The Kanyike Update

  …You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Dear Friends and Family,

We are praying for all of you, in you area of the world.  Some days, as I watch the news it is hard to believe that it is actually the news and not a science fiction movie. I could never have imagined that one day this would be what the world we live in is like. As the world continues to fight off the effects of Corona virus we have been trying to help those who are further from any type of help or assistance then we are being in Kampala.  Uganda is still under many restrictions.  The number of cases is rising steadily as well as deaths.  Due to these circumstances travel is restricted and there is a strict curfew.

The Far Reaching Ministries guesthouse where we live is well known to many missionaries around Uganda for many reasons.  We host teams through out the year that often go to other parts of Uganda and Sudan to serve alongside some of these missionaries.  We also have weekly Bible studies that host people from many different churches as well as quite a few missionaries.  Because of this we have been sort of a central logistics center for those needing help during this pandemic.  A lot of the assistance we have been able to give is office type work: helping missionaries submit paperwork, helping with banking, buying medicines and making inquiries.  Besides office work, we have been able to be a supply gathering place for some missionaries.  Due to the curfew we are under missionaries who live quite far from Kampala cannot drive to Kampala, shop for their supplies and return to their homes all in one day. 

To help with this they have been able to order their supplies over the phone or online then have them delivered to us and we arrange transport, usually a boda boda, to deliver their supplies to them. We have also been able to help coordinate doctor trips, homeschooling supplies and tips, as well as advise those returning from abroad about what they need and the ins and outs of quarantine since we also went through that when we returned in March. We are blessed to live in such a convenient place where we are able to help others. During this time a verse from 1 Cortinthians really stood out to me:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted. by God.”

As we have been trying to help the people from our church through this difficult time as they face hunger and poverty, we have been blessed by my  home church and Far Reaching Ministries who have given donations to help us help them.  Last month these donations went out to help others as well.  Through donations from FRM we were able to help a ministry in Northern Uganda. Combined Harvest Ministries  is run by Moses Ouni, who is a missions coordinator and IBS instructor.  He said that they have used the donations as an opportunity for door to door  evangelism. “Our approach is to reach a place, tell them why we are there and give the food. Afterwards we interact with the group or family for a while before sharing the Word and praying with them, then departing. Enforcement of Social distancing and small gatherings is higher in towns so we try to be very careful on how many we minister to per time so there is no over crowding.” In Kampala, we have had the same issues with trying to minister to as many as we can with out doing so in crowds because the president has said anyone causing a crowd to gather during this pandemic will be charged with attempted murder.

The people of South Sudan have been severely devastated through this pandemic.  With all the borders closed it has been difficult for them to receive food and the assistance they normally receive from countries such as Uganda.  With funding from FRM we were able to arrange a food distribution through Calvary Chapel Nimule that has reached over 1000 people.  Pastor Michael told us that some of the homes they visited had not eaten for many days before they reached them.  He said that they used each visit to minister to the believers and share the gospel with the unbelievers and to pray for each household.  Pastor Michael said that many unbelievers after seeing God provide for them after days of not eating caused them to come to believe.  If it had not been for this pandemic and the extreme circumstances that people are finding themselves in, many of these homes would not have let Christians or evangelists in but now they have received salvation for themselves. We pray that many more would come to know Christ as they continue visiting homes and providing food.  We pray that these men and women would grow strong in their faith and in turn reach out to others with the love of Christ.

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

In Him,                                                                                

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

· Praise the Lord for the wonderful things that are happening despite the Covid-19.

· Praise the Lord for the provision to help those who are suffering.

· Pray for the World during this time of Covid 19.  Pray for many people to turn to the Lord during this time.

· Pray for all the missionaries around Uganda to be able to get the supplies and necessities they need.

· Pray for those in Northern Uganda and South Sudan beig reached through the food distribution. Pray for many to come to Christ.

· Pray for the Kanyike family to continue to know how to  best minister  to the church and community during this time.

· Pray for the Kanyike family to remain healthy and safe.

· Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.

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

 

 

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The Kanyike Update

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

Dear Friends and Family,

We continue to pray for you all as 2020 seems to continue to challenge and test us.  Things in Uganda are continuing to be difficult.  This path month Uganda recorded its first Covid death and now it is up to 7. Uganda was put at a level three threat which means that there are community cases that cannot trace the origin of transmission. On top of Covid there have been many natural disasters and crime, kidnapping and domestic abuse is on the rise. Many people are truly suffering and are tempted to lose hope.  What the Lord has really been teaching us through this is 2 basic Biblical truths.  1st, love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.  If our eyes are not on the Lord, where does our hope come from?  2nd, Love your neighbor as yourself.  We are very blessed to have continued to receive support from our FRM and SGWM families during a time when so many have lost their jobs and cannot provide.  We cannot keep those blessings to ourselves.  While we cannot help every suffering person in Uganda or even in Kampala we can help some of them.

