For such a time as this
Dear friends of PCM,
We realise that an update is well overdue and so this is where things stand at the moment.
Chris Spree from the UK, along with the head of PCM Switzerland, Markus, spent a week in Uganda last Autumn. This proved to be a productive and informative visit and Chris was able to give a full report.
It is very clear that PCM Uganda continues to face massive challenges. The debt has been reduced significantly through the sale of assets. This has helped in the short term but cannot solve the issue of massive underfunding following the pull out of the USA. There remains a significant debt problem.
The board that was in place in Uganda was put in place by the USA and, following their withdrawal, several of the board also pulled out. They have since put in place a provisional board that is working with pastor Emmy and us in the UK and Switzerland.
There are policies being put into place to seek to reduce costs and increase local income. They are desperately trying to keep all the schools, the clinic and the baby home open but realise that some may have to be let go. The teachers have all agreed to a reduced wage to try and play their part.
As Chris and Markus discussed the need for an improved structure with the leadership in Uganda, we were also aware that we also need to become more structured in the UK. As a result, several committed and capable people met as a new management team for PCM UK. We are praying over what the Lord wants of us as PCM UK. We realise we are not the answer to all the challenges, but know that we do have a part to play.
I am planning a visit to Uganda in April together with my brother-in-law Steve. This is primarily a relational visit when we plan official openings of the buildings that have been funded and built in memory of Marian and my sister. There is the question of a regular team later in the year, depending on any expressed interest and available leadership.
Thank you again for your continued support and encouragement in these testing days.
On behalf of PCM UK