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John's Journal Heading picJOHN’S JOURNAL
  Pastor John is a Graduate of  Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary.  An Elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 37 years, serving as a Navy Chaplain (11 years) and a pastor (26 years). He retired from the pastoral ministry in June, 2011, to donate his time as the Executive Director of the Gulu Methodist Partnership, Incorporated (GMPI).


District Conference Center

AUGUST 21, 2018

          Last Spring’s Board of Directors (BOD) meeting, the BOD received the requests of Rev David Ntogohnya and the Gulu District Leaders for $10,000 to build a wall around the District Conference Center (DCC) and the District Lodge (DL).

The BODs initially discussed their reluctance to put money into a wall when Metal Storage Containerorphans, mosquito nets, support for pastors and many other things seem to be more crucial. It might be difficult to gain the support of donors for the project. Inside the District Conference CenterUsually we honor the District Leaders request because we figure they know best. We asked them in view of all the needs what made this wall a priority.

          When we heard the Gulu District leaders’ reasoning, we knew this project was a top priority. We knew that in the past eight years GMPI has partnered with the Gulu District to build the DCC, the Lodge and begin a Well and Pump Repair ministry. We partnered with Centenary UMC (Lexington) and Gulu Leaders to sponsor the Childero Orphan Ministry.Entrance Gate to the District Conference Center These buildings and ministries have made the DCC a repository for a growing collection of valuable District resources for ministries. On the DCC grounds is a Metal Container that stores expensive resources and equipment including the Well/Pump Repair tools and parts are stored. The new District Lodge next to the DCC is nearly complete. The Lodge adds new valuables and safety concerns. This summer the Gulu District has been given the honor of hosting at the DCC and Lodge the Uganda UMC Annual Conference. People will be coming from neighboring countries to attend. DS David and the Gulu District Leaders said that the wall is essential for the security of all the valuables and protection of the staff and those attending trainings, retreats and Conferences.

Picture of builders working to build the wall
Installing a gate during Construction of the wallThe BOD agreed to the project and shortly the money was raised. It has been about ninety days and the wall is almost complete. Seen in some of these pictures are the pastors and spouses working on the wall, and cleaning the buildings and grounds. The picture (below left) is the new District Lodge. The GMPI’s 2014 Short term mission team (below right) laid the foundation for the Lodge and raised funds to continue the construction of the building after they had left.    
It is an exciting thing to be used of God to bring about all of these assets for ministry. Thank you for your faithfulness. 2014 mission team laying the foundation for the lodge
New District Lodge

Your Servant in Christ
Pastor John

Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.


June 26, 2018

Greeting to all our donors, friends and website visitors.                                            
The mission of the Gulu Methodist Partnership Inc  (GMPI), Uganda,  East Africa, is to support the Gulu Methodist District and its churches in their efforts to make disciples. Over the past eight years, the requested support of District leaders fit into four primary needs. The first is the financial support of pastors and the training of pastors and laity. The second is the PII Makwoo (Water of Life) ministry which is supporting the churches in their efforts to proclaim the gospel while providing pump repair to village wells. The third is CHILDERO which is an effort to provide education, mentoring, and Christian discipling to orphans of Methodist churches. The fourth is the support for local church and community ministries.
more          The John’s Journal article for this month is an example of what God is doing as a result of GMPI’s support of pastors and their involvement in local church and community ministries. Pastor Peter Ojok is the pastor of the Koch Goma church. Pastor Peter writes this, “I want to appreciate you for your wonderful prayers for our churches and as you see in these photos our numbers are growing every Sunday.” 
ve          The reason for the growth of Pastor Peter’s church is his leading the Koch Goma church in a number of outreach ministries.
One of those outreach ministries is the ministry of reconciliation regarding land conflicts. During the twenty year civil war in Gulu (1986 to 2006), the government herded tens of thousands of villagers from their village homes to Internal Displacement Camps (IDP) for their protection from the rebel LRA raids. Some people didn't go to the IDP Camps but instead took over the land owned by those who did. In some cases those who illegally settled the land, sold the land and disappeared. After the war in (2007-8) people returned their villages and land only to find others occupying their land. This has caused violent conflict.
om          Pastor Peter writes about this ministry of reconciliation, “I would like to thank God for what He is doing in my church. We have an outreach …to the community to teach them … the people are killing eachother for land  and some victim  are Christians. Since we have started these programs we have seen good … many people are following us up to frthe church. Pray for us; the program is good but it is very expensive. May God bless you all in Jesus Name.” The Apostle Paul writes (I Corinthians 5:18), “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”
This is just one example of how God is using your dollars donated to GMPI to make a difference.
Your Servant in Christ, Pastor John


