Monday, December 24, 2012

from Scott Rambo

If you've been following the events of #WGMTeamCongo over the past week, head over to the Rambo's blog and read the whole story.  You will be challenged, encouraged and hopefully led to join God in what He is doing in Congo.  We need you to fight alongside us! 

This is a war. This is a war that we are part of. Always in war there are casualties and often there is collateral damage, unintended consequences of the fight. We experienced some of this collateral damage last Friday (12/14). God had opened a door for us to go to Congo to participate in celebrations for a university graduation, pastoral ordinations, and new believers being baptized. The enemy, however, was willing to do whatever it took to keep us from getting there, including putting a small boy in the path of our vehicle....

Head over to "On the Road with the Rambo's" for the rest of the story...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Welcoming the Williams!

Debby and Justin on a boat in Lake Victoria, Uganda
We love when God calls new missionaries to join Him in what He is doing here in Uganda!  This summer Justin and Debby Williams led a team to Uganda, and they have followed Him as He has led them to return as Missionary Disciples with World Gospel Mission! 

They were recently approved as Missionary Disciples to Uganda, and will begin fundraising to join the team.  If you would like to partner with them financially- CLICK HERE!  Pray for them as they begin this crazy wonderful adventure of full-time missions!

Stay tuned for more about their family and future ministry as we get to know them better!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Prayer for Those Going and Staying

Today Scott and Meg Rambo (and baby Josiah), CT and Jon Mayo travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Aunt Kelly and Uncle Josh Hallahan will watch Tim and Ben Rambo as they stay behind.  Asking prayer for each family represented and the ministry that will take place on the road and on the home-front.  


As I spent time in the word this morning, God gave me a prayer for this Survey Weekend.  Join me in praying Psalm 27 over each one who is going, and each one who is staying!

Lord be their light and their salvation;
There is none to fear.
The Lord be the strength of their life;
We are not afraid.

When the wicked come against them
To eat up their flesh,
May their enemies and foes,
stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against them,
May their hearts not fear;
Though war may rise against them,
In this may they be confident.

May they desire one thing of the Lord,
That may they seek:
May they dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of their life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in Your temple.
In the time of trouble
Will you hide them in Your pavilion?
In the secret place of Your tabernacle
Will You hide them?
Set them high upon a rock.

Lift up their heads above the enemies all around;
Therefore we will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
We will sing, yes, we will sing praises to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.

When Tim and Ben's father and mother leave,
Take care of them as You have promised.

Teach us Your way, O Lord,
And lead us in a smooth path, because of our enemies.

Do not deliver them to the will of their adversaries;
For false witnesses may rise against them,
And such as breathe out violence.

May they not lose heart,
help them believe
That they will see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

We wait on the Lord;
We take courage,
And You will strengthen our hearts;
We Wait on You and we trust You!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Merry Missional Christmas!

I was scrolling through the archives, and discovered a glaringly absent topic: Christmas Links!  How could we have missed it last year?  I have no idea.  So here ya go- your first installment of Christmas links- posting each Saturday of December (except last Saturday, because I had no clue last week).

Praying this Advent is a time to prepare your heart for His coming!  And these links should help!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Advent Week One

"What I search for in My children is an awakened soul that thrills to the joy of My presence..." -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

My soul is anything but awake.  Sleeping?  Distracted?  Busy?  Divided?  Bored?  Distant?

Perhaps.

What is it that keeps my soul from thrilling at the joy of His presence????

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I'm writing over here today: Keep reading at the Hallahan's blog.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CT in South Sudan

One of our VIA has a great video of his time in South Sudan.  You need to watch this.

You, too, can hang out with awesome people, sleep under a mosquito net, ride on bumpy roads, maybe fly a plane and expand the kingdom of God- visit www.gowgm.org !

Thursday, October 18, 2012

31 Days...

wondering why it's so quiet around here?  i've got a little project i'm working on over at our personal blog.  it's a 31 day series.  yes, you read that right. blogging for 31 days in a row on the same topic.  come on over! 

we're tackling the idea that your home is a launch pad.  not only are the little people you're raising going to be world changers, but you can change the world from right where you live! 

i'm really enjoying this 31 day challenge.  it just doesn't leave me any time to devote here.  so join us at www.thehallahans.blogspot.com today!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Stand with Us in Prayer

Thank you for joining through prayer what God is doing in Uganda.  God is prompting us to let others know the need for prayer.  Let us give you some background….

  • A couple of weeks ago all the World Gospel Mission Uganda missionaries met together for a wonderful time of worship and planning together.  We had a full day of seeking the Lord together as we asked Him to teach us and help us hear what it is He is inviting us to do through relationships with others.  It was a great day of building unity, setting goals and encouraging one another.
  • Last Saturday the Passion Africa Tour of 2012 held a worship experience in Kampala. We were privileged to join with approximately 30,000 other Christians to praise and worship Jesus.  It was awesome!  God’s word was preached in truth. Words of praise and commitment were sung for all to hear.    
  • Next Tuesday, October 9, is Independence Day in Uganda.  They are already in the process of celebrating 50 years of independence, which is intended to culminate in Independence Day celebrations.  Many activities of all kinds are taking place.  There is a call for Christians to pray together, dedicating the next 50 years to God’s purposes for Uganda.

