We feel as strong connection to the themes on the Old Testament book of Isaiah, of being sent by the LORD to support people on the edge of life and to bring practical good news to those who are in need. This part is especially important to us:
Isaiah 61:1-3a (New International Version) and Isaiah 58: 12 (The Message)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair… You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renew, make the community liveable again.
you can follow a video of our plans where God is leading us on our facebook page here:
Our church has a strong link with the Anglican church in the Namatala district of Mbale where we support Vicar Michael and his congregation of some 300 in the slum area. We have assisted the parish with training for farming, microfinance and brick-making to help local people turn their lives around.
We were part of a visit to Mbale in Easter 2015 where several different churches sent members to learn alongside our friends in Mbale. Belwo is a video of one of the partners of PONT called Jenga. In 2016, Vicar Michael from that parish visited us and in 2017 we have a large group from Pontypridd parish visiting Namatala again.