|No 28 September 2006
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September 2006 Edition
Column • Collin in England •
Pastor Andrew Visits Bognor •
Recent Work • News •
Compiled by Collin Muwonge
In this issue:
Collin in England
Robert Plays a Peg
Pastor Andrew in Bognor
“Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good”
We are thankful that the Lord continues to use YEA in fulfilling
the “Great Commission” in Matthew 28:19 in East Africa. We are
grateful each day for the opportunities to Lift up the name of
Christ in the lives of all the individuals we work with.
Rejoice with us at God’s goodness in opening doors for us to
proclaim the Good News of Christ to both young and old, through
our mission and discipleship programmes.
Thank you for your continued prayer and partnership in this
ministry. God bless you.
Communicating the vision of the work God has given us in East
Africa to our friends and partners is going to be a major focus in the
future. We desire to walk together with you in rolling out what's on
God's heart - God's vision for YEA in the future.
The "VISION" is to see a generation of young people that are SALT to the
earth, sold out for Christ in all they do, to all places they go and to
all people they meet. A young people grounded in Christ and his Word. A
young people that will shine forth the true likeness of Christ in their
families, schools, jobs, children-in all areas of their lives. A
generation that will empower future generations into being SALT.
Our programmes will focus on mission and practical discipleship
activities that nurture and ground the young people in God's word,
transforming them into mature and devoted disciples of Christ.
We will also work with youth workers, church leaders, parents and
teachers - people directly involved with young people.
In our next issue, we will unpack this more.
|Pastor Andrew Mwenge - the Senior Pastor of Kampala Baptist Church (KBC)
has recently visited the church in Bognor and the Trustees of YEA. While
in Bognor, Andrew spent time with Graham (Pastor of BRBC) as well as
with some of the Trustees of YEA at a lunch at Steve Jenkins’ house. He
also preached at the Sunday evening service on the 17th September.
With BRBC's vision of GOING TO THE NATIONS and KBC's vision MAKING HIM
KNOWN, we are thankful that there is a developing partnership between
the two churches and the two countries and we will actively work at
walking together and growing this relationship.
Andrew has also been instrumental in the development of the work of YEA
in East Africa and continues to be strongly committed to the developing
vision of YEA.
Pray for the growth of this partnership.
|For all the time I've been in Christian ministry I
haven't been to a conference like Keswick; a big Christian conference
with thousands of people. It was all new to me and I was able to attend
thanks to our partnership with Mike Freeman, a friend of YEA and a
trustee of Keswick. I was one of the youth team leaders specifically
working with the 17+ group as well as one of the worship leaders for the
youth main tent in the evenings. I led bible study groups and workshops
in the mornings - the afternoon was mainly band practice and free time
and in the evening I and others led the worship in the main youth event.
What a great week!
After that was the WEC camp. 3 of us took a group of young people from
Bognor Regis Baptist to the 1-week WEC camp in Cromer, Norfolk. I was
assigned to be tent and village leader for the 15-16 year olds. I had 15
boys in my village and was responsible for them as well as leading their
Bible study times every morning and evening. BIG TASK! They were a great
bunch of lads and what a great time I had with them.
|A warm welcome to 3 people who have recently become
trustees of YEA
Steve Jenkins is one of the leaders at Bognor Regis
Baptist Church and has worked in youth ministry for the last 20 years.
He is married to Larisa and they have 2 daughters - Christina and
Eric Passmore is a long time member of BRBC. He is a
retired maths teacher and deputy headteacher. He is married to Jo and
they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Mark De Salis attends an Anglican Church in the Bognor
area. He is a legal adviser to the Magistrates Courts and is married to
Claire with an 11 year old son, Nathan.
They join Thelma Edwards, Kay and Paul Attwell, Janet Vince and
Ralph and Rosemary Heaton in serving God as YEA trustees in
God keeps opening more and more doors for ministry. We have been very keen to
develop our partnership with Parklands Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya over the
years. Last December we made a trip to Malindi in Southeast Kenya to join up
with the Parklands youth leadership at their annual youth camp. Later, in July
this year, the YEA team went on mission with youth from Parklands to Tot in
Western Kenya. Now the YEA team has been invited to be the main facilitators of
the Parklands Baptist youth camp in December this year.
We have also been invited to be facilitators for the Word of Life (WOL) youth
camp in December. We've had a strong partnership with WOL over the years and
it’s growing stronger each day.
We thank God for these open doors for mission, discipleship and evangelism
The RAV 4 isn't really up to the hard work we give
it so we are actively looking to purchase a Land Rover Discovery
that will help further the work of YEA in East Africa. YEA needs a
vehicle that has enough space for taking mission teams to the field,
strong enough to handle long journeys on very bad roads, dependable and
flexible. We are aiming at raising £8000 to cover all costs. Please
support us in this endeavour.
|Plans to extend the house are still ongoing. As a way of creating an
income for some of the boys, we made building bricks at the house with a
borrowed block machine from Collin's grandmother. We currently have 600
-700 blocks ready for use and will commence building sometime in
October. Gates have also been fixed onto the fence and the water problem
Uganda is facing acute electricity shortages and this has made it very
difficult to run the water pump, power the fridge as well as use the
computer for administration. We are thinking about switching to using
solar power, in combination with a battery and Ian is at an advanced
stage of finding out how we should go about installing this.
Robert is actively involved with Kampala Baptist Church as well as
YEA. He has worked with the YEA team in facilitating the conferences and
camps as well as the discipleship retreats. In October, together with
the Douglas (a YEA team member) he will be travelling to Nairobi and
spending 3 weeks working with a children's orphanage in the slums of
Nairobi - Mathare Valley Orphanage. Pray for him as he lives out God's
purposes in East Africa.
Ingrid from The Pilgrim Church in Belgium has recently
returned from Uganda after spending 2 months working with YEA and
Kampala Baptist Church.
We thank God for the connection and the developing partnership with the
Pilgrim Church in Belgium. They have set up a charity shop selling
second hand clothes and the proceeds from the sales will go to
supporting charities including YEA. Please pray for this project. You
can also give in clothes for sale. Pray for her as she returns to
Kampala in November and considers her future involvement in Uganda.
Collin back in Uganda:
Collin returns to Uganda on the 26th September to continue with his role in
the developing vision of YEA in East Africa. A BIG THANKS from him to all of you
who have warmly made him feel part of the family in England and helped him
settle in well.
- Robert and Douglas working in Mathare Valley Boy's Orphanage in the
Nairobi slums for 3 weeks in October.
- Pray for the preparations for the WOL and Parklands camps.
- Pray for Collin as he re-settles in Africa.