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

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