It’s great to meet together as God’s church in a building, to praise and worship, the hear from God’s word and to pray together. But being a follower of Jesus is more than that. He calls us, all of us, to be His witnesses; in our families, our friendship groups, our schools, colleges and workplaces, our communities, our country and our world.
There’s no denying that this call is huge, it’s challenging, and if we’re honest, a little daunting! But there are many ways that we can fulfil this call. On an individual level, we should be ready to share our testimony, to share the good news of Jesus in season and out (2 Timothy 4:2). But when we start to move outwards, it can be helpful to partner with and support others who are already fulfilling this call.
As a local church, we launched a local mission project, Forget-Me-Notts, and this Sunday we were able to launch a brand new partnership.
Our good friends at Operation Orphan have been supporting a school project in Uganda since 2010. Pencott Valley school in Mbale was founded by Philip and Margaret, who in 2002, moved into the area with the intention of helping the families living in the slum community.
The aim of the school is to provide free education for orphans and vulnerable children, living in the surrounding slum, whose carers can’t afford to send them to school. Here’s a video of Brad, Co-Founder of Operation Orphan, introducing the project.
Whilst on a recent visit to the project Brad was able to offer additional strategic support following flash floods that occurred a week earlier in the local area. We took this as an opportunity to begin our partnership by donating an initial sum of £2,000.
Our partnership with Operation Orphan and Pencott Valley school is a long term commitment and we look forward to building relationships with the team on the ground, and hopefully sending teams out to the school in years to come.
If you’d like to help us in our partnership with this project, you are welcome to make a donation. We guarantee that 100% of money for our missions work goes directly to support the project.