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ELECTRICITY ARRIVES AT EDENSET PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL, Luwero district, Uganda,
EDENSET PRIMARY AND NURSERY SCHOOL
School name: EDENSET Primary & Nursery School
Project: School Electricity Access (SEA) Project 2021
Location: Nabinaka Village, Mazzi parish, Kamira Sub County, Luwero district, Uganda
Contact person: Reverend Eve Clive Nansereko.
Contact details: P.O Box 349, Luweero, Tel. 0782154254,
Document title: The SEA project implementation report
The success of the SEA project came about as a result of a Request for proposal (RFP) by Pastor Cyndi Higgins, the founder and international director of Run Away Brides (RABS) international ministries situated in the U.S.A but with evangelical programs running in the continent of Africa. Through her ministry and service she has supported the school to access reliable electricity to which this report is in respect thereto.
Edenset primary and Nursery school, a remote school providing education to a community which according to 2002 Kamira sub county baseline survey had 0.4% of the population with ordinary level of education certificate. No wonder, the area is considered as the Karamoja of Luwero because of its deep rooted backwardness in terms of social, economic and spiritual conditions in the heart of Luwero district in Uganda, could never ever at any near future access electricity as now seen fully connected to the service through the support of RABS. This is a great ray of hope for the school to solve the frail sections of its efforts to reach out and sustain academic excellence.
This divinely designed opportunity comes following Pastor Cyndi Higgins compassionate heart to serve Christ in the heartland of Africa and in a holy discontent of passionately desiring to see children in Africa receive quality education as well as a Christ transformed community.
She was at the school located at a ‘small’ remote village called Nabinaka, in Mazzi parish, Kamira sub county in Luwero district, Uganda in 2018. She ecstatically preached in a RABS Conference organized by Good Samaritan Outreach International Church with, a ‘big God,” on the homeland of the school where she left the community set free from bondage.
No sooner had she left the government then planned to extend an electricity grid to the village which is over 30 kms away from the nearest electricity grid. Praise the Lord! That now the light of Christ does not only get seen in the spiritual but is also manifested in the physical illuminating the dark parts of life.
IMPACT / OUTCOMES OF THE ELECTRICITY INSTALLATION
What an amazing impact that has quickly come with the electricity installation program as implemented at the school! So far:
- There has arisen general parent and community excitement and great hope in achieving their educational objectives for their children.This has led to a start of the biggest number of the previous students approaching 400 despite Covid 19 effects yet other schools within the area are struggling with very few student enrolment.
- More new students have been enrolled with increased appreciation from parents, local leaders among others.
- There has been growth in church/chapel attendance, membership as well as Sunday school that is building a generation which will have more people appreciating Christ’s work in their lives as well as upholding moral uprightness.
- Three new qualified teachers from distant districts have been recruited and they have accepted to live and work with the school that needs them most which was not so before electrical installation, as they see a promising future and opportunities to further their career through research.
HIGH LIGHTS OF IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITIES IN PICTORIAL REPRESENTATION FOR THE SEA PROJECT
The project implementation activities circled around 5 classroom block, staffroom, administrative block and dormitory, the chapel/church and included acquisition of electricity license, purchase of materials, wiring, installation, and labor. Materials were purchased according to the budget and delivered on site and work begun on 21st of December, 2021 despite the interruption that came about due to the demise of Eve Clive’s father the late Nsereko Edward on the 22nd /12/2021.
The contractors engaged in the activities were from a company known as Billy electricals LTD from Kampala.
THERE IS MUCH MORE WORK TO DO
The challenge and future Prospects
Because the five semi-finished permanent classrooms that the school has are unable to provide learning facility enough for children from Nursery to grade 7, the school with the little savings from school fees paid, raised a 4 classroom block to foundation level in August 2021. From here well-wishers, Mrs. Harriet & Joseph Sserwadda came in and supported with the building to wall plate level. However, with electrical installation there has been increased enrolment that created a need that now urgently requires completion of the building otherwise learning of the children is at stake. Therefore, we long for your prayers and still believing God for phased completion starting with roofing that has been estimated at a budget of 18,305,000 UGX ($5,720.00 USD) and soon thereafter do electrical installation estimated at 2,107,000 UGX ($658.00 USD).