As we have tried to reach out and help the most vulnerable and suffering around us God has been faithful to show us the way and to provide.  A beautiful testimony of how He works is a friend from my church in California contacted me, that she had been contacted from a friend of hers in Germany who supports a ministry here in Kampala.  Her friend was asking for prayer for a young girl who had suffered from domestic violence that led to her getting pregnant.  She had just delivered but had absolutely nothing. She had no clothes for the baby and not even a blanket to cover him with.  Well right before we left for the States for my dad’s funeral I had organized all of my kids baby and small things to sell but since we have not been able to have open markets and such to sell things because of covid I still have everything. I had a bag with little baby clothes, cloth diapers, towels and blankets, etc.  We were able to arrange for all of these things to be delivered to the young new mother with in hours of receiving the message.  God worked all of the details out and we continue to pray for the girl, her baby and her family.

Pretty much daily since we returned from the States in March Brian has been constantly on the phone trying to minister to church members and listen to their needs and what they are going through.  Sometimes all they need is some counsel and to be reminded of God’s love and promises.  Other times they have serious needs that if not met would lead to serious consequences.  We have been trying our best to pray for them and help in whatever way we can. 

This past month we were gifted with 2 months provision of food and soap for every member of our church.  God is so faithful.  To see and hear the expressions of gratitude and spontaneous outbursts of praise for God’s love and sustenance is amazing.  Another blessing we saw out of this provision for the church members is their desire to also want to reach out and help others with what they have been given, A family member deep in the village who can not care for themselves, a neighbor whose husband abandoned her and their many children when he lost his job because of covid.  It has been a blessing to be able to help and even more of a blessing to see those being blessed, blessing others. Acts 20:35 tells us, “… And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

The government of Uganda is requiring all Ugandans to wear a mask when ever they are out side of their own compound as well as to socially distance.  If you go out into the city center none of this is taking place.  People believe there is no covid and because so many are suffering are trying to make money.  An interesting sight I have seen is someone selling masks with out wearing a mask.  Because the cases are rising quickly and deaths are now there the government has now issued this warning, “It is now illegal to be found in public not wearing a mask. You will either pay a fine of 20,000/= or serve 6 months in prison” We are praying that people would take the government and covid seriously, they have suffered enough without now having to pay a fine or go to prison for just not wearing a mask.  On that note many people have been creative with mask wearing.

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 the wonderful things that are happening despite the Covid-19.

· Praise the Lord for the provision to help those who are suffering.

· Pray for the World during this time of Covid 19.  Pray for many people to turn to the Lord during this time.

· Pray for the young lady who just gave birth.  Pray for her safety and for her and her family to know Christ.

· Pray for the Kanyike family to continue to know how to  best minister  to the church and community during this time.

· Pray for the Kanyike family to be healthy and safe.

· Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.

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

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The Kanyike Update

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,

I never would thought that after all these months we would still be dealing with Covid.  It now seems like years ago that we were visiting America and taking the kids to    Disneyland.  I was actually just the beginning of this year and now the world, Uganda, is such a different place.  Uganda started off with almost no cases and now seems to be   having more and more cases daily.  To be honest it is just starting to get scary here as we begin to hear about cases near us and in the city.  I have to try to stay away from the news and focus and the positive things that are happening.

One of the best part of this lockdown has been homeschooling my kids.  I have always homeschooled them but normally I am doing 101 other things as well.  At this time I have been able to give them almost undivided attention and to catch up from where we were a little behind because of my dad’s funeral.  

It is so interesting that much of the world has had to experience homeschooling as well during this time.  I feel blessed that I was used to homeschooling and well prepared when all the schools (and everything else) were suddenly closed.  It isn’t always easy but has always been my choice and joy to do. 

I really have been praying for those who found themselves homeschool teachers unexpectedly. In Uganda many parents who have never received a proper education themselves, have found themselves in the place of teacher for their children, probably till the new year begins next February.  Uganda has tried their best to help.  They have been putting classes on the radio, on TV, and in the newspaper.  The presidents wife, who is the head of Education, had this to say as an encouragement to parents, “Spend time with your learners to develop their values and positive attitudes. Tell them stories, riddles, and other life lessons, and support their learning. Help your learners to make a craft or develop an innovation.” The president as well encouraged parents in one of his messages that not all learning is book learning, take this time to teach life skills such as farming, mechanics, cooking, etc. From what I have been able to find out many parents, no matter of their education have been trying.

At the bottom of the hill on which we live there is one of the largest open markets in Uganda.  Next to that market is a very large slum area.  Many of the people from Arise Christian Fellowship come from that market and from those slums.  Twice since the lockdown in Uganda began we have been able to help out church members and their families with food and basic necessities.  We have wanted to help others but did not know how to go about it because there was a law made that if you were caught providing relief and it drew a crowd you would be charged with attempted murder. 

Recently, we received a letter under our gate.  It was from the LC1, Local chairman of our area.  He had been given permission by the government to gather food and soap for those who were in the most need down in the slums.  His letter was requesting those who were able to give donations towards helping those less fortunate.  We were more then glad to help. 

