Salvation has come to your house today.

The last two weeks have been incredible. The team from BridgePoint has been here with us. It has been wonderful to have some friends from home to share our experiences with. 

We spent our first two days in Busagazi, a fishing village on the shores of Lake Victoria. We sent another team there earlier this summer and were met with open arms. Many were saved in July as a result of that team. In fact, the pastor told us that his services jumped from 25 to 75 consistently since July. A man donated a plot of land for them to build a permanent structure for this church to continue meeting. During our visit with the BridgePoint team, we had the pleasure to encourage some of those new believers as well as share with many more. It’s almost hard to describe to you the response to the gospel, but in every house either someone was recently saved or someone accepted Christ on our visit. It’s incredible. Their is a great need for another church in the community on the other side of a mountain. 

Often when we are out sharing during the day, we meet the women of the homes. They accept Christ, but the husbands are out at work. As our team split in Busagazi, I encountered many women who were recently saved who desired for their husbands to be saved. I spent time encouraging them and praying with them only to find out that Russell and Rita West were sharing with many of those husbands on the other side of the village at that very time. Isn’t God good! Many of these man also got saved. 

We spent a few days this trip in Ngizu with Omega Baptist Church, encouraging them and sharing testimonies with each other. This was a truly encouraging trip as we recalled the faithfulness of God in our lives.

We spend one day loving on some children at an HIV/Aids oprhanage. This was a special ministry, they strive to make it a home for each child, not an institution. They care for 61 children and they are all doing very well health wise, spiritually and educationally. 

The next week we spent three days training teenagers in Evangelism in Bukanga. We had close to 100 students with us. The second day they learned how to share their testimony and practiced sharing with each other. As they broke up into groups to share their testimony, two people attending the conference got saved as a result of hearing the testimonies. One of those was in my group. A man named Moses said, ” I know the gospel, but I used to have negative feelings about “born agains. After hearing all the testimonies, I don’t know why I had those feelings. There is nothing keeping me from accepting the gospel now.”

We also taught the youth how to share the gospel, gave them Scripture to memorize and then on Wednesday sent them out to do evangelism.  There were close to 50 decisions that were reported that day. Students were excited and confident in sharing what the Lord has done in their life. 

The stories of God’s conviction and work in these lives is incredible. Brian went out with one group and as they approached the boda (motorcycle taxi) station, he took the lead in the conversation with these guys, as often they can be kind of gruff. After joking with them for a few minutes about who is the best driver, he shared the gospel. Two of the drivers were already believers, but the rest of the men all accepted Christ. 

Today and tomorrow we are in Makukuba. Today we visited the homes of the students in the primary school of Makukuba. We encouraged them in their studies as well as gave gospel presentations. Tomorrow we will be sharing with people who have dropped out of school. Many of the girls who drop out of school either end up in prostitution or having children at very young ages. 

After our day of ministry we will head to the airport for our long trip back. Please pray for us as we return home after three months of a different culture, different living situation and all of the different things we have experienced. Our flight leaves at 1:10 am, which should be really fun with three small children, so I ask for your prayers for that as well.

We can’t wait to visit with all of you and tell you many more stories about the ways we have seen God work this trip. Thank you for your support! 

Friends

We have made some remarkable friends in the short time we are here. Some of them were missionaries, people visiting Uganda from all over the world, and many Ugandans. Today I want to tell you about our Bible Study Groups that we have had the pleasure of being a part of this summer. 

Brian has had the pleasure of being a part of a small group of men through Acacia Community Church. These men expressed the need for a group of men to go deeper with and Brian and Pastor Terry were more than excited to get that started. It has been so encouraging to Brian to hear their stories and see the similarities in the Lord’s leading in their lives and our own. HIs group is just recently formed and are still getting to know each other, but I know already that he will miss the fellowship when we leave. 

My group is a motley crew. At one point, we were two Americans, one girl from England and one from China all meeting together in Uganda. It almost sounds like the beginning of a joke. But believe me, it has been no joke. The Lord has used that time together to do some incredible things.

My English friend, was here in Uganda seeking her next steps in life. The Lord used her time here to draw her back to the Lord, awaken forgiveness in her heart and return her home to England. I received a message from her just yesterday and I am so encouraged by the Lord’s faithfulness in her life. 

My Chinese friend is another incredible story. She is here with her father for the summer on a business trip. Her father is a believer and asked if she could meet with someone to work on her English, as well as learn the Bible.  His prayer was that if anything ever were to happen to him, she would know the truth and be able to carry it on in his family. This sweet teenager met with us for several weeks, and admitted that she was still learning about Jesus, but would not consider herself a Christian. This last week, I had the opportunity to clearly share the gospel with her. She said that she had heard parts of the story of Jesus, but not the things that I shared with her. She accepted Jesus last week during our group time! Thank you so much for praying for this group! 

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6

Thank you for supporting us this summer. Thank you for partnering with us in the gospel here in Uganda, and apparently in England and China as well. Who knew! Thank you for joining us in ministry. Your encouragement and prayers are vital to all that God is doing here.

Prayer Requests:

We have 2 1/2 weeks left. This week Brian is teaching in two Bible Training Schools on the book of Mark. Each day he he teaches, he travels 1 1/2 hour to these schools, but he LOVES it!!!!! On Sunday night, our team from BridgePoint arrives. We have a slammed final two weeks full of evangelism, discipleship training, meeting with a group of women forced into prostitution for survival and school drop outs, and PACKING! Please pray for our team as they travel. Pray for our ministry days. Pray for us as we prepare to return to America. Pray for us as we continue to work through the possible next steps for us regarding Uganda. 

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!