MAY 21, 2018
             Praise the Lord for working in the hearts of those who donate to Gulu Methodist Partnership Inc (GMPI). For this reason GMPI is expanding its ministries to include repairing village wells and pumps in Gulu, Uganda.  John Lane (right), a retired engineer from the Marathon Oil Company, has volunteered his time and was voted to be the GMPI Coordinator for this ministry.
          Broken down wells and pumps in villages force people to draw water from contaminated water sources.  Contaminated drinking water results in dysentery, typhoid and a low resistance that leads them vulnerable to many other diseases that plague village life. Most wells will break down after about 18 months.  A well that cost $8,000 to $10,000 to drill, now is useless for the lack of a part that costs a few dollars and the know-how and tools  fix the problem.
          This new well and pump repair ministry was birthed this past March when John and three others (Rev. Scott Hoeksma, Kennedy Azaambo, Tony McPeak) formed a Well & Pump Repair Team to travel to Gulu to repair village wells and pumps. The Gulu District United Methodist Church leaders identified eight wells that needed repairs. The GMPI furnished $3500 for two sets of tools and thousands of dollars for Well Repair Workparts. The repair team set four goals:

      1. Repair at least six of the eight broken wells and pumps.
2. In the process of repairing wells and pumps, train at least two villagers at each well site to maintain and repair their wells and pumps in the future.
3. Leave two sets of tools at the District Conference Center for use.
4. Identify Gulu District Leaders to form a Council to establish the policies and procedures needed to organize an ongoing ministry. Have the District leaders select one or two coordinators to secure the tools and lead the council.
Well Repair Team at Wells          The US team accomplished all of its goals and surpassed the number of wells and pumps repaired. Their goal was six wells but they ended up repairing all eight. The US team and the newly formed Gulu council worked together to organize its policies and operating procedures. The Gulu Team gave the ministry the Acholi name “PII MAKWOO” which is interpreted “Water of Life.” They chose that name remembering John 7:37 – 38, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Streams of living water will flow from within me.’”
After each well was repaired the villagers came out to have a worship service of singing and dancing and praising God for the flow of water from the repaired well.
Since the US Team returned to the US, the Guluv PII Makwoo Team has repaired two additional wells.  In all an estimated 4,000 to 7, 000 people in and around the ten villages have clean safe water.

Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.

