We are exhausted and exhilarated after many full days here. Today was amazing to being able to worship The Lord with our new and old friends at HDCC’s sister church, Kigungu Deliverance.
Rick preached an amazing message…he shared his testimony and it was powerful. The Holy Spirit definitely worked through him this morning. We all were called up to say a parting word to the church and to pray and be prayed over for travel mercies and that God would will us to come again soon.
Following the church service, we had to say goodbye to our sponsored children, leaving many of them and us…in tears. Such a bittersweet time leaving them as we put on our life jackets and boarded a large wooden boat to motor across Lake Victoria. This boat is almost unexplainable. There were 12 on our team plus Pastor Fred and Margaret, Kigungu staff and Compassion staff. It was surreal riding 20 ppl deep in a boat that felt like it was the exact boat Jesus and His disciples sailed around in.
With it being rainy season here, we weren’t sure we would make the trip. As Beatrice said, “the lake is not our friend.” When the water gets choppy, it gets dangerous!
Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater lake in the world and we had the opportunity to travel two hours across the equator to Kasso Island. We were blessed with beautiful weather and sunshine for our trek!
Kasso is a small village off the coast of Zynga Island. Once we reached the shore, the islanders met us and carried some of us girls from the boat to land so we wouldn’t have to touch the water.
We walked about half a mile in to find Kasso Deliverance Church and the congregants greeted us with a very warm welcome…singing, dancing, hugs, and handshakes.
We walked along the winding trail through the bush to a simple shack made out of wood sticks and a thatch roof. They welcomed us into the church and danced their heart out on an alter built up with the beautiful red clay that is the foundation of Africa. The church had rows of little wooden benches in which they graciously offered to us. We introduced ourselves after we met Pastor Wasswa Peter and his wife. We showered them with gifts of clothing for the children, candy, and clothing for the women. When we went to Kigungu, we saw our children in need and met families that sometimes only eat one meal a day and live on less than five dollars a week…the island was even more destitute. Volunteers from Kigungu travel back and forth to the Island on a regular basis helping them with necessities and sharing the Word of God with them. As I walked along the trail with “Uncle Sam”, one of the founding members of KDC, he told me that they planted Kasso Deliverance four years ago and that it’s still in it’s early stages. When they planted it, they met in a hut and then with some special help, bought the land they now operate on. There are about 5,000 people living on the island. They survive each day by fishing, hunting, and farming.
It is so surreal to be on a remote island, worshipping and praising our Savior with people that we never knew existed. God is so good! We are thankful that KDC would see a need and be the hands and feet around them to plant a church on a remote island that mainly worships idols and witchcraft. God is so good and the Good News is being spoken and lived through the hands and feet of Pastor Fred and Margaret, Pastor Peter and his wife, and the founding members of Kasso Deliverance. They literally have so little and give so abundantly…that is the theme of the Ugandan people. They are poor in material items but rich in spirit and in love. When we parted ways, they sent us off with a chicken and a duck…a blessing of two or more meals from their church to ours.
This trip has been filled with such beauty as we have seen God’s faithfulness and love through so many people here. We see Him through the people of Compassion International who made a way for HDCC and KDC to come alongside one another for the Kingdom of God. We see Him through the smiles of the sponsored children…who have a chance at a better life because of the love you pour into them. It’s not just the funding that is encouraging them to get through school to pursue their dreams…it’s the letters, pictures, and gifts that allow them to see that they have not been forgotten and that they have a purpose.
Hazel Dell, there is much to be done here in beautiful Uganda.
Here’s a few things you can do to help:
For the people of Uganda, specifically Kigungu Deliverance Church- that they would continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their community, providing for all as they have need.
We are still raising funds to provide books for the resource center. These books will educate our children, provide knowledge and a way to open a library. If you would like to help us provide books for the Resource Center, email Mark Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask God how you can come alongside this ministry.