvement in Outreach to the lost and community service
N: Nurture to Maturity Spiritually, Socially and Professionally
D: Discovery of purpose and God given potential.
A: Acquisition of Knowledge in the word and about their world
 

With the recent political upheavals in Kenya, a result of the disputed Kenyan presidential elections, 300.000 Kenyans have been displaced from their homes into neighbouring countries like Uganda, thus the establishment of Mulanda camp in Tororo district.
We discerned God’s call to work among the Kenyan young people in the refugee camp and moved in swiftly, working in partnership with World Vision (Uganda) and Save the Children (Uganda).

The YEA team has been working among the Kenyan people (refugees) in Mulanda Transit Refugee camp -Tororo district- over the last one and a half months.
Collin (YEA team member) has been going in and out of the camp over the last month and more recently a YEA volunteer mission team (Ray, Carol, Isaac, Robert and Rachael) has visited and worked in the camp for 2 days.

YEA work in the camp
YEA has been mainly focusing on working with the youth (teenagers and older youth) in the camp, being the marginalized group.
In the course of the last month, we have been involved with aiding the formation of a camp youth leadership committee, training of camp youth leaders in leadership skills, training of youth in HIV/Aids as well as conflict resolutions skills, setting up of a Camp Youth Service, training of Sunday school teachers and setting up/running a camp youth resource centre.

Formation of the Camp Youth Leadership team:
There was no youth leadership team in existence for the over 700 youth in the camp, 2 months ago. The general consensus among the camp leaders was that the youth in the camp were idle most of the time and as a result they resorted to drug and alcohol abuse.
Together with partner organizations, we identified an inclusive, gender sensitive, leadership team among the youth in the camp, thus the birth of MULANDA Summit Youth Forum.
This Youth Forum was tasked with giving leadership to the youth, organizing productive activities for the youth as well as representing the interests of the youth in the overall camp leaders meetings.

Leadership training for camp youth leaders
With the formation of the Youth Forum, YEA was tasked with giving leadership training to the youth leaders, some of whom had never had any leadership training before.
We have had 2 leadership training workshops for 25 youth leaders over the last 1 month.

Life-skills training in HIV/Aids and Abstinence
HIV/Aids remains a major threat in Africa and the rate of spreading it from one person to another is always high in refugee camps among young people.
We have had 2 life-skills workshops on HIV/Aids over the last 1 month and have interfaced with over 150 young people through these workshops.
These trainings have been mainly aimed at creating HIV awareness and prevention in the camp as well as teaching young people on Abstinence.
We also showed 2 educative and informative films on good decision making and HIV/Aids. The one for teenagers was a film titled CONSEQUENCES and was attended by over 150 teenagers (13-17 years).
The other one was a movie called OPEN SECRET for the older youth (18-30 years) and was attended by 90 youth.

Life-skills training in peace and conflict resolution:
Peace and conflict resolution skills are one of the major needs of the people in this camp as a result of the political upheavals. We have had 3 life-skills trainings in peace and conflict resolution over the last 1 month with 70 youth. These trainings mainly focused on equipping the youth with peace skills so they are able to use them among the refugee community but also bring healing to their individual lives.

Camp Youth Service
We had the first Youth Service for Christian young people on the 16-March. It was a time for spiritual revival and healing where the youth in the camp met to pray together, worship God together in song, listen to and study God’s word together. It was a great time of worship and about 30 youth attended.
This youth service is scheduled to continue every Sunday.

Training of Sunday school teachers:
A major need among the Christian churches in the camp was the lack of Sunday school teachers to attend to hundreds of kids coming to Sunday school every Sunday.
In response to this need, Rachael, a child worker with Viva Network and a member of the YEA volunteer mission team, trained 10 Sunday school teachers in “How to run Sunday school clubs” and workshops aimed at equipping the Sunday school teachers with leadership skills.

Youth Resource Centre
Together with Save the Children and World-Vision, we set up a youth resource centre. The resource centre is a place where youth come to borrow books, educative and informative reading materials, Bibles and Christian books etc
YEA has been mainly involved with equipping the resource centre with Bibles and Christian literature as well as with educative/informative materials for the young people to take away and read.
About 100 youth visit the resource centre in a week.

The future
The refugee camp is scheduled to be closed by the 1st week of May. Until then, we would like to continue the work we have started among the youth in the refugee camp, according to our YEA vision.
The general comments form the youth in the camp as well as the youth leadership is that YEA has been a great blessing to each of them.

