Because of the persistent encouragement, dreams, and influence of the Holy Spirit Bishop Pastor Bita [Jimmy] became convinced that the Lord was calling him to Pastor the Church in Lusenke. He was convinced that the hard working, dedicated Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ, Lusenke Kyunga, Uganda deserved his attention, leadership and teaching. With that in spirit and mind, preparation began for that work.
Housing for Jimmy and his family became an issue. It was difficult to locate a rental house within reasonable commuting distance from the Church community. After consulting with the Elders of the Church, it was decided to utilize a space behind the Church-house to build a Parsonage for Jimmy and family to live while N.T.F.I. raises funds to purchase a property in close proximity so that Jimmy can build a small home for himself and family. So, in typical [African style] the work began.
Vertical poles are set
Framing begins at the rear of the Church-house
ready for roofing of sitting room
Pastor Jimmy-----moving along-------no problems with Building Permits in the village
sitting room roof installed and framing complete for the second room
framing complete for three room "L" shaped structure
finishing the roof nailing-------the end of the Church-house structure in the background will be plastered with cement to prevent erosion from torrential rains
---------and now it's time to return to Entebbe to tie up loose ends before re-locating in Lusenke. Work will go on in Jimmy's absence while the Elders daub the walls with mud. The mud will dry and cure over two weeks time then a final layer of mud mixed with dung will finalize the job-----eh eh----no mistake, I did say "Mud mixed with Dung". It has worked for thousands of years.
In Entebbe, Pastor Jimmy ties up loose ends, paying his house rent and other obligations forward and overseeing his small brick making business which provides a source of income for the family. His bricks are very popular because they are interlocking soil bricks [much like legos] which need no mortar between the rows of bricks. Jimmy's bricks also need no kiln firing which is a major contributor to deforestation in Africa.
Notice the scaffolding on the large building in the background-----poles, sticks, all nailed together. Such is the lack of safety and concern for the Ugandan laborer------a very dangerous work-site.
Two thousand interlocking soil bricks
This crew makes 300 to 400 quality interlocking bricks per day.
There are only a handful of these Makiga brick-making machines in Uganda, making Jimmy's product unique, practical and desirable. It also reduces the cost of construction by 40% because of the the reduction in use of costly cement. Jimmy is self supporting through his varied skills. He never asks for support in the ministry. He is commited to abundant GIVING in the poor village Churches of Uganda. He has sacrificed a more comfortable lifestyle in the city of Entebbe to serve his people fully in the village of Lusenke Kyunga Eastern Uganda. He truly seeks the superior riches of the Kingdom of Christ.
Back on the job in Lusenke
Back on the job in Lusenke, the temporary living quarter for Pastor Jimmy and family is nearing completion------in African style. This Church-house and living quarter is 25 miles from electricity, running water, and reliable phone signal. It is very remote but lauded as a true miracle that a Preacher from Entebbe would move his work and family to such a remote place to minister to these poor people------without salary and never seeking recompense from God's people.
Entry into sitting room, daubing in progress
sitting room awaiting finishing daubing
Third room in "L" shaped structure awaiting final daubing.
Solar powered electricity will be added to the Church-house and parsonage. See "needs" page.
Entry to humble new abode for Bishop Pastor Jimmy and family. Still constructing windows and fitting generator powered electricity into the quarter. Son Burcham James standing in the door way.
Burcham is the twin brother to sibling sister Dorothy. Life is never dull with Burcham and Dorothy at hand. Please pray for these children.
Bita family standing in front of Pastor's quarter just after they have moved in.
This humble Bishop has moved his family and trade from the second largest city in Uganda to this small remote village where the Lord has called him to Pastor and teach. His wife Regina will open a preschool in February of this year 2015. Already she has about fifty students. The school will be housed inside the Church-house. We are looking to purchase an adjacent plot for a playground.
PROGRESS REPORT----LUSENKE KAYUNGA
New offices for Bishop Pastor Bita and School Principal Regina Bita
After relocating the latrine further away from the parsonage, Jimmy hauls out his Makiga brick maker [donated by donors from Georgia and North Carolina U.S.A.] and begins to build offices for himself and wife Regina. This machine compresses a mixture of native soil and 10 % cement to make bricks that stack much like legos. These bricks are economical because the builder needs NO MORTAR between the layers. It is also an ecological miracle in that it cures to a rock-hard building block without being fired in a kiln like traditional bricks. This means that no trees have to be cut down to make fire wood to fire the bricks contributing to the effort against deforestation in East Africa. Jimmy and team can press over 300 bricks per day-----one at a time.