Special guests Pastors Peter and Phoebe Sozi, founders of Divine Care Ministries are coming to share about their work in Kampala, Uganda.
Divine Care Ministry began in the late 1990's as a committee within Christian Life Church in Kampala, Uganda. Christian Life Church is a large indigenous church in a poor region of Kampala. Peter was serving as one of the pastors at Christian Life Church and was also working at a post office to support his family and church. The committee of Divine Care Ministry was charged by the leadership within the church to care for the sick, the widows and the orphans. At this time the HIV incidence in the population of Uganda was 28%. There were many deaths of working-age people which lead to many orphans and widows. Phoebe Sozi was asked to chair the Divine Care Ministry committee and although the task was overwhelming, she willingly accepted the challenge.
In November of 2000, Dr. Rick Rogers first visited Uganda and met Phoebe Sozi and her husband, Peter. Peter and Phoebe's heart of compassion and their willingness to be used by God was very evident to Dr. Rogers. When he returned to the USA, he shared their story and rallied others to help with the challenges that Divine Care Ministry was facing. At the time of the first visit, Divine Care Ministry was helping twenty-two orphans. Sponsors for those orphans were recruited, which provided the funds for the committee to help others.
Since then, the ministry has since acquired a primary school, medical clinic, and a dental clinic. By 2013, they have helped close to 1,500 children. Many have finished the university level of education and some even work in the ministry as staff. The university graduates have formed an organization open to all former beneficiaries of Divine Care Ministry and this organization is dedicated to assisting the organization in the future. Their slogan is "Together we make a difference" and they are seeing the fruit of their commitment.
As children and communities have been helped, opportunities have developed to plant churches. Churches are thriving at both schools as well as on the farm. They have also been able to assist neighboring churches as well. The witness of loving the children and adults in need has advanced the kingdom of God in many ways. Since 2011, their staff has reached out to tribes in the northern part of Uganda where the gospel has seldom been heard and never successfully established. Thousands have responded to God's call and under the guidance of Peter Sozi, leaders are being trained in these remote regions.