Bridges Uganda initiative builds wall, connects scouts and sends first interns


By Will zant
More than a year after launching the Bridge to Uganda, the North Georgia Conference’s long term mission initiative, we are excited to say that God has truly blessed us. 
This winter, eight scouts and four scout leaders from Boy Scout Group 370 of St. James UMC in Atlanta, traveled to Uganda. 
Their first stop was at the scouting headquarters in Kampala, Uganda. This trip proved fruitful as the scouts learned of ways they can facilitate a partnership between the UMC churches in Uganda and the scouting movement. 
Troup 370 then camped for three nights with the scouts at Humble School in Mukono. The scout groups worked together to repair a latrine in the home of a local resident. This project made national news in Uganda. Both groups then travelled on a safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park for two days and nights before saying goodbye.
This summer, St. James is sponsoring Uganda scouts to visit the USA. They would like to make the scouting program at Humble School even stronger to show how scouting can be an important means of evangelism. 
We are also delighted to report that in March of 2011 our Uganda brothers and sisters completed construction on a security wall around the perimeter of Humble United Methodist School. This wall provides safety to over 200 vulnerable children. 
This wall was made possible through the fundraising efforts of United Methodist Churches across North Georgia
Bishop Daniel Wandabula of East Africa informed our Bridges Team that a security wall protects some of the most vulnerable children in the world. The students at Humble School have lived in warn-torn regions like the Sudan, Congo and Northern Uganda, where violence is often the norm. 
In our most recent step, we have initiated a summer intern program for college students to Uganda. Through the United Methodist Volunteers in Missions program, the North Georgia Conference is sending three students from North Georgia to serve in the Mukono area. The program runs from May to August. 
Hannah Stubblefield, seminary student at Duke Divinity School, will work with new church development at Namboole UMC. 
Dan Tinsley, senior at the University of Georgia and member of Young Harris UMC in Athens, will work at Humble United Methodist School on developing their agricultural efforts. The goal is to make Humble School more sustainable by producing their own food. 
Milie Davis, member of the University of Georgia Wesley Foundation, will work with administrator Esther Nabwire at Humble United Methodist School. Her efforts will include leading Vacation Bible Schools, assisting the chaplain and helping support teachers and staff. 
Our Uganda Bridge is part of our conference’s larger Bridges program which seeks to develop international partnerships through our United Methodist connection
One of our main goals is to help local churches engage in international missions. If your church is feeling led to travel to Uganda or participate in this Uganda Bridge Initiative, please e-mail
Rev. Dalton Rushing will be leading a mission construction team in January of 2012. Please contact Dalton ( if you are interested in more information. 
God is moving through our conference’s Bridges Initiative.  We thank God and you for your support. 

Zant is pastor of North Springs UMC. Email him at