Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Update

Dear Team,
Thanks for standing with us in prayer. Because of the time you spend praying, we wait in eager anticipation to see what our great God will do to advance His Kingdom among us here.

Missionaries
  • Pray for the Mayo family as they grieve the loss of Jonathan’s father, William Mayo. His funeral was Saturday, March 29. Jonathan wasn’t able to be at the funeral but had spent almost 2 weeks in the States with his parents and sisters the last part of February and early March.
  • Pray for the missionaries who are currently raising their support that they will be a blessing to those they meet with and the churches they speak in. Also pray for protection as they travel and for the health of all family members. (Leisure, Metz, Williams, Hallahan, Rambo, Hopson)
  • Kenneth and Delight Hopson will arrive back in Uganda on June 24. Pray for the packing and goodbyes that will be said. They will be returning this time without Kaleb who is now attending college.
  • Nicole Leisure will have surgery on April 22. Pray for peace of mind for her and the family as well as a quick recovery.
  • Josh and Kelly Hallahan are close to the point in raising their support where they can go ahead and purchase tickets to return. Pray that God will provide what is remaining for them to return in May.
  • Nathan and Jade Metz are in the process of putting their house up for sale, and Nathan finished his job last Friday so that they can raise support full time. Pray for this transition time for the family and for God’s provision.
  • Scott and Meg Rambo are anticipating the arrival of baby Elijah later in the summer. Pray that God will keep Meg and the baby healthy and for the family. Also pray for new contacts for Scott and Meg to share about God’s vision for Congo.
  • Justin and Debbie Williams are also needed here in Uganda. Pray that God will open up doors for them to speak to people about their support needs as well as giving those listening receptive hearts so that their wallets, purses, and bank accounts will be opened in generosity.
  • Billy and Joanna Coppedge arrived back in the States for HMA yesterday. Pray for Billy, Joanna, and the girls to have a smooth transition from rural Uganda to urban America.
Africa Gospel Church Uganda
  • There is a Pastors’ Wives Conference May 6-10 here in Kampala sponsored by another organization. Pray that the pastors’ wives would be able to take advantage of this opportunity to be challenged in their spiritual growth and to be encouraged in their role of pastor’s wife. The cost is minimal (less than $15 for lodging and food), but for them it can be an obstacle that prevents them from participating.
  • Pray for strong marriages for the pastors and their wives so that they will be godly models to their communities.
  • Pray that the pastors will be men of integrity in all of their business pursuits as well as church activities.
  • Pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit on the church as a whole that will convict of guilt in regard to sin and unrighteousness.
  • Pray that the church leadership will be transformed by the renewing of their minds so that they can help themselves and the local people overcome a “poverty” mindset.
Heritage International School
  • A very big praise is that Heritage International School was given provisional accreditation after the visit of the accreditation team last week. Lisa Mayo and Lisa Fish both worked very hard to see this become a reality. Pray that their minds and bodies will be refreshed after all of their hard work. 
University Discipleship Movement
  • Even though the attendance at the main service on Sundays has seen a decrease in the last couple of years, there are more students becoming involved in small groups. This semester 89 students are taking part in small groups and are studying The Purpose Driven Life together. Pray that the students will learn how to live as a Christ-follower at all times affecting every part of their lives so that we will see Africa transformed by this generation.
  • Several Bible study and discipleship groups are now meeting at the International University of East Africa. Pray that God will do a great work in their lives as they participate in these groups.
  • Pray for wisdom for those leading the ministry (Kennedy Kirui, Edwin Eregwa, Laura Oyeri, Hezekiah Aurah) as they provide counselling for those who have deep spiritual needs.
  • Pray for open doors and open hearts for the many international students coming to the universities in Kampala. There are now groups meeting at Kampala International University, Cavendish University, and International University of East Africa. 
Community Health Empowerment
  • Tiana Duncan has arrived in Uganda and has already been making visits to those that have been trained in CHE the last couple of years. Pray that God will use her for His glory while she’s here.
  • The CHE training schedule has been set up for the rest of this year, and there are at least 9 different training events on the calendar. Pray that these events won’t just be activity, but that there will be real transformation in communities.
  • Pray for Jennipher Wasirimba, our CHE coordinator, as she travels to various communities to oversee the training teams. Pray that the Holy Spirit will provide her with great answers to the hard questions that are asked.
  • There are still ongoing needs for translation of CHE materials into other languages. A couple of good contacts have been made for help in translating some basic materials into Kirundi.
  • Pray that as trainings are held that the power of God and the facilitators’ lessons will create an atmosphere in which people can grasp the idea that God has provided all that they need to bring change to their lives, their families, and their communities.
  • John Muehleisen and Tiana Duncan are working on the CHE lessons to develop a much more simplified format as well as much simpler English. They are finding it a challenge to come up with very simple English words to express the CHE lessons. Pray for God’s help in this process.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Super-Synergy