APRIL 5, 2018
Mission TeamThis John’s Journal Article is taken from reports written by mission team members: John Lane and Callie Pendleton
The 2018 March Mission Team was composed of GMPI Well & Pump Repair Technicians and other short term missioners from Centenary United Methodist Church (CUMC) Lexington. The team was led by Julie Broderson. Julie is CUMC’s Mission Minister and GMPI’s Associate Director in charge of mission teams and mission projects. The members (left to right) were: Isaac Boll, Callie Pendleton, Tony McPeak, Caitlin Worthington, John Lane, Kristen Hurn, Pastor Scot Hoeksma and Julie Broderson. The team was divided into two missions: 1) Well & Pump Repair Team and 2) The CHILDERO Team.
The March 2018 US Well Repair Team (Scot Hoeksema, John Lane, Tony McPeek, Kennedy Odong) travelled to Gulu, Uganda, for initiation of a well repair program within the Gulu District of the United Methodist Church.  The major goals of this trip were: 1) Build relationships with villagers and proclaim the gospel as they work on wells and pumps. 2) Provide two tool kits for the Gulu District to use and establish a safe storage location. 3) Provide training to as many district people as necessary to support the ongoing work. 4) Repair a minimum of seven wells from the list of 10 developed by the district.  5) Build a team composed of Gulu leaders and US Well & Pump Repair Team to develop for the Gulu District a path forward to administer an ongoing well repair program to be supported by GMPI.
All these goals were met. The number of wells repaired were ten bringing water to more than 2500 people in these villages.  After each well was repaired they had a worship celebration with the village Well Team pic 2giving God the glory.
On the safety front, the work was completed with no serious injuries.  Safety was emphasized at all times during each day’s work. We only had one slight arm injury but he was able to shake it off and continue work after a short break.  Otherwise we had the usual small scrapes and hand injuries, nothing major.  The Team was most vigilant in keeping people from putting their hands into high risk places such as the line of fire on the well pipes and we emphasized avoiding pinch points.  Two lead persons (Pastor Douglas Komagum and Tony Onekalit) were supplied to accompany the team during the entire week and receive training.  District Superintendent David Ntogohnya also attended each day. Two Gulu villagers from each church area were supplied for training at that church area only. There was only one time when a call was made back to the US to consult with Mr. Lynn Smith of WaterStep (Louisville, Ky) regarding how to repair a well with mud deposits.  His comments reflected the plan the Team had developed so we proceeded in that way.  
The WaterStep training was very good but there are some things that can only learned in the field.  We learned some of those things as we worked on the ten wells.
In summary the plan called for completing seven wells in six days.  Actual results were that all ten wells were completed and the sixth work day was not required.  The most gratifying aspect of the work was that the US Team members were increasingly able to back off from the work and allow the District trainees to lead the execution of the work with little input from others.  This demonstrated competence and confidence.  Encountering the check valve issue on the last day provided an opportunity to investigate and resolve a problem for the entire team and fortunately this occurred while the entire group was together so the benefit of this was gained by all.
Based on results in the communities served and on comments from observers from other districts in Uganda, we believe that there is an appetite for this work in Uganda.  One gentleman who passed by a work in progress asked if the team would be interested in work in the Lira District.  This program can become an effective tool to serve the people of Gulu and to attract people to God. 
Path Forward. Before leaving Gulu, the US Team met with David, Solomon, Douglas, and Tony to discuss the path forward for the well repair program.  The following items are proposed.The Gulu District will provide a procedure for accepting, assessing, and executing requests for future work.  This will be submitted to GMPI for approval.  It will include details for the maintenance and checking out of the tool kits, the criteria for wells to qualify for the  program, a method for paying for materials which will include participation by the owning community, and other details.  This procedure is due by May 1.  The GMPI board should review this procedure and we are sure that there will be some back and forth to get the procedure into a form that is acceptable to both groups.  The procedure should include the method for requesting funds for material purchases from GMPI as this will be needed in our opinion.  The material cost to install all new parts on a well (cylinder, rods, pipes, tank, plate, head and handle) is about $500.  This is the maximum that the team will be handling.  We need to say how many wells need to be identified in a group to justify approval of the work.  We don’t think we want to go with one well at a time as this will become cumbersome.  We discussed “for hire” work and decided that the Gulu District will not pursue this at this time. 
At the conclusion of each well repair due credit was given to God for the success of the repair work at each borehole site.  Typically the production of water was followed by praise music, prayer, and recognition that the team had come from the Gulu UMC.  Comments from the local village, church, and water committee members were also welcomed.  It was done this way to make it clear that the team was driven by Christian love for the community with the end goal being the changing of hearts.  We don’t know of a good way to monitor that this protocol continues but we are confident that it will since it seemed natural to both the communities and the Gulu team.  Comments from the Gulu District suggest that having t-shirts declaring that the team is representing the Gulu UMC would be helpful in “advertising” our sponsor.

Childero team pic 1Sunday (3/11), the Team enjoyed a lively worship service with Pastor Douglas and the Ariaga UMC.  Among other things,Ariaga Children and Callie and Isaac provided special music. John gave his testimony and Pastor Scott preached the sermon.
The CHILDERO TEAM (CT) conducted a leadership conference for Bible Club workers.  The CT demonstrated activities that can be done with their children and gave them some tools to help children internalize scripture from the Bible Clubs, but more importantly, we really got to communicate to these leaders and Childero Team Pic 2volunteers how thankful for them we are and and what a very holy job they have of raising up the next generation of believers. We ended the conference with giving an opportunity to pray for them individually for anything that was on their hearts and by sharing a meal with them.
There is a Bible Club at each Gulu UMCs. Bible Clubs are primarily for CHILDERO orphans to disciple Childero Team Pic 3them and provide mentoring. But other children in the church and community are invited to attend as well. One of the requirements of the CHILDERO Orphans is their regular attendance at the Bible Clubs held at their church. We led a Bible Club at a primary school in Lujolongole and had over 85 children come listen to us tell them about how God remains in control even when situations seem bleak. Childero Team Dress Donation made by Hindman UMC
The CT spend their week providing leadership for the various Bible Clubs. They sang, played games, and practiced their Achioli language skills to the amusement of the children. Some of the time was unstructured and provided g an opportunity to pay attention to these kids and make them feel loved and cared for. At the Bible club at Solomon’s church in Layibi. Julie taught a lesson on the prodigal son and how God rejoices when His children are found. This Bible Club has 7 Childero-sponsored kids but 30 kids altogether were in attendance.They also conducted home visits and prayed for the sick. They also distributed over 80 childrens dresses made by the ladies of Hindman UMC.
There were many other things the CT did that space does not permit to share at this time.

Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.


            MARCH 9,2018
Tools2Edie and I had the privilege of praying for and seeing off, the March 2018 Short Term Mission Team sponsored by Gulu Methodist Partnership Inc (GMPI) and the Centenary United Methodist Church (CUMC) in Lexington Thursday, March 8 from the Lexington, Kentucky airport for Gulu, Uganda. (Top Row –Lft: Isaac, Tony, John, and Scot. Bottom left: Callie, Caitlyn, Kristen and Julie). An additional team member, Kennedy Azaambo will meet them in Gulu. The team is led by Julie Broderson, the Mission Minister for CUMC. Julie is also a GMPI volunteer who serves as its Associate Director of Mission Teams and Projects.
Imbedded in the team is GMPI’s first Well Repair Team. A few months ago, GMPI sent John, Scot, and Kennedy to Water Step Trainers in Louisville to learn how to repair wells and pumps. Tony already has his training. These four and Steve will be proclaiming Christ, building relationship, and as they fix wells they will be training two villagers at each site how to repair wells. Thanks to GMPI donors the team will be taking two complete sets of repair tools ($3500). One set they will leave in Gulu. GMPI also purchased approximately $3400 worth of parts. There are eleven wells on their list to fix that will provide safe water for about 2000 people. The Well Team will fix as many as they can in the time they have.
Thanks to God stirring the hearts of donors, GMPI is able to expand its mission to include the Well and Pump Repair Mission. Hundreds of wells in Gulu are not operational due to in many cases, a $4 part and the villager’s lack of tools and knowledge to fix the well. This forces villagers to wall long miles for water or drink from contaminated water causing dysentery, typhus, and other diseases. Single Dress
Dresses            The other members of the team (Kaitlin, Caitlyn, Kristen and Julie) will be involved in children ministries. They will distribute 80 plus dresses for little girls that were made by women of the Hindman United Methodist Church. These dresses are adorable and colorful. They will make a lot of little girls happy. Thanks to these ladies and everyone who contributed to the 2018 March Short Term Mission Team.
God being our helper, GMPI will continue to send Well & Pump Repair Mission Teams while supporting our existing ministries: Pastoral Support, Pastor & Lay Training, the CHILDERO Orphan Education Ministry, Distribution of Acholi Bible, Mosquito Nets and funds for local and community ministries, church property purchases, facilities construction, and small business grants.

Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.


December 21, 2017
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I thank God for what He is doing through you for the pastors, churches and villages of Gulu, Uganda. Through your gifts: pastors are being supported, pastors and church lay people receive training in the Christian faith, wells are drilled and pumps repaired to deliver safe drinking water,  Bibles and mosquito nets are being distributed to save lives, Orphans are being educated and discipled, churches are providing ministries to their communities and much more.

We know that the gifts given in love to accomplish these things, are our response to God’s gift of love in Jesus. It is at Christmas time that the world is confronted afresh with God’s gift of love expressed in the Babe in a Bethlehem manger. The birth of Christ begins the gospel story. The world wonders what this is all about.  It is up to Christians to use this opportunity to complete this Gospel story of God’s love expressed in Jesus’ birth, life, crucifixion, death, resurrection and living today and seen visibly thru the words and deeds of His body the church.

