Always Something to Fear

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

As Ebola spreads in our neighboring country, the Congo. There was a close call nearby us. Praise God He has and continues to protect Uganda from Ebola.  I have to confess that on and off for a few days I had fear.  As I reflexed at all He has brought us through these past years I had to laugh at myself for having fear.  There is always something to fear, but God!  When I first came it was swine flu, then malaria, pneumonia, staph, losing a baby, persecution, cancer, poverty, the future of the church, rumors, our loved ones back in America.  The list can go on forever.  As soon as we get over one fear, another one comes.  Some have come to truth and God has seen us through with His perfect peace! But we must be still and know that He is God!  Fear not for He is with us!  He has our future and He has already triumphed!  It is easy to let fear cripple us out of serving or doing what God has called us to do.  But, God has not given us a spirit of fear!  No!  He has given us a spirit of power and love for the lost and His people.  The spirit of a sound mind knowing in the midst of the storm He has us!  His plan is better than ours!  The safest place to be, is in the center of God’s will!   To quote Ian’s favorite song, “My fear doesn’t stand a chance when I stand in Your love.”  Chase fear, trust God!

Praise Reports and Updates:

  • Vincent and I are so excited to share that the blue prints for the library and the community center have been approved and the finances in the midst of being sent!  In awe of all God is doing and going to do through the community!  Can’t wait to see His plans unfold!  Hoping to have some photos of the ground breaking for the next newsletter.  Everything in Uganda takes a little longer and we want to make sure everything is done well with the government.  We know God’s timing is perfect!  
  • It’s easy as a missionary mom to feel less important being at home, homeschooling and taking care of things in the compound. Especially when it is newsletter time again. Seeing the boys growing in the spirit, life and academics helps me realize it is newsletter worthy.   Sometimes the way we serve may feel small but only God knows the impact!  
  • We have started back up the Children’s Ministry Trainings and it is going well.  The number of children coming keeps growing!  Please pray for more labors! 
  • Our goats have multiplied.   We enjoy the little babies running around the compound.  

Prayer Requests:

  • The women’s conference was changed to August 10th.  Please continue to pray that the Holy Spirit speaks through me and my own words do not get in the way. 
  • Our Ugandan children will be on a 3 week break mid-August. Please pray it will be a fruitful time for all of us and God to provide their school fees for next term.  
  • Continue prayers for the church.
  • Continue prayers for our health.  Both Vincent and I are recovering from Malaria again.  

Thank you all for your love and prayers!


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First Decade

“I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:12-13

How can I sum up my first 10 years in Uganda?  I came to Midigo as a young single woman excited for a Jesus adventure!  Never could I have imagined all the blessings, trials and growing that awaited me!  I never wanted to be a pastor’s wife, give birth to children because of pain, I hated needles and had never gone without before.  God had to humble me completely, to almost nothing, teaching me lessons the hard way because I’m so stubborn.  I started in a grass house that was smaller than most closets in America. No power, water, internet and a few nights no food.  So many lessons in that alone!  God taught me through His Word and through my husband that nothing that we own is ours! Everything belongs to God and if it’s not used to bless others, then we better not have it at all.  10 years later, God has provided a compound where we can house children, converts, interns and feed everyone that shows up every day.  Our vehicle is never empty and there is never lack of visitors.  We have had great loss but even greater blessings.  We have been betrayed by those who say they love us.  Through God we have freedom in love and forgiveness. Seeing Jesus as the example.  Knowing Judas would betray Him with a kiss, Jesus still loved and discipled him.  I see in my family that we are grateful for every little thing, we know we do not deserve anything.  Everything given to us is a blessing and gift from God.  We know we rely on God for everything.  When someone is hurt or sick, we turn to God first.  I have learned to take thoughts and feelings captive, to submit to God and my husband, and to praise God for allowing this wretched woman serve Him.  We do everything for Him and not man, for He alone should have all the Glory!  I have seen firsthand how God equips those He calls for every type of service, and the way He uses me has changed many times over these years.  He has helped me see that all of us or equally important and equally cherished in His body.  The beauty in prayer warriors and supporters makes me speechless.  We see the gifts of the Spirit working and the need to rely on Him and His leading every moment!  Making sure to check everything according to His Word.  I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years has instore. I am sure it will be much more then I can ever imagine!  

