The Kanyike Update–Easter 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

This past month we had a wonderful time celebrating Christ’s resurrection. We began the season with celebrating with Palm Sunday. In Uganda, on Palm Sunday, everyone is carrying palm leaves. Boda drivers attach them to their motorcycles, cars have them attached various places and people walking down the street are waving them. It was no different at our church. Almost every person present was waving palm leaves throughout worship.


In Uganda, they have a Good Friday parade in most villages…


Next, we celebrated Good Friday. In Uganda they have a parade in most villages throughout the country reenacting Christ’s walk to the cross. In Kampala we were able to watch the parade as it came down the main street of the city. It was very emotional watching someone carry the cross while others were beating them and shouting insults. I know it was just an reenactment but it was very powerful. I pray that it was just as powerful to the crowds watching. I hope it caused many to realize what Jesus has done for them and even to have given their lives to Him. At Arise Christian Fellowship we had an evening good Friday service. The church was packed to almost standing room only. Brian taught through the last supper and crucifixion then we shared communion together, remembering what Christ has done for each of us.

 

 


Easter Sunday was a beautiful service…the church was filled.


On Easter Sunday it was a beautiful service. As expected the church was filled. We had an amazing time of extended worship. Songs about Christ’s resurrection just bring so much joy and hope, I am sure I wasn’t the only one that shed a tear as we worshipped. Brian taught on the resurrection and specifically that Christ died and rose again for us, for the world, because of our sin.

After his message he opened it up for prayer for anyone who needed it and the worship team led us in more worship. We celebrated together after service with tea and cake. A main part of the service was the children’s play. They acted the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. Luke played Jesus and the girls acted out sinners, and they all sang in the choir. It was so beautiful and we are very proud of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Our whole family got to participate in a fashion show.


This past month we also had some interesting events occur. One of them was that our whole family got to participate in a fashion show. When we were first asked Brian and I were like just use the children but the designer really wanted to show a family collection. The designer is a young woman named Sylvia. Since our desire is to help people to become self supportive we agreed to be a part of it. The fashion show was part of a youth outreach hosted by a local NGO that is trying to promote youth development and providing opportunities to keep youth off the streets. Along with the fashion show there were dance and singing competitions . It was a really fun time for us as a family to be a part of something like this as well as knowing we were helping someone. The best news of the day is that Sylvia was the winner of the fashion part of the show and was given a check to help with her business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another interesting event happened to Luke. As adult Christians we understand that following Christ is not always easy. We know that “those who desire to live a godly life will suffer persecution.” I would say most children do not have this type of understanding. Luke has always been an evangelist. He loves telling people about Jesus, especially if he knows they are not a Christian. In the activities the kids participate in there are a lot of Hindus and Muslims. Luke is not new to hearing people reject Christ but what happened this month was completely different. Luke had been sharing Christ with one of the boys in his Karate class and the boy got really angry and told Luke that if he continued to talk about Jesus to him, he would have him beheaded. When Luke told me I think I was more shook up then him. When I asked him how it made him feel he said he was not so much scared because he knew he was going to heaven but was sad for the boy who was going to hell. Wow! I was really amazed that at such a young age he could have that type of understanding and compassion. I pray that Luke’s attitude and his love of Christ will only grow stronger as he grows older.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee,
and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for all that is being done to reach the people of Uganda.
  • Pray for those who witnessed the parade of Jesus’ walk to the cross. Pray that many give their lives to Jesus
  • Pray for Jill as she has been really ill. She recently found out she has been being misdiagnosed and actually has a severe thyroid disorder. Pray for the results of the thyroid biopsy she had recently, that the doctor will know exactly how to treat it so she finally begins to feel better.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with.
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they continue in homeschooling.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for all the ministries and leaders.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

 

The Kanyike Update

 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Dear Friends and Family,

This month we really have seen a testimony to the truth that, “He is working all things together for good….” A couple months ago we asked for prayer for a young man in our church called, Light. Light had been on his way home when he was hit and ran over by a truck.

By the time Brian and our assistant pastor, Deo, got to the hospital it appeared as if Light would not make it. He was in a coma with severe wounds all over his body and one ear almost completely gone. That night Brian and Deo were able to comfort the family and one of Light’s brothers (who was almost going mad with grief) gave his life to Christ. He realized that without Christ there was no hope and no one to turn to on Light’s behalf. We continued praying for Light and miraculously he woke up and began to recover. This past month he came to church to testify of all God had done. It was really quite the celebration. 

 


God used what seemed like horrible circumstances to bring many to Himself.


