Journey to Uganda – January 2024

Journey to Uganda – January 2024

 

 

We recently returned from another journey to Uganda where, as usual, God moved in both expected and unexpected ways! We had the opportunity to visit with so many touched by our outreach ministry. Thank you to those who have prayed and supported this mission, as we are truly seeing His love unfold more and more each visit. 

 

After some flight delays, we landed on Wednesday morning and immediately loaded the Rock of Living Water Ministries van to begin the five-hour drive to Mbarara. After unloading at the hotel, we made it to the Glory FM Radio station in time for the weekly 4:00 p.m. program. During the program, we were able to encourage families on the topic of  “The Importance of the Roles of a Father and Mother.” We then stepped over to Holy Spirit Fire main campus to worship and bring a word during their weekly Wednesday evening prayer and altar services. It was a powerful word for us all and many came for prayer believing for their miracles. 

 

*Airplane and Radio pics*

 

On Thursday, we stopped at the market to purchase fruit for the babies and had a precious and divine interruption. We joined a group of market workers in praising our Lord and were invited to stay long enough to preach a divine word. We left that place so blessed and encouraged at how precious God’s gifts are to us. We then could not wait to arrive at the baby house to see how much the little ones had grown in the six months since our last visit in July. And oh how they have grown! We are elated that these 17 babies are well loved, cared for and fed. We give the Lord the glory for this miracle. Love truly does change everything. 

 

*Marketplace, #4, #6, #10*

 

We were also amazed at how quickly the construction for teacher’s quarters is progressing. The project had not begun during our visit in July, but now they are already roofing the first building! Glory to God!  

 

We had also purchased an acre of land adjacent to the teacher’s quarters. Corn and peanuts have been planted to help provide for the 25 plus growing family on site. The corn and peanuts, or as they call them in Uganda “G nuts,” are now being harvested. 

 

Friday was spent visiting the single and widowed mothers who are recipients of our Outreach program. We visited some of their homes and delivered rice and posho. One of these mothers, Immaculate, testified the two bags of food literally saved her life. What a blessing it was to us to sit in humble homes, worshiping the King of Glory, and thanking Him for allowing us to love and be loved through this simple act.

 

On Saturday, we returned to visit the babies and enjoyed a “sports day” with them. We also gave each one of them a new outfit and a toy. They were so proud of both! In fact, Baby Rebecca, Joshua, and Derrick discovered they were all matching and couldn’t stop hugging each other with  gratitude and excitement from their “new found” discoveries. Don Pardoe’s sister saw the pictures and said she was in awe at these little ones. As a psychologist, she said, “it was obvious that they are capable of gratitude and mutual connection.” We thank God that the babies in our care, although orphaned and abandoned, know they are loved and chosen by the King of kings, and are adopted into his family for a great purpose in the Kingdom of God. 

 

Sunday was incredible as we began our day with Pastor Andy preaching at the main campus of Holy Spirit Fire Church. The word was a blessed reminder that we have a “Good Shepherd.” He is always good. We “want”, but we “shall not want” because “He makes us to lie down in green pastures.” After the service, we drove out to our campus in Rwenjeru, where they were already praising the Lord. The kids sang some special songs for us before they went to their Sunday School class. There are so many kids! It was confirmed to us that there is really a great need for this school to open. Parents are waiting for it! Will you join us in praying for the Lord to provide the teachers and wisdom needed for this big opening in February of 2025? 

 

We arrived just in time for Heather to preach the word to the congregation. The word was from Malachi, and referenced the importance of bringing your tithes and offerings into the storehouse, and putting the Lord to the test to see if he doesn’t pour out his blessings. After the service, a young man named Nixon came down quietly and stated that he wanted to give his life to Jesus. Jesus knew he would be there and He loves each one. 

 

We ended this full and eventful day with a board meeting with the U.S. and Ugandan board of directors. It was a great blessing to hear Denis and Rebecca give an account to both sides. All  board members are in unity and grateful for all that the Lord is doing through Rock of Living Water Ministries. 

 

Our last full day serving was spent at the market to buy chicken so that we could provide a special meal for all of the boys at Trust boys’ home. Their long holiday season would soon be ending and they would be returning to school. We listened to testimonies, praised the Lord together, played, provided encouragement, and handed out some much needed clothes, shoes and necessities. It felt a bit like Christmas time! 

 

We thank God for a successful mission. He protected us, met our needs, united and anointed us, and blessed us beyond what we asked or imagined. To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. 

 

With gratitude  and love, 

 

Heather Allen

 

*Uganda-Jan*



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