“There has been a tremendous change among the young people since 2 months ago”
Anthony K, a Kikuyu and leader of the youth forum.

As the YEA team, we would like to thank all YOUTHWORX- East Africa partners and supporters for the tremendous encouragement, prayer and financial support being given to enable us fulfil our vision of working among the Kenyan people, especially in their time of need.
As well as prayer, continuing the work means we need more resources to enable the team travel, feed, have shelter, contribute towards the youth programs in the camp, for example we needed to hire a generator so as to be able to show the video films etc

Thank you and God bless you
YEA team


YEA’s response to the needs of Youth in the Kenyan refugee resettlement camp in Tororo-Mulanda (Eastern Uganda)

Sunday 24th Feb 08
 

The political and tribal conflicts that plagued Kenya as a result of the disputed presidential elections in December 2007, once known as East Africa’s “model economy” caused about 1000 deaths as a result of ethnic tribal cleansing mainly between the Kikuyu and Luo tribes . 300000 people were left homeless and thousands of them fled into the neighbouring countries of Uganda and Tanzania and are now staying in temporary transit centres known as refugee resettlement camps.

Mulanda refugee resettlement camp is situated in Tororo district in Eastern Uganda. Mulanda is about 20kms out of Tororo town on Murram road and the major mode of transport there is Toyota Pick-Up trucks that act as taxis. These get filled with about 30 people.

The refugee resettlement camp has mainly people belonging to the Kikuyu tribe and there are close to 2500 people there. Almost half of these are teenagers and older youth, there are lots of children as well as mothers and some older men.
They live in makeshift tents provided by the UN refugee body. There are NGOs like Save the Children focusing on children, World Vision focusing on health and sanitation needs, Red Cross focusing on food distribution etc but none focusing on the needs of young people.
The people in this camp are completely destitute and everything has to be provided for them from food to cooking utensils to soap etc. Suffice to say, most of the people living in the camp had fairly good lives before and so are completely broken by everything that has happened.
As well as physical needs, the spiritual and psycho social needs are overwhelming.

I met a guy called David. He had just completed university and was actively looking for a job to start working and before he knew it, he was a refugee with a lot of hurting and depression. He told me he has thought about suicide a number of times. David is now in a Ugandan jail after being caught with Marijuana.
This is a story of most of the youth in this camp.

As a result of the growing relationship we have with World-Vision after doing staff training for their staff earlier in the year, the World Vision project in Tororo asked if we (YEA) would be interested in responding to some of the needs of the youth in the camp.
Because of our commitment as YOUTHWORX- East Africa to Kenya as a country in our mission vision, we agreed as a team that I travel down there to do a “situation analysis” and see how YEA would be involved, even if on a minimal basis in “MAKING A DIFFERENCE” for some of the youth there.

And of course I found a lot of need there.
None of the NGOs in the camp is focusing mainly on teenagers and youth thus the youth who make up half of the camp population are neglected.
They spend the day doing nothing, are involved in alcohol and drug abuse; they have no youth leadership structure for mobilization and coordination in the camp, are depressed and lots of them are at almost suicidal point etc
These give a picture of the state of the youth in this camp

YEA Response
After assessing the situation in the camp, as YEA, we will work alongside World Vision in the areas of;
   -supporting the formation of a youth leadership structure in the camp as well as leadership training to these leaders so they are able to effectively lead, coordinate and mobilize the young people in the camp and actively engage them in productive activities. This process has already started and this week I will be carrying out a leadership training workshop for these leaders.
   -giving psycho social support and basic counselling services to young people. This will be done by the YEA Mission team that we will be sending over to work alongside World Vision for 3 days.
We are organizing training in basic counselling for our team members this week so they are equipped with the necessary skills.
   -supporting the starting of a Youth Service that will run on Sundays targeting mainly youth in the camp for spiritual feeding and healing.
   -carrying out life skills training in Peace and Conflict resolution with young people as well as educative training on alcohol and drug abuse.
   -supporting the formation of Sunday school for the churches in the camps so they are able to spiritually engage the children in the camp
   -training youth workers from the nearby local Ugandan churches in youth ministry skills so they are able to actively engage the youth in the camp.
   -set up a “YOUTH TENT” in the camp that is a one stop place for young people as well as the coordination place for the leadership. We will equip it with important information on HIV, drug abuse, Christianity, peace and forgiveness etc

Immediate plan
I will be travelling back to Tororo tomorrow to do leadership training for the leaders as well as set up the Youth tent and meet the camp leaders.