Finish Well

“My mouth shall tell of Your Righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.  I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours Only.”  Psalm 71:15-16

This season has been the most fruitful year of our sports ministry!  Calvary Football Club became the Champions of West Nile as a region and almost made it to the division 2.  We lost in the penalty knockout.  God has opened so many doors for His Word to go forth.   On the radios and all throughout West Nile, the testimony and the glory of Christ has been talked about.  Some say we are just from the village but all see God is with us.  God has united the whole of Midigo, Yumbe and even Arua! Muslims that use to want to persecute us, now wear our Calvary uniforms.  Over 200 went in 2 cattle trucks driving over 6-7 hours to watch the game.  We shared the gospel and prayed together.   The Sub county president, the Area member of Parliament and the Federation of Uganda’s football association all came to cheer for us.  Even in the loss we all looked to the Word, kept the testimony and found hope for the next season.  Please continue to pray as the whole regions attention is on Calvary.  Vincent has been able to share on sports news for different radio stations.  Pray His Word continues to go forth and that hearts continue to be softened.  

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray the Ebola outbreak in our neighboring country, the Congo, will be eradicated!!!  
  • Please continue to pray for the church!
  • Pray as God prepares me to share for our women’s conference.  The theme is Galatians 6:9 “Let us not grow weary while doing good.” 
  • Pray as we break ground preparing for the library, community center and then football pitch.  That God continue to go before us, leading us every step and provide for what He wants us to do.

Praise Reports:

  • Homeschool has gone extra well this past month.  Zachary and Ian have grown so much.  Zachary has reached most of his goals for his IEP.  
  • The Lord is so good!  The ministry is growing and He continues to give us the strength we need, equipping us for His service.  
  • Our intern, Jacob from CC West Grove is doing a great job with the youth!  

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Great is the Lord

“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.  For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 9:3-4  

When God gives vision, we can never comprehend all He will do! Around 2 years ago, Vincent was asked to be the manager of the Calvary Football Team.  God put it on his heart long ago that sports and friendship is the way to help break through to these Muslim men.  Showing them Christ and further the Gospel.  Never did we dream what all God was going to do through this ministry.  It was a rough beginning especially having a mix of Christians and Muslims on the team.  But through reading the Word, praying and training together all the guys are changing and so is the community. We have seen those who use to persecute the church now try to sneak in the vehicles to watch the away games.  The strongest of Muslim men say they see God working through this team.  Muslims, we have never seen, drove from far to pick up fans and take them for free to the last away match.  This is never ever heard of here. So much so that people feared to get in the cars.   When they all reached the match, the Arua city team laughed because we are from the village. But what they didn’t know is that God is with us.  We can’t believe and are praising God that we won the Reginal League trophy 3-0!  We heard on the radio during the sports news, the broadcasters talked about Calvary FC (Football Club).  The team we won wanted to petition.  The broadcasters said, “I have followed and watched Calvary FC for the last 2 years and I would advise not to waste your time.  Calvary is an honest team that we all can trust which is very rare in this sport.”  This is all God!  God is showing through the testimony and many are opening their eyes and hearts.  Please continue to pray for God to be glorified! We have two matches left.  One home and one away.  The whole community is trying to see how they can go for the away match.  If we win these 2 matches we qualify for Uganda Premiere League. Every time Calvary is mentioned, God is glorified because it is only Him!  The guys all see what God says that they have a future and a hope both to become something for Him and to have eternity in Him.  

Omar Atibo the Crazy OneBy: Vincent

Last month when Omar visited us, his greatest burden was that he cannot rest until he can build a church in his own home town where they seek to kill him.  And so, we share with you to pray.  Omar is the one some time back we shared about that I was able to disciple through my old school friend, and is now in school of ministry. Omar was sent by former dictator Idi Amin to Saudi Arabia to train and become a strong Muslim cleric over 18 years.  How possible could a well learned Muslim Cleric end up getting converted to Christianity through a newly born again Christian?  The power of the Holy Spirit.  As God got hold of Paul on the road to Damascus so is Omar.  Please, can you take a moment to pray for Omar and the entire family. His wife has become a Christian and was kicked out of their home.  His older daughter Aisha now changed her name to Christine, has become a Christian. Her husband divorced her and she is struggling with 5 children.  His youngest daughter Hayati now called Deborah is 14 years old.  She is on the run now that her friends told her family she has converted.  The latest news on her is that she has probably crossed over to Sudan and hiding but her phone number is not going through.  

