Kanyike Family 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

Each month we share about the different ministries that take place through Arise Christian Fellowship and FarReaching 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 which is also in 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 not well 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 won’t 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 prayer, it truly has been a season of suffering.

This past month we also started a new fellowship. It meets on Thursdays at 4 pm in an area called Kireka West. It is about half an hour from the church and where we live. The Fellowship came about because of a young lady in our church called Peace, of whom I have written 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 away 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 than 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 factors, 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.

The Kanyike Update- July 2019

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

 Galatians 6:10

             
This past month we had a very big surprise. Amina came to visit! She surprised all her friends and family. Only Brian and I knew. We didn’t tell the children and when they woke up in the morning Amina came to breakfast. They went crazy. Luke and Laylee were laughing/crying and hugging her. Liana was in shock, she just sort of stood there staring like she couldn’t believe it was real. She actually remained that way for a couple of days. For those of you who may not know, Amina is like one of our children. She lived with us for many years before getting married and moving to the USA. 
Amina originally comes from western Uganda near the border of Congo. Her family is Muslim and did not take kindly to her becoming a Christian. In fact, at one point after failing to get her to recant her faith with threats from the Imam and local witch doctor, they actually signed her death certificate. It was during that time in her life that she came to live with our family. Since then the Lord has done amazing things to begin to heal the relationship between her and her family. Before she left for America to get married her father began to talk with her and since then has met with Brian several times whenever he comes to Kampala. On this trip Amina went back to her village to see her whole family and she said it was the first time she ever remembers her mother giving her a hug. We continue to pray that not only will their relationship be restored but that they would come to know Jesus as Amina does.

While Amina was here we got to celebrate two birthdays.  We celebrated her birthday and we celebrated Brian’s birthday.  For Brian this was a big year, he turned 40 years old!  It is hard to believe how time flies.  It seems like yesterday I was marrying a young 26 year old pastoral intern.  At Brian’s birthday dinner which consisted of family and a few close friends, someone suggested we go around and say 40 things we know to be true about Brian.  While there were many funny tidbits  spoken about him, it was touching to hear all the wonderful characteristics people saw in him and how they have been blessed by him both personally and through the ministry.  I was particularly moved at how the children described him as protector, provider and care giver.  To be honest there was nothing spoken that I did not agree with, I give thanks to the Lord that He has allowed me to be the wife to Brian and to serve along side him in the ministry.

While Amina and Brian were celebrating birthdays in Uganda, South Sudan and Calvary Chapel Cush were celebrating in South Sudan.  Although South Sudan still experiences unrest they rejoice to have received their independence from the Islamic North after 30+ years of war. On July 9, 2011, eight years ago, South Sudan became the world’s youngest country.  We continue to pray for peace and for the young country to grow and develop with their faith in Christ.  Far Reaching Ministries and Calvary Chapel Cush have been instrumental in helping this to come to pass.  
Last year Calvary Chapel Cush had the grand opening of their new church building.  This year, just 2 days before independence day they celebrated their 1st anniversary.  We have sent 2 missionaries from Arise Christian Fellowship to minister with the church there.  At the beginning of this year after serving 2 years in South Sudan our missionary, Timothy, returned to Uganda. He is now serving at Arise but he still has a heart for South Sudan so we sent him back to join in the anniversary celebration.  He and Ivan, our other missionary, led the church in the worship program for the church’s celebration.  Along with worship, Pastor Michael preached and the chaplain drill team performed.  It was a wonderful celebration of what God has done as we continue to pray for what He will still do. 

Back in Uganda, at Arise Christian Fellowship, this month kicked off our Soccer outreach season.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say as the season goes on but this is a time of a lot of outreach and evangelism as soccer is a big deal here and draws many spectators.  So far we have only had one game, which the church team won.  From that one game we have already had 4 new visitors to the church who were invited by team members.  We pray for this soccer season, not just that our team will do well but that many people will be reached by the team and those church members who go to evangelize.

Thank you for praying for our family and 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 Amina and for the ministries the Lord has called her and her husband to in the USA. Pray for her family to come to know Christ.
  • Pray for South Sudan to truly have independence and end its fighting. Pray for the gospel to spread throughout the country.
  • Pray for Jill’s health to continue to improve. We praise the Lord for the healing that has already taken place.
  • Pray for all the outreaches and ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship. Pray for the soccer outreaches to bear much fruit.
  • 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.

