“Arise, [Kyenjojo]! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the LORD rises to shine on you.” - Isaiah 60:1
If we are to raise a generation who knows and understands God, it is absolutely vital to teach the truth of the Gospel from a very young age. Many of the children in Kyenjojo are influenced by a corrupt and immoral society, drunken parents, relatives, and/or neighbors, and bad peer groups. Their values are far from Biblically based and there are no set standards for their lives. It is essential that we encourage these children to come to church so they can be trained under Biblical values that can transform their lives and behavior. Providing a Sunday lunch of fried rice (a special food that children greatly enjoy) is a perfect way to accomplish this goal. Over the years we have had many children begin to attend church simply to be given a meal. As they attend church every Sunday, their hearts and minds are also fed with the word of God through preaching and scripture memorization. They receive prayer, guidance, and encouragement, and they are challenged to follow God's ways in everything. The end result is a number of children whose hearts are fully committed to serving the Lord and following His ways and whose behavior is exemplary. We believe they will start a new generation and change society for the better!
Many of our parents/guardians do not have any stable income; therefore, it is impossible for them to provide for their families. We have seen that it is vital to provide a way for our families to earn money so they can sustain themselves. They have numerous needs around them such as feeding their large families, paying school tuition, buying school requirements, and paying for medical care, among many others. We have helped parents and guardians start businesses such as retail shops, fish businesses, and animal farms to earn income for their families. These businesses not only help families overcome poverty, but also help them triumph over their impoverished attitudes and mindsets and instill principles of success in the family.
Before becoming involved in a small village called Katumba, the family was unable to grow food needed to provide proper nourishment to the children and adults. It is the children and elderly who suffer the most from lack of food. We have often found that giving seeds to needy families is a great way of empowering the family to take care of themselves. It can be that extra push to move them forward into action!