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray as we hope to break ground this month and start building the library and community center.  We can’t wait to see all God has planned!  
  • Pray for the next Football match.  
  • Pray for the Spiritual warfare around us and for our health.  
  • Pray as Destiny goes back to American and Jacob comes to disciple the youth boys.
  • Please pray for our Church!  

Praise Reports:

  • The district officials all came to our house and approved our plans for the library and community center.  Following those we hope to build a better playing field/stadium where we can preach the Word of God freely!  
  • The rains have started coming.

We are starting to shift houses and continue fixing our old house for more interns to come. With the harvest plenty, we need more labors!  Please continue to pray that God stirs the hearts of the right ones to help 


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A Servants Heart


“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Mark 10:45 A lesson so convicting is a servant’s heart.  Jesus touched lepers and corpse, beggars, thieves and those demon-possessed.  This is His heart beat that He puts in each of us.  Reaching home, Midigo, we have had a lot of amazing things to do.  But even in the stress, God softly reminds us to have His servant heart.  On Easter, we were expecting Vincent’s family but surprised with many kids and lots of boys from the secondary school.  The boys at the secondary school (boarding high school) really challenge me and most people around.  Most of them unloved and uncared for by adults.  The more that came I felt God tell me gently, “Serve them and love them while I multiply.”  So that is what we did.  God multiplied the food and gave Vincent the opportunity to share with all of them. When we allow God to work on our hearts, others see it and change too. There was also a young boy of 14 caught stealing from our Soccer/Football hall. After 2 days of being in the local police station, they wanted to take him to the juvenile court.  Vincent went to the police station and shared a long time with this boy, his father (who is a police man) and the other police.  We have asked that the boy be released as long as he comes to be discipled and change his ways to have a future. God’s grace is so amazing!  All we need is to believe in Him!  He gives us a heart of servanthood, His heart! So beautiful, is Christ!

Much More Than a Graduation:

Our dearest Claudia (Clow Clow), has graduated catering school!  This was so much more than just a graduation.  When she first joined our family over 8 years ago, she had just lost her mom to hepatitis B and AIDS.  She was a hurting teenager with a mouth to prove it.  Many times, she wanted to leave our house.  Many times, I felt she should.  We would cry and pray and cry and pray.  I had to be on my knees for her and for my own heart to find patience and love more than I can possibly count.  She had a hard time in school.  Despite all this, she has grown in her walk with God and become a woman I truly admire!  Singing in the Worship team and wanting to serve God.  She has stayed true and pure.  She has fought through the challenges of school, pure pressure and overcome cultural norms.  She has done so much more than graduate.  She has become an example to all the young ladies in the community, showing them that through Christ, you can finish school and become something for His glory.  You don’t have to get married young or give yourself to get pregnant and abandoned.  “With God, all things are possible.”  Matt 19:26 I am so blessed that God gave us the opportunity to raise such a precious daughter of the Most High King.  She asked me to thank all of you for your prayers and support with added thank you to her sponsors from Promise Child and to Calvary Galway, Ireland.  She says that without God and all of you this day could not have come.  

Prayer Requests:

  • Please Pray for provisions for a new solar system.  We have come to find the batteries spoiled.  With the rains and more interns coming we know it will not be enough.  
  • Continue to pray for all the ministries and the Church here.  Also for our interns, that they would be able to learn the culture and God would use them mightily. 
  • Please pray for the workers on the house to be faithful and finish so that we are ready for Jacob (coming from CC West Grove) early June.  
  • Pray for the district officials to come and approve our constructions to start on the library and community center.  

Praise Reports:

  • We have been, for the most part healthy, thus far!  We reached Midigo without any hiccup!  We have also adjusted quickly, especially the boys!  What an amazing answer to prayer!!!! 
  • Calvary Football Club has only 1 match remaining.  They are currently the top of the division.  I often forget about the impact this team has with the community and reaching to the Muslims.  The match today, once again reminded me and praising God we won 2-1.  
  • We have been visited by Omar, our friend we have shared about over the years.  He was so excited to share with us that most of his family members have now converted from Islam and are saved.  We hope to share more about this amazing miracle next newsletter.  We only share this much currently because they ask for prayer.  The daughters husband has thrown her out, everything is chaotic and so they ask for prayers for safety and provision.  

