Missionaries from Africa visit Woodbine


August 06, 1999|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHRISTIAN JOY Ministries in Woodbine is proud to play host to two visitors this week.

Pastor George William Ssebaggala of Uganda and Pastor Lawrence Allosso of Kenya are missionaries visiting this country as guests of Pastor Penny King in Woodbine.

Ssebaggala serves the spiritual needs of people in his region of Uganda through his 300-member church outreach. He wishes to reach people in his country, but transportation and money are limited.

"We need money to print handouts for people to educate them about AIDS and to help people affected by the wars in Uganda. We also need transportation for our church workers to visit people and for people to come to our church," says Ssebaggala.

Allosso hopes to raise money for the 169 children he houses in two small rooms in his native Nairobi, Kenya. The orphaned children, whose parents died from acquired immune deficiency syndrome, were living on the streets.

"When parents die, the oldest child becomes the breadwinner, even if he's only 13 or 14 years old. Many of them become drug addicts and steal to survive. We take them in, rehabilitate them, educate them and give them spiritual and physical help," says Allosso.

"But we need money to build a hostel for the children to live in and a school so we can give them a formal education. They can't go to regular schools because they would just disappear into the streets again. This is a safe and familiar place for them," Allosso said.

Christian Joy Ministries invites the community to meet Ssebaggala and Allosso at the 4 p.m. service Sunday at its storefront church in the 7-11 shopping center at 7626 Woodbine Road. Allosso will preach.

Donations can be sent to Christian Joy Ministries, P.O. Box 226, Woodbine 21797.

Information: 410-552-5600.

Library reading celebration

A Reading Wave Celebration at Carroll County Farm Museum will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. All Carroll County public library Summer Reading Club members are invited to the museum for an end-of-summer celebration.

The event will include crafts, face painting, games, museum animals and tours. Ray Owen will present "The Song Bookaneer," featuring songs and stories of the sea. Falls Road Dance Studio, directed by Terry Martin, will lead participants in the limbo.

Reading club members will be admitted free (members should bring their summer reading logs). Nonmembers ages 7-12 pay $1 and those older than age 12 pay $2. Children ages 6 and younger are free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Zion United Methodist Church will sell refreshments.

Senior center event

An arthritis presentation will be given at Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., at 10: 15 a.m. Wednesday.

Physical therapist Nichole Ketterer from Union Memorial Hospital will discuss arthritis medications and treatments, including exercise.

Information: 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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