This was the third visit to Uganda for the CWM (Community Watchman Ministry) team and our first place to visit was the Kampala Children’s Centre (KCC), to be reunited with the children and staff we knew and to meet the new ones now totalling 76 children.
Joshua the tiniest and one of the most recent additions to KCC was found abandoned by the Police who had brought him to KCC. He is still very bewildered but pleased to be loved and cuddled.
Sunday we split into small teams to minister in some of the local Churches who were all very grateful for our modest contributions.
Monday saw the start of the leaders conference with 680 leaders who had travelled the length and breadth of Uganda and Kenya to attend. It was wonderful to be welcomed with such excitement by those we had met during previous visits. The praise and worship was incredible and the times of prayer and intercession deep and wide! We have so much to learn from them …
During this time some of our team spent time teaching the children at KCC and giving sewing lessons to the girls and housemothers to learn how to repair the clothing.
Back at the leaders conference, Tuesday brought the start of the afternoon workshops. My workshops were based on “Transformed hearts and minds” and I was thrilled to see so many people respond when invited to receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
My first main conference session was based around the story of John the Baptist “Making the crooked places straight” and brought an incredible response as many of the leaders came to their knees as we explored the reasons why we can be unfruitful and in response to taking the lid off their traumas and allowing God to begin their healing processes. This was a very gentle time as God came and touched so many very powerfully. Please continue to pray for them as they begin to experience healing from all they have gone through. Friday morning I brought a message based on “Born to lead” taken from Exodus 1 and the story of the early years of Moses. This was the story of how Moses survived three near-death experiences and times of complete brokenness to position him for leadership. We had a powerful time of repentance, declaration for the breaking of strongholds and releasing afresh anointing for leadership.
Arnold urged all the Leaders to pray for the UK and we were called out to be prayed over. The words spoken by David “I will become even more undignified than this” came to mind as I found myself on the floor sobbing my heart out for Liverpool and for our nations. This must be our time!
Later in the afternoon we prayed for and anointed every leader before presenting the Bibles (600 bought through the contributions of many people from across Merseyside and our friends at Brussels Vineyard Church) to those in need.
Sunday I was thrilled to go to City of the Lord Church with Steve where we had a six-hour service! This is the Church which had collapsed three years earlier killing worshippers. I had been there last year and I was so pleased to return. I spoke about Joshua and received a great response as everyone came forward for prayer ministry. I also gave a prophetic word for the Church and for the leaders and we prayed for the leaders. When finished Steve and I joined the leaders on the site of the collapsed building and prayed for cleansing, and consecrated the land once again for the Lord.
After drumming lessons (!!!) we spent Monday afternoon out in the sunshine worshipping God together and having communion with the children and staff of KCC – so precious.
We finished our trip where we started at KCC. Head teacher Christopher invited Norma, Ann and me to be teachers for the morning. Their day starts at 8am with one hour of prayer and we were so privileged to serve in the school and to have an opportunity to spend more time with the children. I realised how close we had all grown together and how this beautiful family had opened themselves up and welcomed us so wonderfully into their midst. They have a very special place in our hearts and we certainly do not want to let them go.
So we return home - changed forever and thrilled to know we will be returning to our special friends again in the future.
Thank you so much for all you have contributed financially and prayerfully to support this mission. We appreciate you more than you will ever know.
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