Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter: September 2017

HALESWORTH AND BRAMFIELD UNITED REFORMED CHURCHES

Uganda Update

Thanks again for all your prayer support during my Uganda trip. As you know, I travel with Romans 1.11 Trust – a small UK based charity, whose focus is mutual encouragement between the UK and Africa. This is now the 6th time I have travelled to Uganda. Twice, in 2005 & 2006 as part of the teaching team for the pastor training programme – while I was myself in training for ordination. Then after a long break, during which time I joined the Trustees, I have been 4 times as Trustee with lead responsibility for the Uganda work.
It is always a mixture of joys, challenges, culture shock, and inspiration. This time the visit included: Very challenging driving conditions:

Steep uphill through road works – fresh laid loose material washed away in torrential rain

…and a ‘road’ so narrow we were often brushing vegetation on both sides at once!

Exciting school visits:

Like this one at Kalasa, in a building funded by Shanklin URC on the Isle of Wight. Or the visit to a newly established (4 years) Christian second-ary school in a deep bush area, where Martin Sendagi – who I first met in the UK 15 years ago, when Romans1.11Trust brought him over to study here. His vision, birthed here in the UK, to establish this also as a mission training base, is coming to fruition.
It was good to see Samuel Muhumuza, who was here last year, and Patrick Ggenza, who many will remember from his visit several years earlier, among many others.

Here is Patrick (with Fred) speaking at Wanyange.
But perhaps the most signifi-cant aspect, for me at least, was presenting certificates – and a prize for the best performing student, to the graduates from our first training course at Kyenjojo. Bernard, who directed the course was one of the student I had helped to teach in 2005/6!
Here I am addressing the graduates: (Bernard, in the blue suit on the left, is interpreting into the local language)

Here I am addressing the graduates: (Bernard, in the blue suit on the left, is interpreting into the local language)

There is so much more, both from this latest trip and from my overall Uganda experience that I’d love to share with you. Whether at home groups or in a specially laid on event, I can offer more. And I’m happy to talk about the ongoing work – and the possibility of joining a future trip. This time (and last year) Mike & Jane Saqui travelled with us: Perhaps some of you may wish to in the future?
Blessings
Jon