Back in 2007 when Aggie first formed the Aggie’s Arts group, only 2 out of 17 ladies were believers. “Now,” Aggie says, “they go out into their community every Tuesday, reaching out & sharing the Good News. It excites me that the women are so willing to do it & that they’re reaching out to their own neighbors & friends! This community has a lot of issues so they want to help. They’ve seen the changes Christ has brought in their own lives – they want others to also experience that change.”
Kampala’s slums are not an especially easy place to live. Talk about stress! Year-after-year of trying to scrape together a living can (and sometimes does) literally crush the soul. Where do you turn, especially when surrounded by others in the same situation? Some take matters into their own hands & turn to open crime as a career. Many succumb to a lesser but more pervasive crime: dealing dishonestly in their day-to-day lives. Some turn to alcohol and irresponsibility – especially men. Women are often beaten terribly. There end up being a lot (a majority, actually) of single mothers struggling to meet the most basic needs of their families in a system that offers zero help and virtually zero recourse to the law. Where do you turn for help? Some, like the Aggie’s Arts ladies – turn and cry out to God.
For the past eight years the ladies have been meeting as a house church every Thursday. Aggie facilitates, helping them how to understand & teach the Bible in a simple way: “S.O.T” (What does it Say? What is there to Obey? What is there to Tell others?). A different lady leads each week. They all discuss together, worship together, share their lives and pray for each other. Others from the community are joining in – the ones who have come to Christ recently, and also friends & neighbors who aren’t Christian. This week 2 people turned their lives over to Jesus during the house church meeting. One of them said “Since coming here I’ve heard things I’ve never heard! I can now read the Bible and understand it…just because of those three letters (“S.O.T).” She had been part of a church but there are many here with false teachings (e.g. “Give me money to pray for you so you can get a blessing. The more you give, the better the prayer I’ll pray”).
“I love the unity the group has,” Aggie says, “If one has a problem, they all come together & work out what they can do to solve that problem. The strong support the weak. I have seen big changes in their lives through Aggie’s Arts. For example, years ago, one lady used to come drunk – I could smell it on her breath. Now she’s the smartest! God has transformed her life and she wants that for others in her community!”