BLUEPRINT for HOPE
Busia, Uganda: CFC-CCM
The Christian Fellowship Churches (CFC) and Child Care Ministries Busia, Uganda
(CCM) in Busia, Uganda, offer care to communities devastated by wars, PEOPLE SERVED:
hostile invasions, disease, and poverty. They provide counseling, Communities and
micro-loans, education, and training for church pastors. These areas Churches in Uganda
of ministry help meet the physical, economic, and spiritual needs of B H A N N UA L S U P P O R T:
the people. $23,782
Several Christian leaders traveled to Busia, Uganda, on a mission to plant
churches in impoverished neighborhoods. They were confronted by a
desperate community, raw from disease and suffering, discouraged by the
challenges of HIV/AIDS, overwhelmed by the needs of orphans, and ravaged
by the conditions of war. They learned that Ugandan children can be
purchased at local markets for $20. They heard story after story of families
devastated by pillaging nomadic tribes who, periodically, storm through
villages plundering cows, tools, and even family members.
The original plans of the Christian leaders were abandoned when they
learned of the living conditions in Busia. A new strategy was developed,
holistic in nature, birthed from the needs of the local people.
The Christian leaders who came to Uganda created two groups: the Chris-
tian Fellowship Churches and the Child Care Ministries (CFC/CCM). The CFC Life expectancy 52 years
is a group of churches focusing on community development. The CCM Fertility - Child per woman 6.71
pays school fees for children who cannot afford to attend school.
Literacy rates for men/women 80%/60%
Population below poverty line 35%
The life changing effects of the CFC/CCM’s involvement in this community
are tremendous. Median age 15
- 196 children are assisted with schooling in the CCM program. HIV/AIDS 4.1%
- 19 CFC churches with more than 560 participating adults now have
access to community, holistic support, and the opportunity to learn about Jesus on a deeper level.
- 2 new churches were planted in 2006, and 9 more are in the beginning stages.
- Effective HIV/AIDS ministries provide mental support, help for treatment, and work opportunities.
- The micro-enterprise loan fund of $4,000 has been very successful; 80 families have received micro
loans; more will be added this year.
The CCM provides money for school tuition, uniforms, and books. All are necessary for children to attend
public school. Some of the church leaders teach in the schools. Many girls drop out of school to marry so
they can alleviate some of the financial burdens on their family. Counseling and vocational training for the
girls are offered in two of the churches. There are currently 10 girls involved, and there will be opportunities
for more to join in the near future. Other churches hope to follow this example so that all girls can have a
chance to provide for their families.
PROJEC T PROPOSA L Busia, Uganda: CFC-CCM
Marti Barasa was 13 when his family could no longer afford to send him to school. He began to garden with no hope
of resuming his studies. In 2005, he joined the CCM program and is now back in school. He loves school and studies
hard. He aspires to teach english, physics, or math. He became a Christian a few years ago and goes to the CFC church.
His dad is sick, so Marti still gardens to help support his family, but with the education he is receiving, he feels hope for
The micro-enterprise program loans money to enthusiastic entrepreneurs. The program was originally set up to em-
power women to become self-sufficient in caring for their families. Men are also very interested and many have been
accepted into the program. People generally start trading commodities such as fish, maize, or cassava. Some begin
businesses like shops for trading or sewing, and some become farmers. Many with HIV/AIDS have joined the loan pro-
gram and now work hard because they are filled with new hope. Through their success with the loan program, many
women are on their way to independence. Churches that participate in the micro-enterprise program also disciple the
participants and teach about HIV/AIDS. This program has been operating since May 2005, and more than $4,000 has
been invested. This venture has been a huge success for the local people. Many are self-sufficient after just one small
loan. Because of the tremendous growth, the process has been structured to include more participants.
The CFC/CCM pastors are local people who have felt called to minister to their communities. Because these pastors do
not have formal training, are struggling with their own poverty, and have accepted a greater work load, the CFC/CCM
has established programs to support and minister to them. Those pastors who would like to pursue a career along
with their pastoral duties are eligible for a loan from the pastors’ loan fund set up in 2005. Through this program, many
pastors are now self-supporting.
To support the new pastors spiritually, the CFC/CCM board conducts training sessions in discipleship, spiritual life, and
church issues. Leaders from other denominations flock to these sessions. The CFC/CCM also runs regular seminars for
its pastors. These seminars help unite the CFC/CCM churches in belief and outreach ideas. The pastors learn tools to
grow in their faith, teaching, and evangelism.
There are many areas in the Busia region that have not heard the Gospel. Board members of the CFC/CCM are regularly
sent out to visit new areas to be researched for future church planting. In addition, the board members visit and
encourage churches and pastors.
James Myende is the leader of Bright Hope’s Busia project. He serves as the headmaster of
the school and has worked diligently to plant 19 churches in the Busia area. His wife Gorret
heads up the micro loan project with the help of Christina, who maintains all the village’s
financial records. James and Gorret are also organizing HIV/AIDS education and awareness
groups throughout this region.
