What Would Jesus Do In This Situation?

Of recent I traveled to the Holy Land. My purpose was to learn the Biblical stories while allying them with geographical sites where they happened.

I moved up to Bethlehem, I even touched the Silver Star spot where I believe Jesus Christ was born.  I went ahead to Nazareth where Jesus spent about 30 years working with his earthly father perhaps in carpentry workshop or doing some masonry in building people’s homes to earn a living.

What struck me most was being around the ‘Sea of Galilee’ where he spent three years teaching, preaching and healing various diseases. The stories are so fascinating but when you are physically there you wonder if they really happened. If you desire to be spiritual all along, you would be praying to God to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you do not go back home the way you came. (Mine is a personal experience therefore I will not reveal my secret to you now).

While at Square Ministries Africa, recently, I was moving around meeting various people. As a pastor some were telling me “pray for us Father!” Yes I do pray often for them and God hears our prayers.

I was struck again with the thought of this young lady whom I knew about 20 years ago, at a tender age. I normally urged Sara Gasengayire 32, to be careful with men so that she will have a very good future when she gets a right man to marry.

However, things turned upside down, she approached me and said “Reverend I am no longer the person you expected me to be because I am diabetic and it has reached to the stage where my kidneys are no longer functioning.”

I told my wife to spare sometime and pay a visit to her. We were very well received by the family members, and we went ahead to her bed side. She narrated, “Reverend I developed complications necessitating initiation of hemodialysis which is required two times a week to maintain my life. The dialysis is done at the National referral hospital and it is expensive requiring up to 200 USD every week.”

I wondered how long this lady will live in this kind of situation with no other source of income. She depends entirely on the family. The doctors have recommended that the best solution for her kidney is a transplant which is a definitive treatment for her condition. Unfortunately, Uganda has no transplant program and relies on other countries like India to carry out this procedure where Gasengayire must go.

One of her relatives has agreed to donate the kidney but she needs 35,000 USD to India. It is where now spirituality conflicted with the reality. What came to my mind was “If Jesus would have been here today, the situation would have changed automatically.” My wife and I contributed towards her weekly expenses and prayed for her for God’s intervention according to his will.

There is a campaign to raise 35,000 USD for her kidney transplant if you have an idea perhaps some organizations which can reach out or your personal contribution towards kidney transplant/weekly expenses please let us know on squareministriesafrica@gmail.com or emmanuel.emily@gmail.com

May God’s will be done in the life of Sarah Gasengayire!

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Evangelism through piggery

Happy women’s day (if your country celebrates it).

As a teacher and a pastor I have been wondering how we can bridge the gap between the so called “Scholars” and the “ordinary people.” The scholars here I mean those who are educated with a bachelor degree at least and the ordinary people is the common men and women who live on farming and small businesses. In African context the second category is full of women of different types (widows, needy, single mothers etc).

I have been teaching a class called “Theology of poverty” to different cohorts of students doing development studies but always the question was “How can an educated person reach out to the poor with love of Christ?”

It might sound strange to some of you depending on which sphere of the world you find yourself in, but here in global south, it is not easy for those with a bachelor degree to live in a remote area where there is no electricity, water, and other basic needs.

Two years ago, some of my colleagues and I came up with a decision to make a difference from others, we started a ministry called “SMA” (Square Ministries Africa) we decided to leave our comfort zone of being a scholar and we went out to the community to share the love of Jesus with those in need.

In many activities we do, we identified a widow with three children who was desperately in need but very hard working woman for several years. She rears pigs.

Through SMA a friend of mine after healing her story, wanted to put a smile in this woman’s face in providing a very good pigs stall. I know some of you love to eat pork like me and to others love to make money out of it. The love of pigs is from my childhood because partly I did my primary and secondary education through pigs I used to look after during holidays.

From this experience, my friend through SMA has touched this woman by providing a decent pigs stall. She is saying that she will never forget how God can use a stranger to “touch where was hurting her most”, through this decent pigs stall she will be able to rear 18 pigs at once and able to get enough income for the family.

On the physical aspect it is what I can share with you now and on the spiritual journey with her it will be next time or when you are around you can pay a visit to her.

