Through Church Mission Society we support our link mission partners Tim and Miranda. For more details please look at the notice board in church or speak to Ian or Shelagh Baird-Smith, Mission Co-ordinators
We also support the connections made by Ian and Shelagh Baird-Smith, members of our congregation who are also CMS Mission Associates and spent over two years in Lira, Northern Uganda helping with the running of Uganda Christian Institute for Professional Development providing education opportunities for disadvantaged students in a range of subjects from business administration to nursing. They also helped with Keframa High School, a secondary school for extremely poor or orphaned children. Both of these organisations aim to give poor young people an opportunity for education with a Christian ethos. Since their return Ian and Shelagh have set up a pupil sponsorship scheme. Information below. There is also a newsletter available giving news of their recent visit back to Lira, see below.
Shelagh and Ian Baird-Smith
Here is a message Sam sent to the members of the church for the Lira Mission Sunday, 14th June 2015
Message for Holy Trinity Church from Sam Omara. Sunday 14th June 2015
"To the friends at Holy Trinity Church on behalf of Uganda Christian Institute for Professional Development and Sam Omara. I greet you in the Name of Jesus Christ. I hope you are still fine, we are fine. Love and gratitude is what I feel writing this message, I am very happy that you love us too.
It is a shame that this message does not paint a true picture of how much your love and support has empowered the people of Uganda and how much you are treasured. It is also regrettable that the most fortunate (the souls and lives you have indirectly reached) may never see you, the most deserving of recognition and approval.
On my behalf and the people of Uganda whose lives and souls you have continued to touch through UCIPD I want to say thank you! You have been a great blessing to us and the entire war affected community of N and E Uganda. We owe you so much and thank God and pray that he continues to bless you abundantly.
Thank you very much for your support for UCIPD, the prayer and support gives us the strength to continue with the vision to transform the community of N Uganda by providing holistic, professional and Christian training in Management, Agriculture, nursing and Midwifery among others. Many lives are being transformed, communities being served and hope being restored as a result of your support. Without you we would have failed. It was because of your prayers and support that His Excellency Yoweri Museveni (President of Uganda) accepted to officially commission UCI School of Nursing and Midwifery on 19th February 2015. HE was very impressed with what he saw, thank you for your prayers and generosity.
Your support was very crucial to us because we achieved so much, we held our 2nd graduation on 24th April 2015. Papa Ian and Mama Shelagh "the students you guided, led in community worship and led in class" were the graduates who left UCIPD with their heads held high with various Diplomas and Certificates, ready to walk in the Lord and serve the world.
All members of HTC is the reason we are able to serve and minister to the community. You are our family and we are thankful to God for giving us such a loving family.
We know we still have a lot to do, much prayers, sacrifice, efforts, skill and time are required. As we do our best we hope you will continue to pray and support us as you have done. I want to leave you with a message from Galations 6:8-10.
Thank you again, and may God bless you, your son and brother in Christ, Sam Omara, Executive Director Uganda Christian Institute for Professional Development."
Uganda Christian Institute School of Nursing and Midwifery
Keframa High School
Keframa High School is a secondary school set up by two brothers near Lira and Sam is a director there. Friends of Holy Trinity have set up a fundraising group in Association with Fields of Life, a UK Charity which has so far built around 80 schools in Uganda and have undertaken to build a new school for Keframa. There is a website for the project which has a lot more information. www.keframaschoolbuild.co.uk
We have a fund (Holy Trinity Mission Fund) which is used to support members of the church who want to take part in mission opportunities. It is also the route through which we can support mission organisations. If anyone wants to apply for support from the Mission Fund, then contact the Mission Committee or directly to Ian Baird-Smith. This is also used for donations to one-off appeals and similar worthwhile causes.
We support the work of Maj Simon Farmer, Chaplain to HM Forces, with the offering on Remembrance Sunday for him to be enabled to provide resources for the soldiers he ministers to wherever he may be. This has included time in Afghanistan, Cyprus and Sierra Leone as Chaplain to the UK Forces supporting work to assist with the fight against the Ebola virus. Simon was an associate minister at Holy Trinity.