Monday, August 4, 2014

First Monday Fast


We are trying to revive our discipline of fasting on the first Monday of each month.  Would you stand with us and fast?  Use the August Prayer Update for a guideline, or try Praying Backwards!  If you have never fasted before check out this artcle: Why We Fast by Aletha Hinthorn.  

Thank you for standing with us in this powerful way!

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Prayer Update

Dear Prayer Team,

Thank you for bearing the needs of our missionaries and ministries before the throne of God. Hallelujah! He answers when we call to Him.

We would also ask you to join us as we fast as a field next Monday, August 4th.
Let us know if there are needs that we can pray for you as well. We meet several times a month on Sunday evenings to pray together.

-Beth


Missionaries
  • We are praising the Lord for some new additions to our Uganda team of missionaries. Lisette Lewis will be coming next year to help with children’s ministries in CHE and HIS, and Brady and Alicia Searl are looking forward to working with university students and with students at HIS.
  • 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. (Burke, Leisure, Lewis, Metz, Williams, Rambo, Searl)
  • The Hallahan family has returned, and they are doing well in their transition to life and ministry.
  • Pray for Nathan and Jade and the children as they begin wrapping up their lives in the States with the plan of heading this way in mid-September. They will be attending a 5-week missionary training course before coming to Uganda.
  • Scott and Meg Rambo praise God for the safe arrival of baby Elijah. Both Meg and the baby are doing well.  Continue to pray for new contacts for Scott and Meg to share about God’s vision for Congo.
  • Pray for Billy and Joanna Coppedge and their girls as they move to Scotland and Billy prepares to enter a doctoral studies program.


Africa Gospel Church Uganda
  • Pastor Miria, the Kampala area overseer, lost her brother this past week. Please ask the Lord to grant them comfort and peace of heart and mind as they grieve.
  • Please begin praying now for church leadership elections which will be held in November and December. Area overseers will be elected in November, and the bishop and the general secretary will be elected in December. Pray for godly men and women to be elected to all of these positions.
  • Along with the administrative responsibilities that the bishop and assistant bishop have, they are also working on further education. Please pray for God to sustain them daily and to take care of their families when they are in Kenya attending classes.  
  • 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 AGC Uganda will become a giving church, seeking God’s kingdom of righteousness above everything else.
  • 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
  • Praise God that most of the teaching positions have been filled for the next school year already.
  • Pray that God will supply a 4th grade teacher for this next school year.
  • Pray for our missionary kids as they begin a new school year. Registration is on 13 August and classes start on the 14th. We have 2 seniors (Austin Hopson & Jordan Mayo), 2 sophomores (Emilee Hopson & Ethan Mayo), 1 second grader (Caleb Hallahan), and 1 first grader (Seth Hallahan).

University Discipleship Movement                                                      
  • Pray for the university students that will be coming back in the middle of August to begin a new semester. Often many start their classes late because their families are still trying to come up with the money to pay their school bills.
  • Pray that the university ministry leadership will come up with creative ways of reaching out to the new students and getting them involved in United Faith Church.
  • There will be a meeting of the leadership team on Wednesday, the 6th, next week. Pray for wisdom and direction, and that the best possible decisions will be made.
  • Praise the Lord that a new intern has joined the leadership team.
  • The UDM leadership is working to come up with a 2-3 year curriculum to use with university students that will bring spiritual growth; but more than that, will lead to reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ working in Africa’s marketplace once they have earned their university degrees. Ask God to grant wisdom in the decisions that need to be made.
  • Pray for God’s provision of another place close to the university campuses in Kampala which can be used for offices and small group meetings. The place currently being rented will only be available for the ministry to use until August 2015.


Community Health Empowerment
  • 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.
  • Pray that Jeff and Christine Stanfield will be able to work out dates for the next training in Burundi before they go home for home ministry assignment in early November. The ideal time for them would be the first part of September.
  • 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.
  • The Muehleisens, Tiana Duncan, and Jennipher Wasirimba will be traveling to Palissa in eastern Uganda for TOT 2 which will be held August 14-18. Pray for good health, safe travel, and good discussions for all those who will be attending.
  • Pray also for Adhanom Hidug, WGM staff working in South Sudan. He and several others will be facilitating a TOT 2 the first week of August near Rumbek. The Muehleisens and Tiana Duncan were originally scheduled to go, but because of security concerns, it was decided that they not go for this training. Pray for Adhanom’s heart and mind to be at peace as he leads this week of training.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Prayer Update

Dear Prayer Team,

I would like to ask you to join with me in prayer for our own nation. Anne Graham Lotz has issued an Urgent Call to Prayer recently for the first 7 days of July:http://www.annegrahamlotz.com/events/urgent-call-to-prayer/

The following is copied from the devotional that Aletha Hinthorn sent out today.

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, has a demanding schedule, full of writing projects and speaking engagements. She also takes care of her husband of 47 years, Danny Lotz, who has been ill for quite some time.

