Monday, 30 June 2008

New Love Africa podcast

The latest Love Africa podcast features an interview with Pastor Nicholas.

Saturday, 28 June 2008

A Visit to St James from Pastor Nicholas

Pastor Nicholas Ong'amu visited St James during the week. He was here as part of a longer UK visit to meet with some of the churches and individuals that support him and his wife Maria in their ministry.

St James has already sent money to Tumaine Children's home to help fund education, health and construction costs for the children and the home in which they live.

We recently received pictures of work being done to renew the roof as well as add windows, doors and plater to the building which already houses 80 children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Pastor Nicholas's church also cares for another 100 children who are living in foster homes because the community in Kakira is so itinerant and so few own their own land or homes sometimes the children's home is the only hope.

Pastor Nicholas will be travelling to Kampala in September sponsored by Love Africa with a St James church family member to attend the WATOTO conference and to learn about their particular model for caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.

Building Work on the Roof improvements well under way!

While Nicholas was with us he met many people at St James. He was out for dinner every evening and visited housegroups as well as the Gerrards Cross CE School. He also spent time with our church wardens who were able to pray for him.

Jane Jefferis chatting with Pastor Nick!

A great privilege to pray with the Pastor before he left us

Pastor Nicholas was with us at the Love Africa evening on Monday and nearly 100 members of the two St James were able to ask any questions about his ministry, the Love africa initiative and the issues relating to HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Time to chat and get to know him better and hear his story.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Love Africa Day at The Gerrards Cross Church of England School

In March 08 Nicola Flower the head teacher of the Gerrards Cross Church Of England School and a member of St James, was part of the team that visited Uganda. She was hoping to forge a link with a school and ACET introduced them to a school with whom they are already building relationship. It is very exciting to think of all the blessings that partneship will bring.

The children at the Gerrads Cross CE school have already engaged really well with Love Africa and just a few weeks ago, just before half tem, St James and The Gerrards Cross CE School had a truly unique Love Africa experience...Nicola takes up the story:

Friday 23 May was 'Love Africa' day at The Gerrards Cross CE School. The exciting day was led by a huge team of 45 staff and volunteers from the two St James, and was planned by the Children's Team as a PromiseLand / holiday club day.

The Team

It enabled 400 children to learn more about Africa, its languages, animals and people, focusing in particular on some of the key partners in the 'Love Africa' initiative. The children learned again about how every person matters to God and that Jesus is there for everybody; they thought about how these bible truths are key to 'Love Africa' and celebrated the faith and vibrancy of Christians in Africa.

Singing African Songs and learning about God's Love for everyone

The day was a wonderful celebration of the relationship between the two St James and the school. The children had an enormous amount of fun and many are still talking about two weeks later. And importantly it gave them an opportunity to explore God's love in a relevant, memorable and immensely enjoyable way.