The Kanyike Update- June 2019

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 

2 Timothy 2:2

Dear Friends and Family,

This past month we celebrated Luke and Laylee’s birthdays. Luke turned 9 and Laylee 8. It is so hard to believe how fast time has flown by. It seems like just yesterday they were babies. We love them so much and are so proud of them.

On Luke’s actual birthday I was teaching a women’s retreat in Fort Portal. Every year Calvary Chapel Fort Portal hosts a women’s retreat and I come and share.  For the past couple of years since the original church planters left, I have been in charge of the theme and all the teachings.  In those couple of years I have also been going to Fort Portal to train up the ladies on how to lead, counsel, and teach, that they might raise up leaders and teachers from within their own church.  This year I was very blessed when they told me they were ready to try and organize the retreat themselves and that I would not be the only teacher.  

The retreat was 2 nights and three days. I went with our worship leader Evelyn, who led all the worship for the retreat. The theme of the retreat was Salt and Light.
I have to say, after many years of retreats this one turned out to be one of my favorite retreats ever. I believe the women’s hearts were stirred up with a fire that Evelyn and I agreed we had yet to see as they endeavored to serve each other and to teach God’s word correctly . We had great times of fellowship and discussion. The ladies were open and quick to answer questions or give opinions. I honestly think some of the conversations could have gone on for hours and continued to be fruitful. While I still did a majority of the teaching, the ladies who also taught did very well and I was very proud of them. There were a few surprises along the way, as to be expected for their first try at organizing the retreat. I ended up with more sessions then I had been told about and was reminded of the exhortation in 2 Timothy “to be ready in season and out of season.” It is quite amazing what happens when you are so reliant on the Spirit, those teachings turned out to be my favorite of those I taught at the retreat.

While we were in Fort Portal Brian was asked to teach 2 Sunday services one for the English speakers and one for the native speakers.  When Brian and I first got married, Brian pastored there for almost 4 months while the missionaries were on furlough. This is how we came to have such a personal connection with a church that is 5 hours away from where we live in Kampala.  Brian taught from Numbers which, when he first told me, I thought was quite interesting as it is not a book you normally think of a guest speaker sharing from.  The message Brain shared was about when the Israelites finally were entering the promised land yet there were still enemies to conquer.  The message was so applicable for our lives lived for Christ in a fallen world.  We have victory in Jesus but must put on the armor of God and fight battles everyday.

Almost 4 years ago Brian and I were asked by missionaries Jo and Greg Clarkson to be the godparents to their son Israel.  We have enjoyed being part of his family immensely.  Recently, Jo gave birth to a baby girl.  While she was at the end of her pregnancy and for a short while after giving birth we were blessed to have Israel stay with us.  It was so much fun to have him join in all the kids activities and Luke loved having a “little brother”.  Before Jo and Greg returned to Fort Portal, they asked us if we would also consider being the godparent to their new baby, Lindiwe.  Of course we said yes and  we feel very privileged to have this responsibility to help care for these precious little ones.  While we were in Fort Portal they had the baby dedication for Lindiwe so that we could be a part of the festivities.

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 and Calvary Chapel Fort Portal.
  • Pray for all the women who attended the Salt and Light retreat. Pray for the women leaders being raised up at CCFP.
  • Pray for Jo and Greg as they serve the Lord and for Israel and Lindiwe to grow up in the Lord.
  • Pray for Jill as she will be going this month for a check up and review of her thyroid and blood clots.
  • Pray for the Children of Arise to continue to grow in their knowledge of Jesus and for their families to know Him as well.
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they homeschool. Pray for the children to be excited about learning.
  • 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.

The Kanyike Update–March 2019

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and  is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:16-17

Dear Friends and Family,

This has been quite a busy and exciting month of ministry in Uganda. We have had outreaches, conferences and many types of celebrations.

Vicky Bentley, Brian and I were invited to South Western Uganda to teach at a conference. The conference was arranged by Moses Ouni, who has been there in the past teaching Inductive Bible Study. IBS is an important skill for pastors here as many have not had proper schooling or Biblical training. There are also very many pastors in Uganda who do not teach the whole​ counsel of God’s Word but instead teach topical messages that they think the people want to hear or that will get their congregations to tithe more. We were excited to be apart of these follow up conferences teaching verse by verse. Vicky and I taught through the book of James with the women.

Brian taught about 150 pastors and leaders through the books of 1 and 2 Timothy. He experienced quite a range of beliefs and opinions about the word of God.  There were even a couple of men who said they were more concerned with what their denominations taught then what the Bible said. On the second day of the conference, his numbers increased and we think it’s because people were interested in hearing more from this controversial teacher who held Gods word higher then church teachings.  After the conference many pastors asked for Brian’s contacts so they could call and ask him to teach more to their churches and congregations.

