Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Field Declaration


Based on Psalm 37 (NLT)

We decree that we will seek Jesus first so that through His holy love, lives, churches, and communities are transformed. We will put our hope in the Lord and travel steadily along His path. He will honor us by giving us the land, and we will see the wicked destroyed. In the Name of Jesus we rebuke satan as a thief and liar. In the Name of Jesus we reclaim the territory (lives, health, churches, communities, land, buildings, vehicles, finances, families, and marriages) that rightfully belong to God. We will no longer allow satan to steal, kill and destroy. We will no longer allow satan to steal our faith or our inheritance.

We decree the release of resources to reclaim the territory; finances(the approved budget for 2012-2013 as well as missionary ministry funds), land, houses, urban center, and vehicles.

We decree the release of at least 42 missionaries in the next 10 years to cover the expansion of Uganda, South Sudan, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. We decree the release of 1000 missionaries from the church and university ministries to reach out across the world. We refuse to allow satan to block their calling, their funding, their going, or their continued obedience. We pray this in the mighty Name of Jesus.

We refuse to allow any spirit of division and complaining to affect the mission God has given us. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. By the blood of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith, and by His Holy Name, we make this decree.

Monday, December 5, 2011

First Monday Fast

A quick reminder, confession, and encouragement:

 It was mentioned at Annual General Meeting, that the first Monday of the month is a designated field fasting day (you can fast food, all food, just a meal, fast from media- give up something in order to pray more today).  I am not good at fasting.  But I want to take up the challenge and see how God will move.  I don't want my lack of self-discipline to hinder the work He is longing to do here.  So, here is the encouragement I found today:

"At the heart of the gospel is a cross.  The spirit of Christ is a spirit of self-sacrifice.  The cross, self-sacrifice, self-denial, and fasting are all interrelated.  It is the spirit of putting God first, of seeking God's will and eternal goals, of taking up your cross daily and following Christ.  At the heart of the sanctified life is a crisis of crucifixion, of self-surrender, and of total commitment followed by a crucified life.  The Spirit-filled believer should find joy in fasting for kingdom goals." -Wesley Duewel, Touch the World through Prayer

Will you fast for the ministry in Uganda today?  Leave a comment to let us know you are standing with us.  It would be an encouragement!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ministry Highlight: United Faith Chapel

Emily, Kelly, and Isabella- two from my small group
Josh and I spend a portion of our time serving and worshipping with the students at United Faith Chapel, KIU.  Josh helps lead the Men's Ministry, while I help with Women's Ministry.  This semester I led a women's small group- it was such a sweet time of fellowship and learning. 

United Faith Chapel is a student based Christian fellowship that operates in Kampala International University in Uganda (East Africa). It is there to fulfill the great commission that our Lord Jesus Christ gave to his disciples in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”(ASV) They are a mission sending ministry in that they take time to disciple students during their time in school then send them out to be missionaries and to influence people for Christ in their different spheres of influence. 

The University ministry at KIU is incredibly exciting and we plan to focus on growing this ministry and seeing it expand to further universities within East Africa. For that reason we feel led to establish a solid internship program for the student leaders who feel called into ministry. We want to disciple them, provide resources for them and challenge them to take the step of faith necessary to expand this ministry to other universities. There are ministries already established in at least 5 other universities (Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania) which have their roots in Kampala. We would love to visit these ministries, see how the leaders are doing , encourage the leaders, and see how we can assist them in continuing their ministry. 

Are there international students at a university near you?  Intervarsity has some articles that will help you reach out within your own sphere of influence! And if you have space at your Christmas dinner table, perhaps you could welcome someone who is far from home into yours!  Or maybe encourage your church to partner with Christmas International House next year! 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Meet the Hallahans

IMG_1719  We are the Hallahans- and we are serving the Lord in Kampala as Missionary Disciples for our first two-year term.  We have been on the field since May 2011.  Josh is serving at Heritage International School as School Chaplain.  And we are both doing discipleship at Kampala International University with United Faith Chapel.  

Before we began our ministry in Uganda, we did Youth Ministry at a local United Methodist Church in New Jersey.  We are passionate about Third Culture Kids, youth ministry, and equipping God’s people to love and serve Him well around the world.  

Our two boys are on this adventure with us- Caleb is almost 5, and attending Heritage five days a week.  Seth is 3 1/2 and attending Heritage 3 days a week.  They are making friends, learning how to do school, and generally loving life in Africa.

