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International Partnerships, continued: Maine 2 Mityana Mission

By the Rev. Chuck and Beth Bradshaw

The Bradshaws at Bishop Tucker Theological College (now part of Uganda Christian University) in Mukono, with Isaac, one of the young priests, a recent UCU graduate

The Bradshaws at Bishop Tucker Theological College (now part of Uganda Christian University) in Mukono, with Isaac, one of the young priests, a recent UCU graduate

“What’s the use?  Isn’t Africa a bottomless pit of need?”  By some measures, Uganda doesn’t seem to have come very far since independence 50 years ago.  But the Church of Uganda is leading the way in addressing the spiritual, educational, economic, and medical needs of Uganda’s growing population.

The Bishop of Mityana has invited the two of us to help him prepare a generation of Christian leaders to serve the growing Church of Uganda and build a better country.  Mityana is a market town in a rural district 50 miles west northwest of Kampala.  One and a half million people live within the Diocese, mostly subsistence farmers.  The work of lay readers, catechists, and evangelists in the 512 congregations is overseen by 85 priests.  Four hundred fifty of these congregations have schools attached.  Some also operate clinics.

The Diocese of Mityana operates the Bishop Lutaaya Theological College and Vocational Center.  The College currently trains men and women for ordained and lay leadership for the church.  It offers programs in counseling and training in child care.  The Bishop intends to expand course offerings to include entrepreneurship, building trades, and farming techniques.

Chuck will become the Principal of the College, teach Scripture and pastoral theology, provide direction for the expansion of the curriculum, counsel students, and establish international partnerships.  Beth will head the Music Department, help Chuck with the administration of the College, and teach English.

Why send people to teach theology, the Bible, and music, when the real need is for engineers, MBAs, doctors, and human rights lawyers?”  The Bishop of Mityana is convinced that the crises facing Uganda have theological roots.  Government corruption, poverty, disease, clean water, and sanitation must be understood as theological issues.  The encounter between Christianity and Islam, and the advance of secularism, are theological issues.

This mission is a partnership of the Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove; the Diocese of Mityana; the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS); and us (the Bradshaws).

How can interested congregations or individuals support our mission to Uganda?

  1. Pray. Sign up to receive monthly updates and prayer requests.  Let us pray for you.
  2. Invite us to talk to your congregation about the mission.
  3. Prayerfully consider making a 3-year pledge, as part of your personal stewardship.  (Pleas see our contact information below.)

With God’s help we will depart for Uganda sometime in September.  During our 3 years in Mityana, let us know you’re reading our emails (or letters) and praying for us; and at some point join us in Mityana for a short-term mission

We are grateful for the Bishop Lane’s endorsement and for the Maine congregations that have invited us to make deputation visits.  We thank God that at this point we have raised half of the necessary financial support, in donations and pledges.  We are praying that the pace of the fund-raising will accelerate. Please seek God’s guidance about whether he is calling you to partner with us in this endeavor.

For more information, contact us: beth.bradshaw4@gmail.com or phone (207) 288-4129.  View our page on the website of the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS-USA): samsusa.org/users/chuck-and-beth-bradshaw

The Rev. Chuck Bradshaw served as rector of Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove, from 1999 to 2012.

2 Comments

2 responses to “International Partnerships, continued: Maine 2 Mityana Mission”

  1. Jack Fles says:

    Chuck and Beth,

    What a bold and wonderful venture you are undertaking, to a foreign and vastly different continent. I like the bishop’s comments that problems of Uganda are based in theological and spiritual matters. Keep me on your mailing list, and we will provide some monthly financial support. I very much enjoyed our years together serving in Maine. Best wishes for safety, good health, and productive and fulfilling years.

    Best, Jack Fles
    jack.fles6@gmail.com

  2. Chuck Bradshaw says:

    Jack! Good to hear from you! Thank you for your encouraging words.

    Pax, Chuck

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