Ugandan has began lifting some of the restrictions. One of them is the use of vehicles and public transport.  We pray that this will help some of those who have been struggling to provide for their families but we also pray for health and safety as Covid cases are rapidly increasing.  It is mandatory by law to social distance and to wear a mask when in public.  Since the easing of restrictions this has been very hard to enforce and just today, there were riots in Kampala, along the same lines as the riots happening in the USA and around the world.  We are praying that these gatherings will not lead to more sickness or another total lockdown.

The month also has much to celebrate as Luke turned 10 years old and Laylee turned 9 years old.  We were not able to have a party or to go out anywhere but they enjoyed all the messages and facetime calls they received.  I cant believe I now have a son who is in double digits!

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

In Him,

Brian, Jill,

Luke, Laylee,

and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

Thank you for praying for the  Kanyikes during their time of lockdown

Praise the Lord for the provision to help those who are suffering.

Pray for the World during this time of Covid 19.  Pray for many people to turn to the Lord during this time.

Pray for the Kanyike family to continue to know how to  best minister  to the church and community during this time.

Pray for the people of Uganda to be safe from all the calamaties that seem to be happening :Covid, flood, locusts, hunger, Ebola, and riots

Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.

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

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The Kanyike Update

Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.                                                               —Isaiah 26:20

Dear Friends and Family:

“Its not about convenience, its about survival”

This has been a quote we have heard often over the last couple of weeks from President Museveni, the president of Uganda.  As I write this the country has been in lockdown for almost 2 months.  I know that most of the world is currently abiding by stay at home orders.  While I believe there is hardships everywhere because of these orders, countries like Uganda are really struggling.  In Uganda, many people, especially in the cities, live hand to mouth.  This means that they normally work a day, earn money for that day and feed their family for that day.  After this amount of time in lockdown people are starving.  Families are desperate and there has been much violence, especially within families. 

The president has arranged task forces to distribute food but because of corruption and the amount of people who need to be helped, many people are starving.  One of the things that has added to this situation is that the president does not want people distributing foods in such a way that a crowd gathers.  He was so serious that he said if you were found causing a crowd of more then 10 to gather you would be charged with attempted murder. This threat has hindered those who would like to help from actually helping.  Another factor that has made helping people hard is that our lockdown includes no public or private vehicles.  Anywhere you go you must go on foot or a bicycle and until recently you could only go between 7am and 2:30pm, though now it has been extended to 5pm.

As a pastor, Brian is on the phone a lot.  During this time it has been non stop.  So many people are suffering and calling for help and prayer.  It seems every person we have ever met anywhere in Uganda has called for assistance during this time.  We knew we had to try to do something to help  but in away that no one would get in to trouble. 

After attending an online prayer meeting with my home church we found out that they had began a Covid relief  fund.  They asked us if we knew anyone who needed help and we explained to them the situation here.  With in a couple of days we had the funds we needed to try to begin to help those who were in the most need around us.  While we worked on finding away to safely reach those from Arise Christian Fellowship that live deeper in the slums, we began by reaching those who live much closer and could come receive from us in small groups.

As I have said, it is illegal to cause a group to gather and punishable as attempted murder Because of this we had to get creative with distribution. Essentially we ended up doing 4 distributions. The first  for those near us who could come pick up. The second distribution we borrowed a kiosk from a church member and called individual families to come and pick their food and supplies so that  it looked like they were just shopping. The 3rd distribution happened in the market place.   Many of Arise Christian fellowship church members work in the market in some way or another so this was a good way to reach them. After the market we then had some of the market  guys help make home deliveries to the families in need that were deeper in the slums.

Each family that received could not stop expressing their thankfulness. Some had been eating just once a day and for some not even that often.   We are so thankful for the Lord’s provision through our brothers and sisters at Calvary Chapel Saving Grace who raised the funds to help these people, over 150 families were helped. We are also very thankful that each distribution went smoothly and no groups gathered.

The president has extended the lockdown another 2 weeks at least.  Please be praying that if possible we may be able to help others who are suffering during this time, not just with food but with the hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.  Besides this lock down other things are taking place that are causing even more suffering.  For the second time this year the country’s crops are being ravaged by locusts.  Also Lake Victoria is at the highest levels ever recorded.  This is causing mass flooding and many people have lost their homes and belongings.

Thank you for praying for our family and for the people of Uganda!

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

PRAYER REQUESTS

· Thank you for praying for the  Kanyikes during their time of lockdown

· Praise the Lord for the provision to help those who are suffering.

· Pray for the World during this time of Covid 19.  Pray for many people to turn to the Lord during this time.

· Pray for the Kanyike family as they figure out how to best minister  to the church and community during this time.

· Pray for the people of Uganda who normally live day to day and now can not work and so can not provide for their families..

· Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.

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

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The Kanyike Update–April 2020

Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.   

Stay Home and Stay Safe!

This is a saying we have all heard multiple times over the last couple of months as the world has faced the Covid—19 pandemic.  What I found comfort in is that while this is the first time that for me to go thru something like this it is not the first time for God and as always He has been with His people thru it.