“It is very important that you declare you are HIV-positive and that you face AIDS with a
sense of hope and strength,” James stated. “People must learn to accept their HIV status and
take responsibility for their families and their futures. And they must learn how to avoid
transmitting the virus to others.”
Pastor James Myende (far right) and his This couple and their team work tirelessly in the name of Christ to serve the men, women, and
wife Gorret (in purple dress) with their children of Busia. Bright Hope is thankful to count James and Gorret among our partners.
administrative assistant Christina.
PROJEC T PROPOSA L Busia, Uganda: CFC-CCM
Stories from the CFC-CCM micro-loan program
Lorukhama is a pastor of the CFC church in Buko. As a pastor, she encouraged her congregation to work hard. The
congregation did not listen because they saw that she worked, yet was still very poor. After hearing about the loan
program from the CFC, she and some other members of the congregation began to save. After they had some
money saved, the CFC added to the pool and the loans began. Lorukhama was very successful in her small business
of selling soap, paraffin, and fish. After 6 months, she paid off her first loan and accepted another loan to grow her
business even more. Now, when she teaches people about hard work and how to sustain themselves, she speaks
with confidence and is an example for them. She also tells others how Jesus is able to do miracles, as he lifted her
from her poverty.
Odeya John is 61 years old. He and his wife live in one of the Ugandan villages where the CFC/CCM is at work.
Odeya and his wife lost their adult children to AIDS, and they are now raising eight grandchildren on their own.
Because they received a loan through the micro loan program, they were able to start a small gardening business.
Now, selling the food they grow, they have enough to live on.
Odeya is a soft-spoken and thoughtful Christian man. His grandchildren are attending school in their village. Even
though life is difficult for Odeya and his family, he expresses deep gratitude to the Lord and to Bright Hope for
the school fees, uniforms, and income opportunities he has received through Bright Hope’s partnership with the
Odeya relies on the Lord for the future of his family, but he is concerned because his eyesight is failing. Odeya
knows that the time may come where he will become even more dependent upon the CFC/CCM’s assistance to
sustain his large family.
The CFC-CCM is passionate about churches planting other churches. The area around Busia, in which CFC is plant-
ing churches, has recent history of insurgency, violence, and murder. This has prepared the church members to do
evangelism in this area and in areas that are more hostile. The hope is that every church will become evangelical
and plant a new church by 2009 no matter the obstacles. Two new churches were planted in 2006, and 9 more are
in beginning stages. The leadership training sessions teach how to plant churches successfully, holistically, and how
to shepherd the new believers. There has already been some evangelism in the Busia area, but there are not many
local churches to continue discipleship. Many of the new believers have come out of a life of witchcraft, drunken-
ness, and demonic practices. Churches are needed to help these new believers grow in their faith so they will not
fall back into their old lifestyle.
whAT wE lOvE ABOUT ThiS PROJECT
This project is not only evangelistic in nature, but also a shepherding and holistic ministry, caring for all of the com-
munity needs. The CFC-CCM cares deeply for the people in the area and is always looking for new ways to reach the
community. Growth would enable the CFC-CCM churches to bring even more hope, relief, and the Gospel to Busia
and the surrounding areas.
Funds needed to sustain this project
Micro-Finance Loan Project $3,080
Ministry Support $4,290
Church Planting $2,090
Operational Support $3,102
PROJEC T PROPOSA L Bright Hope International
ONE BilliON PEOPlE
BRIGHT HOPE’S IMPACT MODEL
live in abject poverty, surviving on less than one dollar a day.
- Builds local partnerships and
addresses local needs. Bright Hope
partners with existing churches B R i G h T h O P E i N T E R N AT i O N A l
already serving in extremely
impoverished communities. We work
COMMITTED TO SERVING THE POOR
with local church leaders to identify
key needs and determine the best Bright Hope works with local ministry partners
role for Bright Hope in securing those to lift people out of crisis conditions, to give
needs. them the education and skills to achieve
permanent financial stability, and to present the
- Promotes independence through
love and mercy of Christ.
community development, job
creation and education. Bright Hope Over one billion people live in abject poverty,
gives people the tools and surviving on less than one dollar a day. Few
opportunities they need to have little more than a shelter over their heads.
permanently lift themselves out of Most do not have access to even the most basic
necessities, such as nourishing food or clean
drinking water. Infectious diseases such as
- Empowers Christian leaders to share
the love and mercy of Christ. Bright HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis run rampant, shortening life spans
Hope believes that hope and freedom dramatically and leaving many young children as orphans. Access to
from despair ultimately come from medical care is non-existent, and few have the education or skills to pursue
a relationship with God, and equips a meaningful trade.
local pastors and teachers to share
the Gospel. THERE IS HOPE
Since 1968, Bright Hope has been working
with churches and ministries in the poorest
places in the world, responding to the needs
of those in the most desperate conditions.
Working with local leaders who understand
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