If you grew up in the 70's like I did, you have probably used the phrase, "there's more than one way to skin a cat" on multiple occasions. Certainly, the thought of skinning a cat is gruesome to our 21st century ears, yet the meaning is not lost on us even today. Simply put, there are often many ways to accomplish your goals. In our case, there are lots of different ways to share the hope of Jesus, and we like to use as many of them as possible!

In this newsletter, you'll read of two effective ways to bring hope not only for today but for eternity. First, you'll see how Karamojong moms in Kampala, Uganda are improving their lives and the lives of their children by learning tailoring. When these moms learn these new skills, they earn a new independence as well as the ability to better care for their children. All of that translates into a better life, and more receptive hearts to the gospel. Then you'll read an amazing story about four Congolese orphans who decided one day to go to Sunday School, and how their lives were changed in countless ways because of it.

While we continue to have one consistent message of hope, we keep looking for the best ways to communicate it everywhere we serve. Thanks for partnering with us as we learn and grow on this exciting venture!
Mark Luckey
Executive Director
ECM's Karamojong Kampala Mom’s Tailoring Club was started in August 2018 to purposely support Karamojong mothers and young women living in Katwe and Kisenyi slum areas.

In these communities, over 90% of the families are women-led. While the majority of the fathers/men spend much of their time in bars drinking alcohol, the moms, who lack formal jobs, are left to take care of the children and many end up begging on Kampala streets.

The tailoring club was started to:

  • Help moms become more self-reliant and make independent choices as the breadwinners in their families.
  • Give moms the opportunity to work and develop their job skills, and give them exposure to a professional, competitive work environment outside the slum areas.
  • Add weight to their voices and improve decision making processes in their families.

The participating moms have recorded real changes in their lifestyles, behaviors and economic fortunes. Thank you for supporting ECM so that we can help support projects like this!
André, Amazonien, Japhet, and Dosithyé were orphaned as young children when their single mother died of a snake bite.

The children began living with their uncle and became known in the village for their very bad behavior. They didn’t want to have anything to do with Sunday school. After a while, however, they noticed the other children always eager to go, and enjoying it so much.

The orphans began attending Sunday school where they heard the Gospel and the Lord soon changed their hearts and lives! Their Sunday school teacher testifies that they are no longer a trouble in the community, and are regular in Sunday school. Their attitude about school changed, too. ECM has helped them purchase supplies and clothing so that they can regularly attend school.

These four children were changed through a Sunday school started with ECM training! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for partnering with ECM in Congo. Just look what God is doing through you! 
  • Praise God we have found and hired an Administrative Assistant, Vicky Ross, to help in the office! Pray for Vicky as she is being trained, and trying to grasp all the details of her new position!

  • Pray as Alexandria presents and sings at Emmanuel Community Church in Twin Lake, MI on April 24 at 10:30 am EDT. Pray that the Spirit would move as Alexandria shares, and that some in the congregation would feel led to sponsor children.

  • Pray for leadership in Uganda as they seek to hire a Next Step Coordinator. They are having trouble finding a qualified applicant.
ECM Benefit Golf Fundraiser
ECM is hosting our first annual two person golf scramble fundraising event in partnership with iSpace Office Interiors on May 27th at Winding Ridge golf course in Indianapolis. Please take the day and team up with other family, friends and colleagues for some fun, food and a great cause!
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Our Uganda Sipi Falls coffee is back in stock and it's now better than ever!

Our new coffee is getting rave reviews and we can't wait for you to try it.

Above you've seen some of the ways you've helped. Now, won't you pray about the opportunity to help this or another child who is in need of sponsorship? Simply contact our office for more information, or visit our website to search for one of many other children needing sponsorship.
Esther lives with her grandmother in a miserable looking little house in the Kamwokya slums, surrounded by trenches of waste. She was abandoned by both her parents.

The grandmother makes bags to try to make some income. Sadly, it’s hardly enough to feed them both, let alone to send Esther to school.

Someone was helping them out for a while, sending Esther to school. But now that friend can no longer help, so Esther has not been in school for a while. Could you prayerfully consider being the one to support Esther and change her life forever?

Kamwokya (Uganda)