 

But even more then Light’s healing we celebrate in the way God used what seemed like horrible circumstances to bring many to Himself. On the day Light testified at church there was a lady with him whom we had never met. She was one of Light’s caretakers when he was in the hospital and was so moved by the people coming and praying for him and then by his complete recovery that she also wanted to give her life to Christ. She accepted Christ that very Sunday morning following Light’s testimony.

 

 

 

Another praise report and continued prayer request is for the muslim family of a young lady in my Bible study. Hajet came to our women’s Christmas party and since then she has continued to come with her sister in law, Peace, to Bible study. She has not participated in the discussions but she sits and listens to the message and allows us to pray for her.

Recently her husband called Brian to ask for some counseling. They have not expressed any direct interest in salvation yet but the fact that they first of all accepted Peace being a Christian after many years of not accepting her and now are even talking with and associating with Christians in a Bible study setting gives us hope. It encourages us to pray even more fervently and to ask all of you to be praying as well. The women’s Bible study has actually just began a new study. We are studying through the book of Daniel.  We have many new women and the house is overflowing.  Pray for all the ladies to learn and apply what we are learning about integrity and prophecy in this study.

 


Calvary Chapel Conference:  there were over 300 pastors from many different countries.


This past month Brian also had the privilege of being a part of the Calvary Chapel East African Pastors’ conference. He had the role as emcee as well as helping answer questions and help things to run smoothly behind the scenes. There were over 300 pastors from many different countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Tanzania, South Africa, South Sudan.  There were also quite a few missionary pastors there from USA, Canada and Israel. The theme of the conference was, “A Time Line of the End…and What That Means to Me.”

The teachings were wonderful. Brian and I spend so much time teaching others that it is rare to be able to sit and listen. There were a couple sessions during the conference that really stood out to me and I learned things I didn’t even know that I didn’t know. One of the pastors did a teaching on the significance of the Galilean Wedding and how the different aspects affect the way we understand different scriptures. Another session I really enjoyed was from the director of Potters Field Ministries. He worked on the potters wheel as he taught from Jeremiah 18 and Isaiah 64. I am very visual and to watch being done to the clay while hearing the teaching and how it applies to us brought tears to my eyes.

Question and answer time was definitely one of my favorite times as well.  Of course many questions were asked that I’ve heard many time since living in Africa, about how many wives you can have, witchcraft, etc. but there were many questions concerning prophecy that I did not know the answers to and was surprised by the answers and how clear it is when you look at history in light of prophecy.


It was beautiful to see the honesty of the pastors as they asked for prayer…


During the conference there was a lot of time for worship and reflection.  The pastors would meet at 6am for devotions and often spend late into the night in afterglow and prayer. It was beautiful to see the honesty of the pastors as they asked for prayer and also the love of the pastors who reached out to pray with or comfort those pastors who were struggling.  Our worship team was able to come out one of the days and lead the pastors in worship.

 

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke,

 Laylee and Liana

(who turned four this month!)

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for healing Light and for using his suffering and testimony to bring others to you.
  • Pray for Hajet and her family.  Pray that they would continue to be open to hearing the gospel and would come to know Jesus personally.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with.
  • Pray that we would get all the official documents from the Lawyers so we can come home for furlough. It is looking more difficult then expected as well as more expensive. Pray for the finances for everything involved.
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they continue in homeschooling. Pray especially for math.
  • Pray for health and safety for the Kanyikes.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for all the ministries and leaders.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

Merry Christmas from the Kanyikes–2017 Year in Review

Dear Friends and Family,

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

We also would like to thank each of you for blessing us through your support and prayer for our family and for the ministry in Uganda. We have been blessed to see all the Lord has done this past year in and through the ministry. We rejoice over the people who have turned to Christ and pray for the other for whom the seed was planted. Again we thank you for being a part of this ministry with us. We look forward to what new things the Lord has for our family and ministry in 2018.

God Bless You and have a wonderful holiday season as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus!

In Him,

Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee,
and Liana

 

 

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Pray for God’s direction for Arise Christian Fellowship and all the ministries this new year.
  • Pray for the Lord to use us mightily for His Kingdom in 2018.
  • Pray for us to raise our kids for the Lord, balancing home and ministry.
  • Pray about joining our support team in this upcoming year.

 

 

The Kanyike Family Update–Thanksgiving 2017

Sing to the LORD, all the Earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.

-1 Chronicles 16:23

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We have so much to be thankful for.  God has done so much for all of us, the most important of all sending His Son to die for our sins that we might have salvation and spend eternity with Him.

In response to all He has done for us my heart and thoughts turn to worship.  God created us for that purpose and there is something that seems to draw us ever closer to Him when we worship.