RABS’ 2021 GIVING TUESDAY’S BENEFICIARY “Covenant Family Based Orphanage, Moi’sBridge Kenya.”
HOW WE’VE FINANCIAL OPERATED THE ORPHANAGE: We had been running the orphanage with small local church donations, philanthropy from abroad, and supplementing the costs for school, food, and care, by farming and harvesting marketable produce on a rented parcel of land. However, in 2020, the landlord died and his descendants refused to continue renting the parcel to us and this act derailed our financial ability. This unfortunate situation limited the necessary resources needed to take care of the twenty-nine orphans currently in our care. But, day by day the number of children could increase due to various reasons, but we are financially strapped and are unable at this time to take in any more school-aged children due to the outside expenses for education. We need additional support from donors such as USAID, church organizations, philanthropists just to name a few to meet the needs. Also a few staff members are needed as both Samson and Rose are in their early-seventies and its difficult for them to do all the necessary work to do everything needed for these orphans. We seek continuous financial support to manage the facility. Thank you, Bishop Samson Walala and Rose Walala.
WHAT DO RATS, JIGGERS, SCABIES, FREE FLOUR, MEDICAL AND FOOD PROGRAMS, MISSIONARIES, AND AN ORPHANAGE, HAVE IN COMMON?
THE COMMON THING THEY ALL HAVE IS YOU AND ME THROUGH RUN AWAY BRIDES INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES. We can all come together and help these that truly cannot help themselves. Open your hearts, beloveds, and see what the Lord will do with the blessings He has blessed you with. We thank all of our RABS International Ministries’ prayer and financial partners. Without you these many humanitarian outreaches would not be possible. With your help we have accomplished a lot and we are grateful.
March 2021, was a busy month for RABS International Ministries. We had missionaries helping in the remote villages of Karamoja Region in the most wilderness areas of Uganda. Our missionaries, Pastor Denis Muwanguzi and Rev. Eva Clive Nansereko have worked hard in this regions and now the challenges for the villagers is even greater than before. They are currently there (April 21, 2021) working to eradicate the infestation of rats, scabies, and jiggers. They have also carried in food and water and medicine for the villages.
Our volunteer missionaries did seven missions carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Uganda and two missions in DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in March and April 2021. They visited several churches and were hosted for RABS 3-day conferences in Uganda: Nakasongola, Bulesa/Buuni, Bukimo, Buwolero, Bugiri, Nansaga, and Kigulu. In DRC: Kasindi District, and Mambasa District.
On International Women’s Day, March 7, 2021, in Kiereka Kasokoso, Uganda, a suburb of Kampala, Mama Cyndi’s Milling Company gave away 100 (5kg–11.2 pounds) of Maize Flour to vulnerable widows and single mothers of the community. Covid-19 has drastically increased the malnutrition and starvation issues already existing in the forgotten ghettos and remote villages.
Now the RABS family has opened their hearts to a new cry for help! As with any ministry and especially during a pandemic, needs continue coming in. This current ministry need has come to us as many of the previous financial partners of Covenant Family of God Home Based Orphanage, Moi’sBridge, Kenya, are currently unable to help due to Covid-19 deaths, sicknesses, and financial losses. RABS is hoping to fill the gap with prayers and financial gifts. Bishop Barasa, RABS Kenya Volunteer National Director, made a visit to the orphanage and met with a long-time friend of RABS, Bishop Samson Walala. Bishop Barasa has given us a full report of the current situation., which can be read if you download the attached PDF.
Currently 6 children are in higher education, one even accepted to Nzoia College of Nursing, and 19 children in different classes within the primary levels. All of these children were street children. They have come from the streets and the garbage heaps and dumpsters of Moi’sBridge.
PLEASE DOWNLOAD the full report below and read all the RABS News covering these needs and the stories that go along with them.
God Bless you and thank you for all that you do to help in these difficulties that many are struggling with.
Pastor Cyndi Higgins (Deiters)
RABS INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Covenant Family of God Home Based Orphanage in Moi’sBridge, Kenya
RUN AWAY BRIDES INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER
April 19, 2021
We thank all our RABS International Ministries’ prayer and financial partners. Without you these many humanitarian outreaches would not be possible. With your help we have accomplished a lot and we are grateful. Because of you and the gifts you sent RABS, as I write I can report to you that Pastor Denis Muwanguzi is in the mission field in Karamoja Region in the three villages treating the grounds and huts, to rid them of the rat, scabies, and jigger infestation. Additionally, water has been carried into bathe and clean all the villagers and medically treat them to help heal the skin rashes and infections the scabies and jiggers have left them suffering with because of this invasion.
