Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fight the Good Fight

I once was told that I had a fighter spirit in me. That I do not give up and have determination for
the cause. My cause for so long has been about Africa. How God miraculous sent us here and how God had shown me that I was to return. My story has changed and grown, but my cause for Christ has not. If anything it has grown. Uganda is now my home and as many have felt, it is hard to leave home.

The Pastor that spoke at one of the African Gospel churches reminded me of what my daily cause here in Uganda and even when I am back in the United States. He used the following scripture:

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 – NIV

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7 – NIV

It has reminded me that I must continue to stay in the Lord, by learning and studying more of his word, praying, and being in fellowship with other believers. I have to prepare the way for the Lord to lead me in the mission he has for me. I can’t just sit on the sidelines, ask a prayer and expect it to happen. I have to be ready to daily pick up the cross and follow Christ. Satan wants to distract me in anything I do. Even keep me busy doing work for the Lord, so that I don’t spend quality time with Him. We all have a fighting spirit for the cause in us. To spread the word of Christ and his redeeming love and grace, to everyone we meet.
by Nicole Leisure
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kenya University Tour

Today, Josh Hallahan, Jonathan Mayo, Matt Burke, Kennedy Kirui and Edwin Erregwa left for a tour of some university ministries in Kenya! 

There are five universities on the schedule in five days!  We can't wait to share what God is doing on campuses around East Africa!  Stay tuned for a report! 

Josh and Kennedy on a university trip in July 2012
Pray for these men as they travel.  Pray for the families they have left behind.  We want God to get much glory this weekend!  We are excited about the opportunities that God has in store for us as we continue to partner with universities around East Africa!  Pray for safety and health.  Pray for Jesus-led connections and transformational conversations along the way. 

We are praying that kingdom light will dawn on every campus in East Africa.  We are asking Jesus for 1000 African missionaries; university students are a strategic piece of this plan.  Will you join us in praying! 

Want to catch the vision for university ministry?   Check out this video!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Leisure Family: How They Got Here

Ever wonder if God could use you on the mission field?  Feel like you don't have "the right" skills?  We're excited to share Raymond and Nicole Leisures' story today about how they felt God's call to the mission field.  If you are interested in finding out more about serving full-time in Uganda, or anywhere else around the world check out:

The Leisure family began our journey in 2007.  God appeared to be calling Nicole and I (Raymond) to serve in Uganda but I needed proof.  The call was just a little too far from “normal” and there was also the feeling of not being worthy of the mission field.  My request of the Lord followed the story of Gideon in that I requested that God provide me a shofar.  A shofar is the trumpet of the bible, made of a ram’s horn.  While the story is too long to detail here, the Lord did provide the shofar and all the money needed to go on this initial trip to Uganda in June 2008.  While in Uganda for 16 days, the Lord began working on Nicole’s, and even more so on my, heart.  He opened our eyes and hearts to the people of Uganda.  We returned home in wonder and even fear.   

Could the Lord really be calling us to the mission field?  Why would he do such a thing?  What business did a teacher and computer geek, jack of all trades master of none, kind of people, have on the mission field?  Missionaries are supposed to “have it all together” and we most certainly did not have it together.  We grew up in a cult and had only been set free in 1998.  We were to “young” to be missionaries.  We could not seem to forget Uganda though.  We spent several months praying to make sure we were not on some sort of traveling “high.”  Still not able to shake this pull, we applied with WGM.  I continued to pray that if this was not of the Lord, that he stop it.  We didn’t have a clue what we were doing, but I knew that if this was not of the Lord, I didn’t want anything to do with it.  

I must admit, to my surprise, WGM accepted us.  They did ask us to do some preparation though.  We had to take some collage courses to round out our understanding of scripture and even to better understand what we were getting into.  None of it was easy, but all of it was fulfilling.  We finished our course work in 2011 and began raising funds.  This was another problem for me.  I detest public speaking!  I reasoned that if God had brought me that far, he was going to get me the rest of the way.  Nicole loved speaking in public, after all, she is a teacher, and she does it all the time.  We told the story of how God had called us and provided the shofar as proof to me that we were to travel this path.  We shared that we were no more worthy than the next Christ follower, we were just willing.  We were willing to follow the Lord, even though we were so unworthy.  Trusting that somehow we were exactly what the Lord needed to fulfill His plan.  In the end, I’m not even sure it was our skill set that the Lord needed; it was our willingness to follow.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Meet the Leisures

We are Raymond and Nicole Leisure serving with World Gospel Mission in Uganda, Africa. We have two children, Joshua -18, Katherine -14 here with us.   Joshua gave up his senior year to come with us and Katherine started her high school career here.

Nicole has been a teaching elementary school for 7 years, 3 years working with pre-schoolers.   Now Nicole is serving the Lord as a second grade teacher at Heritage International School in Kampala, Uganda. Showing and sharing Christ's love to a classroom of students from five different countries. Joshua & Katherine both attend the school as well.

Raymond has worked in many jobs over the years, from mechanic to computer support and network analyst, this includes alternative fuels as a hobby. He currently serves the field by doing maintenance for WGM, helps with Heritage’s computer network, works on alternate fuel sources (mostly relating to cooking) and any other projects that he is able to assist in.  Most of this falls under Community Health Evangelism (CHE).  When CHE is used, it can transform sick and dying (physically and spiritually) communities into thriving villages/communities that love the Lord.  Raymond is also learning about Biblical Orality.  Biblical Orality is a method of teaching the bible to those that can’t read (or prefer not to) in such a way that they remember and accurately pass on whole Bible stories. 
Next week we will share with you our call and how the Lord brought us to Uganda.