Pregnant at 21 years old, Abbo *, decided she was going to abort her baby.
“I have no one to help me with the baby and no money,” she said. “The baby’s father is not financially stable, and he said he was couldn’t care for the child.”
Abbo was a Christian, and knew she had messed up, but she couldn’t see a way out.
“When I finished high school, I couldn’t do any further education,” she said. “I found myself with no money and no food, so I got into a romantic relationship with a man who got me pregnant.”
Desperate and frightened, Abbo thought the only option was to abort the baby.
Until she met a local evangelist during the Kampala mission this week. Reverend Susan, an assistant chaplain in one of Kampala’s hospitals, arranged for Abbo to visit the clinic and gain access to free pre- and post-natal care.
“I am so overwhelmed by the love I have received from fellow brethren in Christ and for Reverend Susan for her kind offer!” Abbo said.
“The AE evangelists talked to me about the love of Christ, how he forgives all sins and how He still loves me no matter what.”
Because of this reassurance of Christ’s love, and the help from her fellow Christians, Abbo has decided not to go ahead with the abortion.
Abbo and her baby have both been saved.
*name changed to protect individual’s privacy
Richard stumbles along the road in a long, tattered shirt, wearing shoes that don’t fit. At first glance, he looks like madman – dirty, unkept, muttering.
“I cannot remember the last time I had a shower,” he says. “Every time I shower, when I try sleep afterwards, I have dreams of snakes crawling over my body.”
Tortured by nightmares, avoided by other people who think he is mad, Richard feels like demons are chasing him.
But Richard is not mad. He is broken.
Richard’s wife left him and his children want nothing to do with him. He has no hope on his own.
“I feel like my life has no meaning,” he says. “I have no job, no family, I just loiter on the streets to see if I can find food.”
Having been tormented for so long and feeling pushed to the edge, Richard decides he is better off dead. He plans to go to Lake Victoria, and throw himself in the water to drown.
But then, a man approaches him and smiles. Richard blinks, tries to think if he knows the man. The man asks his name, reaches out his hand, and touches his arm. Richard is shocked into stillness.
He hears the man’s voice telling him about God, telling him that Jesus forgives all sins, no matter how great they are.
Richard finds himself crying and tells the man he wants Jesus to save him.
That day, Richard becomes a child of God, thanks to the work of an African Enterprise evangelist who reached out to a dirty, broken man on the streets of Kampala.
“I cannot express enough how grateful I am to you for praying for me,” Richard says. “Now all I want is to be reunited with my family. No more rejection! No more torment!”
Richard is broken no more.
Stay tuned for the final report which is almost ready for you! In the meantime, enjoy one of the testimonies from the Kampala ‘Return to Jesus’ mission below.
On the dusty fringe of Kampala, where the old railway lines crosses the city, sits Kinawataka slum, crowded with some of Uganda’s poorest urban population.
Veronica lives in the slum with her two young children. For years she has struggled with alcoholism and has had a hard life.
“I have no stable job and no husband to help support me and my children,” she said. “So I turn to alcohol to try forget my problems.”
Though she became a Christian many years ago, Veronica has struggled to keep her faith alive through the hardships of her life. When missionaries from African Enterprise met her this week during the Kampala mission, they asked Veronica what she needed. Her answer: prayer. She has tried to stop drinking, but life keeps pushing her back down.
“For the sake of my children, I want to stop the alcoholism, I want to stop living this lifestyle,” she said. “But it is hard.”
The AE missionaries prayed with Veronica and shared with her the hope of the Gospel.
“I know that I cannot do this on my own,” she said,” not unless I involve God.”
Please pray for Veronica and her children! Pray that God would give her the strength to stop drinking and that He would provide for their needs. We are grateful for the work of the AE evangelists in Kampala! May they continue to touch lives this week during the mission.
And we are grateful for your support! Veronica said,
“Thank you so much for being God’s ambassadors.”
Today begins AE’s mission to one of the world’s fastest growing and most vibrant cities in the world – Kampala.
More than 500 Ugandan evangelists and 80 local churches are involved.
They join the AE International Team, the AE Kenya Foxfires and associates from Ghana in a goal to reach 300,000 of Kampala’s un-evangelised people with the Gospel!
For months, African Enterprise Uganda has been busy with preparations for this mission. Ahead of the mission, AE’s Team Leaders and International staff gathered in Kampala itself, for a series of meetings to discuss the very core of AE’s existence.
“The staff are here for a training and consultation whose main purpose is to refine and harmonise the AE mission training materials,” said AE CEO, Stephen Mbogo.”We are equipping staff with the knowledge and skills required to deliver on the AE calling and mission.”
He and 35 of AE’s leaders from across Africa met for three days at the Lweza Training and Conference Centre in Kampala, sharing information and resources, and above all, sharing their passion for evangelising the cities of Africa.
“I am so happy about what we are doing here,” said AE Rwanda Team Leader, John Kalenzi, “because we are harmonising our evangelism material, to contribute to having a ‘common ‘AE DNA’.”
At the end of the training, the Team Leaders joined other staff and volunteers gearing up for the Kampala citywide mission. Over the next week they will devote themselves to spreading the Gospel to the people of Kampala.
Join us in praying for the city! Pray for those who will attend the mission, and for those leading it. May Christ be glorified and may thousands of lost souls turn to him!