Meet Jars of Oil Mission Africa

Meet Jars of Oil Mission Africa

Meet Jars of Oil Mission Africa

Name

Jars of Oil Mission Africa

Oakseed ministry partner since 2000

Location

Amuria, Hoima, and Lira, Uganda

Ministry Focus

Care for Grannies and Orphans

About Jars of Oil Mission Africa (JOMA)

Jars of Oil Mission Africa (JOMA) ministers to elderly widows (affectionately referred to as grannies) who lost their children to AIDS and now take care of their grandchildren. As these families endure grief, JOMA steps into the pain by providing the support and hope required to keep moving forward. The ministry compassionately breaks through the shame and stigma associated with AIDS to meet physical and spiritual needs with the hope of the gospel.

These grannies live in deep poverty and can barely meet their own needs, let alone the unexpected needs of grandchildren now in their care. JOMA feeds families by delivering food packages and helping the grannies start gardens. The gardens provide a source of food, income, and dignity. Many of the grannies suffer from HIV or other illnesses, so JOMA arranges medical treatment for them. JOMA also helps the grannies enroll their orphans into local schools and has established a program to improve housing for recipients.

About Uganda

Uganda is an Eastern African country about the size of Great Britain. It shares borders with South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Lake Victoria. Its population is 50 million people, nearly half of whom are under 16, and around three-fourths of the population lives in rural areas.

Uganda, and especially the children of Uganda, experienced decades of conflict and terror under the threat of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, and the country is still recovering. Entire communities were displaced, families were destroyed, and children were left with physical and emotional scars.

Uganda’s HIV infection rate remains one of the highest in the world. According to UN estimates, Uganda is home to a quarter of all AIDS orphans in the world, around two million children, who are often cared for by their elderly grandparents. The plight of the rural poor is especially dire. There is often not enough food, access to medications, or secure housing for these grandparents, and they worry about what will happen to their grandchildren when they die.

Liaison Notes

On a liaison visit two years ago, I met a dear lady who was a widow left with many children, abandoned by any family who might be able to help. Her house was falling apart, and she had a young child on the verge of death. Yet, she plodded along, working her tiny farm to try to put some food into her children’s mouths. When I visited again this past fall, I saw the fruit of JOMA’s work with the family, helping them have nutritious food and sending the children to school. The child who had been near death was very healthy, their lives were revamped, the kids were going to school, and some of them are ambitious and have goals for the future. This case constantly comes back to my mind. May Oakseed continue to live for the sake of these kinds of souls. Pray that the family may be blessed more like that and, of course, come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Another lady I visited last fall had been suffering physically on a previous visit. Now, she was up and about and leading other ladies in activities, saying, “Now Oakseed has made me be a person of value even to the community and my own family.” You couldn’t avoid seeing the joy in her face. The bright faces of widows who have hope now in life cause me to praise the LORD and thank God for JOMA’s work.

~Rev. Sam Oluoch

Prayer Points

  1. Please pray for the Lord to grow the grannies in faith even while they are experiencing health difficulties. Pray also for healing and for the Lord to bring their grandchildren to faith in Him.
  2. Pray for the JOMA Team for continued zeal and energy despite the challenges of ministry. Pray for the Lord to encourage them, especially for Director Bibian, and help them to not grow weary in doing good.
  3. Please pray for the Lord to provide committed volunteers willing to generously offer their time and skills to support JOMA’s initiatives.
  4. Please pray for the Lord to provide safe, secure housing for several of the grannies and their children.
  5. Please pray for God to provide wisdom and direction for JOMA as they seek to place each child in an educational setting where they will thrive.

Oakseed offers several ways to support Jars of Oil Mission Africa as they seek to bring the gospel to their community, including prayer resources and financial support. Please visit our prayer or bazaar catalog pages for more information.