The love of God is expressed so profoundly in the birth of Jesus Christ. No human intellect, no matter how advanced, can wrap his or her arms around how God, who cannot be contained in the universe He created, yet could be born of woman, clothed in flesh, and down-sized to fit in a manger.  Yet, that is exactly what happened. I cannot understand or explain the “how,” but I can believe and trust in Jesus, the ‘Why”.

Let me put this cosmic, “why,” in the earthly arena of my own story that is your story too.  The devil had me down. My sins beat me to a pulp. I was powerless in my human strength and ability to stand against the devil. Even when I wanted to do good, I screwed it up. I was destined to be a servant in the devil’s house until God ’s judgement day when I joined satan and all his house in hell. If I was to escape this horrific fate, I needed a Hero. But who could possibly be that Hero and why would he want to save me?

The “why” question is personified in Jesus, God’s loving response to our need for a hero (John 3:16),”For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son ...” God sent Jesus into the world to be our Hero and not ours alone but every human person ever born. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross, cleanses us from sin. The power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead makes us a new creation in Christ. That same power of the Spirit transforms us and gives us a new birth into His body the church. God in Christ, gives us a new purpose to evangelize and disciple all those about us and throughout the world.

My Hero is 100% God and 100% human (another thing we can’t comprehend).  But my Hero began his human life born of a virgin in a humble stable but became the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Emmanuel (God with us).  No matter how humble our beginnings, God wants to do great things in and through us (“more than we can imagine” – Eph.3:20) through the power of the Holy Spirit.

May God grant you the best Christmas ever and a fruitful New Year.

Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.


Dear Friends

            I am requesting your support for a mission to save from sickness and death, a multitude of people in Gulu, Uganda, East Africa
November 2017 Pic2November 2017 Pic3November 2017 Pic4Contaminated water kills an estimated 3.4 million people each year; many are children. Contaminated water lowers the immune system, causes Cholera and Typhoid epidemics, Dysentery, Guinea worm disease and many other diseases. Where there are no wells or wells that are broken, people walk miles (right) to collect water from contaminated water sources like the one pictured here on the left.
            Merely, drilling borehole wells is not enough. Wells break down, some less than eighteen months after beginning operation. All over Uganda there are wells out of operation. They could be in use if only they had a little money for parts and the know-how to repair the well.
            Gulu Methodist Partnership Inc (GMPI) is a 501c3 non-profit that partners with the Methodist churches of Gulu, Uganda, to support them in their efforts to make disciples and minister to their communities.
            One of GMPI’s new ministries to Gulu churches and villages is the WELL REPAIR AND TRAINING (WRT) mission. GMPI invested $2700 to send three people to attend the Water Step training in Louisville, KY to learn well and pump repair and water filtration. These three will form GMPI’s first WRT short term missionary team. The mission is planned for some time in March, 2018 if their funds are raised.
            The WRT Team will repair wells while training people designated by each Village Well Comission (VWC) to maintain their respective wells. GMPI will supply the tool kits (approximately $2500) and a kit of parts to fix the wells ($800). It is the WRT team members responsibility to help raise their support. Their collective support with be approximately $8400 ($2800 X 3) for the three WRT Team’s food, lodging, air and ground transportation and miscellaneous expenses.

            There is a direct correlation between your gift and the health and lives of people. Would you consider donating to the March 2018 WRT Team to support their efforts to protect the health and save the lives of Gulu villagers? Any amount would be gratefully appreciated. Make your check payable to “GMPI” and designate it for the “WRT Team Missioners 2018” and send to GMPI, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144.

                                    In Christian love,
                                    Pastor John Shroll, Executive Director, GMPI

September 22, 2017
Diego Lyra

WaterStep BuildingWaterStep BuildingYesterday I visited the WaterStep Organization (WaterStep.org) in Louisville, Kentucky where I met two very amiable staff members: Sarah Yoder and Diego Lyra. I arrived without an appointment but they made room for me on their schedule. Diego gave me a comprehensive tour of their training site. WaterStep trains people to fix wells, pumps, and filtration systems.

