I am working just outside of Jinja, Uganda in the slum community called Masese. Masese holds the worst of village and city life and the combination is deadly. Unthinkable poverty, hunger, tropical disease, inadequate health care, and lack of infrastructure combine with population density, unemployment, landlessness, every kind of communicable diseases (AIDS, etc) as well as rampant alcohol addiction and prostitution. These are only the some of the many physical concerns that plague Masese.
There is also clear need for Christ. Many within Masese do not know or want to know about God and have openly rejected the local church that is within the community. The desire and expectation moving forward with working in Masese is two-fold. To do Relief & Development initiatives within the community as well as Discipleship & Evangelism. My desire is to see a healthy “church” spring up, not a brick building, but a people who worship God in spirit and truth. I want God glorified in Masese, and only He can bring that about. And so, that is “About the Work”, a desire and action towards lives transformed and souls filled with praise.
I have committed to at least 2 years with Equip International here in Masese and Jinja, Uganda and I am currently in a learning and relationship building stage. As time progresses I am hoping to have a greater understanding of the needs and how I can best to come alongside the people in Masese. Currently, I am assisting with initiatives already in place and prayerfully considering how God might be using me to potentially develop other opportunities in Masese in the future.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
-I pray that this passage might become a reality in Masese-