I thought in this spirit of thanksgiving and worship I would share about what has been happening with our worship team. God has been using them in many ways.  They bless our church, they are involved in missions both in the community and in other areas, they minister to other bodies of Christ .  I am sure you will be excited in all the ways God has been using  them.

Lets begin with our worship leader Evelyn.  Evelyn began leading worship at my woman’s bible study when she was just a teenager.  God gifted her with the ability to pick up the guitar and just learn to play whatever she heard.  Since then she has matured not just in music but in her personal walk with Christ.  She works for the Christian organization, Mission Aviation Fellowship, which flies missionaries to hard to reach areas.  We use them to fly in to South Sudan.

 

Worship at MAF

Village outreach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we set out to church plant, Evelyn was right beside us and naturally fell into the role of worship leader.  At the church she not only leads us for services but she trains others who feel called to be a part of the worship team as well. She disciples the young ladies interested in worship as to the true meaning of worship, helping them to grow closer to God through their calling and to not look to be seen for their gifts but to use their gifts to help others see God.  At Evelyn’s workplace she leads the staff in worship during devotions and retreats.  Our church is very mission focused and Evelyn accompanies us on most of our missions to lead worship and to teach worship conferences.  While it already seems like God is using Evelyn mightily, I believe He has even greater things in store for her.

Arise Christian Fellowship started almost 3 years ago.  From the very start it has been mission focused.  I believe it is because the majority of the church came to know Jesus through outreaches and evangelism. In the short time the church has been established we have sent out 2 full time missionaries to South Sudan.  Both of the missionaries came from our worship team.

The first is Ivan.  Ivan has been ministering with Brian and I since before we were even married.  He has a very lively personality that carries over into his worship.  His joy is contagious.  Ivan was our first missionary we sent out.  He had gone on several mission trips to South Sudan and saw the incredible need there.  He is currently leading worship at Calvary Chapel Cush while training the nationals there in worship and how to lead worship.

The second missionary we sent out was Timothy.  Timothy was our drum player.  Unlike Ivan Timothy went only once to South Sudan before he felt the Lord was calling him to serve along side Ivan and Calvary Chapel Cush. Ivan and Timothy also minister through community outreach. There are many refugees and displaced people in Nimule, where they are located.  Each week they minister along side Far Reaching Ministries as the feed the refugee children.  They accompany the chaplains for evangelism and home visits, bringing worship to the lost and needy.  Besides ministering through worship, Ivan and Timothy lend a helping hand wherever there is a need, often this is in the form of construction work at the chaplain’s base.  We miss having Ivan and Timothy as part of our worship team but are blessed to see them reaching the people of South Sudan.

The last member of our worship team that I want to mention is Eddy. He is a very talented musician and songwriter.  He plays the piano and saxophone at church.  He uses his gift to teach others music, including Luke and Laylee. Eddy plays concerts to share his music as well as the gospel message.  This month he launched his very own album called Suubi, which mean Hope.

At the album launch Brian was able to address the crowds and share about hope and present the Gospel message.  We are thankful for those who received Christ and pray for God to continue to use Eddy and his music to do so.

Thank you for praying for our family and the ministry in Uganda.

 

 

In Him,

Brian, Jill,

Luke, Laylee & Liana

Luke, Laylee, & Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for all the people who are being reached through the worship team and all the ministries they are a part of.
  • Pray for our missionaries to South Sudan. Pray that God would use them mightily to reach the lost and keep them safe.
  • Pray for Eddy and for the success of his album and for those who heard the gospel during the album launch.
  • Pray that we would get all the official documents from the Lawyers so that we can get Liana a passport and visas to come home for furlough. Pray for the finances for everything involved.
  • Pray for health for all the Kanyikes. Sickness has been a real struggle for everyone, especially Jill.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for all the ministries and leaders.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

 

Never Thirst Again

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.  But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. 

John 4:14

 

Dear Friends and Family,

Summer is coming to an end but ministry is not slowing down. A couple months ago we wrote about a village called Bukuya. We shared how the people of this remote village are mostly animist or Muslim and are very wary of outsiders


We felt the Lord showing us an opportunity to gain their trust through providing clean water…God answered our prayers through many of you


At that time we felt the Lord showing us an opportunity to gain their trust through providing clean water for them. On Brian’s family farm there is a natural spring. We let the need be known that we wanted to tap into that spring to bring clean water to this village. God answered our prayers through many of you and we were able to tap into the spring and provide not one but two wells.