Have you felt like your prayers for missions have grown stale and routine?  Need some fresh inspiration?  We highly recommend this article by Steve Hawthorne (founder of Waymakers and co-editor of Perspectives):

Super-Synergy: Read it here!

Leave a comment to let us know you are standing with us in prayer!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Video: University in DRCongo


A little glimpse into what God is doing through like-minded groups that are open to partnering together to bring transformation in Congo.


and here's a link to Universit√© Chr√©tienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC): http://www.ucbc.org

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Prayer Update

Thank you for keeping the field’s ministries and missionaries before the Lord. The time you spend praying is time invested well. We can feel the difference you make.  
Missionaries
·         Pray for the Mayo family. They have all been sick for a couple of weeks and can’t seem to get better. Lisa is having a lot of dizziness and will be going to the doctor later this week, and Jonathan’s father is also in the hospital with congestive heart failure.
·         Pray for the missionaries who are currently raising their support that they will be a blessing to those they meet with and the churches they speak in. Also pray for protection as they travel and for the health of all family members. (Leisure, Metz, Williams, Hallahan, Rambo, Hopson)
Africa Gospel Church Uganda
·         Pray for the health of the pastors and their wives. Specifically, pray for Rev. David Dhikusooka, Rev. James Ouma, and Rose Owor (Rev. Martin’s wife).
·         Pray for strong marriages for the pastors and their wives so that they will be godly models to their communities.
·         Pray that the pastors will be men of integrity in all of their business pursuits as well as church activities.
·         Pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit on the church as a whole that will convict of guilt in regard to sin and unrighteousness.
·         Pray that the church leadership will be transformed by the renewing of their minds so that they can help themselves and the local people overcome a “poverty” mindset.
Heritage International School
·         A very big prayer request is for the accreditation process that the school staff is preparing for right now. Lisa Mayo is carrying a heavy load as she is one of the main administrators overseeing this process. Pray that the staff will get the necessary paperwork done within the deadlines and that God will grant the school favor when the accrediting team comes for a visit on the 26th of March.
University Discipleship Movement
·         Praise God for the good turnout (60) last Saturday with university students for an introductory seminar on the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Pray that the students who were challenged by the presentation will begin practicing what they were taught.
·         Several Bible study and discipleship groups are now meeting at the International University of East Africa. Pray that God will do a great work in their lives as they participate in these groups.
·         Pray for wisdom for those leading the ministry (Kennedy Kirui, Edwin Eregwa, Laura Oyeri, Hezekiah Aurah) as they provide counselling for those who have deep spiritual needs.
·         Pray for open doors and open hearts for the many international students coming to the universities in Kampala. The government of Nigeria is paying for 200 Muslim students to attend IUEA. What an opportunity to make an impact in Nigeria! There are also many Zambians, Rwandese, Sudanese, and Somalis coming to study in Uganda.
Community Health Empowerment
·         Tiana Duncan will be coming to Uganda in early March to help out with the CHE ministry teams in various communities. Pray that God will bless her time here and help her in transitioning to yet another country. In her 2-year Missionary Disciple term, she has been in Zambia, South Sudan, and now Uganda.
·         The CHE training schedule has been set up for the rest of this year, and there are at least 9 different training events on the calendar. Pray that these events won’t just be activity, but that there will be real transformation in communities.
·         Pray for Jennipher Wasirimba, our CHE coordinator, as she travels to various communities to oversee the training teams. Pray that the Holy Spirit will provide her with great answers to the hard questions that are asked.
·         There are still ongoing needs for translation of CHE materials into other languages. A couple of good contacts have been made for help in translating some basic materials into Kirundi.
·         Pray that as trainings are held that the power of God and the facilitators’ lessons will create an atmosphere in which people can grasp the idea that God has provided all that they need to bring change to their lives, their families, and their communities.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why Congo?

