from June 2014
When we started in 2006, we were focused on helping a good friend in Uganda, Sara Sebyala, and her TOUCH (The Outreach to Unfortunate Children’s Hurts) ministry. Last year, TOUCH changed its name to Bridges 4 Children – and it just didn’t make sense for us to keep our old name. At the same time, we’ve had people with some very specific skills and experience join us. God has opened doors for ministry in new areas, and He continues to amaze us. The new name reflects a growing vision and reach.
In addition to the work we have been doing – and continue to do – providing care and education for children in Uganda, we now provide training in mental health and bible-based trauma healing, reconciliation, and leadership development. We still work primarily in Africa, but also in other parts of the world.
We believe God will use us to bring healing – to the wounds of an individual’s heart, to broken families and communities, even to nations. We continue to support nutrition and education for children, and we continue to meet physical needs, but the primary focus is not on material goods. Rather, it’s about abundant life, wholeness, reconciliation with God and man and with one’s own self.
… and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
– Isaiah 58:10-12 (NIV)
So many exciting things are happening as we step into this new season:
Sara’s Bridges for Children program has over 400 children in school. The Wamama group of mothers in Uganda is starting a farm project to feed their children. Pastor Samuel is ready to train staff at ten orphanages in Togo. We had people from five nations at our first official Tributaries International mental health training last week. Several of our volunteers are training to become certified as trauma healing facilitators.
Two of our staff will join a children’s trauma healing workshop in South Africa next month. Then we have a week of training and planning in Uganda with Bridges 4 Children. We’ll be posting updates on our web site.
Your prayers, encouragement, and financial support make this work possible. Each of us does what he or she can, according to our spiritual giftings, natural talents, interests, finances, relationships, education and training. Each of us is a stream contributing to the work. Can you picture the “living water” Jesus talks about in John 7:38 flowing?
If you have questions about the change, or if you want to use your skills and resources to change lives, give us a call or send us a message! 804.684.1790