Monday, December 9, 2013

Temporary or Eternal?

Model of Herod's Temple- photo by Anne Laine
 I love how stories in the Bible can grip us. I always find myself pointing the finger at Israel or Peter for obvious mistakes they made, only to see myself in their mistake. Matthew relates the following story in his Gospel. Jesus was at the temple in Jerusalem, but he was leaving. His disciples came to point out the buildings of the temple to him. Apparently more progress had been made on this amazing structure— more rooms added— and they were very excited. It didn’t seem to make any impression on Jesus, so they intercept him as He is leaving and direct His attention back to the building. I can just imagine their awe of this symbol of national and religious pride. Herod’s Temple was stunning.

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives- photo by Steve Hughes
But Jesus’ response was less than enthusiastic. He prophesied that it would be utterly destroyed...not one stone left on top of another. We know today that the temple had about another 50 years before His words would be fulfilled. But for the disciples this news must have come as a shock. Several minutes later, when He was seated on the Mount of Olives His disciples came to Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matt. 24:3 ESV). So Jesus told them what to expect. Much of what He said would not have sounded like good news: wars and rumors of wars. But he told them not to be alarmed (v.6). He finally reached this conclusion: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14).

How do you like that? The end will come after a period of intense mission activity in which the gospel message will be preached to every nation—literally, every ethnic group in existence. If I could paraphrase this whole message I might say it like this: Lose your obsession with comfort, security, and ethnic pride and throw yourselves into my good news campaign to reach every single ethnic group known on earth. He is telling them, “Don’t waste your lives on temporary things when you can engage in eternal things.”

What about you? Are you stuck on temporary? What is it that keeps you from engaging in eternal things? Today there are still 6,900 unreached, unengaged people groups in the world without access to the Gospel. You can start making an eternal impact today through prayer. Jesus said “...pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2 ESV). Who knows? Maybe He will send you?

-Matt Burke

Monday, December 2, 2013

Yesu Amala: Video

Take a glimpse of worship at one of our local Africa Gospel Churches that the Burke family visited.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ministry Highlight: Bible Storying

Bible Storying at Tenwek Hospital, Kenya
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17 ESV).

This verse is one of the most significant in all of Scripture for Christians. It tells us that Scripture is given to us so that we will be equipped and complete. It tells us how this is accomplished—it trains us in righteousness, it corrects, it reproves, it teaches. It even tells us why Scripture is able to accomplish this work—it comes straight from God...breathed out by Him!

As Christians there are many doctrines of Scripture that we hold dear: The Priesthood of All Believers (there is no elite class, but we are all equal in our access to God and in our responsibility before Him)—and—The Clarity of Scripture (Everything in Scripture that God deems necessary for us to understand is clearly communicated to us).

I have always said that I believed these things, but my experiences during our last term in Uganda have thoroughly convinced me of their truth! During a Bible Storying Training at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, our team leader led a group of local believers through Genesis 1:1-4a. Many of those in attendance had little or no formal education. The text of the story contains thoughts that are theologically weighty and deep. I have to confess that I was not ready for what came next. As the story leader led the group through the story slowly, using simple questions that he had crafted, the crowd came alive. The insights these people shared were simply astonishing! It was electrifying to see believers, considered simple by the world’s standards, encountering God through His Word in such a powerful way—and sharing such wonderful thoughts. The insights that they had into who God is as revealed in these opening verses of Scripture were on par with any commentary I have read.

This experience bolstered my confidence that Scripture is for every believer. More importantly, participants in the training gained a new confidence in their own abilities to interpret Scripture accurately. All over Africa and the world Bible Storying is bearing similar fruit.

For more information go to SimplyTheStory.org.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Meet the Burke Family

We are Matt and Joy Burke. We live and serve in Uganda with our two children, Judah (5) and Lily (3). I (Matt) grew up in rural South East Michigan in a large family (7 kids!). At the age of 8 I was convicted of my own sinfulness and inability to stand before God. Jesus met me in that condition and welcomed me into His family. My salvation experience was also my calling into mission, as my new heart sought to respond to a love that I had never known—a love for all peoples. At the same time, the Holy Spirit was at work on the other side of the world in the heart of a little girl who would become my wife. Joy was saved in Kenya, where her family served as missionaries.

