Christine Moyes reports on floods, field officers, and future plans in Teso
It’s exciting to think that this time next month I shall be back in the Teso region of Uganda with the TDT visiting team. We were last there in October 2018 and I remember being so amazed to see such positive changes in the country and in the attitudes of the people.
Since that time, there have been devastating floods, causing loss of harvests and homes, and bringing many challenges to health, safety, and the livelihood of villagers in so many locations. Animals have been lost to the cold, especially the young ones. One community leader records that around 72 calves, 32 goat kids, and 33 lambs have died.
This is a testing time for many, but, as always, our partners in the Church of Uganda and the Pentecostal Church have risen to the challenge. There are many dedicated field officers who are just that. They work out in the field with the people and have a good understanding of the problems faced. They are not afraid to get their hands dirty and will work tirelessly to bring relief to those who are most vulnerable and who are suffering. What a response to God’s calling. Just seeing the action of these church workers brings not only practical help, but also hope in dark times. Thank you to everyone who has supported the recent TDT Flood Appeal. There is no doubt that every £1 you have given has helped to save lives.
Our annual visits to Teso can be challenging, with long hours of travelling every day, busy programmes of meetings, and report writing. We will be visiting affected villages and fields to see the devastation of the past few months, which will be emotionally draining. We aim to bring encouragement and love to all we meet, as well as gaining an understanding of current needs and future plans of our partners, so that, as a charitable trust, we can be ready to respond appropriately. Please pray that our planning and time in Uganda goes well. As a team, we are looking forward to being reunited with our brothers and sisters, to share time with them, pray together, and give thanks for all that God has done.
Many are asking, ‘Who can show us any good?’
‘Let the light of your face shine upon us O Lord. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety.’ Psalm 4, verses 7-8
Christine Moyes, TDT representative