As I conclude I would like to request that if possible you can be a partner with SMA in this campaign to provide decent pigs stalls to at least 100 vulnerable/poor people in East Africa, mainly women. There are three ways to be involved: 1. Prayer, 2. Buy a sow (a female pig ready to give piglets). 3. Building a physical pigs stall. The remaining aspects of supervision, follow up and spiritual outreach will be done with SMA staff.

MEET SOME OF OUR BENEFIARIES

INTERVENTION IN THE COMMUNITY
SMA started working officially in Feb, 2016 with a pilot village located in
Kawuga, Mukono Municipality. Among other things found in that village were people who did not have enough to live on, to send their children to school and with no income to make their ends meet.
SMA is still working with those families one by one as giving guidance and prayers to them as much it can. It is in this regard that Irene 59, a widow was identified as a zealous woman who in case she gets a support she can sustain her household of 6 (two children and three grandchildren).
After assessing what she can really do well we decided to send her in a tailoring school for a period of three months to be extended in case she shows interest to learn how to sew properly. She had been possessing an ordinary sewing machine which she could use in sewing people’s clothe patches. This time she wanted to learn much more how she can be able to make real dresses for women and why not making men’s outfits.
Her ideas were so brilliant, SMA asked her if she could really contribute to her dreams. She responded positively that she will be meeting her transport to the vocational school (A distance of 3km one way about $ 1 per day).
Irene has been in the school for three months and her life has started to change dramatically, recently towards the end of her term, SMA visited her school to see how she was doing. To our surprise, the principle of the school told us that, Irene is a land mark among others actually today, she is having many customers at home because her skills have improved so much.
What next to Irene?
When asked what she thinks about her future, she said that she is aiming at accessing a multipurpose machine which will help her to do various designs at the customer’s wish. SMA has chosen her to get that machine for her end of September and she will be paying back at the end of October (each month she will be paying back a tenth of the total cost to finish up after ten months).
Please pray for Irene to finish her classes well this September and if possible to extend her training to other three months. She has a dream to have her own house as a widow to be able to contribute towards her grandchildren.

TOUCHING LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE
The SMA aims at providing school fees to the needy children of different backgrounds in East Africa. We support them in Secondary Schools, Vocational Schools, and Universities. The beneficiaries are to sign an agreement with SMA that they will be able to sponsor another person after they have finished. This helps the organization to generate another donor after long run. The parents or guardians are supposed to help wherever they can like providing shelter, food and sometimes materials to the children depending on the assessment done by SMA staff.
The SMA provides spiritual, moral, and physical follow up from homes and schools to assure that holistic development of these children is in the right direction.

The Story of Doreen
Square Ministries Africa got to know Doreen 24, early 2014 through her local church leader. She is a fifth of six children from her mother (she is from a polygamous family). She dropped out of school in 2012 when she was in senior two because the mother could not meet the school requirements yet the father was not willing to pay for her on top of mistreating the entire family. The father has been in prison for 16 years released in 2010.
Much as she dropped out of school, the passion and interest for school kept on burning within her where she continuously said that one day she will go back to school if God makes a way for her. She worked as house girl saving some of the little money she was earning, hoping that if she gets some money the father would support her and her dreams to go to school become true. But all in vain the father still refused to support her instead he increased mistreating her. This discouraged her and felt hopeless to the extent of committing suicide. As SMA followed up with her story and progress regularly, when it reached to this point, Square Ministries Africa decided to support her to go to a vocational school doing catering. She was enrolled in January 2017.
SMA has a commitment to take her through for two semesters, she will get her certificate of Level 1 in November. The renewal of taking her to another level will depend on her performance and commitment.
Please pray for her for wisdom and discernment for her next stage.

SQUARE MINISTRIES AFRICA

VISION AND DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Reaching out to the world’s needy with the love of Christ

With this in Mind the SMA is:

    • To provide help to vulnerable children in the community, through provision of education, medical and spiritual services.
    • To encourage families through establishment of  small scale business
    • To encourage creativity and innovation, that can provide dynamic solutions to dysfunction homes and families.
    • To promote development in the spheres income generating activities so that there is continuity of support to such children and pay particular attentions to the rights of women, children and young people in the community.
    • To provide education and training to the church leaders who are striving to reach out to unreached and extending love to our fellow religious diversities to be theologically grounded.