There seems to be a pronounced stirring of spirits here and we are asking you to join us in praying God’s protection over His people as well as for His intervention.  World Gospel Mission is encountering what feels like opposition in some areas.  One area is a very real threat to some of our property where two missionary families live. Excessive water flow and run off from heavy rains and changing terrain with new buildings going up on the hillside is damaging the property.  Intervention must happen now to save the property from further significant damage.  This is costly and is taking lots of missionary time.

Other “oppositions” are not so easy to articulate, but Jeff and I have both sensed increased pressure from external sources that is decreasing our ability to focus and prioritize clearly.  Many “little” things are going wrong in attending to details of maintenance, scheduling, etc. There is some sickness among our missionaries. It seems clear to us our enemy is not pleased with all the praise to Jesus and the public alignment with the word of God in truth.  With all the good going on the enemy is “pushing back.”

Please join us in prayer! When we were on homeland assignment we promised we would let you know when we sensed the need for prayer and that time is now.  We are praying for God’s name to continue to be proclaimed in truth and praised freely. We are praying for God’s protection.  We are praying for people to experience Jesus in truth and have courage to follow Him, no matter what the personal cost may be.  We are asking God to intervene and protect the WGM property and bring glory to Himself out of this situation.  We are praying God’s encouragement and strength for our country director as he handles the details of all these situations.  We are praying God will hear our prayer and will heal our land through transforming lives as they move into right relationship with Him. We pray our enemy will experience defeat here and now as God is glorified.

Thank you for joining God in what He is doing in Uganda, and for praying with us.  We are forever grateful!

Jeff & Christine Stanfield, they blog at http://stanfieldblog.blogspot.com/

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Weekend Links

Thursday, September 13, 2012

GodSpeed

I'm reading a great book, Godspeed, by Britt Merrick.  It is a challenging read, as he calls the American church to actually be the church on a mission with God.  I love that.  Today I am chewing on this passage {at about 18% on my Kindle}
"In order to live at Godspeed, the disciples abandoned everything hindering them from living on a mission with Christ.  What is Christ calling you to forsake?  What is hindering His mission from going forward in your life?  
It's a mistake to think your calling is going to look just like Peter's, because the call of every person is distinct.  For most of us, Jesus isn't calling us to leave. 
Instead He's calling us to stay and be faithful.  Even still, faithfulness often requires us to leave something behind.  Whether it's relinquishing a sin, a relationship, a consuming passion, or a selfish comfort, Jesus' call will radically affect our lives." -Britt Merrick
Ponder that.  Come back and leave a comment:  What does being on a mission with Christ look like for you?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

September Prayer Update

  • Heritage International School began the new year on 17 August. Praise the Lord that the year has started off well.
  • Pray for the missionary children who will be attending HIS this year:
  • Kaleb Hopson and Josh Leisure = Seniors
  • Austin Hopson and Jordan Mayo = Sophomores
  • Katherine Leisure = Freshman
  • Emilee Hopson and Ethan Mayo = 8th Grade
  • Caleb Hallahan = Kindergarten
  • Seth Hallahan = Junior Kindergarten
  • The pastoral training that was held in Kampala last week went very well. The pastors are learning the Bible stories and using them while preaching, in their homes, and while talking to friends.
  • Pray for Beth Coppedge as she continues with chemotherapy. May God be glorified in her body and testimony.
  • WGM is praying for wisdom and seeking to develop the internship program at UFC/KIU. We are praying for students to be called by God, equipped and sent out to universities across East Africa. We are praying that by the end of this year 4 interns are equipped and resourced to go out to another university beyond KIU.
  • We are praying for consistent pastoral leadership here at UFC/KIU. Kennedy Kirui continues to be a valuable resource as we seek to grow the university ministry and we are seeking the Lords wisdom and guidance as we partner with Kennedy.
  • We praise God for the safe arrival of the Leisure family and Jeff and Christine Stanfield. Pray for good transition for both families into WGM Uganda and for the development of good relationships with those they will be in ministry with.
  • The printing ministry has grown by leaps and bounds and Kenneth now needs more space. Pray that God will provide the funds needed ($10,000) to build the addition.
  • The CHE training workshop held in Arua went very well. Now pray for those who attended to put into practice the things that they learned.
  • Raymond and Nicole Leisure need to rent their house and sell their car in the States. Please pray that God will provide good renters and a buyer for the car.
  • There will be 2 weeks of Spiritual Emphasis at Heritage International School: Primary grades will be 17-21 September and High School will be 24-28 September.
  • A new semester will be starting this week at Kampala International University. Pray for a movement of God’s Spirit across the campus drawing students to be involved in United Faith Church and its activities. The leaders are also in the process of revamping the Saturday evening service. Ask God to give them wisdom as they make decisions.
  • Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Come Back and Bring Them With You

This post is written by Justin Williams, a short-term team leader from this summer. 

