Last month our own Bob Galloway had the opportunity to travel to Uganda with a team of design and construction professionals from Austin Ridge Bible Church to help support church and community infrastructure building in Pader, Uganda.
Austin Ridge Bible Church has an ongoing mission effort with ARM (African Renewal Ministries) in the town of Pader in north-central Uganda. Pader has a large population of displaced people, most are whom are farmers who have fled regional conflict (Pader is only about 100 miles from South Sudan). Austin Ridge has partnered with ARM to plant a small but growing church and school in the community. Bob Galloway has been reviewing the development plans for a new, larger church and school addition to the existing Pader Bible Church campus. The plans include a worship facility with seating for over 400 and a new classroom building that will serve nearly 250 students. The construction will begin in June and will also include a water tower and child development center.
Bob had the opportunity to not only worship with the Pader Community Church but also visit with two of the many young children that are individually sponsored by ARBC members. Sponsorship allows the children to attend school and enjoy two meals each day. Bob is pictured with Joan and Kevin. Bob’s wife Carol had also traveled to Pader last November to assist in a crafts business that has been started amongst a large group of women in the community. See Women of Pader on Facebook.
The first two weeks in May, Bob joined a team of two other ARBC members to travel to Pader. Over the past 5 years many ARBC teams have visited Pader to not only encourage and assist Pastor Enoch and the growth of the church but to also develop job opportunities in the community. A small farm has been purchased through ARM by a group of ARBC members. This most recent trip's team of three made progress on a new water tower and solar pump for the farm to help avoid cop failure during drought years. They also worked alongside local carpenters to build a bread-making facility. Crops and livestock planned for the farm include chickens, goats, pigs, vegetables, and eucalyptus trees (which mature in about 12 years and can be sold for lumber).
Bob and Carol both hope to return to Uganda in the near future.