Because of your generosity, Pastor Denis was also enabled to take drinking water, Maize Flour, salt, sugar, dry beans, and rice to the villagers as well. We are grateful that one of you is volunteering to sponsor Catherine, a teenage-single-mother. She has been accepted into a private school to complete her high-school equivalent Successful Students from Streets to School degree and then after six-months, she will move into a boarding school with her young-child into Vocational studies.
As with any ministry and especially during a pandemic, needs continue coming in. This current ministry need has come to us as many of the previous financial partners of Covenant Family of God Home Based Orphanage, Moi’sBridge, Kenya, are currently unable to help due to Covid-19 deaths, sicknesses, and financial losses. RABS is hoping to fill the gap with prayers and financial gifts. Bishop Barasa made a visit to the orphanage and he has given us the following report. Please consider helping these beloved children—one time!
Bishop Wilfred’s report: I found out during my visit to the Orphanage with Bishop Walala the director of the orphanage how desperate for help they are. With a sole-hands he and his wife care for these children with extremely limited resources. They house the children in their own house with very few facilities that can sustain these children and make the daily costs.
This photo is of the director with two boys who have been raised at the orphanage ever since 2009. Namely Victor asai who is in Form 2 and Amos Odera Form 2.
Those who are not in the picture but are also in high school include Linda Nasike – boarding school Form 3, Junet Anyango day school Form 3, Nancy Simiyu, boarding Form 1, Samuel Muyenga Musambai has been offered a place in Nzoia College of Nursing.
In addition to students in higher grades, they have 19 orphans in primary schools: 6 pupils in upper primary, 8 pupils in lower primary and 5 kids in Kindergarten. Their requirements are $21.00 per child as quality assessment fees. There are other requirements like school uniforms, shoes, books, pens, and other educational materials. Other Challenges
- Lack of Mattresses
- Lake of blankets
- Lack of shoes
- Lack of enough space
- Lack of clothes
- Lack of books
- Lack of educational material
- Lack of cooking materials
- Lack of enough food
The two beds which you are see are shared with 6 boys, 3 on each bed. In one of the pictures Bishop Walala shows where the food is been prepared with a small cooking pot. There is not enough space in the kitchen. Beds are shared with many kids with not enough blankets. They are using blankets as mattresses on some of the beds. I was shown bricks that they anticipate building a shelter for these children so that they can have spacious room for their stay, dining, and a better kitchen.
I am appealing to all well wishers, both men and women of God and all people of good will to stand in their fervent prayers to support these children individually or help the ministry in the following areas:
- SAMUEL MUSAMBAI: First Year College Fees Balance of $1840.00
- NANCY SIMIYU; has high School fee arrears $264
- LINDA NASIKE: has high School fee arrears $263
- JUNET ANYANGO: has high School fee arrears $100
- VICTOR MASAI: has high School fee arrears $100
- AMOS ODERA: has high School fee arrears $100
- FOR OTHER 19 PRIMARY CHILDREN Total needed $397
- Total Current Educational Fees Needed $3,064.
CLOSING REMARKS: The Challenges which Bishop Samson Walala goes through are verifiably viable. I, Bishop Wilfred Barasa of Kenya, Kenya RABS Volunteer National Director have observed all these and witnessed with my own eyes the challenges which Bishop Samson Walala goes through as you can see in the photos him with me verifying some of the school documents. With an eye of favor truly-speaking, there is need for provisional support and prayers so that these children can put a smile on their faces, have hope for the future, and in this manner praise the name of the living God.
Bishop Wilfred Barasa
Kenya RABS Volunteer National Director
CHILDREN & ELDERLY NEEDING OUR HELP
Printable PDF with Photos available:
March 8, 2021
Warm greetings RABS & Mummy Cyndi
I am grateful to God for enabling me to travel and conduct RABS’ ministry activities in Karamoja Region in Kaabong and Moroto districts. I was able to pay the 15 student’s fees and buy their uniforms and provide their scholastic material funds and pay for their daily food and care expenses. I thank RABS for the prayers and support rendered. Every mission has its unique challenges and experiences, but God abides with us through all.
