Early last year, our Feed The Hungry team met with friends at the Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF) in Kitgum, northern Uganda, where your support feeds over 4,000 children. As we met, the idea was born to hold a large children’s festival with students gathered for two to three days of worship, Bible teaching, practical ministry and recreation.
Partner ministries came on board, like our friends at Feed My Starving Children. Friends from Biblica, the International Bible Society, committed 3,500 New Testaments to be handed out to the students in attendance.
The Reach 4 Life festival was finally held at Christian Community Church in Kitgum in November, 2019.
On Sunday night, children began arriving from communities around Kitgum. Truckloads of children were brought in. By Monday morning, the public schools had heard about the gathering and canceled classes so students could attend.
Music and drama teams from local youth ministries provided worship opportunities, and staff from Feed The Hungry led the children in Bible studies with an emphasis on the value of living a pure life.
When the first session began, more than 4,000 children had gathered in the sanctuary. The energy level was high, with teaching, singing and dancing. Feed The Hungry provided meals for the children during the festival.
Over the course of the event, hundreds of children made commitments to follow Jesus as their Savior.
Pastor Alfred Komagum told the children that they were experiencing something that will change generations to come, and the community would plan for the festival to be an annual event.
Thank you for empowering Feed The Hungry to make the most of moments like these, where hungry children can be fed physically and spiritually in an environment that shows them just how good God really is.