We have a number of overseas relationships that have developed over recent years.
Noah Mayiga was sponsored through the Ichthus Radical Network training program (2002-2003) by GateWay Church, and we have maintained very close links with him ever since. Now married to Susan, they now have three little girls, Deborah, Esther and Faith. It was great to have him with us for August 2006, during which time he came to Revive!
For three years he served as assistant pastor of River of Life Church, Masaka, and from 2006 he has been working for a local Christian charity, Love in Action, led by Alan & Bery Went. Noah and Susan are also trustees of Love in Action.
Noah, working on behalf of Love in Action, was responsible for providing practical support to rebuild and restructure the school in Kasaka village following a government inspection. Love in Action purchased land on which they have now built 8 classrooms, a dormitory, a teachers' block, a kitchen, a store and two toilet blocks. They also employ the teachers and, through sponsorship, provide all the educational needs of local children. In its new expanded form the school now covers the entire primary school age range.The Primary School recently came first out of 71 schools in the Masaka District exams. After the success of the Primary School a Secondary school was opened for S1 & S2 students in February 2013. The new buildings were completed in record time. There is also a well on site to supply fresh water and a small clinic that serves the needs of both pupils and local villagers. Working closely with the other Love in Action Trustees Noah is helping to plant a small church at the school which welcomes students, staff and local residents.
Noah, Susan and Penny, the three Ugandan trustees of Love in Action, visited the UK for four weeks in April 2012. Noah & Susan spent a week here in Leyton. It was great to spend time with them. During their visit they took part in a Family Day, homegroups and visited a local school with Barbara. Penny, who works as the Love in Action social worker visited an East London child services department to gain experience and advice.
We have also worked closely with Transform Europe Network. We have participated in their Harvest for the Hungry project for a number of years, and have also been privileged to sponsor Leaders Alpha Training courses in Poland, Bulgaria, Romani a and Albania; so equipping churches in each of these countries to reach out with the gospel. We have also been able to fund the translation of the Alpha course into Albanian. For a number of years we supported a community health worker in Sophia, Bulgaria and now we support Project Romania Rescue. A number of people from GateWay have visited various linked projects in Eastern Europe.
Wishing to respond in some way to the refugees crisis due to the current civil war in Syria, we have been able to send gifts to an Ichthus Link church in Lebanon to help start a project to provide some schooling for the refugee children they have contacted in the Bekaa valley. There is a great need for clothing for small children and we hope to be able to provide this too.
We also support a number of other friends who are working in restricted access countries.