It was Joy’s love for Africa that eventually led us to visit her home one summer while we were students at Asbury College. While I was committed to go wherever God directed, I never imagined that it would mean Africa. But over the summer God gave me a deep love for the land and the people of this amazing continent. The rest is history!

Now we are part of a mission family that desires to see people and their communities transformed by Jesus. We do this by training leaders who will reproduce themselves in others to carry out the work. It is immensely satisfying to see people encountering the living God through the stories found in His Word. There is no better story than God’s Story! For more information visit SimplyTheStory.org. We are excited to see God working in communities through the ministry of CHE (Community Health Evangelism/Empowerment). As people are introduced to God’s vision for healthy, vibrant communities they are discovering and using their own God-given abilities and resources to bring hope and wholeness.

What an amazing adventure! I cannot imagine anything better than being on mission with God in Africa.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hopson Podcast


Our apologies for the blog silence!  We have been on the road for the past 6 weeks, and this blog took a backseat. 

We do want to give you a chance to hear from Kenneth and Delight Hopson once more before we move on to our next guests.


Click this link to hear their latest podcast!



They are also in the midst of a 50/50 Challenge- so check out the Hopson Ministry facebook page to find out more about how you can participate in their ongoing ministry.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ministry Highlight: The Print Shop

Kenneth is always very busy in ‘The Print Shop’. Printing equipment was donated so Kenneth has been able to expand his printing ministry which has turned out to be a valuable printing ministry, printing Christian literature for WGM and other mission organizations in Uganda and also for ministries in other countries in Africa.  He has been printing for the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), a branch of Wycliffe Bible Translators in Uganda and in Sudan, just north of Uganda.  He has also been printing Christian materials for ministries coming here from the U.S. and organizations such as MAF Uganda, MAF Scotland and Precept Ministries in South Africa.  The materials Kenneth has been printing for SIL Uganda and SIL Sudan are to help different tribes in Uganda and Sudan to learn their language in print (sometimes these books are the first ones in their languages) with the ultimate goal of sharing Christ to these remote tribes. 
 
Kenneth also wears many other hats besides “Printer” on the field.  For most of the last two terms he was the WGM Kampala Team leader, and for many years has been the coordinator for all the security guards who work at our missionary’s homes.  He was relieved of those ministries shortly before we returned to the U.S.A. for this Home Ministry Assignment.  He purchases Bibles in many different languages for the AGC (Africa Gospel Church) pastors and church congregations to purchase cheaply, he visits our Africa Gospel Churches as often as possible and is always building relationships with our Ugandan pastors. He wants to share the love of Jesus to many in printed form and through close relationships with the Ugandans. 

Delight is always very busy being a wife, a mother of 3 and doing the many ministries she is involved in!  She has been the WGM field hostess for the Uganda field for all the teams and individuals who come to Uganda to minister throughout the year and she has been the WGM field secretary.  She was able to hand over those ministries before leaving for Home Ministry Assignment. She helps in the print shop and is the Head Librarian at Heritage International School, where our 3 children attend school.  She is involved in building relationships with the wives of the Ugandan pastors and other women in Uganda. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Meet the Hopson Family

We are Kenneth and Delight Hopson, missionaries to Uganda since 2004.  We were in Tanzania from 1997 to 2003 involved in a print shop and children and youth ministries.  In 2003 we felt a very clear ministry change taking place and Jesus paved the way for us to go to Uganda.  We arrived there in 2004 with Kenneth fulfilling needs to the best of his ability for the field literature, even with very limited equipment.  In 2009 Kenneth received the gift of donated printing equipment and eventually “The Print Shop” was up and running.  The print shop now has grown and grown and plans are being made to expansion. 

Delight has enjoyed her ministry as Head Librarian at Heritage International School.  What a blessing it has been to help children to develop a love for reading.  She has been involved in Women’s ministry with our Ugandan pastor’s wives and enjoys building relationships, as well.

