This week in Drumbo, we had the privilege of having Scott Baxter from Abaana with us. He shared some stories of the work that is being done to combat poverty in Uganda and also a little of the vision that drives the organisation. We do, of course, have very strong connections with Abaana, having sent teams out in the past, and we are always moved by the way Abaana strives to meets the Ugandan peoples’ needs, not just physically but spiritually too.
New Life Choir
Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of hosting 20 Ugandan children from the New Life Choir – a choir made up of kids from the 13 different Abaana primary schools. We had a wonderful night as the kids put on a concert for us – singing, dancing and worshipping together in both English and Ugandan. The New Life Choir were touring for 4 months to promote the work of Abaana and to encourage people in the UK and Ireland to sponsor other children in their schools and communities back home.
We were delighted to hear that these kids are all doing really well, as they have now returned to Uganda and are studying hard at boarding school. They were so glad to get home and see their families again, and we heard from some of their parents about the positive impact the tour has had on their kids. Through the tour, Abaana were also able to secure over 500 new sponsorships and brought 6 more boys off the streets of the capital city.
Please continue to pray for each of the choir children as they work hard at school. Pray for the staff in Abaana (UK and Uganda) as they start organising a second tour in 2019. And please pray that God would keep blessing the New Life Choir project, so that Abaana can continue sharing Jesus with children who are living in poverty.
New Life Homes
This year, Abaana have been able to take another 6 boys off the streets of Kampala and bring them into their New Life Homes. A team from Drumbo Church built the New Life Homes back in 2007 and they exist as a place for temporary residence as social workers attempt to reunite street kids with their families. There are currently over 30 boys living in the homes.
Please pray for each of these boys as they adjust to a new way of life, having come off the streets. Pray that they would be receptive to the gospel and would understand the importance of Jesus in their lives. And pray for the social workers who try to track down their family members – pray that reconciliation and resettlement would occur and each of these boys would be able to live the fullest life possible.
We also had one of our own, Laura Maginnis, sharing about her experience with Abaana as part of the youth team this summer. She gave such an emotive account of the impact it had had on her and challenged each of us with her heart and her passion. Teams are such a vital part of Abaana’s work, as they help with building projects, running street outreach programmes and team members come home as the biggest advocates for the work that Abaana is doing in Uganda.
We are delighted to announce that we are planning to send another team to Uganda from Drumbo Church in Easter 2019! If it is something that you may be interested in finding out more about, please do speak to Adrian McLernon, Karen Bovis or William Boreland. Please continue to pray for Abaana’s teams – that they would remain safe, that they would have positive impacts on the children they interact with and that each team member would come home with a changed heart and perspective.
To find out more about the work of Abaana or how you can go, give or pray more specifically, check out their website at www.abaana.org.