In about 25 minutes we’ll be hopping in our van to drive about 4 hours out to the village of Kaliro. There’s a lot to say about the village and we’re a bit pressed for time so I’ll be quick about details:
- No electricity or running water for the community
- Culture is one that is deeply rooted in witchcraft and other demonic spiritualism
- Christ has been preached there and many have called Jesus their savior — but the the grip and tradition of witchcraft still holds many in bondage and beckons others to “backslide” (think x-alcoholic having a drink again)
All of our work there will be towards creating a sustainable empowerment program for the villagers and a discipleship network that will allow the village to grow deeper in Christ in a strong community.
We’ll be laying the foundation and posting the roof for a 30×40 foot building that will be used for future Vita Nova Global Missions teams to come and spend time in the village. As of right now, the ground is our bed. The idea is to take care of simple necessities such as shelter and food (we’ll be cultivating land as well) so that future teams don’t have this as a frustrating stumbling block and can better focus on the people and mission at hand.
Please keep us in your prayers this week. It will be, by far, the most demanding portion of our trip. Up until now we’ve been staying in a resort. Pray that the team can adjust to the simplicity of life and lack of traditional comforts (like running water, electricity, lack of wild animals running around our sleeping area, etc.)
Will post again as soon as we get back next Sunday night.
Love to all,
Thomas, Virginia, Luke, Kristen, Bouge (David)