Friday, November 4, 2016

Truth Connect Trains Leaders in Kampala, Uganda ~ October 2016

Truth Connect was in Kampala, Uganda in October, 2016 to teach a Leadership Training Conference (LTC).  Pastor William Bukenya was the conference organizer.  He also serves as co-director of Raising Up Hope for Uganda  (RUHU ~ see previous post).  Pastor Fred and Justine Bakaluba of Healing Springs Church, Nakuwadde Bulenga hosted the LTC.

Last year when I visited with William and Patrick to tour RUHU's work with street children, we dreamed of doing a LTC together this year.  William was instrumental in making it happen.  He knows the value of investing in leadership training and he wanted his fellow Ugandans to benefit from Truth Connect's ministry.  This year's LTC was a great success with over 100 leaders in attendance, some traveling hundreds of kilometers to attend.  There is already great anticipation and planning underway for next year's LTC in Kampala!

Pastor William (right) welcomes the conference attendees.


LTC host & hostess, Pastor Fred and Justine and family.


I taught the LTC from 10am until 5:30pm ... and they wanted more!  It was a great time of learning and sharing God's Word and biblical leadership principles.


Ugandan Pastor and I enjoyed becoming friends.


Pastor William's wife, Esther and their precious little one.


Erick Simba came all the way from Nairobi, Kenya for the LTC.


LTC attendees were so happy to learn Biblical leadership principles.


Healing Springs Church helped provide a hot lunch at the LTC.


Conference attendees were eager learners.

All LTC participants received a highly prized "Certificate of Achievement".

Raising Up Hope For Uganda ~ Ministering To Street Children. October 2016

Truth Connect was in Uganda in October, 2016 to present a Leadership Training Conference (LTC).  While in Kampala, Don & Karen visited their friends at Raising Up Hope for Uganda (RUHU).  Patrick and William are the Directors of RUHU.  Their ministry works to rescue and restore children orphaned and/or abandoned to live on the streets of Uganda's capital city.  RUHU's ministry includes elementary schools, boys and girls homes, a half-way house and The Village of Hope.  RUHU's story is amazing and its ministry is extremely impactful.  Please visit RUHU web site to learn more and to support its work with children (www.raisinguphopeforuganda.org).




William, Don, and Patrick in Kampala, Uganda.


School boy buddies.


Karen gets a very warm welcome by RUHU children.


Karen teaches a Bible lesson to RUHU school children.

This class is learning how to tell time.


A lunch of warm porridge is served.






Karen loved her visit to RUHU elementary school.



Don met with Patrick & William to discuss RUHU's achievements and challenges and their own personal development as leaders.


We saw these two little ones in the slums; how precious.   Truth Connect is so thankful for RUHU and its ministry to serve God's little ones.

Eating Roasted Termites In Kenya ~ October 2016

Truth Connect was in Kenya for a Leadership Training Conference in October, 2016.  Last year when in Nairobi, I had tried roasted termites in a restaurant.  Karen was traveling with me this year and I wanted to give her the opportunity to try something different ~ roasted bugs.  Karen is a real trooper and great travel partner.  And, as she ate the bugs ... commented, "chocolate would make them taste better."

Karen's frist bite of roasted termites or "kumbi kumbi".


I tried the termites first ~ just to make sure they were as good as last year.  

Africa's Beauty ~ God's Creation

Truth Connect was in Africa for a series of Leadership Training Conferences and meetings with church and community leaders.  In the middle of the trip, Karen and I took a couple days to rest and  appreciate Africa's beauty and God's amazing creation at Lake Nakuru Game Preserve located about three hours drive northwest of Nairobi.

In our tour van riding through Lake Nakuru Game Preserve.








This giraffe was only 15 yards away ~ he was as interested in us as we were  of him.

The Baboons were the most entertaining of all the animals.



Thursday, November 3, 2016

Jesus Love Ministry, Caring for Orphans in Kenya ~ October 2016

Truth Connect was in Kenya to teach leadership development in October 2016 (see previous posts).  While in Eldoret, Don and Karen visited with their friends at Jesus Love Ministry (JLM).  Bishop Wilson and Christine Kurui are the directors of JLM, a ministry that rescues and cares for abandoned and orphaned street children.  They currently care for about 80 children as young as a few weeks old to teenagers preparing to graduate from school.  Earlier this year, JLM was evicted from its leased property; this created a crisis.  Truth Connect presented the crisis to its ministry partners and was able raise funds that helped JLM relocate to its current site.  The ministry presently leases but hopes to purchase the property so it can have a permanent home.  JLM had a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration when Don & Karen visited them in October.  Truth Connect was careful to direct the praise and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Provider and Sustainer for all that's done in his name.

The Jesus Love Ministry family.

Welcomed by the children who danced and recited Bible verses.


This young girl sang a beautiful song of welcome.

Karen holding "Angel" the abandoned little girl who was rescued from a pack of dogs.

Karen & Don cut ribbons and entered the children's new dormitories.

The children were very happy to show us their new dorms and beds.


The JLM kitchen prepared the celebration meal.

Wilson & Christine point at the adjacent property they would like to buy for JLM.  Please pray for JLM and their ministry with abandoned children.  It is a very good work!

Visiting Friends in Nairobi, Kenya ~ October 2016

Truth Connect was in Kenya in October 2016 to train leaders.  While in Nairobi, Don & Karen visited missionary friends, Erick and Yasmine Simba and their young son.  Erick grew up in Nairobi and Yasmine is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Together they minister in Nairobi's largest slum of Kibera.  Erick and Don are praying and seeking the Lord's guidance on developing a leadership training program for leaders in Kibera and other parts of Nairobi.

Erick, Obed, & Yasmine Simba in their Nairobi home with Karen Schreier.

Training Leaders in Kenya, October 2016

Truth Connect was in Kenya in October 2016 to train church leaders.  Glory Baptist Church (GBC) and Pastor Martin and Anne Shikuku were the Leadership Training Conference (LTC) host and hostess.  GBC is located just a few kilometers northwest of the city of Eldoret.  This was the first time Truth Connect conducted a LTC with GBC.  Approximately 80 leaders participated in the two day conference.  GBC also has a elementary school, an orphanage for children, and a Bible training school for church leaders.

Dr. Donald Schreier was the LTC teacher.  Pastor Alfred was his interpreter.  Don was accompanied by Karen, his wife, who helped with the logistics of the training and ministered to the children in the school.

2016 LTC participants at Glory Baptist Church, Eldoret, Kenya.  Pastor Martin Shikuku, conference host, is the first person seated in the lower right hand corner.


The church advertised in the community with these posters.



Don teaching LTC at Glory Baptist Church.



Approximately 80 church leaders attend the LTC.  




The leaders were enthusiastic learners and worked hard during the two day LTC.



Pastor Alfred was Dr. Don's interpreter.  He did an excellent job!



Karen made friends with the school children and encouraged them in their school work.


All  LTC participants receive a certificate of achievement.