Norwich couple's Ugandan mission at age 60
2010: Life has really begun at 60 for a Norwich Christian couple whose business, leadership, medical and pastoral skills are being put to great use to help in African school, medical and church projects.
Since September 2009, Brian Fawcett has spent six of the last eight months serving God with Life Ministries Christian Centre in Kampala, Uganda.
Life Ministries Christian Centre (LMCC) has been involved in Church planting, leadership training, education, healthcare, agriculture and children’s ministries serving the disadvantaged throughout Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC since 1992 when God spoke to Emmanuel Rucyaba while he was training under the late Dr Bob Gordon in Norwich.
Brian and his wife Elspeth had been many times before on shorter visits but believe that, following Brian’s early retirement in 2008, they should be spending more of their time in East Africa.
So, together, they went out from September to Mid December last year to see how they would settle in this different culture and which ways they could serve LMCC. During this time, they travelled through Uganda to Rwanda and Burundi where Brian was involved in leadership training and Elspeth worked with Pastor’s wives.
When not travelling they were based in Seeta on the outskirts of Kampala and worked within Kampala city. Elspeth served with various women’s ministries working with the disadvantaged from the surrounding slum areas and she assisted in Kairos School and in Kairos Medical Centre.
Brian was busy working as an administrator within the various projects which LMCC run including Kairos Nursery, Primary & High School, Kairos Medical Centre, Kairos Hospital, the Children’s Ministry, Agricultural project and the Accounts Department for the ministry; so they were both kept usefully occupied and enjoyed their time very much. God certainly answered their prayers as they both enjoyed excellent health and grew to enjoy the many interesting foods and even the cold showers (when there was water!).
God has clearly caught their hearts with the work in Uganda and they are planning to return in August this year to work until December. The business skills, which Brian has, have proved very useful to the various LMCC projects and since returning to Norwich in April he has turned his attention to looking at ways of assisting LMCC through fund raising.
One of the projects, the Kairos School, has been under construction since 2001 and still requires approximately £125,000 to complete the build programme. However, the school functions well with 600 pupils attending full time education while construction continues.
“It would be a great blessing to the pupils, teachers and parents to see this school completed this year if possible,” said Brian.
Through LMCC, they also run a Child Sponsorship Scheme, which educates and supports street children from surrounding slum areas as well as supporting Pastor’s children through school. Sponsoring a child costs from as little as £17.00 per month and details are available from Brian by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
So, for Brian and Elspeth is seems that life begins at 60 as God has clearly envisioned and equipped them to serve Him in East Africa and they anticipate seeing Him do great things as they explore the future.
Pictured top: Emmanuel & Jane Rucyaba with Elspeth & Brian Fawcett and below: Kairos School (under construction) March 2010