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Hunger of belly, hunger of spirit With their staple crop under threat, the people of southwest Uganda face a struggle to sustain themselves. Bishop Patrick Tugume of North Kigezi explains his plans for growing crops and growing disciples. Just one year into his first bishopric, one of the biggest issues facing the Rt Rev Patrick Tugume is a plague on bananas. Banana wilt virus is threatening the staple food of the region, says Bishop Patrick. “Bananas (matoke) are staple foods and they are also commercial. This is now a menace. This is destroying plantations – so food security is threatened and at the same time household income is under threat. “We have gone in to provide other sources of food to prevent starvation: new seedlings of Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava and other perennial crops. We think that will give some direction but we are worried because these are not long-term crops.” But as well as battling on this practical front – which of course will also threaten financial support for the church as family incomes drop – Bishop Patrick and his wife Eva are focusing efforts on growing disciples as well as crops. “We have many times [as a church] gone on mission and raised

Eva and Bishop Patrick Tugame

people committed to Christ but we need to go a step further and entrench discipling so that we have a community of Christians that are strong in knowing Christ.” The aim is to start young. “We have a big passion for children. We have found that we have many more children than expected and these children are not catered for generally. In church worship children are peripheral. “I have really been praying that these children are brought on board, given attention, catered for spiritually and socially, that their needs are met to grow into good Christians.” The bishop wants to train trainers and eventually mobilise 200 lay people to take up the task of ministering to children. That’s close to three trained people

for every parish, and double the number of clergy in the diocese. It fits well with the emphasis on lay ministry in the diocese. Lay readers are trained for two years and work in cooperation with clergy. Bishop Patrick also has plans for training even more lay people to disciple others. Women are key to this process, Eva explains. They form the majority of the congregations, and also seem to bear the burden of feeding their families. She sees her role as “helping women to be disciples in all areas of life”. They face many challenges and the diocese’s women’s programmes and Lucy help them cope. ThereSteve is domestic violence, many orphans from AIDS and other diseases, and just the daily business of feeding, clothing and continued over

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sending their children to school. “The government has brought in free primary education and they are progressing onto free secondary education,” Eva explains, “Because of this you get big numbers within classes and learning might not be effective in big classes. So more people are going to private schools for a good education. Which is impossible if someone has a big family. So we are trying to teach women to plan and have smaller families.” Helping care for children is a big part of CMS’s work in south-

west Uganda, and North Kigezi diocese is home to Kisiizi hospital, where mission partner and paediatric nurse Ann Moore works. Mission associates Dr Ian and Hanna Spillman are more recent additions to the team. Ian is now medical superintendent. Bishop Patrick is full of praise for CMS’s contribution – “very vigorous and very effective” – especially at Kisiizi, “for more than 50 years now. In our mission area we have had evangelists come through CMS, priests and training through CMS. We have had Chris-

Seeds of God’s love sewn through sustainable farming

Pastors planting trees to improve soil and crop growth

Mawa, a small-scale farmer in the West Nile region of northwest Uganda, struggled to grow sufficient crops to meet his family. The effects of climate change – prolonged periods of drought and damaging high intensity rainfall – mean that growing seasons are shorter, the risk of pest attack greater, and crop failure more frequent. However, with the guidance of CMS mission partners David and Heather Sharland, more than 200 small-scale farmers like Mawa now have hope and food on the table. David and Heather work in sustainable farming and healthcare in the Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile,


where many people face acute poverty. David’s mission is to increase food production for farmers, as a practical outworking of the gospel of Jesus; Heather trains women and girls in the community in nutrition and health care practices, and runs a Safe Motherhood course. David utilises 30 years of experience as CMS mission partner and his professional horticultural skills to work alongside local farmers, sharing regular farming training sessions, and looking at biblical principles for farming practices that can be applied in Uganda. Asked how this training works in practice, David said, “People pack

