Dear Prayer Friends,
Ben and I are back home rejoicing in the graciousness of our God! We arrived 10:30 pm at home and were so exhausted we collapsed in bed by 11 pm.
Thank you for your many prayers for what we believe was a successful trip. Our first week was on expedition in briskly cool Fort Portal. It was great working with familiar friends and making new ones. As the team was assigned to various places, I was privileged to work with Pastor George and Ben worked with Pastor Patrick. Our partnership with other Ugandans was exciting to behold as they were eager to evangelize and start new believers on the journey of a lifetime, that of being transformed into the likeness of Christ!
In the 2 weeks that followed Ben taught 17 Ugandan men the basics of woodworking. I taught 65 other people in 4 sites the concepts of Community Transformation and the technique of assessing their problems and strengths using the Ten Seeds Technique.
Here some stats you may find worthy of report but more so rejoicing at the miracles of birth and growth.
We located 102 Persons of Peace at those sites, we trained 173 new Nationals, 573 people heard the good news in that week, 167 new believers were trained in how to share their testimony and the gospel, and 42 groups met gathered during the week. God is awesome! Enjoy the photos included and say a prayer for the continued work in Uganda; for those who will meet to lead the groups with the vision of starting more groups or potential churches and for each believer as they grow in obedience to Christ.
Chuck Swindoll in his book, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity says, “We are like tiny islands of truth surrounded by a sea of paganism, but we launch our ship every day. We can’t live or do business in this world without rubbing shoulders with those driven by the world’s desires. God calls very few to be monks in a monastery. So, we must make a practical decision not to be conformed while in the system, and at the same time, we must make a radical decision to give God the green light to transform our minds. At the deepest level, even though the majority may not want to admit it, most people are conformists. That is why it is correctly termed a radical decision. Only a radically different mindset can equip folks like us to stand alone when we are out-numbered. It takes courage to think alone, to resist alone, to stand alone — especially when the crowd seems so safe, so right.”
Thank you for being the ones who have this “radically different mindset.” I praise the Lord for your radical decision to stand with me, to pray for us and to sacrifice your time and gifts for this cause. Many made radical decisions in Uganda this month, ones that will change their lives for eternity! THANK YOU for being courageous and radical with us!