I thank God for the educational funds and village treatment funds I received from RABS USA. I came to realize everywhere you go in Karamoja, they are battling with scabies, jiggers, bed bugs and rats and hunger. I am perplexed beyond reason at the level of infestation and starvation they are suffering. This nature and magnitude of infestation necessitates the spraying of all households before even administering treatment to the individuals. I had to buy two medium sprayers for the task. I also managed to acquire some medication for scabies and some for jiggers plus some rodenticide. Since their huts are built close to one another, and a good number of them already suffering from these communicable problems. I needed to conduct the spraying and treatment operation in the entire villages, but I could not.
First, I had limited medication and it could only be applied to a few people and just enough spray for a few huts. Secondly, the spraying required the huts be first entirely dampened before spraying and those being treated to first bathe before applying the medication to their bodies. However, it is so hot and dry in these villages that folks can spend days even weeks without bathing. Water is very scarce. Thirdly, I had no food to give them while I was conducting the operation, which means they could not leave the compound and scavenge for their food, because it was needful for all of them to be fully involved especially the first two days. Finally, I could not afford an interpreter and alone it was extremely hard explaining and engaging with the villagers. I had to cancel the treatment program in the three Loleria villages in Kaabong district. Because needs were so profound, I had to decide who to treat and who not to. Loleria villages in Kaabong District were my intended target for this initial treatment program. Their entire camps must be treated due to the severity of the infestation. Due to my limited supplies, I decided to take the program to Moroto district in Aworob and Kambizi villages.
In Aworob village I was helped by Anna, the fellowship leader there and in Kambizi village, Pastor Okwi and a Village Health Trainee helped me. I decided to select only the elderly and the very-young who were adversely affected. The rest will be worked on in subsequent operations. Here I had to buy water for the people to bathe. The VHT helped in bathing the children. The photos show the few huts I could spray and the few people I could treat with the medicine. I wish I could have done more, but I am grateful to RABS for enabling this first phase. In Aworob, which is along Moroto-Kitale Road, I had to acquire soldiers from a nearby barracks for security. These areas still have tribal clashes and cattle raids using guns, spears, and arrows and some lives have been lost. I had to pay a fee to get three armed personnel to cover us. Some of the increased violence is due to the starvation conditions. Before the mission was over, my funds were gone. I had to call my wife, Lydia, to send me transport money to get back home.
We cannot treat all five villages now, but we can treat people, huts, and grounds in the Loleria Camps, Kolmeo, Nakatapan, and Mouledu tightknit neighborhoods greatly infected. There are between five and six hundred people including children in these 3 villages. A little less than four hundred are affected by one or more of these ailments. The budget is missing the cost of beans and rice, but greatly needed (costing $260.00 USD).
Report and budget submitted by
Pastor Denis Peter Muwanguzi
Uganda Volunteer National Director
ESTIMATED BUDGET FOR DISINFECTING AND TREATMENT OF LOLERIA VILLAGE
|ITEM||QTY||UNIT PRICE||SUB TOTAL||TOTAL|
|Sprayers (15 ltrs each)||2 cans||110,000||220,000|
|Benzyl benzoate (scabies)||150 units||5,000||750,000|
|Jigger ointment (4people/tin)||5 dzns||40,000||200,000|
|Medicinal soap (6people/piece)||5 dzns||30,000||150,000|
|Disinfectant spraying(1ltr/10homes)||15 ltrs||40,000||600,000|
|Rodenticide (for rats)||30 pkts||5,000||150,000|
|Pain killers (dynapar)||1 pkt||25,000||25,000|
|Antibiotics (ampiclox)||2 pkts||25,000||50,000|
|Syringes (5mls-10, 10mls-10)||20 pcs||1,000||10,000|
|Maize flour (20kg by 4days)||80kgs||3,000||240,000|
|sugar (5kg by 4 days)||20kgs||4,000||80,000||2,580,000|
|Transport to kaabong (to and from)||2*2pple||125,000||500,000|
|Boda kaabong to loleria (to and fro)||2*3 pple||50,000||300,000|
|Feeding (b/fast, lunch, super for 2)||2*7days||25,000||350,000|
|Water for bathing & wetting huts||1000 ltrs||100,000||100,000|
|TOTAL $1,223.45 US DOLLARS||3,915,000|
I am sharing this need with you, because in the past you have helped Run Away Brides International Ministries care for these five Remote Villages of Karamoja Region, the desolate area of Northern Uganda. RABS adopted these villages in late 2018. We began by helping students complete their educations. We now have fifteen full time students back in school. Your gifts helped start farming projects and now the villages have the tools they need for seasonal planting and harvesting. You have helped us in protecting against elephants raiding their gardens and crops. Your donations have allowed us to carry food and water into these villages and camps when even The Red Cross could not make it in because of flooding, washed out roads, and bridges. Now, Beloved, they are facing these new heartbreaking conditions. Please if you can help us with any amount in 2021, we would be incredibly grateful. Because of Covid-19, we did not ask for help in 2020, but now we need to help these that seemingly have been overlooked during the pressure of the pandemic by their government and large international ministries.