You can read more about our journey at our personal blog. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Weekend Links

EMQ Online- excellent missions resource, some articles available for free online, full access is only $14/year.  Updated quarterly.

You can be missional- right where you are! 

Be a Missions-Minded Family!  7 free resources!

Prescription for Powerful Prayer.  The Bible teaches us how to pray for missions.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Weekend Links

 If you read one article on prayer today: Make it THIS ONE, by John D. Robb

Intercessors Arise: Prayer Training.  Feel like you need some serious training in how to effectively intercede for the world?  Check this out.

30 Days of Praying for the Muslim World- so many resources on this page, and so many more on this whole site! 

How to pray for Muslims:  As the Muslim world celebrates Ramadan, we can pray that they would see the True Light.  Excellent prayer guide!

Basics of Ramadan.  Want more information about Ramadan?  This is informative!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Baby Sue

We're lifting up baby Sue Ouma today (who has a hole in her heart):

"Give her a new heart and put a new spirit within her; take out her heart of stone, and give her a heart of flesh.  Rebuild that which is broken within her.  Touch and heal her body, God."

Her parents, Pastor James and Caroline Ouma, will take her to a surgeon this week for a consultation.

They pastor at AGC Kisugu, and this seems to be part of the enemy's schemes to attack God's anointed leaders. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Prayer Updates

 Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for  Jonathan and Lisa Mayo and their boys as they return to Uganda in less than a  week. They will arrive next Monday morning and will jump immediately into  staff orientation at Heritage International School and field responsibilities.  
  • Scott and Meg Rambo will be flying to Tanzania on August 14 to do  an intensive 3-week language course in Swahili. Pray for good health for the  whole family as well as a good grasp of Swahili.
  • Pray for James and Caroline Ouma and their family. James pastors  the Kisugu AGC church here in Kampala, and Caroline works in the field  business office. Their 15-month old daughter was diagnosed last week with  pneumonia, and the pediatrician suspects that she may have a hole in her heart  which is keeping her from getting adequate oxygen. Sue has not started to walk  yet, and James and Caroline have been concerned about her for some time. They  are taking her for an echocardiogram today. 
  • Please pray for  Heritage International School as they are working to fill all the gaps for the  coming academic year. Pray for the men and women that the Lord would want to  fill the positions and for direction to those who are working on  this.
  • Continue to pray for Billy and Joanna Coppedge as  well as their girls, born and unborn, for God’s hand of protection and  health.
  • The Uganda field has an urgent need for a business manager/treasurer. We have a possible volunteer in the pipeline for this  position. Pray for all of the details to be worked out.
  • Michael and Brenda and Luke Guilliams welcomed baby Josiah into their family on July 7 and all are  doing well. Pray for the Guilliams family as they begin packing up and getting  ready to fly to the States at the end of August. Also pray for Josiah’s  paperwork to be completed in time for their scheduled flight.
  • John and Beth Muehleisen and Jennipher  Wasirimba (CHE coordinator) will be leading a CHE training in Busia the third  week of August. Pray for the Lord’s anointing on them as they teach and on the  participants as they learn to think in new ways.
Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weekend Links

A new feature for the blog- weekend links- great prayer resources from around the web, missions-related finds, and other inspiration the internet.  

Gives Praying hands new meaning!

Scripture prayers, for missionaries, and others you love. 

Til the Whole World Hears, by Casting Crowns.  May this be your prayer this week.

Valley of Vision for Sunday- prayer guide

Friday, July 29, 2011

Stay Tuned!

Big changes are coming to 24/7 Prayer Room! 

Check out the new tabs above:  Mission Resources.  Ongoing WGM Uganda Requests. 

31 Ways to Pray for Missions **COMING SOON**

Weekly posts are brewing.  

You're not gonna want to miss this!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Prayer Requests

How you can be Praying for WGM Uganda
Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families.

