The Three E's
Uganda was a British colony and only those privileged enough to be educated went to school. Since this time, the majority of educational instruction has been given in English. Most schools do not teach in English until the 4th or 5th grade. Many Ugandans are uneducated because few Africans make it past the 1st or 2nd grade. HHIM has a teacher that teaches English to our adult Pastors for free. (Proverbs 9:9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning). We also have computers and a small library where they can come to read, study, and get computer training.
We bring short term mission teams to assist us in teaching about marriage and family as well as other important life issues. We encourage by bringing gifts like pocket calendars, bibles, baby blankets, food, cooking utensils, seeds, and many other things to help meet their basic needs (James 2:16 If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?).
God has used our ministry to start His own bicycle ministry. The word got out that bikes are extremely helpful to village people in Uganda and before we knew it we had donors for many of our Pastors and local community servants such as nurses and midwives receiving bikes. Bikes are similar to trucks, they are used to haul things like bananas, firewood, food, kids, and I’m sure many other things! God has also used this ministry as an avenue to use some generous donors to bless many African families with cows and goats. A cow can produce enough milk for a family and provide some extra income by selling off the balance.
Through Educating and Encouraging these Pastors the natural result has been to empower them to help their families and to more effectively preach the word, and to hopefully share their hope and their testimony (I Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,) with family, neighbors and villages, and to the ends of the earth! English lessons have proved to be a huge success, it has enabled many Pastors to preach in Kenya and Congo where English is the only common language.