We have three children, all teenagers now. Kaleb, our oldest, is 18 years old and is now attending Lake Land College in Illinois.  He is pursuing a BA of Science to teach Physical Education.  He would love to return to Uganda to teach at Heritage International School.  Some of the students already call him Coach K!  Our second oldest, Austin is 16 years old and is a junior in High School.  He worked very hard and landed a position on the Varsity soccer team in Illinois.  This was a hard task since he is new to the school and had not come up the ranks of the team.  Emilee, our youngest, is 14 years old and is a freshman at the high school in Illinois.  She plans to participate in track at her school in Illinois.  Please pray for all of our children as they step into new territory during our time in the U.S.A.  whether it is college or high school newness, they are all facing challenges.  Pray for them as they miss their Uganda home, Uganda friends and their Uganda life.  Pray they will be a light for Jesus wherever they go.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

We Cannot Fight Alone: Part 2

This is the devotional that Beth shared- written by Aletha Hinthorn:

His sermon was a masterpiece." "What skillful delivery from a teenager." Peter's sermon had been impressive. We admired this young man of our congregation who was showing such promise.
Occasionally I'd wonder, "Who is praying for Peter? He appears to be maturing spiritually, yet he doesn't come from a Christian home and have praying parents. Whose prayers are supporting him?"
Then Peter began missing church. At first he blamed his 8-hour-week work schedule and illness, but soon no excuses were made. Some of us in our congregation sadly shook our heads and bemoaned our loss, but did anyone go to God as his intercessor? Did anyone pray for him? When I heard that Peter now says he is an atheist and has lost interest in Christianity, my heart cries, "Why didn't I intercede for him during his crucial, decision-making days?"
In his book Life Together, Deitrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses." If we don't take seriously our responsibility to intercede for each other, we are likely to see cracks in our fellowship, corners breaking off that are difficult to restore.
The apostle Paul understood that prayer for each other is essential. Not only did he ask prayer for himself but also he wrote to the Christians he had nurtured, "We constantly pray for you." (2 Thessalonians 1:11a).
In Israel's first battle, Moses sent Joshua to lead the army. Then he took Aaron and Hur and went up to the top of the hill to pray. Through the day, one fact became apparent. The armed soldiers did not determine the winning side. The prayer warriors determined it.
Dear Jesus, please give me Your sensitivity to pray for those in need. Stir me to remember that another's spiritual well-being may depend upon my prayers.
"...constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times" (Romans 1:9b-10).

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We Cannot Fight Alone

Prayer Time over Seniors: January 2013
In September 2008, the missionaries of World Gospel Mission Uganda felt the Lord leading us to become more intentional in our prayer ministries.  We knew that many people were praying together with us to see transformation take place in Uganda and beyond, but we wanted to become more consistent and organized as one group united in praying.  In fact, this prayer blog is just one result of this movement. 

We knew that this type of intentional prayer would bring great victories, but we also knew that it would require intense spiritual warfare.  Over the years we have seen God work in amazing ways, but it has not always been easy to hold on in difficult times.  Many times it has been others standing with us that has literally held us up and allowed us to continue being obedient to the call of God on our lives.   

Recently one of our WGM Uganda missionaries, Beth Muehleisen, shared the following devotional thought from Aletha Hinthorn.  As I read through it I was once again reminded of the importance of prayer and having others join us in prayer.  Beth said in her introduction, “The difference in a missionary pushing through and making it during a difficult situation may be our prayer for them.”   

Over the years as I have remembered the faithfulness of our prayer warriors, I have been reminded continually of the story of Moses’ hands being held up by Aaron and Hur while Joshua fought the victorious battle in Exodus 17:8-16.  We cannot fight this battle alone.  We cannot stand alone.  We are literally reclaiming territory from Satan that belongs to God, and it requires all of us praying together.  I am so thankful for all the prayer warriors that stand together with WGM Uganda in the battle.  “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joybecause of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,”  Philippians 1:3-5 (NIV)

by Jonathan Mayo, Uganda Country Director

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ministry Highlight: Heritage International School

Heritage Staff Prayer Walk
 Heritage International School opened in 1994, sponsored by missionaries of five different Christian missions, with the aim of providing a Christ-centered education for all children, regardless of their religious, social or economic background. Enrollment is now over 340 students from 27 different nations. The aim continues to be to provide a high quality education that prepares Heritage young people for a life of faith and service. 

