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August 2020 1 posts

Pastor Jimmy's Eye Clinic - A cause worth supporting

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
Pastor Jimmy's Eye Clinic - A cause  worth supporting
During the Pandemic Streams of Mercy are still being allowed to operate in the community.  They have been using an integrated approach offering various clinics dealing with family hygiene, nutrition, domestic violence  and the Gospel  as well as visual problems, which are very common and often go untreated.  People were given an eye test The optician can then find the right spectacles for the person from the many that were donated.                                                   Today was a special day for these children who have been suffering from bad eyesight  from childhood, this young boy was very excited he told me that now that we have given him specs he is to study get his degree get employed and his money will be used for helping those with eye problems.  Other children have problems needing other treatments which Pastor Jimmy hopes to be able to arrange. The need is very great.   Pastor Jimmy writes;    thank you for the spectacles they are giving us an opportunity to preach the gospel.  So far we have reached 2000 people who have got the spectacles, 40 eye operations, 1200 eye treatments, it is great to see how many people with eye problems are flocking to the office. We already have partnership with Masafu hospital eye department .As long us we have allowance for them we are free to move with them wherever. The challenge we now have out of all this people we have over 1000 people with cataracts and they need operation where our opticians here cant do. The government is also appealing to us for help in this. I am trying to apply to other international organisation who can send volunteer opticians to come and do operations.      ...

May 2020 1 posts

SoS - orphans in Uganda in Crisis

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
Message from Pastor James Wandera We are in crisis, just received report from our center leaders that our orphans living with HIV/aids are starving as the care givers cannot raise anything to feed, Now that the lockdown has been extended to more 21days.we are less in funds as the church does not gather for fellowship, please let us share what we have for the sake of this little children 10kg of corn and beans will help a lot. True religion should be demonstrated now. note - 10 kg of corn and beans costs 50000UGX  which is about £11 sterling.   ...

August 2019 1 posts

Funding needed

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
We  have collected a lot of very  useful and needed items for Uganda but need help with funding the purchase  and shipping of the container. We also need help at this time with school fees for a number of children, in Uganda, DR Congo and Zambia. Pastor Israel in DR Congo has severed connection with his church to concentrate on Streams of Mercy ministry, which now includes churches as well as prisons and village ministry.  They do need more support now.  They would like some funding to help set up a poultry project which would give them a steady source of income. Pastor Samuel in Zambia  is now  an ordained minister and leads a church which meets  in a large tent on land which Streams of Mercy have  purchased.  This work could also benefit from  more support  as whenever they do ministry in a prison they try to take  in much needed aid - usually  food or toiletries. If you can help us in any  way with these needs please email us at  streamsofmercy.lcc@gmail.co.uk and we  will give you details of how to donate.   Many thanks Janis Homewood International director....

March 2019 4 posts

An agricultural project

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
Retired Colonel and Mrs William Rwolekya   have started an agricultural project growing greens and also fruit trees. These are irrigated by hand daily using different teams of women each day. The water is drawn from a well on the colonel’s land.  An irrigation system using a solar pump and preferably fitted to a well in the actual field would be a great help. This is a very good project which has also experimented with organic and inorganic fertilizers and proved that the results from organic fertilizing far exceed those from the inorganic fertilizers. The Colonel also started to teach carpentry and animal husbandry. A lot of problems with vision were reported. Some of these may simply need spectacles, others may need medical or surgical treatment. But there was also a report of problems with disabled, blind and deaf children.  Other needs were more to do with church buildings needing completion and keyboards and PA systems requested to help with the evangelistic outreach of these churches. In one centre 15 pastors were present from the local churches - there does seem to be a united effort for outreach in the churches. There was a need for pastors to have bicycles to enable them to cover the distances they have to travel to visit people in their areas. One Officer requested a motorcycle as he needs to go to meetings and other visits which are too far away to go by cycle. Some pastors requested laptops – we were able to supply the officer at the resettlement centre with one we had taken out with us. Sponsorship for orphan children was also requested –six orphans were singled out in one centre as being in particular need. One Pastor’s widow has five children in need of support for school fees, and  two SA Officers need help with school fees....

Assessing comminity needs - page 2

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
Health facilities are difficult to access, being about 7km away with no transport. This results in childhood deaths and maternal and baby deaths when women develop problems during labour – simply because they cannot reach the facilities in time. A medical team visit monthly but only for children under 5.   Schooling can be a problem.  At first a nursery school was begun but there was a lack of finances to keep it going.  Some children now go to schools on the nearby refugee camp. Secondary schools in particular are some distance away which, together with many family’s having problems with school fees results in young people receiving an inadequate education. There is no work for school leavers especially those with inadequate schooling.  Therefore, there is a real need for vocational training to be offered - e.g. tailoring, carpentry, hairdressing etc. There are a lot of orphans -   due to fatalities caused by the landslides.  The community find it difficult to take care of these unfortunate children. They are placed with relatives or fostered but of course this adds extra strain on the family’s income which is already very low. A request was made for Bibles in Swahili to be provided.   (In other centres English and Luganda Bibles were also requested)   In the seven other areas the problems were very similar in each area – the main problems being   the need for boreholes as the water sources were a long way away. Also, the lack of access to health centres with no transport facilities, schooling was also a problem due to distance and lack of money for school fees and scholastic materials.  Hence the need for some vocational training facilities to be set up.  People able to teach skills seemed to be available but they need the tools and machines etc to use. Streams of Mercy Uganda are considering ways of addressing some of these needs.  ...

Uganda mission 2018 - visits to communities to assess needs.

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
We had been invited by the Salvation Army to do a mission in Western Uganda and we spent 2 weeks of a four-week mission with them , the final  2 weeks were with Pastor Jimmy, our Streams of Mercy director in the Busia area.  We visited eight communities where there was some Salvation Army work. In each one we met with members of the community including representatives of other churches. We were able to give some encouraging ministry and then discussed the various needs and problems that the people were experiencing.      The first of these was the Bududa Resettlement centre – Kiryandongo These people seem to be suffering the greatest hardship of all the communities we visited. They have been moved away 370km from their homelands after catastrophic landslides 8 years ago. From a cool wet climate and fertile soils to drought conditions, poor soil and hence   a very different agriculture. They are hardworking people but have a lot to learn due to these difference in climate and soil properties.  They are experiencing a complete change of lifestyle.   At present there is no market for the maize – hence   the people lack the income they used to receive from the sale of their produce such as onions in their old home areas.  The government have only built a fraction of the promised houses needed so most people are living in temporary buildings.   The people as yet have no cows or goats – therefore there is a shortage of milk for the children resulting in malnutrition and poor development, and a lack of manure for soil improvement.  But the area is good for rearing animals and chicken if the capital was available to buy stock. Water is a problem – there is a lack of water sources. The only borehole is a long distance away and very much overused – it can take someone a whole day just to collect their water.  It is so overused that it frequently dries up and then people have to wait for the water to come in again.    ...

All smiles as aid is distributed

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All smiles as aid is distributed
Elizabeth loves school so much that she was prepared to crawl 2 Km each day to attend. Pastor Jimmy posted a request on Facebook for a wheelchair.  Streams of Mercy had already been given one which was on the container that recently arrived.  Then Darren Canning of Darren Canning ministry decided to pay all her education fees, boarding her in school. Thanks to all who were concerned ...

March 2018 1 posts

The container; Pastor Jimmy's mission to Tanzania and opportunity in Malawi; Pastor Israel in Kinshasa in Holy Week; Future possibe missions.