Thank you and God Bless you,
Pastor Cyndi Higgins email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RABS International Director
Run Away Brides (RABS) International Ministries
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2020 RABS EAST AFRICA ANNUAL REPORT BY PASTOR MILTON WANYAMA, RABS AFRICA COORDINATOR
Run Away Brides International Ministries Report on the RABS’ 2020 ACTIVITIES.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It’s with my humble pleasure to thank the Lord for the vision God gave to Mama /Rev. Cyndi Higgins, Founder Run Away Brides International Ministries. Praise the Lord for RABS.
In 2017, the Lord spoke through his servant Mama to build and start up a sustainable ministry project. In 2018, through various events it became clear it would be a Flour Mill as an income generating business in Kireka- Kasokoso one of the suburbs of Kampala Uganda.
The Mill is a labor of love and along with its frustrations has had many notable successes mostly not financial gains but soul gains and friendships and strong community relationships. The Mill has been registered under limited company. All this effort in gaining territory for the Lord is by the help of my dear beloved servant of God bearing her name, Mama Cyndi Milling Company LTD.
The Mill’s purpose is to support the needy as we push forward the mission work of God. Although the place is dominated with Muslims and witchcraft, we are witnessing many in the community especially in our neighborhood responding positively to the vision and accepting Christ as their personal Savior and many attending the newly opened church, Christ Brides Church, where I minister as a senior pastor.
This is a very big role the Mill is playing despite the pandemic, since the outbreak as from March up to date, and so we are enjoying the fruits of mama’s vision, and currently I am serving the community in many aspects as an evangelist in the area as well as doing charitable services.
I thank God for James’ presence at the Mill, working as a manager and balancing the book records for the stability of the company. I am proud of the tireless effort he’s rendering.
We started overseeing this charity program by denoting maize flour to the hungry and needy people with the help of area council chairman Mr. Haji Musa. Haji has been our community-leader icon in the area. Though we don’t have a commonality in our faith, we do have in common the passion to help all others, especially in this deprived community full of hopelessness. God is using him – we saw this demonstrated especially in February during Mama Cyndi’s visit, the food distribution to widows and single mothers, was successful through Haji Musa, (Kasokoso LC 1 chairperson), and his team of counsel men and women who played a very big role in bringing women together. I am very pleased as many of the counsel members have continued to support the Mill with flour purchases as well as purchases used to help the poor and needy of the community throughout 2020. Another coordinated food distribution between the Local Counsel and Mama Cyndi’s Milling Company LTD is planned for mid-March 2021.
I thank God by His grace there has been a drastic change in the lives of our neighborhoods, and the image of the helping hands of Jesus through RABS ministries at large despite the hard times we have faced in 2020 has improved and established many new relationships throughout the communities of Kasokoso.
I am so excited to have such a ministerial opportunity to serve the church, and the Kingdom of God, and the community with natural and spiritual food through the Mill as we prepare the church for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By the grace of God, I have been held responsible for every detail from start, and now to the Mill’s operations and productions as witnessed in the mill’s premise.
God bless Mama Cyndi so much and the entire USA RABS body. Your guidance and love and all the prayers have given us the opportunity and strength to overcome insurmountable obstacles brought on by the 2020 pandemic. I also wish to thank all of you our financial partners for the generosity and effort you each render to make the ends meet.