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Family in Spirit

“For as many as have not seen my face in the flesh.” Col 2:1b

CC Flower Mound, Texas was amazing!  God really showed us how close we are to those who pray for us and we for them, even if we have never met in person!  From the moment, we met everyone, it was like seeing a best friend you hadn’t seen in sometime and need to catch up. Like Paul says in Philippians, true companions. Encouraging each other in Christ, sharing the amazing things He has done and is doing.  What a beautiful family we have in Christ!  Please never cease to pray for those you have not met!  We are knit together in God’s Spirit!  

Heading Home

Finally, we are getting ready to head back home!  We leave April 9thbut do not reach Midigo until Palm Sunday.  Please pray as the spiritual warfare is getting strong.  We praise God we still have 2 times to share and encourage the body of Christ before we leave.  This time in America has been so amazing.  God has kept us busy for sure which was our prayer.  Encouraging our American brothers and sisters to be bold in the faith, sharing the gospel, for the days are dark.  Zachary was able to grow, reaching goals quickly through the therapies he had.  Zachary shares how he is excited to go back home and serve God helping the crying babies. Ian made friends and learned how to work through being bullied.  Ian has turned to prayer for everything!  His faith amazes me!  Can’t wait to see how God will use them!  Vincent was poured into by many pastors and given things to equip all the ministries! God also sent so many people to pour into me too!  From weekly discipleship, women’s ministry, Bible College (so far, I am getting A’s!), Children’s Ministry trainings and conferences for both missions and children’s ministry! 

Luke 12:48 “To whom much is given, from him much is expected.” With all that was given to our whole family these months, we are expecting big things from God for each of us!  Excited, yet sober minded, knowing the enemy is like a lion.  Please continue to pray for us!  

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for our last teachings.  One of my fillings has just fallen out.  Pray they can fix it before we head back.  
  • Please pray for our packing, travels, health and adjustments.  We will be hitting the ground running for sure! We are going back with Destiny who will be serving alongside us.  Please remember to pray for her!  This will be her first time to Uganda.
  • Continue to pray for our Ugandan Children, Ministries and the church!  
  • Please pray for my parents!  I’m sure it will be quiet with all of us out of their house.

Praise Reports

  • God has supplied the money to start construction on the Library and community center!!!! Pray God continues to go before us and pave the way!   We don’t want to put God in a bubble and we don’t want to veer off His path in any way! 
  • We were able to get all our goals done and then some!  My friend Diane spent a whole day helping me look up recourses.  It is possible that we went a little laminating crazy.  I feel equip, at peace and blessed!  All I can say is WOW God, thank you!  All God has taught me, especially about His mysteries has blown my mind!   

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Stateside

By: Vincent Aniku

This month being stateside has been wonderful and fruitful.  Spending quality time with my family has been my greatest joy.  It has been different from my very busy routine ministry in Midigo but yet a colorful kind of busy here in America.  Our heart beat no matter where in the world, is to encourage other believers and share the gospel.  Going to the homeless ministry in Pomona to share the Gospel and serve, then seeing one of the homeless at church the following Sunday.  Teaching at churches to encourage the body of Christ to step out, then having time with everyone after.  Small, deep, one on one fellowship and pastoral meetings, all such a blessing and rejuvenating.  

Every time we obey the Lord, He lets us know that the need for the Gospel is everywhere.  Paul writes in Rom 10:13-14 “Who ever calls on the name of the Lord shall be Saved,” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how Shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher.  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?”

These weeks ahead are very busy.  Radio interview with Calvary Chapel Pasadena, Teachings and meetings.  Please pray it will be fruitful and restful.  

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests
  • Please pray as Melissa teaches and is on a panel for the young woman’s brunch the 16th.  Please also pray for her allergies and the new medicine she is on, especially as we travel to Texas.  Please pray for her midterm in online Bible college.  Also pray for the trainings she has been doing for Children’s ministry, that God will help direct her in Midigo.  
  • Pray for the Lord to speak through us as we share in Texas the weekend of the 23rd.  This is our first time to Texas.  We are excited to meet the fellow brethren there.
  • Continue to pray for the boys as they are anxious to go back to Midigo.  Pray for their last doctors’ appointments and IEP this week.  Praying all will go well and we will be equipped on how to continue in Midigo.
  • Please also pray for our packing and preparations.  Pray for the missionaries flying back with us.  Pray that their time will be fruitful and God will touch not only the hearts of those they meet but their hearts too.
  • Continue to pray for the sports ministry who has started their second phase of the tournaments. Continue also to pray for the church and our Ugandan children.  