Secondary Chapel September 2012
As a Christian school, Heritage tries to put Jesus Christ at the center of all they do. Heritage believes in the redeeming power of the gospel and the abundant life promised to all who follow Him. All Heritage students participate in the spiritual life of the school: sharing prayer requests, attending chapel and studying the Bible, and trying to adhere to Christ's teaching on love and respect. The schools hopes that, above all, Heritage is a place that reflects the love of Jesus Christ and that whether you join their community as a teacher, parent or student you find yourself accepted, encouraged and inspired during your time there.

The founders of Heritage International School dreamed of a place where the influence of Christian Service would go beyond academics, impacting the entire international and inter-denominational Christian Community. Heritage holds firmly to this vision.  The mascot of Heritage is a lion, symbolizing the Lion of Judah, and the school’s name was chosen from Psalm 127:3. “Children are a heritage from the LORD…” (NIV)

Heritage Boys Basketball February 2013
It is God through the ministries of Heritage International School that is bringing change in the lives of children and their families in Uganda. When students from Heritage attend interscholastic activities, their attitudes are noticeably different. “Your students always seem to encourage each other,” a teacher said at a recent athletic event.   One of the observable traits of the Heritage student body is their commitment to other members of the Heritage family.  Win or lose, pulling together and encouraging one another is an element of our community that we hope to continue to demonstrate.  “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”  I Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

Friday, September 6, 2013

Weekend Links

Need some reading suggestions?  Here are the ones I'm re-reading or hoping to start :)  In no particular order:

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret  {re-reading}

A Testament of Devotion by Thomas Kelly {re-reading}

Making Disciples One Conversation at a Time by D. Michael Henderson {new}

Crazy Love by Francis Chan {new}

Look What God is Doing by Dick Eastman {new}

Prayer by Richard Foster {re-reading}

Soul Shift: The Measure of a Life Transformed by DeNeff and Drury {new}

What book has inspired and challenged you in the cause of missions lately??

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September Prayer Requests

Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests      
  • Pray for 168 prayer partners who will commit to praying for 1 hour each week for Uganda.
  • Pray for AGC Uganda as they also begin to recruit people in the local churches to sign up for 1 hour each week to pray.
  • Christine Stanfield, Miria Mukisa, and Winnie Mugisha, traveled to Busia for special meetings with the women the weekend of August 16 and 17. They praise the Lord for a good time of ministry with the Busia ladies and for God’s protection as they traveled to and from Kampala.
  • Please pray for the Hopsons as they travel throughout their time of HMA and for the kids as they stay at home sometimes.
  • A number of missionaries are on Home Ministry Assignment now. Pray for those left on the field and for those who are in the States raising their support to return. 
  • Pray for the pastors and their families in AGC Uganda. Several are struggling with marital issues.
  • John and Beth report that the training in South Sudan went very well. John also had the privilege of helping to baptize a new Christian lady that attended the training with people from her church.
  • Jeff and Christine Stanfield are preparing to go to Burundi along with Rick Morse the last week of September to start a series of Community Health Empowerment trainings for the Burundi Parables Church. Pray for God to open the eyes of the participants to see their communities the way He sees them, and that they will be given a God-sized vision that they are willing to embrace to bring transformation to their communities.
  • Heritage International School has begun a new school year. Pray for the Spiritual Emphasis weeks that will be held for the students. A team from Ireland arrived this morning and will be speaking in the chapel services for the younger students next week, September 2-6.
  • Pray for Pastor Wilson and his family as his daughter is struggling with some health issues.  
  •  The Coppedge family and the Stanfields are in Kenya this week.  They will be participating in a training session this week at Tenwek Hospital for Simply the Story.
  •  Pray for more women students to be drawn to United Faith Chapel ministries at Kampala International University. 
Are you willing to be one of the 168 who will commit to praying for one hour a week? Leave a comment or e-mail us at socialmedia (at) wgmuganda (dot) org

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Meet the Mayo Family



We are Jonathan and Lisa Mayo.  We have been missionaries with World Gospel Mission in Uganda for over 14 years.  We first arrived in Uganda in February 1999.  Before coming to Uganda we were missionaries in Tanzania.  Before Tanzania, Lisa was a missionary in Bolivia and Jonathan was a missionary serving in Kenya for a little over two years.

We have two sons that have lived in Africa for most of their lives.  Our oldest son, Jordan is 16 years old and was born while we were on a furlough.  He was 6 weeks old when we returned to Tanzania.  Ethan, our youngest son, is 14 and was born during our first term in Uganda. 

