by Janet & Richard Bacon.
Janet Bacon, (a member of Downend MU), is a volunteer member of
staff for a small UK based Christian Charity, called Mission Direct.
Along with her husband Richard, they are the in-country staff for Mission
Direct in Uganda. Teams of volunteers come from the UK, for a two-
week mission trip, mainly working with schools, but also partnering with
other organisations including the Mothers’ Union.
They have just come back from Uganda, where one activity they
undertook, was deliver Emergency Food Parcels to some of the most
vulnerable elderly people identified by the Mothers’ Union.
The visit was both heart breaking but also heart-warming. All the
recipients were in great need of support, most were in their nineties and
were without any family support, as they had outlived their spouses,
children, and other relatives. As there are no state benefits/pensions in
Uganda, the elderly and those with disabilities have to rely on their
families and/or kindly neighbours.
Each person was given a basic food parcel, including some rice, cooking
oil and a bar of soap. All of these items, now cost so much, that for many
they are unaffordable. For me, the most heart wrenching was
Columbine, a woman in her late nineties. She was paralysed and unable
to get out of her small traditional home. It took four people to bring her
out to meet us (she was adamant she wanted to see us in the fresh air!)
If there had been no help forthcoming, she was going to try to drag
herself out. She had spent the whole of the previous night, praying we
would visit her! So, so humbling.
Without family support life is difficult. However, all are trusting in the Lord
and were so pleased to receive us even for the little we did. And there
were joyful highlights; Lena singing “Oh Happy Day, when Jesus took
my sins away.” Lois, who still walks miles to church each Sunday who
jumped from her mat dancing for joy singing Eyalama Edeke (Thank you
God). Examples of why we finished the day not only heartbroken but
with uplifting joy too.
The Mothers' Union in Uganda, as in the UK has a great and caring
mission in Uganda. We are so grateful to have been able to join with
them in their ministry.
Thank you for reading this. If you want to know more about Mission
Direct and their work in Kumi please contact Janet Bacon at
email@example.com or via the Kumi Face Book page