 
 

 

 

Praise Reports

  • We found Zachary’s broken filling in time.  We went back to the dentist and the same day was able to get a cap!  He did much better this time, praise the Jesus!  
  • Feeling refreshed and excited to go back and serve at home in Midigo.  Ready to share all the Lord has been doing. 
  • We have been donated books for the library and many are still wanting to give books.  We are excited to see all God has planned!  

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Uganda to America to Uganda, Repeat

By: Vincent Aniku


I don’t know if you have ever felt the struggle of wanting to be in two different places at the same time? This is what happens to my family almost every year.  Seeing my family leave for medical reasons while I remain for ministry is always difficult.  I am a kind who doesn’t want to talk about situations.  I stay busy in ministry but once I have a date to travel and reunite with my family I get too anxious and can’t wait.  It is a wonderful experience of seeing God do great things through my wife in the states these months apart.  Discipling and raising our children and getting more equipped for the ministry that awaits on the other side of the world.  

God has been doing great things through the sports ministry and discipleship.  The relationship through the sports ministry has opened doors to freely share the gospel in the community and the diligence to share has been so fruitful.  Seeing 3 of the Muslim convert boys consistently in the Lord’s freedom. Omar who we shared about well over a year ago is getting deeply rooted in Christ and in the school of ministry in Soroti.  He speaks volumes of what he hopes to do for God.

I landed in America Friday Feb. 1st.  I am enjoying time with my family and I am praying for open doors.  Doors to share about what God is doing in Midigo and also to encourage all you of.  I have what Paul wrote to the Romans in his desire to visit Rome.  Romans 1:11-12 “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some Spiritual gift, so that you may be established- that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”  I will also be spending time with Pastors here and excited to be filled.   

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for our Ugandan children as they all start a new school year this week.  Pray for God to continue to provide school fees and for all their other needs.  
  • Pray for open doors while we are here.  Both to be filled and to share.  
  • Pray for our ministries back home as we have some time in America.  

Praise Reports:

  • Melissa is now in starting her second month of Bible College.  She was nervous, she has disciplined herself and is doing well.
  • I have made it to America safely although in Dubai there was some delay because they did not believe I was me.  Thank you for your prayers!
  • Ian turned 4, I had a birthday and we also had our 8thAnniversary in January.

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God Does Big Things

  

“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1

From Vincent: I grew up playing soccer, our balls were made of banana leaves and inflated by hang gloves wrapped in rags and threads. I played for schools and fun. In our time, we did not have real balls, cleats, and uniforms.  Instead, one team would remove their shirts. In 2008, as youth pastor at that time, we started using soccer to evangelize to the 95% Muslim community. Most of the team were talented school dropouts who had become drug addicts. We first started with 8 clubs and it quickly grew to 18.  In 2010, we registered in a league and now in 2018, we play professionally in the 3rd regional league. I want to thank my beloved wife and all the many people who have supported this ministry! Through God and your support we have recruited players, rented dorms for them, feed them, carry the traveling costs, they have cleats and uniforms and now many of them have been able to go back to school to finish their educations.  

Above all, spiritually God has changed many hearts through the Gospel and discipleship programs. All the players received Bibles, including the 65% Muslim players and now all the players pray together and play in Jesus name, giving testimony everywhere they go.  Many who knew the story of the church being persecuted, many threats of setting the church ablaze, trying to evict us from our homes, much pressure has reduced.  The community is embracing the club and softening their hearts.  This month Promise Child and a team from CC West Grove had a local tournament where 6 local teams played.  They received full uniforms, balls, bibs, and Bible audio proclaimers! The Gospel is going out! One big challenge we have is that we do not have our own playing ground and one evening when we tried to play the Jesus film the Muslims came to stop us and took us to the police. In a miraculous way, God allowed the police to let us continue but with restricted time. As we have been praying fervently God opened the door this year to give us land!!! We have finally surveyed the 6 acres to start building the Soccer Stadium! Not only that but added space to build an adult literacy program, rehabilitation center, and a library! We pray as we continue down this venture with God’s leading that this will be a place where the Gospel is freely and constantly shared! Here is the before picture…. Can’t wait to see what God will do!!!  

Merry Christmas!!!!!  

Our prayer is that this Christmas you remember what Christmas is really for and that we all focus on the amazing things God has done!  