GMPI is planning to send volunteers to WATERSTEP for training and then sending them to Gulu to put their training to good use. More borehole wells are needed in Gulu. Many existing wells are not in use needing pump repair. Gulu wells, especially shallow wells, are contaminated by ground water and need a filtration system installed and maintained. The lack of accessible, clean potable water is the cause for typhus, immune disorders, and other health issues. Recently, thanks to the GMPI donors we were able to send to Gulu over $13,000 to drill a bore hole well and repair four pumps. We required of the churches and villages several things to qualify for receiving these funds: 1) Have a church and community well committee 2) Open a bank account 3) Raise funds for future repairs 4) Have two volunteers at each well site who will take well maintenance and pump repair training. If GMPI is requiring volunteers who are willing to be trained, then we need to provide that training. WaterStep will be important in enabling us to do that. We have two GMPI Volunteers who are willing to take the training and go to Gulu.

Mock Well

I will attempt to describe the training evolution that Diego showed me, but understand I have no prior knowledge of the process, terms or tools.

The training begins with a mock well bed (right) that simulates where the pipe makes contact with the under-ground water source.


Well Pumps       More Pumps
(above) Then Diego took me to the second floor where they have the various pumps in common use (above). He showed me the various toolsthey use that were mounted on the wall.

Tools for wells
Pictured below is a low-tech way that two or three people can drill a shallow well up to 50 feet deep with only some primitive equipment and without the requirement of mechanical or heavy duty equipment. Shallow wells are easily contaminated by ground water so infiltration plants are needed.

Portable filtration system

Diego showed me two filtration systems. Pictured (below left) is a small portable system that is powered by a common car battery. The system makes its own bleach using water, salt and electricity from the battery. The system pumps, filters, and purifies the water then pumps the water into a tank or a large bladder like the two contained in the blue bags behind the unit.

Larger Filtration System


The larger filtration system (pictured left) runs off a generator or the electric grid. It can process more water faster


Filter CoreYellow Core

The filter for both of these systems is made to be cleaned and reused. Inside the black housing (pictured left) is a stack of individual yellow  rings  with scrubbing teeth. The rings encircle a water pipe that carries water through these filter rings.  

Water Supply

The system can draw water from a source like this and turn the water into clean, pure water that is safe to drink.

The training will cost GMPI about  $780  ($400 for the training $320 for lodging and $60 for food) per person. The trainee will furnish their own transportation.  It will cost about $2600 (transportation, food, and lodging) to send each volunteer to  Gulu for ten days. This does not include the purchase of tools and material.   But it will save the lives of many people.

Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.

August 14, 2017

Dear Friends, 
Here is Gulu District Superintendent David Notogohnya's inspiring update (words and pictures) on God's work being done in Gulu.. It is affirming to know that GMPI's work is complimented by the work of other churches and mission teams. For example the foundation of the  Hospitality Wing at the District Conference Center was constructed and funded by a GMPI sponsored short term mission team in 2014. The walls were built with funds donated by GMPI donors from the Hardy UMC, and the roof was built by funds donated by the Central to Life UMC church, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

We will be adding another pastor, Christine, to the list of eight pastors GMPI supports.. This will require an extra $195 a quarter.

You will be excited to read the wonderful things God is doing through GMPI Donors and the work in the Gulu District of other churches and organizations and mission teams.

God bless
Pastor John

Gulu District Superintendent’s  Update on What God Is Doing in the Gulu District
Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want to thank God who has been very faithful to us since this year began with drought and many families surviving with one meal a day, due to the irregular little rains that we had in summer season last year. On the spiritual side God has sustained us and enabled us also to do His work faithfully, though not without difficulty. We have had cases of indiscipline on the part of a few individuals in the church which we have administratively handled locally.
District Center
I am happy to report that  the hospitality  wing of our District Center was roofed last month with a generous donation of 10,000USD from our long time partners in mission Central to Life UMC church Fayetelle Arkansas. Below are the pictures: 

Picture above is the front; the other two below is the elevation from the back just next to the District hall and offices.

The roof over the Hospitality wing has changed the entire Center outlook. The next phase is to secure the property with a wall fence to protect the buildings from vandalism; the neighborhood has many children who play on the premises, they write on walls, break glass panes and make the place dirty. To control use of the property we need this wall fence and a gate which according to the quotation I have will need about 33.5 million Uganda shillings which is close to about 10,000USD. Having a fence will help us to keep the place clean and to begin organizing the compound. The rest of the work we can still do in phases when the place is protected.

