God Gave Us Not a Spirit of Fear
"God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
2 Timothy 1:7
Rewarding clients in the rehabilitation program with incremental incentives as they meet their targets of sobriety and faithful attendance has been very effective. Our goal is that they know Jesus as their personal Savior, obtain sobriety and hopefully place them in a situation of economic empowerment. Idleness and depression are common triggers for continuous cycles of poverty and addiction, so we believe after they’ve put in the work, it’s important to help lift them in small income generating opportunities.
After we have witnessed spiritual transformation in their lives, faithful attendance in the program, and achieving six months of sobriety, the clients work with us to form small budgets of around $50 to begin small businesses. It’s not a lot of money but that small amount can be the beginning to big change.
This month there were six clients who reached this goal. Margret will be going around the community selling fruit. Robert will sell coffee and perhaps mandazis. John is updating is driver’s license requirements to drive public transport again. Selma will be selling juice and coffee. Nyambura will be selling clothing that she knits. Tony will be selling clothing as well.
It is an effective measure and we hope to do even more for clients after a year of progressing well through the program. This is all possible with your faithful support. If you would like to help economically empower these clients, kindly designate your gifts to the rehabilitation program. Please feel free to email with any questions you may have.
As you probably know, Kenya is one of the many nations impacted by the Covid-19 virus: schools have closed, large gatherings banned, social distancing encouraged and the many other guidelines most everyone now face together. During this season it is vital for the Church to draw near to God and press into His promises. From the perspective of the world, the current circumstances may seem grim and hopeless. From the perspective of a Christian, we know that God is still on the throne and His mercy remains forever present.
The leadership of Uzima Outreach, along with all the staff, have decided to pray throughout the week with Sunday, March 29th being the final unified prayer. We ask that you join us in these prayers. Pray that many turn to Jesus at this time. Pray for unity and peace within the body of Christ. Pray for wisdom for those in leadership and the important decisions needing to be made. Pray for the many sick and grieving around the world. Pray for medical professionals. And pray we do not waiver from the cause to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, Amen.
Steve Turner President, Uzima Outreach U.S.