Recently, someone posted, “I didn’t expect that when we change our clocks earlier this year that we were changing them from standard time to the Twilight Zone”.  I wholeheartedly agree. As most of you know when the Covid crisis began our family was in the States for my dad’s funeral.  At that time I wasn’t really aware of what was happening in the world.  I was caught up in my own grief and in spending time cleaning out my dad’s house going through over 100 years of memories,  That in and of itself was surreal. The memories flooding back that I didn’t even know I had forgotten and the new things I discovered and learned about my family. 

When we had finished my dad’s house and said goodbye to my family we headed to California.  Our purpose in going was to visit my home church and many of our supporters.  Our first stop though when we reached California was Disneyland.  After all the sadness and stress, we felt the kids (and us) needed to go to the happiest place on earth.  Again Disneyland is far from reality.  We were in another world unaware what else was happening in the real world. 

After Disney we went to stay with someone from my church, a wonderful woman named Denise.  It was there that we first heard about how serious the virus was becoming.  At church people were greeting each other verbally or with an elbow bump but hugs were far and few between as people were beginning to practice social distancing.  We were meant to have 3 weeks at my church, visiting supporters and having opportunities to update people on the ministry in Uganda.  That time was not meant to be.  Things got serious very quickly and before we even really begin to comprehend what was happening we could no longer go to church, meet in large groups, go out to eat and the stores were almost empty. 

With everything closing down after much prayer and confirmation from others, we made the decision to return to Uganda earlier then expected.  One of the last things we were able to do was to see our “oldest daughter”, Amina and our new “grandson”, Xavier.  Though  our time was short I am thankful for the friends and church family we were able to see.

Returning to Uganda was another twilight zone experience.  As soon as we exited the plane we had to go through a medical check.  We passed the check but because we had come from the USA our passports were taken and we were taken to a government authorized hotel for 14 days of institutional quarantine.  We were blessed with our hotel and room though, it was pretty big and had a beautiful view.  I believe they had mercy on us because of the children. We heard horror stories from others who were taken to different hotels.

During the quarantine we were not allowed to leave our room.   Everyday a health team, accompanied by a soldier, would come, ask us questions and take our temperatures.  We prayed a lot, for ourselves, that we would not get sick and for the world that this virus would be overcome.  If you registered a temperature they would take you from quarantine to an isolation facility in a hospital.  I had nightmares of being separated from my family and of my children being taken from me. These bad dreams led us to even more times of prayer. 

While at times it was hard being 5 people in one room for so long, we managed to keep ourselves busy.  Everyday we did school with the kids. It was good to catchup and review some of the areas the kids struggled with as well as learning some new things.  Besides school I tried to get the kids to burn energy by playing kids dance videos and Laylee’s ballet teacher sent video classes. We watched church online as well as  Brian leading church for us with the kids being our worship team. We stayed in contact with the outside world via Messenger and What’s app. At the end we were all tested for the Covid virus and spent an extra 2 nights in quarantine as we waited for our results. We praise God that all our test results came back normal and we were given discharge papers to go home.

Though we are home now the country is on lockdown.  No personal vehicles are allowed at all. There is a 2 pm curfew for cargo and delivery vehicles and 7pm curfew for people on foot.  Everything is closed except for food markets and hospitals. Brian has been in contact with church members over the phone and internet as often as he can.  We have managed to get food to those members who normally live day by day and are really suffering during this lockdown.  We are very thankful that up to this point there have been relatively few cases of the virus in     Uganda.  We pray it stops there,

Thank you for praying for our family and for the ministry in Uganda.  We are praying for all of you as well.

In Him,

Brian, Jill,

Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

· Thank you for praying for the  Kanyikes during their time of quarantine.

· Pray for the World during this time of Covid 19.  Pray for many people to turn to the Lord during this time.

· Pray for the Kanyike family as they figure out how to best minister  to the church and community during this time.

· Pray for the people of Uganda who normally live day to day and now can not work and so can not provide for their families.

· Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship now from home and over the phone.

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

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The Kanyike Update–March 2020

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.—Job 1:21

Dear Friends and Family,

This past season has been a bit of a difficult time for our family. With in a short period of time 2 of our beloved dogs passed away: one from cancer and one from an unexpected accident.  One week later our house was robbed, which according to the police most likely was someone who works with us and we have trusted.  Shortly after these incidents the hardest hit of all arrived when we got the phone call that my dad had passed away.

