Sheringham church promotes Uganda project
Lighthouse Community Church in Sheringham is backing a project to support and develop a school at Lumperie in Uganda, and a new website has just been launched to promote the scheme. Tony Rothe reports.
The project has been established following a series of visits made by mission teams from Lighthouse to the primary school in Lumperie over the last few years.
During these visits, the team built guttering, a rainwater storage tank, a water filtration system, re-wired the electrical system and completed and decorated classrooms. They also provided bunk beds, book shelves, books, teacher training, a school office, computer, food parcels, shoes and clothing as well as running a holiday club, sports day, feeding programme and health checks.
Following the last mission visit in November 2015, 2 members of the team, Ian Mutton and Derek Baldry, believed that they were being called to make a greater commitment to the work in Lumperie, and this was confirmed when they shared their thoughts with Pastor Stephen Musisi the Director of African Child Development Trust, who had a similar vision.
Ian and Derek met with Lighthouse Senior Pastor Ian Savory and shared their vision for the work in Lumperie, and Lighthouse leadership confirmed that this project should become a significant part of Lighthouse missions programme. Ian and Derek have been set apart to lead the Project, which has been called Reed People. The name comes from Isaiah 42 v 3 : A bruised reed he will not break, and smouldering flax He will not quench.
The pair returned to Lumperie in May 16 to gather information and survey the site in order to produce a comprehensive plan to complete the development of the Primary School, and plan for a Secondary school and potentially a Vocational Training College. Alongside these projects it is hoped to develop an agricultural training centre to teach better land management, arable farming methods and animal husbandry in order to increase crop yield and high animal welfare.
Derek says “We are simply working with Lighthouse Charity Trust, and with Pastor Steve Musisi in Uganda to help develop the school to fulfil the vision from God.”
Ian and Derek have further trips planned , but in the meantime they would welcome invitations to share their vision with Community, Business and public organisations.
A new website has been launched to promote “Reed People” and invite donations. Visit : www.reedpeople.org
Pictured above are children and staff from Lumperie Primary School.
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