She recently wrote, "While at home caring for my husband, I have had time to be quiet and listen more to the whispers of the Spirit. He has revealed things to me in the stillness that I'm not sure I would have heard in my former busyness. One of the things He has impressed on me is that we are living at the end of human history as we know it."
Just recently, God asked Anne to call His people in our nation to prayer. Joel wrote, "Blow the trumpet...sound the alarm...for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand--Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God..." (2:1, 13).
In obedience, she is blowing the trumpet...sounding the alarm...issuing a national prayer initiative entitled 7 7 7:  An Urgent Call to Prayer.
Today is the first day of this call. On the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours (of our choosing).
In Anne's message to a large crowd in the Capitol on the National Day of Prayer, she warned of God's soon-coming judgment on our nation. Alarms are going off, but are we hearing them? God is trying to wake us up before it's too late. We must put aside perfunctory prayers, mechanical prayers, prayers where we just check it off. "It's not just words. It's a cry."
She declared, "Judgment is coming. God's patience is running out. And that's a word from the Lord."
Perhaps you or even your small group could watch her 29-minute message given to a large crowd in the nation's capitol on the 2014 National Day of Prayer. You will find it at  http://www.god.tv/national-day-of-prayer/video/national-day-of-prayer/anne-graham-lot


Missionaries

  • Pray for Lisa Fish as she transitions from ministry here back to the States. She is having some medical issues so pray for good medical care and for the next steps as the Lord leads her onward.
  • 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. (Burke, Leisure, Metz, Williams, Rambo)
  • Praise the Lord that Kenneth and Delight Hopson arrived back in Uganda on June 24. Continue to pray for their transition back to life and ministry here.
  • The Hallahan family would appreciate prayer as they wrap up their time in the States and head back to Uganda on July 17. Pray that during this time of transition they will be surrounded by God’s grace and peace.
  • Nathan Metz was just here in Uganda for 2 weeks getting a feel for the ministries here. Pray for Nathan and Jade and the children as they also begin wrapping up their lives in the States with the plan of heading this way in mid-September.
  • 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.

Africa Gospel Church Uganda

  • The Executive Committee of AGC Uganda will be meeting on Friday this week. Pray for godly decisions to be made and for the collective will of the group to carry those decisions through to completion.
  • 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 AGC Uganda will become a giving church, seeking God’s kingdom of righteousness above everything else.
  • 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

  • Praise God that most of the teaching positions have been filled for the next school year already.
  • Pray that God will supply a 4th grade teacher and a high school math teacher for this next school year.

University Discipleship Movement                                                      

  • The UDM leadership is working to come up with a 2-3 year curriculum to use with university students that will bring spiritual growth; but more than that, will lead to reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ working in Africa’s marketplace once they have earned their university degrees.
  • Pray for God’s provision of another place close to the university campuses in Kampala which can be used for offices and small group meetings. The place currently being rented will only be available for the ministry to use until August 2015.

Community Health Empowerment

  • 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.
  • Jennipher brought a report today that Pastor Simon from Kamuli is much encouraged by what is happening in his community through CHE. The pastors are finding that their work is much easier because the CHEs (community health educators) are sharing the Gospel in the homes they visit and their churches are beginning to experience growth. Pastor Simon also told her that there is more unity in the community as the CHEs don’t discriminate. They visit both Christian and Muslim homes sharing the health lessons.
  • Progress has been made in getting a core set of lessons translated into Kirundi to use in Burundi. We are now waiting on feedback from the group we are working with in Burundi to finalize the translation work.
  • 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.

Southern Uganda Missionaries
  • Jonathan & Lisa Mayo (Jordan & Ethan) – field director, secondary principal at Heritage International School
  • Josh and Kelly Hallahan (Caleb, Seth, & Elizabeth) working with university students (HMA)
  • Kenneth & Delight Hopson (Kaleb, Austin, & Emilee)- print shop ministry, librarian at Heritage International School (HMA)
  • Lisa Fish (youth ministries at Heritage, youth ministries with the church) (HMA)
  • John & Beth Muehleisen  (CHE ministry, university students in Kampala, AGC Uganda church leaders)
  • Jeff & Christine Stanfield (assistant field director, CHE ministry, working with AGC Uganda)
  • Matt and Joy Burke (Judah & Lily - preschoolers) CHE ministry, Pastoral Training (HMA)
  • Raymond & Nicole Leisure (Josh & Katherine) CHE ministry, field maintenance, teacher at Heritage International School
Northern Uganda Missionaries
  • Billy & Joanna Coppedge (Elsie Jayne, Lucy Mae, Sophia, & Chloe) pastoral training ministry
  • Scott & Meg Rambo (Timothy, Benjamin, & Josiah) pastoral training ministry, CHE ministry (HMA)
New Missionaries Preparing to Serve in Uganda    
  • Justin & Debbie Williams (Micah, Lexi, & Levi) pastoral training
  • Nathan & Jade Metz (Maddix, Sophie, Ezra, & Ruby Ann) pastoral training, compassionate ministries
Uganda Field Pastors 
  •  Rick and Janie Burkhalter (visit Uganda missionaries twice each year) 

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