The North Kigezi Partnership exists to support gospel workers in the North Kigezi Diocese to make disciple-making disciples of Christ.
In Uganda the COVID-19 virus is causing massive issues with food security. The government has closed everything down except shops that sell food. Food is subsequently becoming scarce and more expensive. Added to this, the population don’t have individual savings to draw down on. For instance, only 30% of the population have bank accounts, most live day by day on income they can generate and if they can’t leave their homes, they can’t work and get food. Obviously there are no government stimulus packages.
Further, if COVID-19 has an outbreak it will swamp the meagre medical system and cause a massive death toll.
On the church scene, churches are closed and schools are closed (Schools are church run). This means clergy have no income, and they also had to close over easter, a time when lots of locals come back from Kamapla and give to their local church in NKD. The easter giving brings a good injection of funds for the church to use through the year. The current forecast is that clergy will only receive a stipend of $300 this year.
To cope, most families are eating only one small meal of maize porridge a day (Posho) and maybe some beans.
Starvation is a serious issue
We have responded by sending $10,000 for purchasing maize flour and assisting medical personnel. Bishop Benon has also established a COVID 19 Task force to get food assistance to medical personnel who have been deployed to small villages but have no financial support and so can’t get food.
Pray for1. Bishop Benon and Enoch Karamuzi as they allocate food aid to the most desperate. 2. Pray for wisdom. 3. Pray that God will use Christians as a witness of Christ to the communities around them. 4. Pray for a cure.
Please check our video on COVID-19 here https://youtu.be/1HqzGUGSA6g
The North Kigezi partnership exists between the Anglican Diocese of Armidale and the Church Of Uganda in North Kigezi with the purpose “to equip, encourage and support Gospel Workers in the North Kigezi Diocese (NKD) in their efforts to make ‘Disciple-Making Disciples of Christ’.” The partnership offers Christians in the Anglican Diocese of Armidale an avenue of enacting Christ’s mission, support and care into a global context, in an organised way.
Re Nextgen Uganda.
The Diocese of Armidale has a team over in Uganda at the moment. Scott (Team leader) reports that the so far the trip has been going really well. The 2 days training was very productive where the whole leadership team looked at 2 Timothy 2, and 1 Timothy 2. Scott also used a few of the MTS training papers and Enoch commented on the quality of the training and how such material would be very good for clergy.
On Sunday Scott spoke on two radio stations to a very large audience, the rest of the team visited churches and one group were ‘privileged’ to have a flat tire on the way home and arrived back at the hotel at 6pm!
The Nextgen Conference is now in day 2 where 160 delegates are attending. Scott noted that there are a lot of returning delegates and so the Strand 2 groups are quite large. The number of returning delegates is encouraging as it means there are more delegates receiving the full training, and this is evident in the noticeable growth in Christian Maturity.