The Ball is Rollin!

We are so excited to see a lot of things falling into place. We are officially under Macedonian Call as our sending organization, on the website and set up online giving! WOOT WOOT! We have created a ministry profile to explain the vision of East Africa Outreach and the financial needs we have to accomplish what the Lord has asked us to do. For a task oriented person like myself, this is music to my ears.

We also wanted to make this information available to you our faithful followers and prayer warriors.


White Family Bio

We(Brian and Jerilyn) have been married for 11 years and have three children; Cadance, Noah and Aletheia.

I(Brian), have a BS in Communications from Liberty University and an MA in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have been in vocational ministry since 2001. Jerilyn has a BA in Biblical Studies from Southeastern College. She has served alongside of me in ministry for our entire relationship. She currently home schools our kids (and tries to keep me straight!)

In 2008, I led my first trip to Uganda to serve with East Africa Outreach. I went on to lead three more trips with Jerilyn by my side. In Summer 2014 our entire family stayed for three months. The Lord used this extended time with our kids and the Nesters to confirm that we were to join East Africa Outreach full-time.

We are currently seeking partners in ministry to help us carry out the Lord’s vision for us in East Africa. Thank you for prayerfully considering joining our team!

About Uganda

• About 36 million people live in Uganda.IMG_8325

• About 50% of the population are children under the age of 18.

• About 75% of the people in Uganda live in rural villages with little access to health care, electricity and basic needs.

• The average Ugandan lives on less than $1.25 a day.

• The country flourished in the 1960’s, but was destroyed in the 70‘s and 80”s by Idi Amin and has made slow progress since the destruction of those days.  HIV/AIDS, malaria, malnurishment and waterborne illnesses also take many lives.

• The average lifespan in Uganda is 53 years.

• 1 out of every 12 people in Uganda are orphans.

• Uganda is one of the most fertile evangelistic fields in the world.

• The average village pastor has the equivalent of a 6th grade education.

• Jinja is the second largest population center in Uganda. Only the capital city of Kampala is larger.

Macedonian Call

Macedonian Call is our sending organization here in the USA. It is a Christian, charitable, 501(c)(3) foundation established to help accomplish the Great Commission. They serve as our board of advisors and provide bookkeeping, communications media, and financial accountability. All financial gifts are processed through Macedonian Call.

Website: www.macedoniancall.com

East Africa Outreach

East Africa Outreach (EAO) is the ministry organization we will be serving with in Uganda. Terry Nester is the founder and Director of EAO. The organization is 10 years old.

The ministry has a three fold purpose:

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First of all, we evangelize by sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ. We work alongside existing missions organizations and churches, to help them in evangelism. We help through hut-to-hut visiting, evangelism training, showing The Jesus Film, conducting Bible Clubs/School Assemblies, and anything else that we can use as a means to proclaim the Gospel.

Encourage

IMG_9229This ministry also exists to encourage the missionary community. We feel the need to come alongside existing missionary organizational leaders and staff, to encourage and support them in their work. Missionaries become discouraged and frustrated as they encounter the many challenges of serving God cross-culturally. In response to this great need, we began a Bible Study in our home, which has now developed into an international church named Acacia Community Church.

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The average Ugandan pastor does not own a copy of the Bible and has no theological training. One of EAO’s goals is to radically change this statistic. EAO offers free theological training to pastors and church leadership where they are- in villages. Upon completion of this 9 month program, graduates receive a Bible School Certificate from the Uganda Baptist Seminary. These credits can then be applied to further schooling at the seminary if the graduate pursues further education.

How can I be involved?

We are looking for mission-minded partners to join our support team. You can be a part of this team in several ways.

1. Commit to pray for our family and East Africa Outreach daily.

2. Support us with a one-time gift toward our start up costs of close to 50,000

  • Round Trip Flights (Scheduled for our first furlough)  = $10,000
  • Visas= $2,000
  • Emergency Fund= $10,000
  • 3-6 months rent (to be paid up front)= $6,000
  • Vehicle= $10,000
  • Set up Household (Furniture, Utilities, Applicances, etc)= $10,000

3. Support us with a monthly gift toward our estimated living and ministry expenses of $5,500.

  • Housing and Utilities (Saving for Rent, Electricity, Water, Guard, Internet)  = $2000
  • Salary = $1500
  • Transportation = $500
  • Insurance = $500
  • Ministry Expenses = $1000

4. Invite us to speak with your pastor or church about what the Lord is doing in Uganda.

Brian and I will be traveling to speak for Sunday School Classes, Youth Groups, Men’s Breakfasts and Sunday Services to share of God’s faithfulness and the ministry He has called us to. We would love to come share with your church as well.

5. Consider joining or leading a team to come serve alongside us. 

We would love to help you prepare to bring a team to come over and join in on the ministry.

Thank you again for prayerfully considering joining our support team.

God Encounters

Cadance asked us the other day, “How does God speak? How do we know that we are supposed to go to Uganda?” After trying to explain the ways we see God moving to a very black and white minded 8 year old girl, we reminded her of all of the things God did this summer. We reminded her of they way we prayed as a family many nights, the way we were all in agreement that this is what God had for us next. We recalled all of the ways God spoke to us through His Word, His provision, and the ways He used us.

Although, she remembered all of these things, she wanted to hear God speak for herself. We promised that each time we saw God do something, we would share it with her. We also started praying with and for her that God would speak to her heart and confirm to her as He has been so faithful to do for us.

Well this week she received a sweet gift of a beautiful white gown that could have been worn in a wedding. Sunday morning she wanted to wear it to church. At first I said “NO!” But after a few minutes of watching her twirl and say “But I look like an angel,” I agreed.

After church, we had to run to Walmart for a few minutes. As we were about to leave, Cadance was perusing the candy aisle. A sweet woman came over and spoke to Cady. She talked about how beautiful she looked, she looked just like an angel, how her peace on her face just made her day and she had to come over and speak to us. She said, “This is a little girl who knows her purpose. God has used you in my life today to lift my spirits.” Cadance was speechless.

After talking for a few minutes, I asked Cady if she would like to share with her what God was doing in our life. As Cady told her of our plans to move to Uganda, she jumped with joy and promised to pray for us. She gave Cady a 20 bill and said, “Put this towards your Uganda money.”

When we walked away Cady said, “Mom, can you believe that just happened. God spoke to my heart in a way that I needed to hear!” Thank you Jesus. He cares for each of us and longs to comfort our hearts in such a way that we know He is there. If someone had of told me that I looked like an angel and had a peace about me, I may not have thought much about it. God knew the words my daughter needed to hear.

That ladies nickname was Angel. I believe the Lord really sent us a heavenly messenger today.

Updates:

We are continuing to meet with people who have partnered with us this summer and lining up churches that will allow us to come share the vision God has given us.

As of next month we will have no source of income other than fundraising money. People who chose to begin partnering with us financially will help us continue to live in the states as we reach our fundraising goals and enable us to continue speaking with churches and meeting with possible parters. Once we meet our fundraising goal, we will begin the process of moving.

If you would like to partner with us financially you can do so through Macedonian Call Inc. at P.O. Box 573 Dryden, Va 24243

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Last but not least, we have purchased the domain http://www.whatsupwiththewhites.com. We are no longer at http://www.whatsupwiththewhites.wordpress.com, well because that’s just too long!

Thank you for continuing to pray for us!