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.”