Secondly, I want to thank the Lord as RABS coordinator Africa, for the Fourth Annual International Missions we held alongside of Mama in January/February 2020 before Covid19 outbreak. God moved in a tremendous way through the woman of God, Mama Cyndi. The teachings continue to echo throughout Uganda as we have watched the hand of God work miracles in spite of all the pandemic difficulties.
The crusades and conferences were highly attended in all the 7 cities we went; Kiryandongo, Jinja, Busia, Bugiri, Kampala, Entebbe, and Bulenga. All these for the glory of God. Uganda in general did not remain the same. Although leaving the Kigumba mission and heading for Jinja was challenging with engine failure of our mission van, forcing Pastor Denis and Evangelist Moko into sleeping inside the van on the way at late night, and succumbing to unusual remedies, which was a new normal for our mama, she remained faithful in the mission stepping through the difficulties. She also kept encouraging us to push the vehicle and move forward with prayers and fighting words against the enemy of our souls.
All the cities we traversed in, we saw the hand of God moving and still people testify up to date for the great and mighty move of God. Though we will not be able to host an international mission 2021 with mama, it shall not cease us from moving forward with RABS Ministries’ faith assignment, “bringing back the Brides of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I therefore thank the Lord for the schedules and all the budgets and the arrangements I oversee during mama’s visit in Uganda and the other East African nations’ ongoing RABS missions under the watchful eye of the USA RAB Board of Directors. Thank you for putting this trust in me.
To all my RABS International Team Coworkers, for the great work you did this year. Mama’s personal interpreter, Apostle Moses Bwire who was able to keep up with mama’s fiery preaching under the anointing. After mama’s leaving Apostle Moses had many planned 2020 RABS missions, but Covid19 restrictions caused those to be cancelled. However later this year, he was able to hold a few RABS missions after the Covid19 restrictions were relaxed so he could travel these past few months taking the RABS faith assignment to new territories.
I thank Pastor Denis our Uganda RABS director. I respect the anointing upon his life as he is dedicated to helping children across Uganda especially in Karamoja where most missionaries won’t go because of the danger. He and Rev. Eva Clive had many 2020 RABS missions planned for all of 2020 in the school projects and farming projects in Karamoja Region, however Covid19 put a stop to all those plans. He and Rev. Eva Clive though were enabled to take a December mission to the region and check on the villages and the students and have fellowship in each village with the villagers and they just recently returned just before Christmas with a full report regarding the students RABS is supporting and the village projects initiated in 2018. Additionally, Pastor Denis has been our RABS trustworthy International driver three years in a row now and our financial consultant and regional advisor during travels with mama.
Many thanks to Mama’s East African advisor and Uganda Associate RABS director, Rev. Eva Clive. It’s indescribable everything she does before and while mama is visiting any of the East African nations. She is completely responsible for mama’s care and health day and night and we can never thank her enough for all that she does. She’s a real blessing to RABS ministries.
She too represents RABS in the ongoing women’s ministries in East Africa and soon when COVID-19 is under control and travel restrictions are lifted, she will continue her plans to travel to Mombasa Kenya for a RABS Women’s Conference with our RABS Gospel Singer, Sister Viola.
I thank Bishop Wilfred Barasa who always works closely with Rev. Eva for mama’s health when she’s here in Africa, and also my counterpart associate administrator for me as well. While traveling in different parts of East African countries, he accompanies me and teaches alongside of me. Bishop is spiritually strong and biblical sound in his thinking and he is always steady and a real asset to me and to RABS at large. Oftentimes I consult with him and get his good counsel. I cannot praise him too highly because his tireless advice and directive contribution are too valuable not to properly acknowledge.
I thank Moko our RABS East Africa Music Director who plays a big role in reaching the remotest parts of Uganda and more so in the Barracks with Uganda defense Forces, UPDF, and the Military Christian Fellowship and Military Task Force for Jesus Christ going to places even where RABS has not sent him. Mama’s visit to the Military base in Entebbe and her preaching at the Military Fellowship gathering in February 2020, united RABS with the Military Fellowship causing an inseparable bond.
