Episode 063

Ugandan Women, Reimagined Hymns, & Dealing with Challenges

Mar 30, 2022

Women in the slum brothels of Kampala, Uganda, are learning God has not forgotten them, there is hope and redemption in their life stories, and He has given them a new name. Music duo Kenny and Claire has spent the last several years modernizing and rewriting classic hymns as a way to reintroduce them to the Church. And in a Bible Study from Lifeway, the focus is Romans 5:6.

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Women in the slum brothels of Kampala, Uganda, are learning God has not forgotten them, there is hope and redemption in their life stories, and He has given them a new name.

IMB missionary Allie White slowly began engaging the women and building trust.

The women had enough interest to start a weekly Bible study. Six people came the first week. The second week, they asked a local councilman to encourage women to come. Sixty women came.

Many women gave their lives to Christ that day and are still involved in the Bible study. They’ve chosen to get baptized and are involved in a local church in the slum.

White asks Christians to pray now for the continued service of Christians in the slums of Uganda. Ask God to deliver more women out of prostitution and into an eternal relationship with Him.

Music duo Kenny and Claire has spent the last several years modernizing and rewriting classic hymns as a way to reintroduce them to the Church.

Yet for the married couple, their own musical journey is deeply connected to how these hymns helped them through times of deep suffering.

Kenny and Claire Hilliard met in college at North Greenville University, where they quickly bonded over their love of music. Soon, they were writing music and traveling to various events to play together.

All of their plans came to a halt when Hilliard was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor on New Year’s Eve in 2015.
However, a doctor was able to remove the tumor in 2016.

The couple release an EP titled “Are You Weary” in 2021, which contains several modernized and rewritten hymns including “Approach My Soul,” and “For the Beauty.”

You can find out more about the recording and their story of God’s faithfulness at BaptistPress.com.

Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

In a Bible Study from Lifeway, the focus is Romans 5:6, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.”

In it the author asks how the student deals with challenges in the Christian life. The answer, the study says, is to look to Christ rather than self, not only for salvation but for daily strength and direction as well.

Find more stories at BaptistPress.com.

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