Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My personal experience at the mission field.

It’s been over a little month since I landed back in the states after a week and a half in The Pearl of Africa and what a time it was. As some have followed my history in Uganda you know I’ve traveled there for a few years now, sharing the Gospel and serving. Looking back, it is amazing how everything that was once foreign is now familiar. Where there was once hesitation, I now have an eagerness and hunger.
So I just wanted to share some of this trip with you, my Youtubers. Without a doubt this time around was surreal. One of the best memories from this year came while interacting with the youth and young adults in Kumi District and in Fort Portal. I got the opportunity to teach the word again (I’ve done it before) but this time it was just so much more natural and the young adults seemed really engaged. After one of these talks ended I got the opportunity to pray with 20 or so men and I was nearly overcome by emotions. Firstly because of the surprised amount who wanted prayer (who am I?), and secondly because of the vulnerability they showed in raising their prayer topics.



So I thank God for my own growth and His help in that time. I’m an introvert (don’t argue with me on this) so usually I’m anxious being in front of large groups or having all attention on me. But this year I was energetic, flowing and confident! Which was encouraging because it was the sharing of my faith and my God that brought that out of me!!! (A lot of exclamation points)
So keep Uganda in your prayers: specifically pray for those who struggle to remain hopeful and patient in unexpected times but also pray that they rejoice in the glory of the Lord they see everyday.

Kelechi Okpa - ACF USA EAST REGION

Friday, August 17, 2018

The mission trip was a huge success....THANK YOU LORD!!!

The 2018 ACF summer missions’ trip ended last week and we are glad to report that the mission trip was a huge success. It is very obvious that the success was as a result of your support to the team. You prayed and gave generously to support both the team members individually and the programs we carried out in the field. The Lord will bless you immensely for your support.
 
It is very exciting to see the impact of what we have done over the years through your support. The HIV/AIDS orphaned children we trained in school in Uganda are now grown, some married and gainfully employed and ready to carry on with the work in our absence. We had a joint fellowship in Uganda with the new converts from our program over the years, and more than 600 new converts attended the joint fellowship from eight ACF chapters. The churches we planted in Republic of Benin are doing very well and God is changing the spiritual environment in remote villages unreached with the gospel in the country through the ministry of ACF.
 
The testimonies of the accomplishments this year in the mission field will be told for years to come, and your support will be mentioned when the stories are told. We will have an opportunity to visit each ACF chapter to provide a report on the mission trip in the future.

 Caption from our medical missions in Kumi District

 Nicole Pole fell in love with the children. She led a number of them to Christ through her christian tailored program for the young ones. 

 Joint fellowship with all the New converts classes. Every year after missions, we form a new believers' class to help the new converts learn more about their faith and plant them in local churches. This is one of the very successful element of our missions. 
Dr.Festus Ukwuani

 Takor fell in love with the kids



 All people that came for joint fellowship and for medical missions received a hot meal.  


Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name with dancing, and make music to Him with tambourine and harp.
 
Dr. Festus Ukwuani
Mission Director, ACF USA, East Region

Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 Mission Trip....... We're THANKFUL to God.

Our 2018 ACF Mission trip was another success. It's been 20 Years of having these missions!! Yes, 20 incredible years of God's faithfulness at the mission field.
Our Missions team got back to USA safely. We bless the Lord for the journey mercies.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Our hearts are filled – filled with gratitude, joy, burdens to pray, and the Holy Spirit. It was a life-changing, meaningful, and joy-filled, experience. We had an opportunity to share brieflyour experiences in our respective churches this previous weekend. Words are not enough to describe what we saw, felt, and experienced, but in order to encourage some to consider joining mission trips in the future, to thank all of you for the work that was done in Uganda and Benin Republic during that short Three-weeks trip, and to further advance the kingdom of God through the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11), we would like to share some of our reflections and highlights of the trip.
- 2,687 Received free medical attention.
- 710 Gave their lives to Christ.
- 264 People received reading glasses.
- 210 begun New life classes [New Converts classes].
Three of our medical practitioners were ACF graduates from our child Education sponsorship program. We're grateful to all those that have sponsored and our continuing sponsors for all your investment.

Our 2018 mission team members

The theme for 2018 Missions was driven from 1 Corinthians 13:7-10 
7- Love knows NO LIMITS to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.








Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Physical and spiritual Doctors on the 2016 ACF Missions team.

 
More than 80% of the people who came for our medical missions most likely would not have seen a doctor all year if we weren't there. I say this not to shine light on ACF as an organization and emphasize the work we do but to illustrate the need for accessible healthcare in the rural areas of the world. Many people come just to receive free medicine, a check-up for their family and free food. And yes with how great the need is for medical help we could have set up shop and simply distributed medication to everyone who wanted it, but what makes us more than a humanitarian organization is our desire to primarily introduce people to Christ. This desire is fueled by our personal experiences with Gods love as well as a compassionate heart for the nations. For this reason we designed the medical missions days to be organized so that first patients would get their vitals checked, see the doctors, receive counseling, THEN visit the pharmacy to pick up their medicine. The counsellors played the role of spiritual doctors. Not every sickness that entered the school grounds could be healed by medicine alone and more times than could be counted, prayer was the best treatment. We have pictured here, our counsellors and translators. Amazing men and women of God who listened to, prayed for and encouraged everyone who came to their table. Since we are more than just flesh, it is our responsibility to address more than the flesh and what we see on the surface. We must pay attention to the body, mind AND spirit.
Pastor Emmanuel Ike one the counselors on the ACF 2016 missions team
Rev.Bolu Olowomeye counsels a youth in Totolim-Kumi, Uganda
Rev.Bolu Olowomeye during a counseling session
Brother Emeka Nwosu during a counseling session.


