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Scars of War

In my last post I mentioned our guards. I have to take a few minutes to expound a little more on them. As we are taking time getting to know them and encouraging them in the Lord, we have noticed a troubling theme…. the scars of war.

America was awakened to the troubles in Northen Uganda just a few years ago when the Youtube videos of Joseph Kony swept the news. America was appalled by the fact that he was stealing children and taking them captive as his army. But we are learning that this region was war ridden long before Kony. In fact, before Kony, his Aunt was up to the same stuff.

Matheas is our day guard. He has really become more like a part of the family. He is from Congo. He lost his father at a very young age due to war and his mother moved them across the country to escape. She then left him to care for and raise his younger siblings as she moved to Uganda in search for work. At 12, he was working two jobs to pay his way through school and care for his siblings. Also at the age of 12, Matheas was abducted by Joseph Kony’s army. He remained with them for 9 days. He was a good worker and would do whatever they asked. Even if he didn’t know how to do the job, he would say that he did and try his best. He had seen what happened to the other boys who did not do as they were told. On the third day of their kidnapping, they were already learning to shoot semiautomatic guns. They were hidden deep in the forest of Congo, but Kony’s army had arranged for some women from the village to come and cook for them. One of these women, knew Matheas. She lied and said that she had forgotten some spices needed for the meal and that she needed to send him to town to fetch them or the meal would be delayed. She assured them that Matheas would not betray them. But as she gave Matheas instructions, this woman told him to go and never come back.

I wish I could say that this was the only time that Matheas had a run in with the rebels, but it wasn’t.  By God’s grace, though he was released each time.  As he shared these stories with us, I was blown away. I began to share verses like Ephesians 2:10 and Jeremiah 29:11 with him. The Lord allowed him to be spared from these things for a purpose. There is no doubt about it. I think that our conversation was the first time he realized it. Up until that point, they were just difficult things in his life. But as we looked back at God’s hand of protection, I watched his faith grow.

Then there’s Ben and James.  Ben, one of our night guards, is Ugandan. He is from the Iteso Tribe. This tribe is mostly based in the norther part of the country. Ben and his wife moved to Jinja during a season of war. Over dinner one night he began to share his testimony with us. He was running from rebels who were coming into his village. He and his wife split ways to meet at a predesignated spot. As he ran through a field, the shots rang out. He watched his friends and neighbors shot down all around him. Before long he found himself face to face with a rebel gun. He reached out and overpowered the gunman, holding the gun straight in the air. Taken aback, the rebel continued to struggle with Ben. Moments later another rebel appeared and ordered Ben to walk away. He began to take a few steps, but realized that he was only going to be shot in the back. So he turned around in defiance and refused to leave. His audacious boldness must have taken them off guard, because they stood their for a moment speechless. Once they realized they could do nothing else with him, they fired a shot to which he was able to dodge. It grazed his chest enough to knock him down and cause him to bleed, but did not puncture him. Realizing this, Ben laid still as the rebels stood over him. Poking him and laughing. One even whistled a hymn as he walked away. Ben thanked God and prayed they would not return his way. Once things were clear he got up and ran to a family members house, where his wife was staying. There, providentially, the Lord brought a Christian. This man also carried some medicine. As he cleaned Ben’s wounds, he shared the gospel. The man spoke of the deliverance of Ben was for a purpose and Ben’s entire family was saved that day.  The Lord has used his testimony to lead many to know the Lord.

James is Rwandan. Remember the movie “Hotel Rwanda?” That was one of the most difficult movies for me to get through. Well that was James’ life. He is a Tutsi, the minority tribe that was being wiped out through genocide.  Although the Tutsi tribe made up only 14% of the country’s population in 1994, they were blamed for troubles within the country. In just a few short weeks, 800,000 Tutsi men, women and children were murdered. That’s 3/4 of the Tutsi population!

My heart can’t begin to imagine what these men have been through. But the Lord is good. The Lord is faithful.

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles! The Lord gives righteousness and justice who all who are treated unfairly.  Psalm 103:1-6

All three of these men love the Lord. They seek to serve Him and grow in the knowledge of the Lord. What could have broken these men, the Lord has used to grow them stronger in faith. It is such a testimony to me. If our internet is down for a day, or the electricity goes out, I start gripping.  Lord, let me never forget the good things you have done. He has a plan to use all things for His Glory and to make us more like His Son Jesus. What difficult thing are you facing today? Will you complain and shake your fist at God or trust seek Him through it?

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As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord

We have been here in Uganda for a month. It’s hard to believe that it has already been a month.  Most of this month has been spent settling into our home. There have been lots of repairs that either we or our landlord have done to prepare the house. We have had to repair plumbing, install hot water heaters, electrical work, lighting, repair screens on windows, order furniture, etc. That alone has kept us quite busy. The first few weeks that is all we were doing, and I began to get discouraged. It was about that time that Ramadan finished. Ramadan ends with a large holiday called Eid. On that day, none of our workers showed up. On that day I realized that we had been looking outside of our home for ministry opportunities, but the Lord was bringing ministry even into our own home. We were so focused on getting the work done on the house that we didn’t even realize that most of the workers were Muslim. That was a turning point! We began to pray daily for the people entering our gate. That we would be a blessing to them and that they would see Christ through us.