Pray for each one on this team- that God would show them how He wants them to respond to what He did on this trip!

Trouble Conveying Mission Experience?  Come Back and Bring Them With You.

After my second trip to Uganda, my team and I were in the midst of a stirring debrief back in Indianapolis.  Each person in our group continued to successfully build on what the team member before them was saying.  It was a beautiful tapestry of fulfilled remembrance and an exuberance of seven hearts woven together by a bond they couldn’t quite share anywhere else.  We had all concluded that if we were to talk all night about the two weeks spent ministering and being ministered to, we couldn’t convey to someone who had never been, the minute by minute replay we were so thankful to Jesus for.  Words would never do justice to what our sweet Savior had allowed us to experience.  The sweet smiles and warmth of our brothers and sisters 8300 miles away will reside with us far into eternity.  Our team to this day remains shocked that God would so graciously lay bare our hearts and minister to us who came to minister to all in Uganda.

The difficult thing for the short-term missionary is how to convey the enormity of God’s purpose and pleasure during a trip such as this.  I struggled with this when I came back to the US in 2010.  Words could never do justice to what God did during my time in Uganda.  I spent 14 months trying to find ways to communicate it and realized that it would take a team to do the conveyance.  By the grace of the One whose plans are perfect, I was given the answer.  He was so right, this team has been passing the vision and fire with more vision and fire than I alone could muster.  I couldn’t begin to communicate the blessings that God has rained down on those who have been and heard.  I have a waiting list for 2014 and that means more teams.  His plans are perfect, take others and let them taste and see how good He is.

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Are you interested in visiting the field?  Do you want to taste and see the good things God is up to here?  Click HERE to find out more!  

Friday, August 17, 2012

Weekend Links: VIA Updates

Are you between the ages of 19-29?  Want to come experience ministry in Uganda?  Click HERE to find out more about the Volunteers in Action program!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Full to the Brim and Empty

Field Retreat: April 2012- most recent field gathering
Next week a momentous thing happens.  It is both exciting and a little depressing.  Every single WGM Uganda missionary will be on the field at the same time.  No one is in the states on furlough!  We'll all be together!  But the flipside of that coin- there is no one officially raising support to come to Uganda as new missionaries.

Every single house we have is full to the brim!  Happy times! 
But the recruit pipeline is empty.  Sad day!

On September 22 we will all be gathering in Kampala to celebrate God's goodness in bringing us all here, to strategize and set goals.  Pray that is a fruitful and encouraging time as a field. 

Will you make this a matter for serious prayer?  There are men, women and families He is calling to Uganda- will you pray that He makes a way for them?  Will you ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers?  Will you get on your knees and ask Him to give them all the courage they need to follow Him to Africa?  Would you even be so brave as to ask Him if you are the answer to our prayers for new missionaries??

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gold Medal: Uganda!

Photo Credit: AP
Today, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda won the Gold Medal in the Men's Marathon!  Celebrate with us! But I also want to encourage us- life is a marathon, not a sprint- and that was painfully illustrated as the final 85th runner crossed the finish line after almost 3 hours.  Maybe you feel like quitting today- don't!  Slow down, take a break, but don't give up! 

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:1-3

It was a delight to see the great cloud of witnesses in London cheering on that final runner... he was walking in, maybe about to give up... and then the crowd started rallying.  He broke into a jog and he made it!  

On your missions journey, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, not on the vast need, or your weaknesses.  Take one more step.  Find a missions partner and cheer each other on.  We need each other in order to run this race well and hear on that great day: "Well done, good and faithful servant!" 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Weekend Links

The Survey Team returned safely to Kampala on Monday night.  Thank you for praying!  Here is Billy Coppedge's review

Do you really care??  A profoundly challenging post on why you were born where you were and what you should do about it.  "How can we claim Christ who paid it all and then lead a life that costs us nothing?"

 Are you an Olympian??  Joy Phillips poses a challenge- will you join her CHE Pray Team?

What is your small yes?   Could it be making a monthly pledge to one of our missionaries?  Could it be leading a short-term team?  Could it be rallying your friends and starting a monthly missions prayer meeting?  Or sending a care package?  Or is it a bigger yes He has laid on your heart???

