Mission Trip Update
While our mission trip to Uganda has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our support is unwavering. There are many ways to join with us as a family on mission.
UPDATE ON HANDS OF LOVE—NAMADHI CAMPUS
Wellspring Family Church is more committed than ever to come alongside our Ugandan friends in our mission to the children of Hands of Love. The pandemic has created chaos in many African countries and disproportionately affects the poor. The closure of borders, a strictly imposed curfew, restricted travel in country, and severe flooding around Lake Victoria have largely cut off access to the Namadhi campus which usually houses more than 1,300 orphan children and staff.
The campus, like all schools in Uganda, has been closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the children and staff have been temporarily housed in the surrounding villages. The pandemic restrictions are extremely devastating to those without access to food, water, and electricity.
Thankfully, the Hands of Love sponsorship program, which many in Wellspring are a part, provides monthly support for about half of the children and staff at the Namadhi campus. These monthly gifts are a lifeline now more than ever, not only to the sponsored child or staff member, but also to the entire household with whom they are staying.
The pandemic has real implications on those without electricity or access to the internet. Video communications, online learning, telemedicine, recorded and live-streamed worship services, purchasing supplies, and access to family and friends in a pandemic all requires electricity and the internet.
This year, we envision using part of the donations for our trip to create the Wellspring Communications Center at Namadhi. It will feature solar-powered computer stations and charging ports with access to high-speed satellite internet. The room can be a hotspot and virtual classroom, doctor’s office, place of worship, or video conference room, or maybe even a place where your sponsored child can go and see you singing to them happy birthday for the first time. We also envision using part of your donations to provide food to those who need it most.
Finally, when the borders open and it is once again safe to travel, we hope to use some of the money to send a small team loaded with formula, gifts to sponsored kids from their Wellspring families, T-shirt dresses, and other supplies. We continue to ask for your support and praise God that we are in a position to be of help in a time of great need.
If you want to help with any of these projects, please contact Dan Rauch at 314-239-1965 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Hands of Love, we rescue abandoned babies and children left to fend for themselves in the streets and bush of Uganda. Through our child sponsorship program, we meet basic needs, educate through graduation, and share the love of God. Within our two orphanages, more than 2,500 children are being nurtured and encouraged in a safe environment. These children are the hope of the future as they grow into the men and women God created them to be, with the potential to effect real change in their families, businesses, communities, and nation.
We also support a team of partners that equips Ugandan individuals through a variety of programs, enabling them to advance Christ’s kingdom. We join our partners by extending their reach with shared visions of providing relief, hope, and a future for some of the most vulnerable children on earth as well as educating and empowering Ugandans to cause transformation.
Visit us at HandsofLoveUSA.org.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
The call to missions is everywhere in scripture. God clearly states His people are to go out and bring people into worship of the one true God. We want to serve, aid the poor and love our neighbor. Wellspring Family Church has many missional opportunities to share the gospel and help the poor here locally in St. Louis and overseas.
Why Missions Matter at Wellspring Family Church
There is a phrase in Uganda where many foreigners are called “mzungu,” which means “someone who wanders without a purpose.” Scripture calls us all to the purpose of mission and living out a fulfilled life of obedience and serving others as Jesus did.
The best way to learn about missions is to go! New relationships with those we serve, and with others on mission, are often life-changing and humbling. If you aren’t able to go yourself, partner with us at Wellspring. We have incredibly Good News to share!
Uganda—Hands of Love
India—Happy Bar Nutrition
St. Louis—Life Team
St. Louis—Cup of Nations
Málaga, Spain—CRM NOVO / InnerChange
God has called Mary L. to minister in Spain through CRM Novo/InnerChange among marginalized populations such as refugees, immigrants and those who are oppressed. She provides care, counseling, education and resources for over 90 InnerCHANGE missionaries serving around the world. Amy F. is our liaison.
Veszprém, Hungary—Ádám Szabados
St. Louis—Rise Together Ministries
Pastor Worku Geremew, an Ethiopian immigrant himself, founded Rise Together Ministries to provide an after-school tutoring program, a communal mentoring program, a furniture and clothing ministry, a counseling program, and a job development program to connect the poor and immigrants in St. Louis to the Gospel.
St. Louis—Homeless Relief
Brad Wos—Multicultural Director, Central District EFCA
Kripivnitskiy, Ukraine—A New Church
Joe Reznikov completed one year of mission work in Kripivnitskiy (former Kirovograd) Ukraine, and has been instrumental in constructing their church building. Traveling to nearby villages, he helped spread the Gospel and brought food, hope and encouragement to those in need. Joe would love share how to partner in this work.
Family on Mission—Pastor Terry Schoenfeld
St. Louis—Camp Motion
A community outreach event designed to provide a low-cost camp option for working parents, Camp Motion offers a one-week, all-day camp in the summer. Campers choose from art or sports options and enjoy live entertainers, games and activities, all while learning the saving truth of the Gospel. Jenny W. is the contact.