Monday, October 14, 2013

Ministry Highlight: The Print Shop

Kenneth is always very busy in ‘The Print Shop’. Printing equipment was donated so Kenneth has been able to expand his printing ministry which has turned out to be a valuable printing ministry, printing Christian literature for WGM and other mission organizations in Uganda and also for ministries in other countries in Africa.  He has been printing for the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), a branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators in Uganda and in Sudan, just north of Uganda.  He has also been printing Christian materials for ministries coming here from the U.S. and organizations such as MAF Uganda, MAF Scotland and Precept Ministries in South Africa.  The materials Kenneth has been printing for SIL Uganda and SIL Sudan are to help different tribes in Uganda and Sudan to learn their language in print (sometimes these books are the first ones in their languages) with the ultimate goal of sharing Christ to these remote tribes. 
Kenneth also wears many other hats besides “Printer” on the field.  For most of the last two terms he was the WGM Kampala Team leader, and for many years has been the coordinator for all the security guards who work at our missionary’s homes.  He was relieved of those ministries shortly before we returned to the U.S.A. for this Home Ministry Assignment.  He purchases Bibles in many different languages for the AGC (Africa Gospel Church) pastors and church congregations to purchase cheaply, he visits our Africa Gospel Churches as often as possible and is always building relationships with our Ugandan pastors. He wants to share the love of Jesus to many in printed form and through close relationships with the Ugandans. 

Delight is always very busy being a wife, a mother of 3 and doing the many ministries she is involved in!  She has been the WGM field hostess for the Uganda field for all the teams and individuals who come to Uganda to minister throughout the year and she has been the WGM field secretary.  She was able to hand over those ministries before leaving for Home Ministry Assignment. She helps in the print shop and is the Head Librarian at Heritage International School, where our 3 children attend school.  She is involved in building relationships with the wives of the Ugandan pastors and other women in Uganda. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Meet the Hopson Family

We are Kenneth and Delight Hopson, missionaries to Uganda since 2004.  We were in Tanzania from 1997 to 2003 involved in a print shop and children and youth ministries.  In 2003 we felt a very clear ministry change taking place and Jesus paved the way for us to go to Uganda.  We arrived there in 2004 with Kenneth fulfilling needs to the best of his ability for the field literature, even with very limited equipment.  In 2009 Kenneth received the gift of donated printing equipment and eventually “The Print Shop” was up and running.  The print shop now has grown and grown and plans are being made to expansion. 

Delight has enjoyed her ministry as Head Librarian at Heritage International School.  What a blessing it has been to help children to develop a love for reading.  She has been involved in Women’s ministry with our Ugandan pastor’s wives and enjoys building relationships, as well.

We have three children, all teenagers now. Kaleb, our oldest, is 18 years old and is now attending Lake Land College in Illinois.  He is pursuing a BA of Science to teach Physical Education.  He would love to return to Uganda to teach at Heritage International School.  Some of the students already call him Coach K!  Our second oldest, Austin is 16 years old and is a junior in High School.  He worked very hard and landed a position on the Varsity soccer team in Illinois.  This was a hard task since he is new to the school and had not come up the ranks of the team.  Emilee, our youngest, is 14 years old and is a freshman at the high school in Illinois.  She plans to participate in track at her school in Illinois.  Please pray for all of our children as they step into new territory during our time in the U.S.A.  whether it is college or high school newness, they are all facing challenges.  Pray for them as they miss their Uganda home, Uganda friends and their Uganda life.  Pray they will be a light for Jesus wherever they go.