tian values completely invested in Uganda through CMS.” “Pray with us:” 1. That people are safe from this banana wilt virus 2. That we are able to continue in the vision to raise discipling people for children and adults 3. We have also engaged with making available clean water – pray with us 4. We are bringing life in health areas – Kisiizi hospital and Rukungiri health centre need your prayers into a small room and we talk, pray and have close fellowship together around a cup of tea and piece of cassava. Both Muslim and Christian farmers come to the monthly training sessions that I lead with a small team. We show people how to plant and tend their crops in a way which sustains God’s creation and we provide each farmer with nine kilograms of seed. We also distribute trees via pastors and their congregations as the trees grow well with food crops and improve the soil. On one day in a place called Ogoko we distributed 780 trees!” The seed, which has brought farmer Mawa so much joy, includes improved varieties of indigenous, high-yielding and short season food crops, to provide essential nutrition – crops such as the staple sorghum, upland rice, which has a short three month growing period and tolerates aridity, and soya bean for protein. David works with a local scientific research organisation to discover the best seed varieties, and has managed to source the seed from a small Ugandan company. “By using the land in a Godhonouring way – as stewards of the

resources God has given us – we are being wise in passing on fruitful land to generations to come,” David explains. “At the same time the gospel is shared in a way that all can relate to here in West Nile, something we are passionate about. Jesus often used farming in his teaching.” While David is busy with farming and other activities, such as running a Bible club for a group of local blind boys, Heather guides women in the preparation and cooking of the produce. Heather explains, “There is a special type of tree called moringa,

which we distribute because it has so many uses including helping malnourished children put on weight and strength.” She adds, “I show the women how to add dried moringa leaf powder to their children’s porridge to give them the essential nutrients they need to grow.” Three months ago, David visited Mawa’s village. “As I was about to leave, Mawa appeared in front of the car. He had a huge smile on his face and told me I couldn’t leave until he had told me his story.” “Mawa planted well,” David re-

counts, “and the seed grew very well. The drought resistant rice yielded so well that Mawa was able to throw a party for all his neighbours and friends, something he had never been able to do before – he was usually the recipient of the kindness of others. Then Mawa said to me, ‘But with this seed I see God really cares for me – it has been blessed by God like a miracle! I now have enough sorghum to feed my family for the rest of the year. Thanks be to God!’”

Scoring a century By Irene and Malcolm Crawford short-term partners in Kisoro In August we celebrated the fact that it’s been 100 years since the first Christians came to Kisoro. The diocese held a special convention to celebrate the centenary, and the two speakers were the Archbishop of Uganda and the Archbishop of York. John Sentamu was born and lived in Uganda until forced to flee when Idi Amin was president. The three days of open air meetings attracted large crowds with more than 10,000 attending the service on Sunday. The prime minister of Uganda attended and helped the Archbishop of York to cut the first turf on the site of a new hostel the diocese will build to commemorate the centenary. Some time ago we were speaking to someone from Britain who had been working as a volunteer in Kisoro for several weeks and preparing to return home. He said something that

surprised us. He said he was looking forward to no longer being a prisoner in the town. When we asked what he meant we realised that having flown 4,000 miles to work here, he had never travelled further than a mile from his project. This meant he had had no experience of the stunning scenery that surrounds Kisoro; the panoramic views that caused Churchill to declare that Uganda must be the ‘pearl of Africa’, the picturesque lakes within a short distance, or experienced the vitality of native churches and life in the local villages. He had made himself a prisoner in Kisoro. We all may be prisoners within our own lives in one way or another. For all of us Jesus came ‘to set the prisoners free’. (Luke 4:18). He is able to set us free from insecurities that may restrict our lives. He is able to help

Celebrating 100 years of gospel

us rejoice in our circumstances. As we return to the UK for leave, please thank God for his faithfulness in caring for us here, the work that we have been able to do, at the diocese, at Potter’s Village child crisis centre and at Kisiizi Hospital. Please pray for wisdom as we think about what we might do in the future, including possible future placements abroad. Pray for colleagues we leave behind, that God may encourage them. To read about Irene and Malcolm’s experiences go to http:// malcolmandirenecraw ford. If you are interested in a short-term placement in Africa, call CMS on 01865 787400 and ask for Roland. Or email:


New mission partner starts new clinic at Kiwoko hospital Originally from the Netherlands, new CMS mission partner Dr Corrie Verduyn trained in women’s health, obstetrics and gynaecology, and is now in charge of the maternity ward at Kiwoko hospital in Uganda – a Christian hospital closely linked to the Church of Uganda in the rural Luwero Diocese. In a continent where the rate of mothers dying in childbirth is approximately 50 times higher than in the UK, Dr Corrie’s skills are much needed. More than 2,000 babies are born every year at Kiwoko hospital and together with her team of just three other midwives, Corrie cares for 40 patients and handles, on average, five deliveries a day. Dr Corrie is passionate about her role at Kiwoko, where the motto is “we treat, Jesus heals.” Having worked previously in Africa, she has since felt a calling to devote the rest of her working life to this continent. “My motivation comes from

