Thank YOU!!!

This blog has been created so that you, our family, friends and senders can keep up with the happenings on our mission trip to Sibanga Village, Uganda, East Africa.

We would like to thank each of you for praying, giving, and loving us well, onward and upward, before, during and after our trip.
Your prayers over us are so important. We ask you to pray for safety and good health (for us and our families), wise choices, and most of all, for the Holy Spirit and the Love of Jesus to be evident in us, with each other, with the people we encounter on the planes and in the airports, and with everyone we meet in Uganda.

We would also like to thank you for your monetary support. The Lord has provided through YOU and continues to do so!
Thank you...
from all of us to all of you...
for giving to the Lord.

Prayer Requests

Village Evangelism – Sibanga Village

Ministry to Orphans – Lulwanda Children’s Home

We ask you to pray:
... that each team member would taste and see that the LORD is good.
... that we (both, as team members and as individuals) are obedient to the Holy Spirit's calling, orchestration, mercy, and love before, during and after the trip.
... for team unity and that we would be obedient to our team, and mini-team, leaders.
... that we would be used as the LORD's instruments to minister to and share the gift of salvation with the people of Sibanga Village and the surrounding schools and prisons that we may visit throughout the week.
... for softened hearts (their hearts AND ours!).
... for the safety, good health and peace for the loved ones we are leaving in the U.S. for the two week trip.
... for travel mercies and good health for all team members (before, during and after the trip!).


June 24-25 – Please pray for travel mercies on KLM Airlines as we depart Houston and arrive in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and then on to Entebbe, Uganda.

June 26 – Pray as we travel 2 hours to Mbale, Uganda (via van) and for recovery of jet lag.

June 27 – Pray for our teaching and encouragement for Pastor Morris Ogenga, his wife Aidah, the Elders and congregation of Mbale Presbyterian Church.

June 28-30 – Please pray as the team will daily share the Gospel (hut-to-hut, in public schools and in prisons) to the people of Sibanga Village. Team members will be sharing testimonies, teaching children, and preaching at afternoon crusades, local high schools and prisons. Pray also for the new pastor of Sibanga PCU, Pastor Emmanuel.

July 2 – Please pray for the team as they conduct a soccer camp for the orphans at Lulwanda Children’s Home and local school children. Pray that the soccer balls and uniforms are well received.

July 3 – Please pray as Pastor Timothy of Apokoro PCU (Tomball Bible Church 2006 church plant) is joined in marriage with Beatrice. Pray for the two of them as they begin their life together as husband and wife. The team is excited for the opportunity to attend Pastor Timothy and Beatrice’s wedding!

July 4 – Pray for our teaching and encouragement at Kidoko PCU. And pray also for travel mercies as the team makes their way from Mbale to Jinja (via 2 hour van ride).

July 4-5 – Pray for rest, refreshment and renewal for the team members at the Jinja Nile Resort.

July 6-7 – Please pray again for travel mercies on KLM Airlines as we depart Entebbe, Uganda and make the way back stateside, by way of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and on to Houston.

Thank you for praying for Uganda Mission 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pastor Apollos says "today is a good day, the devil is not happy"

Another night of approximately 5 hours of sleep and our team forges ahead with God's strength, grace and mercy.

God has been so good and He has been glorified through many things this week.

We will start with the school ministry. Scott and Dee visited three schools today. It was evident to the interpreter team that Scott was a "preacher" because he teaches the Word with so much conviction. Dee gave testimonies and Scott was able to compliment her story well. Probably the most profound thing that happened on their trip today was a conversation with a Muslim woman in a restaurant during lunch. She began by telling Scott that she was without sin. However, previously she had told Scott that she knew Jesus, and that she trusted in Him. After probing further, Scott was able to share the gospel as she recognized her need. She ended up praying to accept Christ! Amiina (Amen in Uganda)!

At Lulwanda, Kayla continued her "technical support" of our teachers at the orphanage, providing assistance and teaching typing and formatting in Microsoft Word. One teacher finished typing the first exam today and Kayla said that it looked exquisite!

