Unsafe water wasn’t the only problem this church had…
A church in Uganda called Love and Truth had a problem with water. But they also had something worse than that to deal with – they did not have a complete copy of the Bible!
The Bibles they had to teach from contained only parts of Genesis and Revelation and Jude.
Thanks to Tony of SWIM Uganda, not only were chlorine producing units (CPUs) given out with instructions, but the Gospel was preached and 10 new copies of the COMPLETE Bible were distributed!
Praise the Lord! What JOY this church now has!
YOUR support of SWIM helped to make this happen!
Wiping away tears from their beatings, the children came back to church
Byansi of the SWIM Uganda team started his story with these words: “Hallelujah, You are worthy of my worship!”
In a Ugandan community, two witch doctors came during a church service, after discovering that their wives and children had been escaping to church every Sunday. Coming with bundles of sticks, they called their wives and children out of church, taking them home to beat them.
The witch doctors claimed, “Your Jesus and your pastor sent fire and demons to our homes. Now we have no peace, no money.”
But – the children responded to their fathers: “We love Jesus and our pastor, but not demons and shrines in our home. Beat us and after, we are going back to church now.”
Immediately after being beaten all of the children returned to church, wiping away tears on their face.
Byansi said, “I am in awe of God. The children (between the ages of 5 to 16) had the boldness to speak out to their fathers which had resulted in the two families giving their lives to Christ. Jesus is working!”
Please keep these families in your prayers.
CPUs Desperately Needed in a Ugandan Refugee Camp
In a refugee camp called Bidibidi, located in northern Uganda, there is a huge need for chlorine producing units (CPUs). One of the SWIM team members there reported that he has been approached by many people, asking for CPUs. His answer was telling them to pray for more to be provided.
This is Pastor Yunda Andrew from the biggest refugee camp in Africa. He said people are dying from typhoid and diarrhea. No medical care and lack of clean water are huge problems. He wants to help these people – CPUs are desperately needed here. There are SWIM team members who can deliver and share them as soon as they are provided.
Here is the link for the video: https://www.facebook.com/messenger_media?thread_id=100001313787220&attachment_id=198355765013738&message_id=mid.%24cAAAAAHOZewR-m-kKFl4aqPACLVoW
Praise and Thanks from Uganda
Juma, a SWIM team member, shares praises and thanks from Uganda.
I am happy to report that I have been able to secure the solar panels, batteries, and solar charger controllers so we can reach 25 communities with CPUs this spring.
I have bought 150 copies of the Iuganda Bibles. These will be given to people in churches who do not have their own copy. Special emphasis will be given to new converts.
Thank you so much for the support of building up the body of Christ in Uganda – especially as the world is going through a hard time with the pandemic.
I believe many lives will be touched and souls will be won to Christ.
Bibles + Chlorine = Excited People
From the Buwembula Heartland Worship Center in Uganda: “Thank you God for the ministry of SWIM which has blessed our church with six Bibles and a CPU system. Many families are excited and blessed to have chlorine.” Every church member received chlorine.
Gifts of Bibles Bring Excitement!
In the Namadhi community in Uganda, there was lots of excitement as really old copies of Bibles were replaced with new ones and church members who did not have a Bible were gifted their own copy! Okello Charles and Philip visited the church to share these Bibles with the people.
The old copies (see photo) were not complete as books of the Bible missing, but it was all they had – until SWIM gave them new, complete copies of the Bible.
“Our appreciation goes to SWIM! Thank you for giving us this wonderful opportunity!”
The Gospel + Chlorine = Lives Being Changed
Lives are being changed in Uganda! Juma reported that he recently had the opportunity to share the Gospel and chlorine with people in Buwagama.
He wrote in an email: “I introduced them to what the Bible teaches about loving one another.”
He added, “It was a great refresher for the souls of people who for a long time have been spending on the treatment of typhoid. Everyone was surprised how the church can serve clinically to save people’s lives.”
The local authorities also gave their appreciation of SWIM’s ministry.
Sharing the Gospel in “Unreachable Areas” with CPUs
Below is part of an email from Juma, who is a SWIM team member in Uganda.
I have been able to reach out to people in communities with the Gospel and chlorine. By the grace of the Lord, I have reached five communities and given them CPUs.
The communities I have reached are in the most unreachable areas. They are located far from the hospitals, have poor transportation, and big problems with water. They use community wells that are unprotected and contaminated.
The greatest opportunity I have through SWIM is that I can reach communities in my country with the Gospel, in accordance with the Great Commission. We have the greatest blessing to reach out to souls.
Because we are encouraging people to use treated water with chlorine that is freely available in these communities, this has increased the population in churches that have CPUs. They use CPUs to evangelize the communities.
Our women’s program is doing well. They share chlorine whenever they meet and they invite friends to meet for Bible study. We teach them to encourage one another in any hardship and to work together.
Give a Gift with Impact and Eternal Significance!
Give a gift with purpose – one with eternal significance! Fund an on-site chlorine producing unit (CPU) for those around the world suffering from unsafe water and share the gift of Jesus.
See for yourself the powerful impact people have experienced by receiving a CPU! Watch these short examples of actual people who have been helped by the CPUs and as a result have been told about Jesus.
SWIM video: https://youtu.be/vldqNsyjxG0
In the video, Juma, one of the SWIM team members, said, “Our work is to coordinate with people in the communities by giving them CPUs which are used for making chlorine. It is that which they use to go to people’s homes and teach them how to use the chlorine to treat their water and we also share with them Christ. So the main point as to why we do everything is to share with them the love of Jesus Christ.”
Praise the Lord for a New Church in Uganda
A new church is beginning in Uganda! Bricks are being made for the church building. Praise the Lord for this progress! One team member explained that this new church is the “result of SWIM’s distribution of chlorine in the community.”
Reaching an Isolated Community
A CPU was given to the community of Nabinyu, which is located in a very rural area in Uganda. “We praise the Lord for the opportunity to reach this isolated community,” said a SWIM team member.
“I Praise the Lord I Have Not Been Arrested!”
A SWIM team member from Uganda sent a message about how they are doing during lockdown. Your support of SWIM has allowed them to be able to distribute four chlorine producing units (CPUs) in different communities.
He wrote: “Under lockdown we have had theopportunity to share chlorine and give out a total of four CPUs in different communities. One of which is a potential for a church plant. Thank you so much for your support. Our country is still in lockdown, so by having gatherings we break the COVID-19 government policies. Our communities are most affected by the effects of policies put in place because of the virus.
The Lord has given me the opportunity to reach several communities and share with them chlorine. I praise the Lord I have not been arrested! Right now, my team and I are ready to reach more communities and teach them about chlorine. If we are blessed with more batteries and solar panels, we shall be able to reach more with the gospel.”