Evangelism

Eric Sabiiti has been bringing a gospel message to the Tororo Hospital, nearby aids clinic, and prisons in the area for over 12 years.  It has been a blessing for BBI to support Eric’s evangelism ministry.  One of the main areas of support has been to fund the purchase of English and local language bibles for distribution during his outreach at prisons. 

Donors to BBI have allowed hundreds to hear and respond to the gospel message.  Many lives have been changed in the process.  During recent visits to Uganda, Jim Rhodes has met several former prisoners who met the Lord while in prison and are now productively employed.  Donors to BBI support the purchase of bibles, medicine, mattresses and blankets.

EVANGELISM STORIES

Dresses For Girls

Nancie estimates that over 2300 dresses have been made by her volunteers and distributed to needy girls in Uganda since Burning Bush started.  It is an excellent way to “break the ice” with villagers and gain their trust.  For many girls it may be the only nice dress they’ll have.  In rural villages a dress may be handed down for years until it is nothing more than rags.  

It is a joy to see the young girls faces light up when receiving their dress.  This wouldn’t be possible without the hours of creativity donated by her many volunteers.

DRESSES FOR GIRL STORIES

Give Water... Give Life

8 million people in the Uganda live without clean water.
That’s nearly 1 in 4 people throughout the country.  The majority lives in isolated rural areas and spends an estimated 3.5 hours every day walking to collect water for their family.  Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school but keeps the family from improving their standard of living.  Dirty water means that one out five children under the age of five dies from water-borne diseases.  But access to clean water means improved education, income and health - especially for women and kids.

GIVE WATER GIVE LIFE STORIES

Kickstarting Hope & Opportunity

Liberal economists have always pointed to large doses of government to government foreign aid, either direct grants or loans, as the way to fight poverty in Africa.  Unfortunately, history shows that little has changed for those most in need.  Layers of bureaucracy and governmental graft have benefitted a few while poverty levels continue at unacceptable levels for most.

More recently, some economists, such as African-born Dambisa Moyo are pointing out the deficiencies of this foreign aid model.  Instead, they point toward the free-market system as the way to fight poverty in Africa.  Furthermore, traditional mission models are also being questioned.   Sometimes giving to the needy creates dependence, doing nothing to improve a person’s long-term well-being.
 
Based on this newer approach, Eric Sabiiti and Burning Bush are attempting to economically “kickstart hope & opportunity” in three ways.  First, provide orphans with female goats so they can benefit in the short-run with nutritious goat’s milk and cheese.  In the long run, since goats multiply quickly, the “herd” can be sold off in order to pay high school and college fees.  
   
Second, once a source of clean water is provided, large irrigation tanks can provide year round irrigation to co-op groups formed to nurture large vegetable gardens.  The co-op groups decide how much of each crop to use for themselves and how much to take to market.
 
Third, the co-op groups then form micro credit/savings groups.  These groups encourage savings and loans to members to support small business expansion.
In summary, this approach utilizes existing skills that villagers have by giving them a “hand-up” and simply not a “hand-out”.  Over time we believe this will help villagers take small but steady stops toward economic independence.  


KICKSTARTING HOPE STORIES

Medical Care Access

Pastor Eric Sabiiti has provided some access to medical care for the indigent at the Tororo Hospital for a number of years.  However once Burning Bush got involved with his ministry, many more patients have been able to receive treatment.  
 
Donors to Burning Bush are serving hundreds of babies by paying for the cost of medicine at the pediatric ward of the Tororo Hospital, providing treatment, x-rays, and blood tests for the very poor, have helped establish a children’s nutrition center near Tororo, are funding nutritious meals for all patients at the hospital and aids clinic several times each week, and have purchased blood analyzing equipment for the aids clinic.

When we travel to Uganda, one of our greatest experiences is to visit the villages of those who have received treatment due to BBI funding.  The beneficiary and their family are always appreciative and will often show their appreciation by giving us a hen or rooster.  In order to show good manners, we always accept the gift.

MEDICAL CARE STORIES

Education

Families in Uganda know the importance of education for their children.  Unfortunately, as the government says, “the needs are many, and resources are few”.  So, little gets allocated to public education.  Burning Bush, Eric Sabiiti, and Kiwanis International are working together to change that for the Nyamongo Primary School by renovating the seven classrooms for 600 students.

Now that a clean water source is available nearby, children aren’t late to school (after gathering the morning’s water) and general health for all has improved.  Classrooms are being renovated so students can be protected during the rainy season and teachers have a better environment in which to teach.  
Once the renovation is complete, BBI will be asking donors to help place textbooks in the hands of students and provide teaching supplies to the seven staff members.

Burning Bush has also helped a Christian School in Entebbe.  Textbooks are now available for every two students at the school, a small library has been established, and a computer lab has been started.
 
Education is a game changer for the poor and Burning Bush is blessed to be making a difference. 


EDUCATION STORIES