Getting there, however, is no easy feat.Â Located over 40 miles south of Kampala, the only way Fr. Christopher can get to mainland where banks, post offices, email access, super markets, fuel, good schools and hospitals are located is taking a 4 to 6 hour dangerous boat ride. Every year over 100 people die in boat accidents on Lake Victoria. Every trip costs the parish $126 (24 gallons of gas and 12 gallons of oil). The mission has to take around four trips a month, which comes to $504. Unfortunately, the parish boat and engine are old and are dangerous to use.Â A new engine will cost $3,000 which the mission doesnâ€™t have.
Despite many difficulties, the parish continues to grow.Â Sometimes whole families convert, sometimes individuals.Â All of them need help.
Although there are many needs, Fr. Christopher considers education as the most urgent, as it allows people to understand their faith.
Contrary to most of the Ugandan population who think that women do not need education, Fr. Christopher believes that it is especially important to educate girls.Â â€śWe need to collectively fight this way of thinking if we are to expect developed societyâ€ť. Â
Here is the complete list of the missionâ€™s needs
- Church supplies
- Church building fund
In 2009 FFA raised over $22,000 to the Uganda mission.
â€śI feel so blessed that we have Godâ€™s people coming for us at all times, I thank everybody for all the love not only to us sinners but to our Holy faith,â€ť wrote Fr. Christopher.
We ask you to support Fr. Christopher Walusimbi and the ROCOR mission in Uganda!Donations by Check
Please make the check out to the Fund for Assistance to ROCOR/Uganda and be sure to include your return address so we can send you a receipt for your records. Â
Please send the contribution to:
The Fund for Assistance to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
75 E 93 St
New York, NY