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
 1. Our Container of aid is still help up in customs. They are taking a long time to consider reassessment of the charges. This will cost money in storage. Please pray that this is soon resolved and preferably allowed tax free. 2. Pastor Jimmy has had a successful mission in TANZANIA  with  Pastor  Omar from America who does prison ministry and pastoral training.  They started in Mbeya which is a long journey and near to Alawi.place is very far towards Malawi, They had a  friend  - a partner from Soroti who  gave them transport. In all they travelled 5000Km, and led conferenceS for pastors in three area as well as prison ministry.   Pastor Omar is  based in Philadelphia, PA, USA.  He has a prison ministry called Making Others Righteous Prison Ministry.  They do ministry all over the U.S. and the world and have been doing so since 2003. He is  led by the Lord to connect with other prison ministries to minister with them as well as to do conferences to strengthen the ministers and former inmates.  When he works with  other ministries he enters  prisons with them and  shares the Word of God and blesses the inmates in anyway that they can.  During a Prison Ministry conference they bring together prison ministers and ex-inmates and come together in the name of Jesus and  spend 2 or 3 days together teaching the Word of God, sharing stories, and everyone leaves stronger and more encouraged in the Lord and more prepared for ministry and for life.    This was a good co-operation between Pastor Omar's ministry and Streams of Mercy with Pastor Jimmy.  Many opportunities have been opened up in Tanzania, and there is a prospect of Pastor Jimmy joining with Pastor Omar for a similar mission in MALAWI.  Please pray for guidance and provision for this opportunity. Pastor Jimmy has a vision for Streams of Mercy to flow right through Africa,  It is beginning to flow!  3. Pastor Israel in DR CONGO  has been invited to lead seminars in Kinshasa during 25 M...

January 2018 1 posts

URGENT FUNDING NEEDED

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URGENT FUNDING NEEDED
Pastor Jimmy writes: Our container arrived today from UK for serving the vulnerable people. Now in custody, that we must first pay taxes 7000 dollars. We need your prayers and financial support for this to be released. Every day in the yard dollars increase, Lord you own the finance This is about £4950 . SoM UK hasn't got anywhere near this . If any of our supporters and members can help please use the donation facilities on the website. Thanks.    ...

December 2017 1 posts

A container of aid and Pastor Israel's mission

Janis Homewood | | General Articles, Blogging
THE CONTAINER On 10th November we loaded a 40 foot container of aid for Uganda. There were medical supplies and equipment, tools and machines for vocational training, educational books and equipment, Bibles, Clothing, Office furniture, Kitchen ware and bicycles. It is due to arrive in Mombasa on Dec 28th.  We still need to pay for transportation to our centre in Uganda ($2568)  and the customs tax is still being negotiated but maybe several thousand dollars.  We are praying that this tax may be greatly reduced. Any help towards these costs  would be welcomed. There is a donation  facility on this site to help with this. PASTOR ISRAEL in DR Congo  has undertaken a 10 day mission to churches and prisons in Kamina  over the Christmas period.   We  are hoping to receive a report  of that mission soon.We admire the sacrifice of Pastor Israel and his family in  their willingness to be apart during the festive season for the sake of the Gospel.  Pastor Israel has  completed this mission and is now home with his family. 45 prisoners  accepted Christ as Saviour. We praise God for this ministry....

August 2017 5 posts

More ministry to refugees

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More ministry to refugees
17th to 21st August Team off to refugees camp Pagirinya for  two day mission .  Just excited for serving the Lord with what we have. Matthew 25: 34 - 40   “Then the King will say .... ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.   For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’   “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’  Day 1:   Very powerful day today the team ministering to the children refugees. Tomorrow will better Day 2:  Today was the climax, ministry was done,  hands went up for Christ, children got blankets, clothes, books, pens, dolls, shoes, pads etc am grateful to children's hope chest, Iganga Ebenezer School, Destiny, CFCI MASAFU, CFCI KAMPALA, CFCI KAYOLE,  and Streams of Mercy Uganda for all the support to these vulnerable children. Books and pens/pencils           Clothes                                           Blankets   Drinks                                               Toys                                               Actvities                                                      Happy youngsters     Thank God for serving the vulnerable It...

Meeting the refugee children

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Meeting the refugee children
  Jimmy is now back from the refugees camp. He had good day interacting with lovely Sudanese children it was great meeting them  again. He will next  meet them on 17th ...

Progress inthe Refugee Camp Gardens

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Progress inthe Refugee Camp Gardens
 Pastor Jimmy spent the night In Soroti on his  way to the refugees camp to look at the vegetables gardens to  see how they are fairing,. The vegetables are harvested, dehydrated and kept in baskets for future use #Joseptechnology# ...

Equipping a community for the Jospeh Project

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Equipping a community for the Jospeh Project
Pastor Jimmy - Just finished equipping pastors on Joseph technology, distributed maize seeds for planting this season in Namayingo district #nolackofoodinpastorshouse# on my way to SOROTI .  Kasadha John - It  was a good moment sharing and learning MAIZE agronomy. Thanks Streams of Mercy for the empowerment.  ...

Kenyans donate clothes for refugees

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Kenyans donate clothes for refugees
Time for sorting clothes offered for the refugees, thank you CFCI KAYOLE NAIROBI  - Pastor  Benson Oundo for the heart to serve, We are now sorting and packing looking to rejoicing with the poor children and caregivers on 17th August.    ...

July 2017 3 posts

Child healed

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Child healed
  We saw this child in one  of our centres  in Uganda during our mission in 2016.                                Child's condition before treatment -  February 2016   Pastor Jimmy sent a photo and  details to a doctor  friend of his requesting  intervention . The  child's  father gave  us land for church planting instead of selling it  to  pay for  the treatment.   Above  - The family ( before treatment)  Below - the boy  after treatment  July 2017     - Pastor Jimmy  recently  visited him to celebrate with him for the healing. We are grateful to Busia Township child development centre for the support. Celebrate with me as I glorify the Lord        ...

News from India

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News from India
NEWS FROM PASTOR PAULVEERU, ANDRHA PRADESH, INDIA During the month of  June and July , we have ministered among the tribal villages, and visited the homes of  our pastors and brought encouragement to church believers, old age home, orphanage children, Rag pickers  and praying for sick people,  reaching out  to unreached places preaching the  Word of God .   Village ministry :   in our village   where  my mother lives,  Banjara people are coming to worship God every Sunday  in my mother’s home   and  I visited and encouraged  church believers on 2nd Sunday.. I have see one young girl came to church, I came to know that she is a Hindu and her parents don’t like her to come to the church  but she  came  secretly without  them knowing and  prayed God and cried for her sickness,  she has been suffering from a  skin infection.  Please pray for her sickness and may God give good health . Old age home God gave a good opportunity to ministry among the last stage of old age people. Once a week we go and pray for sick people and spend  time with them ,  giving some fruits, breads and distributing tracts and by sharing the Word of God.   I had seen that some  of  the old age men and women are having faith in Christ.  Last week myself and my wife  went to the old age home distributing tracts and fruits, Spent time with them and  preached  to them  God’s word, after that 3 people came to us  asking for bibles and asking us to  pray for them. Please pray for them. some people  are   believing  in   Christ as their personal Saviour. Please pray for good health.  Here I am sending June and July ministry photos .       In Christ B.V.Paul                                             ...

An encouraging result and gift of land at the refugee camp!

