On the move in Africa!Rich Stigall
Today, I’m in Uganda. I’m here with Adrien and the Long Hollow Church leadership. We arrived late last night, and drove to Masaka this morning. We spent the day at Kyotera Village, one of our children’s villages here.
Wow, what a day. We were all blown away by the great work of the local church at Kyotera.
Kyotera is in Rakai District, the epicenter of the African HIV/AIDS pandemic (the first discovered AIDS case in Africa was in Rakai). 2 years ago, there was a lifeless plot of land along a red dirt road here, with an empty building once intended to be a church plant. Enter Pastor Diton, a Ugandan pastor with a heart to serve the poor. Diton started a church 2 years ago in the empty building.
In the last 2 years, this church has come to life in a huge way under Diton’s leadership. The church now cares for 84 orphans (most of whom were on their own from AIDS impact in the family), and has become a growing community influence. As Diton said today, the Lord is transforming this community from “the bottom up” as the church brings the neediest children into family at the church. As an example, I’ll tell you about Stephen in a minute.
The church’s faithfulness is being rewarded. Long Hollow is going to take on the kids’ care, add several more homes, and fund a school for 250 children here. This work is exploding of life!
Here’s a pic of some of the cute little children’s homes at Kyotera. Thanks so much to the following for giving the 84 a shot: Enegren family, Moyes family, Heiniger family, Seyferth family, Breckon family, Bicknell family, and Church of the Resurrection.