Southern Uganda Missionaries

        Jonathan  & Lisa Mayo (Jordan & Ethan) (Home Ministry Assignment)
       Kenneth  & Delight Hopson (Kaleb, Austin, & Emilee)    
       Lisa Fish  (Home Ministry Assignment)
       John &  Beth Muehleisen (Home Ministry Assignment)  
       Jean Komline  (teaching first grade at Heritage)
       Karli Elsrod  (teaching physical education at Heritage) 
       Jessie  Mittleman (teaching art at Heritage)
       Christina  Maddalone (web and marketing development for WGM Africa)

Northern Uganda Missionaries

         Billy &  Joanna Coppedge (Elsie Jayne & Lucy Mae)

Eastern Uganda Missionaries

       Michael and Brenda  Guilliams (Luke - preschooler) working in the Jinja area in pastoral  training/community health and development

New Missionaries Preparing to Serve Throughout Uganda
  • Josh and Kelly  Hallahan (Caleb & Seth - preschoolers) will be the chaplain at Heritage  International School, working with university students  
  • Scott and Meg  Rambo (Timothy - preschooler) will be in Arua working with  Coppedges    
  • John and Nancy  Ferg (Carly & Jamie - both in high school) will be in Kampala helping with  maintenance
  • Matt and Joy  (Morse) Burke (Judah & Lily - preschoolers) will be working with pastoral  training/community health & development
    Uganda Field Pastors
    • Rick and Janie Burkhalter (visit  Uganda missionaries twice each year)

    Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests

    Pray for the Hallahan family as  they will be participating in WGM’s Orientation Camp in February. Especially  pray for safe travel and for their kids to stay healthy and happy during this  time away from home. They also ask for continued prayer to bring in their  support. They are now at 72% and want to be fully funded by the end of March.  

    Kenneth Hopson flew to the  States last night for the funeral of his 43-year-old stepbrother who died  unexpectedly. Pray for the Hopson family during this difficult time of grief.  

    The Coppedge family will be  traveling to Tanzania and Congo from February 12 through the end of March for  language learning. Pray for God’s protection during their travels from danger  and illness.

    The income tax situation at  Heritage is still unresolved. Please continue to pray for God's intervention.   

    The Uganda field has an urgent  need for a business manager/treasurer. We don't have anyone at this point to  fill this very important position.  

    Please pray for the MK’s during  this school year:  Kaleb (10th grade), Austin and Jordan (8th grade), and  Emilee and Ethan (6th grade).

    Uganda will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on  February 18. Please pray for peace during the time leading up to the elections  and afterwards when the results are announced.

    Pray for safety, health and wisdom for the Mayos as they  adjust and travel in the USA to share how God is working in Uganda.  Pray for Lisa and the boys as they  homeschool during their time in the US.
      Ongoing Prayer Requests for the Field

      Pray for Sudan as the government  works toward the reorganization into two separate countries that peace will  prevail.

      Please continue to pray for the  field housing situation.  With rent increases and more missionaries  arriving, the need for affordable field housing continues to remain a need.   

      Please pray for the pastoral  training program in 2011. The training syllabus is being updated and revised  to a new discipleship/scriptural knowledge/leadership model.  

      The Africa Gospel Church will be  going through a time of transition in 2011 as they have now received their  registration from the Uganda government. They will be learning how to govern  themselves as well as how to budget the church's finances. This is a huge step  in the life of the Africa Gospel Church.  

      Pray for the Community Health  Empowerment ministry (CHE). Pray that those involved in this ministry will be  true servants of Jesus Christ and will help lead not only their local churches  but also their communities toward transformation.  

      Please pray for the youth  pastors’ training as well as the new devotional book that is being printed for  the youth who are away at school.  

      Please pray as we continue to  look at new areas for outreach. New ministries have already begun in South  Sudan. We are now looking at ministry opportunities in the Democratic Republic  of Congo, and 5 strategic locations within Uganda.  

      Please pray that the Lord will  provide 42 new missionaries in the next 10 years to meet the needs of the  expanding ministries.  

      Please pray for the printing  ministry that Kenneth and Delight Hopson are involved with. The print shop  touches every area of ministry of WGM in Uganda.  

      Please pray for land to be  purchased to build an Urban Center or to be able to purchase land with an  existing building for multi-purpose ministries in Kampala.  This Urban  Center would be a place for the 600 plus students from 11 African countries in  the University Ministry. It would be a multi-purpose building for a church to  reach professionals, a place to begin businesses or to rent out to other  businesses to help fund the ministries of the church.  

      Please pray that God will  provide the necessary resources to meet the needs within all of the ministry  opportunities.  

      Please pray that we would all  have the attitude of Christ, that we would keep Him the center focus of our  lives, marriages, families, & ministries, and that we would be a light to  Uganda.