Dr Corrie Verduyn

my Christian faith and the direction that God has shown me throughout my life. Coming from a humble background and having been given the opportunity to study by God’s grace, I wanted to use those skills in an area in the world where most people cannot afford to seek specialist medical care.” Work at the hospital is challenging. When Dr Corrie arrived, she found herself in sole charge of a maternity ward, assisted by three midwives. There was no specialist doctor to give guidance to the care of women giving birth, despite being one of the biggest departments within the hospital. This contrasts

greatly with an NHS-run UK hospital. “It is not always possible to use guidelines that are in existence in Britain,” she explains. “I have to make adjustments to the local situation, the resources available.” Despite her busyness, Dr Corrie has set up a much-needed weekly out-patient clinic for women’s health, and already patient numbers are increasing without any formal advertising. “Up to now there has never been such a clinic in this area and the only opportunity for people to see a gynaecologist was to go to Kampala 50 miles away,” she explains. The Kiwoko clinic charges £1.50 compared to £25 in Kampala, which is more than an average family’s monthly income. Dr Corrie was surprised recently to find one patient had come all the way from Kampala to receive treatment at the clinic. When asked why, the patient cited Kiwoko’s good reputation.

Recently-returned mission partner honoured Alison Fletcher, a physiotherapist who recently completed her time as a CMS mission partner, has been awarded the esteemed Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Distinguished Service Award for her work in Africa. Before going to Uganda in 2002, Alison worked at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham from September 1999. For the past nine years Alison worked at Kiwoko hospital, a mission hospital serving a population of around a half a


million people in rural Uganda. This award celebrates the fact that at Kiwoko Alison created a referral system, designed and helped to build a department and learned to adapt her UK physiotherapy skills. In her time there she trained Ugandan assistants, some of whom became qualified physiotherapists. Alison also helped manage an HIV clinic for children and teenagers.

Physiotherapist Alison Fletcher, left, at Kiwoko hospital

Before 2002, there was no rehabilitation service at Kiwoko, but thanks to her work the physiotherapy department is now integral.

Purpose-built: engineering mission Based in Kampala, Uganda, mission partner Garry Ion spends much of his time working with dioceses throughout the region to plan and manage building projects. As in much of mid-Africa, churches play a vital role in meeting the needs of communities, and Garry’s work spans the construction of several primary and secondary schools, Bible colleges and a number of church buildings. Garry first came to Uganda in 1995 with Tearfund after training as a carpenter and graduating with a degree in construction management. In 1998 he became a CMS mission partner and has been involved in managing construction programmes, setting up vocational training and establishing local building teams ever since. From his base in Kampala, Garry is able to communicate the needs of isolated churches, and often flies across east- and midAfrica to discuss building plans with local communities. In a recent link letter, Garry describes a typical four-day trip: “My radio alarm [goes off] at 4.30am and the BBC World Service announces a new day. I rise early, bleary eyed, as my taxi is due to pick me up at 5.30am, to take me to the airport. “Today I am flying together with Keith,

Mission partner Garry Ion

a Uganda/Rwanda co-worker. He has put together a busy programme, which includes visits to several school sites in Burundi, Rwanda and southwest Uganda.” The trip includes meetings with building contractors, church representatives and an archbishop in Burundi, as well as a visit to a half-built, overcrowded school. “On the next three sites there were no school buildings and children are educated under trees, in mud huts and in church buildings. These church communities were therefore very excited to hear that, together with them, we were going to build buildings.”

When Garry arrives in southwest Uganda, he witnesses and celebrates the completion of two school building projects he has been involved in. Each school includes six classrooms, teacher’s offices and pit latrines. Garry checks the standard of building work and highlights any problems before builders can receive final payment. The standard of the work is good and the teachers and students are eager to move in. In between these frequent trips, Garry takes time to get to know people in the neighbourhood where he lives, and has recently joined an outreach fellowship in the Kampala city called Freedom Church. The group meet twice weekly – both expatriates and locals together – and reach out to the burgeoning slums in the city. Garry reports that “the Bible studies are particularly challenging and it is equally great to meet with mainly young people from different walks of life who are so enthusiastic about the gospel.” From blueprints to building: new school in southwest Uganda