Below is his obituary:
Gary William Wiencke, age 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Autumn Aegis Retirement Community in Lorain, Ohio. He was born August 23, 1938 to Ellsworth and Gladys (nee Pember) Wiencke in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated in 1956 from Berlin Heights High School and came to Lorain in 1957. From 1956 to 1962, he was part of the Army Reserves, obtaining the rank of Corporal. He worked for American Ship Building from 1956 until 1959 and had various other positions for companies such as Great Lakes Towing, Ripple Motors and Lee Wilson Engineering. Gary was also the owner and operator of Quik as a Wink carpet cleaning in Lorain for 35 years, retiring in 2008. He was member of the former First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lorain and a member of Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Amherst. Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading. Surviving are his daughters, Julie Bober of Sheffield Village, Jenny (Tim) Riddle of Cornell, Illinois, Jan (Chris) Bailey of Elyria and Jill (Brian) Kanyike of Uganda, Africa; grandchildren, Dean Aaron, David, Jesse, Rafe, Lillian, Luke, Laylee and Liana; great-grandchildren, Cole, Logan and Olivia; a brother, Chris Wiencke; and a sister, Mary Sartor. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis “Susie” (nee Bohn) Wiencke in 2018 .

We would like to thank all of you who made it possible to return for my dad’s funeral and who have sent kind messages of condolence or flowers.

On a happier note… Before coming to the states for my dad’s funeral Calvary Chapel Fort Portal asked us to help them host a youth camp.  Their church has a youth outreach program called, The Lighthouse Club.  The club is designed to disciple teens and young adults while also providing fellowship and a safe place to have fun.

The theme of the conference was “Christlikeness”.  The topics covered were: Evangelism, Salvation, Baptism, Purity, Self Presentation and Vision for the Future.  Our team from Arise Christian Fellowship was asked to lead worship, to help with the mentoring, coaching, as well as to teach the youth how to boldly talk about their faith to their peers in school. It was a  pretty full day, starting at 6.30 am going up till 7 pm in the evening. We started off with a short time of worship and Evelyn, our worship leader, shared a short devotion from 1 Samuel 3 about when God called Samuel. She told the youth that they are never too young to be called and used by God.  There is quite the misconception by many in Uganda that you can not be called into ministry unless you are married, so for many of the youth the idea that they can already be used by God and be active in the ministry is a new concept.

After the main teachings the youth were divided into different groups to talk about and try to apply what they had learned. Some of the worship team members were coaches, two of the team were judges, also helping as counselors for the kids along with the Youth Camp team organized by Calvary Chapel Fort Portal. By the end of the day, the youth had become like little brothers and sisters, as we had gone through a rather intense day of ministry with them, from devotions, to having them watch videos of the Way of the Master, to giving them an in depth study on the meaning of the great commission, to taking them through their personal presentations of the gospel . We saw quite a few of them admit to sin and conviction, even saw some tears, while others stepped up to the challenge  of the personal presentations with confidence. For us the most important part was seeing them understand what they had been taught and seeing them bond with each other, that made the whole day. I am also blessed by all our worship team learned and their own personal growth through participating in this youth camp. They are usually called to lead worship and train other worship teams, so this was a bit out of their normal realm of ministry but all the same God used them and they were happy to  join in the other aspects of the youth camp and to play a part in these youths lives.

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 the ministries taking place in Uganda and South Sudan
  • Pray for Jill’s family as they mourn the loss of her father and as they try to close up his house.
  • Pray for the Kanyikes to raise the funds they need to cover what was lost in the robbery as well as their trip to the USA for the funeral.
  • Pray for Arise Christian Fellowship while the Kanyikes are away. Pray for those who will be teaching and for the congregation to remain strong.
  • Pray for those who attended the youth camp. Pray they grow stronger in their personal relationships with Christ as well in their desire to share Christ with others.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
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The Kanyike Update–Christmas Outreaches

“...And you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”    —Mathhew 1:21

Dear Friends and Family,

As the holiday season has come to an end and we are jumping into the new year, we wanted to take time to share about the Christmas outreaches that have taken place.

As part of our church ministry we reach out to the market place and the people who work there.  This is actually how Arise Christian Fellowship began.  Many men came to the Lord and the church was born.  The women in the market place have been harder to reach.  Many of them have had very hard lives and are caught up in practicing witchcraft.  As I was preparing for this years women’s Christmas tea the women from the market place were really on my heart, that they would really understand the true meaning of Christmas and why Jesus came.  There are a couple ladies from church who come from the market place so in the days leading up to the Tea they were really helpful in reaching out and inviting other market ladies to come.  I planned for 2 teachings and a light meal, as well as Christmas cookies and tea.

The first teaching was looking at Mary and her finding out she was going to be the mother of Jesus.  It was designed to help the ladies to relate better to what was about to happen through the birth of Christ.  I invited Kim Wargi to come down from South Sudan and share this teaching with the ladies.  When I was sharing with her about the theme I shared how the first teaching I wanted to be about the human side of the Christmas story and the second teaching to be more evangelistic focusing on Matthew 1:21 where it says, “And you shall call His Name Jesus , for He will save His people from their sins”.  In my heart I really wanted to teach the evangelistic message but since I was inviting Kim to help teach I let her choose and immediately she asked if she could teach about Mary.  It was a beautiful confirmation. 

