In the heat of the day, a group of 30 construction workers at The Amazima School volunteer their lunch hour to learn more about baptism. With their hard helmets and dusty work clothes on, they gather with open hearts under the unfinished structure of the new chapel. Soon, this same group of men and women will be baptized in the Nile River as a public proclamation of their faith in Jesus.
This is a small glimpse into the way God is moving on The Amazima School campus, even throughout the Phase II construction site where 23 men and women have committed their lives to Jesus over the last three months.
Phase II of The Amazima School is being completed by Engineering Ministries International (EMI), a non-profit Christian development organization made up of architects, engineers and design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope.
Your generosity has allowed EMI and Amazima to work together to oversee not only the employment and management of 160 local construction workers, but also their discipleship.
The Amazima School chapel, set to complete in November, is one of a few buildings included in Phase II. Just up the hill are the new speciality classrooms, which include a science lab, music room, and art room.
“Every space, every brick, every angle has been designed purposefully for what we are doing for our mission for these kids. Our students are learning to think critically… not what to think, but how to think. True wisdom is the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to whatever situation they’re in as God would apply it. The buildings are certainly not an end but a means to the kids getting the tools that they need to have knowledge, understanding, and wisdom,” Mark Guthrie, Amazima’s Country Director and Headmaster at The Amazima School, shares.
And so while we look forward to the completion of Phase II, we’re grateful we can point students, staff, and construction workers to a hope that rests in something much greater than buildings. Hope in Jesus.
Thanks for joining us on our mission to live out the love of Jesus in Uganda and for giving young men like William, a young construction worker, the courage to dare to hope for a better future as he helps build Phase II.
“I joined this project at the beginning of Phase II. The way I see these structures designed and how they are being built tells me the sky’s the limit,” William, shares with a smile on his face.