Accelerating change It’s one of the biggest questions in the world: with so much aid and development work, why are so many still poor? African Christians are leading the way in a movement that seeks to change not just situations but mindsets.

a Western agency. Everything has been done with the resources the community has to hand. The Samaritan Strategy Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan in reply to the question “Who is my neighbour?” The hearers were shocked into a different way of seeing the world – that a hated Samaritan could be a neighbour. The Samaritan Strategy is a way to do essentially the same thing. It is fast gaining in popularity across Africa and CMS Africa acts as the host organisation, promoting it and galvanising training across the continent. Its starts with a Vision

conference, which asks church leaders “Who is my neighbour?” Through the Samaritan Strategy process, they are encouraged to see everyone in their communities as a neighbour the church is called to serve. Then, they are challenged to start ‘seed actions’ – such as the village community banks mentioned above – to put into practice a simple example of loving their community. Crucially, they have to do this using their own resources, not grants from agencies, just as the Good Samaritan paid for a room for the mugging victim with whatever he had in his pocket. From small seeds One generous CMS supporter gave £1,000 to fund the first Vision conference in

Bishop Godfrey Sehaba

Summary of CMS work and links in Uganda

Take the Anglican Diocese of Morogoro in Tanzania. With just a handful of office staff under Bishop Godfrey Sehaba, 90 pastors are spread out over an area three times the size of Belgium. “Many church people say, ‘I am poor and I will die poor,’” Bishop Godfrey told CMS’s Stephen Burgess on a recent visit. Yet now 100 women’s groups meet regularly to decide who will get the next loan from the group, so that they can pay school fees, buy kitchen utensils, or develop a small business idea. Other projects have sprung up too, to help orphans, to collect and distribute goods to people in need, or to do hospital visits. Where did this energy come from? Not from a donation from

NOTE: new name for SALT is mission associate (MA)


David & Heather Sharland - agriculture & health Alan & Anne Lacey theology & health

Ian & Shelagh Baird-Smith (MA) - administrators Davis Manana (Timothy Partner) Paul & Sue Rennie (MA) - Bungokho Rural Development Centre

Corrie Verduyn Kiwoko Hospital, womens health Ann Moore and Angela Cooper - Kisiizi Hospital, nurses Hanna & Ian Spillman (MA)

Penny Allen, Katy Barnes (MA) - health work

Pat Gilmer (MA) children’s ministry

Jenny Green - Potter’s Village, children’s ministry Irene & Malcolm Crawford - finance management, vocational training Rosie Brown - nurse (MA)

Liz Traill and Heather Lowe education

Kampala Isobel Booth Clibborn - VIVA Africa wide, children’s ministry Kate & Nick Wooding - Diocese of Kampala, health Garry Ion - Africa wide, building consultant Joan Hall (MA) - mission support Janet Muhindo (Timothy Partner) - children’s ministry (CoU) Abby & Sam Baguma (MA) Africa wide, health

Morogoro Diocese in 2010, which had 73 participants. A second in 2011 had 100, from 19 denominations. Ten people from the first conference have now gone on to become trainers of trainers – teaching others how to deliver Vision conferences in other parts of Tanzania and beyond. Today Bishop Godfrey talks excitedly about the Samaritan


Strategy “because it teaches us to meet the needs we have from within.” “In the past my clergy would come to me and say, ‘We need bicycles to visit our congregations.’ I would make this known and a Western aid agency may offer 12 bicycles. I have 90 clergy. So I would have to wait till the next year to get 12 more bicycles. And





Please pray for the Rev Canon Philip Mounstephen, who will be commissioned as CMS executive leader on Saturday 13 October at St Aldates Church, Oxford. To attend, email

Thank God for the Rt Rev Paul Butler’s (Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham) visit from 13–26 July 2012 together with his wife Rosemary, and a team from the diocese. The visit strengthened parish links, gave insight into the country and church, and led to exploration of how to develop the relationship between the diocese and the province further. See Bishop Paul’s blog at http:// for reflections on the visit.

Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester, former CMS executive director, hosted a meeting in May for the diocese’s link dioceses and provinces, including Burundi, Congo, Myanmar, Rwanda and Uganda. There was a time of fellowship and the opportunity for mutual learning.

