Uganda is a beautiful, landlocked country in East Africa, bordered by Lake Victoria to the south. It shares borders with Kenya, South Sudan, the DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania. Uganda is rich in natural resources including water from its many lakes and rivers in the country, mineral rich soils and some oil deposits. However, these plentiful resources are tempered by one of highest population growth rates in the world, which create a strain on resource allocation. Other significant national issues that have hampered industrial and economic growth over the last century include numerous civil wars and violence – the tyrannical reign of dictator, Idi Amin, is arguably the most devastating, and high rates of infectious disease like malaria schistosomiasis. Continuing violent altercations with the Lord’s Resistance Army to the north (South Sudan) and west (the DRC) have not been resolved. Uganda is also a very young country, with close to 70 percent of its population under the age of 25 (CIA World Factbook 2017). The majority of Ugandans have been reached with the Gospel (only 9 percent are unreached), but there is a need for training and equipping Ugandan Christians with the skills to deepen and strengthen their personal faith. Please continue to pray for Uganda.
TEAM LEADER: Paul Wassawa Ssembiro
Paul has been involved with AE for the last few years, after a career in Engineering and university lecturing. As the Team Leader of African Evangelistic Enterprise (AEE), he is currently focusing on mentoring upcoming evangelists, empowering the Church for on-going urban evangelism, and raising a generation of leaders with integrity. His ministry also revolves around peace and reconciliation. It helps to bridge the gap between communities affected by religious, tribal and political conflicts in the region. He has also been involved on a global level in politics, leading Uganda’s delegation to the Lausanne III Congress in Cape Town in 2010. Paul is excited for ministry among young people and professionals. Initiatives in Uganda include the Milne Medical Clinic and city-wide missions.
PROJECT: Milne Medical Clinic
The Clinic opened in 2004, and provides a range of services to Ugandans in the greater Kampala area. It is located in Kigobe, Lugala Village. The Clinic provides free support for the local community to change and save lives. Services include infant immunisation, maternity delivery, post-natal counselling, HIV conselling and testing, family planning, dental care and outreach camps. Many have also heard the Gospel proclaimed at the Clinic! This largely self-sustaining project allows AE Uganda to connect with the vulnerable and the very young in an effective way.
Between 2014 and 2016, AE Uganda reached 4800 with medical assistance through the Medical Clinic project, using healthcare and health services as a platform from which to minister to God’s people. Though the Clinic has a fixed location, pop-up camps are set up to facilitate various city-wide missions. At the Gulu Mission in October 2016, 46 people made commitments for Christ after 2000 were seen by the medical staff.
In September 2017, the Centre will take part in the city wide mission in Kampala. Their aim is to reach out to 1000 slum dwellers with free medical consultation and basic treatment, dentistry and optical services in partnership with Christian Medical Services and other national healthcare providers. They hope also to spread the Gospel while treatment is provided.
In the last four years the Holy Spirit has been working powerfully through the AE Team in Uganda to equip them with the skills and passion to proclaim the gospel through city wide missions.
In 2014, the Hoima for Jesus Town Mission saw 6076 new commitments made for Christ. The theme of this mission was ‘Where are You?’ The mission gave the AE Uganda Team an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel, and also show the love of Christ through cleaning the town and providing medical services.
In 2015, a combination of three missions, at Njeru, Mbale and Gulu saw over 16,500 people come to Christ. These missions targeted a diverse range of people, from university and vocational training students to whole cities like Mbale.
2016 saw one mission run by AE Uganda – a university mission in partnership with RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) across 8 university campuses. 40 people made commitments for Christ through this mission. In addition, two leadership events were held in Kampala. A leaders breakfast in memoriam of Bishop Festo Kivengere was held in May, and an Evangelist’s Summit in June.
AE Uganda is looking forward to hosting the AE International focus mission for 2017, which is scheduled to take place in Kampala in September this year. Please pray for wisdom, good preparation and a bold proclamation period.
November 2016 (from AE Uganda Team Leader Paul Ssembiro0
As you pray for Uganda, please intercede for the following:
• That the pastors in Gulu will be vigilant in following up new converts from the Gulu Mission in October 2016
• For our meetings with Christian Organization leaders in Kampala as we share plans for the Kampala city wide mission 2017 (occurring September 2017).
• End of year youth conferences, conducted in partnership with churches – that the Lord will bless His people.
• For our graduating students from Nile Vocational Institutes to find work in their fields and be Christ’s ambassadors in all they do.