This month at Arise Christian Fellowship we have had some great times of celebrations. As you may know many of our church members were living rough lives before salvation. Many were involved in drugs, alcohol, and lived in extreme poverty. Since coming to Jesus we have seen lives completely transformed and turned around. People who had given up and had others give up on them all of a sudden were full of hope and wanting to do more with their lives as a testimony of what Christ has done for them. We have in the last 4 years celebrated those who have given testimony and even said goodbye to some whose changed lives have led them to better lives and jobs in different areas of Uganda and the world. This month we celebrated with 2 of our brothers who were able to go back to school and have now graduated with degrees. We are so proud of them and look forward to what the Lord has for them in the future.

Another joyous occasion we got to be a part of this month was Paul Ocen’s wedding. Paul works for an organization in Uganda that trains Sunday School teachers and holds children conferences. Paul has trained our Sunday School for Christmas and Easter programs. He has also traveled to the FRM base in Sudan to train the Sunday School at Calvary Chapel Cush. When Paul announced that he was engaged he asked if Laylee and Liana could be flower girls in his wedding . We were very happy to allow them to be a part of the celebration. It truly was a very beautiful wedding and we were very proud of the girls and how well behaved they were through out the service and photos. We pray that they will have a blessed marriage and that it will be a testimony to others of Christ’s love for His church.

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

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

  • Praise the Lord for the ministry spiritual growth of the member at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Praise the Lord Jill continues to do well with the treatment for her thyroid. Pray for her to remain healthy.
  • Pray for all the people who attended the conference in SW Uganda. Pray they will heed and apply the things they learned.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with..
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they homeschool. Pray for the children to be excited about learning.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

The Kanyike Update–November 2018

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”                     —Rev.21:4

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Dear Friends and Family,

This month has been quite of a whirlwind of activity and emotion.  We finally have been able to travel to the United States as a whole family.  It has been a long 5 years in the making.  It has at times seemed impossible and like it would never actually come to pass but as we all should know “nothing is impossible with God” We are very thankful to all of you who have been praying and helping to make this come to pass.  It couldn’t have been more according to God’s perfect timing.

There is a bitter sweet beginning to our time here.  Liana was finally able to meet her grandma, my mom, but not long after she passed away.  When we first arrived in Ohio my mom was very alert and talkative with the children.  They were able to tell her stories, sing for her and there were lots of cuddles. Very soon after that she became less and less responsive.   The second to the last day we saw her she managed small hugs to the kids and the only words she spoke were “Brian, please pray for me”.  The day before we left Ohio we went to see her and she was not responsive at all.  Right before we were leaving the nurse came in to give her her meds and Luke said to her, “Can you give grandma a pill that will make her talk and play with us like she used to?” I started weeping and even the nurse looked as if she was going to cry.  As everyone was saying their goodbyes before leaving I really cried. I knew this was not just good bye because we were leaving Ohio but I knew in my heart this was the final goodbye and we’d never see her alive again. We left early the next morning for Illinois but in less then a week we were making the 6 hour car ride back to Ohio for her funeral.

 

 

 

Here is the Obituary in case you’d like to read it.

Phyllis L. “Susie” Wiencke (nee Bohn), age 80, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Autumn Aegis Retirement Community, following a lengthy illness.A life-long resident of Lorain, Susie was born April 15, 1938 in Lorain and graduated from Lorain High School in 1957.  Susie and her husband, Gary owned and operated Quik As A Wink Carpet Cleaning for 35 years, retiring in 2008.She was a member of the former First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lorain and a member of Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Amherst. She enjoyed reading, word searches, and playing board games. Susie loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving is her husband of 62 years, Gary; daughters, Julie Bober, of Sheffield Village, Jenny Riddle, of Cornell, Illinois, Jan Bailey, of Elyria and Jill Kanyike, of Uganda, Africa; grandchildren, Dean, Aaron, David, Jesse, Rafe, Lillian, Luke, Laylee, and Liana; great-grandchildren, Cole, Logan, and Olivia; She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellsworth and Helen Julia (nee Kish) Bohn.

While we have been having our own time of mourning in the States, things have also been a bit crazy in Uganda.  One of the members of Parliament has been speaking out against the president of Uganda which has led to riots and acts of violence on both party’s sides. The parliament member is from near our neighborhood so much of what has been happening is near to our home and Arise Christian Fellowship.  It is hard to be away when people you know and love are suffering yet at the same time feeling relieved that I am not there with the children right now.  Please be praying for Uganda and for Brian’s safety as he has returned and is there without us right now.

