Last year we began a new Christmas tradition at Epiphany – giving a gift on behalf of our whole church as part of our Christmas Eve offering. This is an important way for us as a church to share some of God’s great abundance to us with others.
Last year’s Epiphany Gift purchased more than 800 books for students working on learning English just a few hundred yards away from our church over at Coates Elementary School.
This year, we will be working with another school, one of our church’s mission partners, Uganda Christian University (http://ucu.ac.ug/) in Mukono, Uganda, to help 11 of their college students continue their education during the 2017 Spring semester instead of having to pull out of their programs because of a lack of funds. Read the story of one of those students here.
The 11 students that we will be helping and their areas of study are: James (Public Administration), James (Development Studies), Anna (Governance & International Relations), Prossy (Education), Fiona (Business), Abraham (Education), Bathremew (Law), Ivan (Education), Ruth (Education), Esther (Law), and Mary (Law). Paying their outstanding expenses will cost about $5,000.
As we do this, we are not just helping these individuals, but actually investing in the success and growth of the whole country of Uganda by helping it train that nation’s leaders both as professionals in their fields and as committed Christians in their culture.
I am excited about this project and so glad that as part of the worldwide church we can make a difference in the futures of these 11 students. Participating in this year’s Epiphany Gift easy. Simply attend one of our Christmas Eve services and give generously.
The Rev. Peter Frank, Rector at Church of the Epiphany