The YEA Mission team, comprising of 5 young adult volunteers will be travelling on Friday this week and spending 3 days there.
Catherine Lex is also expressing interest in joining this team and specifically helping with the children’s ministry.

The camp will hopefully be closing down by the end of March

There is a lot of need and we are limited in what we can do, but we will do our best in making Jesus the centre.
God has placed YEA in a strategic place in this camp and he will help us fulfil his purposes.

Collin Muwonge- YEA
 


Steve Jenkins, a leader at Bognor Baptist Church working as Pastor at de Pilgrim in Oostende and also a trustee of YEA, visited Kampala in January:
 
Joining the Nations
It was a real privilege for Steve to be invited to minister in Uganda between 11th - 21st Jan 08.  He worked with the Kampala Baptist church (KBC) youth team to teach in their annual camp on the theme of discipling.  He also made many new friendships, while deepening others and preached in the 3 KBC services. Also speaking at the Power of Worship event on Sunday evening before returning to Europe.
 
Receiving traditional clothes from Pastor Andrew and trying them on during the service at KBC!!

Check out Steve's 'openlife' site for lots more photos of his trip.

As well as seeing the Lord touching hearts through His word and a number saved by God's grace during the week, there was a special sense of joining the nations.  KBC as a local church and Youthworx East Africa as a resource to equip the churches, together have a growing vision to minister across international boundaries to see the church encouraged and built up.  We were joined by a wonderful team from Burundi and individuals from Rwanda.  Friends from Kenya, USA & UK were also present that gave the Power of Worship ministry a taste of heaven as they sang in 8 languages representing the international connections the Lord as given us. 

I believe this was just a taste of more good things to come as we plan together to bring God's people together in 2009 . . .  pray about your part in it! 

VOW singing at the Power of Worship event. Can you spot David and Catherine?

There were about 500 people there to start with, but more arrived so that seats were fitted in the aisles, then others stood around the edges - around 700 in all.

Ian Wardle leads a song in French!

 


Youth camp 2008 by Eugene Cavuma
The KBC camp this year was really interesting, I mean really interesting, and I wasn’t about to miss the camp fire and the muchomo that goes along with it on the last night of the camp!

Well, we left KBC at around 11 am all excited and fired up, in a hurry to get there {the campsite} which was some good distance behind Entebbe airport. We enjoyed the food, the group discussion, main talks and games. The attitude of the staff serving was good, and that made it even better! I think this is where the camp started.

We got assigned to our respective dormitories. A camp here doesn’t really mean tents and all. Our first session was reading to us the camp rules, which the Pastors and everyone kept calling “guidelines” {I wonder why!}

The rules, sorry, guidelines were” revealed “to us in the most dramatic and subtle of ways, but I was pretty sure that we didn’t really need these, but after that, it was the time we were all waiting for, bed time!. But the campsite was so large that by the time one actually got to the boy’s dorms, one would either be sleep walking or would have lost all the sleep they ever had! We actually got to sleep in the same dorm as Pastor Steve Jenkins, who’d been offered a better place but declined. I think I need to find out why. He experienced why mosquitoes are small things that are actually famous; well none got to him {or rather I think none got to him, coz he had a net} but I’m very sure he heard the music that they play all night long! For the first time in ages I prayed for a sunrise {funny how long it takes when you actually need it!} well…, finally, it did arise, and a new day at camp was born, welcome to Tuesday!

Tuesday:
Steve did a short biography of himself and how he actually managed to make it to Uganda. It just showed us how truly God can work in miraculous ways! The whole point of the camp was Discipleship in view of God’s word. (Colossians 1: 28 – 29)

I hope I don’t have to repeat myself that the food was good, Tuesday night we had singing and fun, and yes, even those of us with hardly any singing ability had the option of laughing at those who were a bit brave than we were. Well after sung and fun, we went back to feed the mosquitoes

Wednesday:
This was the last day of the camp, a time that no one{I sure of that} wished would come, but definitely knew that it would come ,eventually, and it did!

On this day, we learnt about the fact that you have to act out everything that you disciple, and it’s very true that people are affected very much by what they see being done than by just hearing it, true, faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God, but also faith without action is dead! Just like the a parent’s actions affect the child a lot, so do our actions to the people we actually disciple, that was an interesting lesson to learn {kind of wondered how come I’d never thought of that before...don’t you?}

And on that we had a panel of “experienced” people, who we asked very tough questions and thank God for paper and pen, coz It’d be kind of difficult to asked some of those questions directly, some of the panel members were our own Pastor Andrew, and Pastor Francis, the youth pastor here at KBC, plus Steve, that was a very educating and interesting time as well and we really didn’t want it to end, but we had camp fire next, and no one wanted to waste time for the camp fire, absolutely no one!

