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!

Monday, February 27, 2012

I Can Carry You!

We could not be here without you.  It is our task to carry out the call God has placed on our lives.  But without you, we couldn't be here.  Thank you for walking this adventure with us!  Thank you for carrying us in these exciting days!  Stay tuned this week for a praise report!  God is moving!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekend Links

Here is a round up for making this a missional Lent!
May you be blessed this Lent as you create space for God, and journey toward the cross with Him for love of the whole world.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jon Mayo: Roving Reporter

Pastor James Ouma and Pastor Emmy Mugisha with church members
Jon Mayo sent periodic text messages throughout the weekend.  Here are the roving reporter's own words:
  • 5:30pm Friday:  We have safely arrived in Amudat.  The road was not great, but I have seen and been on worse roads.  Thankfully it is dry or it would have been worse. 
  • 7:30pm Friday:  We have just finished meeting with some of the pastors and church members and now beginning the wait to eat.  
  • 9:30pm Saturday:  We were up by 6am had breakfast at our first home by 7am.  We then drove some miles on bad roads and roads that we made up to reach the second location where a church member has given about 10 acres for the church.  Then on to the first church by foot. Had a short service and walked back to the vehicle.  We continued on bad roads for over 10 miles to reach second church.  Another service then off to a home for rice and beans and tea, and prayers.  Drove another 5 miles, parked the van and started walking for over an hour to reach third church.  Had a short service, then rice and beans and tea.  We then walked the one hour back in the dusk and dark.  We then drove back to Amudat on bad roads, in the dark.  Before we could go to our rooms there was roasted Dik Dik meat, chapatis and more tea.  Not sure when we will head to bed.  The love of Jesus was so warm everywhere we went.  This is Africa and I love it.
  • 4:50pm Sunday:  Yes, we are on the road. Finally. Very late. 
  • 8:30pm Sunday:  Well, I should not have been surprised, but we did not leave the church until 4pm.  Four of the churches had come together.  We found out there is now a fifth church but it was too far for them to come and even too far for us to reach this time.  We have just reached the tarmac (paved) road which is still some distance from Mbale.  I have taken a break from driving.  Kennedy will drive us into Mbale.  The roads have not been good.  Thank you for praying!  We still have a long way to go.  
  • 8:00am Monday:  Thank you all for praying.  We arrived back in Kampala after 1am in the morning.  It was a quick, tiring trip, but well worth it all.  We felt the presence of Jesus with us the whole time.  Once again thank you for praying.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekend Links

Some songs, video, and a prayer this week. May you be truly inspired, and motivated to act- for the harvest is great, and the laborers are few!

This song.  Could you pray it for yourself?  Your kids?  God, don't change the circumstances, change me.

This prayer.  "In light of the gospel, what should I spend more time doing and less time doing?..."

This worship.   "In this world you will have trouble. But Jesus overcame the world. And our body is His temple. And we will worship forever more..."


This quote and this one and this one.  “We will only advance in our evangelistic work as fast and as far as we advance on our knees. Prayer opens the channel between a soul and God; prayerlessness closes it. Prayer releases the grip of Satan’s power; prayerlessness increases it. That is why prayer is so exhausting and so vital. If we believed it, the prayer meeting would be as full as the church.” – Alan Redpath

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Prayer Update

Better late than never, right?

How you can be Praying for WGM Uganda
Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests

  • Our upcoming field retreat is scheduled for 1-4 April, and our speakers this year will be Alan and Beth Coppedge. Pray for Alan and Beth that they will have the Spirit’s anointing as they prepare for our time together and for all those who attend that we will be receptive and obedient to whatever the Spirit reveals to us. Pray that we will be stripped of self-deception and experience profound healing and restoration where it is needed.
  • 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.
  • Continue to pray for leadership of the university ministries at Kampala International University. Kennedy Kirui has approached the AGC Kenya bishop about being assigned to United Faith Chapel, but no decision has been made yet.
  • Pray for wisdom in how to foster the next generation of church planters.
  • Heritage International School is still in need of a head of school. Pray also that God will supply godly qualified staff for the next school year.
  • WGM wants to see the formation of an internship program at United Faith Chapel with the goal of training ministry leaders to start university ministries at other locations. Pray that by the end of this year there will be 4 interns with adequate funding in place.
  • 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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prayer Meeting


Prayer Meeting May 2011
Ever wish you could just hop on a plane and join us for our weekly prayer meeting?  Ok, maybe you didn't know we have a weekly prayer meeting- but if you did- you'd want to join us.  Really, though, if you covenant to pray for WGM Uganda at any point of the week, you're here in spirit. 