Praise Reports:

  • The team won their last match.  Sunday, they will play against a team from Kabale.  Kabale is in South West Region of Uganda, Rwanda boarder.  Pray against persecution, for protection and God keep using the team to share the Gospel all over Uganda.  
  • We got the money for the spare parts for our ministry vehicle.  Pray we can find original parts and it is fixed correctly before the next away match.  Now that the team is traveling farther across Uganda.  It is important to have a mostly working vehicle.  
  • The insurance has covered the Grass Tech tablets for my allergies.  Since I cannot do the shots because I live in Africa, I am now on 5 different allergy meds everyday with my throat swelling from time to time. Grass Tech is a tablet you put under your tongue daily and it works like the injections.  I will be trying it in my allergist office soon.  
  • It looks like Vincent will be coming to America next month!!!!  Also, our facetime is, for the most part, working and have been able to see all the kids and Vincent spending time with them over the internet. This has helped us all very much! 
  • All our Ugandan children are doing great and we collected our last bunch from school for the holidays.  Sundays arm is also healing well.  

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray, pray, pray as we start the construction!  That everything is from God every step of the way!  
  • Vincent will be teaching at a crusade Thursday and Friday in the Arua District.  This is one of the first of its kind so please pray!
  • Pray for our Church, CC Midigo!
  • Please also continue to pray for us as we are apart, Vincent’s ulcers, the boys and I. 

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He Holds the Future

Fear Not

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

Getting the call from the doctor that my test results came back abnormal again and further biopsies are needed the next day was not easy. It was easy however for fear to set in — thoughts of every scenario that might be. My husband’s faith and strength in God through every crazy test usually pushes me out of my thoughts. With him on the other side of the world asleep, God used this time apart for me to find that strength in Him alone without my pastor’s help. Remembering God holds our future and tells us not to worry for tomorrow! Same scriptures, different situations but always the same peace. I put my trust in Him knowing He is in control! Many praying for me, I reached every ounce of faith I could and walked into the appointment strong! Alone and yet not alone.

In the 5-10 business days of waiting for results, God kept showing me how important it is to remove cancer from our flesh. Cancer of every sin holding us captive how important it is for God to biopsy my heart over and over! The spiritual tests are always coming back that I need much more removed! I am overjoyed to say that the last physical test results have come back ok. Just waiting on some remaining bloodwork to have a full green light. The spiritual test results show that God and I still have a lot of work to do! I thank God that He used what I thought was a uterine prolapse to catch this early, for my husband who had unwavering faith that everything was fine, for all the prayer warriors and for the deep lessons these paragraphs can never do justice.

 

Newsletters

“Whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you.  For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.” Romans 15:24

Newsletters have always been hard for me. I find this is true with most missionaries especially while we are stateside. It is hard to explain, but I will try. We find it hard to share we when are getting poured into and maybe feel less used as we go through extreme changes. While stateside we go through extreme highs and extreme lows. Feeling misunderstood many times simply because of our culture, the way we talk, dress, do everything has changed. Coming stateside has big hills and valleys. I am blessed that in this month being stateside, many have poured their love and encouragements on my boys and I. They are helping through the culture shock (yes, I get culture shock even though I grew up here) and the ups and downs of health and missing home. I am being discipled every week, and the boys are spoiled way too much by their grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins! One of the most significant ways you can help missionaries who are stateside is by inviting them to church events like my friends have been doing this last month. It has really helped a lot knowing we are thought of, remembered and welcomed even with everyone’s busy American life. This also gives time for our children to feel like they have friends since it is hard to make real friendships living on the other side of the world. Giving missionaries chances to share helps a lot.  I can’t wait for tomorrow! I get to be interviewed for CC Pasadena on their internet radio station! They are so gracious to always ask us to come in and share what God is doing! So please continue to love on missionaries as they are stateside. Listen to their crazy stories and remember we are all just pilgrims on this earth trying to give God all the glory, we constantly fall and rely on each other’s prayers to help us back up until we see Jesus face to face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praise Reports:

