Living & Leading Through Crisis

A letter from James Lomude

“It all started as a story told from afar…

The news kept coming closer and closer until finally on February 21st, Uganda recorded its first case. It shocked all and the whole country went into a situation of panic. I too—thinking about my family, work and friends—felt like I was trapped.

As if that was not enough, the month of March came with a total lockdown as the number of positive COVID-19 cases soared in our neighboring countries of Kenya, South Sudan, Congoa, Rwanda and Tanzania. Travel was banned, social gatherings and markets were closed, and curfews were imposed.

It was like the world had come to an end.

We had to send staff to work from home and intitally suspend group activites. As I was working from home, one of my daughter’s, Rachael, kept asking me every morning,

“Daddy, are you not going for work today?”

Every time that question came, it was like a bombshell in my heart and mind. Thankfully as I wondered in my fears and anxiety, the word of God came to me like a blowing morning wind as the following scriptures bombarded and filled my heart and my fears calmed down.

“For God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and of self-control.” 
—2 Timothy 1:7

“Do not be afraid but I am with you, do not be frightened, for I am your God. I strengthen you, yes, I help you; yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand.” —Isaiah 41:10

God proves himself to be God during tough times.

He is revealed and becomes more real.

In Africa, we call the Seed Effect program, “Savings for Life”— and this title became self-evident as the COVID-19 situation worsened. When the lockdown was announced people went into panic buying, prices of food items sky-rocketed. Those without money saved wondered what to do and others started selling house hold properties and assets.

But, our Seed Effect group members, like Concy Murraa, had different options. Many groups conducted emergency share outs to meet the demands of food and health as people were encouraged to boost immunity. I heard so many members say,

“Thank you, Seed Effect, for teaching us how to save money and also to trust in God during difficult times”.

Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it.

This is evident and true.

To be ready and equipped to face tough times, you need to plan today. Preparing spiritually helps one know how to respond to situations using the word of God, while economic preparation helps us cope with increased economic demands during tough times.

Having experienced this pandemic now and being sure that more tough times are yet ahead, there is an overwhelming need for saving groups. Seed Effect’s model is more relevant and in demand today.

Returning to a “new normal”

It is evident that Seed Effect members are working very hard to recover from this situation. 

It requires extra work, extra support and more encouragement. Our staff is working hard to help the groups recover faster and get back to where they had reached. With your support and prayers, we can do this tough yet possible goal.

We are so grateful for your help in partnering with us to impact more lives and expand our program!

James serves as our Seed Effect Uganda Country Director. He brings nearly two decades of insight gained through working with refugees, youth and students, church members, and political officeholders.

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