Christian Schools Flourish in Uganda Despite World’s Longest Pandemic Shutdown

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In Uganda, Christian schools thrive despite the world’s longest pandemic shutdown.

“Throughout the lockdowns, we’ve had 720 decisions for Christ, and about 120 of those were the parents and guardians of kids in our schools,” Set Free Ministries’ Dave McIntyre says.

“We’ve been very blessed during the lockdown. Our team ‘took the bull by the horns’ and went out there and continued the work of Christ.”

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Set Free cares for thousands of vulnerable kids in East Africa through its 15 Impact Sites. More about that here. These facilities provide a safe place for children to eat, sleep, and receive a Christian education.

When strict lockdowns sent students back to their home communities in March 2020, “We just went to Plan B,” McIntyre says.

“We’ve been paying our teachers during the entire shutdown, and we sent them out to the villages. They were hand-writing lessons to take out to the kids. [This] was not a one-time meeting; those teachers were going back again and again, week after week.”

The believers’ commitment “made a huge impression on parents and the villages,” McIntyre continues.

“When they first started doing it, the parents [said], ‘We’re not paying school fees, why are you here?’ And they (the teachers) [said], ‘Well, we just love your kids, and we’re going to be meeting with them.’”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


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