Pandemic Update from Uganda
Dear Friends and Body of Christ,
It has truly been an amazing year. God has shown Himself Faithful in so many ways. There is no “tragedy” that our Loving Heavenly Father is not sovereign over, or that escapes His attentive Eye. It is a privilege to be called to be His Hands and Feet, and serve the “least of these”.
In a recent conversation with Dr. Apostle Wilson Kulaba, he relayed some of the conditions that are still going on in Uganda. The country is still in an almost total lockdown. Their government is not relaxing most restrictions. The vaccinated-target they are working towards is 23 million people vaccinated before restrictions will be lifted. Currently they have about 7 million people vaccinated. Due to the slow influx of vaccines it appears this will take a while. It has already been almost 2 years with little change. On the positive side they are now allowing some church services with a maximum of 200 attendees. We rejoice in this progress.
However one of the most dire conditions is happening and most people are not aware of it. Reports are starting to surface that with food so scarce, mothers are poisoning their children and themselves rather than watch their children literally starve to death. One single mother in particular talked with Apostle Wilson and explained that she could not feed her 8 kids (only 1 was her child, the other 7 were nieces and nephews whose parents had died). She told him that if he did not take the kids into the orphanage that by weeks end the children and she would be dead. Things are that desperate.
But here is some good news. Apostle Wilson has started a small feeding program for the village of Bugaddee where the His Kids Orphanage School is located. He purchases basic food (called Portia), divides it into bags weighing 5kg, then distributes the bags to the needy such as widows, single moms, etc. Each bag of Portia (about 5kg or 11 lbs.) feeds a family of 4 for about a week. Prices for food vary wildly depending on demand, but he can typically purchase enough Portia from the local area to feed 50 families for a month for about $1000.00usd(average income in the area is about $300 per year). This is only the most basic, life-sustaining supply. But this basic necessity is enough to help sustain families for 4 weeks, and give them hope. This area is largely Muslim and through this program many not only receive a hope of their family surviving the current crisis, but also hear about the Hope of Jesus, and they are responding in droves. Feeding the less fortunate has always been a hallmark of Jesus’ ministry. Apostle Wilson uses the same program in Kampala, the capital city, and has seen hundreds of salvations because the Body of Christ is reaching to meet their desperate need. The attendance at his church now is approx. 70% new believers who have only recently heard of Jesus and received not only His free food but also His free gift of salvation.
How can you help? It comes down to this… you can not only feed a family of 4 for a month, but you can also feed their hearts and spirits with the Love of Jesus for just $20. A gift of $20 will not only feed a family of 4 for a month, but it will also feed their hearts as the Message of Jesus’ Love and sacrifice is made known to them. They need hope to survive, and Jesus is the only answer. Their hearts are open and receptive, the “harvest is truly great”. Help us send workers with supplies.
100% of your gift goes to Apostle Wilson. Touches Of Hope covers all the transaction fees so that 100% of your gift goes to Apostle Wilson and his feeding program. Go to our Donate Page, enter your amount and click the “Donate” button on the page. It will take you to a secure PayPal portal where you can donate online. You do NOT need to sign up for PayPal or be a member. This has already been a long crisis and endurance is the key, so if you would like to become a monthly giver and support at least one family a month, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and will help set you up with an automated regular monthly donation.
People are literally dying from lack of food and lack of hope. Together, we have an opportunity to give both. Please click this link for the Donate Page, or go to the Donate page from the Menu at the top.