I thank our RABS volunteer gospel artists, songwriters, and preachers/teachers of the Word of God, sister Carol and sister Viola of Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya for their continued efforts in taking RABS ministries’ faith assignment forward in lifting others spiritually where it is possible in accordance with Kenya’s strict Covid19 restrictions. Both of them have recorded new gospel and worship songs and produced music videos this year with commitment to serving our King of kings and Lord of lords. They don’t shy away every time I announce mama’s coming to Uganda and in different parts of East African nations, they are ever ready. May the Lord bless them abundantly.
When mama ignited the RABS fire in Kigumba, Uganda, Rev. John Nsubuga has carried on the faith assignment in Kiryandongo broadcasting on Kibamba FM radio every Sunday teaching RABs and winning back the lost souls to Christ. We are receiving good news as many runaway brides are coming back to Christ Jesus through this radio broadcast. May the Lord grant him more desire for his work.
Our National Volunteer Directors, Pastor Robert of DRC, Evangelists Gervas of Tanzania, and Missionary Pastor Wycliffe of Kenya working abroad in many African nations; I extend my full thankfulness for the many conferences and teachings they have fully extended throughout 2020 with fervent prayers and fast assemblies and missions far exceeding our expectations through the empowerment of the Spirit of God and the vigor of themselves and those saints and Christian Organizations standing with them in their respective nations.
I thank Pasteur Robert of DRC for the RABS missions he boldly led and carried out after the Covid19 restrictions were lifted. Traveling is made much harder and more dangerous in some areas of DRC with: COVID-19 and the realities of the war in Ituri province and Haut Uele, and many cases of Ebola in these areas.
I thank Evangelist Gervas of Tanzania for the December Conferences and Crusades he hosted which included some of the RABS Teachings in the ministering alongside of some of the most trustworthy pastors and bishops that Mama herself trained in 2017 while in Tanzania.
I also thank the Lord for Bishop Wilfred Barasa, RABS Volunteer Kenya National Director for the many works he is involved in pursuing the runaway brides of Christ as well as the lost—yet to hear of the salvation power of Jesus Christ. Bishop Wilfred’s classes he teaches to many Kenyan Pastors and Christian Leaders at the RABS office in Moi’sbridge Kitale. These classes include the use of the first two published works: “RABS Bible Study,” Consisting of 12 Lessons and the “Reconciled Bridal Relationships Handbook,” and some of Mama’s later published works, “Biblical Lectures, Sermons, and Topics for RAB Bible Training,” and “No Ordinary Devotional for Extraordinary Times.” He has just begun introducing some of the new students to mama’s online recorded Facebook RABS Sunday Conversations. These messages are both encouraging and educational.
I also thank him for the newly established Bible Study he is hosting in Kipsingor Nandi county. Which is proving fruitful. It’s my prayer that God enables these classes to grow and sprout to a bigger RABS center that will draw many to become agents of change in people’s lives, bringing back the runaway Brides.
With these few remarks, I thank the almighty God for all the African RABS’ teams, enduring all the challenges they have been through during the lockdown- with one aim of making sure, the Brides of Christ are won back to Christ. Their efforts are not in vain. As Paul emphasis in Philippians 4:19; “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
It’s my prayers that we continue to remember one another in prayers and in support for the RABS missions to move forward as we step into 2021. May the Lord bless RABS International Ministries.
Yours Milton Wanyama.
RABS Africa Volunteer Coordinator
Mid-week Devotion for March 17, 2021
RABS’ MIDWEEK DEVOTIONAL FOR March 17, 2021
Dear Friends and Family
Jesus was steeped in the Hebrew scriptures. When He said in Matthew 5:10, O the blessedness of the pure in heart, for they shall see God, He drew from the rich Scriptures. In Ezekiel 11, God promises to gather the people of Israel back to their land from the nations where they are scattered. Then He promises in verses 19-20: And I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them; I will remove their heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh, so they may follow My statutes, keep My ordinances, and practice them. Then they will be My people, and I will be their God.
One heart is the opposite of a divided heart. David prays in Psalm 86:11-12: Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided heart to fear Your name. I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever. A person with a divided heart has one foot in the Kingdom of God and one foot in the world.
After prophet Nathan confronted King David of his sin with Bathsheba, he prayed: Psalm 51:10: God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me. The Hebrew word for “clean” is thahor. Girdlestone, in Old Testament Synonyms, notes that in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures, thahor is translated as katharos, “pure,” the word found in the beatitude.