It was also on this day that one of the campers, who really had not come with us but had just come to pick her results from the school we were Camping in{we were in a school, hence the dorms} gave her life to Christ and begun a new walk, a new life, and her story is really one that shows how God deals with us at His own time.
She had just been seated somewhere in the school having come from a very far off place and had to spend the night in the school premises, she was invited to spend some time with us during sing and fun, which we had every night, she enjoyed the session and decided to come the next day for the other sessions, and by the end of Thursday, she had given her Life to Christ, it’s sad she had to leave immediately ,coz I’m sure she would have enjoyed the camp fire ……..I think,

Well the highlight of the camp came on this day, and that was the campfire. Although we were few this time{ about 86 people} normally, we are about 120, but it was still fun, but it was also a time to reflect and look at your life and the way you have been living it, and most of the youth rededicated their lives to serve God in different sorts of ministries, and a lady {Mim} shared with us how a campfire changed her life for the better, and that it could do the same for us too,……, yeah ,and the next day was coming back home.
That was camp for you the reader of this, but a lot more for those whose lives got transformed there, for those of us who will never forget KBC Camp, 2008

Report compiled by
Eugene Kavuma.
YEA Volunteer

There are more photos

on Steve's 'openlife' site

small group work

Group from Burundi at Sunday morning service at KBC after the Power of Worship event the night before.

More photos on Steve Jenkins 'openlife' site


The power of worship convention 2008 (Report by Alex)

What is power of worship convention?

The power if worship convention is an annual worship event. Born at KBC, the vision of this event is:
To mobilize worship leaders ,gospel musicians and Christians from all denominations that confesses and acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus; to sing Him songs of praise and worship with a sense of skill and reverence for God’s word ( Ps 33:1 -3)
Theme 2008 : Praise in any language
Venue : Kampala Baptist Church
Lead Choir : Vessels of worship team
Date : 20th January 2008
Time : 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Audience estimate: 700 people
Local Churches represented: Over 15
Featured groups:
1. Worship team from Bujumbura Burundi.
2. Women of Faith Uganda.
3. VOW Dance Team.
4. Hahaha drama team from KPC
(Kampala Pentecostal Church).
 
Sponsors:
1. Youth Workx East Africa
2. Power FM
3. And individuals donors
Costs covered:
1. Sound Equipment
2. Video Equipment
3. Decoration
4. Food for the choir
5. Transport
6. Generator Fuel
7. Music instruments hire
8. Publicity Materials ( hand bills and posters)
9. Air time for coordination.
Nations represented
1. Uganda
2. Burundi
3. Rwanda
4. England
5. Belgium
6. Kenya
7. America
Languages involved:
1. Luganda
2. Kirundi
3. Swahili
4. Rwandese
5. Portuguese
6. Dutch
7. English
8. Ghanaian
9. Spanish
10. French
11. Lugisu
12. Samia
Way forward:
POW 2008 has encouraged us a lot. Looking at the turn up of people and their response, it was a surprise. There was no space for people inside but out side the church. Looking at the trend of events, Open heart East Africa is soon coming to Uganda and that demands for more space because delegates will come from all over the world. Pray with us as we plan.
 

Report compiled by,
Alex Gift Mumale
On behalf of VOW and YEA.

2 Timothy 2:2 (My life purpose)


Youth Leaders training in Hoima Diocese (Report by Alex)

Dates: 22nd and 23rd January 2008
Venue: Kigaya Church of Uganda Hoima District
Time: 9am – 5pm
Region: Kigaya Village

Topics Covered:
1. Servant leadership and Discipleship (Ian)
2. Accountability ( Alex)
3. Peace making (Collin)

Challenges faced by the community youth
1. Most of them have no Bibles!!!
2. Most youth leaders are not born again!!!!!!!????****!!!
3. Land conflicts have caused divisionism among the youth
4. Discipleship is very minimal

Prayer concern:
Please pray that the Lord will help the young people in Hoima to overcome the challenges mentioned above and also pray for them to receive the Lord. Continue to pray for the YEA crew as we plan our follow up work in that region. We do not believe in “hit and run”.

Report compiled by
Alex Gift Mumale
2 Timothy 2:2 (My life purpose)
YEA volunteer