“And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NASB

Our family’s time back in the United States has been a fulfillment of this verse in many ways. Since arriving here, God has blessed us with opportunity after opportunity to encourage the body of Christ in America to love God and to love others. Although at times it has been exhausting to some degree, God has been at work during this recent period of our lives and we are grateful to be here.

Our beautiful city, Colorado Springs

We started our time in America by visiting our home church, Calvary Worship Center, in Colorado Springs, to visit the new missions pastor and the staff. It was amazing to see just how many of our prayers concerning the missions department at our church were answered during our absence. In very tangible ways God has given our church a renewed vision for Gods heart for all the people groups, and it has been amazing to see Jesus’ love manifest in this way.

Mission wall in children’s class at Calvary Worship Center, featuring us!

After a very short time in the Springs, we transitioned ourselves to the Omaha, Nebraska, in order to spend time with Noelle’s huge family. While there we had the awesome privilege of sharing what God has been doing through Terebinth Ministry in Uganda, with Bible studies and even a homeschool group. We pray that God used our time there to instill a love for missions into the hearts of adults, as well as children.

Matt with small group in Woodland Park

 

Since then we have spent the last few weeks sharing about God’s work in Gulu, too many of the different groups from our church; men’s/women’s Bible study’s, youth groups, elementary classes, small groups, etc, and meeting for dinner with as many of our gospel partners as possible. I personally have found this month to be hugely encouraging to me. It is an immeasurable blessing to share what God has placed on my heart with the rest of the body of Christ. Just as in Nebraska, we pray that the time God gives us here in Colorado, will inspire future missionaries, encourage believers to live a lifestyle of discipleship, and gather in partners for the Gospel to be spread throughout Acholiland!

 

School of Discipleship Pastors at January Pastoral Conference

 

Prayer:
-Pray for our children who have severe colds.
-pray that Noelle and baby #3 are safe throughout the pregnancy.
-pray that God brings in all of our needed monthly financial partners.
-pray that Gods Word sinks deep into His people, especially those in Uganda.
-Pray that we are able to get back onto the field in time for the start of the next class of pastors!

 

Praise:
-Praise God for providing us safe transportation in our travels thus far.
-Praise God for giving renewed vision for world missions to our home church.
-Praise God for His Love.
-Praise God that He has provided a wonderful home for my family to stay in while we are in CO.
-Praise God for many new prayer and financial partners as we seek to return to Uganda.

 

Giving:
We have yet to reach our required monthly budget to return to Uganda. Please pray about whether God would use you in this way, partnering with us in the furtherance of the gospel. To give, please click here to become a financial partner.

 

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”   Jude 24-25 NASB

Published by Matthew and Noelle Harris

Matthew, Noelle, and their children Emma, Madeline and Noah, are Colorado natives. They have a passion for the Word of God and a desire to see people fully equipped with scripture. They are consumed with Christ’s command to go into all the world and make disciples; to baptize them and teach them to observe the full counsel of God, eagerly awaiting Christ’s return, and going wherever He would lead them. The Harris’ work with Terebinth Ministries, whose focus is the spiritual and physical health of the Acholi people in Gulu, Uganda. Training local pastors to interpret scripture with scripture, taking them verse by verse and chapter by chapter through the whole of God’s Word. They also work closely with Terebinth’s medical clinic and agricultural projects, which help provide for the physical needs of the community.