Almost 13 years ago, Hands Across Nations (HAN) came into being to meet a desperate need in N. Uganda. The rebel group, The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) had been on the offense in villages all over the north, abducting children into their army and making girls their “wives.”
In 2003, the war came suddenly to the village of our friends Felix and Esther Omodi. Our missionary team from Chewelah had worked with them for several years, but in November of 2003, the rebels attacked their village, killing 52 people, abducting dozens who later escaped, leaving hundreds of people without a place to live and no way to feed themselves.
Many went to refugee camps, and about 100 fled to Felix and Esther’s house in Lira.
And you were there – when the plea went out for funds to feed those people, purchase land in a safe place for them and provide tools and seeds to plant gardens to survive. You provided those things for months until they could provide for themselves. Those families, to this day, thank you for protecting them, and giving to them in their time of need. Many in the camps were killed, raped, became infected with AIDS, starved or barely survived while those you helped became a strong community which still exists.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”reg” ihc_mb_template=”-1″ ]During and after the war, you provided the funds through HAN to assist the Alito community to build a huge church and community center, “shouting in the bush that God is.” It is the place where large groups can meet for Worship to God, and attend conventions and programs for health and agriculture classes.
The Alito community, with HAN help, built their own brick church to replace the grass thatch, mud hut church building.
For several years during and after the war which ended in 2007, you provided clean water through HAN and partnering with Rotary Club of Colville to develop protected spring water for more than 40 communities. You have made a difference to these precious women and children.
When Faith Mission Church in Lira requested help to start a sewing school for 40 women who were widows, orphans, single mothers and pastor’s wives, you were there to provide the tables, benches and 20 sewing machines to help them to provide for themselves.
When they completed their training, you provided the funds for 40 sewing machines, one for each graduate. Fabric and support for the program continued for several years through you. They are now self-sufficient under the church, continuing to provide training to very needy women.
Some of you helped provide funds for village crop projects, purchasing and renting land, and buying seeds to develop gardens for food and school fees for families after the war. In Bala, their garden group started a nursery school, which is now a nursery through seventh grade school for local children. Many of you helped sponsor children in school, some who have graduated and become productive citizens and others who are still progressing with their education.
Most recently, in the past three years, almost twenty thousand people of the Lango Tribe, illiterate because of the war, are learning to read and write. They now have primers, over 2,000 volunteer teachers have been trained, over 400 classes have begun and thousands of reading glasses have been provided so they could learn how to read in their native language, because of you.
All of us who have taken part are important in the outcome which God has brought because you have given to Him through this work. He gets the credit for making it happen, but we, together, will receive the blessings.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Chewelah Civic Center, you will again have the opportunity to see in living color and in a live presentation, the changes your support, prayers and donations have made in the lives of the Lango people in the villages and prisons of N. Uganda. It will also be your opportunity once again to play a part in continuing this work. Please join us. Tickets for the Benefit Dinner and Auction can be purchased at Akers United Drug in Chewelah or by calling Carolyn Jones at 509-979-7448.
You may also contact her at email@example.com. Stay tuned for more details.
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