In the midst of all the suffering that is going on there is one thing that is certain:  we serve a God who is worthy to be praised.  Not long ago we had the privilege of Worship Leader Jeremy Camp coming to Uganda.  He first hosted a worship conference which all of our worship team was able to attend.  He also held a free worship concert in conjunction with some local Christian artists, to which thousands attended and at least 100 received salvation.  Here is what some of our worship team members had to say about the conference and meeting him:

“He mainly talked about the reason we worship, the reason being God’s love for us. That is what causes us to worship, when we realize that His love is enough.”  

“He said the Lord wants us to worship Him in every state of emotion we have. We don’t have to wait to have the right words, we can just cry out to him, and half way through, He changes our song of sorrow and turns it into a cry of victory. Even when we are weak and we fall, we still fall into His arms and there is no safer place for us to be.” 

“He talked about the danger in worship, the fact that as you stand before the congregation to lead them in God’s presence, it is easy for people to fix their eyes on you and instead praise you, because of your talent. He talked about the real dangers of falling into pride. He said as we serve the Lord, it is important for us to remember that HE is THE Lord, not us! Whatever the crowds say, at the end of the day, God is our audience of one.” 

 

They were blessed by this opportunity and I believe have blessed us through their worship of God.

Thank you for praying for us and for the ministry in Uganda.

 

In Him,

Brian, Jill,

Luke, Laylee,

and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise the Lord for allowing our whole family to travel to States.
  • Pray for Jill’s family, especially her father as they mourn the loss of her mom.
  • Pray for provision for the Kanyikes to spend Christmas in Ohio with Jill’s family.
  • Pray for Jill while she continues getting treatment for her thyroid while in  the states.
  • Pray for the Kanyikes and their time in the states with family and friends.
  • Pray for Uganda, there has been some unrest and many riots. Pray for safety and stability in the country.
  • Pray for Arise Christian  Fellowship to be a light in the darkness as they worship the Lord in Spirit and truth.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with..
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

The Kanyike Update–September 2018

“…The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  Matthew 8:37-38

Dear Friends and Family,

As most of you know summertime is a very busy time for us in Uganda. Summer is when most churches plan their missions trips so it is also when we plan opportunities for them to be able to serve here with our ministry and with Far Reaching Ministries. Between the beginning of June – August we had about 60 people come through the guest house. It is such a blessing for us personally to be a part of their excitement and wonder of all the new things they are experiencing in Africa that now seem commonplace to us. It is also a blessing for Arise Christian Fellowship to see the heart of missions as they meet and hear the testimonies of the visitors.

As the visitors were coming through we were sending them in groups to both Masindi and South Sudan. In Masindi, they were participating in Far Reaching’s Love Covers outreach. During this outreach they minister to an entire school through VBS as well as providing all the children with backpacks of necessary items for school. After 3 days of children’s activities, the outreach ends with a parents meeting where the parents are presented with the gospel and are able to share a meal with the children, teachers and missionaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The visitors that went to South Sudan were teaching a refresher course for the chaplains and helping to interview them and record their testimonies.  Some of the visitors were also helping to prepare for and be a part of Calvary Chapel Cush/Nimule’s church dedication.

I would like to share a testimony from our worship leader as we sent her and the Arise worship team to join the visitors and lead worship in Nimule for the church dedication.

“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few… Mathew 9:37-38”, This is the scripture that always comes to mind every time I visit Nimule in South Sudan. This was not just any visit, this was a special ceremony we had been invited to. Calvary Chapel Cush/Nimule was dedicating their new church building and I was invited to lead worship with my worship team. The worship team and I got to reunite with our two friends, Arise Christian Fellowship missionaries who are now serving in South Sudan, Ivan and Timothy. It was a joyful reunion! We also got to rehearse with the worship team from Calvary Chapel Nimule, and I must say our friends Ivan and Timo are really doing a great job training these guys! We were rather impressed with how much they had grown musically.

The FRM compound was overflowing with guests from all around the world, literally! We had visitors from Kenya, Uganda, USA and Russia! Fellowship with these brothers and sisters in the Lord was such a precious time. Yes, we were there to minister but it was a breath of fresh air to just sit back and listen to other believers share, talk and laugh and just have a great time.

