Stepping Off the Field-
And into Peoples’ Lives with Food, Water, and Health Care
Do you know where your next meal is coming from? In the U.S., the answer is more than likely, yes, but in the slums of Kampala, Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya, finding food is a challenge and many go hungry. Thankfully, hundreds of children are fed at least one meal a day through Sports Outreach feeding initiatives at schools and churches.
Arthur Lubembe, Feeding Manager in Nairobi, says, “The testimonies from the pupils are so great it gives you the power to continue working hard and praying more. Food is central to every family in Mukuru Slum and this [school feeding program] has proven to be the best tool to bring people together.”
In El Salvador, children, along with their families, receive monthly groceries whenever they become enrolled as a sponsored child in the EmpowerME program. There are currently 50 children being sponsored and the goal is that these needy families will see God’s hand upon their lives.
As you might expect, food and a source of clean water are important parts of an effective public health program. Enough food builds the immune system, while clean water prevents disease such as typhoid and cholera. Village wells (such as Anna’s Well near Gulu, Uganda), filtering systems, and proper hygiene practices are all means through which Sports Outreach has helped contribute to improving conditions. Availability of healthcare is also crucial, and Sports Outreach has facilitated several medical clinics in the last few months. During a one day clinic held in January 2018 in Amuru village in northern Uganda, over 650 people were seen! Not only are doctors and nurses available at these clinics, but many receive spiritual counseling while they are there. Opportunities are taken to share the Gospel—at one recent clinic in Kampala 26 people accepted Jesus as their Savior!
Step into the game with Sports Outreach by considering a donation to either the feeding initiative or the public health initiative. Reports from the field almost always request prayer for money to cover increasing food costs or the lack of firewood. Medical supplies (averaging less than $5 per person for a village clinic), water filters, and well maintenance funds are also needed on a regular basis. What we so often take for granted in the U.S. often appears as a miraculous provision from God in many parts of the world.
“Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in My name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” (Mark 9:41)
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