Pastor Christopher Kateera
Since 2014 our church has helped to support Pastor Christopher Kateera, a church planter in Uganda working with International Needs. He is now 44 years old, married to Robinah and has 4 children. He works in his local area of Mukono District East of the capital Kampala. They live in a 2-roomed house in the suburbs of Mukono town.
His wife runs a small retail shop near their home which was robbed several years ago but they are now slowly building it up again. This helps them to get some income for the family, their children’s education and ministry.
He has established 3 other fellowships which makes a total of 4 churches he is responsible for. They are within a radius of about 6-10 kms. They have an attendance of about 90 men and 130 women as well as 140 to 150 children.
We have reports from Christopher detailing a little more of his church work. This involves such things as door to door evangelism, home cell meetings, mentoring of new Christians towards leadership, children’s ministry and pastoral visits. They have also recently started up a nursery and day care. Because of all this work they have seen a total of 94 people give their lives to Christ over recent times. Christopher pastors his home church and has established 3 other fellowships as shown above, and as the work grows wants them to be established in their own right.
We have over the past several years been able to supply him with a motorbike some chairs for the congregation as well as musical equipment to replace some stolen from the church some time ago.
Urban Neigbours of Hope (UNOH)
Since 2014 our church has helped to support Lish Falkiner. Lish has lived and served in Klong Toey Slum Community of Bangkok since 2011 and in recent years has become mum to a foster son Tan. Lish is the Team Leader in Bangkok and focuses on supporting and strengthening families in her neighbourhood. This includes kids club for over 60 children, medical advocacy, house church, pastoral care for families in times of grief and loss and everyday hardship. Kids feature a lot in Lish’s day to day life. Their small home is often transformed into a creative play zone for the neighbourhood kids or a first aid station for the wounded. It is a safe place for people to come and sit and chat about life and her door is never closed.
Lish is part of a house church where people are reaching out to those different to themselves and she is seeing the spirit of God move in their hearts. Lish believes the team is “ seeing seeds of hopes and dreams emerge in places where poverty has tried to steal them away.”
Lish battles every day to see her neighbours treated with dignity and respect outside of the slum. Many hours are spent at hospitals holding the hand of a neigbour that is scared and in pain, loving them with God’s love. This year Gateway was able to send additional funds to provide urgent medical assistance to some of Lish’s neigbours.
Lish moved to Klong Toey to Love God and Love Neighbour….to be Jesus’ hands and feet, to convey worth and love.
It is a privilege for us at Gateway to stand with Lish in this ministry and we pray with her as she shares the love and hope of Jesus Christ.