Saturday, October 1st, at the Chewelah Civic Center, Hands Across Nations (HAN), a local 501c3 will be showing what can be done to transform the worst of environments. To give you a feel for the reality, HAN extends a warm invitation to come see what has been accomplished through the work God has done through HAN supported by people from Chewelah, Colville, Spokane and the surrounding counties in the past year. Please join us for a dinner of heavy appetizers, a delicious Ugandan dish, chicken marsala, vegetarian food and great desserts. A humorous skit written by prison inmates, silent and live auctions will also be part of the night.
How would you like to be in prison……..in a third world country? How would you take it if your jealous neighbor falsely accused you of “defiling” their daughter so you were arrested and put in prison for 4 years before you case came to trial? And you won’t see that court appointed lawyer until the first day of your trial…..if you are fortunate.
In 4 months, 55 men learned to read and write and do math. They learned about the medicinal use of charcoal how to make it for diarrhea and wounds. The Bible verses in each lesson softened their hearts and many came to know Jesus as their savior. Their attitudes and behaviors changed from anger and fighting to peace and caring for each other as brothers. The guards noticed that not just the class members but the whole atmosphere of the prison had become peaceful. They are grateful that the reading program is continuing to teach hundreds of inmates to read well, and has introduced them to the Bible.
English as a Second Language classes were started this year in June. English is Uganda’s national language but few of the Lango tribe in N. Uganda can speak, read or write it. Literacy and English classes are critical to the reformation of the men in Lira and other prisons. HAN intends to continue classes for years to come, to see their families and communities become what God intended they would be when He created them.