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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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 Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC): http://www.ucbc.org
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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.
· 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
|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
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!
Monday, December 9, 2013
|Model of Herod's Temple- photo by Anne Laine|
|Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives- photo by Steve Hughes|
How do you like that? The end will come after a period of intense mission activity in which the gospel message will be preached to every nation—literally, every ethnic group in existence. If I could paraphrase this whole message I might say it like this: Lose your obsession with comfort, security, and ethnic pride and throw yourselves into my good news campaign to reach every single ethnic group known on earth. He is telling them, “Don’t waste your lives on temporary things when you can engage in eternal things.”
What about you? Are you stuck on temporary? What is it that keeps you from engaging in eternal things? Today there are still 6,900 unreached, unengaged people groups in the world without access to the Gospel. You can start making an eternal impact today through prayer. Jesus said “...pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2 ESV). Who knows? Maybe He will send you?