As we trace the verb katharidzo, “to cleanse” or “to purify,” we find that all the Old Testament sacrifices and cleansing rituals are fulfilled in Christ. We read in Hebrews 1:3: After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Hebrews 9:11-14 gives more detail: But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse (kathariei) our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?
1 John 1:7 tells us: …the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. Consequently, John encourages us in verse 9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Paul writes in Ephesians 5:26: Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He also writes in Titus 2:14: He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works. In light of these truths, Paul exhorts us in 2 Corinthians 7:1: Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.
These passages teach us that the offering of Christ is effective not only for pardon from sins but also for cleansing for all who feel their moral pollution. Augustus Toplady’s famous hymn begins: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in thee; Let the water and the blood, From thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure, Save from wrath and make me pure.”
Nor are these benefits afforded to the Jews only. When Peter shared the Gospel with the Gentile household of Cornelius, they were saved, filled with the Spirit, and spoke in tongues—much to the astonishment of Peter and his Jewish companions. In Acts 11:3, Peter was criticized by some saying, “You visited uncircumcised men and ate with them!” Peter simply told the story of their conversion and verse 18 records that When they heard this they became silent. Then they glorified God, saying, “So God has granted repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles!” Later, in Acts 15:8-9, Peter notes: And God, who knows the heart, testified to them by giving the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing (katharisas) their hearts by faith.
The godly life, the ministry, and the sacrificial death of Messiah fulfill the meaning of all the ceremonial cleansing of the Old Testament rituals so that, the moment we trust in Christ, God sees us as pure, holy, dressed in the immaculate white robe of His righteousness. We are regarded as clean in the sight of God through the mediation of our great High Priest. But then, as we walk with the LORD and learn of Him, there is the actual moral change—the clean heart, the renewed spirit, the godly life. There is even a change in our social position; Paul tells the Gentiles in Ephesians 2:19: So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household….
The promise is that the pure in heart will see God. What can that possibly mean? Those whose hearts are changed by the grace, power, and indwelling Holy Spirit of God will see everything in a whole different way. Every bird, every tree, every flower, every rainbow reminds us of the love and care of our gracious Heavenly Father. We will see Him in the love of every friend and family member. We may even see Him in our enemies.
Love and Shalom,
Chaplain John Hollis, Arbutus Park Manor
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MANY RAISING THEIR HANDS AND PRAYING THE SALVATION PRAYER AT THE CRUSADES
SCABIES IS A WORLDWIDE PROBLEM
|Pastor Denis treating villagers with scabies’ rash and Jigger bites in the Remote Villages of Karamoja Region Northern Uganda–February 20, 2021|
Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It is very painful and debilitating. My brothers and sisters created in the image of God, cannot sit, sleep, or walk comfortably because of scabies and jiggers. More than two thirds of these people in the camps of Loleria in Kaabong district are affected with these plagues.
This is the most disturbing and threatening phenomenon we found in all the villages we ministered to. Ninety percent of the children and sixty percent of the adults are suffering from scabies and jiggers. Some children cannot sit or walk. It is so sickening to see these folks limping with sores and swollen legs, hands, feet, palms, backs etc. These scabies are likely to be spread by rats. There are very many rats in these villages. Medical practitioners say the only way to help this community rid themselves of these infestations is by treating all the affected together. The whole operation will require pesticides, anti-scabies cream, rodenticide for rats, sprayers, antibiotics, pain killers, soap, protection gear, basins, paraffin and feeding for those involved. It is a heavy task. Scabies affects all ages and races and annually over 300 million cases are reported.
The program involves spraying and disinfecting the huts and compounds of homes of the affected persons which in this case covers whole communities because they stay close to each other. The spraying is aimed at killing all the jigger larvae and scabies parasites in the dust, floor, roofs, and walls. They are also given antibiotics to prevent or treat any infection or pus development. First, a thorough body washing using soap before anything is applied, then scabies cream is applied to the whole body. After the first three or four applications, we wait for four to seven days watching the progress of healing and then apply a second round of administration where needed.
The truth is you and I can do something to help these beloveds in these remote villages. We are expected to be our brother’s keeper through responding to the hurts of the less fortunate. I ask you to express God’s love through helping in treating our brethren.
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