On Friday, June 18th, President Yoweri Museveni announced that Uganda would be going into a new 42-day full lockdown. During this new lockdown, vehicular travel of any kind is prohibited. Only essential workers or those in need of medical care are exempted from this travel ban. In addition to all the closures announced in the earlier lockdown, President Museveni set a new 7:00 p.m. curfew for all Ugandans and mandated that all shops must now close.
These new restrictions coupled with rising COVID-19 infections only add to the increasing hardships the people in Uganda are currently facing. ROWAN is committed to doing all we can to ensure that our widows and orphans have the food they need during this lockdown. Our Ugandan team is currently working to procure the needed food supplies and distribute them to our ROWAN communities. This has been no easy task however as police have been stationed on every corner of the villages to prevent people from leaving their homes.
Pastor Paul refused to be deterred though. He said, “I will not give up, tomorrow I will try another person. Pray with me. I cannot sit back and watch my people suffer.” ROWAN posted Pastor Paul’s plea for prayer on our social media accounts and we know that many of you joined us in prayer for our Ugandan family. How do we know this? We know because we had a miracle occur. Yesterday afternoon we received this message from Pastor Paul, ” This is so, so, so good. Our God is so exciting. He is so good. He answers our prayers. Do you know what? The man I talked to, he has been able to order the district officials who are in charge of the lockdown operations to allow me to buy the food and distribute it to the people.” What a tremendous blessing! Thank you for the prayers you sent for softened hearts and help for Pastor Paul.
Please keep praying for our ROWAN family and for all Ugandans. If you can, please consider making a donation to our Food to Families campaign. All proceeds from this campaign go directly toward the purchase of much-need food supplies for our widows and orphans. We are so grateful for each of you who stands with ROWAN in prayer, support, and love.