The Ssekanyonyi Kinship in Uganda started off 2016 with BIG DREAMS! They wanted to help orphans recover from PTSD, disciple pastors to be better shepherds of their flock, mentor the next generation of Christian leaders, empower women to have a voice in their community, and tell their neighbors about the love of Christ.
And guess what?! THEY DID IT!
There’s nothing better than having a BIG DREAMS and watching the way God works to help you accomplish them. And this year, that’s exactly what the Ssekanyonyi Kinship was able to do, and they are so excited to share their accomplishments with you!
A Year in the Ssekanyonyi Kinship
- Outreach Crusade and Discipleship Seminar – For a week in March pastors from Kampala came to Ssekanyonyi Kinship for a commissioning service. During this week the pastors did door to door outreach in the local community. They created a powerful crusade and various seminars for community members, and over 80 people accepted Christ as their savior during the crusade! Some of the people who began their relationship with Christ that day are now ministers at other Kinships in Uganda.
- Bringing Together People from Different Cultures – Ssekanyonyi Kinship hosted people from all over the world throughout the year. In July a team of 25 youth from the Netherlands came to join the youth at the Ssekanyonyi Kinship for a week of outreach into the community. They visited homes, schools, prisons, and hospitals in the community, and even ran a sports camp.
- Pouring into the Next Generation – In August college students from the 5 major universities in Uganda came to Ssekanyonyi Kinship for an evangelical outreach event. During the week they spent lots of time in prayer, Bible studies, and doing door to door ministries in the community.
- Bringing Music to the Community – The Ssekanyonyi Kinship has a musical center they’ve created for the entire community to use. The musical center offers music therapy to orphans who have experienced PTSD so the healing powers of music can help them work through their issues. The center also hosts classes to train younger students in music and older students in worship ministry. In October the Kinship hosted a music gala where worship leaders from all over the district came and led the community in a time of praise and worship.
- Empowering Women – The Ssekanyonyi Kinship has made the women of their community a priority. Most of these women have been marginalized and despised, but the Kinship is a shining example of how to treat women the way they deserve. They set up a Women of Worth training at the Kinship, where women come every Thursday to learn baking and have a time of fellowship where they can share their testimonies and life experiences.
- Reaching out to the Community – In November the Ssekanyonyi Kinship had a Friendship Sunday where every member of the church invited a friend who wasn’t a Christian to come to church with them. After the service they had a celebration with food and gifts to share.
As you can see the Ssekanyonyi Kinship has been busy in 2016! They were able to accomplish all of this because of your prayers and support.
And guess what? The Ssekanyonyi Kinship has even bigger dreams for 2017!
In January alone they have a youth camp and a cultural celebration Sunday planned, and they are anxiously planning the rest of the year. Will you help the Ssekanyonyi Kinship accomplish the dreams they have for 2017?