Dear Friends and Family,
This has been a very busy month of women’s ministry. We’ve had guest speakers and visitors, we started a new book and I taught a women’s retreat.
In the summer months we get many visitors coming through the guest house. More often than not they are just there briefly on the way to somewhere else. This past month we were blessed to have a team from Maranatha Chapel in San Diego spend a couple of days with us. Most people in Kampala are familiar with their church because we play Pastor Ray Bentley daily on the radio during rush hour. Annie Stone, the daughter of Pastor Ray, was on the team. She and her team came prepared to share with our ladies. Annie taught a message on fear vs faith. This message was so great for the ladies but it also ministered to me right where I am in my own life. After the teaching the ladies from Maranatha gave a gift to each our ladies. Each lady received a gift bag with a daily devotional in it. We are so thankful they took they time bless us with the Word and fellowship.
Our women’s ministry also began studying a new book. We are studying through the book of Revelation. Before Revelation we had studied Daniel. While we were in the middle of that study we had a visiting pastor who shared with us about the 2 books together and suggested we go straight into Revelation when we finished Daniel. The ladies were very excited about that idea and asked me if we could. I taught Revelation 7 years ago so I was excited to go through it again. There are a couple of ladies in my study from that time period but mostly it is a new group of ladies and I am enjoying their fresh ideas and difficult questions. Every week we have a teaching and we also have a discussion. Normally Bible study ends around noon but lately it can be nearing 2 before all the ladies have left. It has really been a great time of getting deep into God’s word together as well as searching ourselves and our own faith and beliefs as we tackle each new chapter.
Every Year we are invited to share at a women’s retreat hosted by Calvary Chapel Fort Portal. In the past I have been told the theme of the retreat or given a specific topic to teach on. This year when I asked what the theme would be they told me that they would like me to come up with the theme and the topics for each session.
I prayed for a couple of weeks and could not come up with anything that I thought God wanted me to share. As time was going on I began to wonder what I was going to do. Then one night I could not sleep so I was praying about my kids paperwork and for their visas when suddenly I knew what the retreat was going to be about. The theme for the conference was A Passport to Heaven!
The conference began with a reminder of how we are saved and that it is all about Christ. The next couple of sessions focused on our journey there. I shared with the ladies that when we get saved our lives change; we don’t just sit there doing nothing but we have to make the journey there. I compared it to having a visa to travel but then just staying home. One of the sessions was on the hindrances to our journey and how we can overcome them.
In between the teachings we had break out sessions. We gave the ladies a simple spiritual gifts quiz and had them break into groups with people with similar gifts to discuss how they could practically be using those gifts in their everyday lives and for the edification of the church body. I pray that they will really put into practice what they learned. We ended the retreat with a teaching on reaching our final destination, Heaven. Heaven is just a joy to teach and such a motivation to keep on the journey even when it get tough. We couldn’t help but end with an afterglow and communion thanking the Lord for what He has done, what He is doing and looking forward to what is yet to come.
Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.
Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee and Liana
- Praise God the whole Kanyike Family will be able to come to the States for furlough and Jill’s medical treatment.
- Pray for the finances the Kanyikes will need to cover all travel and medical expenses.
- Praise the Lord for all that is being done to reach the people of Uganda.
- Pray for those who come and minister in Sudan and Uganda for safety, health and fruitful ministry.
- Pray for all the teachings that took place this month. Pray that they will go beyond peoples ears to their hearts and lives.
- 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.
- Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.