TUESDAY, 15TH SEPTEMBER 2020: HOUSING AND SETTLEMENTS
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
|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
HOUSING AND SETTLEMENTS
Scripture has much to say about housing and settlements. Houses have been important to man for millennia. An often-repeated biblical text by the 8th century BCE prophet Micah promises everyone a place to rest, a right to ownership, safety, and abundance
Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own
fig tree, and no one will make them afraid (Micah 4:4)
This and other Scripture passages assert that everyone has a right to a place to call home.
Cities are a major theme of the bible. There are at least 1400 references to cities from the early chapters of Genesis to the final chapters of Revelation. Man begins in a garden – the Garden of Eden but end in a city – The New Jerusalem.
In Prophet Jeremiah’s day, the Jewish exiles carried off into captivity to Babylon were very eager to go back to Jerusalem quickly. However God had other plans; they were to stay in exile for seventy years. So through the prophet, God told them to settle down and participate in the life of the foreign cities they had been carried off to.
Millard Fuller, who founded Habitat for Humanity, was a wealthy American Christian who owned much estate and lived in luxury. His wife got tired of the lifestyle and created a crisis in their marriage by going to New York on her own to consider what to do. This resulted in a mutual decision to start over, selling everything and recommit their lives to God’s purposes. Fuller began testing the ideas of Habitat for Humanity in Georgia and later in Africa. Today Habitat is the largest homebuilder in the world – providing homeownership for low-income families throughout the globe.
Habitat for Humanity puts the Ugandan housing deficit at 2.4 million housing units, out of which 210,000 units are in urban areas and 1.395 million units in rural areas. The Uganda National Household Survey indicates that by 2022, Uganda’s population is projected to be about 48 million requiring more than 3 million more housing units. The same survey further reveals that 25-30% of the available housing units are semi-permanent.
The housing sector falls under the mandate of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD). The government’s role has been limited to provision of a conducive policy, legislative and regulatory framework, in the bid to promote an efficient and effective housing delivery system. The Housing Policy seeks to promote progressive realization of adequate housing for all, premised on the principle of partnership, involving the private sector, land owner’s, financial institutions, cooperatives and individuals.
In addition, the Policy seeks to increase the production of adequate housing for all income groups from 60,000 to 200,000 housing units per annum so as to meet the housing needs by 2022; to improve the quality of the existing housing stock; to promote an efficient utilization of energy and other resources in housing; to increase access to affordable housing; to improve security of tenure for property owners; and to improve the mechanisms for development and management of the real estate industry.
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND PROCLAMATION
And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God…
…but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
ISAIAH 65: 21-22
They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
“And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full,
I gave you a land on which you had not labored and cities that you had not built, and you dwell in
them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.’
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he
has enough to complete it?
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over
the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are
filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your
Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt…
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,
for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages
who says, ‘I will build myself a great house with spacious upper rooms,’
who cuts out windows for it, paneling it with cedar and painting it with vermilion.
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in.
Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
ISAIAH 5:8, 9
Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field,
until there is no more room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land. The Lord of hosts has sworn in my hearing: “Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant…
WORSHIP GOD THE MASTER ARCHITECT AND PROVIDER OF SHELTER.
PSALM 18:1, 2
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
PSALM 91:1, 2
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
THANK GOD FOR:
- The leadership at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
- The abundance of building materials in Uganda.
- The land of Uganda most of which offers the opportunity for development of the settlements.
- Give thanks for the peace and stability in the nation which has enabled this sector to grow.
PROCLAMATION FOR HOUSES AND SETTLEMENTS
A Declaration Of What We Are Praying For And What We See As God Answers Prayer
God is raising leaders at all levels in housing, construction and urban planning that will govern and steward the sector in righteous and justice. Among them will be:
- Urban planners that will download God’s blueprint for town and cities.
- Creative architects that will design beautiful places to dwell in.
- Developers of affordable housing.
- Passionate lawmakers committed to decent housing for all income levels.
- Master builders that will construct with excellence.
Through their work and service God will redeem the souls of our cities and settlements.
Land-use planning and management will be prioritized to address the rapid urbanisation and the growing population through efficient land-use
Urban planning will be centralized and well coordinated to provide well for service access Land tenure systems will be harmonised to prevent land fragmentation and enable large
Uganda’s cities and human settlements will be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable as the
planning approach is revisited.
Poor housing settlements characterised by congestion, inadequate basic amenities and poor access
will be a thing of the past.
Slum will be transformed.
Dilapidated, aging structures in our urban areas will be replaced as the desolate and decaying parts of our cities are rejuvenated.
Many jobs will be created in construction and related building materials manufacturing industries.
Reforms in the education system will enable the training of globally competitive human resource with skills relevant for the sector.
Institutions providing affordable construction and mortgage financing for all levels of income will
Locally manufactured and environmentally friendly materials, and innovations will emerge.
Uganda will be self-sufficient in building materials and become a net exporter
New methods of construction using cost-effective building materials and innovative
technologies will be developed to will enable cost cutting and reduce the time of construction.
The massive housing deficit in our young population will be addressed and taken care of. There will be a variety of housing schemes: co-housing, cooperative housing schemes, and condominiums that allow for large scale affordable housing developments.
There will be quality and quantity affordable, well serviced housing in both rural and urban areas with appropriate amenities and within appropriate settings.
The laws will ensure that landlords are responsible and treat their tenants fairly. Uganda’s housing, construction and settlements sector will be accountable and internationally