September 18, 2014

Our New Look

For years we have used a hand to symbolize Amazima and all that we do around the world. Over time, our ministry has grown and evolved in many ways. While our mission to see the love of Christ lived out in Uganda has remained the same, our programs and outreaches are much larger and much more intentional than when we first began.

Because our work has evolved, we felt it was time for the colors, symbols, and designs that represent us to evolve as well. Our DNA is woven throughout our new look, and we believe this will serve to better connect those who support and enable our work to our team on the ground in Uganda. We now have a clear identity and we hope it leads you to a greater understanding of the work God allows us to do around the world.

That being said, we’d like to invite you to see our new visual identity and what it represents. 

Read more about our logo and make yourself at home on our new website

September 15, 2014

Fishers of Men

As the sun creeps up the sky and scatters its energy-filled light across the Nile River, running into the great Lake Victoria, fishermen begin to throw their nets wide over the waters. They fight with the nets in their lap and then, without warning, throw their arms in the air as the net reaches out towards the furthest ends of the lake.

They wait.

 They then pull and tug and twist, reeling in their precious catch.  Relief fills their beings because these are the fish that will provide sustenance for their families, their villages, and their community.

This picture is striking in light of Jesus’s words written so boldly across the pages of John.

“Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Aren’t we all striving to do what these fishermen are doing right in front of us? Shouldn't we be?

We set our eyes upon those we have been called towards and we wait, hoping to wrap them in God’s net of inescapable, all entangling love. Hoping to reel them into our boat of Christ’s community.  Hoping that they, too, will provide spiritual sustenance for their families, their villages, and their communities.

Wherever you are in the world, we hope you hear Christ's beckoning to join Him on this journey of becoming fishers of men. His love is too wonderful to keep to ourselves.

Thank you for your prayers and support! We couldn't do what we do without you.

September 8, 2014

The Little Things Aren't So Little

It’s that time of the year. As of Saturday, over 700 children in our Education Sponsorship Outreach have all the school supplies they’ll need for their third and final term of the school year. Our staff in Uganda purchases and organizes the school supplies, then spends a couple of days passing everything out.

This past Friday, all of the secondary students received their school supplies, which includes basics like pens, pencils and notebooks. They also receive items like shoe polish, shavers and ledger books since they’ll be away from home at secondary school (boarding school). On Saturday, primary students received their supplies. These primary school supplies are limited to pens, pencils, and other stationary supplies since primary students attend day schools and live at home.

We enjoy this time of the year so much because the children come back from their break eager to finish the academic school year strong. While on holiday, they spend a lot of time with their mentors learning life skills and biblical teachings. Our staff loves knowing that the children will put what they’ve been learning with their mentors into practice at school.

We don’t take for granted the seemingly small act of passing out school supplies. We know we’re not just passing out paper and pencils; we’re passing out tools that will aid in giving them an education and a future.

As always, thank you for joining us on this journey!

September 4, 2014

Meet Joan

Joan is 6 years old and the youngest in her family, but she already takes her future seriously. We know this because she pays attention to the smallest of details. Misplacing her school uniform is a big deal in Joan's world! She is disciplined and outgoing, and we know that someday she will make the best teacher, which is what she dreams of becoming. 

Thank you to the Amazima sponsors who have joined hands with us to educate and empower Joan. We can't wait to see Joan reach her dreams! 

Can you feel the love in this video? We sure can! 

August 25, 2014

Meet the Hutchesons!

    Amazima is thrilled to announce its newest Western staff family- The Hutchesons!

     John Mark and Karen, along with their four beautiful children, LemLem, Isaac, Kashiku and Kaleb (pictured left to right) have officially joined the in-country Amazima team!  We are so excited that they are with us and would love to share a little of their story with you.

  John Mark has a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has over a decade of experience within the ministry as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and church planter. He has been involved in mission work in various places in the United states as well as international mission work in Brazil and India. John Mark has multiple years of experience teaching students and teenagers in a Classical Christian Academic setting. 

     Dr. Karen has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She has over a decade of professional experience working with children and families.  She has a wide range of experience in areas of child development, relationship-based traumas, and adoption psychological services, including psychological evaluation. Karen also provides clinical consultation and training in orphan care settings domestically and internationally.  

     John Mark and Karen felt called to mission work during their teenage years and have always known that they would not live in America their entire lives.  Karen became involved in working with undeserved populations, foster care, and adoption related clinical work during her graduate studies. They have always been open to international missions. They state that Uganda was a great fit for their experience and skill set.

     "We are both excited about the mission and vision of Amazima. We are humbled to be a part of the ministry and look forward to contributing and sharing our knowledge and expertise in training and equipping Ugandan staff."

     John Mark states that he is looking forward to learning the language and culture. He is also looking forward to teaching, training, and discipling staff members through cultivating genuine, deep relationships and seeing the Gospel at work in people's lives. 

     Karen is looking forward to helping to implement much needed psychosocial care to children and families.

     "I am looking forward to helping form an identity in all of our Amazima children that is firmly grounded  in the amazingly wonderful grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ."

     We are beyond thrilled to work alongside this amazing family and have already been so blessed by their vast amount of experience, education, and talents.  Please keep their family in your prayers as they transition into a new culture and seek to spread Christ's love alongside us here in Uganda!

August 22, 2014

Simon Update: He's Going Home!

What a hard, yet miraculous, journey it’s been for Simon! While the story isn’t over yet, we have come to the end of a chapter, and this ending wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and prayers of many.

A few months ago, we announced to you that Simon was in the United States undergoing multiple procedures at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. These procedures have gone well. In fact, they’ve gone so well that Simon and Anna, his mother, will be traveling back to Uganda earlier than expected.

For some time, Simon wasn’t able to eat any solid foods. He let us know that once he was able to swallow again, he would like to, “eat a whole cow.”

Well, we haven’t been able to give him a cow, but rumor has it that he did eat five hot dogs for lunch one day.

Simon and Anna head home next week and, if all goes well, he will continue to eat solid foods! Please pray for their trip, for continued health and restoration, and for an easy transition.

Thank you ALL for your support. Thank you to Simon’s doctors in the United States and in Uganda. Thank you to our amazing team. Thank you to Simon’s gracious and loving mother, Anna. Thank you, God, for your faithfulness, provision, love, and power!


If you haven’t been following Simon’s journey with Amazima Ministries, we encourage you to read former posts on our blog and Facebook page:

June 27, 2013 →
July 8, 2013 →
December 8, 2013 →
July 23, 2014 →

August 11, 2014

Singing in Masese

As all the children begin trickling into the clearing where Masese school is located, you can see them carrying plates, cups, bowls, eagerly awaiting their heaping bowl of beans and posho to be served piping hot from the kitchen.

There are many children who come and they can spend hours around this area waiting for, what is for some of them, their only meal of the day.

Exciting things are happening in Masese which we are just itching to tell all about!  More on that will be coming soon, but for now, please take a minute to watch these sweet faces and say a prayer for them today!