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Faith in Action: A Journey of Unity and Empowerment in Uganda

In a world often divided by differences, the International Multi-Faith Coalition (IMFC) stands as a beacon of hope, demonstrating the unifying power of faith. Through our latest video, "Religions in Action," the IMFC showcases the transformative impact of collaborative humanitarian efforts, transcending religious boundaries. This feature delves into the heart of this inspiring narrative, highlighting a recent groundbreaking initiative in Uganda, where unity, compassion, and the Scientology Tools for Life are paving the way for sustainable change.

Uganda, known for its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes, faces profound challenges. With 40% of its population living in poverty and a significant portion being under 15, the nation grapples with socio-economic issues and a dire need for empowerment and sustainable development strategies. Amid these challenges, two remarkable men, united by faith and a commitment to service, embarked on a mission of hope and empowerment.

Rev. Samuel Richard Sembuya and Jan-Maarten Kruijt, united in purpose, empower local communities in Uganda with Scientology Tools for Life, igniting hope and tangible change.
Rev. Samuel Richard Sembuya and Jan-Maarten Kruijt, united in purpose, empower local communities in Uganda with Scientology Tools for Life, igniting hope and tangible change.

The story begins with Reverend Samuel Richard Sembuya, a Christian priest and missionary with an unwavering commitment to the spiritual and physical upliftment of Ugandan communities. His journey intersected with that of Jan-Maarten Kruijt, a Dutch Scientologist and dedicated member of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers. Their collaboration, fueled by a shared passion for service, set the stage for a transformative journey in humanitarian aid.

Rev. Sembuya's discovery of the Scientology Tools for Life marked a pivotal moment. After completing all 19 courses available on the Scientology website, he recognized their potential to address the multifaceted challenges faced by local communities significantly. However, understanding the value of experience and teamwork, he sought assistance from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers' international headquarters, requesting an on-site seminar to train a dedicated team of volunteers. Answering this call from thousands of miles away was Jan-Maarten Kruijt, who didn't hesitate to travel to Africa to facilitate this crucial training. This act emphasizes interfaith cooperation and the universal call to service transcending geographical and religious boundaries. The video "Religions in Action: Tackling Poverty in Uganda” captures the essence of this inspiring collaboration. Viewers are taken on a journey through the districts of Jinja and Buikwe, where Kruijt and Rev. Sembuya initiated a series of seminars on the Scientology Tools for Life. Their efforts didn't stop there; they engaged with local fire and police departments, introducing them to the program and establishing a network of volunteers ready to assist as needed. They didn't just bring aid; they brought sustainable solutions, training local teachers on educational methods developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, thereby investing in the future of Ugandan youth.

The impact of their work is a testament to the power of faith-driven service. They’ve laid a long-term growth and development foundation by emphasizing empowerment and education. The initiatives these two men and their teams spearheaded are more than just aid; they're a beacon of hope, a testament to the power of unity in faith, and a practical demonstration of the IMFC's core values. The Scientology Volunteer Minister program, established in 1973 by L. Ron Hubbard and sponsored by the Church of Scientology International, operates under a powerful creed: "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil, and injustice of existence." This creed echoed in the actions of volunteers like Kruijt and Rev. Sembuya, emphasizes active engagement and service. Their motto, "Something can be done about it," shines as a message of hope in the face of adversity.

Amidst the vibrant spirit of Jinja, newly trained Scientology Volunteer Ministers embark on their mission, ready to transform lives and uplift their communities through compassion and actionable wisdom.
Amidst the vibrant spirit of Jinja, newly trained Scientology Volunteer Ministers embark on their mission, ready to transform lives and uplift their communities through compassion and actionable wisdom.

"Religions in Action: Tackling Poverty in Uganda” is not just a video; it's an invitation to witness the power of faith in action to see what's possible when compassion meets commitment. It's a call to action for viewers to engage with the humanitarian efforts showcased, learn from these powerful stories of interfaith collaboration, and participate in the ongoing dialogue about faith's role in addressing global challenges. The IMFC's new video is a reminder that faith is not just a path of personal spirituality; it's a journey of collective action, a bridge across divides, and a force for global change. As viewers embark on this visual journey, they're not just observers but participants in a global movement of unity, compassion, and service.


In a world where differences often lead to division, "Religions in Action: Tackling Poverty in Uganda” showcases a different narrative where faith unites, service transcends boundaries, and hope is a shared language. This feature is more than a story; it's a mosaic of humanity at its best, and it's a chapter in the larger narrative of what we can achieve together through faith, hope, and action. The IMFC invites viewers to join this journey, to be part of this story, and to let "Religions in Action" be a source of inspiration and a call to service. Because when we act together, united by faith and driven by a shared commitment to humanity, there's no limit to what we can achieve.

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