This past month we went to the village to present the wells to the people there. We first went to the well which is on the main road. We shared a time of worship and prayer for them. It was a sweet time and the men who we hired to build the well actually came and participated in celebration. Afterward we invited those who were there to join us at the second well which was a bit deeper inside the bush. We were quite surprised with the turn out. We had a great time of worship again there.


He shared from John chapter 4 about Jesus being the living water…even the Muslims present stayed for the whole message.


There were a lot of kids at this site so Evelyn, our worship leader, sang some motion songs. Since the majority of the people are not Christian they did not know the songs but they did try to join in and it was quite a lot of fun for everyone. At the well a message was shared by a friend visiting from my home church. He shared from John chapter 4 about Jesus being the living water. The well was going to provide the people with clean water but they would have to keep coming back to it. Jesus can give us living water. Even the Muslims present stayed for the whole message, we pray that the Lord word work that word into their hearts.


…he gave us a goat as a thank you on behalf of the whole village.


Brian then prayed to dedicate the well and for the people to understand what had been shared. The chief of that area then shared. He said that he was 45 years old and has never lived any where else and that this was the first time in his life there had ever been clean water in his village and was so thankful. He also said that we were welcome to come and feel at home there. Then he gave us a goat as a thank you on behalf of the whole village. We had brought sodas for the people and Brian’s mom had prepared some food and we left the people enjoying their new wells and having full bellies. Brian’s mom told us that after we left many more people showed up. We definitely will be planning a follow up trip in the future.


Arise Christian Fellowship held its very first vacation Bible School


This past month Arise Christian Fellowship held its very first vacation Bible School. Nikki Diana, a friend from my home church, joined forces with our children’s ministry to come up with the theme, The Great Treasure Hunt, based on Psalms 119:162. We were also joined by Jenise Gleason, who is a missionary elsewhere in Uganda who has a huge heart for children.

In Uganda, there is a 2 week semester break between August and September. School vacations are a great time to reach kids because many children in Uganda go to boarding school but on vacations they are at home. Our desire was to minister to the children in our own church as well as reach out to the children in the community around us. The first day of the VBS was spent fully at the church learning about God’s Word, memorizing the memory verse, playing games and doing crafts. The second day of the VBS kept with the treasure theme but focused more on the children (us) being God’s treasure.

The children made a craft where they had to paint a picture of themselves and put it in a frame they made. They had a Bible quiz and played a couple of games but after lunch they headed out into the community. As we headed into the community we were joined by the students from the Vision of Destiny school that meets on the floor below our church.


Everyone walked down to a field just above the slums…to reach out to the children there


Everyone walked down to a field just above the slums, where a lot of our children live, to reach out to the children there. It is important for children to have the opportunity to share their faith with others and recognize their faith is personal not just for the Sunday school teachers. Once at the field they began by playing simple games like Frisbee and tag, inviting the community kids to join in. In the end of course it turned into a soccer match which is just about everyone in Uganda’s preferred sport. Frank, our children’s ministry director shared with the children before the day came to an end.

We pray that many of the children as well of the families will desire to know more about God’s treasure and recognize the treasure they are to Him.

 

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,
Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee,
and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for all the ministry opportunities we have had this summer and all the volunteers who have come through to help.
  • Praise the Lord for providing the well in Bukuya Village. Pray for the people that they would come to know the true Living Water and for more opportunities to share with them.
  • Pray that we would get all the official documents from the Lawyers so that we can get Liana a passport and visas to come home for furlough.
  • Pray for health for all the Kanyikes. A nasty cough and infection has been going trough the house.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for all the ministries and leaders.
  • Pray that the Kanyikes can begin to raise the airfare that their family will need to go on furlough this fall.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

 

Brian Goes to Israel

But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent,  the stones would immediately cry out.”  Luke 19:40

Dear Friends and Family,

This was an exciting month for Brian as he was able to go to  Israel.  My brother in-law has been a part of several archaeological digs in Israel and Jordan.  This year he invited Brian to be a part of a new dig at Shilo.  Shilo is where the tabernacle and ark of the covenant were located for 369 years.


The land itself declaring God’s Word.


This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that could not be passed up.  Many people wonder why archaeology is so important and I know there is probably a more detailed answer but I believe it is important because it reveals the truth of the Bible.  It is literally the land itself declaring God’s Word.

 

Brian getting a visa to Israel was not quite as easy as we thought it would be.  There are many Israelis in Uganda and we seem to have a good relationship with them as a country, so we thought no problem. The Israeli embassy is actually in Kenya so we had to send Brian’s passport to  them, along with required forms and documents they asked for.  We were told it would take 2-3 weeks.  Well 2 months and 5 days later Brian finally got his passport back with the visa in it.  This was actually a few days after when he was scheduled to fly out.  In between there they called almost everyday asking questions, wanting contacts of people in Israel and quizzing him on what archaeology is and what was he looking for in Israel. Another issue they had were the multiple South Sudan visas in his passport. We almost thought he would not get to go.


