April 2015 Update….
Stuart Wood is the Africa Co-Ordinator for ActionOverseas, he regularly visits the nations of Africa with his wife Sandra to deliver training and support churches.
Over the last two years they have focused their visits on helping to establish church, leadership and financial structures to a group of approximately twelve churches in Kenya.
In November 2014 it was a great privilege for Stuart to be a part of the first Ascension Ministries Council in the country. During the Council the first official Constitution was also formally accepted. This is a significant step as it gives them a foundation on which to build. Four men were also ordained as pastors. They also plan to open a new church this year..
There is also a sponsorship programme currently being set up with the York Apostolic Church here in the UK, to sponsor orphaned children who have been fostered or adopted by pastors and their families. Many of these children have lost their parents through HIV/Aids. Rather than put these youngsters into care the pastors have taken them into their homes but obviously this is huge financial burden on them. The project ‘Uniinue,’ meaning ‘You lift me up.’ in Swahili will sponsor seven children and will officially be launched later this year.
During December 2014 John Murunga from Kisumu, Kenya visited Mwanza in Tanzania to undertake leadership training and to hold outreach services, with the team he had taken from his church. During the outreach services over one hundred and seventy people committed their lives to Christ – around one hundred children and eighty adults.
We praise God for the work He is doing in the nations of East Africa..