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.

Competing for the Prize

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

 

Dear Friends and Family,

This month we have seen the beginning of a new Women’s study and the completion of this seasons soccer out reaches.esther

Every Tuesday we host a women’s Bible study at our home.  If every lady shows up we are about 22. The ladies who come are from varied nationalities and backgrounds. We represent 5 different countries and 4 different churches. A couple of the ladies have been attending this study since I started it when I moved to Kampala 11 years ago.  Our newest members are family members of American embassy workers.


Every Tuesday we host a women’s Bible study at our home.


womens-study-2For each study we do the ladies do homework which we discuss at the beginning of each new lesson. The homework helps the ladies to stay in the Word throughout the week as well as to make the teachings personal. Discussion helps to keep us accountable with what we are learning as well as to encourage one another and testify to what the Lord is doing in our lives. What we study varies. Sometimes I am teaching verse by verse through a book or portion of scripture like the Sermon on the Mount and other times we go through a study book or video. The study we just started is Esther. It is a video series with an accompanying workbook.


…when we are with other believers we are with family.


One of the best parts of having a women’s study at home is that besides being in the word with other women we have great fellowship and are able to pray for one another about whatever circumstances we are going through. Recently, we had a family staying with us who are moving to S. Sudan. Right after they arrived fighting broke out and they were praying about what they should do since they have small children. While they were staying with us the mom was able to attend our study. She shared her testimony of how God called them to S. Sudan. It was a great encouragement as well as a bit convicting for the women to hear how this family was willing to move with their children and leave their home and friends behind to obey the call of the Lord on their lives. It was a testimony of faith and trust in the Lord. After receiving what she had to share with her we all gathered around to pray for her and her family as they made the decision to go into S. Sudan. I love the body of Christ and that no matter how far we may be from our earthly homes when we are with other believers we are with family.


…we have been using sports as an outreach…


For the past year we have been using sports as an outreach to the community around us as well as to local schools. Our church has been working together with the men from the market to put together a soccer team. This team has been competing against other local market teams. While soccer is the most popular sport in Uganda and the men enjoy playing, they have also been using it to evangelize and to testify of how the Lord has saved them and is working in their lives. Each week at church we have at least one or two men who come and testify that they are from the market and have come to church because one of our men inviting them. Some receive Christ and continue to come while others may not but we see the fruit of the seeds being planted through this sports ministry and the market ministry.

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The team was awarded a cow!


Our biggest testimony / victory took place during the playoffs. Our team took firsoccer-cowst place! The team was given a trophy by the mayor of our division was also awarded a cow! Our team has been blessed with talent to play soccer but I believe they also had the favor of the Lord upon them. We pray this victory will cause the other teams as well as those who have heard the gospel through out the season to turn to Christ. When we started the church God spoke to us to arise and shine, to be a light in the darkness. By this victory we want to shine His light and cause Him to be glorified. The Sunday following the match the team all came to church. The coach came forward and gave the trophy to Brian for the church saying they wanted God to have all the honor.

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

In Him,
Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee,family-equator
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 those who have been touched by the soccer outreaches.  Pray for many to come to know Christ.

  • Pray for the new women’s study. Pray that we would continue to grow in our relationships with Christ and one another.

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

  • Pray for the Kanyike’s as Brian must travel to the US for 3 weeks and Jill and the children will remain in Uganda.

  • 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.

 

 

 

Marriage Revival

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.  Proverbs 18:22

 

Dear Friends and Family,

Recently, there has been a marriage revival at Arise Christian Fellowship. One Sunday morning as Brian was teaching the topic of marriage came up. He told the church what true marriage is and that if you are just living with someone and calling them your spouse that is not marriage but it is fornication. This is true no matter how long you have been doing it and no matter how many kids you have had together. To be married you must be legally married according to the law of the country we live in. In Uganda the law states that a couple must have a marriage certificate to be legally married.


Recently there has been a marriage revival at Arise Christian Fellowship.


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Introduction

Living in Uganda for many years I have heard many teachers say this to many different groups of people. The reason being is that traditionally getting married here is so expensive.  Couples tend to give up with out even trying and settle on living with each other.  Traditionally couples first must have the visitation where the boyfriend visits the home of the girl to make his intentions of marriage known to the girls family.  This also involves him bringing gifts for the family.  At this visitation the family negotiates a bride price often equaling more then what the man earns in a years wages.  If the family accepts him then an introduction is planned.  The introduction is really a traditional marriage because it is when the bride price is paid.  At the introduction both sides of the family are present and everyone has to be fed and entertained, all which also takes money.  After the introduction the church wedding takes place and this alone often costs the couples so much that they are paying it off for years to come.  All of theses traditional requirements often leave a couple with what they feel is no choice but to live together unwed.

 

 

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What was so different about the teaching Brian gave was that people responded in conviction and desire for repentance. I have never seen anything quite like it. Couples coming forward, some who have been together for many years and confessing that they are living in sin and wanting to make things right. One of the couples had been talked to in the past about their relationship and had responded very obstinately but now they were weeping over their sin. We knew God was working in all of their lives and that we had to find a way to help them make things right, 1st with God and then with each other.

 

 

 


…people responded in conviction and a desire for repentance.


In Uganda pastors are not ordained to perform marriages but churches and places are. For a church to be able to legally perform a wedding it has to own the land it meets on as and fulfill many other government requirements. If this were not the case Brian could just marry any couple who wanted to be legally married. The way we must do it is to have the couples get married at the marriage registrar, which is like the justice of the peace. We worked with the couples on filling out the forms to submit and acquiring all the necessary documents. It takes about a month to complete all the requirements. Brian also used the time to talk with each couple about biblical marriage and the roles of husband and wife.