The day of the conference we had a huge tropical storm.  I was afraid the market ladies we reached out to would not come because even the ladies from my Bible study were 2 hours late.   We began the tea with Christmas carols and food and eventually as the rain slowed down more and more ladies began to come.  Kim’s message really touched the heart and emotions of some of the ladies who came and they shared with us after.  My evangelistic message on why Jesus was born was also well received and a handful of ladies from the market stayed after and Brian was able to talk to them in their language more in detail about salvation.

Leading up to Christmas we also had a desire to reach out to the community around the church.  On Christmas Eve we planned a day of outreach in the community, games and activities happening back at Arise Christian Fellowship, and to end the day with our Christmas Eve program and message.  So many people came to the outreach.  At first it was mostly children and it was so fun to see all the kids playing on the bouncy castle and receiving gifts from “Father Christmas”.  After some fun and games we served everyone who was there a meal.  Laylee wanted to help serve the children to be sure there were no “starving children in Africa” It was a blessing to see so many children and even adults who most likely were not going to get a Christmas dinner all eating and enjoying Christmas together.  

Towards evening we began the Christmas program. All the youth from baby class up to young adult performed a Christmas cantata of sorts with songs and dances as well as performing the Christmas story. The worship team led us in Christmas carols and Luke joined them to play Mary Did You Know on the piano.

By the time Brian came up to share the Christmas message the hall was overflowing and most of the gardens were filled with people. There were about 400 adults and children from the community there to hear the “True Meaning of Christmas”, which was the title of Brian’s message. We could not have even imagined the turnout we had and pray for all who came to make a personal choice to follow Jesus. After the message we had a baptism and we are very happy to tell you that Luke publically declare his faith in Christ and was baptized as well. We ended the evening by cutting and sharing Christmas cakes with as many people there that we could. We praise God for what he is doing at Arise Christian Fellowship and in the community around us.

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 the ministries taking place in Uganda and South Sudan

· Praise the Lord for all the people who were reached both in the market place and the community outreach around Arise Christian Fellowship

· Pray for the women who attended the Christmas Tea.  Pray that they continue to hunger for God’s Word and to know Him more.

· Pray for those who have received Christ to continue to come to church and receive discipleship.

· Pray for the new year and what the Lord has in store for the Kanyike family and for the ministry.

· Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.

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

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The Kanyike Update–December 2019

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.                                             — Colossians 2:6-7

Dear Friends and Family,

It is exciting to look forward to the new year, knowing all that the Lord has already done. The theme through the Christmas season has been Jesus, what he has done for us and who we are in Him.

For me personally, this season started quite unexpectedly. Early on a Monday morning I received a call from South Sudan from Vicky Bentley. She had a family emergency and need to go back to the States. She asked if I could teach that weekend. I told her I could. Later I came to know that it was not just a teaching but it was a 2 day conference where I would be teaching 6 times as well as having questions and answers. I began to understand about being ready in season and out of season!

With my own Tuesday women’s study, on Spiritual warfare, there was not much time for preparation. Vicky told me that the theme of the conference was Being Complete in Christ but that I could adjust it as needed. I prayed about what to share and I realized that the topic of Who I Am In Christ kept coming up during my spiritual warfare Bible study. I wondered if the Lord hadn’t been putting this on my heart so I would be ready for this conference. I went and found my notes from when I had taught this a couple years ago. The opening verse for that study was Colossians 2:10 “and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” When I showed my notes to Vicky and told her that opening verse I was amazed to find out that was part of the theme verses for the conference. Their verses had been Colossians 2:6-10. It was definitely confirmation for me that this is what I was to share with the ladies in South Sudan.

We left on Wednesday but did not make it to border of South Sudan before dark so we spent the night in Northern Uganda and crossed the border on Thursday morning. Thursday I spent most of the day studying as well as seeing old friends we had not seen for about 2 years and getting a tour of all the new construction that has taken place during that time. The conference was Friday and Saturday. I have to say that it was amazing. I could see God’s hand in every little detail. Over 600 ladies attended. I had 3 translators: one for Arabic, Dinka, and Madi. There were 2 other teachers: Sarah shared once on Friday and Kim Wargi shared on Saturday. Though we never met to discuss our teachings it was as if we had arranged them together. There were topics and verses I wanted to share but didn’t have time to get to and then Sarah or Kim would say and teach that exact thing.

You would think that with the amount of ladies who attended that it would not be able to be personal but the ladies were very interactive and expressive.  During the 2 days we heard many testimonies and answered many questions.  Many churches were represented and in between each session they would take turns leading us in worship.  Some of the ladies had put together a drama that showed the effects of going to the witch doctor compared to turning to the Lord in prayer. 

At the end of the conference the ladies presented me with a 50kg grain sack of peanuts they had harvested as a thank you for coming and teaching them and to share with the women at Arise. They asked if next year we would come back and teach a marriage conference.  Please pray that this could come to pass.

While we were in South Sudan the pastor of Calvary Chapel Cush, Michael, asked Brian to share the Sunday message at both services.  The first service is an all English service and the second service is translated into Arabic.  After the service they had an altar call and a time of prayer for any one who needed it.  Many people came forward to be prayed for. Luke also was part of the service as he was asked to share about himself with the church and to perform a duet with our missionary to South Sudan , Ivan.  I was very proud of Luke as he stood in front of hundreds of people and both shared and played the piano. 