  • Teacher Ben has been emailing me and sent some photos. He shares that all the servants of the children ministry are still coming and enjoying the training I am able to send them each week. This really encourages me as I can’t wait to see all God will do through them and know God can still use me there while I am here! The children are doing well although they have popped all their balls so hoping Vincent can get some more as soon as the football/soccer tournament outreach is finished.
  • Our children are doing well! Our Ugandan children are finishing up exams and preparing for break. Zachary and Ian are also doing well in school stateside. Zachary did well in his first evaluations, reaching or even surpassing most of the goals of his last IEP.
  • The expansion of our wall is going well.
  • Vincent has been invited to preach in an upcoming crusade in Arua.
  • During the break, we went on the metro to see China Town and Olvera Street with fellow missionary Angela. God has placed it deep on Vincent and my heart to teach the boys about different countries and cultures. We are not sure why or what God has in store for their futures, but we know He has great plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue to pray as we are apart especially for the boy’s birthdays and holidays!
  • Pray for the team from CC West Grove that is in Midigo right now!
  • Pray for the soccer/football outreach that has been taking place this week. I’m hoping my hubby will remember to take photos for next month in-between sharing the gospel.
  • Pray for one of the Muslim football/Soccer players, Agu Akbar, who recently lost his dad. He is going through depression, and Vincent has been counseling him.
  • Our FaceTime has stopped working this week. FaceTime helps a lot while we are apart so please pray it will work again very soon.

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Hard to Go

Hard to Go

“The Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.  For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”  Romans 8:26

I can honestly say I did not feel ready to come stateside with the boys. God is moving so much and I didn’t want to miss a second of it. Being able to help all the Calvary’s unite through the children’s ministry was an amazing blessing! One of my missionary friends was sharing that she hopes it doesn’t all fall apart while I’m gone. That brought me to my knees. As I prayed, God reminded me once again, that He doesn’t need us and His work continues even when we are away. The Holy Spirit does the work and we are just blessed to be part of it. While stateside I get to continue listening to the trainings on the Calvary Curriculum website each week and translate them into Ugandan English. I email the training to the Children’s Ministry leaders and they go over it at their weekly meeting. I look forward to seeing all the Holy Spirit will do through the precious new servants and children of God!

It is also especially hard for us to be away from Vincent and all our Ugandan children/siblings and friends that live with us. Our Ugandan God-made family! This is when we also see the Holy Spirit work through what is hard for us to pray and put into human words. Comfort, strength, teaching, interceding, our God has everything we need for every season of our life! We appreciate your prayers for us especially in this time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His Saving Grace

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Vincent shared with me that the mother of the Muslim man trying to kick all of us off our land has gotten saved! She has been meeting privately with Vincent for some time getting prayers for health issues. He has been able to help her and pray for her.  She shared with Vincent about a blanket she burned because it was itching her and people told her it was from under water (meaning witchcraft). Vincent was able to share with her that most likely it is possible she just might be allergic to the fabric. This is the only one of the stories I can share that God used to start softening her heart. All I can share more is that God turns lies into truth and hate into love! This last Sunday, as she was at our compound, she accepted Christ! She is looking forward to going to church and learning more about God. Please be praying for her! Her family members are more on the extreme side compared to other local Muslims. Please also pray for her health! God is so good!  Sorry for no photo of her at this time.

 

Praise Reports

  • Finished the first of my series of doctor’s appointments. Excited to share that it is my bladder that has fallen and not my uterus! We are still waiting for insurance to approve the blood work to check for markers for ovarian cancer. If this bloodwork comes back ok I will not need surgery! We may even be able to have one last baby! I have remaining appointments with the allergist to see if there is any way to help my severe and growing allergies causing my throat to swell often and results from the dermatologist.  Zachary started school and his therapies.  He will have his IEP around January. All of this will determine when we can head back home to Uganda.
  • We traveled safely! Our car protected us and Vincent made it back to Midigo and started teaching right away. Our trip to Ireland was successful and amazing! Blessed to spend time with the Clancy’s who were some of the first missionaries to encourage me and have continued praying for us all these years. There are some medical students praying to come and visit us in Midigo and a bookstore that said they can donate as many books as the students can carry for the community library! Praying God continues to lead the way! The boys did amazing on all the flights and travels. They adjusted to American time and culture almost instantly, although Ian’s accent stands strong.

 

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray as we finalize the last type of land tile this coming month. We are hoping to start leveling the land and building soon.
  • Please continue to pray for the Football/Soccer team.
  • Pray for the team from Calvary Chapel West Grove going to Midigo this coming month.
  • Please continue to pray for Chandiru. The young Muslim girl we have been helping with the mass in her cheek. It is cancer but we are taking her for treatment regularly. Please pray God will continue to provide for her treatment and that God can use this hard time to save her and her family.
  • Please also pray God opens doors to share while we are here and give Vincent strength through the crazy schedule and all the needs in Midigo. Please continue to pray for us while we are apart. We are all missing each other terribly already!


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