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!