Over the past year, I have been actively involved in Teen Mania’s Honor Academy, based in Tyler, TX. I have been invited to join a team to establish a similar program in Uganda. Our plan is to leave in the first week of November and develop the internship over the next year. I am asking for your help.
The president of Teen Mania, Ron Luce, and his wife, Katie, began in 1985 with the dream of bringing young people back to the Lord. They started the Honor Academy, an internship that draws young adults from across the nation with the purpose of reaching their peers for the cause of Christ. It was developed to be a place where young adults could learn how to stir up their generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and take His life giving message to the ends of the earth. The ministry of Teen Mania, operated by interns, orchestrates global teen mission trips to dozens of countries, plans, staffs, and operates a summer camp on their campus, and conducts nationwide youth conventions, known as Acquire the Fire. Last year alone, we sent over 2,800 kids across the world, and reached 132,000 kids in 33 different US cities with the Acquire the Fire events.
This year, we are planning to expand even further. We have partnered with Pastor Martin Ssempa, a long-time friend of Mr. Luce’s and an active figure in Uganda’s AIDS prevention movement, to further the reach of the Gospel in East Africa. We see the passion of his people, their burning love for the Lord and desire to reach their nation, yet they lack the structure and training they need. Pastor Ssempa saw what Mr. Luce was doing in America and asked if he would help in Uganda. Thus the idea for an Honor Academy Uganda was born. Through the program of the Honor Academy, Ugandans who love the Lord can learn the skills and techniques they need to spread the good news of Jesus to their country.
With your help, I will be a part of the team training them. I will take the leadership skills that I have learned and teach the participants in Uganda the same lessons. My role, though not entirely defined yet, will entail leading a small group of men, focused on learning accountability and community living, as well as a managing part of the logistical side of the ministry.
The transportation and living cost for the fourteen months will total $15,000. My target is to find thirty people who are willing to invest $500 in this project. With your help, we will equip the Ugandans achieve their vision for the Kingdom, to be lights in the dark nation of Uganda, and in time, to teach others to do the same. I look forward to partnering with you in this.