Fountain of Hope - Robert Sityo

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Meet the director of Fountain of Hope in Bukeeka, Uganda. Robert Sityo.

Robert Sityo, new seminary graduate and his wife, Sarah were praying about how they could start a church. They live in a predominantly Muslim area in Uganda and no one was interested in their Christian church. God spoke to Sarah through a dream and told her that they should start a school. Now many years later, the school has 1000 students, mostly Muslim kids. Their Christian school is of such high quality that the parents pay to have their kids study there even while knowing that the kids will hear about Christ. About half of the school kids are Christ followers now. This began a tremendous outpouring of God’s grace in this community and many others. Hundreds of Ugandans have found Christ and churches have sprouted up.

This couple always dreamed of having their own children but after 11 years of marriage, they still did not have any of their own, however God gave them a huge family. Many years ago they began adopting orphans. Once Pastor Robert read someone’s Last Will and Testament after he had done a couple’s funeral service. The will said, ”We leave our 5 children to our pastor”. Instant family! Those 5 and 13 more have been adopted. They now have 18 adopted children….and quite a darling family it is. Here are a few of them.

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Last year while Robert was studying at Wheaton College on a Billy Graham Evangelism scholarship, he prayed that Sarah would get pregnant even though she never had been and was now 37 years old. Last spring Robert went home for the summer break and to everyone’s surprise, God answered Robert’s prayer, as Sarah was soon pregnant… and expecting triplets. They are so thrilled. Praise the Lord that Robert finished at Wheaton this semester and made it home one day after the 3 children were born. One Dec. 3, 2015 the new family members went home from the hospital in Kampala… very grateful to God for His many blessings.

Robert explains: We are Fountain of Hope, a church planting organization in Uganda, Africa, seeking to expand our existing nine churches in order to help serve people in villages currently still unreached.

Using our passion for evangelism and discipleship, we plan to build relationships with the people of these villages through open-air meetings, as well as door-to-door interactions. It is our hope that in addition to helping meet these villagers’ spiritual needs we will also be able to help satisfy some of their basic needs for food, clothing and other essentials.

An important part of our church planting mission is to train pastors and other church leaders so that they can accurately communicate the Gospel message. Equipping them with the leadership skills necessary to build and maintain a church community is another key goal of Fountain of Hope. We are actively involved in seeking out people and organizations with a passion for helping these communities both prayerfully, financially and spiritually. By connecting these resources to community needs we hope to bring lasting change to the people of Uganda.

Meet the Sityo’s ministries under Fountain of Hope Ministry:

  • Fountain of Hope Schools – Primary and secondary Christian education for local children
  • Discipleship/Evangelism – evangelism campaigns, church planting, leadership development
  • Child Sponsorship – ministering to the orphans in our school
  • Blessing Project – ministering to the elderly
  • Youth Ministry – ministering to children in high schools
  • Hospital Ministry – ministering to hurting Muslims
  • Pineapple Development Ministry – developing Bukeeka’s agricultural potential

Here are the goals of Fountain of Hope:

  1. Evangelism and Church planting among Muslim communities in Bukeeka, Uganda

The strategy is to plant at least two churches a year by reaching out to these communities through crusades, door to door evangelism, and doing social work such as helping the needy children and elderly people with basic needs.

  1. Training and Mentoring believers who have God’s call to shepherd the new churches

Help every new church plant to have a DNA of multiplication. The strategy here is to identify capable men and women and help them through discipleship and coaching to reach their full potential by working alongside them. After they have learned how to lead their congregation, we let them continue with the work as we render oversight.

  1. Transformational Development in our church communities

Provide chickens, goats, and seeds to the needy people in the above communities that can raise these animals or crops to improve their living standards. We will encourage the beneficiaries to help others who are in need also. Fountain of Hope will also meet other needs as we can and in those we see potential development.Here is a link to Robert’s Gift Catlog.

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Here is a link to the Fountain of Hope Website.