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An encouraging result and  gift of land at the refugee camp!
  Encouraging news of  good result from the latest Uganda mission from Captain Alfred Wafula I would like to let you know that the prison mission that you carried out in Bubulo Prison, Manafwa has born good fruits. One of the inmates that we ministered to looked for us after his term in prison and invited us to open a Salvation Army church on his farm. We have 48 members in that Church. Glory be to God.  We are currently looking for materials to construct a shelter for the worshippers. God bless   Yours in Christ, Captain Alfred Wafula   If you would like to donate towards the materials needed to provide a building for the worshippers, or if you would like to donate to any other needs reported on the website please use the donate button on the home  page.   Thank you. News from Pastor Jimmy Greetings from Uganda.  We are fine  and busy serving the lord just came back from Nairobi, to check on the progress of ministry,  Charles and team are organizing to visit Kakamega and Kisumu prisons. We did fund drive to support them and we thank God that we raised some money for soap and other necessities.   Streams of Mercy has been given two acres of land in northern Uganda  to use it in any way it likes I was there last week to be handed the papers.   Below - pictures from the refugee camp.    ...

June 2017 2 posts

URGENT FUNDING NEEDED

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In DR CONGO we need  £1100 to complete the roof on the Streams of Mercy Centre.  Pastor Israel is living in it with his family and  as the weather is getting colder the whole roof needs to be finished. In UGANDA we need £650 to pay the first year's rent on the new building for the Streams of Mercy Clinic. and  £350 to compete  a poultry project. Any donations towards these needs will be very gratefully received.  Please use the Donation button on the home page.  Many thanks in anticipation.  ...

Pastor Israel's Angola Mission

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From 20th April to 15th May Pastor Israel was in Angola on a mission  with a Pastor there. They  ministered in 4 prisons. Responses were as follows. Lwena Prison               25 Saurimu  Prison           18 Bengela  Prison            20 Luanda   Prison            30 In addition they ministered in 6 churches nd a total of  70 people came to the Lord. In ministry to the elderly 25 old people came to the Lord including 1 couple both 75 years of age.  We praise God for these results and thank Pastor Israel for being willing to go to Angola without us as we had been unable to undertake a mission there this year.  ...

May 2017 6 posts

A Heartfelt Cry!

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Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few  (Matthew 9:37) Laurie and Janis are just two retired people who were led by the Lord to this ministry over 10 years ago. All that time they have largely financed our missions personally and have now used up most of their resources. Also Laurie celebrates his 90th  birthday in July so his ability to undertake foreign missions is becoming much reduced. However, the needs and the opportunities are on the increase.   Having undertaken 4 missions  between September 2016 and March 2017  we had to cancel our participation in a proposed mission to Angola this year - that is on hold possibly for 2018.  Meanwhile Pastor Israel from DR Congo went instead and we await his report. Today ( 19th May) we received the following invitation for another mission in India. 'We request to host you to be in Telangana State, South India 2017 Your trip will Include * A One -day pastor's conference . * A Two-Night open area gospel meetings . * Baptism service . * Multiple church services throughout the week. * Home to home evangelism in tribal villages. * Ministry among the orphanage children and Rag Pickers children . You can become a partaker of the vision and work with us:- To reach to unreached areas with Good News of Jesus Christ in City out of city and villages To trained to the untrained pastors and laymen and plant 50 Churches before 2020) To construct the Churches where there are no Church buildings. To help to the poor and orphans children. (Cloth, food, shelter, toys, Book) To conduct gospel meetings in City or out of city and win the souls . To conduct pastors seminars, women seminars and youth retreat and VBS programmers . Yours and His service Pastor B.Veeranna   Serve to save ministries Hyderabad .A.P South India Please see our website: www.wix.com/christ4allbukya/servetosaveministries ' We are not able to undertake this personally .   In Mattew 9...

Mission to DR Congo September 2016

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Mission to DR Congo September 2016
Congo Mission 2016   We Left UK on Sept 13th arriving in Entebbe, Uganda on the morning of 14th September and transferred to an MAF flight in an 8 seater Cessna to Bunia in DR Congo. We were met there by Pastor Israel Lenge who directs Streams of Mercy ministries in Congo and translates for us. The ministry commenced on 15th September in the’ Jesus Christ to all Languages’ church (JTL) in Bunia with 2 days of seminars, during which about 12 people asked to be prayed for to be filled with the Holy Spirit.   We also visited a primary school and spoke to 200 children, telling the story of the lost sheep using our sheep puppet (called Baa-sil!)  On Saturday 17th September we preached the Gospel in Bunia prison and 120 inmates gave their lives to Jesus Christ.  The work finished in Bunia on Sunday 18th when we preached at the Sunday service. On Monday 19th September we flew to Beni and then took a taxi to Butembo (about an hour’s ride on a rough road). We conducted 4 seminars in the Butembo JTL church from 20th to 23rd September. On 24th September we preached the Gospel in Butembo prison and 100 inmates gave their lives to Jesus Christ. We concluded the ministry on Sunday 25th September at the Sunday Service. During one of the seminars Pastor Israel challenged the people about being filled with the Holy Spirit and as there were too many to be prayed with individually he asked them to lay hands on themselves while prayer was made.    We wondered why the people were praying with their hands on their heads until he explained what was happening!   Most mornings the church hold an early prayer meeting (Morning Glory) at 7.30 am. Pastor Israel spoke at those. At one of the seminars we had been introduced to the oldest member of the congregation (a lady of 68). The next day she turned up at the prayer meeting, saying ‘if Janis and Laurie can come all that way from the UK to minister to us at their ages, the least I can do from now on is to attend t...

New initiatives in Uganda 2017

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New initiatives in Uganda  2017
1  Care of Abandoned children. During the 2017 mission  Pastor Jimmy had been made aware of a child who had been kept locked in a small round house for about a year. He had nothing to sleep on and  although he was being given some food was very underl nourished and didn’t seem to be speaking. .  The police were involved and plans made  with people from the community to help the boy. The father was traced and Pastor Jimmy will be meeting with him to discuss the  situation  Meanwhile   bedding and other needs were provided.        Initial provisions made This incident was posted on Facebook and supporters in South Africa offered to sponsor the child.  Following this incident Pastor Jimmy has a vision to provide accommodation for abandoned children. A supporter – Nora who lives in Nairobi but has a house in UK which she is about to sell offered to fund such a building, Architects plans are already drawn up and it will be built  next to  Pastor Jimmy’s home compound. THE PLANS                The building work begun.     2.  Rehousing a poor widow. A widow was found living in this small round house.  She has now been rehoused.  Pastor Jimmy is good at getting  funding for from other charities.     £. Ministry to refugees – camp near the South Sudan border. Several shelters have been build  for children and disabled people    Sewing machines and Sunday school materials donated.         Growing of greens encouraged to provide needed vitamins.  4.  Distribution   of food aid - to refugees and others in time of famine    5. The Joseph project.  Pastor Jimmy received a  large donation of Maize seed -  100’s of families have  been  given enough seeds for half an acre of maize. They are asked to give back 10% of the harvest to be stored for future needs when food is again in short supply.   As you can see much work is going on in Uganda and   Kenya .Thank you fo...

Uganda Mission February-March 2017

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Uganda Mission February-March  2017
 Mission to Uganda Feb 13th to March 11th The team consisted of Laurie, Janis and our friend Hazel Crossley who came to teach in one of the primary schools for the month. We arrived in Uganda on the morning of March 14th and were met by Pastor Jimmy and John our driver.  We arrived in Masafu later that day and settled into our accommodation. Hazel stayed in a rented house and was self-catering, assisted by Justine who proved a great help both in the house and at school.  Hazel had a full timetable of classes in the school and had some sessions for training teachers and giving help to members of the community who were seeking to make some nursery school provision in their areas. Hazel’s work was much appreciated. She had taken out a good supply of resources., and some beautiful picture dictionaries donated by Revive&Thrive who help us with a considerable amount of aiid.                                            Hazel                                                                                        Justine             Teachers and Pupils were delighted with the books. In fact, this was the FIRST TIME that children in 3rd year primary had handled a book!. Janis and Laurie had a programme of prison ministry, church seminars and Sunday services.  There had been a plan to go into Tanzania but various reasons made it evident that it wasn’t possible  at this time. We ministered in two prisons in the area, Masafu and Namayingo where there was a good response  by the inmates to the Gospel message  (16 in Masafu and 44 in Namayingo).  In Masafu we provided sleeping mats for the inmates. We then travelled north to Mbale and the Mt Elgon region where we stayed with Captain Alfred Wafula and family for a week and ministered in the 5  Salvation Army Corps that he is in charge of as District Officer. Many people were both chal...

