“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
The Lulu Tree is rooted in the knowledge that Jesus is the answer to every need. Our desire is to give every child the bread of life knowing it will sustain them even when old. Many of the children we minister to do not have a father or mother to teach them or model for them what it looks like to be a godly man or woman. Through children’s ministry we impart to them the knowledge that they have a loving heavenly Father that will never leave them nor forsake them, and especially that His love is freely given. We believe that they will be equipped to teach their own children someday of the wonderful ways of the Lord, and be the pastors and leaders of tomorrow.
This man is Joel Lutaaya, codirector of The Lulu Tree Uganda and a humble man who grew up without a father. He longs to equip his nation’s pastors with the tools needed to care for children — both in their homes and in their communities. Together with Daniel Kasule and Shaban Kibirige he travels to churches once a month to train up children’s directors and to oversee children’s outreaches.
Here you will see Joel training children’s directors (above) and Shaban and Daniel leading kids of different age groups in Bible study. Our desire is to see children’s directors in every church meeting weekly with the kids from outreach to disciple them through Bible study.
Above is a children’s outreach in the villages surrounding Jinja, and below is one held every month in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. The pastors (such as Pastor Richard Kazibwe below) are responsible for gathering the children, for opening up their churches not only to un-reached children but to those from surrounding congregations, and for leading those children to Christ at the end of the outreaches.
In addition to being fed spiritually, each of the children receives a heaping plate of rice and beans and a bottle of juice with women from the church cooking and serving the meal.
We praise God for the many souls coming to Christ through the humble hearts of the fatherless. Please keep our pastors and children’s directors in your prayers.