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.