Koch corom  UMC
The existing building of Koch corom local church was affected by the expansion of the main road from Gulu to Anaka which is under construction at the moment. As a result of loss of part of the land and the front part of the building, the Uganda National Road Authority an agency of government valued the building and land (which is now in the road reserve) at 38,000,000/= (Thirty million Uganda shillings) and was deposited on our church account in the month of June. It is the reason why a new building is being constructed behind the existing structure; we did not want to wait until the old building is brought down, before we build the new one. Hopefully by October the new church will be complete. Below are some pictures of the new building:

Water wells
I am happy to report that  the repairs of three  of the 4 boreholes of Layibi, Koch corom, Opit and Koch goma have taken place, and the community is appreciative of the assistance of the church to have again clean and safe drinking water. The water committees are in place to manage and oversee the welfare and maintenance of the wells. I sent you the docs. for the new well at Achwang which well has made a difference in the witness of the church in the local community. Below is a copy  of the contract of the repair of three boreholes and the payment.

Solomon and a neighbor drawing water at the new Achwang borehole

Children at the repaired borehole at Opit UMC


Grain Project:
It is harvest time now though, the rains were late; the grain project team gave out to farmers seeds at the beginning of the season in form of soft loans; they are now beginning to harvest and Pr Douglas has started moving around the local churches in the district to collect the grain; I will say more on this in my next report
Grace UMC Gony cogoo
Grace UMC is doing fine; our presence and witness in the area was boosted with the medical mobile clinic that we carried out with our friends from Central to Life UMC Arkansas when they visited us last month. Over 200 patients were attended to and many more prayed for; we also had a few who committed their lives to Christ (I will forward to you a full report on the medical clinic as sent to me by Mike one of the volunteers who took a record).  Christine is caretaking the church and I would recommend that she be included on the list of supported pastors by GMPI.
The fellowships of Abole, Lalia and Otumpili  are expanding with more activities and attendance in their weekly meetings.
The challenges are still many but we really appreciate the support that GMPI has rendered to the church in Gulu both prayers and finances. The annual conference will take place in about two weeks time at the Humble school at Mukono, we hope to have a big representation at the Conference with the pastors and a few lay delegates at least one from each of the churches and fellowships for them to get a feel at what happens at these Methodist meetings.

June 23, 2017
The Board of Directors (BOD) of the Gulu Methodist Partnership Inc (GMPI) met last April 29 at the Campton United Methodist Church for their Spring Meeting. The BOD voted in favor of a reorganization that divided up the Executive Director’s (ED) responsibilities among the ED and two Associate Directors. The reorganization also  added some responsibilities to the office of the Secretary and the Treasurer.
The following are those elected as officers of the BOD. The Executive Director is pictured above:
      Chuck Shroll                               Julie Broderson                             Kerri Oneal ,                 Rob Hoffman       
     Associate Director                         Associate Director                            Secretary                       Treasurer           
                      Of Administration                    Mission Teams &  Projects                                                                                                        
June 23, 2017 4    http://centenarylex.com/images/member/1julie.jpg     June 23, 2017 2Rob Hoffman Pic

             Julie reported on the CHILDERO Orphan ministry. The Centenary UMC in Lexington is providing excellent monetary support for CHILDERO and  advise through their Centenary Advisory Board. CHILDERO continues to educate about 48 orphans.
Julie currently has no short term missionary trips scheduled for the fall. Not enough people have signed up
June 23, 2017 5June 23, 2017 6          DS David sent a report via e-mail on the four projects that we voted to support last Fall. The property for the Grace UMC at Konjugu has been purchased with the money GMPI wired . They church will begin making bricks in the fall. Christine is the pastor of the church.

The grain resale project has seen a little return and those involved are encouraged.

June 23, 2017 7June 23, 2017 8The well committees of each church applying for funds and composed of church and community members have complied with most of the requirements the BOD made and are ready to receive the $13,000 GMPI sent to drill a borehole well and repair four wells/pumps. The well project will turn the picture on the left to the picture on the ride. Many life-threatening cases of Typhoid and  other diseases will be avoided by having clean water.
The BOD discussed the need to file GMPI’s Kentucky State Annual report by 30 June. The Executive Director filed the report June 23, 2017.
The BOD was excited to elect and welcome two new members to the BOD: Ed Smith from the New Beginnings Church located in Pikeville and Kennedy Odong who is from Gulu, Uganda but now living in Georgetown, Kentucky.
I will be preaching at the New Beginnings Church in Pikeville on Sunday, July 9 and at the Hindman UMC, Hindman on July 23.  Please let me know if I can come to your church in a morning worship service or a small group meeting and share what GMPI is doing. I am retired and I come at my own expense. The number of people present, small or large, or the distance doesn’t matter.
Pastor John Shroll

Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.


