Olwazzi means solid rock in Luganda. The foundation of Olwazzi Ministires is the solid rock of God's word.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Call to Prayer

If you know me you know that I believe in prayer. I believe prayer changes things and changes people, all for the better. I believe when people come together to pray at the same time for the same thing, mountains can be moved!!

I would like to ask you to join us in prayer every Tuesday night at 10:00pm CST. I know this might be tough for some. If you can't pray at this time please pray when you can. Olwazzi and Kamengo-ffunvu need your prayers.

Please pray for Pastor David, pray that he would be able to spend more time in Kamengo, teaching God's Word. Pray for his protection and blessings on his life. Pray that lives and souls would be saved. Pray that better farming techniques will be developed so that their crops would yield more food. Pray that the ladies will be able to make quality craft items and sell them in the market. Pray that the love of God will be felt by every member of the village.

Thank you for joining us in prayer. I will update the needs of the village periodically and give praise reports.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Learning Something New

The women of the village are AMAZING!!!! I am so impressed by their desire to help their families! While I was in Kamengo in December, I was able to spend an hour or so teaching the women a new skill. I was able to teach them how to make pillowcase dresses. This project had 2 purposes: to give the ladies items to sell in the craft market, and to give them a way to make clothing for their girls.

They worked so fast that they were able to make an entire dress, by hand, in less than an hour!!

I was also able to teach them how to hand applique. These appliques can be used as wall hangings, or to make decorative pillows, or to piece together to make quilts.

They can sell these items in the craft market in Kampala. No one is selling anything like this so they should have the corner on the market for about a week, LOL. Ugandans are very industrious and I'm sure their will others selling them soon.

I was also thrilled to see that they took what I was able to show them in such a short time and expand on it. These are some of their appliques that I got to see before I left. I never bothered to show them other stitches because there was no time. Once again I was blessed to see that they could take something so small that I had shown them and build it into something of their own.

I just love the eye and the grass they added!!!

What we hope to do

Our hope is to work with the people of Kamengo to help them get some of their basic needs met.

We hope to help the village farmers by finding ways to increase the output of their crops. We also want to start a livestock sharing program. Our first project will be with chickens. A chicken house will be built to house the chickens that will provide eggs for the village children. As more chickens are born they will be shared with families to provide them with eggs. If this program is successful we will begin a similar program with pigs, goats, and cows.

We also hope to raise money to help Craft Aid UK complete the clinic building that is currently under construction. The building will then be used to provide a place for regular medical clinics to treat the people of Kamengo.

Clean water is also needed throughout the village. There is currently one well that is providing clean water to the entire village. Some of the children walk up to 3 miles to get clean water. We hope to raise money to drill another well close to the clinic. We would also like to install rain gutters on some of the homes along with water collection tanks to help provide some of the elderly villagers with easier access to water.

Education is very important to the village. Most parents can not afford to send their schools that are on the main road. We hope to be able to provide all of the children in the village with a free education, by holding classes in the clinic waiting area until a school building can be built.

The women of the village are currently making baskets and paper beads to sell in the market in Kampala. We are hoping to train them to make additional items to sell.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sunday School Begins

Pastor David along with our In-country director Godfrey Lwanga have been able to teach Bible lessons to the children of Kamengo twice!! The kids have loved hearing God's word and learning new worship songs.

We were able to serve the kids a meal and to also provide them with kerosene for their lamps at home.