The actual service for the church dedication started Sunday at around 9 am and did not end until 2:30pm. We began with praise and worship, which my worship team and I were so privileged to lead with help from the CC Cush/ Nimule worship team who sang back up. We started off with a celebratory song; Jabulani Africa which means rejoice Africa, which we replaced with Jabulani South Sudan. It was a glorious moment, the Lord’s presence was definitely in that place! It was a blessing to look out at the congregation filled with people from various nations, all lifting up their hands to praise and worship the Lord. It was like a picture of what heaven will be like, all of us worshiping the Lord with one voice. We then had a message from Pastor Don McClure, after which he officially dedicated the new church building to the Lord. Then began the speeches! We had speech after speech after speech from different people who have been a huge part of the chaplain ministry for a long time! I am forever grateful to the Lord for all the ministry opportunities He gives us, we could not do this without Him.”

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

 

In Him,

Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee,
and Liana

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Please pray for the Kanyike family–Jill’s mom went to be with the Lord several days ago. By God’s grace and just before her mom’s passing, Jill, Brian and the kids were able to have an extended visit for the first time in years.
  • Praise God that the Kanyike family are finally able to travel as a family to the States for furlough and Jill’s medical treatment.
  • Please pray for provision for tickets to travel and for medical.
  • Praise the Lord for all that is being done to reach the people of South Sudan.
  • Pray for those who come and minister in Sudan and Uganda for safety, health and fruitful ministry.
  • Pray for all the teachings that took place this month. Pray that they will go beyond peoples ears to their hearts and lives.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with.
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they continue in homeschooling.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

The Kanyike Update–August 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

This has been a very busy month of women’s ministry.  We’ve had guest speakers and visitors, we started a new book and I taught a women’s retreat.

In the summer months we get many visitors coming through the guest house.  More often than not they are just there briefly on the way to somewhere else.  This past month we were blessed to have a team from Maranatha Chapel in San Diego spend a couple of days with us.  Most people in Kampala are familiar with their church because we play Pastor Ray Bentley daily on the radio during rush hour. Annie Stone, the daughter of Pastor Ray, was on the team. She and her team came prepared to share with our ladies.  Annie taught a message on fear vs faith.  This message was so great for the ladies but it also ministered to me right where I am in my own life.  After the teaching the  ladies from Maranatha gave a gift to each our ladies. Each lady received a gift bag with a daily devotional in it. We are so thankful they took they time bless us with the Word and fellowship.

Our women’s ministry also began studying a new book.  We are studying through the book of Revelation. Before Revelation we had studied Daniel.  While we were in the middle of that study we had a visiting pastor who shared with us about the 2 books together and suggested we go straight into Revelation when we finished Daniel.  The ladies were very excited about that idea and asked me if we could.  I taught Revelation 7 years ago so I was excited to go through it again. There are a couple of ladies in my study from that time period but mostly it is a new group of ladies and I am enjoying their fresh ideas and difficult questions.  Every week we have a teaching and we also have a discussion.  Normally Bible study ends around noon but lately it can be nearing 2 before all the ladies have left.  It has really been a great time of getting deep into God’s word together as well as searching ourselves and our own faith and beliefs as we tackle each new chapter.

 

Every Year we are invited to share at a women’s retreat hosted by Calvary Chapel Fort Portal.  In the past I have been told the theme of the retreat or given a specific topic to teach on.  This year when I asked what the theme would be they told me that they would like me to come up with the theme and the topics for each session.

I prayed for a couple of weeks and could not come up with anything that I thought God wanted me to share.  As time was going on I began to wonder what I was going to do.  Then one night I could not sleep so I was praying about my kids paperwork and for their visas when suddenly I knew what the retreat was going to be about.  The theme for the conference was A Passport to Heaven!

The conference began with a reminder of how we are saved and that it is all about Christ.  The next couple of sessions focused on our journey there.  I shared with the ladies that when we get saved our lives change; we don’t just sit there doing nothing but we have to make the journey there.  I compared it to having a visa to travel but then just staying home.  One of the sessions was on the hindrances to our journey and how we can overcome them.

In between the teachings we had break out sessions.  We gave the ladies a simple spiritual gifts quiz and had them break into groups with people with similar gifts to discuss how they could practically be using those gifts in their everyday lives and for the edification of the church body.  I pray that they will really put into practice what they learned.  We ended the retreat with a teaching on reaching our final destination, Heaven. Heaven is just a joy to teach and such a motivation to keep on the journey even when it get tough.  We couldn’t help but end with an afterglow and communion thanking the Lord for what He has done, what He is doing and looking forward to what is yet to come.

