Change a Nation

As part of the Christ Church Renewed project, we are asking our congregation to support a huge fundraising target to renew our church building. However, the fundraising and project are for far more than just bricks and mortar, and we pray that lives will be changed, communities transformed and God honoured.

We have decided that part of our work in honouring God and transforming communities should be outside of our local community and we are excited to announce that, as a Church, we have chosen to support the ‘Change A Nation’ campaign.

What is Change A Nation?
Change a Nation is a partnership between Tearfund and New Wine, working together to see the local church rise up and a nation changed. Poverty tricks people into thinking they have nothing and leaves them feeling worthless. But God tells us that we’re full of potential and blessed with gifts and resources. Tearfund has learnt that the problems associated with poverty are best solved when local communities take the lead and lift themselves out of poverty. So, by supporting churches in a region in Uganda, we can equip them to lead their community out of extreme poverty - changing the nation of Uganda one person at a time.

 



Why Uganda?

In Uganda, of every 1000 babies born, 64 will die before they're five years old. More than 1 million children have been orphaned as a result of AIDS, just 21 per cent of girls and 22 per cent of boys have the opportunity to go to secondary school, and more than 50 per cent of the population don't have access to clean toilets.

Local churches are already working across Uganda, through the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) church denomination, bringing about incredible transformation in people’s lives. Change A Nation believes that by supporting more and more churches across Uganda, to unlock the potential within the people in their community, we can see the whole nation changed.


Through our financial donation, we help to fund a method called Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP) that trains volunteers, known as ‘disciples’, to be able to lead their local church and community through a set of Bible studies. These studies in turn help to teach people that God has provided everyone with the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. This means that rather than relying on financial aid, the community learns to support itself.

How do we help?

The amazing thing about Change A Nation is that we can support local Ugandan churches by enabling and empowering them to help themselves as they study the Bible together. Christ Church is partnering with local churches in the district of Jinja, located on the northern bank of Lake Victoria and east of Kampala, the nation’s capital.

This process is:

  • COMMUNITY-LED - the community we support decide what needs doing, when and how
  • PARTICIPATIVE - everyone there takes part and contributes

  • SUSTAINABLE - the community make it happen and pay for it without external aid

  • TRANSFORMATIVE - it changes people from the inside out

  • NOT RUSHED - the process can take a few years so change isn’t instant but is built on firm foundations

"No handouts or dependency, but renewed minds, dignity and delight. This is local churches changing nations."

Nadine Parkinson, Tearfund

Does it work?

To date, the Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP) has already had the following effects in Ugandan communities:

  • 40% drop in childhood diarrhoea

  • 50% increase in crop diversity

  • 50% drop in households going to bed hungry

  • 30% increase in hope for the future

  • 30% increase in women speaking in community meetings

So what next?

  1. Christ Church has committed £40,000 over 5 years towards supporting Tearfund and the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) to implement the Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP) amongst the communities of Jinja.

  2. Please pray for this project, for the organisations involved, for those be trained and of course for the churches and communities who ultimately we aim to support.

  3. We will receive regular updates and news from Tearfund on the progress of our partner’s work and specific things to pray for. This will be uploaded to our website and announced periodically in our Sunday services.

  4. There will be opportunities for representatives of Christ Church to visit our partner churches in Jinja, Uganda, to learn more about their work, the issues they are tackling and bring that news back to our congregation.

  5. There could even be future opportunities for visitors to offer skills and expertise to our partner communities, such as professional skills in finance, IT or management, or in ministry.

More information

For more information please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or speak to a member of Christ Church’s leadership team.

We are Christians passionate about ending poverty. We're following Jesus where need is greatest, working through local churches to unlock people's potential and helping to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves.

Tearfund

FAQS

  • Who are Tearfund? Tearfund is a UK Christian relief and development agency which works in over 50 countries. It is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). Tearfund supports poor communities, marginalised groups, vulnerable adults, children, churches, education, HIV victims, conflicts, injustice, hunger, water and sanitation. For more information visit their website.

  • Who are new Wine? New Wine is a movement of churches working together to change the nation through a network of church leaders, National Gatherings, training events and resources. or more information visit their website

  • Who are the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG)? PAG are a Christian denomination in Uganda that are working with communities to spread the word of God and helping to reduce poverty in communities throughout Uganda.

  • What is the Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP)? For more information on PEP, take a look at the explanation on Tearfund’s website.

  • How do we know how our financial donation is spent? We have signed an agreement with Tearfund who are responsible for the financial accounting of our donation, its correct use and monitoring the project. As a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) they are well respected and experienced agency.

  • When will people be able to visit Jinja and who can go? Once the project is underway we will seek advice from Tearfund about the best time for the first visit. Once we have that and know more about what a visit will entail, we can consider who from Christ Church should visit. However, it is our aim that a visiting group is a good representation of our congregation's dynamics.

  • How long have we committed for? We have currently committed to support this project for an initial 5 years, ending in Summer 2020. Closer to that date we can decide as a Church to continue with further funding and support or not.

  • How is our financial donation spent? We have committed £40,000 over the next 5 years, so £8,000 a year. We have provided a detailed breakdown of how this money is to be spent and it covers: the training of Ugandan church leaders, pastors, community volunteers, resource teams; support to the cost of exchange visits; the costs of monitoring and evaluating the project; publicity; local administration and staff costs; and 1% goes to UK support costs in Tearfund.