Monthly Archives: April 2020

March Additional Update.

Greetings to all our friends/co-workers. As you will be aware, Uganda like many other countries is on the lockdown therefore very few essential activities can take place nationwide.

We too, as the CMM team to a big extent spend most of our time at home. In this report, we are letting you know how things are going on with some of our individual CMM families during the lockdown season.

Kato Edward’s Family.

Our family is comprised of 5 members; Kato Edward, Nambatya Diana Kato, Namata Abigail Earon, Muwanguzi Hansen Ssenyondo, Nabirye Janipher.

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The Katos.

Since March, we are at home since its lockdown all over the country. We use most of this time to bond with the children since we were a bit busy before the lockdown. We get time to pray, play, and do different things together.

At first, Diana was too much scared about this COVID-19 until we heard a message from the pastor at Watoto that “Jesus Christ is above all thing and will surely take us through so be strong”.

In order to keep ourselves safe, we pray for our health, we boost our vitamin B by drinking lemon juice and eating fruits. We always sanitize, wash our hands, and stay at home.

What we have been doing is praying for others and helping some people financially with the little that we have.

Our prayer request is that God continues to provide for our family through this trying moment.

Byamugisha Richard’s Family.

Thank God the lockdown announcement found us all home as a family otherwise it’s been complicated for those that traveled since they’ve had to stay where they are until circumstances change.

Much of the time has been for personal reflection and family ministry. Since the Lockdown crisis, we laid a program for a family alter, personal prayer time, bible study, playtime, home chores, and online ministry.

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Family time.

Since my family is very young, we start our day with the family alter at 7am. Each adult member has a day to share the word from the bible, that’s Mary, Isaac, my wife Molly, and myself. We then share prayer requests and end the prayer time.

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Prayer time.

We then embark on Breakfast which is normally at 8:30am. Mary and Isaac go for home classes which are supervised by either me or my wife. The class usually takes 2hrs and they join their friends to play. Our vicinity is comprised of staff members, where my wife Molly teaches, with their families. So we have a total of 12 children in one location. Luckily we all agreed on the health standards for that crisis. We usually have a clear program of lunch and supper till evening where we converge at 8pm and wrap up with prayer.

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Meal time

It’s been a hard moment of no movement but it’s been a great time for bonding. We have learned much about being together for the last month on a daily basis. We also get simple exercises since we are prohibited from moving far from homes.

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Staring at nature.

We have also mobilized foodstuffs for 3 vulnerable families in our community and 2 distant families. The distant families are the triplets and the Oldman George from Mitooma in Western Uganda. Since we don’t know when the lockdown is ending, we request friends to pray for us not to lack. Our children in Karamoja are in a dare situation, so they need prayer for God’s intervention so that we may lose them due to hunger.

Mugabi Isaac’s Family.

We have a young family of 2 boys, Sharma, 4 and Timothy, 2 with Sharma doing his first year in nursery school, and Mercy my wife doing her first year at University.

Our day starts as early as 7am but in intervals, with Mercy and I getting up first and plan and prepare for the day, while the boys join us at about 8am for breakfast.

I am usually quite engaged for most of the day in research and planning for my new business setup and some software development work as the boys do what they do best, video games, while Mercy does the cooking (for most of the days) and some reading after.

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The Mugabis

The evening time has always been meet-up time to pray as a family and share on a number of things including the word of God.

We continue praying to God for provision in these trying times.

Dan Muwanguzi’s Family.

The ideal day for the Muwanguzi family during these days. I usually wake up around 6am, go to my home office and usually start my quiet time (bible study, meditation/prayer until 8am.

Princess and the boys join me at 8am and we spend an hour in the bible study, prayer for our selves and friends, and then discuss any other educative/discipline stuff. Afterward, we share a cup of tea/coffee as Miriam and Timothy also join us a bit later to continue starting off the day together.

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(L-R) David, Jonathan, Mike and Princess for the Morning devotion.

At 10am, I communicate with about 7 of my student pastors plus 3 co-CTBS teachers to work on the C-TBS assignments for those 7, at times sharing about the COVID-19 challenges in different communities, receive prayer requests from various churches/individuals which are mostly around food/provision and health of any family.

In the afternoons, the kids are doing their schoolwork/personal studies, Miriam joins the kitchen crew and by 2pm I get back into my personal studies, communication, and any other CMM related work.

At around 5, we as a family get back again together chatting/informal discussions. The evening is TV/News plus good nights.

Prayer requests.

We are currently faced with a challenge of many of our friends, neighbors, co-workers, relatives, single mothers, the elderly, etc who stopped earning weeks back because of the lockdown yet Ugandan families are big.

Every day, we are receiving either phone-calls, visits, or text messages needing help along food/medicine lines, genuine yet many. We usually respond to the best that we can and will appreciate prayers along those lines for us and Uganda at large.

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The muwanguzis.

We thank you all for your continuous prayers and support to us. We too are praying for you more especially during this COVID-19 season.

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February and March Update

Dear friends and co-workers in christ, we thank the Lord for what He continues to do in Uganda through CMM. We also thank you so much for being part of this through your continuous prayers and support. Thank you for loving us and the people of Uganda.

Namugongo Medical outreach.

On 3rd March 2020, we ministered to the people of Namugongo, Kira, Misindye, Jinja Misindye,
Butto, Buloli, Nakiyanja, and other surrounding areas.
CMM preached the gospel through a medical outreach with help from dentists and ophthalmologists.
The mission was done in partnership with;
St Luke Church, Namugongo Martyrs Anglican Church, Mulago Dental School, Guardian optics, Janda LC1.