Mission to Kenya and Uganda November 2016

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Mission to Kenya and Uganda November 2016
Janis and Laurie flew to Entebbe on November 2nd, were met by Pastors John and Jimmy and arrived in Masafu, Busia on November 3rd.  We then travelled across the border into Western Kenya on November 4th.  Over 19 days we ministered in 12 prisons, led seminars and services in various churches, taught at a Sunday School Teachers’ workshop and spoke at a women’s conference. We visited a site on a mountainside which has been given to Streams of Mercy. The pastors have a vision to use the site as a prayer centre, putting a building on the flatter area at the bottom of the hill and building prayer caves   higher up as well as making some sites level enough for visitors to pitch tents   The team outside Busia Men’s Prison.    Pastor Charles speaking to the women and introducing us. After the ministry 10 women accepted Christ as Saviour.    Children stay with their mothers in the prison up to the age of 4.   There are very few facilities for them, which worries the governor of the prison.  One idea is to have a nursery school running just outside the prison where children from the community can attend and those children in the prison can go out to the school., since they are innocents, not convicted prisoners.  But until that can be put in place all they have is a few dolls.   We gave gifts of soap and toiletries and provided milk for the children. Kakamega women’s prison has similar problems with the children.  One mother (pictured standing on the left) gave her testimony – she has come to know Christ in prison but at present is serving a life sentence and has a seven-month-old baby.boy. She accidentally caused her husband’s death during an argument after he brought another wife in the home who started to abuse her.  The husband also lashed out at her even though she was pregnant at the time and in trying to protect herself she caused him to fall and he died as a result.  At first, she was given a death sentence but that has sin...

Mission to INDIA Januay 2017

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Mission to INDIA Januay 2017
Streams of Mercy Mission to India. January 9th to 31st 2017 Just before Christmas 2016 we received this email from a Pastor in India. Dear beloved director.   Greetings to you in the most highly exalted Name of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! It is really a great privilege that God has given us to be able to meet you through this e-mail and share with you about our Ministry in India. Please let us introduce ourselves to you that we are a team of pastors with a great zeal and enthusiasm to extend the Kingdom of God in India. Our aim is to visit every nook and corner of the Indian villages, and to promote the Gospel to every perishing soul. We really hope to see a great deal of harvest in the coming days.    People in India The people of India are trapped for the most part in land that is over populated - 800 Million people in a country one third size of America. Many different religious people are living in India. They are Hindus, Mohammedans, Buddhist’s., Sikhs and a few others. The  Christian population in India, according to the government figures is only 2.3% of the population. Even if we follow the optimistic figures given by Christian leaders, it is only 4%. Of these 60% are found in the southern three states and in a few of the small states in the northeast And Christianity in India is considered to be the religion of the lowest community. Christians have no honour in the society. They are not allowed to live together with the people of the higher community. They are considered to be "untouchables". So they live in their huts on the outskirts of the villages. . India is a country of idolatry and superstitions. Indians have over 9 Million " Gods". Poverty is a great problem in Indian because there is no proper source and professions for way of living.70 percent depend upon agriculture for their living. Moreover, 70 percent live in small villages No one, after seeing how they live, would want to live like they do. Fifty percent of the villages do...

August 2016 1 posts

Poor Family

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Poor Family
July 14th.  Just got this family after the community development officer took my team to their home for possible assistance from church ,the husband is blind from birth,the wife has some mental abnormality the elder child naked in the photo had stroke, that women is very pregnant they are in dire poverty. My heart goes to the girl as we take care for the emergencies food and clothing I ask somebody with caring heart we offer this small girl proper education thru her the family may come out of this. The church will take care of feeding,clothing and housing my cry is educating the girl child to save this family #he who helps the poor lends to the lord   Breaking news. yesterday our team took all the support needed for this poor family, 40kg of beans,sugar,salt,clothes,smearing oil,mosquito nets,soap ,bed sheets etc they came back celebrating our Jesus. Today we have received a call from the community development officer that the lady is in birth pains,we have rushed brought her to hospital and now she has delivered normally thanks to our midwives. Tomorrow we are sending baby clothes from streams of mercy .  ...

July 2016 15 posts

Happy Orphans

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Happy Orphans
 Happy orphans receiving scholastic materials and knitted hats - sent out on the 2015 container. Distribution of the gifts.           Many thanks to Revive'n Thrive for providing the scholastic materials and hats....

SOM Stationers now open!

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SOM Stationers now open!
SOM STATIONERS NOW OPEN  Two  years ago we sent out a new photocopier to Pastor Jimmy. Unfortunately it got damaged during the unloading. But we praise GOD that during our 2015 mission we enabled them to obtain the necessary parts to repair it. It is now up and running and was the catalyst for a new income generation enterprise  - the  Streams of Mercy Stationers which opened on 27th May.   May God prosper this new enterprise.   ...

Uganda Mission Jan 29th to Feb 9th 2015

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Uganda Mission Jan 29th to Feb 9th 2015
The main event - commissioning of the borehole    A crowd from the community together with some government officials   gathered at the site of the borehole, which was protected by a   wooden framework built around it.  Many children had made placards  thanking Fred for safe water and freedom from water borne diseases.   There were a number of speeches made by  representatives of the community and  district  and government officials.   Followed by a Gospel Message  based on the story of the Woman at the well.     Fred then cut the ribbon to launch the  borehole.   Laurie then prayed, asking God's blessing on the community and giving thanks for the gift of clean water which will bring life and health   to them.  He was then given the privilege of pumping the first water....

The Bore Hole

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The Bore Hole
Borehole  donated by Mr Fred Newton  August 2014   Borehole company drilling at the site of the Streams of mercy centre. Water was reached on 21/08/2014. 05/09/2014 - Pump now installed.   Acknowledgement of Donation     Great Excitement in the community   ...

Update From Uganda

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Update From Uganda
   Pastor Jimmy reports: We have had a lot of rains breeding many mosquitoes - hence a lot of malaria and many have been sick. A lot of children needed blood transfusions which has been very expensive for us. Thank you for the money you sent us, otherwise we would not be able to control. We lost two children after being in the hospital for three weeks from the Bulecha centre. So far 10 are on the enhanced nutrition programme. We are expecting a harvest in July - that is if the weather will be good because after a lot of rains the crops are doing well. But the hot sunshine has come up and crops are again drying up. Pray that we receive some rains this month. The Piggery We gave the guardians the pig I bought to raise and it farrowed six. So far 4 children share a piglet.   Goats I was also able to raise 20 goats and distributed them. Four children share a goat, and as they produce they will share among themselves.     ...

Childrens Day

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Childrens Day
A number of boxes of football kit were donated by KIT AID and were sent out on the container. A special day was held with the children when they were given Kit. Here  are the pictures of the children really enjoying their new football outfits.      .     View All Albums...

Goats for the Orphans

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Goats for the Orphans
Pastor Jimmy gave goats to some of the orphans               ...