DR Congo Five students from the Hema Tribe went missing while travelling from Bunia to Uganda via Kasenyi on 29 July. Bodies were discovered. Pray this won’t fuel more fighting in eastern DR Congo, and that the families will know God’s comfort. Bisoke Balikenga, CMS Timothy mission partner, wrote of Bishop Funga of Kisangani diocese whose son (aged 16) died in August. Do pray that the family will be upheld and sense God’s comfort.

Zambia Please pray for Liz Hosegood, whose service as a mission partner comes to an end at the close of this year. Liz reports: “Great news! The day before I left the results were posted. All 13 students passed, three with honours. I’m so pleased… this is a very nice leaving present for me.” Liz has been a CMS mission partner for five years and during this time has trained more than 80 midwives in Zambia.

Uganda Please pray for short-term mission partner Rosie Brown at Potter’s Village home for

another year for 12 more. “Now the parishes are competing to buy not bicycles but motorbikes for their clergy.” Such is the acceleration of change the Samaritan Strategy makes possible. For more about how the Samaritan Strategy is being implemented across Africa, visit:



abandoned and vulnerable babies and children, where more staff have been employed. “Ezra, our longstanding administrator, retires in late September to be replaced by Jackie. Also, our new social worker Annet, has already re-settled five children back in the community.” Thank the Lord that the two patients with suspected Ebola at Kisiizi hospital do not have the deadly disease. Continue to hold the staff (including CMS mission associates Hanna and Ian Spillman and mission partner Ann Moore) and patients in your prayers. Garry Ion, CMS mission partner, also reported the outbreak of Ebola – some cases reaching Kampala. The disease has been contained but please pray for God’s protection against the spread of the disease, and that lives will be spared. Prayers welcomed for Rev Richard Mugume Rukundo, the new children’s ministry coordinator for the Church of Uganda, who will be succeeding Timothy mission partner Janet Muhindo as she retires this year.




Prayers welcomed for Angela Cooper, a consultant anesthetist, who will be serving at Kisiizi hospital as a new CMS shortterm mission partner for six months from October 2012. Did you know you or someone you know can do a gap year in Uganda (and other African countries) through CMS? A gap year involves working alongside CMS long term partners for between four and 12 months. Contact for more information. Please contact Isaac Turyahikayo if you have past links with Kabale Preparatory School and want to hear more about their 75th anniversary celebrations. His email address is: The next Archbishop of Uganda is the Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali, Bishop of Masindi-Kitara. Miss Joan Cox, headmistress at Gayaza High School in Uganda for over 30 years (retiring in 1972) died in April, shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday on 27 February 2012. Through advancing secondary and higher education and increasing the school’s intake, Joan made a great contribution to women’s education. The remembrance service held in Uganda on 9 May was widely attended. There are plans to hold a memorial service on 27 October at St John’s, Waterloo. Gayaza was established in 1905 by CMS; it was the country’s first girls’ school.


Today the school is still going strong and Gayaza alumnae are found in every profession possible – doctors, nurses, lawyers, educators, engineers, accountants, politicians, managers, social workers – in Uganda and beyond.

Remembering mission partner Sue Woodcock The Rev Sue Woodcock, mission partner, sadly died in service in July. Though most people know about her work in Spain, many don’t realise she was a pioneer teacher at Bishop Kivengere Girls’ School in Muyebe, Uganda. Elizabeth Traill, who served with Sue, wrote: “An energetic teacher and administrator, Sue came to Muyebe in February 1975 as a CMS volunteer after graduating in mathematics at Oxford University. Sue’s logical



mind, clear thinking, and many skills were a real asset.” Elizabeth pointed out that Sue made all the uniform dresses for the first class on a treadle sewing machine, she taught subjects as required and joined fully in the spiritual side of school life. “We prayed a lot and saw God answer in remarkable ways, so that Muyebe was called ‘The Miracle School.’ “Sue’s life wasn’t easy. She lost her mother as a school girl, and then her father in 1975, two weeks after arriving in Uganda. We became her family and Muyebe her home for four years.” Sue left the school at the end of 1979 for further training in Oxford. She then lived in Bolivia for many years as a church worker, before moving to Spain. She sustained her links with Muyebe. Elizabeth last spoke to Sue in May (2012). Sue’s last message to everyone was, “It is well with my soul. Praise the Lord!” “This recalls choruses we used to sing at Muyebe,” says Elizabeth.

Annual Africa Conference Swanwick 23–25 November Contact Nick Fane for booking:

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Mid-Africa News - Autumn 2012  

Mid-Africa News - Autumn 2012

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