Warm greetings from Uganda to our Connected Church family in the UK. We bless the Lord who has kept the global church awake. We are proud to know that we are working together as we strive to build the body of Christ.
Our nation is peaceful and people are going about with their normal business. But the Ugandan government is preparing to host the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference from the 22nd to the 29th September.
The month of September is mainly a time for harvesting crops. It comes as a relief for farmers, after a long wait, as they will rely on this harvest for food in the coming months.
Across Uganda the harvest has been good. Major crops include maize, sorghum, groundnuts, beans, green and yellow bananas, sweet potatoes and sesame. Even as the harvest draws to a close, farmers will have already planted their crops for the second rainy season in October and November.
The last week of August is also the end of the school year, so school children are at home for the holidays. These are happy times for parents and children who will have rest. Many will help their parents with the harvest and planting for the next season.
CLIMATE SMART FARMING
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing farmers in recent years has been climate change. This takes the form of extreme weather conditions with long dry spells and flooding becoming more common. All of which affect farming production, and with it, livelihoods.
Church Pastors in three districts of Eastern Uganda - Kaberamaido, Kumi and Apac - have been taking part in workshops to address this. They are learning what causes climate change and ways to adapt and cope with it. The aim is for them to demonstrate this type of climate smart agriculture to their communities.
One way to adapt is to grow new crops that flourish in the changing environment. In their workshop chia seeds came highly recommended. Chia seeds come from Central America. They have a number of advantages as a cash crop. They do not cost much to grow and mature quickly. This means you can plant several crops in one year. You can grow them organically and they fetch a good price with exporters. They are good for the soil and a good source of food.
PAG’s national office has linked these farmers with chia seed exporters in Kampala, to help start a business there. The group in Kaberamaido, have planted more than 1,200 acres of chia seeds so far, which they hope will be worth close to 194,000 US dollars after harvesting.
UPDATE FROM THE SOUTH SUDANESE REFUGEE CAMPS
The Church and Community Transformation work with refugees of Southern Sudan is yielding steady results. More people are benefiting from the training as facilitators run Trauma Healing sessions within the refugee community. There are plans to scale up the project working with several other partners.
- Pray for PAG and Tearfund, that their commitment to this ministry will remain strong as we empower church leaders across Uganda.
- Pray that the new Trauma Healing and Peacebuilding work will help the refugee community. Pray that we will be able to adapt and use it in the rest of our ministry and with our partners too.
- Pray for the October to November rainy season in Uganda and East Africa. Pray that the rains will be stable and lead to a good harvest.
Would you like to hear more stories from the work happening through Pentecostal Assemblies God Uganda? Why not take a look at Connected Church - Tearfund’s way of linking churches in the UK with our overseas partners.
- Pray for peace in Uganda as preparations begin for the next general election. Pray that Ugandans will be tolerant and the principles of democracy will be respected to achieve stability.