We almost thought he would not get to go.


Towards the end of our waiting we realized it was God working all things together for good.  On the night before Brian was originally scheduled to fly, and he still had not received his passport back, we received a phone call from our lawyer.  She called that we had been scheduled last minute to come in the next morning for court to finalize Liana’s adoption.  If Brian had received his passport on time he would not have been here and we would have missed this long awaited day.  After that Brian almost immediately received his passport and was on a plane to Israel!  God’s timing is perfect!

It is a dream of most Christians to one day visit Israel and to walk where Jesus walked.  It is something every pastor and Bible teacher should get to experience.  Being there makes the Bible come to life and gives a fresh realness to the truth you already know and have been teaching.


Knowing that we were digging where the tabernacle had been…was amazing.


This is Brian’s personal account of his time is Israel. “It was a privilege for me to be a part of the archaeological dig taking place at Shiloh.  Knowing that we were digging where the tabernacle had been and where the  ark and glory of the Lord dwelt was amazing.  Everyday we were finding many pieces of pottery other artifacts.  No matter how much we found, it never ceased to be a surprise and a wonder that we were holding pieces of history older than Jesus.


Walking where Jesus walked and reading the words He taught where He taught them was another blessing of being in Israel.  I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  I believe it has the power to change lives and to lead and direct us.  Being in Israel strengthened what I already believe in ways that I cannot put into words.  It is like the Bible comes to life for me now instead of just being words I believe and teach. 

Another thing that stood out to me while I was in Israel, mostly immersed in history, was that God is not done with Israel yet.  There are still promises and prophesies to be fulfilled.  The more that is discovered to prove what God has already done, makes that which is still to come seem so much closer.

Garden Tomb

Nazareth

Sea of Galiflee

I am so thankful to my brother in-law for inviting me and for the whole ABR team for making me apart of their team at Shiloh.  I am blessed beyond measure for all I learned and that the Lord opened my eyes to in Israel.

Thank you for praying for and supporting our family and the ministry in Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

In Him,

Brian, Jill,

Luke, Laylee,

and Liana

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for Brian’s wonderful  opportunity to go to Israel and participate in an archaeological dig.
  • Pray that we would get all the official documents from the Lawyers so that we can get Liana a passport and visas to come home for furlough.
  • Pray for the teams coming through and the outreaches planned for this summer.
  • Pray for continued health and safety for all the Kanyikes.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for all the ministries and leaders
  • Pray that the Kanyikes can begin to raise the airfare that their family will need to go on furlough this fall.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

 

 

 

Officially the Kanyike Family!

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord…”

Dear Friends and Family,

We are officially the Kanyike family!!!!!!!

It has been a very long process. We began the adoption process  7 years ago and this month we have finished.  There have been so many trials and hindrances along the way but we praise God that they were just logistical matters.  For us from day one our children have been ours, no one had to tell us or them, but it is nice to finally be recognized as a family by the Ugandan government.

I thought in celebration of the finalized adoptions we could look back on how far we and the children have come.


…if God was not giving me children then there must be a reason…


In May 2010 Brian and I celebrated our 4th anniversary.  From the very beginning we wanted to have children. After about 2 years and no children we went for every test imaginable but the doctors could find nothing wrong with either of us.  If you have ever struggled with infertility then you know all the questions and doubts that arise.  People would ask me about adoption and I felt that if God was not giving me children then there must be a reason so who was I to go and get one myself.  After sometime I was having lunch with a friend of mine  who has adopted several children.  I was sharing with her that children are a gift from God and that James tells us to help orphans is pure and undefiled religion, encouraging her in her calling as a mother. Something happened as I was sharing with her, it was like the Lord was speaking to me, giving me those verses.


As soon as we saw Luke we knew he was our son.


On the next Wednesday we had an afterglow and the pastors and elders were up front to anoint people with oil and pray for healing.  Out of the blue one of the pastors came up to me and asked if he and the elders could pray for me and Brian.  They prayed that God would give us a baby.  That very Friday a couple from our church who was adopting  told us that they had seen our son.  With in the next 2 days 2 more people told us about the same baby.  We knew it could not be a coincidence so we had to go and find out more.  As soon as we saw Luke we knew he was our son.  He even looked like us!

