The Rev Alan McCann, rector of Holy Trinity Woodburn, Carrickfergus, has recently returned from a trip to Uganda with Fields of Life.
This is Alan’s fourth trip to the African country since 2003, and he was accompanied by youth worker Lisa McIlwaine, and David and Carol Mulligan, who were responsible for the Fields of Life Celebration Choir members when they stayed with Holy Trinity Woodburn families last year.
When in Uganda, Alan trains secondary school teachers in teaching the bible within Scripture Union/Christian Union groups and in training small group leaders to lead bible studies.
During their first week the group trained teachers from schools in Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda. In the second week they visited all the Ugandan secondary schools connected with Fields of Life.
On this trip Alan had the opportunity to see at first hand the value of books and schools resources sent out to Fields of Life schools following the closure of Mount Gilbert Community College in Belfast’s Shankill area last year. The school was forced to close due to falling numbers and a shrinking budget.
The college donated resources free of charge to the Fields of Life schools and Holy Trinity sent out a container. Those resources, including text books, science and sports equipment, are now being used in nine schools. Among them is Kirisa High School in Jinja, Uganda, which the group visited.
Closer to home, Holy Trinity Woodburn has launched a new website www.holytrinitycarrick.org.uk.