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Making disciples among the unreached

Ruth Haynes

In: Africa
ID: 93996


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Following 28 years of ministry in the Philippines, God called Laura Bonney and me to Uganda to begin a ministry similar to that which we did in the Philippines—a church-based school outreach called VOICE (Values Orientation In Classroom Education).

We have now completed a 5-year term in Uganda where we partnered with Scripture Union Uganda (SUU), which has adopted the teaching of Biblical values in school classrooms by volunteers as one of its core ministries. Six modules of Biblical values—Truth, Honesty, Forgiveness, Moral Purity, Self-Control, and Obedience—have been “Africanized” and published for three age levels, lower primary, upper primary, and secondary.

Praise God that Ugandans have been trained to teach the VOICE Africa curriculum in schools, churches, and communities; the SUU staff has also been equipped to continue such trainings throughout Uganda. SU staff from other East African nations have also been trained: 

  • Christian South Sudanese in Ugandan refugee camps are actively teaching the godly values among their fellow refugees.
  • South Sudan, despite ongoing conflict, is teaching the curriculum in schools in several areas.
  • Ethiopia has now translated two modules, Truth and Honesty, into Amharic and published them for use there.
  • Tanzania is working on translating three modules into Swahili.

Praise God for continued growth and pray that indeed many students would come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ through the teaching of Biblical values. Pray also for an army of willing volunteers to teach in the classrooms, for ”the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”

Laura and I are now into a one-year home service/furlough, after which we plan to retire from cross-cultural ministry with SEND International. Please pray that we will be clearly led of the Lord toward what He has planned and prepared us to do for Him in this new phase of life.


  • Favorite Scripture: Psalm 78:4