That evening Pastor Michael, told us that the whole service had been broadcast over the radio station RMC.  Brian and Luke were both in shock that so many people all over South Sudan had been reached by what they had shared.  After church we went on a couple of home visits.  It is nice to meet with people in their homes and get to know them and their families more personally.  We were fed a lot of yummy Sudanese food which I had been missing.  We were also able to visit a young girl, Jackie, who has stayed with us a few times in Kampala for medical care.  She just recently had her appendix removed and we were happy to see her recovering nicely.  While this trip was unexpected for us it was definitely according to God’s timing.

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

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

Prayer Requests:

  • Praise the Lord for the ministries taking place in Uganda and South Sudan
  • Praise the Lord for His timing and for helping Jill get all she needed accomplished to teach the conference in South Sudan
  • Pray for the women who attended the conferences in Nimule. Pray that they continue to hunger for God’s Word and to know Him more.
  • Pray for those who came forward after Brian’s message at Calvary Chapel Cush. Pray for those who received Christ to continue to come to church and receive discipleship.
  • Pray for all the Christmas/New Year outreaches and ministries at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.
   

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The Kanyike Update–October 2019

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” —Matthew 19:14

Dear Friends and Family,

Summer is always a crazy time for us in Uganda. For most of the summer we have teams coming in and out of the guest house to serve with various ministries that Far Reaching Ministries has in Uganda and in Sudan. It is amazing to be a small part of what God is doing in and through so many peoples lives. While the summer keeps us busy at the guest house it is also a busy time at church and in the neighborhoods.

The Ugandan school year begins at the end of January and ends in November. The school year is divided into three terms with a break in between each term. The longest break besides the end of year break is after second term. This term break is 3 weeks at the end of summer. At Arise Christian Fellowship we always try to plan something to reach and occupy the kids during this time. When school is in session we have about 80—100 children. When school is on holiday that number can double.

This year the Sunday school teachers decided to focus on the gifts each child has and teach them how to use their giftings to worship God and minister to others. For almost 3 weeks the youth were meeting and learning about gifts and trying to figure out what their gifts were. Many of the youth love music so there was a lot of singing and dancing as well as playing sports.

On the last Sunday of their school holiday most of the church service was taken over by the children. They were serving in various ways, some helping behind the scenes while others used their gifts publicly. We had a choir sing 4 songs, where the youth took turns singing solos as well as in unison. Some of the teens danced to contemporary worship music. A group of girls traditionally danced to worship in the Luganda language. Another group of children recited from scripture and our own Luke played the piano.

It was such a blessing to see this future generation becoming aware of their gifts and how to use them. As child after child shared something with us I was moved to tears thinking how awesome our God is that even a child can know Him and have faith to publicly serve and follow after Him.

The only group that did not share in some way was our youngest class which is our largest class. On this day of children’s service there was a huge downpour and because most of our children come on their own from the slums they could not make it. We decided to postpone their performances and service till they could all be there so no one was left out.

During their term break the youth did not just learn about singing and dancing for Jesus but they learned about how to share His love with others who do not know Him.  They put this into practice by having a sports outreach. The theme they came up with for the outreach was “Christianity is Fun” We went a little bit further than the churches neighborhood to a neighboring slum area.  The youth who are gifted in sports, particularly soccer, gathered children from that neighborhood together to play sports with them. 

Sports, like soccer, are a big deal here in Uganda. Therefore many children wanted to be a part of the event both as players and spectators. Before the games began the youth served all those present a breakfast of porridge.  After breakfast they broke up into 3 groups: Soccer, netball, and spectators.  The games continued till late afternoon with a break for sodas and cookies in the middle.  During the break our youth took the opportunity  to share their testimonies with others and tell them about Jesus.  They were also able to get to know these children and hear about their lives. 

I believe it was very beneficial for both groups of children, for the ones we were trying to reach and for our youth to realize that there are youth with similar backgrounds and struggles as them.  At the end of the day the youth from Arise once again served these children whom they now knew a bit better and gave them a hot meal.  By the end of this outreach there were so many children that we actually ran out of food.  We are very thankful for those who contribute towards our children’s ministry and help make outreaches like this possible.

While Luke, Laylee and Liana have enjoyed participating in the church activities, they have also been having a busy summer of activities.  Luke was part of a large chess tournament.  There were hundred s of children there.  He won 4th place in his age division which is 9-12yrs old.  We are so proud of him, he only turned 9 this summer. He was then invited to be part of a delegation of Ugandan chess players to a competition in Holland but we had to decline at this time as he is so young to travel alone and neither Brian or I could go.  Hopefully, in the future he will get another opportunity since he is very passionate about chess. 

All of the children have been taking Karate.  This summer they had their testing to move to the next belt.  It was a strenuous test but all of the children passed.  Laylee and Liana moved up to an orange belt and Luke received his purple belt.  We are very proud of all our children and their commitment to the activities and groups they belong to as well as their love of Jesus.

