Trip By: Reign Ministries | Royal Servants
Location: Uganda, Eastern Africa
When: June 15 to July 27, 2019
Sadly, Uganda is home to significant poverty. You’ll be hitting the streets, schools, villages, and orphanages, seeking out the younger population as we share the Good News.
Once called “The Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda is teeming with exotic wildlife and her people are vibrant, warm, and friendly, making this particular African country a popular destination for tourists from around the world. Home to the source of the mighty Nile River, the continent’s highest mountain range, as well as ½ the world’s mountain gorilla population, there’s no end of things to see. Sadly, Uganda is also home to a crippling amount of poverty, and its effects are felt at every level of the society. If you join this Uganda mission trip, you’ll be hitting streets, schools, villages, and orphanages, seeking out the younger population as we share the Good News. What is required is a flexible and adventurous spirit. Does that sound like you?
Ministry—Did you know that nearly 50% of the population in Uganda is under the age of 14? Here are some other stats that display the heartbreaking reality of Uganda today:
-The average Ugandan lives on less than $1.80 a day
-38% of children chronically undernourished or stunted
-30% are illiterate
-Only 25% of young people remain in school past grade 6
-There are 2.5 million orphans, including 1.2 million orphaned from AIDS
Unfortunately, children are the most vulnerable victims to corruption. Over the years thousands have been abducted for use as child soldiers in remote regions or forced to become sex slaves. To make it worse, the systemic poverty deprives many children, particularly those on the streets and the nearly two million orphans, of care and finances for education and hope. The strong spiritual and physical needs in Uganda are surely close to the heart of Jesus. Your ministry will include discipleship and evangelism in schools, slum areas, orphanages, and villages on the outskirts of Kampala. You’ll encounter and minister to school children, street children, troubled teen boys, teen mothers and women coming out of prostitution. Sports, drama, dance, and education about character, choices, and other crucial “life skill” lessons will become important tools for bringing the hope of Jesus to countless lives!
Adventure—All great adventures involve spontaneity and flexibility. The best attitude to have is to be willing to tackle the day with a smile and a spirit full of spunk, and see where the unexpected might take you, because in Uganda, adventure is a daily occurrence! And that’s not to mention all the adventure awaiting you in the amazing natural treasures Uganda has in abundance. You will hike into villages, stay overnight in a safari camp, take a boat cruise down the Nile River, and see exotic African wildlife on a real safari – all unique to only this part of the world! You don’t get adventures like that when you go to Europe.
Experience Culture—Tourists love Uganda, and in 2012 Lonely Planet even named it “the top tourist location”. However, from the comfort of 4-star hotels and deluxe air-conditioned buses, tourists tend to view the culture of Uganda from the outside. But you won’t have a tourist experience next summer; every day you’ll be walking the streets of the slums, smelling the sewage, and coming face-to-face with the pervasive poverty. Whether sleeping, eating, or doing Kingdom work, you’ll be seeing Uganda and its wonderful people from the inside.