Here's some good news from David Spencer about God's work going on in Africa during the pandemic:
Greetings in Jesus
Just wanted to send a note during this time of lockdowns in Africa where school is not permitted and churches are not allowed to meet. While Bible School has not been able to be active with classes, we have been assisting our people (Jackson; Juma; Agrey; Sande and other helpers) to purchase food and soap to distribute to people in need. They have been able to go through neighborhoods and give out the food and share with people. Just this week, 6/8-6/11, Juma, Sande, and others have the goal of helping 500 households with gifts of food. This has led to sharing the Gospel with people and some receiving salvation in Jesus! This week they visited a house and encountered a woman named Esther, and her 3 children (two children are pictured below). The woman was bleeding from a miscarriage and was without food in the house. She was in need of medical attention. In Uganda you don't go to the clinic or hospital without money. You will not be released without payment. And, the longer you are made to stay, the more you will owe. HERE AM I Ministries sent money to get her to the hospital. There, the scans showed that there had been twins in her womb and the second was on the outside of the uterus and dead. Surgery was performed to remove the dead child. Juma was at the hospital to visit on Wednesday, 6/10. This woman was asking why they had done this for her. She also wanted to know if God can and would forgive any sin. Juma shared with her the Gospel and how God loves her. She then prayed to receive Jesus in her heart and has begun New Life. She shared with Juma about her life of prostitution and contracting HIV, and that her 12 year old daughter was also a prostitute. She shared about how she had rejected God and Christianity because a "pastor" that had a well on his property had refused them to get water because he was "sick and tired of all the poor people coming to take his water." Juma tells me that he was crying with this woman, and I cry too as I try to accurately relay it to you all. But I thank and praise God as another lost sheep has been found. This lady is already sharing with others in the hospital!
Our hope is that we can help this woman move to another location and help her start some small business of selling used clothing, vegetables, or something else. We want to help her start her new life of trusting in Christ.. There is also talk of a home church beginning in her house. To God be the glory!
Last week in the village of Izira where Jackson lives, while giving out food and supplies to needy families two women and a man came to Christ. The two women are the wife of the one man. It is pretty common for this in Africa. But, we pray with the spread of the Gospel and sound Biblical teaching to see this becoming less and less known. We are thanking God that HE is working to draw people to Himself during this difficult time in Uganda.
Juma's church of Heartland Worship Center in Bugiri has been able to purchase a plot of ground to build on and not have to worry about rent or having to change locations. God is using this group to reach people in this neighborhood. Within the last few weeks a Muslim mother told them that she would be sending her children to the church because of the love shown to her and her family through the giving of food and prayers for her family! Many of the families in this neighborhood are Muslim. Pray for them as they continue serving the people in this area.
These are just some of what is happening during this time. Lockdown in Uganda is closer to martial law than a stay at home request. People have been beaten and even shot for breaking curfew. Others have been beaten and killed for stealing from gardens to feed their families. But through it all God is still at work saving people. "Though you intended it for evil, God meant it for good, to preserve life."
To God be the Glory, great things HE has wrought.
Be a blessing and be blessed.