Warren and Mary Faye Moore
The journey which has evolved into this amazing, ever-evolving ministry called Mission Mbale began in the heart of one of the largest slums in East Africa, the Namatala Slum in Mbale, Uganda. It was on this day, July 20, 2013, that Mary Faye and I traveled to this slum with a mission team from “Pennies For Posho”, a non-profit ministry out of Griffin, GA. Pennies For Posho’s mission is to feed over 6000 children through their partnership with 16+ church/school organizations in Eastern Africa.
As we departed the hotel for what we thought would be just another trip to visit one of the many church/school’s that Pennies supports little did we know that God had some seriously different plans for our lives that day. I must say here that although we were a part of this mission trip to share the love of Jesus with the people of Uganda, we also came to visit our youngest daughter who was teaching in one of the schools that Pennies sponsored.
As we look back there is no doubt that God led our daughter to Uganda to draw us to that slum village. By getting us there He could reveal HIS plans to further the work of the members of Ebenezer Baptist Church to the children and families who live in the village surrounding the church. We never saw it coming but God knew all along the plans that He had for us and what unbelievable plans those have turned out to be!
On that day God used two very special young girls, one a four-year old named Patricia who was very sick with malaria, who I later learned would not have survived more than a couple of days had she not received treatment that day from the medical team which traveled with us. The other young girl was named Namwano, a bubbly 8-year old orphan whose smile masked her life. She was living in an abusive home with eight relatives and being cared for by an alcoholic grandmother. These two young girls gripped our hearts during the three and a half hours that we spent in that village that day and God used them to draw our hearts into this journey! God has redefined our lives and the lives of so many who have joined us in the work that God has called us to in Uganda. With each step we understand more clearly the difference between merely going on a mission trip and that of truly being on mission for God.
The past four years have shown beyond imagination just how BIG God really is. He has worked miracle after miracle from the purchase of the land on which the current ministry is located, to the farmland which is being developed into yet another ministry hub. This land is being used to teach agricultural techniques, raise food for the children which are fed daily on the church property, and will soon be the new home for the twenty-six children who have lived in the tent on the church property for the past year and a half. It will also be the future home of Ebenezer Christian School, a boarding/day school which will ultimately be home for 200 + boarding students along with 150+ local students. The school will be mostly for the children from the Namatala Slum who most likely would never have another opportunity for getting an education because of the devastating poverty in which they live.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we continue to follow God’s leadership in this amazing journey. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and we would love to invite you to join us on one of our future trips as we continue being on mission for God.
ALL FOR HIS GLORY!
Mike and Cathy Emeott
God has continued to bless me with the opportunity to see Him at work all over the world. This is no different in the country of Uganda. After Warren and Mary Faye Moore returned from their first trip to Uganda and started telling me what they saw and how they felt God was calling them to a ministry to the people there, I knew in my heart, I had to go see what they were talking about. In March of 2015 I had the privilege to travel with Warren Moore and David Bryant to Mbale, Uganda. What a trip it has been! From the moment I met Pastor Fred and began the journey I knew God had called me to be a part of the Mission Mbale team and help with His ministry to His people.
In July 2016, on my third journey back, I was blessed to take my partner in life, Cathy, with me. What a blessing it is to have been able to walk the streets and see the love of Jesus together. We love the people of Uganda and especially those God has introduced us to. We truly look forward to what God has in the future and continue to be amazed at His blessings!
Matt and Sherri O’Mahoney
When we close our eyes and envision it, we are there–breathing in the dusty air with the fragrance of charcoal burning, hearing the sounds of songs, laughter, and language so foreign yet so familiar, and feeling the squeeze of a dozen little hands all trying hold onto us at once. If you had told us 10 years ago that Mbale, Uganda would feel like our second home, we would have howled with laughter. We never dreamed that God would call us to such an amazing place with such incredible need, we never really thought about Africa. But that is just what He had in mind the day that we met Mary Faye and Warren Moore. Through our friendship and partnership with them, we have now traveled to Uganda multiple times and absolutely love serving with the ministry of Mission Mbale. We sponsor 3 children through the program–Blessing, Ian, and Sharifa–and have the extra special blessing of visiting with them every year. There is nothing quite like the feeling of hugging your sponsor children, seeing them thrive physically and spiritually, and even witnessing and celebrating with them in their baptism. At home in Newnan, GA, we have two amazing kids of our own, Sara and Ryan, who are both anxiously awaiting their first trip to meet their Ugandan family at Ebenezer Baptist Church! We are excited to see what God continues to do through Mission Mbale and through His people in Uganda, and we are so grateful and blessed to be a part of it! To Him be all the glory! Ephesians 3:20-21
Brandon and Tiffany Powers
God’s plan unfolded in a little country church with a young girl over 25 years ago. This girl was raised in a loving family, grounded in Truth and Word, and raised up alongside the Moore Family. Fast forward to 2015; career, marriage, trials and test, this girl sits on the back row of yet another little country church and hears of an opportunity to answer the call laid on her heart all those years earlier. Papa Warren and Mama Mary, which she had lost touch with until now, were the vessels sharing this opportunity. You see, I was that girl! I answered the call that day, began child sponsorship and claimed, I will go! I never dreamed child sponsorship and a single mission trip would change the comfortable life I had settled into. Wow isn’t it amazing to be aware of His presence and plan for our lives. Now, I cannot imagine life without personally knowing my brothers and sisters of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Mbale, Uganda. This family is such a blessing to so many. After 3 trips solo, my husband Brandon has joined me in this mission together, we ache for the place we call home, the sights, the sounds, the smell, but mostly the amazing love and faith exuded by the people of Uganda, it is unlike any we have ever encountered: inspiring, steadfast and resilient! We thank and praise the Father for the plans He has for each of us. Jeremiah 29:11
During 2010 my son Ian turned 20 years old during his year deployment in Afghanistan. It is hard for a momma to give up “control” and know that her son is out of her reach. During this year God grew my faith in realizing that I had to completely submit and turn over control to Him. In this process my desire to be involved in missions grew from a spark to a flame. I wanted to follow Acts 1:8 and began more involvement in local, state, and in-country missions and prayed for an opportunity for an international trip. That opportunity came in 2013 and I traveled to Uganda for the first time with a group from South Georgia. A part of my heart stayed in Uganda with the incredibly strong and resilient people. I continued to pray for another opportunity to return to Uganda and then in 2017 I met Warren Moore, Pastor Fred Mazune and Mama Olive. What a God moment! I have been able to plug in with Mission Mbale and travel to Mbale in 2018 and 2019. Being a part of Mission Mbale has been such a blessing in my life and means that I am involved in international missions even when I’m not on the ground in Uganda. But I want to finish the story about Ian. The greatest blessing is that in the two trips (thus far) to Mbale and on four trips to Haiti that I have taken, Ian has gone as well! We serve an amazing God. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9