John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
We were so blessed to be a part of such an amazing "LIL Mission Team 2019." We thank God for the opportunity he gave each of us to shine the light of Jesus in Rwanda and Uganda. We loved seeing old friends in Gingo, Zirobwe and Banda and enjoyed meeting new friends at the Irembo Foundation in Rwanda, Hope Community School in Bwindi and Pastor Julius and his beautiful church in Mpigig District. It's hard to to share all that happened over a two week period but it is very clear that both Ugandan and American lives were touched and in many cases, changed forever. We pray that God's Holy Spirit will continue to bless our team members and friends in Africa.
After the rest of the team had departed, Kaylee and I were happy to witness the official commissioning and commemoration of the borehole for Gingo village. One year ago we had visited this beautiful community and Pastor Israel and Pastor David had showed us pictures of the local water hole. We learned that not only was the community's water source dirty, it had a foul smell and was believed to cause illness within the community. After returning home, we set a 12 month goal to raise the funds to buy the land, drill a new borehole well and build a sanitation pit latrine for the community. Today we were there to see the goal achieved and community jugs filled with fresh water. Despite many challenges, through Psalm 118 we claim victory as we rejoice with the community and recognize that this is the day the Lord has made.
All over the world water is regarded as a precious resource. That is true in America and in Gingo Village, Mityana District, Uganda. Thanks to this borehole installation, community members can now access clean water, which will help improve overall health and sanitation for everyone. Having a safe borehole facility not only reduces diarrheal disease and illnesses; it allows students to have more time to concentrate on their school work, which, in turn, will improve their academic performance and increases school attendance, especially for girls. It also saves time, and increases productivity for adults.
We are honored that Live in Light Ministries and New Life Fellowship Church of Pea Ridge were able to partner with Tetelestai Ministries, the Mityana District Chairperson, Amazing Grace Church and community leaders to support this vital project for the Gingo community. Thank you to our 2019 Mission Team Members and to all our friends who donated for the land, well and pit latrine. You truly made a difference in the lives of those in Gingo Village.
We can't wait to see what God has planned for our 2020 Mission Team. Will you join us?