This week we decided to pray BIG for God's glory!  Here are the requests that were lifted up:
  • Trip to Pokot, Uganda (414 kilometers).  AGC Kenya is transferring 4 churches that they have planted on the Uganda side, to AGC Uganda.  Jonathan Mayo, Bishop Keffa Masiga, Pastor James Ouma, Pastor Emmy Mugisha and Kennedy Kirui will be traveling Feb 17-19 to visit, encourage and welcome these churches.  
  • While in Pokot, the men will try and connect with Shadrach (a former student at KIU involved with the ministry of United Faith Chapel) to see how the Lord might have us partner together.
  • Arua Team East Africa Expedition.  See details here.
  • John and Beth Muehleisen are in Kenya til the end of the month leading a work team.
  • Pastoral Training of Trainers will be held Feb 27
  • Josh Hallahan and Kennedy Kirui are beginning to plan trips out to where university ministries have already been planted around Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. 
  • Heritage Seniors- there aren't any strong Christian leaders in this class and they are setting the tone for the secondary block. 
  • Raymond and Nicole Leisure are continuing to fund-raise despite many challenges. 
  • Matt and Joy Burke are scheduled to arrive in Uganda March 26, beginning the cross-cultural transition of packing and saying goodbyes.
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Interested in starting your own missions prayer meeting?  There are some awesome resources at www.prayermeetings.org  And this is what K.P. Yohannan says about missions prayer meetings:
In early 1976, when the Lord began to break my heart over the lostness of the world, one of the first things we did as a family was to call a few of our friends and start a prayer meeting in our home. That Tuesday night meeting still continues without fail after all these years. We spend the first part of the evening in worship and praise with brief testimonies and thanksgivings. We don't spend the time chatting but hear reports from different countries of the world, individuals, tribes and unreached people groups. We read prayer letters and requests from all over the United States and Canada, as well as overseas. Frequently we will pause to break into small groups or pairs to pray over each request. In this way, we have seen hundreds and hundreds of specific answers to prayer. If there is not a missions prayer band in your church or neighborhood, why not start one? If one already exists, why not go and add your faith and warmth to that group.
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Need prayer?  Leave a comment and we will lift you up at our next prayer meeting.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ministry Highlight: Arua Team

As we have said, the Arua Team's vision is for people to encounter the Word of God, both the person of Jesus and the Scriptures. We believe that is the primary way God brings about Biblical transformation. In creating space for people to encounter the Word of God, we see one of our roles as assisting the national Church in developing training strategies; particularly how church leaders can incorporate oral methods like Bible storytelling.

What does that look like? Well...
Practically our calender for the next three weeks is a great illustration of how we are trying to both explore new training opportunities as well as come alongside those whom we have already been working.