Friday, August 3, 2012

August Prayer Requests

AGC Uganda has set Friday, 3rd August, as a day of prayer and fasting for the future of AGC Uganda and WGM Uganda, especially in relation to AGC Uganda. There will also be focused prayer for AGC Kisugu. This is not only a time of prayer for the future of the ministries, but also a time of acknowledging and repenting of past known and unknown sin. This time has been initiated by the church.
How you can be Praying for WGM Uganda
Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests
  • Heritage International School begins the new year on 17 August. Please pray for the teachers and staff coming to teach this year that they will model godliness in all of their interactions with the students.
  • Pray for the missionary children who will be attending HIS this year:
  • Kaleb Hopson and Josh Leisure = Seniors
  • Austin Hopson and Jordan Mayo = Sophomores
  • Katherine Leisure = Freshman
  • Emilee Hopson and Ethan Mayo = 8th Grade
  • Caleb Hallahan = Kindergarten
  • Seth Hallahan = Junior Kindergarten
  • The Arua team will host a facilitators training school in orality next week. Pray for a great time of learning the Bible stories as well as for great health for the wives and children.
  • Pray for Beth Coppedge as she continues with chemotherapy. May God be glorified in her body and testimony.
  • WGM is praying for wisdom and seeking to develop the internship program at UFC/KIU. We are praying for students to be called by God, equipped and sent out to universities across East Africa. We are praying that by the end of this year 4 interns are equipped and resourced to go out to another university beyond KIU.
  • We are praying for consistent pastoral leadership here at UFC/KIU. Kennedy Kirui continues to be a valuable resource as we seek to grow the university ministry and we are seeking the Lords wisdom and guidance as we partner with Kennedy.
  • Be in prayer for Raymond and Nicole Leisure as they head this way. Nicole arrives tomorrow and Ray and their teenage children arrive in the middle of the month.
  • Pray also for Jeff and Christine Stanfield as they finish their packing in the States and head this way later this month. They will need God’s help as they transition to a new field after being in Kenya for 20+ years.
  • The printing ministry has grown by leaps and bounds and Kenneth now needs more space. Pray that God will provide the funds needed ($10,000) to build the addition.
  • The group of men who traveled to Congo and Mbarrara to check out ministry opportunities are thankful for God’s protection and help on the road as well as for God’s hand of safety and protection on their families while they were away.
  • There will be a CHE training workshop in Arua 13-17 August. Pray for safety as the participants and facilitators gather and for the Spirit to quicken hearts and minds to think and see in godly ways.
  • Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families.
Southern Uganda Missionaries
  • Jonathan & Lisa Mayo (Jordan & Ethan) – field director, secondary principal at Heritage International School
  • Josh and Kelly Hallahan (Caleb & Seth - preschoolers) chaplain at Heritage International School, working with university students
  • Kenneth & Delight Hopson (Kaleb, Austin, & Emilee)- print shop ministry, librarian at Heritage International School
  • Lisa Fish (teaching & youth ministries at Heritage, youth ministries with the church)
  • John & Beth Muehleisen (AGC Kenya missions department, CHE ministry in Uganda, university students in Kampala, AGC Uganda church leaders)
  • Jeff & Christine Stanfield (transferring from Kenya to Uganda) assistant field director, CHE ministry, working with AGC Uganda
  • Matt and Joy (Morse) Burke (Judah & Lily - preschoolers) working with pastoral training/community health & development
  • Raymond and Nicole Leisure(Josh & Katherine) helping with CHE ministry and field maintenance, teacher at Heritage International School
  • George and Alice Rodgers – field business manager/helping in library at HIS
Northern Uganda Missionaries
  • Billy & Joanna Coppedge (Elsie Jayne, Lucy Mae, Sophia, & Chloe) pastoral training ministry
  • Scott & Meg Rambo (Timothy & Benjamin) pastoral training ministry
Uganda Field Pastors
  • Rick and Janie Burkhalter (visit Uganda missionaries twice each year)
Ongoing Prayer Requests for the Field
  • Pray for ministry opportunities that have opened up in South Sudan as well as for continued peace across the region.
  • 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 2012 as the updated and revised training syllabus is implemented. It’s based on a discipleship/scriptural knowledge/leadership model.
  • The Africa Gospel Church now has its own leadership team with bishop, assistant bishop, and general secretary. These men have many responsibilities in the church and need prayer for wisdom, strength, and integrity.
  • 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. Pray also that 4 African facilitators will be trained this year to help with the expansion of the ministry.
  • Please pray for the youth pastors’ training as well as the devotional book that was printed last year to be distributed widely among Ugandan youth so that they will be challenged to live godly lives whether they are at home or away at boarding school.
  • Please pray as we continue to look at new areas for outreach. We continue to look toward the Democratic Republic of Congo believing that God has people He wants us to touch there.
  • Please pray that the Lord will continue to provide new missionaries 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 and many other mission groups as well.
  • 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 will be a place for the 600 plus students from 11 African countries in the University Ministry. It will 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 will all have the attitude of Christ, that we will keep Him the center focus of our lives, marriages, families, & ministries, and that we will be a light to Uganda and beyond.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Women and Children

Some WGM Wives and Kids

"I just don't want to feel like the ministry is always leaving my house... I need to participate..."  -Meg Rambo.  

As the mom of little ones on the mission field, there is sometimes the feeling of 'I'm missing all the action'.  But it doesn't have to be that way!  Meg called each one of us this week and laid down a challenge- "Take this week and pray seriously about where God wants your family next term."  At first, it seemed like the men's job to scout out the land and listen for the voice of the Lord... but the Holy Spirit can speak just as clearly to us wives, even if we're not on the road!  Praise Him! 

And... that means something for you too!  Just because you may not be on the mission field does not mean you're missing all the action!  Oswald Chambers said, "Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.".  We need you to fight for us!  Will you lift up each family this week, will you cover us in prayer?

