Greetings from Masaka!
I cannot believe that 2 months have passed since I last updated everyone! The last months have been a whirlwind of ministry activity and God has shown His Grace, Love, Wisdom and Provision throughout!!
During the month of July, I spent seven days a week preparing for the One Day Youth Conference and the Scripture Union Residential Youth Camp at Kako Secondary. Purity and I had several Facilitator Trainings, many meetings, and hours of planning and organization, but all the work paid off! Both the One Day Conference and the Youth Camp were big successes! The Youth Camp was AWESOME!! We had 172 youth at the camp and 41 facilitators. The camp was the 1st in 15 years in the Masaka Region and everyone said that its reestablishment broke years of strongholds and tore down walls that the enemy had erected! During the 6 days of camp we saw many youth’s lives changed forever and rebuilt with the love of God as their Father. Reverend Dickson from Church of Uganda said, “I see the demons running from this land and God establishing a new thing for all people in this region. Life will not be the same here.” Praise God! If any of you are interested I can forward you a detail report of camp. Please let me know. Thank you!
Besides all of the Scripture Union programs FHLM hosted a missionary team from Kingdom House of Prayer San Diego (California), from 31 July – 15 Aug. The team of 13 persons was lead by Darren & Mary Hall. During the teams 16 days in Masaka they did door to door evangelism in several villages, street evangelism in Masaka Town, had two 24 hour prayer, fasting & praise conferences, facilitated at the SU Youth Camp, and taught & had a “fun day” at a school. Besides all the activities the team really made a deep impact on the people they came into contact with. Even one of the team’s translators said, “This isn’t a normal American Team, they pray with a passion, like Ugandans and have a joy for the Lord that I’ve never seen before”. What a huge Blessings the team was to the community of Masaka, my family, and me personally. I was very overwhelmed to see what God did in them and through them while they were here in Masaka. Thank you KHOP for coming to Masaka and I can’t wait till next year!!!!
As for my family, my husband, Rogers, was a great help when the KHOP U.S. Team was in Masaka! He was the team’s transportation manager. His pastoral skills where in high demand too and he really shone for the Lord. The team called him, Musumba (Pastor) and he really connected with them. Other than that, Rogers’ business, R&R Services, is going well and we are thinking and praying about starting another division of it. I will let you all know more about that soon. Rogers is also starting Bible College classes in September through the Baptist Church of England. He will go every Mon & Tues night and in 3 years he will have his diploma.
The boys, Rock & David, are good too. They have been on school holiday break since 28 July, but they go back to school on 03 Sept for their 3rd Term. David went to the Scripture Union Residential Youth Camp we had here in Masaka the 1st week of Aug. Rock couldn’t attend because his Mom went into hospital the day camp was supposed to start. Rock’s Mom has been living with HIV/AIDS for 20 years and the last few years she has gotten worse. This time she went into hospital with malaria and her C-count was very, very low. Rock was by her side for the whole week she was in hospital and with lots of prayer she pulled through. Both Rock & David joined the U.S. Team when we were out doing evangelism in the local villages. They both helped in translating and they really stood out during this time. David’s gift of prayer and Rock’s gift of drumming & worship leading were awesome!! Can you tell I am proud of them? Oh, I almost forgot Zach from the team Blessed Rock with his guitar!! Rock was beside himself crying when he received the gift! Rock has been praying for a guitar for 2 years and God finally Blessed him with his heart’s desire! Also David is still involved with the football academy, Synergy, but he is now gathering other footballers to form his own football club. It is a dream of his and I know he will achieve it! Also David is in despite need of football boots (shoes), so please, pray as he is, for the Lord to supply them. Thank you!
The 3 other little boys, Luwuge, Jacob, and Andrew, that FHLM sponsors for schools fees are doing well. They are healthy, growing big and are happy living with their Grandma. They also start school on 03 Sept. If anyone would like to be a permanent school sponsor for them please notify me. Thank you!
Last week I was on my personal Retreat. I take a personal Retreat every year to get re-focused, rest and get re-filled in the Holy Spirit. It was much, much needed this year with ALL the ministry work in the last 4 months. Anyway, it was GREAT and I thank the Lord that He provided for me to be able to go! My Retreat consists of me going to a island in Lake Victoria for 5 or 6 days, sleeping in a tent, praying, reading the Bible, a faith based book, relaxing and getting renewed. God really meet me this year and I thank Him for being so good to me!
As you all can see God is moving and shaking in Masaka and the region! If any of you would like to be a part of what God is doing you can donate financially to FHLM or come to Uganda as a missionary volunteer. Please go to the FHLM web-site at www.faithhopelovemissions.org see the Sponsor/Donate page or the Volunteer page. Thank you and God Bless!
In His Grip,
Rita Bulegeya (Beach)