On the 6th July 2017, nine men and seven women from Holy Trinity Church Carrickfergus, set out on a journey to Uganda, East Africa. For many of the team this was their first experience of Mission and of Africa. On arrival at Entebbe Airport you could sense the apprehension and the excitement as they were about to embark on the most challenging and humbling two weeks of their lives!
The team travelled to Gulu in the North of Uganda to work at Abura Primary and Nursery school. The programme was to complete and open a new school kitchen that had been funded by the congregation of Holy Trinity Church, complete various types of practical work around the school, teach I AM GIRL to the teachers, parents and pupils of the school, teach the Bible through stories and song, teach Health and Hygiene using puppets and song, craft and sewing and Sport.
Each team member, alongside our fantastic Link worker Prossy, worked extremely hard to ensure that all the projects and teaching programmes were successfully completed and implemented. On our last day at the school we had a huge celebration to officially open the new school kitchen. 600 children and adults received a meal of rice, Irish potatoes, beef stew, sweet banana and a bottle of soda. Each pupil and teacher at the school received a personal hygiene gift. It was an incredible experience for the team to witness the joy on the children’s faces as they enjoyed their food and licked their fingers. This was a celebration to remember as the sound of laughter echoed around the school yard.
On week two we travelled to Soroti where we were going to commission three boreholes in the District of Bukedea. What an incredible privilege this was. Each well brought a very different set of emotions and celebration with it. To witness the joy that a gift of clean water can bring to a community, housing thousands of people, is such a humbling, God given experience for everyone involved. One of our team, Adam, brought his bagpipes and played Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral. The Villagers loved this new sound that they had never heard before and soon joined in. I was given gifts of two chickens, two brooms, a bag of Maize and 20,000 Ugandan Shillings! We were completely blessed and blown away by the generosity and hospitality shown to us. A memory that will never be forgotten.
As a team, we were humbled and blessed in so many ways by the beautiful people of Uganda. We give all the Glory to God for what was achieved on our trip and do pray that he will bless the communities we visited.
We thank the staff of Fields of Life for all their hard work and support during this trip and we look forward to seeing what God has planned for Holy Trinity Church, Fields of Life and Uganda in the future.
“A BIBLE IN YOUR HAND, A SAVIOUR IN YOUR HEART, A PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE”
Carol Mulligan (team Leader)