This year, in Uganda, we had six medical doctors and one ophthalmologist. It was so amazing to have them come from different parts of Uganda, the United States and even Spain. They were instrumental not only in diagnosing, but also in catering to the patients they saw on a personal level. It was and is more than just hearing the ailments, writing a prescription and sending them off to the next station. With more than nine hundred people waiting to see the doctors over the span of two days they could have easily succumbed to the pressure of those overwhelming numbers and rushed through the diagnosis' and to a degree we could have called that success but they didn't. Success is more than getting the maximum amount of people during the two days that we are there. Thankfully our team shared that sentiment and the necessary time and attention was given to everyone there. Pictured here are our doctors for this year's mission trip as well as the translators who equally played a role in helping both patients and doctors.
 Dr.Chibuzo in action
 Our ophthalmologist
 Mrs.Grace Bassey in the pharmacy
 Part of he Pharmacy team [Mrs. Ukwuani and Florence]

The team of ACF Missions Doctors and Nurses 

Kelechi Okpa
ACF 2016 missions Team Member

Join us as we share our mission experiences.


We will first thank you for all your financial and prayer support for this year's mission trip. All spectrum of ACF family including children, youths, young adults and adults prayed for the team while we were in Benin Republic and Uganda. The chapters made great sacrifices and held mission banquets to raise money to fund the programs.

I will confess we feltthe impact of all your prayers and that is why we had awesome missionexperiences this year with outstanding victories and testimonies. Your prayersfrustrated all the attacks of the enemy and the team remains eternallygrateful.

The team this year isa special bunch selected by God Himself to accomplish His goal in BeninRepublic and Uganda. More than 30 percent of the team members went on missionswith ACF for the first time. It was exciting and encouraging to have missionveterans and elders from ACF East Region to join this year’s mission trip toAfrica. The team was truly a combination of youth and wisdom of the elderly.






We will be visiting each ACF chapter in the Eastern region in the future, but I am excited to announce to you about the upcoming Re-Union meeting for the 2016 ACF Mission Trip to Africa. The meeting is open to every ACF member, but everyone who went on mission trip this year and in the past are expected to attend.

We stronglyencourage you to attend the re-union meeting if you are planning to go onmission trip with ACF East Region in 2017.

The meeting will holdas follows:

Date: SaturdaySeptember 17, 2016
Time: 10am-3.30pm
Venue: DC ChapterFellowship Center at 6706 Annapolis Road, Hyattsville, MD 20874

Please join us to share in our mission experiences, testimonies from the field,and the planning for the next year's mission trip


Bro Festus Ukwuani
Mission Director, ACFUSA, East Region

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dreams brought to life

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Odwar Lazarus. Remember the past, live in the present and look forward to the future! May your attained medical degree be just the beginning of a lifetime of fulfillment for you.

ACF Child Sponsorship program is well into its second decade of identifying high potential young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and circumstances and affording them the opportunity to realise their dreams. Through this program, we believe that we are indeed developing leaders for a better, stronger Africa. It is a noble and exciting mission.



HOW CAN I HELP?

You can become a Mentor
  • Are you passionate about changing the up-and-coming leadership and future of this country?
  • Are you keen to share some of your time with a high school student?
  • Is there a part of you that would have appreciated some advice or guidance when you were younger, and would like to make that possible for a young person now?
  • Do you have some life and work experience?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you would be ideally suited to become a mentor! Every year, the Child Education Sponsorship Programme (CESP) recruits committed individuals to serve as mentors for our students.

Sponsor a child

You have the opportunity to create Africa’s next lawyer, doctor or scientist by being part of CESP programme. ACF CESP matches each Scholar with an individual or institutional sponsor who makes a commitment to fund his or her education.

Each Scholar’s sponsorship covers:
• Tuition fees
• School uniforms
• Textbooks
• Stationery
• School trips
• Sports equipment and uniforms

Being a sponsor is a deeply rewarding and enriching experience and you can sponsor a child from as low as $50 contribution per month. You may also make a partial contribution over five years towards a child’s education. Please consider sponsoring a child today.

Sponsors receive:
• Semi-annual reports from ACF CESP which include:
– Academic reports on your Scholar
– Letter from your Sponsored child
– Progress reports and feedback

A BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors and projects partners.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Am a missionary......

Hello friends,

This is going to be an amazing month. I'm going to share a quick update and a few reminders. Remember GoFundMe isn't the only way to donate to this missions trip, all donations are tax deductible, and no amount is too little. Since donations can come offline, like last year, I'll reduce the amount shown via Gofundme by the amount received offline 

Thank you all again for all the support and encouragement. Feel free to contact me throughout. 

 am a missionary.  In some way, shape or form I believe anyone can play a role in mission work, whether you are a "goer" or a "sender".

It is my desire to be a goer, and because of that I am raising money for my 2016 missions trip to Uganda from Thursday July 21 to Saturday August 6, 2016. 

The funds raised will go towards airfare, local transportation, meals and accommodation. It will also support ongoing projects in Uganda as well as the materials and programs we take with us.

Although being a missionary overseas or in a different culture is not the calling for everyone, it is something that I want to do. By no means is it easy, but I love  both the joys and hardships of it. I want to love them, if only because they bring me closer to becoming more dependent on Him.

I'm excited to begin again on a journey that started in 2015, knowing that it may be the same country I go to but my experience and the turnout will be vastly different. I can't say how much I am grateful for and appreciate any support shown or donation given. 

I do pray God continues to bless you.