Refugee Camp 2016

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Refugee Camp 2016
THE REFUGEE CAMP We visited the refugee camp in Adjumani, near the South Sudan  border.  Hundreds of women were queuing up for a month’s supply of food. We had taken several sacks of maize flour and Sugar, and this was measured out into various bowls and cups brought by the children – they were almost fighting  over it as they were very anxious to get it.  Many of the people have been there for 10 years or more and most of the children would have been born there and know no other life.   It was an emotional visit. Pastor   Jimmy tries to take a team to visit several times a year including Christmas, even though it is a long journey . This year  they provided  a meal for about 1000 children. They also take clothes and seeds (to encourage them to use what little piece of land they have around their huts or tents to grow vegetables, mainly greens, to give them some vitamins.   We were able to gather the children into the church and minister to them. A few adults joined them but most were too involved with getting their food. ( It was very dark in the church  hence the poor pictures.)   ...

South Africa

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South Africa
  The invitation to minister in South Africa came via Pastor Moses Rains Mangeni who had been our driver for the Uganda mission in   January 2012.   He had moved to   South Africa   to minister with his brother, Apostle George Mangeni, in Carletonville, and had told him about the ministry of Streams of Mercy. We flew to Johannesburg on 16th January 2013. We were met by Pastor Moses and Apostle George and taken to   our accommodation in Carletonville. We visited a small orphanage and a home for severely disabled children. In both places we saw the results of loving care freely given. The staff in the disability home were all volunteers, unpaid, but giving daily of their   time to feed and care for these very disabled and helpless children.   We were able to be an encouragement to the staff and took gifts of food and basic necessities.   On the first Sunday morning we   attended the Christian Family   Fellowship   in Potchefstroom staying for the first half hour or so of worship   and were then taken to our first prison ministry in Potchefstroom Prison ( or Centre of Correctional Services).   Worship in the Christian Family Fellowship Church Schoolgirls parading to Church  Janis and  Laurie with Pastor Bill and Moses Mangeni        The group who took us into the prison felt that women should not minister to the male inmates. So while Laurie went into the main male section  with the  other pastors, Janis was taken alone to minister to a small group of women in the female section. A translator was found but turned out to be not needed, and a service went ahead with just 14 ladies present. After a time of worship and ministry  it transpired that all 14 claimed to be believers.    We closed the service in prayer, and then one by one the women approached Janis with matters requiring prayer.  ...

Carpentry and Tailoring

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Carpentry and Tailoring
  The goods sent out in the container are soon put to good use. A carpentry class in progress.    Grateful recipients of a sewing machine.  ...

Vocational Training Classes

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Vocational Training Classes
Tailoring Bunyadeti centre     Some of the clothes made. Soroti Centre     HAIRDRESSING -Bunyadeti centre      OUTDOOR CARPENTRY CLASS -Bunyadeti centre      ...

Food Distribution

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Food Distribution
We had taken several sacks of Maize flour and Sugar, and this was measured out into various bowls and cups brought by the children – they were almost fighting  over it as they were very anxious to get it.             ...

Vocational Training- Uganda

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Vocational Training- Uganda
Tailoring class starting from 17th October  in Masafu - using sewing machines supplied by Tools with a Mission. Streams of Mercy paid for the shipping, customs and handling.   A tailoring class has been using sewing machines supplied by Tools with a Mission. Streams of Mercy paid for the shipping, customs and handling. The course will run for nine months.  The  30 participants are older orphans and some of the guardians. At the Fellowship day towards the end of our mission, Florence (picture 5) listed their achievements during the course so far. She said :  "We look at our past with gratitude, our present with confidence and our future with hope as we build the generation that fear and serve God. This centre is training, preparing, shaping and guiding us for today's tasks, challenges and responsibilities. It is preparing our bodies, minds and hearts. We should not only prepare to become skilled. We were far away from Christ but the centre is preparing our hearts and bringing us nearer to God."   Our achievements so far:  Ability to make measurements and sew shirts and shorts.Learning to operate the tailoring machineLearning new ways of relating to others.Learning about different personalities and being able to handle others and live in harmony with them. Learning how to speak to and handle clients.We have made new friends.Our spiritual life has been uplifted.Discussions are also underway with the Officer in Charge of  Prisons  to work out how to begin training the in-mates, since training them after serving  their sentence will be very expensive. The Carpentry class is due to start in May 2012.We believe that there will soon be a  vocational training centre for ex prisoners in Masafu similar to the Samaritan centre in Zambia. The above pictures show  the first students in the tailoring class. From left to right: Jane in class; Jude in class; Afternoon class...

The New Vehicle, DR Congo

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The New Vehicle, DR Congo
Pastor Israel now has the Vehicle - and has obtained his driving licence. his will  enable him to visit the prisons with a team, offering both spiritual and material help to the inmates.   Pastor Israel at the wheel. ...

Building SoM Centres

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Building SoM Centres
    Soil is dampened and  taken from the termite hill, pressed into the moulding machine  and stacked to dry in the sun. Then they are  re-stacked to make a kiln with space inside for wood to be laid. The exterior is covered with soil and the wood set alight. The fire burns for about a week. He bricks are hen suitably hardened and ready for use.  70000 bricks were made here.  ...

March 2016 3 posts

UGANDA MISSION February 1st to March 1st 2016

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UGANDA MISSION   February 1st to March 1st  2016
We had planned to  access several prisons in the north where we hadn't been before.However the President banned access to the prisons especially for foreign nationals for two weeks before the elections which took place on Feb. 18th. But we did get into three in Lira as the Pastor talked to the OC who relented and let us in. SO overall we did ministry in 8 prisons with 198 responses to the Gospel appeal Namayingo 50 Responses.    We gave out solar lights (Luci light - specially developed for places like Africa. They travel flat and blow up. Are sturdy and waterproof and give 12 hours’ light for an 8-hour charge.)   Serere 5 Responses  ( Many were Christians already)   Mukuju 27 Responses   Masafu 12 Responses   Amuria 20 men and 1 woman responded 3 new prisons in Lira - 1st men’s prisons 50 Responses  Women’s prison     22 Responses  2nd men’s prison    22  Responses   We took aid in various forms to the prisons – usually soap, razor blades, sugar.  One prison asked for plastic plates and cups We even had to provide anti bed bug spray in one prison. We supplied items for woman and in Lira noticed at least one baby with no clothes under the blanket it was wrapped in, so we sent in some baby clothes and nappies for the 8 babies we saw there.   In one prison Pastor Jimmy noticed the lack of electrical wires and asked to see the sleeping quarters -, where there was no lighting. So we presented the OC with some Luci lights for each sleeping area.  He told us that this was a blessing as it had overcome a big problem. Previously when the men came into prison they were expected to give a small amount of money towards the fuel for the hurricane lamps.  But often a man did not have the money and as a result the others would be...

Container Loading at Bishop's Waltham Oct 24th 2016

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Container Loading at Bishop's Waltham Oct 24th 2016
Loading goods from 5 different charities. Streams of Mercy loaded 150 items  - approx 6.5 Cu Metres of space. Unloading our van.   Everything is recorded as it goes on, and there was a lot of it!     It's hard work.   Andy distributes a welcome drink.   Will all these bikes go on?       Another load arrives   Finally the bikes are loaded.   Job complete.      Container arrived in Soroti on 1st March 2016 and was opened on 12th March 2016.    Travelling back to SOM centre, Masafu,  in the dark - loaded, tired but happy!  ...