 

God is so amazing!  His gift to us was perfect!  Luke came home to us when he was 11 weeks old.  We have been thankful everyday of his life with us for the blessing he is to us and to all who know him.  He is  very sensitive, compassionate, artistic and intelligent.  This month he made 7 years old.

 

When Luke was about 1 1/2  we decided that we would love for him to have a brother or sister.  Around that time we had visitors at the guest house who were looking into international adoption.  We visited a babies home with them and gave the social worker there our contacts.  We actually met Laylee that day and fell in love with her because she was so tiny and so pretty.  She actually resembled Luke.  We were told that most the babies would be internationally adopted.  After several months we received several calls from the babies home saying they would like to meet with us.

 


…Brian heard God say that He was doing something for us in an unexpected way.


When we arrived for our meeting I first went in alone because Luke had fallen asleep in the car so Brian was waiting with him. They then began to tell me Laylee’s story which I had heard on our first visit there.  As soon as I realized they were talking about her I told them I need to go get my husband.   When we came back to the office they brought her to us and Brian heard God say that He was doing something for us in an unexpected way.   Luke immediately was trying to hug and kiss her.  We were certain she was to be ours but told the babies home we would go home and pray about it then give them our final decision.

While we prayed about it God brought to our memory several things that had happened with in the week before they called  that in retrospect were preparing us for this unexpected news.  As we were praying it seemed that every word spoken to us even by those who did not know we were praying confirmed what we already felt God had spoken. When we gave the babies home our final decision we assumed it would take a while or at least a couple weeks but in 1 week and 5 days all the legal paperwork  and home visits were completed and then Laylee Kyisa came home on March 30, 2012.


I saw Liana and began to weep.  I knew she was my daughter.


Liana became our daughter on November 10, 2014.  We had met Liana when my family was visiting in July, when we had taken them to visit Loving Hearts Babies Home.  As soon as we saw her we knew she was our daughter.  She even looked like Luke and Laylee.  At that time the necessary police reports and investigations were not yet done for her to be considered for placement with a family.  It appeared hopeless that she could ever be adopted .  At one point the Babies home even contacted us about another baby but when we went to the home I saw Liana and began to weep.  I knew she was my daughter.  God’s timing is amazing–they contacted us the end of October to see if we were still interested and we were told we could begin the process to gain custody.  From that point it was one miracle after another because every step of the way there would appear to be a hindrance and instead a blessing would result.

We feel so blessed that God has given us the children we have.  There is no greater gift then to be their mommy and daddy.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

The Kanyike family (now officially!)

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for Brian’s wonderful opportunity to go to Israel and participate in an archaeological dig.
  • Pray that we would get all the official documents from the Lawyers so that we can get Liana a passport and visas to come home for furlough.
  • Pray for the teams coming through and the outreaches planned for this summer.
  • Pray for continued health and safety for all the Kanyikes.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for all the ministries and leaders.
  • Pray that the Kanyikes can begin to raise the airfare that their family will need to go on furlough this fall.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

The Kanyike Update–March 2017

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

-Proverbs 22:6

Dear Friends and Family,

Arise Christian Fellowship is growing. As the members are maturing and beginning to share their faith we are beginning to see new faces at church. No area of the church is growing faster then the children’s ministry. On any given Sunday we have at least 100 children but usually more.

Jesus said “Let the children come”. He also told us to become like a child. Children have such a pure, fearless, unashamed faith. I see it in my children as they share wi

Luke sharing at soccer outreach

th anybody they meet and seek out Muslims and Hindus when we are out to talk to and share with. We see it in the children at church and how they share with their friends and the children in their neighborhoods and how fast the Sunday school is growing.

 

 

 

 

 

 


On any given Sunday we have at least 100 children…


While having so many children come and want to learn is a blessing it has also been a difficulty when it comes to space. The space we rent for the church has 2 large rooms. We use one for the sanctuary and one for the children’s ministry. In the children’s ministry room we began with it divided into 2 groups 0-8, and 9-14. With the numbers so high we quickly had to take out the older children to make room for more little ones. The older children have been meeting outside under the thatch roof where the church began.

We have been praying about what the next step for the children’s ministry should be as all spaces are almost too full. There has been an empty floor below ours where we rent and we have been praying about whether we should try to raise the money to rent that floor or talk to the landlord about using it just on Sundays until they rented it.


…it has also been a difficulty when it comes to space


As we were praying a good friend of mine approached us about introducing her to our landlord because she was interested in renting it for her ministry. My friend’s ministry is called Vision of Destiny. It is sponsorship program to help children in the slums of Kampala, Uganda get an education, get 2 meals a day, and have a chance at a better life.

