Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42
Dear Friends and Family,
This has been a very, very busy time for us. For the past 2 years, since Covid hit, the guest house has been pretty quiet with just a couple of people coming through here and there. In the past month with teams coming through the guest house and through the church we have had over 60 visitors. I can honestly say that at moments I was so busy that I forgot what day it was. I know some people just say that to make a point but it really happened to me. I had my kids and the visiting kids all in my apartment after having had a sleep over in my living room. By 6am I was outside where team members who were about to fly back to the states were being tested for Covid. This is required by Uganda to get into the airport, I had just finished getting breakfast for everyone on the table when the guard called me to come outside. He told me someone was at the gate for Bible study. I told him, no, Bible study is on Wednesday. He said very matter of factly, “Today is Wednesday”. Wow, I have never moved so fast. I was pulling kids off the couches and having someone sweep, another boil water while I quickly set things up for Bible study. Thankfully, only 2 ladies experienced the mad rush taking place. I am also thankful for what we call “Uganda time” because most ladies showed up 15+ minutes late. This is just a small illustration how busy its been.
Despite the busyness we have absolutely loved having people come though once again. We are always blessed personally by teams but also by the ministry they do while they are here and seeing them love on the people we have been called to minister to. We had a team from Calvary Chapel Westgrove come through that was helping a local pastor plant a church about 5 hours outside Kampala. When they first arrived they asked us if we could give a cultural debrief to the team. Before we began, since they were 20 people who didn’t know each other well before this trip, we had them share about themselves and what their preconceived ideas were of what this missions trip would be like. I shared with them the largest cultural and spiritual differences and what they could expect as they shared the gospel to people here. Brian shared about Ugandan culture. Sasha, one of the Russians who has been staying with us shared his experience of being a foreigner doing ministry in Uganda. Then we had someone who works with youth share about the challenges and joys of reaching out and sharing Christ with the youth of Uganda.
When the Calvary Chapel Westgrove team came back from their church planting mission they had 2 days to do ministry with Arise Christian fellowship before leaving. Since our church was born out of evangelism to the mark and slums near by, we decided to have them do some outreaches culminating with a mini crusade at the church. The team was divided into 3 evangelistic groups, one for the market place, one for the slums and one to reach out specifically to youth. The night before the evangelistic outreaches we had an evening of evangelism training at the church, both for the team and for the the church members. We had a teaching, a question and answer time as well as some role playing. The next day we paired the mission team members with church members who were familiar with ministering to each of the groups. It was truly amazing. The openness of the people here to the gospel and their receptiveness of foreigners is such a blessing. Both in the market and visiting homes in the slums drew crowds and about 30 people wanted to know Jesus personally. Everyone was invited back to the church in the evening but I would say maybe only half of those who expressed interest showed up which is still a great amount to disciple for the kingdom of God.
One of the most amazing evangelistic opportunities the team had was actually on their way back from the village to Kampala. It was raining and there was and accident on the main road. They were detoured onto a dirt road through what appeared to be the middle of nowhere. Their bus slid off the road and they got out to wait for help. It turned out they were very near a small village and they were invited to wait there. Most of the people in that village had never seen white people up close. One of the pastors on the team shared the gospel and 40 people got saved and asked if they could send a local pastor to come and keep teaching them. It is so true that man makes his own plans but God is directing our steps. God directed them to this village that was so ready to receive Him.
This newsletter could go on for many more pages if I wrote of everything that has been happening all at this one time. Praise God for all He is doing!
Thank you for praying for our family and for the people of Uganda.
Brian, Jill, Luke, Laylee, and Liana
- We thank the Lord for everyone who supports us and the ministry in Uganda.
- We are thankful for the many people who come through Uganda and South Sudan each year who desire to share the love of God with the people.
- Please pray for many people who heard the Gospel from the mission team. Pray that they personally know the love of Christ and will continue in discipleship. Pray for the neighbors and family members who heard about Christ that they would come to know Him.
- Pray for the village that heard the gospel and that a national pastor who speaks their language, would be sent to minister to them..
- Pray for the Russians who have been staying with us and for the ministry they have been doing alongside us. Pray for their country.
- 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.