Needs in Lwangosia Diocese

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LUBANGO ST PAUL’S CHURCH of UGANDA LWANGOSIA ARCHDEACONARY BUSOGA DIOCESE Memorandum on Development Programme. INTRODUCTION. LOCATION. Lubango Parish is a parish in the Lwangosia  Archdeaconary in Busoga Diocese. Politically. Lubango is located in Muluniba Sub County in Namayingo district. It is surrounded by the great Lake Victoria. Lubango Parish has 12 daughter churches – namely St Pauls Lubango St Peters Mulwande St Stephens Bumeru St James Bumeru St John Buchinio St Mark Mwenia Mulombi Lugaga Bulundira Butebeyi Yebe Island Biisa Island BACKGROUND Lubango parish has a linage of problems but among the many the key ones are as follows. There is no health unit. The nearest health centre is in utumba Trading Centre, a distance of 10 Kms. We have lost many  people, mainly pregnant women and Cholera patients, There is no safe water. People use lake water for domestic use – with the threat of Bilhazia. Many of our relatives have lost their lives because of the wild crocodiles which use them as their food! Lubango parish faces very long droughts resulting I poor harvests. Because of ow earnings many projects have been on a stand still. E.g. our main church building hasnot been completed and even the vicarage house in in the same state and the parish priest has no residence at HQS. We have a big portion of land which needs development. There is need for the following:-  A secondary school (much needed because the children are only getting primary education since the only secondary schools are many Kms away and there are bad roads and  no public transport.)  A Technical school   (for vocational training)  A Health Centre.  If all the above are put in place our people will have a chance of educating their young children to become self reliant and help this parish to develop by the year 2020...

November 2015 1 posts

Loading the Container in Bishops Walthan Nov 2015

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Loading the Container in Bishops Walthan  Nov 2015
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September 2015 1 posts

Message from Pastor Robert Kayima

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 Hello Janis how is life and ministry of God?, this is Pr Robert Kayima extending my sincere greetings you and the family of God ,it is quite a long time without communicating with you ,but some times is due to lack of equipment to use such as computer because the one I had got spoiled and I am trying to get another one slowly by slowly and the internet cafes are far away in towns only. But more so I want to up date you about infant orphanage school (ALPHA ) ,the school is doing good and as per now we have reached up to primary five ( P/5) ,and the prison ministry you initiated is still going on and we normally visit them with the word of God of love and even carry out HIV / AIDS counseling and testing and support them with drugs from the nearby health facility. On top of that I want to inform you that our church building which you know is now totally down and this was caused by strong wind which forced it to fell to the ground , yet the school has been using that very building as classrooms for study so as for the coming term most of them will be sitting under trees as they study where by their situation is going to be worse so that we really need your prayers so that God can force an intervention to take place. And we have started laying a strong foundation but it is also challenging due to lack of resources for building but we are believing God to an able us to make it. And this is to request you that if there some well wishers, organizations who can stand in the gap to buy land for the orphanage school such that they can get also their own building in that they can also share equal opportunity like other children in the world. Thanks Janis and God bless you so much Amen....

August 2015 1 posts

SoM Centre - UGANDA August 2015

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The ground floor roof is now complete....

July 2015 1 posts

Zambia 2015

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Car now purchased....

June 2015 1 posts

UK update

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Today we received a donation of a wheelchair and walking aids, bedding, women's shoes and clothing, kitchen gadgets and tools from Michael S. in memory of his mother Christina S.  This was the first donation of aid received through this website. We are currently collecting aid to send on the next container in the autumn. In particular we need tools  of all kinds and sewing machines, wheelchairs and medical equipment and supplies, scholastic materials, children's books, videos, cd's and dvd's, toys and games especially educational ones, and  bicycles.  We can collect within about 25 miles of Sutton, Surrey. It was encouraging to see the following message on March 12th   from Klephas Ojiambo who is obviously following up the prisoners who gave their lives to Christ during the February mission. In Mukuju 25 prisoners responder to the Gospel appeal, and there were 55 in Kisoko. 'We give God the glory for expanding our ministry. Last week we had prison ministry in one of the prisons in Tororo (Mukuju prison) and we have established there a fellowship of about 25 inmates  who have believed in Jesus. They lack Bibles to learn the word of God and we are appealing to anyone who can support this ministry by donating some bibles, God will really bless you. This Sunday the 15th March 2015, Seaside Life Family Church will be visiting Kisoko prison where we went in February  and preached and over 50 inmates gave their lives to Jesus. We are going there to establish a fellowship.  Those who can donate to this ministry please you are highly welcome because the greatest need now is bibles as we need them to be rooted in the word of God. God bless you.' ...

May 2015 1 posts

DR Congo Update May 2015

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Pastor Israel with his wife Lucy and members of the SOM Team will be travelling to Manono and Kalemie to conduct Seminars in June....

April 2015 2 posts

Receipt of Container 2015

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Receipt of Container 2015
      Pastor Ismail was happy to receive a ministry Bike. Children were happy to receive toys ,clothes and books. John received books and scholastic materials.  It was a happy day.      ...

SoM Centre - UGANDA April 2015 update

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The Albert Ward Centre is now up to roof  level. The container sent in November 2014 arrived in Kumi just after Easter. 2015...

January 2015 2 posts

SoM Centre - UGANDA January 2015 Update

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The Borehole  donated by Mr Fred Newton was commissioned in the presence of represntatives from the government and district council,  members of the community , Pastor James Wandera  and the International Directors of SoM ( Janis and Laurie Homewood) and the donor, Mr Fred Newton.  Later that day a graduation service was held for 42 students who had completed the 9 month vocation training course in Tailoring....

TAILORING CLASS GRADUATION

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TAILORING CLASS GRADUATION
Presentation of Vocational Training Certificates Each graduate was photographed  with their certificate. Some of the Graduands. In all 42 students completed the  9 month course.         Roslyn-the course Tutor  (on the right) was  introduced to  the gathering and commended for  her excellent work. The District Advocate for the Disabled thanked Streams of Mercy for giving the under- privileged this opportunity.  ...

November 2014 1 posts

Zambia November 2014 Update

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Letter of appreciation from Prison Service received. REPUBLIC OFZAMBIAZAMBIA PRISONS SERVICEOFFICE OF THE REGIONAL COMMANDING OFFICERCOPPERBELT REGIONAL H EADQUATERSP.O BOX 73092NDOLA4th November,2014The DirectorStreams of Mercy (Zambia)P O Box 280220KITWEDear Sir RE: APPRECIATION FOR THE DONATION MADE  TO OUR INMATES ON24th OCTOBER,2014 AT KANSENSHI PRISON Reference is made to the captioned matter. I write to appreciate you for the donations you made to our inmates on the named material date. I want to acknowledge your concern to fulfil the scripture (Matthew 25:35) which states " I was in prison and you visited me..."May the Lord continue blessing you as you continue thinking about our colleagues in prisons.Yours in Christ BANDA REUBE,N NASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTREGIONAL CHAPLAINFor/REGIONAL COMMANDING OFFICERc.c. The Commissioner of Prisons, Prisons Headquarlers, KABWE...

April 2014 3 posts

DR Congo Update April 2015

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Foundation of building laid but works have stopped due to lack of funding.   A suitable replacement vehicle was obtained and the engine from the old vehicle put into it as it was a much newer engine. They  had a very good time with the prisoners of Kasenga  prison and 12 inmates came  to the Lord on Easter day. That was a  new prison  for SoM Congo and they were able to travel there in the new car with Pastor Israel's family and  2 members of the team ....

