Hello again, Uganda!!!
I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to write you. (As I tried to plan out my outline on paper, my handwriting became unintelligible because my body was jerking with excitement. So, I had to hurry up and jump on the computer!)
I just got off the phone with Dad. It was a week ago that he left Knoxville, Tennessee to go spend a month with our amazing brothers and sisters in Uganda, Africa. We’ve only had the chance to speak on the phone a few times and tonight I couldn’t wait to write you and tell you all about it!!!! That is how these emails will work this month. I’ll write you when I have no option. I think I would have burst tonight had I not written you.
God has paved a phenomenal path for our brothers in Uganda. In Dad’s first few days there, he’s met with government officials, with many pastors, with brothers on fire for Christ that want to help with our ministry. His excitement and anticipation has grown each day.
One thing I’m SO excited to share with you is the update on Pastor James. Remember that one of our sisters here in the states bought him a truck? Well, I am honored to share that he’s used this investment so well. He rents the truck to others when he isn’t using it and then invests the money into the Kingdom! He has used the money earned to buy some land and plant a church!!!!!! Many are meeting Christ because of this truck and the fruit just keeps coming!!
Dad has bought a vehicle (thanks to a brother here in the states); he’s waiting to get mud tires on it and then he’s off to Pallisa! Anti-terrorism forces are alive and well, so Dad had to spend many hours at the bank proving he was not a terrorist. But, he passed the test and now has his van! Please pray that relationships are built so that in the future when we send money to our family in Uganda, the transactions will go smoothly and painlessly.
Dad, Pastor James and Pastor Jeffery are in the beginning stages of forming a council in Pallisa that will be the wisdom of our ministry of Uganda. Prayers for discernment and direction would be appreciated. It is apparent that God is working and wants to do great things in Pallisa! The children’s catechism we decided to make in June is now printed and in students’ hands! We printed 6,000 and can’t wait to see how God uses them.
The story that broke my heart tonight was the story of our brother’s son. Simon Peter’s son, Daniel, fell off his bike two years ago and broke his leg. (Daniel is seven) Simon Peter took him to the doctor and the doctor tied both of his legs together. (I guess to serve as a type of splint?) Daniel begged and begged his father to break him loose, but Simon Peter refused saying the doctor knew best. He tried for three days to find the doctor, but he was nowhere to be found. When the doctor finally resurfaced, he (the doctor) admitted he had made a mistake. Both of Daniel’s legs were now useless and in need of being amputated. So, Daniel, 7 years old, no longer has his legs. Simon Peter shared with my dad that he cannot find it in his heart to forgive the doctor. My flesh is screaming, “Can you blame him?” But, we must take comfort in the FACT that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Would you please pray with us that Simon Peter, through God’s grace and mercy, forgives this doctor? That WHEN Simon Peter extends that forgiveness, mercy and grace that the doctor will see Jesus and be called to Him? That Daniel will devour the Bible Dad is taking him this week and become a mighty man of God? That someone will be moved to help this young boy walk again?
I love you all and thank you for your hearts. Thank you for being on this journey with us. Your prayers, hearts and love make a difference. We are all the Church and it’s so exciting to be reminded of that! YOU have beautiful brothers and sisters in Uganda. YOU have many who are not a part of the family yet, but will hear of our Father because of your prayers through this ministry. We are part of a work MUCH bigger than ourselves.
My goodness… just brings you chills, doesn’t it?????
Please visit the blog I put together of our trip in June. https://witnessinguganda.wordpress.com/about/ Please give me your input. What would you like to hear more about? Dad is trying to upload videos and as soon as he does, they will be in your inbox. I’m doing my best to convey what is happening there, but I’m here! I’m still in school. So, if you would give feedback, I’d appreciate it.
I love you all. You are my family whom I love dearly. Thank you for your continued prayers. God is about to amaze us. If we open our eyes, He does that every day. I am excited to see what He wants to show us this month. I love you. Thank you.