In 2008, we as a church sent Jennie Crawford to Uganda to invest in people's lives. Here at GCCC, we have been committed to being a part of this work over the long-term. The heart of the work is to help those in northern Uganda who were affected by 22 years of rebel warfare and had been living in internally displaced persons camps. Seeing people restored physically, emotionally, and spiritually is foundational in the purpose of the work.
While there, Jennie, with the work and help of a local team, set up a non-governmental organization, Finding the Way (similar to being non-profit here in the states). The Finding the Way team has carried out the various work with the local people, as part of the goal is to empower people and help them overcome to be more self-sustaining.
The overall vision of FTW is realized in various ways. One main thing is investing in a "village." Four specific groups of people - or villages - have been established. They have received help with clean water, agriculture, building of huts, and spiritual and relational investment. Much time is spent with these people. Then, FTW has also facilitated business training via seminars and small groups to teach and model how to start and maintain a healthy and productive small business. Additionally, there is a desire to begin investing more specifically in the lives of older orphans. Many people in the groups and in general are orphaned. These are young people from 13-25 who need help with life skills and school fees. Opportunities to invest in people are many, but it is wonderful to be a part.
It has also been a blessing for many people from the church to go and serve. We have led and helped with the business training, done soccer camps, helped build huts, and spent time investing relationally. What a joy to get to know the people and be a small part of their lives!
Jennie has since returned to the U.S., but the work of FTW continues. The FTW team, led by Martin Olweny, carry out the work that flows from the main vision. It has been exciting and incredible to see the work God has done in some many people's lives and the impact His Kingdom has on an area. It is an honor to be so closely involved with these things, and we look forward to what the future holds.
Martin and Sam, current leaders of Finding the Way, with Jennie Crawford, local coordinator
Here at GCCC, we are committed to sponsoring children in Uganda to enable them to attend school. We are currently sponsoring 30 children; however, we have the opportunity to help many more! Our sponsorship money helps them with school fees, uniform expenses and food expenses. The cost of a sponsorship is only $35.00/month. If you feel this is something you would like to do, please contact Jennie Crawford, our local missions coordinator. This is a GREAT way to be Jesus to people in need! Get involved today!
To get involved, or for more information on Finding the Way, go to www.findingthewayafrica.org.