Good afternoon! We are closing out January in our #PRAY127 initiative for 2020 by presenting to you, our Prayer Champions, one of our favorite African couples – Pastor Samuel and Mercy Mwesigwa.
Pastor Sam, as we call him, and his family have a special place in my heart. The first time I met them was in 2012, my first trip to Africa, as we travelled out to the “bush” to visit Papa Isaac’s son. Papa Isaac ran Canaan’s Children’s Home in Jinja for several decades, and his son – Sam – had gone from the big city of Jinja to plant a church in rural eastern Uganda in a town called Pallisa.
No one really wanted him to go. Why plant a church in the village when you have all the opportunities city life has to offer? The short answer is – God said so. A longer answer includes the fact that Pallisa back in 2009 was 85% Muslim or tribal religion, and the Gospel had very little root there. I appreciated his willingness to confront Muslims (at the time, I was very bold in confronting the new atheists here in the U.S., so we had a kinship of sorts).
Pictured above: Typical scenes on the road to Pallisa.
Since then God has blessed Sam and Mercy’s ministry mightily. Not only did they plant River of God Church and are rearing their four children to love the Lord, but what started out with just a few kids back in 2012 when I first met them has now grown to an accredited children’s home. Over 30 children call Kerith Children’s Home “home;” these kids have either lost their parents or their parents and/or relatives do not have the capacity to care for them.
I personally sponsor a boy, Philip, who has gone from a boy to now a young man and the elder statesman of the entire children’s home. I have seen first-hand what belief and confidence and hope can do for these kids!
Sam and Mercy are making a HUGE impact in the town of Pallisa.
Pictured above: Some of the children at Kerith’s. This shot was taken several years ago, and now many of the children have grown into teenagers.
Pictured below: The campus of the children’s home.
I haven’t even begun to tell you about the clinic, the school in Pallisa, the school in Osupa (which is where the children’s home is), the vocational training program for women, the agriculture endeavors, their support of AMP, and the extensive evangelism and church planting outreaches that Pastor Sam does through the church.
Early on Sam received death threats from Muslims as he “infiltrated” Pallisa and the surrounding area with the Gospel and good works. These days, the Muslims “tolerate” him because he’s feeding and educating their children at a high level.
Pictured here: Pastor Sam and Mercy’s children from left – Haddasah, Don, Rebecca, and John Mark.
I am truly only scratching the surface regarding the impact, breadth, and depth of this ministry Man Up partners with in rural eastern Uganda. But there are a few things that we ask of you in prayer today for this family and their ministry:
- Please pray that the enemy would not divide their family and that they stay strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Eph 6:10).
- Please pray for wisdom and discernment regarding decisions around the schools and children’s home. They are responsible for so many little lives.
- They are in great need to separate the older children from the younger children in the children’s home. As children hit puberty, it’s critical to provide separate living quarters and age-appropriate spaces. Please pray for the resources to outfit and/or build a new facility that can accommodate this need.
- Pray for continued blessing on their ministry – that the God of miracles would continue to make little resources stretch for big impact, like Elisha and the widow’s jar of oil (2 Kings 4:1-7).
Thank you for your partnership in this #PRAY127 initiative. Please invite others to join us in 2020 on this prayer journey. We are convicted it’s the thing most needed right now in the Man Up ministry!
Jeff Ford, CEO
Pictures below: These were taken on a recent trip by one of our team members, Emily Barnes, of a couple of the children in our Child Sponsorship Program receiving gifts from their sponsors.