Thank you for praying for our family

and for the ministry in Uganda.

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Continue to pray for my family as we prepare for the loss of my father.  Pray for my father to be comfortable and not to be afraid.
  • Praise the Lord for the ministry and spiritual growth of the youth at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Pray for the youth to continue to use their gifts and share the love of Jesus even when school returns.
  • Pray for the youth who attended the outreach to come to know Jesus and to find a good Bible teaching church to attend if Arise is too far.
  • Pray for all the outreaches and ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship. 
  • Pray for Brian as he pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team
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The Kanyike Update–September 2019

I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.   —Psalm 138:2

Dear Friends and Family,

Each month we share about the different ministries that take place through Arise Christian Fellowship and Far Reaching Ministries.  As I was reviewing all the things that have taken place in this last month one thing has really stood out to me: the emphasis of teaching or sharing God’s Word.  It is the foundation of all the ministries, outreaches and events that take place.  Isaiah tells us that God’s Word will not return void, Romans tells us that faith comes from hearing God’s Word and 2 Timothy tells us to teach what we have learned to others who might teach it as well.  As I review and write about what is happening in the ministry here in Uganda, I pray that all of these are being fulfilled and are a testimony to others.

This past month I started a new women’s study on Tuesday mornings at my house.  We happened to start on my Birthday.  The week of my birthday is also the birthday week of a couple of the ladies in my study so it seemed like a good day to begin and begin with lots of cake. During our last study I taught a series on Everything unto the Lord.  It was based on scriptures and lessons the Lord was teaching while I was sick and having just lost my mom.  This current study I have called Suffering, Spiritual Warfare and The Armor of God. 

The theme came about at the end of our last study when many of the women were questioning and sharing about how much suffering we all seem to keep going through.  I definitely could not argue with that.  We began the study looking at the verse from John 16:33, where Jesus says, “In this world you will have tribulation, but take heart I have overcome the world”.   We talked about how there is such a misconception and false teaching in the world today that Christians will not suffer if they have enough faith.  Jesus never taught this and the life of the disciples and Paul definitely did not reflect this.   After every teaching I always give the ladies discussion questions to take home so they keep studying and meditating on what we’ve been learning throughout the week. 

After I gave them homework to study deeper, the Lord gave me my own homework.  That night I got a phone call that my dad is dying and I should come right away.  As I write this I am currently with my dad who is badly off but still has not passed.  I came without my children.  I want them to remember their Papa the way he was when we were here last year.  Also my sisters needed a lot of help getting his affairs in order.  I only have 3 days left here and am torn, happy my dad is still alive but sad to leave knowing the inevitable is coming and I wont be here.  I am glad I came when I did though, my sisters needed me and while I know they wish I could stay longer, I know I am leaving them with things ready for when the time comes.  Please keep my family in prayers it truly has been a season of suffering.

This past month we also started a new fellowship.  It meets on Thursdays at 4pm in an area called Kireka West.  It is about a half an hour from the church and where we live.  The Fellowship came about because of a young lady in our church called Peace.  I have written about Peace before.  She is the mother of 2 sets of twins and her husband abandoned them when she was pregnant with the second set.  Because she lives so far it was too expensive for her to come to church every week and there are no churches in the area where she lives because it is a very Muslim area.  Peace comes from a Muslim family, though she herself is a Christian.  Brian and I have been helping her with transport once a month but she really needed more fellowship then that.  Also because of our help after Peace’s husband left, her Muslim family members have been more open to listening to Bible teaching.  All of these facts, plus prayer led us to start the fellowship at Peace’s place.  So far there are about 6 people attending and we are praying that more would join us.

Every year there is an organization called Journey Together that hosts a retreat for missionary women.  The goal of the retreat is to bring missionaries together to be refreshed through God’s Word, fellowship and counseling if needed.  This year the topic was Walking in the Light.  Our worship leader, from Arise Christian Fellowship,  Evelyn, was asked to come and lead worship with one of the missionary worship leaders.  Besides leading worship Evelyn was also asked to share her testimony with the ladies.  Evelyn said it was a privilege to be able to serve these women who are giving so much to serve here.  She was also excited to have the opportunity to share the great things the Lord has done in her life as an encouragement to the women there and as a reminder to herself. There were about 45 missionaries from all over Uganda and South Sudan who attended.  We pray they all returned to their areas of ministry, ministered to and refreshed in the Lord.

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 the ministry and spiritual growth of the members at Arise Christian Fellowship.

· Pray for my family as we prepare for the loss of my father.  Pray for my father to be comfortable and not to be afraid.

· Pray for my new women’s bible study, that we would truly learn what God’s word says about suffering.

· Pray for the new Fellowship in Kireka West.  Pray for peace and for her Muslim family to be reached.

· Pray for all the outreaches and ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship. 

· Pray for Brian as pastors and leads the ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.

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

 

 

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