Kanyike Christmas Update–December 2016

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.
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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.

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The Kanyike Update–October 2016

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.

 

 

 

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The Kanyike Update–September 2016

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.


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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Introduction

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Paying dowry

 

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.

In Him,family-equator

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

 

 

 

 

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The Kanyike Update–July 2016

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.

 

 

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The Kanyike Update–May 2016

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

                                                 —Timothy 4:8

 

Dear Friends and Family,

We write a lot about different conferences or Bible Studies taking place.  Sports teamWhile we enjoy reaching people with the Word of God through those ways we also sometimes like to have a little more fun and get a little exercise as we spread the Gospel.  We do this through sport outreaches.  Sport outreaches allow us to reach groups of people we may not normally come in contact with.  These outreaches draw a younger, college age crowd.


Sport outreaches allow us to reach groups of people we may not normally come in contact with. 


 

MakerereIn the past couple of months we have done sports outreaches at the college campus nearest to Arise Christian Fellowship. It is called Makerere University Business School. Both Brian and I got saved when we were college age and believe it is a time when youth are beginning to think about their futures and start to make big decisions that will impact them for the rest of their lives. We have a desire to reach out to these students so they can hear the gospel and have the opportunity to make a choice for Christ now.  This type of outreach also gives opportunity for many people from church to participate and for the new believers to get exposed to evangelism.  Many people can play the sports games while the pastors and others share the gospel with those attending.

The first big sports outreach we had this year was a soccer outreach.  Our church has a soccer team made up of mostly guys from the market place as well as the assistant pastor, Mukasa Deo.  This team is actually playing every week somewhere around Kampala and sometimes even outside of Kampala. For the church outreach though we played at the University. We showed up to the field early and the kids plus some of the other non players were able to have fun kicking the ball around and drawing a crowd.

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…the gospel message is clearly presented to all who come.


Our church team played against another team made up also of mostly men from the market.  It is exciting to see everyone getting into the game and cheering as well as it is exciting to see people get excited about Jesus as we have opportunity to share with them.  Although 1 on 1 evangelism is taking place during the game, after the game we call everyone together and the gospel message is clearly presented to all who come.

Presenting the Gospel

Our second big sports outreach this year was a basketball outreach.  While soccer is the number 1 sport played in Uganda there are quite a few people who enjoy basketball as well.  We happened to have some visitors coming to teach in Sudan.  They asked if while they were in Uganda they could help organize a basketball outreach.


They asked if they could organize a basketball outreach.


One of the men, Dustin, is a coach in the states for a school team.  He offered to bring uniforms to leave with the teams as well to give any pointer or instruction they might need.  We really didn’t know anyone who played basketball so we asked one of the young college students who attend our church.  It turns out at the university there is a whole club of guys who meet to play unofficially and they don’t have uniforms.  Brian met up with the coach, who turned out to be a Christian, and he was excited about the prospect of being part of an outreach.  It was a very fun time as the guys from our church mixed with the guys who meet up to play.  Needless to say there was quite a mix of abilities and heights on the court which made it a lot of fun to watch.

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After the game Dustin and his Pastor, Kevin Lea shared the gospel with the young men.  They not only shared but were able to engage them in a discussion about what it really means to be a Christian.  The out reach happened to be on a Wednesday and we were blessed to have some of these young men show up for midweek service.

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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 the opportunity to reach out to the college students through sports.

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

  • Pray for Brian as he might have the opportunity to have a discipleship class there at the campus for the teams.

  • Pray for an evangelism training that will be taking place at the church. They will also be reaching out in the market place.

  • 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.

 

 

 

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A New Church Building for Arise Christian Fellowship!

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.“

                                            —Isaiah 60:1

New Building

This past month has been an exciting time for Arise Christian Fellowship.  For the past year and 3 months since the Church began we have been meeting on Sundays in a thatched roof structure.  While it was a very beautiful setting it was not always practical.  We could not always meet when we wanted because during the week it was a restaurant.  Also when it rained we often got wet and when it was hot it was really hot. The owners have been in the process of building a 3 story enclosed structure on the same  property just near the entrance.  They had approached us a couple of times in the past about renting it but it was just too expensive for our young church.  At the beginning of March the landlord called us again and this time said she really, really felt that we were supposed to have the top floor for our church and was willing to give it to us for half price.  We talked with the leadership and all felt that this was definitely from the Lord.


We had our first service on Palm Sunday…


 

We had our first service on Palm Sunday.  It was so exciting as everyone was coming in and looking around and commenting on having a “real church” or “real home”.  We were blessed to have Wes Bentley there for our first service.  He was able to encourage the church as well as exhort them in their personal relationships with Christ.  He spoke of how we all have the responsibility to share the gospel and asked each of them to share with at least one person that week and invite them to church.

