CLARKS SUMMIT — The Reverend Charles Busingye and his wife Alice are arriving from Uganda to visit friends and supporting churches in the United States. Fr. Charles will preach at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Church of the Epiphany. A pot-luck supper will follow. The couple will give a “table talk” at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, April 22 at the First Presbyterian Church.
Alice and Fr. Charles founded Epiphany School, a primary school (grades K-7) in southwest Uganda with the help of funding from the Church of the Epiphany and several other sources in the United States. The school is situated close to a Batwa pygmy settlement, also founded by the Busingyes because the nomadic Batwa were evicted from the rain forest when it was made into a national park. The school serves the Batwa, along with other local children. Some 250 students are enrolled; recently, they have performed especially well on the Ugandan National Exams and several students have graduated from college.
Students from The University of Scranton travel annually to Uganda and typically spend a day with the Busingyes, playing with the school children and building a mud home for a family at the settlement. The Busingyes are associated with Bwindi Community Hospital, founded by American Dr. Scott Kellerman, who also works with the Batwa. Scranton students learn the Batwa’s story, and discover what is being done by the Busingyes and local leaders to assist them.
All are welcome to attend any of the above events and learn more about our friends and their work in Uganda. For more information, call Church of the Epiphany at 570-563-1564.