Hopefully you are recovering from your Super Bowl festivities and we are grateful that you’re praying with us!
Today’s #PRAY127 recipient is our third partner in Uganda, Pastor George Kooli and his wife Sylvia, and their two children – Gibson and Leslie. When Man Up first went to Uganda, Pastor George was working under the leadership of Papa Isaac at Canaan’s Children’s Home.
If you remember last week we prayed for Pastor Samuel and his family. Samuel, who worked at Canaan’s previously, is Papa Isaac’s son. If you remember two weeks ago, we prayed for Pastor Andrew and his family. Pastor Andrew also worked at Canaan’s but had started his own ministry by the time we met him.
But for George, it was always his dream to follow in Papa’s footsteps – to plant a church, pastor it, and help needy and fatherless children like Papa Isaac had done. He did just that in 2012, the year we met him, and went out to rural eastern Uganda in a village town called Kibuku.
Kibuku seems like it’s in the middle of nowhere when you first go there. Down several winding dirt roads you come to what doesn’t even look like a road, take a right, and 100 yards later it opens up into Ebenezer Children’s Home.
George and Sylvia started the home with very little money or resources and started taking in kids from the community. Many of the kids they take in are HIV-positive, and George has to make regular trips to the city to get the meds needed for these kids.
Pictured above: Children and staff at Ebenezer Children’s Home.
These days there are over 70 kids at the children’s home. Not only that, but George started Ebenezer Primary School where they now educate over 300 children.
His wife Sylvia started the Suubi Center to help single mothers and widows learn how to sew. Their church plant is seeing people come to faith weekly.
For Man Up, one our Authentic Masculinity Cohorts is right there in Kibuku, led by someone George hand-picked to run the Cohort (Pastor Geofery).
All this has been done by the grace of God with very little resources. We have often said that Pastor George does the most with the least. I guess that’s what happens when you have BIG faith!
Pictured above: Kids from Ebenezer come to greet one of our recent teams.
Pictured below: The construction of the church in 2018 with our one of college teams.
As with the other pastors we’ve highlighted in the last couple of weeks, we’re just scratching the surface once again. God has worked mightily through these men and their wives to affect change in places where very little hope exists.
- Please pray for the health of the Kooli family; they have battled various illnesses, including malaria, for some time now.
- Please pray for excellent financial stewardship of the gifts given to them by Man Up, another agency called Hope Grafted In who runs their child sponsorship program, and others.
- Pray for logistical clarity and vision. There is a growing church, burgeoning school, and of course the Children’s Home – it’s a lot, and they have very little financial resources. Pray they have the right people in place who understand the role God has for them.
- Pray for the Kibuku men who have enrolled in the Authentic Masculinity Program. There are 12 of them who are desiring to be better husbands, fathers, protectors, and providers.
We are once again grateful for your prayer support and ask that you would forward this to whomever you believe will pray for these partners of ours. Have a great week!
Jeff Ford, CEO