 

The younger kids in their

Sunday school groups

 

Older kids meeting outside

After asking us to introduce her to our landlord, she went on to explain that her missions organization was looking to use an international home school curriculum to teach the students they had graduating from Primary school to high school. They wanted to rent the floor below us for their school. They have about 14 students. She asked if our church could be their spiritual covering. We could share devotions with her students and they could attend our church and be apart of our youth activities. In return for helping her we can use their rooms on Sundays for extra Sunday school space at no cost. We could not believe how the Lord answered our prayers. We met with the Landlords, who are Christians, and they were very happy to help out and to rent the floor to her ministry for the school. School has been meeting for about one month now. Brian has met most of the parents and is teaching devotions on Wednesday mornings.


We could not believe how the Lord answered our prayers.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is an excerpt from their newsletter. “It’s a time for new beginning for Vision of Destiny. We take the kids all the way through high school and on in to either vocational training or university. So, a decision had to be made about where these guys will be attending high school….. And I’m proud to announce they will be attending our very own high school! Having our own school will allow us to spend much more time with them which means a greater impact on their lives.

Pray for us as we take this HUGE LEAP of faith! We have found a building near the slum (but not in the slum) that is perfect for a high school. It’s a great facility and the top floor is occupied by a really amazing church. Our kids will be able to be involved in their Sunday worship and a really amazing youth group (another bonus). We are stepping out in faith to begin in this building. “

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

 

In Him,

Brian, Jill,

Luke, Laylee,

and Liana

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for all He is doing in lives of the men and women at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for all the children who attend Arise. Pray they come to know the Lord at a young age and continue to have childlike faith.
  • Pray for the new school meeting on the floor below the church. May we be used to minister to the students as well as their parents.
  • Pray for Jill as she balances her ministries with homeschooling the children. Pray for the children to want to learn and obey.
  • Pray for health and safety for our family.
  • Continue to Pray that we would truly “Arise and Shine” the light of Christ in this dark place.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for all the ministries and leaders
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

 

Kanyike Christmas Update

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Luke 18:16

Dear Friends and Family!

Merry Christmas!

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas–Jesus’ birth–it strikes me that God sent His Son as a little baby. God loves children. I believe that children are never too young to begin learning about Jesus and can come to know Him at a very young age.

Currently, at Arise Christian Fellowship there is a lot happening among the youth. Before I share with you all that is happening I want to share how it all began. After having finished a new believers class and a discipleship class we felt that these young Christians needed to begin to also serve in the church. Before putting them in any position to serve we offered them a short course on servanthood, how to serve like Jesus.

Throughout our studies some weren’t sure what God is calling them to and were willing to try anything. Others were very sure of what God is calling them to and had strong desires to step out in those areas of ministry. The #1 calling we found the students expressing (both men and women) was to children. This was the beginning of the amazing children’s ministry / outreach that is developing within the church and our community.


The following Sunday we had over 75 children in children’s ministry!


As a church most of the outreaches we have had have centered around sports. Our first children’s outreach was no different. In Uganda, soccer or football as they call it, is the center of all extra curricular activities for adults and children alike. Anywhere you go you will most likely see a soccer ball being kicked around. There is a field not far from our church where children and young adults can be seen playing soccer daily. We met there and arranged the kids into teams. Our volunteers from church gave them some pointers on how to kick and play fairly then we let them play. Afterwards we had a evangelistic Bible story and served them snacks and water. We invited them all to church. The following Sunday we had over 75 children in children’s ministry!  We really believe that the harvest is ripe amongst the children and Jesus is still saying, “Let the little children come to me”.

As we started having so many children come to Sunday school, we quickly realized that many come from poverty stricken families.  They are hungry, in need clothes and some are sick.  This has led to us praying about how we can best help the children physically while ministering to them spiritually. As of right now we are trying to meet the hunger issue.  We can’t be at their homes everyday to make sure they eat but on Sundays when they come to us we can be try to serve them something so their tummys are full and they can concentrate on what they are learning about Jesus.  Continue to pray with us for guidance on other ways we can show Christ’s love for them through meeting needs and provision to do so.


Continue to pray with us for guidance…and provision…


Another one of the volunteers at church felt called to minister to the children thru music.  He meets with the children before Sunday school for a time of children’s worship. This allows the Sunday school teachers to sit in on worship in the sanctuary before they teach.  He is also meeting with the children on Tuesday evenings after school.  Currently they are practicing to share something special with the church for Christmas.

Another one of our volunteers felt led to oversee our movie night outreach.  Since he has been using it as a platform to evangelize and invite people to church we have had a full house the last Friday every month.  We show a Christian movie that is followed by a short message. Besides the evangelistic opportunity this is, it also provides a safe place for the youth to gather together.

