By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: November 25, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.
SURRY – The weekend of November 11 was a special one for Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Surry. Beginning on Friday the 9th, Rev. Daniel Baltimore and Linda Baltimore Pastor and First Lady of the Church hosted the “Bridging the Gap” Conference, sponsored by Dr. Reginald Freeman and Dr. Deborah Freeman, Founders of ACTNIM (A Cross the Nations Ministries).
“The Freemans are missionaries who work around the world to help people in need,” explained church member Sophenia Pierce, who is Director of the Surry Dept of Youth and Family Resources and also serves as the Executive Director of United to Empower. “It was an honor to have them and their special guests here in Surry County and at Mt. Nebo. There were also several other partners from around the globe to participate this year, including Pastor BigSam Katabaro of the Kawotto Savior School in Uganda who leads an international Pen Pal Program, H.E. Mull Sebujja Katende Ambassador of Uganda to the USA and his wife, Mrs. Maliam Katende. The Ambassador was the special guest speaker at the finale event that ended the three-day conference on Sunday evening.”
Pastor Big Sam Katabaro, Dr. Reginald Freeman, Dr. Deborah Freeman, Mrs. Maliam Katende, Ambassador of Uganda to the USA- H.E. Mull Sebujja Katende, Sophenia Pierce.
According to Dr. Deborah Freeman, “Since the time the first African was brought to America, the stories and history have been almost forgotten. In today’s society, people in America, are asking questions about their origins as well as historical facts. ‘Bridging The Gap’ is an initiative that will do just that. Through Tourism and Education this can be achieved. Believers on both continents have a strong desire to reach out and better know their brothers and sisters that have been long removed from each other. With the help of churches, local communities, and government officials this initiative will become a reality.”
Pierce said that the Freemans are working with United to Empower locally to close the educational gap, and the Ambassador was here to promote “a sense of oneness that we all are united. He told us that Uganda is standing together with ACTNIM and America to bridge the gap, and noted that he will do all he can to support this program. A Pen Pal program to that end is already in the works in partnership with local schools.”