We’re grateful to work alongside an incredible body of international staff. In each of our ten country programs, our staff’s skills, expertise, and deep understanding of the cultures in which they work are indispensable. More than anything, though, we are inspired by their compassion for others and powerful faith in God.
It is often through sharing praises and prayer requests that we hear stories of how our staff go above and beyond their job descriptions, giving generously and humbly of themselves in order to improve the lives of those around them. For all of us, working at Water Mission is much more than a job. It’s a joy, a purpose, and a calling from God.
Recently, we spoke to our Water Mission Uganda staff members about how they have been personally collecting money, clothes, and food to share with those in greatest need around them. They focus on ministering to one community or group each year, and as they share the gifts they’ve collected, they also share the love of Christ.
In December of 2015, our Uganda team visited homes in the communities surrounding their office. They were accompanied by the chairperson of the local council of Jinja, Uganda. Children and parents alike were overjoyed to receive gifts and encouragement from the team, and they graciously welcomed our staff into their homes.
At the end of 2016, our staff visited Nalufenya Children’s Hospital in Jinja, Uganda, where they gave presents to the children, provided food and clothes for the hospital, and prayed with the families of children battling illnesses. According to Pastor Samuel Kaigo, Discipleship Officer, peace, joy, and hope was restored in the lives of many that day.
Last month, Water Mission Uganda staff visited Kirinya Prison, the second largest prison in all of Uganda. With more than 1,000 inmates in a building built to accommodate only a few hundred, the halls of Kirinya grow crowded and dark, making the hope of Christ difficult to see. Yet, we thank God that His “light shines in the darkness, and darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
In the male wing of the prison, Pastor Matthew Kazonga, a ministry partner of Water Mission Uganda, urged the men to never lose hope in the Lord. Using Acts 16, he shared encouragement from the apostle Paul’s own prison cell in Rome, reminding the prisoners of the Lord’s unfailing power and relentless love. Pastor Matthew felt God guiding him to pray a blessing over the men and invite anyone who felt called to devote their lives to Jesus. That day, five inmates dedicated their lives to the Lord!
On the women’s side of the prison, Human Resources Officer Lydia Nantumbwe led the women in songs of worship, which they accompanied with drums, clapping, and dancing. Sam Knobeloch, a Charleston Project Engineer who has relocated to Uganda, read Romans 3:20-25, emphasizing Jesus’ sacrifice for ALL of us. In Christ, he reminded the women, we have all been justified and redeemed by the love of God.
“Praise songs restored joy and united us all.”
– Lydia Nantumbwe
Fred Muwanguzi, Senior Community Development Officer, shared his testimony with the women as well. Fred explained that he, too, was once a prisoner and that God remained faithful to him through all of his suffering. The prison’s officials asked the Water Mission Uganda staff to return regularly to the prison to encourage the inmates and teach the Word of God.
In the future, our staff plans to return to Kirinya Prison with Bibles. They also plan to expand their ministry to other prisons, hospitals, and communities. Our staff around the world continue to inspire us with their dedication to sharing the sacrificial love of Christ!
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