While the wives and kids "stay with the stuff" will you pray for each one by name?

Joanna- Elsie Jayne, Lucy, Sophie and Chloe
Kelly- Caleb and Seth
Joy- Judah and Lily
Meg- Tim, Ben, and Josiah

Thank you for standing with us!  We're grateful!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Survey Trip: Beni DRC and Mbarara UG

On Wednesday, Billy Coppedge, Josh Friedeman, Josh Hallahan, Kennedy Kirui (Kenya), James Ouma (Uganda), and Scott Rambo will depart from Kampala on a week long survey trip:
A- Kampala
B- Fort Portal, Uganda
C- Beni, DRC
D- Mbarara
E- Kampala


Pray for these men as they seek Jesus for future ministry opportunities, and for divine appointments with men and women who can give them insight into the culture and lay of the land. And pray for their wives and children as they "stay with the stuff".

"We're asking Jesus for some Rahabs- relationships that can help us understand the land..." -Billy Coppedge


Friday, July 20, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Save the Date

August 3- Prayer and Fasting for Africa Gospel Church Uganda.  Will you fast and pray for the church here- for the current leaders, new leaders, members...  Can you sign up for an hour time slot? 

If you are going to join us- please leave your time slot/short prayer in the comments (and a request, we'll pray for you too).   This is a pivotal time in the life of the church.  Will you stand with us?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Weekend Links

Summer is a great time to step up your missions activity! 

Do you know a young person going on a mission trip this summer?  You can always give financially.  But you can also pray for them daily from now until the week after they return.  You can host a fundraiser.  You can offer to help them organize their thoughts and photos for a church update slide show.  Host a welcome back dinner for the team.  Use your talents and support that youth group mission trip


Need other ideas for a stay-at-home missions this summer??  This post has lots of great links!


Tired of staying at home each summer?  Contact WGM and start planning your visit!  We would love to host you, your family or your team in Uganda!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July Prayer Update

Ministry Praises and Requests
 
  • Please pray for the family of James Gammon who died on Friday. He is Kenneth Hopson’s cousin.
  • Praise God for the recent youth team hosted by Hopsons. The team ministered to over two hundred children during their time in Uganda.
  • Praise God for continuous safety and provision for all of the WGM missionaries and families.
  • Pray for the Spirit’s anointing and guidance as Billy Coppedge, Scott Rambo, Josh Hallahan, and Matt Burke plan a ministry survey trip 25-31 July to the towns of Beni and Mbarara.
  • Please pray for wisdom as various staff members begin planning for the coming school years at Heritage and Kampala International University and other university ministries.
  • Continue to pray for Beth Coppedge as she has started chemotherapy for breast cancer. Thank you for your prayers for peace and healing.
  • WGM is praying for wisdom and seeking to develop the internship program at United Faith Chapel/Kampala International University. We are praying for students to be called by God, equipped and sent out to universities across East Africa. We are praying that by the end of this year 4 interns are equipped and resourced to go out to another university beyond KIU.
  • We are praying for consistent pastoral leadership here at UFC/KIU. Kennedy Kirui continues to be a valuable resource as we seek to grow the university ministry and we are seeking the Lords wisdom and guidance as we partner with Kennedy.
  • Be in prayer for Raymond and Nicole Leisure (volunteers) as they wind up their HMA and get ready to come to Uganda in August.
  • The field wants to mobilize more prayer warriors to join us in praying for the ongoing ministries. Pray that we will find creative ways to engage new praying people and that God will give the desire to pray for Africa to many in our supporting churches.
  • Pray for wisdom in how to foster the next generation of church planters.
  • The printing ministry has grown by leaps and bounds and Kenneth now needs more space. Pray that God will provide the funds needed ($10,000) to build the addition.
  • Pray for 300 new youth converts across Uganda during this year and at least 100 to actively participate in a discipleship program.
  • John and Beth Muehleisen will be traveling to Tonj, South Sudan for the second Community Health Empowerment workshop. This will be held 7-12 July. Pray for all of the participants to catch a vision of what God wants to do through them in their communities.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Joy and Sadness

Emmy Mugisha (center, glasses and grey shirt)
In the Kingdom of Heaven there are many paradoxes. A couple that I have experienced this past week are grief and joy along with sadness and celebration. Rev. James Ouma, in his sermon, this morning said that as we mourn, we also celebrate the life of Rev. Emmy Mugisha. Emmy was an integral part of  AGC Uganda and WGM Uganda and leaves behind a great legacy through his various ministries and positions in the church.
 
We were all stunned to receive the news last Sunday that Emmy was now enjoying Jesus face-to-face. As I sat through the services at AGC Kisugu and the burial out in the village what struck me was how influential this man was even though he had only been a Christian for 13 years and had so very little in the way of material possessions. He died living out the Great Commission as he impacted his family, community, and people in Kenya, South Sudan, and the States.
 
His wife, Winnie, and their 4 children will certainly miss Emmy’s presence in their lives. Pray for comfort, peace, and strength for them as they adjust to a life without Emmy. Pray that God will cover them with His feathers and that they will find refuge under His wings.
 
