WEDNESDAY, 9th SEPTEMBER 2020: WATER MANAGEMENT
ISAIAH 51:15-16 (NKJV)
15But I am the Lord your God,
Who divided the sea whose waves roared—
The Lord of hosts is His name.
16And I have put My words in your mouth; [Emphasis Added]
I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,
That I may plant the heavens,
Lay the foundations of the earth, [Emphasis Added]
And say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
JEREMIAH 1:9,10 (ESV)
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
EZEKIEL 37: 3-5, 7, 9, 10
And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, [Emphasis Added] O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live….
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, [Emphasis Added] and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone…
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, [Emphasis Added] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on
these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, [Emphasis Added] and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he
came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, [Emphasis Added] “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. [Emphasis Added]
And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, [Emphasis Added] whoever says to this mountain, [Emphasis Added] Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says [Emphasis Added] will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, [Emphasis Added] believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
GUIDING TEXT FOR THE FASTING SEASON
1Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
And princes will rule with justice.
2A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge,
And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
5The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6For the foolish person will speak foolishness,
And his heart will work iniquity:
To practice ungodliness,
To utter error against the Lord,
To keep the hungry unsatisfied,
And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7Also the schemes of the schemer are evil;
He devises wicked plans
To destroy the poor with lying words,
Even when the needy speaks justice.
8But a generous man devises generous things,
And by generosity he shall stand.
Day of the Week
Area of Focus
|22||Wednesday||9th September 2020||Water Management|
|23||Thursday||10th September 2020||Biodiversity & the Natural Environment|
|24||Friday||11th September 2020||Livestock, Fisheries and Agriculture|
|25||Saturday||12th September 2020||Energy|
|26||Sunday||13th September 2020||Minerals|
|27||Monday||14th September 2020||Tourism and Hospitality|
|28||Tuesday||15th September 2020||Housing and Construction|
|29||Wednesday||16th September 2020||Entertainment and Celebration|
|30||Thursday||17th September 2020||Sports and Recreation|
|31||Friday||18th September 2020||International Cooperation|
|32||Saturday||19th September 2020||International Geopolitics|
|33||Sunday||20th September 2020||Africa, Israel and the Nations|
|34||Monday||21st September 2020||The Executive|
|35||Tuesday||22nd September 2020||Cabinet|
|36||Wednesday||23rd September 2020||Local Government|
|37||Thursday||24th September 2020||Public Service|
|38||Friday||25th September 2020||The Army and the Reserve Force|
|39||Saturday||26th September 2020||Border Control|
|40||Sunday||27th September 2020||Justice, Law and Order|
|41||Monday||28th September 2020||The Police and LDUs|
|42||Tuesday||29th September 2020||Prisons and Rehabilitation|
|43||Wednesday||30th September 2020||The Legislature|
|44||Thursday||1st October 2020||Political Organizations|
|45||Friday||2nd October 2020||The Electoral Commission|
|46||Saturday||3rd October 2020||The Electorate|
|47||Sunday||4th October 2020||The 2021 Elections|
|48||Monday||5th October 2020||Post- Election to Swearing-in|
|49||Tuesday||6th October 2020||Marketplace Restoration|
|50||Wednesday||7th October 2020||Dedicating the Decade 2020 -2029|
|Thursday||8th October 2020||Dedicating 2020/2021|
|Friday||9th October 2020||THANKSGIVING|
DATES TO NOTE
CONCLUDING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Monday, 5th October to Wednesday, 7th October 2020 (6 pm to 9 pm)
CONCLUDING NIGHT VIGIL & DEDICATION OF 2020/2021
Thursday, 8th October 2020
Water is one of the most important substances on earth. Without water there wouldn’t be life on earth. All plants and animals must have water to survive. Uses of water and water bodies are diverse including drinking, cooking, washing, farming, fishing, industry, tourism, recreation and transport. Proper function of our lakes and rivers help to ease the impact of floods and droughts by storing large amounts of water and releasing it during shortages. Lakes also replenish groundwater and preserve biodiversity. It is our responsibility to practice stewardship of our water bodies by keeping them healthy for present and future generations.
Uganda has been called a land of lakes because nearly 20% of its surface is covered by fresh water or swamps. Almost half of the second largest fresh water lake in the world – Lake Victoria – lies in Uganda and so do three other great East African lakes: Lake Albert, Lake Kyoga, Lake Edward, and Lake George. When the crater lakes and smaller lakes are counted in, Uganda has 165 lakes, most of which are serviced by rivers and streams. The longest river in the world, the Nile, begins its 6,650 km northward journey to the Mediterranean Sea from southern part of Uganda.
The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) is the Government ministry that oversees water management. It was established in 2007 from the then Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment. It has the overall responsibility of the development, managing, and regulating water and environment resources in Uganda. In 1995, Uganda made history as the second country worldwide, after Canada, to pass a wetlands policy.
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND PROCLAMATION
GENESIS 1:1, 2
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
GENESIS 1: 9
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day
and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name…
Do you not fear me? declares the Lord. Do you not tremble before me?
I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great.
There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters…
PSALM 65:9, 10
You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain,
for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing
serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.
WORSHIP GOD THE MAKER OF THE RIVERS, LAKES AND OCEANS
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
THANK GOD FOR:
- Give thanks and appreciate God for the abundant water resources He has given to Uganda as our inheritance which covers almost 20% of Uganda’s total area comprising big lakes like Victoria, Kyoga, Albert, George and Edward, and, Rivers Nile, Katonga, Semiliki, Aswa, and Malaba among others. There are also swamps and wetlands.
- Two rainy seasons in a year that water our land and replenish the water bodies.
- The second largest freshwater body in the world – Lake Victoria and the River Nile, the longest river in the world that commences its northward journey from Uganda. God has called us to water the nations.
- The beautiful weather and climate we have as a result of the abundant natural vegetation and many rivers, springs and lakes.
- The underground water source in many parts of Uganda that enables communities to access water through natural springs and through the drilling of boreholes.
- For the innovation of rainwater harvesting that enables water stressed communities to harness nature.
PROCLAMATION FOR WATER MANAGEMENT
A declaration of what we are praying for
God is raising leaders at all levels in Uganda that will handle water management matters with
righteous and justice.
The idolatry linked to our water bodies will be overthrown.
There will be good responsible management of the sector with effective planning and coordination
for present and future generations.
Polices will be formulated and robustly enforced that will set standards, provide for inspections and
technical support leading to the efficient utilization of our water bodies.
Our water bodies will be sustainably utilized for the socio-economic development of the country. Uganda’s abundant water supply will be well utilized for agriculture, fishing, industry, trade, transportation, recreation and tourism.
Both urban and rural areas will be provided with safe water supply and sanitation systems.
Quality water will be available in abundance in small towns, large towns, municipalities and cities. There will be an abundance of gravity flow systems, solar pumped boreholes and surface treated systems.
Communities will learn to harvest water and be able to farm all year round.
Deforestation will be reversed and there will be effective management of forests and trees to yield
increases in economic, social and environment benefits.
Massive nationwide tree planting campaigns will restore the protection of water catchment areas.
Wetlands will be protected and used wisely.
Those who destroy fresh water bodies by cultivating along shores, discharging chemicals and
untreated sewage, and, destroying forest cover will be resolutely stopped.
There will be peaceful collaboration with neighbouring countries in the management of the trans
boundary water resources Lakes Victoria, Albert and Edward and the Nile Basin countries.