As we reflect on the love God showed to us by sending Jesus to be born, to live and to die for us, let us also extend that love to others.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Kampala.

In Him,

          Brian, Jill,

         Luke, Laylee,

          and Liana

 

 

 

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for all He is doing in lives of the men and women at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for all the new volunteers. Pray that they would do all unto the Lord and for His glory.
  • Pray for the children’s ministry at Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for all the teachers and children.
  • Pray for the upcoming Christmas service and children’s program. Pray that everyone would know that Jesus is the reason for the season.
  • Pray for health and safety for our family.
  • Continue to Pray that we would truly “Arise and Shine” the light of Christ in this dark place.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for all the ministries and leaders.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

The Kanyike Update–November 2016

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.  2 Timothy 2:2

Dear Friends and Family,

Happy Thanksgiving!

As always this month we have so much to be thankful for.  We are thankful God has blessed us with health and family and provision.  We are thankful that the Lord has allowed us to be a part of His plan for Uganda. We are thankful for Jesus and His willingness to die that we might live. We are thankful for you, all of our friends and family who support our family and ministry here in Uganda.

A couple months ago we wrote about Pastor Doug Calhoon and his family and how God was calling them to leave Uganda and Calvary Chapel Fort Portal to work with a church plant in New Zealand. Before leaving the church was turnedpastor-nicholas over to the assistant pastor Nicolas.  They asked me if I would be willing to come and spend sometime with the women leaders to help them with the transition as well.  Calvary Fort Portal is like family to us so of course I said I would.  This month we spent a week there with the church and the leaders.

 

I have taught Women’s leadership many times, as it is part of the course that I teach at All Nations Bible college.  The difference between how I normally teach it and how I taught this class in Fort Portal was huge.  The class normally runs once a week for about four months.  In Fort Portal I taught it in 11 sessions over 3 days from 10 – 5 each day.  I don’t think I have ever done so much teaching in such a short period of time.

25 ladies came for the training.  Some are currently serving in leadership in women’s ministry, children’s ministry, or the worship team.  Others feel called to some form of ministry and thought the training would help them to see which way the Lord is directing them.  Along with the teaching the women had homework to complete on their own and after each session we had discussions about what they were learning.  It was quite intense for them as well as for me.

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In our 3 days of teaching we covered a variety of topics that can help prepare a leader for their ministry as well as to equip any believer in a deeper relationship with Christ and ability to minister to other believers.  We covered relationship building, leadership, evangelism, discipleship, counselling, studying, teaching and event planning.  While it was quite a lot to cover in a short time, I prepared something like a handbook for them.  This way they can refer back to it if they have questions or need guidance in a particular area we covered.

 

ladies-prayerMy favorite parts of out time together were the times of discussion and prayer.  In all of my teaching I always include discussions because I believe it helps the listeners to become doers also.  It also helps me to see if the ladies are understanding what I have been teaching and shows me areas that may need more time spent.  The ladies were very open and honest about the struggles of the ministry as also shared testimonies of how God was leading and using them.  Their openness to share was an encouragement to me as a wcc-port-royalomen’s leader as well.  At the end of each day we broke up into groups and prayed specifically for one another, for our ministries and personal lives.  I believe by the end of the training we were all drawn closer together and that they have a foundation not just in head knowledge but in unity to lift one another up as they serve the Lord together.  I look forward to the next time I get to go spend time with these precious women.

 

 

cc-port-royal-2Besides the women’s leadership teaching we were also able to spend some one on one time with the pastor and his wife as well as another missionary couple there.  It is a blessing to see how God is working in their lives and how the transition has gone so smoothly.  It truly shows that the church belongs to the Lord.  Our last day in Fort Portal was a Sunday so pastor Nicloas asked Brian to share the message and Evelyn led worship.  Pastor Nicolas is going to come and share with Arise when Brian has to travel next month.  We look forward to having him come and bless our church.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill,

Luke, Laylee,

and Liana

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PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for all He is doing in lives of the men and women at Arise Christian Fellowship and Calvary Chapel Fort Portal

  • Pray for all the women who attended the leadership training. Pray they would be certain of the calling on their lives and apply the things they have learned.

  • Pray for the Kanyike family as Brian has traveled to the states for 3 weeks and the children and Jill will remain in Uganda.

  • Pray for health for our family. That we would not get sick so often. 

  • Continue to Pray that we would truly “Arise and Shine” the light of Christ in this dark place.

  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for all the ministries and leaders.

  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.