Only God can change a heart

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;

I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekial 36:26

Easter weekend we visited friends at an Easter play. One of our friends asked Cadance, our oldest, if she was excited about our trip to Uganda. Her resounding answer, with rolling eyes and all was, “No, they didn’t even ask me if I wanted to go!” A little later, I heard about this conversation and I embarrassingly tried to explain it away, but that conversation gave me a real glimpse into her heart. Continue reading

Total Transparency

In order for us to make this trip and to follow what we wholeheartedly believe the Lord is asking us to do, we need to raise a lot of money. I know that I would wonder what all that money goes to. We want to be completely transparent about our needs, both financial as well as material. We also want to be transparent about what we will be doing as well.

Shots                                                                                                                                                              $550    PAID

Shots                                                                                                                                                              $825     PAID

Living expenses in Uganda (travel, room and board)                         $1000 a month x 3 = $3000 ( $1000 left to raise)

Visas                                                                                                                                                              $300  PAID

Expenses in USA (mortgage, health insurance, etc)                                                              $2640

Plane Tickets                                                                                                                                            $5604  PAID WOOO HOOOOO!!!!

Malaria Meds                                                                                                                                              $100 PAID

Total (foreseen) Financial Needs                                                                                                      $13,879

As far as what we will be doing? We have some ideas, based on our prior trips. However  when missions, or anything for that matter, is involved…. flexibility is key. On prior trips, we have had the desire to spend more time in the villages that we are investing in. That is our desire with this trip, to spend more time in Makukuba. We hope to Invest in relationships, determining next steps of ministry for the community, aid in medical clinics, training and evangelizing.

Brian will probably fill the pulpit at Acacia church some as well as play the drums in their worship. Brian may spend some time teaching in the village Bible school or possibly even at the the Uganda Baptist Seminary. We will spend time in medical clinics, and encouraging pastors.

There will also be several teams coming over this year, that we will help lead and serve along side. Just the other day we were able to speak with Terry, the missionary we will be serving along side, and he mentioned that they will be purchasing another vehicle when we arrive in Uganda with the hopes that he will be able to multiply his efforts by sending Brian to one location while he goes to another.

I, Jerilyn, see that I can probably be of some help to East Africa Outreach administratively. The children and I hope to spend a lot of time in the villages, but that will all depend on how we transition over there. My children all know how to use the evangecube to share the gospel and are excited to use it. Cadance loves to teach her own little preschool with her siblings. When I shared with her that she could do the same thing there, she really got excited. It is so exciting to see her catch a vision for what the Lord could do through her. I can see all of these things happening, but none of them are set in stone.

The Lord has put Uganda in our hearts. It is undeniable, and there was a time that we thought the Lord was leading us to go full time there. Everything made sense for us to go, except we didn’t have peace about it. It was in that time of surrender the Lord led us to BridgePoint. We have served 2 happy years at BridgePoint. At this time, we feel like the Lord is asking us to return to Uganda for an extended amount of time with our family. Yes, of course it is on our mind, is this what the Lord maybe doing next, calling us to move there full time. But at this point, we can not say that. We just know that this is the step the Lord is asking of us. We are happy at BridgePoint and can see the Lord using us here as well.

Other Needs: There are always other things that need to be collected to aid in the ministry while we are there. Here is a list of some of those things. As things are donated, they will be crossed off the list. Thanks so much for your support, encouragement and for following along with us!

  • 3 Mosquito Nets to go over beds
  • 2-3 Bottles of Deep Woods OFF
  • Tracts from e3resources.com
  • 3 Evangecubes from e3resources.com
  • Cloth Diapers for another missionary
  • Size 36-38 boxers for another missionary
  • Mens Cologne for another missionary
  • Inflatable balls
  • Handpump
  • Suitcases
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Beef Jerky
  • Peanut Butter
  • Granola Bars
  • Non Latex Gloves
  • Antifungal Cream
  • Twizzlers- a missionary child’s request

If you would like to donate any of these things, email me at jerilynsemail@yahoo.com and I will do my best to come pick them up or meet you somewhere. If you would like do donate to this trip financially, you can do so at  https://fundly.com/walk-of-faith-to-uganda or via check to BridgePoint Church 5796 Hillside Drive, Gloucester, Va 23061 “White Family Uganda” in the memo.

Living Water

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 The children’s ministry of BridgePoint Church raised $700 towards funding a well in Uganda. We were so excited to be able to give that money towards this well in Makukuba that was dedicated just a few days ago. This community is going to be forever changed because of the presence of a clean and safe water source.

“In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.” – www.thewaterproject.org Continue reading

Makukuba

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MAKUKUBA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT  started in mid June of 2010. Nabbaale Sub County is located in Mukono district, central Uganda. This community was very much affected by the 1980 to 1986 liberation war. Many lives were lost to this war and many orphaned children and widows were forced to join the armed struggle. CSU (Child Safe Uganda) conducted a community assessment in 2010. The following needs were revealed.

 

• The School dropout rate (primary and secondary levels) is 86%

• The nearest health center and school are five miles away from the community.

• Main source of income is subsistence agriculture Estimated monthly income per house is between $2-40

• 80% of the community men believe that they are not supposed to get involved in home chores or childcare. In other words, have no role in the home. 

• Over 45% of the men have more than one spouse.

• Nearly 60% of community members see malaria as the greatest sickness; HIV/AIDS and stomach problems rank the second at 26%

• 60% of community members believe that the cause of their sickness is based on lack of knowledge.

• Over 80% get healthcare from village shops in the community (shops are mostly managed by school drop-outs).

• Nearly 70% get water from ponds and unprotected wells yet only 9% treat drinking water. Continue reading

How We Got Here

In the recent months the Lord has moved in our hearts to return to Uganda for an extended amount of time. This desire began many years ago, but in recent months has really come to head. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you our story of God’s movement to make clear to us the path we should take.

In December of 2013, I (Jerilyn) was having a night out with a friend. As we talked about Uganda, I shared with her my personal desire to go over for an extended amount of time with the children. Her reply was, “Why don’t you do it?” My obvious answer was, “Because we have a job and a mortgage.” But she went on to question my belief about the Lord’s power. If God put this in our hearts and if He wanted us to go, could He not take care of all of those things? It was a moment of truth for me, do I really believe God can move mountains? It was also a breath of hope that maybe one day God could bring this dream to pass.  Continue reading

Support Us

Primarily, and most importantly,  we ask for Prayer Support.

We  know that we can do nothing apart from Him, but in Christ we can bear much fruit.  We know that the “intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful” James. 5:16. So we plead with you to pray for us.

Pray for our favor with the Ugandan people, for boldness in sharing the gospel, for clear communication, that we would clearly see opportunities that the Lord has before us. Pray for our safety and health. Pray for wisdom as we work in Makukuba. Pray for our family as we transition to a new life for this short but long amount of time.

God has affirmed to us that this is the next step of obedience He has for us. We know that He will provide for all of the financial needs to move a family of 5 to another country for 3 months.

If you would like to be part of God’s Provision for us to take this step of faith, you can do so two ways.

Donate Online through our Fundly account

or

Send a check to BridgePoint Church

5796 Hillside Drive

Gloucester Va, 23061

Please indicate in the memo line “White Family Uganda.”

Thank you so much for your interest and support. If you would like to support us prayerfully, please let us know as well.