How we began.
In 2004 Theo Elsey joined the London Crusader Chorale as an associate accompanist.
Ten years previously Theo had visited Uganda and had promised Pastor Fred Ssempija in Kamuli that he would return with a team to help him with crusades, but he had not been able to recruit a team to honour that promise.
Janis and Laurie Homewood had some experience of mission trips overseas, having been on 8 mission trips to the Balkans with Smile International between 2001 and 2004. So in 2006 Theo asked them if they would be willing to join him, with two of his friends ( Rev Dr. Albert Mulligan and his wife Rev Mary Mulligan) on a team to Uganda to help this Pastor. They readily agreed to go.
That first trip in October 2006 included Crusades in the Kamuli region of Uganda with Pastor Fred and in the Busia region with Pastor John Buyongo. As well as the crusades, members of the team were involved in Pastoral Training, seminars for women, children’s ministry and prison ministry
One prison in Kamuli and one in Masafu were visited and 62 men indicated their desire for God to change their lives!. This level of response surprised both the team and the African Pastors involved, and resulted in an invitation to visit on subsequent occasions.
The team were also introduced to the work that the churches in Masafu were doing among HIV/AIDS orphans. Seeing the great need and hearing the vision that Pastors Jimmy Wandera and David Okumu had for this work, which is being done by the local churches under the name ‘Radiant Love Care’, we felt they were worthy of our ongoing support.