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

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Team in Mbale, Uganda

Well, travel mercies were indeed necessary as this trip has had a few issues. All went well from Houston to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, we all boarded the KLM plane ready to head to Uganda but instead of pulling away from the ramp, we sat. And we sat. Finally, they said the plane had a fuel pump issue and that we needed to deplane and move to another terminal where another plane was waiting. So off we went, across the entire airport of course, and no plane. 3 hours later we were on our way to Uganda which put us into Entebbe at about 11:30pm, Uganda time. The team was tired and ready for a bed to sleep in. And did we ever sleep. You know after 20+ hours on airplanes or in an airport, a person is very thankful for a horizontal place to lay.

We awoke this morning to a great breakfast and a garden view to hold our devotional time. We arrived in Mbale this afternoon to the Mt. Elgon Hotel and as we pulled into the parking lot, the team from Midland, Tx was pulling in as well after a day at Lulwanda Children's Home. This gave us a great time of fellowship tonight at dinner as we went around the room introducing ourselves to each other and finished the night with prayer over the preachers and teachers from both Midland and Tomball who will be leading tomorrow's services. Tomball will be holding services at Mbale PCU, Pastor Ogenga's church while Midland will be commissioning their new church plant.

All team members are healthy and looking forward to a busy week of ministry. Now it is time to catch up on some sleep. Keep us in your prayers.

Larry Hoelscher


  1. Jesus, Multiply the strength and energy of this team...provide for them supernaturally that they may move in Your Spirit and fulfill your plans in Uganda. We love your ways and our hearts trust in YOU!
    Thank you my LORD!!

  2. Good to hear yall finally made it. We will be praying for the team.

    Ghana 2 - USA 1 OT

  3. We are happy you guys made it safe and are getting some rest! We will definitely be praying for you guys tomorrow at church! Tell Morris, Aidah and Natalie hi for us!

    Tell Mike we hope he is finding food!