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

 

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

  • Praise God the whole Kanyike Family will be able to come to the States for furlough and Jill’s medical treatment.
  • Pray for the finances the Kanyikes will need to cover all travel and medical expenses.
  • Praise the Lord for all that is being done to reach the people of Uganda.
  • Pray for those who come and minister in Sudan and Uganda for safety, health and fruitful ministry.
  • Pray for all the teachings that took place this month. Pray that they will go beyond peoples ears to their hearts and lives.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with..
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they continue in homeschooling.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

Kanyike Update — June 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

This past month Luke and Laylee celebrated their birthdays. While celebrating their birthdays it got me thinking about the youth in Uganda.  Uganda’s population is 78% under the age of 17.  No matter where you go you find children of all ages.  Our church is no exception.  Most Sundays the Sunday school is more then double the adults in service.  If it is a school holiday or special event that number can even double again.

 


One of the first things we noticed about the children was their hunger and poverty related illnesses


Our church is situated just a couple streets above a large market place and an area that would be considered slums.  Most of the congregation and children come from that environment.  To try and reach the families that live there and provide a safe venue for the children to play, we arrange many different activities throughout the year, some more often then others, for the children to take part in.  One of the first things we noticed about the children was their hunger and poverty related illnesses.  We were thankful to the Lord that in 2017 we were able to begin giving the children snacks during Sunday School and extra curricular activities as well as breakfast after church.

Some of the activities we have been offering the children are Game nights, Christian movie nights, as well as outdoor games like net ball and soccer.  In all that we do the focus is teaching about Jesus and helping the children to develop a personal relationship with Him.  On Sundays the children are divided by age groups to be taught but during other activities, teachings and discussions are done with all the children together.  Twice a year we host a family day out where we invite the church members as well as the families of the children to come for food, swimming and fellowship.  We pray that as we minister to the children it would overflow to the parents and families to know Christ as well.


In all that we do the focus is teaching about Jesus


Since most of the children who attend our church attend without their families we like to do community outreaches and home visits.  We visit the homes of the children one by one to get to know their families and for their families to know us and understand what it is that we do with their children.  These visits also help us to better understand the home life and needs of the children we are ministering to.  The most recent community outreach we had was this past month.  We had a soccer tournament in a field with in the community.  The youth from our church played soccer with local teams comprised of children from the community.  It was really a lot of fun and the children made new friends while the adults also interacted with each other and many people heard the gospel as well as the testimonies of some of the older children.  Since the outreach we have had many visitors at church, mostly children but some adults as well.

Another way the Lord has opened the door for community outreach is by providing us the opportunity to share devotions once a week at a near by school.   This responsibility is shared between Brian and our Sunday School director Frank. We pray that the non Christian students and teachers would be touched by what they hear and the believers encouraged and strengthened in their walks.

With the rapid growth of the Sunday School and the many visitors coming to church, who will prayerfully continue coming, we needed more room.  We are very thankful that the Lord provided for us to expand the sanctuary by knocking down some walls and to take the floor below us which is divided into 4 rooms and a kitchen for the Sunday School.  Thank you to all who provided and continue to provide to make this possible.

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

In Him,

Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee
and Liana

Prayer Requests

  • Praise the Lord for all that is being done to reach the people of Uganda.
  • Pray for those who professed Christ in the market place community. Pray for them to attend church and to grow spiritually.
  • Pray for Jill. She will need to go to the States for treatment in August. Pray that the children can get visas and go with her.
  • Pray for all the teachings that took place this month. Pray that they will go beyond peoples ears to their hearts and lives.
  • Pray for Jill as she teaches at a retreat this month in Fort Portal.
  • Pray for all the ministries of Arise Christian Fellowship as well as the other ministries we partner with..
  • Pray for Jill and the children as they continue in homeschooling.
  • Pray for Brian as pastors and leads our ministry team at Arise Christian Fellowship.
  • Please prayerfully consider becoming part of the Kanyike Family support team.

 

The Kanyike Update–Easter 2018

Dear Friends and Family,

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


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


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

 

 


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


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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Our whole family got to participate in a fashion show.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

In Him,

Brian, Jill,
Luke, Laylee,
and Liana

PRAYER REQUESTS

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

 

The Kanyike Update

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

Dear Friends and Family,

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

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

 


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


 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 


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


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

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

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


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


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

 

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

In Him,

Brian, Jill, Luke,

 Laylee and Liana

(who turned four this month!)

PRAYER REQUESTS

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