Rose helped with computers and taught the older girls some new crocheting techniques. She also helped refine old techniques taught in years past. She found that some girls knew how to crochet as fast as her! Pardon the pun, but it was tight! No, seriously, it was sew-eet. (That was from Jamie) She also taught them how to crochet water bottle holders that can loop onto one's belt.

Jamie, Melissa, Alicia, Stephen, Mike and Don went hut-to-hut evangelizing at Sibanga in the morning. There were many amazing stories of people coming to Christ. We will highlight one special story shared by Don when he returned from the crusade. As Don walked into his first hut, a woman greeted him and told him that she had a dream last night that a Mzungu (English-speaking white person) was going to come and talk to her today! God is clearly working and the Holy Spirit is going before us softening hearts and preparing them for the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Don shared with her and she trusted Christ! Amiina!

God was all the more present at the crusade. Melissa and Mike shared their testimonies. God's story through Melissa was able to pierce the hearts of many women, and prepared them to hear the good news from Don's sermon. Don preached of stories of God's grace and mercy evident throughout the Bible. Many were moved by God's message and a brother of one of Don's translators prayed to receive salvation. Meanwhile, Alicia and Stephen conducted the children's service. They reviewed yesterday's lesson on Jesus calming the sea, which the kids accurately remembered. They shared the story of the wise man who built his house upon the rock, which led into Alicia sharing the good news and bad news gospel. Approximately 20 kids received Christ. Your prayer for the children’s service during the crusade has been felt here!

Jamison (Jamie) went to prisons today after lunch in Sibanga. The trip ended up being two hours of traveling to Masafu prison in Tororo. It turned out to be the same prison that he visited in 2008 with Nancy and Betsy. They even showed him the spot in the guestbook because they remembered him. He was not completely sure what to preach on going into it, but as he started preaching, God kept giving him the words. About 10 prisoners came to faith in Jesus!

Tomorrow Crown Financial Ministries is doing a seminar at Mbale PCU for the pastors, elders, and deacons from the approximately 90 churches in the area that Morris has planted. Please pray for financial stewardship of those attending.

Pray for school ministry as Jamison is going back out again in the morning. Tomorrow afternoon, there will be the 1st Annual Ogenga Cup where the Lulwanda Primary School will play Covenant Primary School (Mbale PCU's Primary School). Mike has brought many uniforms, shorts, and cleats that were donated by the Dallas Texans Football Club-Houston. The children were able to pick out their cleats and uniforms or as they call them boots and bibs. Please pray for safe and exciting days of African football.

1 comment:

  1. John 1:1-5

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

    Thank you, Father, for Your powerful Word. Your light shines in the darkness, and overcomes it. How great is our God? We rejoice in welcoming our new brothers and sisters in Christ!

    Thank you for gracious love. Thank you for using this team to reflect Your light and Your love. Use them for Your glory! Lord, continue to watch over them and protect them from the evil one. Grant them peaceful sleep and settled stomachs. Stretch their faith, drawing them ever nearer to You. Use them to proclaim Your Good News.

    We thank you in advance for the appointments waiting for the team tomorrow. We ask that You draw many more into Your loving arms, that they would come to know the love that You have for them; that they would understand the grace of God in truth. We ask that you firmly establish Your church in Sibanga. Fill Pastor Emmanuel with Your wisdom that he may humbly serve Your church with much fear and trembling.

    Lord we also ask blessings for Pastor Timothy and Beatrice. May they have a Christ centered marriage that testifies of You.

    We thank you for the many ways in which you have used Pastor Morris and Aidah, and the church in Mbale. Bless them Lord in ways that we can't even ask or imagine. Protect them from the evil one.

    We also thank you for LCH and for each and every staff and board member. Thank you for the precious children. Lord use this facility, this faculty, these children, to do marvelous deeds. Bless the time that the team has to spend with the children. Though it is short, I pray for its eternal value.