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Wes Sharing

Wes sharing.


 …their own Sunday School room!


 

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Sunday School

One of the other blessings of having an entire floor for our church is that the children are able to have their own Sunday School room.  The children were just as excited as the adults to come in and find their own space with mats to sit on and tables to color at.

 

 

Immediately following the Palm Sunday service, we had a Baptism and family fun day for the church.  Where we rent from has a restaurant and pool.  We had decided that to celebrate our new buildingBaptism we should do something all together as a church.  1st we baptized the new believers as well as some who had put their faith in Christ long ago but had never been baptized. Afterwards, we swam, played Frisbee and soccer as well as ate lunch together.  It was really a sweet time of fellowship.  It allowed us time to talk and get to know one another better as a church family.  God also used it as an out reach as many people showed up to use the pool and eat at the restaurant who were not from our church. We are really thankful for this ministry and all what the Lord has allowed us to be a part of.

Lunch Together At the Pool


Apologetics


 

The Thursday after the family fun day we had Simon Woodstock, a guest speaker from  CC Bible College in California,  host a night of Apologetics.  We had about 50 people from around 5 different churches show up to learn more about the topic as well as to ask questions.  It was such a learning experience for me to hear the questions and difficulties people had with the Bible or sharing their faith.  It really could have gone on all night. One person had come with 2 sides of a notebook page filled with questions.  We are praying that in the future we could do this again.

 

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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

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for providing a building for Arise Christian Fellowship.

  • Praise the Lord that Jill seems to be fully recovered for her lengthy illness.

  • Pray for Jill as she is hosting a Women’s retreat in May and needs to find an affordable location.

  • Pray for basket ball out reach planned this month at a local university.

  • Pray for those who attended the apologetics night that they would continue to grow in their knowledge of God’s word and in sharing their faith.

  • Pray for the weekly market outreach that may more would come to know you.

  • 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.

 

 

 

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The Kanyike Update–February 2016

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

                                             —Galatians 6:10

 

Dear Friends and Family,

We pray you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
This past Christmas we had the privilege of having a young South Sudanese girl,
Jackie, stay with us. She had come down from S Sudan so we could take her to an eye clinic in Jinja, about 3 hours south east of Kampala. Jackie is 16 and since she was 9 she has suffered with an eye problem that she was told was cataracts. In Jinja there is a very modern hospital that will do cataract surgery for free. We went down the week before Christmas for her to have the eye exam and hopefully the surgery. The doctor who examined her eyes was very nice but he told us that it was not cataract but a calcification of the cornea. The surgery for that is considered a transplant surgery and the doctor was not certain it could be done in Uganda. Needless to say, Jackie was very sad and disappointed. Instead of sending Jackie back to S Sudan for Christmas we asked her to stay with us through the holiday since we would be traveling to S Sudan on December 28 and she could travel with us.  Jackie is an orphan who lives with her elder brother’s family.

Opening presents

Opening presents

Church Christmas party

Church Christmas party

Jackie's Family in Sudan

Jackie’s Family in Sudan

 


We had a special Christmas guest.


 

This was Jackie’s first time experiencing Christmas the way we do in the west.  It blessed us to see her spirits lifted as we celebrated Jesus’ birth in so many ways.  She was able to be a part of the Women’s Christmas party, the church Christmas party and Christmas

Church pictureservice, as well as to celebrate Christmas at Brian’s families house and open presents with the kids.  We were very blessed by our time with her and are still trying to find a way have her eye fixed. Please pray with us for her to be able to receive proper treatment and healing for her eye.

 

 


…Brian was asked to teach the chaplains…


 

Far Reaching Ministries has their chaplain training school in South Sudan.  On this trip Brian was asked to teach the chaplains for 2 weeks through the books of 1 and 2 Peter.    Brian loves teaching and discipleship, so was very happy to have the opportunity to pour into 102 chaplains.  He said that after the very first class he felt a connection to them.  He, Teaching 1and I as well, are humbled at their sacrifice to follow the Lord no matter the cost.  They were very open with us about their faith and families and they were not shy to ask questions when they had them.  One Chaplain, James, said he had been seeking confirmation that this was God’s will for his life.  He said that after the in depth study of Peter and time spent discussing it he now knows for certain he is on the right path.  Most of the chaplains shared how they could relate with the person of   Peter and what an encouragement it is that the Lord does not give up on us.  The children also enjoyed sharing with chaplains and interacting with them.  I believe the chaplains enjoyed them as well.

 

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In Nimule we reconnected with Calvary Chapel Cush.