It was fun to see how the couples responded to each other during this time. It was like they had begun their courtships all over again. The oldest of the couples have grown children together and yet they stopped calling each other husband and wife and started calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend.


…some had thought they would never see the day when they were legally married…


On the day of the wedding the couples showed up at the marriage registrar dressed beautifully and the women were shaking with nerves and excitement. Some had thought they would never see the day when they were legally married with a ring on their finger. After the wedding we threw them a reception at church where Brian blessed the couples and we were able to celebrate with their friends and family.

 

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The most remarkable thing happened after the weddings:  there was a visible change in the countenance of the couples, like a weight had been lifted and a light turned on. They have also commented that even they have noticed a change in their relationships with one another. It is remarkable the difference it makes when sin is put away and we choose to live for the Lord. Brian testified about the wedding at church with out mentioning the couples so they would not be embarrassed but they all stood up to be a witness to the couples who may still be struggling with this same sin. I truly believe God is causing a marriage revival, and now have 3 more couples who have come forward. Lets pray that they will soon be legally wed as well.

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

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In Him,

 

Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee,
and Liana

 

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for all He is doing in lives of the couples at Arise Christian Fellowship.

  • Pray for those who have been married that their lives will reflect biblical marriage and be an example of Christ’s love.

  • Pray for the couples who are still living in sin that they would be convicted and encouraged by the testimony of these couples and chose to legalize their marriages.

  • Pray for the many visitors coming through Uganda and Sudan.

  • 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

 

Women’s Retreat

Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25

Dear Friends and Family,

The past month has been busy in a blessed way! It was a very full schedule as we had a team visiting us from Black Canyon Calvary Chapel (Black Canyon City, AZ). Most of the events centered on ministry to women. We want to thank everyone of you who contributed toward making these events possible, your contributions have blessed so many people.


We had our first women’s retreat for Arise Christian Fellowship


We had our first women’s retreat for Arise CWomens Retreathristian Fellowship.  The theme was “When the Lord Speaks” and our guest speaker was Margaret Opsal from BCC. We really had an amazing time. We had 30 ladies come—most of them from our women’s Bible study but we also included some missionaries from western Uganda and some ladies from a church near to the Bible College where I teach.

The conference center was on a peninsula so it was a peaceful setting surrounded by water.  I believe many of the ladies, especially those from Kampala, took advantage of being in such a beautiful, quiet setting to wait upon and listen for the Lord to speak.

 

 

 

 

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We began the conference by playing some really fun ice breaker games.  These games helped the ladies to get to know each other as well as to get comfortable talking and sharing with one another.  In between each session we had time for fellowship and discussion of what we had learned.  After all the sessions were finished the first night We were led in after glow by one of the BCC team members, Athena, as well as Evelyn, our own worship leader from Arise.  As we shared through out the retreat there was a lot of laughing and quite a few tears shed.   I believe everyone left knowing the Lord was speaking to them.

Many of our ladies go to our church work every day in a local market.  They literally live day to day from what they earn each day selling fruits and vegetables or tailoring.  For that reason they could not attend the retreat.  We did not want them to miss out on receiving some great teaching and fellowship so we planned a one day women’s conference / women’s tea for them at our church in Kampala. The theme of this one day conference was “A Daily Walk With Jesus”.

 

 

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Since many of the ladies from the market do not speak English we had Usher, one of the girls from our worship team, translate for them.  The topic was exactly what these ladies needed.  Their lives are so busy that they often think there is no time for Jesus except Sunday morning.  They felt encouraged to hear and be reminded that Jesus was with them all them time, even in the market and even when they are so busy.  The craziest and best part of the tea was that we guessed that about 25 ladies would come, planned for 30 just in case and 41 ladies showed up.  The ladies who came from my Tuesday Bible study, who do not attend our church, were overwhelmed by the attendance as well as the motivated about reaching out to areas such as the market where women are not so easily reached.  They have since approached me about doing some type of outreach to these ladies and hosting a day at our church where they can love on them and minister them practically and spiritually.  I know the market ladies were blessed by the day but I was equally blessed by their attendance and to see the heart of my weekly Bible study.


The BCC team hosted Evangelism training


The BCC team also hosted a 2 part Evangelism training for the church.  They met first for a couple of hours of training and prayer and then they went out to the market and put into practice what they were learning.  The men went and met with the market guys who normally gather on Thursdays for teaching and the women went to meet with the women’s study that meets in the market.  After meeting with the regulars they spent time just walking around the market and sharing as they felt led.  We have a quite a few visitors show up at church since then.  We pray God’s word keeps going out, that many will get saved and that they will come for discipleship.

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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 everyone who gave toward the women’ retreat and that many women were able to come who could not have otherwise.

  • Pray for those who heard the gospel thru the outreaches, that they will give their lives to Christ and continue in discipleship.

  • Pray for the women’s hearts to remain stirred to develop their relationships with Christ as well as to reach out to others.

  • Pray for fruit from the outreach our church has to Northeastern Uganda. The people there are among the least reached people in Uganda.

  • Pray for Brian and Jill as recently they were hit by a drunk driver, severely damaging their car.  We are thankful no one was seriously hurt.

  • 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.

 

 

Prayer Request From the Kanyike Family

Please pray for Jill Kanyike as she was recently diagnosed with a severe case of Bilharzia. Bilharzia, also known as schistosomiasis, is an infection that is received from a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water. This worm is mostly found in the tropical regions of the world. The Doctors think this may be the cause of all the sickness she has had recently as it was in her blood, lungs and other areas.

-Please pray that the Lord would provide for Jill to have the proper treatment for this infection
-Pray that the Lord would give the Doctors wisdom in how to treat this
-Pray that, if the Lord wills, He would touch her body and completely heal her
-Pray that His grace, strength, and comfort would sustain the Kanyike family