Host Organization Supported: Mukono Discipleship Church & New Generation Primary School
2015 – Our First Mission Trip:
original post 3-26-2015:
We will be going on our first mission trip. We will be heading to Uganda, Africa to work with one of our church’s (Abundant Living Family Church) partnering organizations Mukono Discipleship Church & New Generation Primary School.
Mukono Discipleship Church has been spreading the word of God in Uganda for over twenty five years and they exist to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Uganda. Mukono Discipleship Church continues to serve Uganda daily by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people.
We will be in Uganda from October 7, 2015 to October 21, 2015. This will be a great opportunity for us to serve others for Christ on the mission field.
MUKONO DISCIPLESHIP CHURCH
Mukono Discipleship Church was founded by Pastors Henry and Harriet Senfuka in 1993 after God called them into ministry. It started as a home cell where the congregation comprised of only the pastors and their 3 children. With much prayer, fasting and door-to-door evangelism, the church started growing in numbers and church meetings had to shift from the Pastor’s home to a school in the nearby trading center in Mukono District. For nine years, the church had their services in the school every Sunday, while during weekly days they gathered under a tree in the neighborhood for mid-week services and bible studies.
In 2002, the congregation had grown to over 200 members and God made a way and the church acquired a plot of land, constructed a temporary shelter where services would be conducted from. On Sunday, 3rd March 2002, the church had their first service at their new premises. Since then, more evangelism has been done both within Mukono District and in other parts of the country basing on the great commission in the Bible, Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Today the church has a congregation of over 800 members.
Pastors Henry and Harriet have also planted six churches in different parts of the country, 2 of which are in the rural areas of Mukono District and seating congregations of over 100 members each.
Mission: To reach out to all nations with the word of God and impacting communities holistically.
NEW GENERATION PRIMARY SCHOOL
Namuyenje New Generation Nursery & Primary School was founded by Pastor Henry and Harriet Senfuka in Namuyenje village, Mukono Disctrict in January 2003. The school was started with the main intention of providing quality education to the underprivileged children in Namuyenje village.
Namuyenje village is characterized by moral decay and many social problems. The majority, over 80% of the people in this community are peasant farmers whilst a few engaged in petty trade. The population of this community can rightly be described as young with over 60% aged below 18 years. Households are large, an average of 5-7 persons, with a high dependence ratio and many underprivileged children, most of whom are orphaned.
This community has two Government Aided Primary Schools, whilst private schools, which are expensive resulting into a high rate of school dropouts and 15% children of 6-12, are out of school due to long distances from home and the lack of funds to meet scholastic needs.
This situation gave birth to a high illiteracy rate with its associated evils such as early marriage, defilement, rape and child abuse, to mention but a few. Low levels of education also give rise to a high rate of unemployment.
The major economic activity in this community is peasant farming, all be it on a small scale leading to low levels of household income. This situation has caused a high school dropout rate as parents fail to meet school needs for their children. The HIV/AIDS scourge has added to the social challenges faced by the people of Namuyenje.
In Uganda today it is common to see a grandparent surrounded by many, many grand children; families headed by adolescents, dying adults being nursed by children of school age and children scattered amongst relatives. The AIDs epidemic has resulted in many deaths of adults leaving behind many orphans. The traumatized children are exposed to malnutrition, child abuse and have no access to quality education.
Basing on this situation therefore, God put it upon Henry and Harriet to help with intervention on supporting the education of the underprivileged children in this community.
Since 2003, over 120 children have got an opportunity to complete their primary school through the support of New Generation Primary School. Currently the school provides quality education to 390 children, most of which are underprivileged from Namuyenje village and four other neighboring villages.