Monday, January 30, 2012

A Prayer for Today

Praying this prayer today- originally posted HERE

A Prayer for Casting Our Burdens Upon the Lord

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah Psalm 68:19
Lord Jesus, there’s no Savior as compassionate, kind-hearted, engaged and “daily” as you. How will we ever be able to give you the thanks and praise of which you are so worthy? As this day begins I feel like I’m carrying seventeen backpacks of weariness and worries. My shoulders are not broad enough; my heart is not big enough; my wisdom is not deep enough. O merciful and mighty Jesus, as I fall down before you, I upload these needs to you.

Jesus, it’s only because you bore the burden of the law’s demands and judgment for me; it’s only because you say to me, “Cast all your care upon me, for I care for you” (1 Pet. 5:7); it’s only because you call to me, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28) that I will neither deny my needs nor ignore the burdens of others. Only you know why there’s such an avalanche of broken stories converging on my doorstep at this time. Where else can I go but to you?

Help me not be afraid of the emotional messiness that certain burdens bring. Help me know how to rely on your presence more than I rely on my words. I want to be aware of my limits, for sure, but I want to be even more aware of your limitless mercy, grace, power, and peace.

For the faithful friend facing an unexpected triple by-pass heart surgery today; for more stories of divorce papers being served and family ties being severed; for the couple whose two-year wait to welcome their adoptive child just ended childlessly, again; for Christian friends who are acting like children vying for the last cookie; for the young woman whose eating disorder continues to consume her mind and body; for missionaries running out of money and mercy; for two churches I love in which gossip is presently more powerful than the gospel; for those who keep this reoccurring theme always before me, “This is too much, I cannot and will not go on”…

Jesus, I bring all of these stories and friends to your throne of grace, and I will seek to fulfill “the law of Christ”—the law of love, the way of the gospel—as you give me strength, wisdom, and grace. Come back soon, please Lord, make all things right and all things new. Please Lord, come back soon. So very Amen I pray, in your persistent and sufficient name I pray.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

God is NOT defeated!

from Scott Rambo:

the day didn't go quite as we had planned. But God is not defeated.

We arrived at the border crossing (Uganda side) and had some trouble getting through one of the Congolese pastors who was traveling with us. We were disappointed that he was being sent back to Arua to have some paperwork processed, but were assured that once it was cleared up he would be able to join us on the other side. I think they were hoping that we would try to "grease the wheels" a bit and, after we left him there to take a boda-boda back to Arua, they let him go through anyway and he was able to join us on the Congo side. God was NOT defeated.

And then we got to the Congo side and were able to get through part of the red tape just fine. They sent us on to the next point where we would be issued our actual visas. That is where things went downhill. We were pretty sure that the visa should only be about $50 (indeed others were paying $50), but they office was insisting on $140. We couldn't justify spending money that had been entrusted to us like that and started figuring out if we should leave. Meanwhile, one of the pastors traveling with us went in to town and found some of the elder pastors to see if they might be able to find a way forward. They were not able and we got back in the car and came back home to Arua. We got into Congo, but just barely. But God is not DEFEATED.

I came home and was talking to Meg. I was frustrated, annoyed, disappointed, etc. Meg looked at me and said, "Joshua had to march around Jericho 7 times, this was 1." And you know what, she's right. We may have been delayed. We may have felt like we wasted a day. We may have felt confronted. BUT GOD IS NOT DEFEATED!! We know that anytime God's people are stepping out in faith to follow God's plan there is going to be opposition, it shouldn't surprise us. But we can trust in the fact that even though there is opposition today, God has already won the war. (Incidentally, you can read a blog post from our friends the Coppedges on just this same idea here).

We don't know when the next time we will have a chance to step onto Congolese soil, but we are ready to keep marching whenever that call comes. God is not defeated, He is the Victor!