February 16-24: Scott Rambo will be in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo exploring ministry opportunities and relationships
February 22-26: Billy will be in Kenya facilitating a Bible storying training for the Tenwek Hospital Eye Team
February 27: Along with the national training team, Scott and Billy will be helping to facilitate a Pastoral Training of Trainers for Africa Gospel Church Uganda in Kampala
February 28-29: Scott and Billy will be in South Sudan for two days, specifically meeting with church leaders in Akot to discuss future training opportunities
Dwight Eisenhower said the greatest challenges to organizing D-Day was logistics and communication. As funny as it may seem, the analogies between military battles and spiritual battles are many. Our experience has been similar to Ike's in that faulty logistics and/or the inability to communicate expectations clearly is where problems most often originate. So many of you are already a part of our team and are carrying us in prayer. Thank you. We are asking you to continue as God unfolds these next weeks for our team. Specifically you can pray for smooth logistics, clear communication and the right relationships in each ministry opportunity. 
We said that one of our roles is assisting national Church leadership. But that is not the only role our family and team have in Arua. We do not have to go to Congo or Sudan for people to encounter Jesus.  It is our joy as a family to seek to create a home in Arua, amidst daily life with four little people, where people can sense His presence and hear His voice. Today that was dropping James, a Sudanese friend, off at the taxi park this morning. He's a good friend and it has been our joy to live life together this last week. Tomorrow we have the privilege of going to visit another friend, Jennifer, whose grandmother just passed away.  And as you can imagine with 3 month old twins, there already has been and will be a lot of diapers in between both experiences:) But this is what Jesus has called us to and we feel so grateful for the privilege to live and work among people in East Africa. We can only agree with the testimony of those from Mark 7:37, "...He does all things well."
 For more updates on how God keeps unfolding these opportunities, feel free to follow our blog at coppedgeafrica.blogspot.com.

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If you were following Scott's visa saga last week and wondered what his own thoughts were on the situation, head over to their blog and read his own words!  We are so excited to see God acting mighty on our behalf, but ultimately for His own kingdom!

On the Road with the Rambos

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekend Links

The Hallahan's are celebrating with a giveaway this weekend- make sure you visit their blog to enter to win a bookmark or batik from Uganda!

An interesting shift in your perspective on sharing your bread from Eric Foley.  Part I of a series- check out the whole series!

Watch this video- inspiring song for the People of God this Valentine's Day!  "People of God, rise up, rise up and shine God's love..."

And this prayer on the Best Way to "Do" Spiritual Warfare.  Excellent.

Enjoy!  Sorry the weekend is almost over! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Visa. Check!

Though the trip was unexpected, it was not unfruitful!  Yesterday Scott arrived in Kampala safely (Praise Him!), and waited for his Letter of Invitation from the church in DRC to be e-mailed to him.  The Letter arrived during the night (Praise Him!)  And Scott went this morning to get his Visa.  They told him it would be ready today at 3pm.  And so we prayed that that was true.  It was (Praise Him!)!  He returned with his entry visa in hand! 

This is just the beginning of the adventure- but it is an encouraging start!  God is making a way where there is no way.  And your prayers are paving that way!  THANK YOU!  And KEEP IT UP!

Click here for the tentative itinerary for Scott and Billy over the next three weeks!  And pray much!

And pray for safety as he boards another night bus at 9pm (1pm EST).  Thank you!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


 I posted a movie clip on our family blog today- it is sure inspiration for warfare prayer!  Will you join us praying for the Holy Spirit to tear down strongholds and wash out walls that are hindering the gospel?  See you at Hand in Hand today!

Staying with the Stuff


 As you read this quote, I hope it inspires you to not only pray for Scott and Billy as they travel, but also for their wives, Meg and Joanna, and their children, Tim, Ben, Elsie, Lucy, Sophie and Chloe.

"But why was this frustration of sickness allowed?  One cannot always discern the reason for these things, but two are plain to us: (1) We learned that when one member of the party was thrusting out into Satan's territory, it was also necessary to put a prayer guard over those who stayed at home.  We were all praying for John and his party as they pressed into the demon-plagues territory of Goomoo.  Those prayers cleared the party's way (they were much blessed there) so Satan, in furious spite, struck at the unprotected home base.  Both those who go down to battle and those who stay by the stuff need prayer-coverage.  We have never forgotten this lesson." -Isobel Kuhn, In the Arena 

Pray for these precious women and children as their men thrust out into Satan's territory.  If you will stand guard over these who stay home- please leave a comment!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

East Africa Expedition

Billy (left) and Scott (right) with Bishop of Lui and his family
Let me give you the rundown of what things are looking like for the Arua Team starting this week:

FIRST OF ALL- Pray for Scott's Visa into the Congo!! **UPDATE- Visa in hand! THANK YOU FOR PRAYING!
  • 8 February, travel to Nebbi, Uganda to meet with a pastor whom Billy Coppedge knows from Bunia, DRCongo. He is passing through as he travels and has a few hours he wants to give us.
  • 16 February, Scott Rambo travels back to Aru, DRC (where we turned back at the border less than a week ago) to fly to Isiro, DRC. Isiro is a town in Northeastern Congo that God keeps putting on our hearts and bringing back into discussions. He'll spend several days there until,
  • 21 February, Scott will fly to Bunia, DRC for several days. Bunia is one of the more major towns in Northeastern Congo, and even has a interdenominational Christian university that has potential ministry opportunities.
  • 21 February, Billy Coppedge  will travel to Kenya to lead a Biblical Orality workshop for a medical (optics) team from Tenwek Hospital.
  • 24 February, Scott will fly from Bunia to Entebbe, Uganda and Billy will fly from Kenya to Entebbe to help lead a PTOT (Pastoral Training of Trainers) on using Bible Storying in preaching and evangelism with some colleagues in Kampala. The participants of this training are the men and women responsible for training the Africa Gospel Church pastors here in Uganda. This will take place on 27 February.
  • 28 February, Billy and Scott will fly to South Sudan to meet with a bishop and pastors there to plan a way forward in our working together. We also hope to sit down with a missionary there who is already using some Small Media Devices in ways similar to how we are envisioning using them as part of our oral strategy.
  • 1 March, We fly back home to Arua where we are reunited with our families and joined by our country coordinator, Jonathan Mayo, for a time of debriefing and strategizing.

Please pray for:
  • The right relationships to be formed and deepened.
  • Clarity on to whom and to where God is leading.
  • Physical and spiritual over our family, these plans, and all those involved.
  • Meg and the Rambo boys, & Joanna and the Coppedge girls, as they hold down the home front.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Meet the Coppedges

We are Billy and Joanna Coppedge and we live in northern Uganda; in a small town called Arua. Jesus has blessed us with four daughters: Elsie Jayne (4), Lucy Mae (2), Sophia Anne (3 months), and Chloe Catherine (3 months). While we are just recently returning to Arua after a few months in the U.S. for Joanna to deliver the twins, we originally moved to Uganda in 2006. Currently we have the joy of serving in Arua with another WGM family, Scott and Meg Rambo.

We believe the primary way that God  brings transformation to the human heart is through His Word. Thus, our passion is to introduce people to the Word of God: both the Person of Jesus and the Scriptures. Consequently, we love our job as we believe the only way people can truly know Jesus is to meet Him.
We have found the most common way for people to meet Jesus, the true personality of Jesus, is to encounter His life as through Scipture and as lived out in people. So formally, our ministry is to train church leaders that they might be more equipped to offer the life of Jesus to their churches and communities. We get to do this from out of Arua in nothern western Uganda, South Sudan and hopefully soon, eastern Congo. Informally, though, it is our desire that Jesus live His life in our family so that daily people might see Jesus and want His life in their own. 
We welcome you to join us on our journey of walking with Jesus. To follow more closely, please check out our blog: coppedgeafrica.blogspot.com

Sunday, February 5, 2012

First Monday Fast


"Prayer needs fasting for its full growth. Prayer is the one hand with which we grasp the invisible. Fasting is the other hand with which we let go of the visible. In nothing is man more closely connected with the world of sense than in his need for, and enjoyment of, food." -Andrew Murray (With Christ in the School of Prayer)

Will you fast and pray with us Monday?  God is doing big things here- will you partner with Him?   Leave us a comment and let us know you are standing with us!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Weekend Links

Links of Love this week!  How do we show love to others, and the world?  How do we get the ones we love (our families, our kids) excited about missions?
I guess that should be enough to keep you busy for awhile!  Love God!  Love others!  Have a story you want to share about putting love in action lately?  Leave a comment!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Love Month

It's February- the month of love- with Valentine's Day just around the corner we're going to take a look at what we can do to share the LOVE of Christ right where you are- and around the world! 

Show love this week to someone who crosses your path...  after you click over HERE to see how Kenneth Hopson showed love one day on the streets of Kampala.