Currently, Jonathan is the Country Director for WGM Uganda and the Coordinator of University Ministries in Africa.  Lisa is the Secondary Principal at Heritage InternationalSchool.  This Christian school was started through the prayers of 5 missionary ladies and has grown from a few MKs to over 320 students from 27 countries.  

In Uganda we have primarily worked with Africa Gospel Church, the indigenous denomination that WGM helped to start in Africa.  In Africa, WGM first began in Kenya in 1932 and now have over 1600 churches there.  When we arrived in Uganda there were 2 Africa Gospel Churches.  However, the Lord helped the Uganda team to begin a pastoral training program to equip Ugandans to pastor and plant churches. Now there are over 180 Africa Gospel Churches in Uganda!  

The university ministries began on one campus here in Kampala ministering to up to 1000 students each week.  There are now ministries on 7 campuses in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania and we have invitations to start ministries on more than 10 other Universities in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC, Burundi, and South Sudan.  

Although we have been missionaries for more than 2 decades, we have a passion to reach students with the life-changing message of the love of Jesus Christ.  We are praying for a movement of students to reach the world for Christ.   

We ask this prayer from Ephesians 6: 19-20 for us:  Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Weekend Links

It might just be this one.  If you read only one thing today- let it be this:

From Strangers to Missionaries: Strategy for Mission

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August Prayer Requests

Thanks so much for all you accomplish on our behalf through prayer here in Uganda. What a difference you make!
As you pray for AGC Uganda, pray Psalm 101:1-4 for our pastors and church leaders. Pray that they will sing of God’s steadfast love and justice, and that they will think about the way that is blameless. Pray that they will walk with integrity of heart within God’s house and that they won’t set anything that is worthless before their eyes. Pray that they will hate the work of those who fall away and that whatever caused others to fall away won’t cling to them. Pray that our pastors and church leaders won’t have perverse hearts and will know nothing of evil.  

As you pray for WGM Uganda missionaries, ask God to remind us daily to die to self so that others may live. And that as we demonstrate this in our lives, the African Christians will also begin to yearn to have this spiritual reality in their lives.  2 Corinthians 4:10-12
How you can be Praying for WGM Uganda
Ministry Praises and Prayer Requests      
  • Pray for 168 prayer partners who will commit to praying for 1 hour each week for Uganda.
  • Pray for AGC Uganda as they also begin to recruit people in the local churches to sign up for 1 hour each week to pray. A number have already signed up for an hour during the night--not just for an hour each week!
  • The women’s conference in Bugiri went very well with around 30 women from the area participating. A number of them are widows and several talked about broken relationships with their husbands. We were able to pray with them and encourage them as we talked together.
  • Christine Stanfield, Miria Mukisa, Winnie Mugisha, and Caroline Ouma will be traveling to Busia for special meetings with the women the weekend of August 16 and 17. Pray for protection as they travel on public transport and for God’s anointing as they speak to the women of that area.
  • A number of missionaries are on Home Ministry Assignment now. Pray for those left on the field and for those who are in the States raising their support to return. 
  • Pray for the pastors and their families in AGC Uganda. Several are struggling with marital issues.
  • John and Beth Muehleisen are traveling to South Sudan on Friday, August 2, to facilitate the second week of training for the second group in South Sudan. Pray that all of the facilitators will be able to speak with clarity and that those translating into Dinka will understand well enough to translate accurately.
  • Jeff and Christine Stanfield are preparing to go to Burundi along with Rick Morse the last week of September to start a series of Community Health Empowerment trainings for the Burundi Parables Church. Pray for God to open the eyes of the participants to see their communities the way He sees them, and that they will be given a God-sized vision that they are willing to embrace to bring transformation to their communities.
  • Heritage International School begins again on August 15. Pray for unity of hearts and minds among administration, faculty, and students so that God will have great freedom to work on the campus this year--drawing the lost to Himself and growing others up in the faith.
  • The first week of September will be Spiritual Emphasis Week at Heritage. Pray for the special speakers and for the students to be touched in a way that will give a good spiritual foundation for the school year.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Earth is Crammed with Heaven


The flowers at my house are in full bloom right now.  Deep red, brilliant white,  soft pink, bright yellow.  As I left for the office I admired those blooms and remembered some thoughts from a book a read a while back.

