We are simply followers of Christ.
Brian and Jerilyn met at Seaford Baptist Church through the youth ministry. Years later, we worked together in that same ministry and were married. We have been married for going on 11 years.
Brian has a Biblical Counseling Degree from Southeaster Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Jerilyn has a BA in Biblical Studies from Southeastern College in Wake Forest.
We served in Youth Ministry for 7 happy years. It was over that time that we started traveling to Uganda. The Lord used those trips to begin to change our hearts and awaken something within us. In 2010, we knew the Lord was moving us but we were unsure where. Everything seemed to be pointing us to Uganda, and despite our love for the people and the ministry there, we did not have peace about it. Continue reading
East Africa Outreach Mission Statement
We have been called by Christ to take His message to the nations of East Africa. We have a three-fold purpose in our ministry.
First of all, we evangelize the nationsby sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Our ministry is here to work alongside existing mission organizations and churches, to help them in evangelism. We help with personal evangelism by doing hut to hut visiting, and through soul winning training and equipping. Our ministry also shows the JESUS film and has open-air crusades. We will also be working in evangelism through the school ministry, prison ministry, and children’s and youth ministry.
Our ministry also exists to equip the believers. We do church, youth, and organizational conferences. We have seminars and training conferences for entry level discipleship with a purpose to train believers to stand firm in the truth of the Word of God. We equip believers to know the doctrines of the Bible that will help them to fulfill their role in the world. We now partner with the Uganda Baptist Seminary and the Baptist Union of Uganda. We are also opening Local Bible Schools for village pastors. Our ministry helps people to know that the Word of God can, “Be a lamp to their feet and light to their path.” (Psalm 119:105)
Our ministry exists as well to encourage Christian leadership. We feel the need tocome alongside existing missionary organizational leaders, to encourage them in theirwork in the ministry. Many of our missionaries are discouraged and frustrated. In response to this great need, we began a Bible Study in our home, which has now developed into an International Church, “Acacia Community Church”. Our ministry here is to, “encourage them daily…” (Hebrews 3:13)
Youtube Video about East Africa Outreach
In Uganda the word “Muzungu,” loosely means white wanderer. The beautiful children will yell out “Muzungu, Muzungu” as they see the white people coming down the road. It is a cry of excitement and joy from those children and a great picture of the openness of the Ugandan people to visitors. There is also an openness to the gospel right now in Uganda that is thrilling.
We saw that 5 years ago when Brian made his first trip to Uganda. Hundreds of people were saved. These people who have so little, by American Standards, have so much by other standards. They have a joy that was unmatched. There is an incredible generous spirit, despite their lack of “things.” They are hospitable in a way that would put “Southern Living” to shame. We saw their hearts and we fell in love.
On our last visit in 2013, we spent some time in a village named Makukuba. This village, although just about 20 miles outside of the capital of Uganda, was primitive to say the least. The dirt road coming up to the village stops and you must leave your car and travel the rest by foot. There is only one school that goes up to what we know as first grade. There is no church. And the most troubling thing we encountered was the lack of clean water.
Our church, BridgePoint made the commitment to invest in this community. Our children’s ministry raised $700 which was matched to go towards a well, which will be built this April in Makukuba. BridgePoint is also sending another team there this year. With a heart to be a part of this initial relationship building in Makukuba, this summer we will be returning. This summer, however, for the first time we are bringing our entire family and staying for the entire summer.