AGC Uganda will also miss Emmy. He filled so many different roles and served in so many places. Just to name a few—General Secretary for AGC Uganda as a whole, acting overseer for Soroti area, director of youth ministries, training for pastors and youth pastors, and the list goes on. Pray that young men and women will be challenged by Emmy’s life and give themselves wholly to serving God, filling in the many ministry gaps.
 
Of course, WGM Uganda will also miss Emmy. He was a friend, a brother, a co-worker. Always wearing a huge smile, he inspired us in the work that God has called us to do. Pray that we will do Kingdom work with the same enthusiasm and zeal that Emmy had.
 
If God could do so much for and through a man who was saved just 13 years ago, what could He do in and through you and me if we yielded ourselves completely to His power? 
 
-Beth Muehleisen

Monday, June 25, 2012

Emmy Mugisha

Today we mourn the loss of a great man.  Emmy Mugisha passed away suddenly yesterday, June 24, 2012.  He leaves behind a wife, four children, and many people who loved him.  Emmy was an incredible man of God, who was serving Him faithfully in Africa Gospel Church Uganda as General Secretary. 

We'll be posting more about Emmy from people who knew him and were impacted by his life.  Please pray for Winnie and her children and the rest of his family and friends as they travel to Western Uganda today, and bury Emmy. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June Prayer Update

As you can see from the list, there are many praises and prayer requests this month. Keep praying! God is at work across Africa.
How you can be Praying for WGM Uganda
Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests
  • Josiah Rambo’s birth went as scheduled and he is now home in Arua enjoying his parents and brothers as well as a visit from his grandparents
  • The Arua team will host its second facilitators training school in orality 18-24 June. Thank you for praying as the pastors from Southern Sudan travel down for this event. Pray for translation to be smooth as well as cultural barriers to be removed as we walk forward in learning to train others in learning the stories of Scripture.
  • Please do pray for Beth Coppedge as she continues to battle breast cancer. She will go to the doctor June 6th to find out the way forward with treatment. She has had surgery and found the cancer was more extensive than first imagined. Thank you for your prayers for peace and healing! 
  • Please pray for the CP 26 person team hosted by Kenneth and Delight Hopson coming 5th June – 22nd June. Pray for safety, good health, changed hearts and that the team will be a huge blessing to many.
  • WGM is praying for wisdom and seeking to develop the internship program at UFC/KIU. We are praying for students to be called by God, equipped and sent out to universities across East Africa. We are praying that by the end of this year 4 interns are equipped and resourced to go out to another university beyond KIU.
  • We are praying for consistent pastoral leadership here at UFC/KIU. Kennedy Kirui continues to be a valuable resource as we seek to grow the university ministry and we are seeking the Lords wisdom and guidance as we partner with Kennedy
  • Be in prayer for Raymond and Nicole Leisure as they wind up their HMA and get ready to come to Uganda in August.
  • The AGC Uganda church leadership team needs prayer (Bishop Masiga, Rev. James Ouma, Rev. Emmy Mugisha) as they have many responsibilities. Pray that God will raise up more leadership in the church.
  • The field wants to mobilize more prayer warriors to join us in praying for the ongoing ministries. Pray that we will find creative ways to engage new praying people and that God will give the desire to pray for Africa to many in our supporting churches.
  • Pray for wisdom in how to foster the next generation of church planters.
  • The printing ministry has grown by leaps and bounds and Kenneth now needs more space. Pray that God will provide the funds needed ($10,000) to build the addition.
  • Pray for 300 new youth converts across Uganda during this year and at least 100 to actively participate in a discipleship program.
  • The Rick Morse family, the Matt Burke family, John and Beth Muehleisen, and Anna Leon (VIA) will travel to Arua on 2 June to facilitate a CHE TOT 2 for people from Nebbi, Arua, and South Sudan. Pray for the Spirit to anoint the sessions making things easy to understand and for the renewal of minds so that transformation will take place in individuals, and ultimately, communities.
  • Jonathan Mayo, Rick Morse, and John Muehleisen will travel to Burundi 12-15 June to facilitate a CHE Vision Seminar. Pray that those involved in catch the CHE vision and what God wants to do in their communities.
 
Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tons of Weekend Links!

So many great resources out there! 
Enjoy!  Praying you have a blessed weekend!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

VIA!

Starting tomorrow the "summer" begins!  Our first Volunteer In Action (VIA) arrives: Rachel Goss.  Also heading to Uganda this summer are Anna, CT and Josh.  All the WGM VIA just got done their orientation at headquarters.  We can't wait to see what God does in and through each volunteer He sends to Uganda (and around the world) this summer!