There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world— ThomasMerton
The author went onto describe different parts of nature and how enjoyable they are.  A stroll through the woods is an adventure in the ideas of God.  Each tree, each leaf is unique within His creative expression of love.  Through His work we are given a glimpse, if even the smallest glimpse, into how the divine thinks.  And just as our love for our children makes much of their art, so too does our love for God make much of His.
Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead He set before your eyes the things that He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? — St. Augustine
There is no peace more wonderful than the peace we enjoy when faith shows us God in all created things. — Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Earth is crammed with heaven
And every bush aflame with God
But only those who see take off their shoes.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 by Nathan Metz

Monday, June 24, 2013

Metz Family: How They Got Here

In January of 2013, during a lunch conversation with Frank Martin, a friend and pastor to missionaries, the Holy Spirit gripped Nathan's heart and placed a clear and certain call to the work being done in Uganda.  Nathan called Jade as soon as he could.  Since that moment Nathan and Jade have walked step by step in faith and enjoyed the gentle confirmations God has blessed them with.  In May, Nathan and Jade were officially accepted as Missionary Disciples to Uganda through World Gospel Mission, a 103 year old mission sending agency. 
 
God doesn’t always speak to us in flashes of light or booms of thunder.  Sometimes we have to wait for the noise to subside so that we can hear His voice in a soft whisper.  Such is the case in their calling.  God spoke to Nathan as he sat across the table from a trusted brother in Christ.  As that man shared about the needs of the church in Uganda, God whispered “this is your work, go”. Now they prepare to leave their home and serve the church in Uganda.  What a gracious and loving God we serve that He should use us for the work of His Kingdom!
by Nathan Metz

Monday, June 17, 2013

Metz Family Video!

Check out this video to get to know the Metz family a little better! Can't wait to welcome them to the field.  Please be praying for them as they begin their Homeland Ministry Assignment and raise up champions for the work in Uganda! 


Monday, June 10, 2013

Meet the Metz Family

Nathan and Jade Metz are the newest appointed Missionary Disciples to Uganda!  We love when God calls new missionaries to join Him in what He is doing here in Uganda! 


Nathan and Jade were married in a small country church surrounded by a loving group of family and friends.  At the wedding they shared twenty-five big dreams with those who knew them best.  They asked that their friends and family pray for them that they might be obedient to follow God wherever He asked them to go.  After Maddix and Sophie were born they began to talk about adoption. God called them to adopt from Uganda, Africa and in 2010 they welcomed Ezra into their family.  In July of 2011 God spoke to Nathan about his ministry.  In the tabernacle at their local family campground Nathan accepted the call to full time ministry. The Metz family immediately began to pray and prepare for the changes certain to come.  A year later they were blessed once again by the gift of adoption and in May of 2012 they celebrated the addition of newborn Ruby Ann.  Over the last year Nathan has finished his academic work and the whole family has been excitedly waiting to see where God might lead them next.  What an amazing journey it has been!

Nathan’s favorite moments are the quiet ones.  He loves sweet tea, good books and a nice lawn chair in the shade.  His passion for preaching and teaching the Word drive Him.  God’s work in Nathan’s life has been nothing short of miraculous.  

Jade is an experienced encourager.  She can often be found curled up on the couch writing a note of support to a friend in need.  God has gifted Jade with a compassionate heart and a determination that fuels her whole family.  Her life is a testimony to the loving and powerful redemption of Jesus Christ.  

Maddix is a smarty-pants.  She loves reading and helping other to learn.  Sophie is the funniest little girl with a constant smile on her face.  God put such a soft and caring heart in Sophie and we love her for that.  Ezra is one tough dude who is certain about his status as ‘super-hero’.  He loves fishing with grandpa, wrestling with daddy and hugging with mommy.  Ruby is a giggling, walking, babbling bundle of beauty.  The Metz family is blessed!

They will begin fundraising and preparing for the field in the coming weeks.  They are planning to complete their Homeland Ministry Assignment and be released to Uganda in August 2014.  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 to their BLOG for more about their family and future ministry as we get to know them better!

Also, keep Justin and Debby Williams in your prayers as they wrap up ministry at their local church, and begin their homeland Ministry Assignment.  Keep praying that God would raise up and send more laborers for the harvest!  Is He calling you??