Zambia April 2014 Update

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Pastor Samuel wrote to the International Directors: On behalf of  Streams of mercy Zambia, I would like to sincerely thank you for your generous donation of those beautiful musical instruments.  Your contribution makes it possible for us to conduct our fund-raising musical concerts,and also minister effectively in prisons. Since its inception Streams of Mercy Zambia  has successfully:-  -Donated to the prisons and in-mates. -Donated Crutches,and helped in the acquisition of a prosthetic limb. - Managed to build its operational offices. -Donated Bible to the KABWE  in-mates, and will be donating Medical books to Kitwe Central Hospital. This has only been possible because of thoughtful,and generous contributions from you.   We are so blessed to have you as the International Director of Streams of Mercy UK. Your love,dedication and support for the organisation has been so overwhelming. Thank you for investing in Streams of Mercy Zambia and in the in-mates we serve. Your generous donation (Musical Instruments) will be put to good use, and we’ll continue to update you with program announcements,special events other related activities.  Thank you again for your continued support and investment in Streams of Mercy Zambia, and its beneficiaries.  Yours Sincerely Pst Samuel.  Director,  STREAMS OF MERCY ZAMBIA....

Zambia Update April 2014

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Pastor Samuel collected tools and sewing machines sent from TWAM ( shipping paid for by SOMUK)...

March 2014 2 posts

SoM Centre - UGANDA March 2014 update

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A consignment of Clinical equipment and medicines for the establishment of the Streams of Mercy Clinic  arrived.6/03/2013. The Albert Ward Centre is now built to first  floor level. However, building is now on hold due to lack of funds. The land in Uganda is near to the current office, handy for water and power supply and in a quiet secure area. Water has been piped onto the land.  Plans are being drawn up to lay foundations for a three storey building. The ground floor will be built first and the other storeys added as funds become available....

DR Congo March 2015 Update

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Pastor Israel and family are now in their new house. Praise God....

February 2014 1 posts

Zambia February 2014 Update

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Container from Christian African Relief Trust containing  Musical Instruments and other items for SOMZ arrived....

January 2014 1 posts

Zambia January 2014 Update

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Streams of mercy operational offices almost complete. 06/01/14  Container from TOOLS WITH A MISSION sent to Kitwe for SOMZ...

December 2013 1 posts

DR Congo Update December 2013

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Pastor Israel continues to visit the prisons. He travelled to  Kamina  which involved a very long and difficult car journey. He was travelling home with two prisoners who had been discharged when, just 30 Km from Lubumbashi something went wrong – possible involving the tyres, and caused the car to roll over three times. The prisoners were unhurt. Pastor Israel however sustained some injuries and was hospitalized and in a coma for two days. Fortunately he came round and has now recovered although he needed some physiotherapy treatment. He reports that he is now OK and can walk without a limp.   However, when the car rolled over it hit some bystanders and two of them died in hospital.  The villagers were very angry and attacked the car, making the damage much worse and it was  not  deemed repairable. But the insurance would  only pay for the third party individuals affected and not for the vehicle.  The engine and other useful parts were removed to be installed in another suitable vehicle body. Please pray for Pastor Israel and his famly - that the Lord will continue to bless his ministry and support his family - now 7 children with the birth of Albert on  June 17th 2013 . (The baby was named after Janis's father, who went to be with the Lord in March 2012.)...

November 2013 1 posts

Other Orphan Projects

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Other Orphan Projects
On previous missions we have encountered other ministries to orphans and HIV/AIDS families that are worth supporting. In Namanyago (Kamuli district) the church has set up an Aids Intervention project and Orphan school. They offer education to help people provide the best home care, arrange testing and medication where needed, seek to remove fear and stigma and provide education for orphans who would not otherwise afford the fees or be accepted into normal schools.The school has to meet in the church as they cannot afford the rent for the small house they were using when we first met them. They want to buy some land to build a school but at present this is out of their reach and land prices keep rising. Update June 2013. Pastor Robert Kayima writes'Through your prayers God is sustaining the ALPHA IINFANT ORPHANAGE SCHOOL. We are doing well and good. For this term we have 104 orphans and vulnerable children(OVC) who are being supported with education and food and a feew scholastic materials. God has also opened up ways of reaching  prisoners with the  Gospel from the time of the SoM visit. God has enabled us to carry out HIV counselling , testing of blood (HCT) and as of now we have identified 11 prisoners who have HIV virus. We are working together with the officers in charge to access care and treatment for them until they go back home. Then we will need to follow them up in order for them to live a positive life. We still face the challenge of the lack of land for the orphanage school and a good building for them. Please pray tat we may move ahead with this.'   Kaliro Family Church and Centre In Kaliro there is a whole church made up of HIV/AIDS families. They are widely scattered throughout the Kaliro district, and the pastor himself is so poor that he has to borrow a bicycle to visit his church members! When we visited we provided rice and sugar for each family and exercise books for those children who were able to attend school. SoM try to...

August 2013 3 posts

An Expanding Ministry

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An Expanding Ministry
On their second visit to Uganda one pastor suggested to Janis and Laurie that the prison ministry should be extended into other parts of Africa. This was repeated on their third visit by a Congolese Pastor (Pastor Israel Lenge), resulting in a ministry trip to DR Congo in 2009. That trip covered 4 countries – Uganda, Kenya (just for a weekend) Zambia, where through the choir ministry in the UK contacts in two Zambian prisons were already corresponding with Janis and Laurie, and finally up into DR Congo. Later that year a mission was undertaken to Kenya with the main aim of encouraging prison ministry there. Pastor Israel Lenge had been leading a church in Kenya and had helped to organise that mission. He was so encouraged by the results of the ministry both previously in Congo and now in Kenya that he felt God’s call to return to DR Congo to specialise in prison ministry there and currently is setting up Streams of Mercy Prison Ministries, Congo. Janis and Laurie visited DR Congo again in May 2010 with the aim of launching that ministry, and again in July 2011,June 2012, and Janis alone in May2013. In January 2013 Janis and Laurie ministered in  South Africa and Janis include a visit to prisons in Zambia in May 2013. To date 67 African prisons have been visited. (33 in Uganda, 15 in Kenya, 4 in Zambia,7 in DR Congo and 8 in South Africa) and over 3800 inmates have indicated a desire for God to change their lives, as well as a few prison officers! These men and women are being followed up by local pastors. Some have now been discharged from prison, are leading honest lives in the community and are established in local churches. Picture: Left to right. Pastor Jimmy Wandera; Ex prisoner (now a committed Christian), Laurie Homewood. Another prisoner in Tororo came to see us with the news that having accepted Christ as a result of our ministry, he was released two weeks later and reunited with his wife who, having returne...

DR Congo

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Having seen the results of our prison ministry in Uganda and Kenya, Pastor Israel Lenge has felt God's call to leave his pastorate in Kenya and return to his home town in DR Congo to set up Streams of Mercy Prison Ministries, Congo. We were able to share the vision and preach the Gospel on Congolese TV on a Saturday evening. The programme was broadcast to the whole of the Katanga province. Prisoners are people with deep needs. Yes, they are in a place of correction. However, the aim of prison should not be just to punish but to correct and rehabilitate. And the life changing Gospel message has been shown to be instrumental in turning prisoners from their former lives of crime into good honest and useful members of society, and this is accepted by most of the prison governors we met. But we also need to show the love of Christ by helping to meet some of the prisoner's material needs also. PASTOR ISRAEL'S VISION The vision is to visit the prisons regularly, initially to preach the Gospel message, then to follow on with counselling and instruction for those who accept Jesus Christ. In each prison an assessment of material needs will be made and some assistance will be given as resources become available. We are praying that Christians here in Congo will catch the vision and that the majority of the needed resources will be given locally. One problem facing many prisoners is how they will cope on the outside when their sentence is completed. Often they have no place to go, no financial resources and few vocational skills. And obtaining work with a prison record is never easy. So an important part of the vision is to set up a reintegration centre where inmates can come to stay for a while after discharge. In the centre there will be access to conselling and spiritual instruction as well as assessement of their needs and family situation. Where possible appropriate vocational training or help in finding work will be offered. And when the time comes for them to leave t...