We are more convinced than ever that we need you standing in prayer with us. We don't want to be bowed down by opposition. Will you commit anew to lifting up our family, this ministry, and the nation of Congo? Will you bow before the God who will NEVER be defeated on our behalf?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekend Links

Scott Rambo is heading into the DR Congo this weekend!  There is a bit of history that makes this survey trip a bit momentous. 
  • The Coppedges and Rinehimers had a survey trip scheduled in July 2007, that fell through.  Here is the Coppedge's post and the Rinehimer's post.
  • HERE is John and Erica Rinehimer's blog post about a different quick trip into the DR Congo! 
  • And some video of the drive!  
Two books recommended by Billy Coppedge:
  • King Leopold's Ghost- a fascinating history of Congo from colonialism to today. It will actually break your heart at all the Congolese have suffered. 
  • In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz-  A great history of the Mobutu era and gives a detailed explanation for how corruption is literally a way of life in Congo today. Very readable.
It just may be the right time!  God is up to something big!  Pray for safety!  Pray for health (a stomach bug has gone through the Rambo family this week).  Pray for good connections.  And thank Jesus that's it's not rainy season! Some more warfare resources:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Entering Congo?!

Moses seeing the Promised Land Afar
Moses and God's people failed to enter in to their possession.  They fixed their eyes on the giants and trembled.  But now, in Joshua 6, God's people have wandered, they have crossed the Jordan, and they face one more battle before they can enter in to the Promised Land.  Jericho's walls were shut up tight.  But God said- I've given them into you hand- the.walls.will.come.down.  

And that is what we're praying for Congo- for the walls to come down! 

From Billy Coppedge:
We are trying to organize a short visit to Aru, Congo which is just across the border from Arua, Uganda. It would be for this  weekend, probably leaving Saturday/Sunday coming back Monday/Tuesday. Our Baptist friends, the Taylors are leading the team but they've graciously made room for Scott if everything comes together. 

We would love for Scott to get across the border and begin/continue some reconnaissance for us on eastern DRC. Time on the ground is priceless. But we've also tried to make several survey trips before that were all planned and then last minute got squished. Would you pray that if this is God's timing, (which we believe it is) then He would open the door and specifically the relationships that we could connect with? Safety, border crossings, language, ears to hear and eyes to see, questions to ask, health, traveling mercies are a few of the specific requests. -B.C.

Would you gather your praying friends and pray this week for open doors, and walls to come down in regards to Congo?  Leave a comment and let us know you're standing with us!  Let's march around the city with praise in our hearts, standing on the promises He's given, and watch what the Lord will do!  

Monday, January 23, 2012

Enter In

He is beckoning.  Will you enter in to the story He is writing in Uganda?  The door stands open- He is just waiting for you to join Him in His glorious kingdom work.  Whether you live in New Jersey, or London- you can make a difference here! 


“I am feeling more and more that it is, after all, just the prayers of God’s people that call down blessing upon the work, whether they are directly engaged in it or not. Paul may plant and Apollos water, but it is God who gives the increase; and this increase can be brought down from heaven by believing prayer,
whether offered in China or in England (in Uganda or in America)… If this is so, then Christians at home can do as much for foreign missions as those actually on the field.” –J.O. Fraser


Enter in to His presence.  Enter in to the battle.  Enter into His calling for your life. 

Will you leave a comment with your prayer for Uganda?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekend Links

This weekend we want to focus on the university ministry going on at Kampala International University.  Here are some links for you to check out this weekend:
Feel free to leave a question for us in the comments section- happy to help you reach out where you are!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clinging to the Promises


photo courtesy of pinterest
 CONSTANTLY plead the promises with God in prayer. He has thereby bound himself to his people, as with a note under his hand. Go with it therefore to God, firmly depending upon his faithfulness; He will acknowledge his own handwriting, and answer your demands accordingly. Rest yourself therefore upon God, and wait patiently for him, being assured he'll not be unmindful of his promise; but leave it to his infinite wisdom to fulfill it, in that way, and at that time, he sees best. –Samuel Clarke

On Sundays the K-Team meets for prayer.  This week we focused on claiming the promises laid out in Scripture.  Here are the verses we used:

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. –James 1:5

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  -Isaiah30:21

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. –James 4:7

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. –Isaiah 40:29-31

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. –Psalm 1:1-3

 But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. –Isaiah 43:1-2

 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” –Zephaniah 3:17

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? –Romans 8:31-32

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.   –Isaiah 40:11

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. –Psalm 2:8

 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.  –Psalm 34:4-10

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. –Rev. 22:12, 20

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? –Numbers 23:19


You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. –Joshua 23:14

What scripture promises are you claiming for your family, your ministry, for the ministry in Uganda?

More Scripture Promise Resources:
Take Words With You
Clarke's Bible Promises