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
Over the past few years Sam Omara, the Director of Uganda Christian Institute has been developing the two campuses, one for the School of Nursing and Midwifery and one for the Schools of Agriculture and Business. Both are now fully approved by the authorities and are growing steadily. Sam is now replacing one of the original buildings at the nursing school with something much larger which will help the futureproof the school and has developed the student accomodation for the Agriculture and Business campus. In the last year they have bought a bus to transport the students between the School and hospital for the practical sessions for the nursing and midwifery courses. He has bought some more land locally so that the Agriculture students can have a good sized area to practise their learning. They now have a small farm attached to the campus with chickens, goats and crops being grown.
Uganda Christian Institute School of Nursing and Midwifery
UCI Agriculture School Farm
Keframa High School
Keframa High School as it was on the old site.
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 Keframa School Build to raise money to build a new purpose designed school with good facilities. The link to the website is here. www.keframaschoolbuild.co.uk
In March 2019 the first phase of the building of the new school was officially opened by the Bishop of Lango. It provides Keframa with Classrooms, Laboratories, Library, Computer Lab and Offices to the proper standard.
Plaque commemorating the opening Classroom, Laboratory and Administration block
Kitchen Latrine block with disabled access
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. As Chaplain to the UK Forces this has included time in Afghanistan, Cyprus and also in Sierra Leone as supporting work to assist with the fight against the Ebola virus. He has few resources provided directly and our donation helps him minister to the troops. He is currently in the UK at Bovington Tank training camp. Simon was an associate minister at Holy Trinity.