Survey Trip to Congo July 2012
We get this question, or some version of this question, a lot.

“Why Congo?” “Why would you take your family to Congo?” “Congo? It’s not safe there, is it?” “Don’t they have some kind of war, or rebellion, or something there?” “Wouldn’t it be easier to stay in Uganda?”


And a lot of that is true. Congo hasn’t been the safest place on earth for the past few decades. The country has been stuck in a cycle of war and rebellion since the mid-1990’s. There have been atrocities committed, war crimes perpetrated, unspeakable tragedies wrought. It is easy to see why, more than a one hundred years after Joseph Conrad wrote his book, people still think of Congo as the Heart of Darkness.


And, yes, it would be easier for us to stay in Uganda.

But it wouldn’t be better. God has called us to the Congo and He is the One opening doors for us there. For us to ignore God’s call by not going to Congo would be like Jonah fleeing to Tarshish, rather than following God to Ninevah. Jesus never called Christians to a life of safety or security (Lk 21:12; Jn 15:18-21; Mt 10:16-25; 1 Pt 4:13-14; 2 Cor 4:8-12), He promised to be with us through it (Mt 28:20; Heb 13:6; Rom 8:31-39). The fact remains that God’s heart is to speak light into darkness (2 Cor 4:6; Jn 1:5; Col 1:13; Acts 26:16-18; 1 Pt 2:9), peace into instability (Jn 14:27; Jn 16:33), and hope into despair (1 Pt 1:3; Rom 8:24-25; Hb 11:1).


We believe that the primary way that God brings this transformation to lives and communities is through people engaging the Word of God; the Scriptures and the Person, Jesus. And so we are taking the tools He has put in our toolbox and offering them to those who lack equipping to do what God has called them to do. 


Some of those tools are:
  • training for pastors and leaders to engage and share the Word and lead the church, 
  • discipleship for university students seeking to make a difference in their country, 
  • and community-based development that is holistic and shows God’s love for the whole person, spiritually and physically.

God has called our family to Congo. God is the One opening the doors for us in Congo. We believe that God is and will raise up a team to join us in this work, both senders and fellow workers. Even though God is still working in Uganda and it would be easier to remain there, we cannot. We are excited about the possibilities that lie before us in Congo and we are looking forward with anticipation to see how God, Whom we have seen at work in the past, will make a way for His kingdom in the future.  
-by Scott Rambo

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Meet the Rambo Family

We are the Rambos. Scott, Meg, Tim, Ben and Josiah. We served our first term in Uganda and are now back in the US raising support to return to Africa. We plan to go to DRCongo when we return but we call New Jersey home right now. 

We were blessed to be a part of the pastoral training that WGM has been doing in Uganda. Our hearts want to take this training to pastors in Congo. We desire to equip the pastors with tools to be able to engage and share the Word of God. We desire to impact the communities holistically, both their physical and spiritual realities, through community health empowerment (CHE). We desire to bring the light and joy of Jesus to some of the dark places in Congo.

We are just over halfway funded to return. As we are longing to return to the work Jesus has given to us to do, we are waiting with anticipation to see how God will provide for His work to be done!