HANDS IN SERVICE (HIS), established in 1981 by Alfred and Carney Farris, is a fellowship of friends in Christ in Soroti, Uganda who have joined together to demonstrate the reconciling love of Jesus Christ among people of different denominations, cultures, and backgrounds, as they share the hope of the Kingdom of God amid a society wrecked by decades of civil war, AIDs, violence, and poverty.
As an indigenously operated Christian ministry, HIS has made a commitment to be an agent of reconciliation, helping enemies become friends……peacemakers. HIS strives to be an agent of change, perceiving our daily activities and lifestyles to be opportunities to change society to be more like the Kingdom of God. HIS is committed to foster unity among the body of Christ, by accepting and encouraging all Christians as brothers and sisters to work together across denominational, ethnic, and socio economic boundaries to the glory of God. HIS strives to be stewards of God’s truth in Jesus Christ and his message of salvation offered to all mankind. And HIS is committed to being stewards of the resources entrusted to our care so that his Kingdom is built up on the earth. Under girding the ministry of Hands In Service is an operational commitment to demonstrate self sustainability as a way of life. “Let us work with our hands that we might have something to share with others” Ephesians 4:28.
This mission is lived out daily in a region of Northeastern Uganda that encompasses nearly 1.5 million people from the Teso and Kumam tribal groups. HIS is headquartered in Soroti which serves as the main trading center for the region.
Christian Fellowship of Nashville is the U.S. founding partner for Hands In Service and serves to administer the resources needed to fulfill the work of HIS.
HIS does its best to facilitate and encourage other effective ministries in the region whenever possible, particularly in the area of peacemaking and biblical reconciliation, literacy, micro enterprise, youth outreach, women’s cooperative initiatives, sustainable agriculture development and rural village medical outreach among others.
By God’s grace, HIS continues to be a beacon of light and encouragement not only to Northeastern Uganda, but to North American Christians who capture a vision for what it truly means to serve each other, cross-culturally, as “friends in Christ” and co laborers in His Kingdom here on earth.