DR Congo Update August

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70000 bricks have been made for the Streams of Mercy Centre and are ready to be fired. They will be finished in 10 days time....

July 2013 5 posts

Zambia July 2013 Update

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The name 'Streams of Mercy Zambia'  has been accepted for the NGO registration...

Streams of Mercy Zambia

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Streams of Mercy Zambia (SoMZ) will be officially registered in two weeks time.   ( Now officialyy registered - August 2013) The team there wish to run some fundraising concerts, but do not have their own musical instruments. They would like to start their  fundraising concerts by the third week of August or first week of September and the  singing group is already organised.  Therefor is anyone can help with the provision of the following - either funds to purchase in Zambia or gifts of actual instruments it would be greatly appreciated. Keyboard(Yamaha,Korg or Roland)Drum setAmpmixer 12 channelsGuitars (Lead,Bass and #Accoustic)18 inch sound speakers x2. The cost for purchase in Zambia would be in the region of £2500 to £3000. Depending on shipping costs and also taking into account the time factor it would prove best to be able to send funds for the purchase of the equipment. Please also pray that the Lord will provide for the needs of the new SoMZ as they seek to begin ministry to prisoners and other needy people in Zambia.  Rent is needed for the office - ~£600 for the first 6 months, required to be paid  in advance.  The Musical Instruments were purchased, and sent out on a container from Christian  African Relief Trust and were received by Pastor Samuel Chipoya in  March 2014....

The Bore Hole Ministry

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The Bore Hole Ministry
JOHN CHAPTER 4:1-42MISSION AND MAJOR GOAL: REACHING ALL PERSONS WHO COME TO DRAW WATER FROM BOREHOLES LAKE SIDES AND SPRINGS.VISION: COMMUNITY REACHED AND EVANGELISED INTRODUCTION The borehole ministry is a reach out ministry to all people who come to draw water from springs, lakes and rivers. Many people come for water every day for home use, unlike in the towns where water is installed in houses. This gives an opportunity for missioners to share the gospel of Christ to the people. Jesus gives us the best example in John 4: 1-42 by meeting the Samaritan woman at the well as she comes to draw the water from the well of Jacob for her physical needs. She little thought of meeting at Jacob’s well, with Christ the fountain of life, and well of living water; She came for natural water, having no notion of water in the spiritual sense, or of carrying back with her the water of life, even a well of it, spring up to everlasting life. The well and the water suggest the thirst of the soul and the waters of life. The gospel must reach the people where they are other than inviting them where you have organized it. This makes us reach a bigger crowd. THE RESEARCH Busia south has five sub-counties with each village having at least one or two boreholes, making more than 1000 borehole in the southern area. There are at least 150 people per day who come to each borehole for water. Fifty jerrycans are lined up each jerrycan takes four minutes to fill. Each person who comes to line up faces a 20-30 minute wait before he/she fetches water. QUESTION: Can the missioners use the above to give an opportunity to these people who come for water to hear the word of Lord (taking the gospel where the people are)? THE PROJECT Reaching the borehole souls needs committed missioners ready to work morning to evening for three days. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.Each Unit (borehole) is manned by four missioners.Two missioners pump water for the clients, as two are doing the ministr...

Using SOON - a Gospel broadsheet

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Using SOON - a Gospel broadsheet
SOON - a Gospel broadsheet in Easy English containing testimonies from around the world, is a useful addition to our prison ministry in Uganda. It also has expressions in Kiswahili (Upesi) and French (Bientot) which also prove useful especially in Dr Congo.We don't often get to take pictures in prisons but here are a few showing people receiving the leaflets. For further information about the SOON ministry see the website: http://www.soon.org.uk Prisoners in Dr Congo receiving Upesi and Bientot. Men in Sanka Nyamba village, Dr Congo, receiving and reading Upesi. School children in Mayuge, Uganda, receiving SOON ...

Prison Ministry

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Prison Ministry
Our first visit to an African prison took place in October 2006 in Kamuli. On a Sunday afternoon Janis and Laurie were whisked off by George and Angela Bufunvu, the church's prison ministry team, to the local prison. Nothing could have been further from our experience of English prisons! At the door we were admitted by a prison officer recognisable only by the fact that one of the church team introduced him as such! No one asked for ID or searched us! The next difference was that the prisoners were all sitting around in the compound. They were wearing a simple light uniform..   The church prison ministry team led the prisoners in some of their own songs. Then we introduced ourselves and sang some songs in English. Janis spoke to the men from God’s Word about ‘God’s Treasures’ and Laurie gave an updated version of his testimony of trusting Jesus at all times and in all things. He also shared more of 'God's treasures' instancing two outstanding examples of Christian prisoners known to us in the UK. After we had all ministered, one of the African team members gave a Gospel call and eighteen prisoners responded. We also gave out SOON (easy English) leaflets to all the inmates. We asked afterward "Does this level of response happened often" — and were told "No, we get one or two, but this is different. These men are now your (spiritual) children!" Our second prison visit was in Masufu prison with Pastor Jimmy Wandera and the church prison ministry team. Again, very different to our English prisons. We arrived at the prison compound, the gate was opened and we drove straight in. Again, no ID, no search! The prisoners were in the compound having a meal provided by the church. When they had finished, we ministered to them in song, Janis gave a Gospel message and Theo and Laurie gave testimonies. Of the forty present thirty-two subsequently responded to the app...

June 2013 1 posts

Mission to Dr Congo and Zambia. May 26th to June 15th 2013

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Mission to Dr Congo and Zambia. May 26th to June 15th 2013
DR CONGO In Congo the ministry to the churches was well received and there was an opportunity to preach on TV at peak time on a Saturday evening.  4 prisons  and a small village were visited. 142 prison inmates and 15 people from the  village community made professions of faith.  ( See Proclaimer section) Land has been purchased for the building of a Streams of Mercy Centre, and a well has been dug on the site to provide water for making 70,000 bricks. We  have sent funds to pay for the brick making, and to register Streams of Mercy Prison Ministries, DR Congo, as an NGO.  We now need to raise more  funds to complete  the building of the centre. Digging the well.     ZAMBIA Ministry in three prisons in Zambia resulted in 169 professions of faith, and the church ministry was also well received.  A 28 year old man who has had a below knee amputation caused by complications of leprosy was provided with  a pair of elbow crutches by  Streams of Mercy. These have  already changed his life considerably. He is now being assessed for a prosthesis  and we have been  able to help  with the costs of this also.Praise the Lord for health, safety in travelling and for His blessing onthe  ministry. Please pray for those who now have the responsibility of following up those who responded. Chris was very pleased to receive the crutches.   ...

May 2013 1 posts

SoM Centre - DR CONGO

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In DR Congo the land is in an area where much development is planned. A well has been dug to supply water for making bricks, using soil from a termite hill on the land. It is planned to make 70000 bricks and foundations will be laid suitable for two storeys. There is a house almost completed very near the site and Pastor Israel and family  have paid a deposit to reserve it and will be renting it when it is completed....

March 2013 1 posts

Soroti Container 2013

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Soroti Container 2013
The container was delivered to Soroti after passing through customs in Kampala. A time of praise and worship before Rev Boniface opened the container.   There was a mixed load of Aid. Pastor Jimmy was overwhelmedby he amount of goods he received. THere were hand sewing machines for Kotido and Soroti and both hand and electric sewing machines for Masafu          Medical aid, typewriters, meal trays, bikes and football kit were all gratefully received. You can view more photos within our Gallery!...