                                                     MAY 16, 2017
Dear Friends,
          Here are a couple reports from two Gulu District United Methodist Pastors.  In a few places I have edited some spelling and grammar for readability but not the substance. I am continuously impressed with their growing command of the English language.
        I am proud of the work God is doing thru these pastors and churches and for GMPI to have a part in it thru the pastor support fund.
Your Servant in Christ,                                  Pastor John
Report from Pastor Solomon, Laibi UMC Hezekiah spoke of the Significance of passing the joy of the Lord from generation to generation. The heritage of our faith has come to us because of faithful men and women who have carried God's message to us across the Centuries.  (Solomon challenges his flock to) ….share with your children or other young people the excitement of your relationship with God?.
I thank God …(the GMPI’s)  Pastors Support has helped me a lot with my family … when …my Children were sick …people had a big problem with food … everything is very expensive.” But when we received the support it has helped us within that period, and may you all be bless for your help.
The Ministry Support has helped to support the prayer group of our women in the Church, which … meet every Friday. The pray, fellowship together and take tea after their meeting. We have also buy some few items for our Local Church …items for Holy Communion which we take it on every Sunday when the items are still there to be used.JJ 5-3-2017 1
JJ 5-3-2017 2          Thanks so much Brothers and Sisters for your support and prayers for our family and our Local Church. we also pray for you people.
Report from Pastor Peter, Koch Goma UMCReceive a Christian greeting from Pastor Peter Ojok. Last week i was not feeling okey and i went for medical check up … they found that I have  typhoid  but now am getting treatment. I know very soon i will be okey and as you see in the photos is me and some of church members we are doing charitable work in the community these includes non beleivers. (My Note: They were clearing a site to make a shelter for elderly and the disabled in the community. JJ 5-3-20717 3They brought water from the well for domestic work. ) This ministry shows the love of Christ’s like the Bible said.  When you help those who are in need there is blessing. So may God bless GMPI for supporting our ministry. The photos are not clear because i dont have a good camera but i use the one in my phone. We need your prayers for this program we have some problems, so may you pray for us so that God give more energy and persons for God’s work  and for the community to be blessed. Pastor Peter Ojok

 (John’s Note) Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God, to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.


                                                                                              MARCH 16, 2017
                                                           Presentation to Peggy Payne

I am scheduling visits to churches to share the things God is accomplishing through the GMPI mission. I can give a brief five minute mini-presentation during the announcements portion of a worship service or a full program. There is no charge; I come at my own expense. Please let me know if I can come and share with your church, or organization.

Recently I had the distinct pleasure of attending the morning worship service at Louisa First United Methodist Church (LFUMC) in Louisa, Kentucky and sharing with the church what God is accomplishing through the Gulu Methodist Partnership Inc (GMPI) mission. This visitation gave me the opportunity to thank the Louisa FUMC for their support. In addition to their financial support, the church has supplied us with GMPI’s Assistant Executive Director , Ray Payne, and our Treasurer, Peggy Payne.

From the very beginning of GMPI, nearly seven years ago, Peggy has been our treasurer. She has worked tirelessly to wire funds to the Gulu District for pastoral support, Bibles, property purchases, construction costs mosquito nets and CHILDERO orphan ministry and many other things. She helped to track the wired funds and receive receipts that ensured accountability.

Peggy and Ray are preparing to retire in a few months and move closer to family in North Carolina so she has resigned as GMPI treasurer. During the LFUMC visit I presented Peggy with a plaque in appreciation for her faithful service (Pictured above).
Your Friend, Pastor John

 (John’s Note) Without neglecting your home church we invite those who feel led of God to support GMPI. You may give a general gift to go wherever it is presently needed or you may designate your gift to support Gulu pastors, Childero or any of the other vital ministries listed on this GMPI Website. Send your checks to GMPI Attention: Treasurer, 133 Cumberland Rd, Greenup, KY 41144. Unless your gift is for the general support of GMPI, clearly designate where your gift is to go.