My desire for Marriage God’s Way has been two-fold from the beginning—strengthen marriages and exalt Christ. I’ve seen this prayer answered in different ways. One of the most recent took place on November 9, 2016. I received the following message from Efumbi Vicent, the program director of Hope Initiative Ministries:
We are so much in love with your marriage teachings. In the near future this could turn into big workshops here as we keep sharing and working together on fully establishing our ministry in Kampala. The need for knowledge of Christian marriages is high. We can end up asking for a big number which may not be managed at the moment.
I shared this message with the elders at Woodland Christian Church. They decided to send two boxes (80 books total) to Hope Initiative Ministries. The books were given out as an outreach in HIM’s main centers at Bugiri and Kampala (in eastern Uganda).
I understand the question people will have, so let me answer it now. The books were given to Hope Initiative Ministries (HIM) for free. Woodland Christian mailed them, and I did not receive any money.
Hope Initiative Ministries plan for Marriage God’s Way
Here’s what they shared with me:
- After the launch on December 17th, they formulated sixteen groups of five.
- Groups will meet to discuss the book with close monitoring for three months: January through March, and then April through June.
- Each group is assigned an educated leader. Although everyone can read English, they still benefit from a leader’s guidance.
- At the end of the three months they will organize a workshop lasting two days.
- Finally, each participant is rewarded with a certificate representing their church and Hope Initiative Ministries.
They also have a plan for accountability. Those who receive books sign something like a contract demonstrating their commitment. After the study Hope Initiative Ministries will collect responses from participants to discuss the impact. People will share their marriage experiences and questions, and learn how best to use the learned skills to strengthen their marriage and the marriages of those around them.
Efumbi passed along the following encouraging sentiment to me:
“At the book launch I was so impressed by the way the marrieds embraced this outreach! I have seen many other couples register to be part in the future. This is the very first marriage outreach in this community! God is so good who made us connect for His own glory.”
How can you support Hope Initiative Ministries?
Efumbi told me, “If we can distribute these materials twice per year, it will be a great blessing. We’d like to give out the books in January and June.”
Hope Initiative Ministries is going to need more books in the future. If you’re interested in helping sending them copies, please let me know!