 

In Nimule we also had a great time reconnecting with the body of Calvary Chapel Cush as well as meeting new friends.  We spent New Years Eve worshiping with them and enjoying the lively music an dancing of the Sudanese.  The Sunday after New years eve Brian shared a message with the church about abiding in Christ.  The church was happy to receive it and they even played a special song for him. We continue to pray much fruit will come from our trip and the ministry in South Sudan.

 

Thank you for your faith prayers and support of the ministry in Uganda and for our family.

 

In Him,

                          Brian, Jill,

                          Luke, Laylee,

                          and Liana

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

· Giving thanks to the Lord for the great things He has done during our trip to Sudan .

· Pray for the chaplains to continue to grow in their faith and understanding of God and His Word.

· Pray for our family as Jill has been fighting bronchitis and an asthmatic reaction for 3 months now.

· Pray for Jill as once again teaches Women’s Ministry at All Nations Bible College.

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

·  Pray for the leadership team at Arise as we pray and plan the ministries of this coming year.

· 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Kanyike Christmas Update 2015 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

We would like to wish you  a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A  HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We also would like to thank each of you for blessing us through your support and prayer for the ministry here in Uganda as well as for our family.  We have see the Lord do great things this past year in and through the ministry.  People all over Uganda and East Africa have been touched by the gospel. Many people have turned to Christ while others have had the seed planted.  Again we thank you for being a part of this ministry.  We look forward to what new things the Lord has for our family and ministry in 2016.

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

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Kanyike Update–December 2015

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“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”  — Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear friends and family,

This month we have had much to rejoice over and also to mourn.

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Arise Christian Fellowship celebrated its first birthday!

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This is the month that Arise Christian Fellowship celebrated its 1 year birthday.  It has been exciting to see what the Lord has accomplished in such a short time and in such unexpected ways.  In October last year we would have never expected that in one month we would have planted a church.  The  Lord had called Brian to minister to the men of the market place, many of whom are grown street kids.  They, along with many of the women from the market, chose to follow Christ and desired to know Him better.  This led us to hosting a baptism at a nearby pool which turned out to become where we meet on Sundays for church beginning with that Baptism.

 

Arise Christian Fellowship

Arise Christian Fellowship

1st Baptism

1st Baptism

1st Church Service

1st Church Service

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We held our 2nd ever all worship and prayer service 

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In celebration of Arise Christian Fellowship’s first birthday we held our 2nd ever all worship and prayer  service (afterglow).  Many people who have helped the church along the way came to join in the worship.  We also saw many new faces that day brought by the very people we had been reaching out to last year.  We had 3 people give their lives to Christ and many who wanted to recommit their lives to Christ.  As I watched the congregation worship, pray for one another and participate in serving I was overwhelmed at the power the Lord has to change lives.  I am so blessed that the Lord has called us to these people and this ministry.

 

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Arise Worshiping

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A time to mourn 

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On a heavier note, this month I lost a beloved brother in-law, Dean Bober.  Dean was married to my eldest sister Julie.  They got married when I was just a toddler.  I have no memories of life or family with out him there.  His death was   unexpected and needless to say shocking for my sister.  I received the call on a   Saturday morning.  Immediately we made plans to travel to be with my sister and to mourn with the family.  It was something I knew I had to do but it also meant having to leave my kids in Uganda since there was no time to try and get an appointment for a visa.  We wanted to leave the kids with missionaries in Fort Portal, Doug and Destiny Calhoon,  since my kids know them well and they also have kids.  We purchased our air tickets then drove the kids 6 hours to their house, slept, then got back in the car and drove back to Kampala to pack and catch our flight to the states.   Our time in the states, less then 2 weeks was a flurry of emotions, much sadness and feelings of loss during the funeral and times of joy and seeing my family whom I had not seen in over 2 years and some who I had not seen in even longer who had come to the funeral. Please pray for my   sister and her sons and grandchildren as they learn to deal with their loss.

Dean, Julie and I -1st furlough from Uganda

Dean, Julie and I -1st furlough from Uganda

Dean and Luke

Dean and Luke

My Mom , Dad and sister Jan’s Family

My Mom , Dad and sister Jan’s Family

 

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

In Him,

             Brian, Jill,

             Luke, Laylee,

             and LianaKanyike Kids 2

PRAYER REQUESTS
  • Giving thanks to the Lord for the great things He has done.
  • Pray for the new believers at Arise Christian Fellowship to grow in their faith and understanding of God and His Word.
  • Pray for my family as the grieve the loss of my Brother inlaw, Dean.
  • Continue to Pray that we would truly “Arise and Shine” the light of Christ in this dark place.
  • Pray for the leadership team at Arise as we plan the Christmas service and Christmas events.
  • Pray for Brian as he 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.

 

 

 

 

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