Check out this post for more information! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Monthly Prayer Requests

Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests       
  • Josiah Rambo’s birth is scheduled for this coming Sunday morning, May 6. Please pray for the Rambo family as they welcome him into their home and for Meg’s C-section to go well with no complications.
  • WGM is praying for wisdom and seeking to develop the internship program at UFC/KIU. We are praying for students to be called by God, equipped and sent out to universities across East Africa. We are praying that by the end of this year 4 interns are equipped and resourced to go out to another university beyond KIU.
  • We are praying for consistent pastoral leadership here at UFC/KIU. Kennedy Kirui continues to be a valuable resource as we seek to grow the university ministry and we are seeking the Lords wisdom and guidance as we partner with Kennedy.
  • Pray for the facilitators training school on Bible Storying that will be held in Arua later this week. Billy and Joanna will be hosting and need God’s help in the preparations along with family responsibilities.
  • Be in prayer for Raymond and Nicole Leisure that their ministry support will be raised quickly so that they can join the WGM team here in Uganda.
  • Pray for Matt and Joy Burke as they make the transition from the States to ministry here in Uganda.
  • The AGC Uganda church leadership team needs prayer (Bishop Masiga, Rev. James Ouma, Rev. Emmy Mugisha) as they have many responsibilities. Pray that God will raise up more leadership in the church.
  • John and Beth Muehleisen and Rick Morse are praising God for a very successful CHE workshop in Tonj, South Sudan last week. Continue to pray for the 20 people who attended that God will continue to make the lessons live in them and bring transformation to their communities.
  • There will be a CHE facilitators’ training workshop the last week of May. The workshop will have participants from Kenya and Uganda.  
  • The field retreat at the beginning of April was a great blessing to all of us. Al and Beth challenged us to discipleship of others and to interact with each other in love. There is also a renewed commitment to support and pray for each other. 
  • The field wants to mobilize more prayer warriors to join us in praying for the ongoing ministries. Pray that we will find creative ways to engage new praying people and that God will give the desire to pray for Africa to many in our supporting churches.
  • Pray for wisdom in how to foster the next generation of church planters.
  • The printing ministry has grown by leaps and bounds and Kenneth now needs more space. Pray that God will provide the funds needed ($10,000) to build the addition.
  • Pray for 300 new youth converts across Uganda during this year and at least 100 to actively participate in a discipleship program.         
Please pray for the physical & spiritual health of the missionaries & their families.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Items for Prayer

**Please check out the updated Field Declaration here.  We would be honored if you would stand with us in agreement! **



We, as a field, have targeted 7 Gateway Cities of potential ministry:
  1. Arua
  2. Fort Portal
  3. Gulu
  4. Jinja
  5. Kampala
  6. Mbale
  7. Mbarara
Will you commit to praying for one of these gateway cities?  Pray that the Lord of the harvest sends more laborers out into the field!  And be willing to be the answer to that prayer.  Are you interested in coming to Uganda to be a part of the work firsthand?  Check out www.gowgm.org

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Surprise!

 Some more testimonies from retreat: 

 There was some surprise God-Ambushes on retreat that I did not expect. Sometimes in retreat settings, you know where God is headed but He surprised me this time. A little defensive at first, I actually believe that God-surprises always end good. I am particularly thankful for conversations where Jesus was present and opening my heart up in  new ways.  I praise Him for His faithfulness and patience when I do not always handle the "surprise" as graciously as I desire. -Joanna Coppedge

God moved in me in an unexpected way.  I am grateful I went. -Kenneth Hopson

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Weekend Links

Here is the challenge:  stay where you are and do missions!
Do you think it's easier to stay or go?  

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What God has Done

WGM Uganda Field Retreat: April 2012
Thank you for praying!  God moved in some mighty ways on retreat this year.  One person said "It is the first time in a long time that I've felt this spirit on retreat."  And that's a praise- the spirit was positive, open, and responsive to the leading the Holy Spirit.  Another team member said, "All the teaching was beneficial, but what I'm really taking away from retreat is a renewed hope for our team."  Praise Him!  He is still in the business of changing lives, and He is starting with us!

In the coming weeks, we hope to post some more testimonies of what God did on retreat. For now, I'll leave you with mine:

As a young mom, I listened to Dr. Coppepdge's challenge to discipleship and hours with the Lord with a bit of discouragement.  Hours?  How can I spend hours alone with the Lord with two little boys needing me constantly?  It was something I had been wrestling with since the beginning of Lent.  As I sat with the Lord during one of our quiet times, He led me to the story of the Woman with the Alabaster Jar.  What is my most prized possession?  What is my costly treasure?  My time.  My agenda.  My energy.  Could I pour all these things out at His feet?  These hidden years of mothering little ones can seem like a "waste" to outsiders: a waste of my talents, a waste of my time.  But pouring my time and heart into precious souls who could become Kingdom Men?  How can that be a waste?  God asked me on retreat, "Are you willing to surrender your time and your agenda to Me?  For Me?"   And it struck me: I had made "quiet time" an idol  On retreat He challenged me to make all of life my worship to Him- to walk with Him throughout my busy days- to keep up my conversation with Him- and to sit at His feet the first chance I got! 


What is He teaching you?  Are there any idols in your life?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ministry Highlight: CHE Training

Lunch at CHE Training in Arua: Sept 2011
Last week we mentioned being involved in a ministry called Community Health Evangelism (CHE). One of the concepts we teach is “seed projects.” These are short-term good deeds done by those being trained as volunteers in our CHE ministry within their own communities.

