Angelina and her children were forced from their home in 2013 when the first tribal violence erupted in South Sudan. Angelina and her family ended up around 130 miles south of South Sudan’s southern border, in Kiryandongo Refugee settlement near Bweyale, Uganda. Last month, ITMI helped a team of believers from Juba, South Sudan equip pastors and leaders in Bweyale with a 3-day workshop.
Allow me to share with you a testimony from Muhindo Kawede, our partner in Uganda. I hope you can read between the lines and experience some of the challenges he had and the unfairness directed at him by church leaders in the Congo when he “spoke the truth in love” to them.
These are just a few of the items provided by supporters for our guys to take with them to bless our partners and their ministries. …
“There was such a lack of tension and a lack of angst there… We later found out that so many of them have gotten saved through Kawede’s ministry and have been, and are being discipled, that it’s just revolutionized the flavor inside this prison.”
ITMI’s Steve Evers and Kent Reisenauer tell us all about their time in Uganda! They’re sharing all kinds of stories, including an unexpected way the Lord provided while they were purchasing printed Bibles for prisoners, a funny side story involving the purchased Bibles, how they came to have leather covers and what happened when the guys opened the boxes of Bibles and how Steve’s first time preaching in a prison went. You’ll hear numerous ways ITMI supporters have made a big impact in Uganda.
What struck me in this particular slum – where at least 30% of the residents are refugees from Kawede’s homeland – was that the people live in such filthy conditions, it’s hard to describe.
“Something funny happened as we waited for our departure plane in Phoenix,” Steve says. It was 10pm on a Tuesday night. We were waiting to board our plane in the crowded waiting area. Other than the normal amount of TSA security-induced tension in the room, it was a fairly subdued crowd.
The village dashed madly for their huts. They had caught one glimpse of the initial brownish-grey clean-out water spilling from the head of the newly drilled well. Moments later, they returned with the various makeshift containers, ready to collect the contaminated water.
Mugabi Abdallah was a twenty-two-year-old Muslim accused by his girlfriend of something he believes he did not do.Heartbroken and hopeless, he was serving his sentence in Kauga Prison in Uganda.
Francis could not hold his gratitude at bay. With tears of gratitude, maybe even relief, he fell to his knees and flung his arms around the legs of ITMI’s Steve Evers, sobbing. “Thank you. Thank you…” he kept repeating. What Steve was empowered by ITMI supporters to do was simple. For Francis, it was life-changing.