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The Medical Outreach at Namugongo

Namugongo Martyrs Church Supported us with a free venue and all the groundwork.
Janda local council 1 partnered with us in the mobilization of masses in schools, villages, and churches to conduct the outreach at a free cost.
Mulago dental school gave us 18 dentists with drugs, dental Forceps, syringes, cotton wool, and gloves.
Guardian Optics gave us one ophthalmologist and one support staff. They came along with glasses and eye drugs.
We were able to work on 367 people of which 53 were eye cases.
15 people came to Christ and we handed them over to church leaders for discipleship and nurturing.
Among the people who were helped, 284 were school-going Children from Namugongo Mixed Primary School and Green Gates Junior School.

We highly appreciate God for the Grace and favor on that day and during preparation.

Matugga  Dental and eye camp

CMM in partnership with Mulago dental school  had a dental and eye camp at Searchlight of God church Matugga on 20th February. We treated 27 people who had both dental and eye issues. We thank God for the grace to reach the hearts of people. We had a great time of one on one and 5 people gave their lives to Christ. We thank God for that ministry that touches the hearts and bodies of people.

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Medical Outreach at Matugga

On the 12th of March, we CMM, received our friends (guests) from Victoria Canada, James, Josie, Anika and Jaimee.

We thank the Lord for the demonstrated courage and faith by the Degreefs family for coming during such critical days when COVID-19 is on the rise and given the tension that was all over the whole world.

The Degreefs were in Uganda from the 12th to 22nd March. While here, they were involved in a many ministerial activities and one of them is the Buyuki Medical Outreach.

Buyuki Medical Outreach

On 17th March CMM with the Degreefs’ family held a successful medical outreach in Buyuki Luweero district which It started at 8:00am and ended at 5:00pm.

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Treating different cases at Buyuki.

With 25 Dentists from Mulago Dental school, we worked on 234 dental cases of whom 192 were extractions. The rest were complicated cases and were therefore referred to a bigger facility.

We had 2 opticians from Guardian optics who worked on 113 patients of whom 78 received free glasses from TUPS. 23 patients were referred for surgeries.

Uganda Cancer institute offered a specialist who worked on 39 breast checkups. 29 cervical cancer checkup and of the 29 prostate cancer screenings, 2 were positive, 150 people were talked to by Carol cancer foundation, The ones effected will be followed up for medication.

James, Josie, Molly Byamugisha and Pastor Godfrey Nsumba led the spiritual clinic where people were preached to. 50 people came to Christ.

The spiritual clinic is praying, counselling and sharing Christ with individuals who come for treatment.

Jaimee and Anika helped the dental team in dispensing medicines, etc

Butaleja prison visit.

On 19th March 2020, together with the Degreefs’ family, we visited the prison of Butaleja. We were not able to preach to the prisoners due to fears COVID 19 but we prayed with prison officers were able to donate cakes and drinks for 60 prisoners and officers plus soap and sanitary pads for female inmates and we blessed them with prayers.

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The Butaleja prison visit.

Kalangala prisons visit.

On 25th, we visited 2 prisons on Kalangala island, Mugoye and Kalangala prisons. They’re both on the same island but 30km apart. Both prisons had 105 prisoners who are below 2yrs sentence. We took 34 bibles along with us, cakes and water for drinking. We gave 20 bibles to prisoners, 2 bibles to officers and 12 to the prison library. 67 prisoners gave their lives to Christ. We had a great time of sharing and praying with prisoners one on one. The next day on 26th, we got a call from the prison that 13 prisoners were pardoned when they appeared before the magistrates. It was a great miracle to the whole prison because it had never happened.

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On our way to the Kalangala Island

Karamoja children visit.

In preparation for the new term, we visited the CMM kids in Karamoja to help them start the New Year and new term. We found them healthy and ready for school. We managed to visit some of their schools like Acherer primary school.

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Our Karamoja children.

Shalom children’s visit.

Shalom reconciliation Ministry is an orphanage found in Kotido district in the Karamoja region. It’s headed by Mike Rainbow Okiddi. We found 32 children from 1 to 20 yrs of age. We had a great time of praise and worship led by the children. We later had a great time of sports in the compound of Shalom which lasted for more than an hour. Many children gave us their memory verses.

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Visiting the Shalom Children

We praise God for the Grace to travel to Karamoja and back safely.

C-TBS Classes.

Greetings to all our friends/co-workers in Christ. We the C-TBS staff team would like to thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement especially during these days where COVID-19 has presented such a big threat internationally.

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C-TBS Pastors’ class

February and early March, all our C-TBS usual programs were running well but like all other businesses in Uganda, we have put down most of the tools for the next day 25 days first in obedience to the government given COVID-19 management guidelines.

As you could be aware, the Uganda government has closed all schools, church gatherings, all shops/stores except for stores selling foodstuffs, all vehicles cannot move except a few government official cars. We are therefore very much restricted to stay indoors for a period of 20 days as the government monitors the situation.

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The Muwanguzi family.

Both schools (OT and NT) bible classes started on the 2nd weekend of March. The NT class at Bweyogerere started with 33 students from 7 different churches and the OT class at deliverance church Mukono had started with 17 students from 4 different churches. We are currently in touch with most of our students on phone, encouraging each other in prayer and reading / studying the scriptures.

We continue to pray and seek the Lord in regard to the current situation. Please continue to pray with us more especially in our context where many are not working yet feeding and other necessities have to continue. There’s already cries from many different families more especially for food and other daily needs. May the Lord be with you and continue to keep you well. We also love you and thank you so much for being part of us and supporting the work of God here in Uganda.

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