Let’s find out what happens when a seed project is done.

Martin’s seed project was to repair a leaking roof of an old Muslim lady’s hut in his community.  As Martin and another pastor worked on the roof, many people in the community stopped as they passed by to watch and to ask questions.

“Why are you doing this? She doesn’t even belong to your church. As a matter of fact, she isn’t even a Christian.”

These were just a few of the comments coming from the spectators. Their curiosity gave Martin an open door to begin sharing about the CHE ministry and the responsibility that believers have to love their neighbors through their actions regardless of their religious affiliation.

Martin’s seed project not only affected the community. The Muslim lady also began to attend his church because she wanted to know why a Christian would come to repair her hut.

This is just one of many seed projects that have been done by CHE participants in different communities since we began teaching about them last April, and every time a seed project is done, the question is always the same: “Why are you doing this?”

It makes no sense to those who aren’t saved, and it also speaks to those who are saved that they, too, should actively love those around them who have needs.

There are currently three series of CHE training workshops going on in three different areas of Uganda with 65 participants. Pray for communities to catch the vision of CHE so that they can be transformed into places of godly living.

God has also opened up the door for us to go to South Sudan with the CHE ministry. Our first training workshop will be held in Tonj April 23-27 with 20 people coming for the training.

We can’t wait to see what God is going to do in Uganda, South Sudan, and across Africa as those who are trained go back into their communities as repairers of broken down walls and rebuilders of burned gates.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Meet the Muehleisens


We are John and Beth Muehleisen and have been living in Uganda since June 2008. Prior to that time, we were part of the team of missionaries in Kenya.

Our missionary career began with World Gospel Mission in 1985 with our first term in Kenya beginning in January 1987 when our daughters, Faith and Holly, were 2 and 4-years-old. When we first started out, we looked to the older missionaries for advice and wisdom and wondered how they had stayed faithful to missionary service over the years. 

We have come to realize, though, that God is faithful and always keeps His promises—in ministry as well as in our personal lives. Whether we have been involved in pastoral ministry, coaching church planters, discipling young people, or in raising our daughters, He has always been right beside us.
Today as we serve here in Uganda, we find ourselves still involved in leadership development and discipleship ministries among university students at United Faith Chapel. It’s always so satisfying to see the way young people desire to grow in their relationships with God. 

We have also become very involved as facilitators in a ministry called Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Since 2009 we have helped train around 70 people, mostly from rural communities around Uganda, who can go back into their villages and teach others practical lessons that help them live better spiritually and physically. It’s also a ministry that helps the Ugandans see that they can do some things for themselves and don’t have to wait for outsiders to come in and do things for them. As we hear their stories when we gather for training, we know that God is up to something big.

Another ministry that is very near and dear to our hearts is a growing missionary movement  among Africans. Right now, we are working alongside our Kenyan colleagues in Kenya to see a missionary training center built. Our dream is to see 1000 African missionaries fanning out across Africa and to the nations beyond with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. 

Yes, we have been missionaries now for 27 years, but the passion and call that God placed in our hearts years ago has never changed. God gave us a promise in Psalm 2:8. “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” We ask that you join us in believing prayer for the fulfillment of God’s Word.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fasting and Revival!


WGM Uganda has established the first Monday of the month as a fasting day.  Will you join us?  If you have 30 minutes today or tomorrow will you watch this sermon

We believe that prayer and fasting will bring revival!  Will you rally those you know to fast and pray for revival here in Uganda, in your hometown, and around the world??

Friday, March 2, 2012

Weekend Links

Spring approaches.  Time to plant some seeds! 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Answered Prayer


Thank you for praying with us this month!  It has been full of ministry and travel- and God has been with us every step of the way in response to your prayers! 
  • Jon Mayo, Bishop Masiga, Reverend James Ouma, Reverend Emmy Mugisha, and Pastor Kennedy Kirui had a great trip to Pokot!  The churches there are full of the love of Jesus, and generous of spirit!  Praise the Lord for these new additions to AGC Uganda!
  • Scott Rambo had a good trip to DRCongo, arriving in Kampala Saturday afternoon.  He made some good connections and is now looking to the Lord for direction about next steps for potential ministry.
  • Billy Coppedge had a good trip to Kenya.
  • The Pastoral Training of Trainers (PTOT) went well today as Billy and Scott led the sessions.  
  • The United Faith Church Leaders Retreat was a great time of team-building and refreshment for the student leaders at our university ministry.  
  • Five seventh graders at Heritage International School affirmed their salvation this week.  And one student made a confession of faith for the first time.  Praise the Lord!  He is moving at Heritage- but the spiritual warfare is strong!  Keep praying!
  • John and Beth Muehleisen were with a work team in Kenya and it went quite well.  They are beginning phase one of a missionary training facility for AGC Kenya!  
Take some time this week to read Psalm 136, and tell the Lord how good He is!  To Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever! Thanks for rejoicing with us!