Ministry to Uganda, Africa:
The Namayemba Christian School and Church was founded by Pastor Patrick. Patrick graduated from the Uganda Baptist Seminary in the city of Jinja and started the school and church with his wife Suzan.
Legacies & Miracles has partnered with Pastor Patrick, and through the generous support and contributions from individuals and small businesses, together we have been able to build four complete mud-brick classroom buildings, construct two large pit latrines, purchase additional property for expansion, construct a 150 bed girl's dormitory as well as a large boy's dormitory, done of our mission teams constructed 57 wooden school desks for the children, and a teacher's house was completed on the property. In addition, Legacies & Miracles has established a sponsor program which, for a gift of $30 per month, an individual can sponsor a child at the school. These fees provide for the daily needs of the children including food, school uniform, books ans supplies, teachere fees and other capital costs.
Children in line for a school lunch of posho and beans
The food the children recieve at school is often the only meal they recieve for the day.
The Namayemba Christian School currently has over 400 students many of which travel for over an hour one way on foot to attend. The school currently covers grades from nursery up to the 7th grade. About 35% of the students are age 4 or younger. Over 50% of the total population of Uganda is comprised of children under the age of 15. The primary reason for this alarming statistic is death from diseases such as Aids and Malaria. As a result, a large number of children at the school are true orphans with no family to care for them. Often people within the village will take them in, but frequently these children are forced to find their own basic shelter for the night. The School not only provides education for these children, but also safe shelter, medical help and basic nutrition. .
The Namayemba Christian Church currently meets on the same property as the school utilizing one of the buildings for the church. Pastor Patrick preaches each Sunday morning and evening and also on Wednesday evenings. The congregation is growing rapidly and a new permanant church building ins needed. Since beginning only a few year ago, two lay pastors have already been sent out from this church to neighboring regions to plant additional churches. Pastor Patrick is mentoring these lay pastors and is excited to see the growth of this ministry.