At the beginning of our time here, we didn’t have a day guard. Without someone guarding the gate, we were required to be here the entire time that people were working on the house. This slowed down the other things that we were needing to do. We began to pray, and asked you to pray, for the Lord to provide good, reliable guards.

Boy did he supply. Meet Mathias and  ben and matheasBen.

Mathias is our day guard. He guards the gate and helps us maintain our compound. Mathias is a believer in Christ and attends Acacia Community Church with us. He actually plays the bass guitar we donated to the church last year (and he’s VERY good)! He was looking for work that would allow him to consistently attend church. Mathias is from the D.R. of Congo. He lost his father in the war when he was just 7. His mother left him and his siblings in search for a better way to provide for them and was in a car accident very far from home and nearly died.  She couldn’t get back home. So he raised his siblings and worked to provide for them for 3 years. Even as a child, he was working jobs to pay his way through school and provide for his siblings. He is a great guy. We enjoy him so much. He loves the Lord and wants to serve Him. Mathias joins us each morning for breakfast and a devotion. He is memorizing Scripture with us and Cady reads him the children’s Jesus calling devotional most afternoons.

Ben is from a far eastern Uganda town. His tribe is a warrior tribe called the Teso. He is our night guard. He has done this work for years. He is a very honest and loving guy, but very serious about his job. He has 7 children and loves our children as well. Ben is reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. We leave it out for him each night and he reads until sunset and in the early morning hours. Every week or so, Brian goes outside and has tea with him and they discuss what Ben is reading.

James will be our other night guard. He will rotate with Ben so that they can rotate weekends off. James is from Rwanda. I met him last year doing evangelism. We IMG_9232began sharing Jesus with the other security guards that lived near him regularly because of his influence on them. He was baptized last summer at Acacia Community Church and asked me to stand with him as his family. We approached him about working with us and he said, “I have been praying even this week about the Lord supplying me a different job.” James will start with us in September.

Last but not least, the Lord has brought 3 sweet little Muslim boys into our lives. They began hanging out around the gate. Then they came in jesus storybook2to play. Then they began coming every day at 4:00 pm, when they got home from school. We began praying with Noah, seeking the Lord on how we could share Christ with them. At first when I asked if they wanted to learn about what we believe, Omar, the oldest said, “No, I am a Muslim! But we can still be friends.” Just a few days later, we were leaving for Bible Study and he wanted to go with us. He couldn’t go that day, but he was insistent that day that we begin teaching him the Bible. We are 4 days into reading the Jesus Storybook Bible with them. They love it. Each day we only read one story and they beg to go further.

jesus storybookYesterday, we went as a family to their house. They invited us in and we spent an hour sitting with his grandmother, uncle, father and cousins. It was a beautiful thing and we ask you to continue to pray for that relationship. Pray that their eyes would be opened to the truth as our friendships grow.

Brian also began teaching in the Pastor Bible Schools. Last week he traveled to Bugiri and this week he will be in Busia, a bordertown with Kenya. He enjoys so much teaching these guys. We have been told that the Busia school has been one of the most incredible schools. The men had no idea they were teaching falsehood. They are humbled and eager to learn the truth. They are soaking in every word with humility and an eagerness to please the Lord. Continue to pray for these schools as well. 

Jenn’s Journal

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. It’s hard to believe that I have been in Uganda for a little over a month. I have been enjoying my time here. God has been working. Last Saturday we went and did evangelism in the village of Kimaka. The first time I shared the Gospel with the Evangecube in Kimaka, I was a little nervous.  God helped me overcome that. He allowed me to lead two women and a couple of children to the Lord. 🙂 That was really encouraging to be a part of that. I also have been able to go to the orphanage, Welcome Home, and I am going there again this afternoon. In the coming weeks I will be helping teach at a youth conference. Please pray that I would have boldness and courage to speak in front of the crowd and that God would give me His Words to say. Hopefully I will also be able to help at Ekisa. Ekisa is a minstry for special needs children. Later this month the Whites and I will be going on a safari at Murchison Falls. Thank you again for your prayers, I really appreciate them.

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Jet Lag Tales

Whew, Jet lag has been something to be reckoned with. When flying to Uganda there are typically two eight hour flights which cover 8 time zones. When we arrive we are 7-8 hours ahead (depending on daylight savings time). Currently we are 7 hours ahead of the East Coast.

That is a big difference to make up for internally. This time was no different. Thankfully we walked this road last year with the children and were a little prepared for what was coming. We knew that there would be sleepless nights for about a week so we decided to make the most of it. One night everyone was awake at 1 am, so we decided to watch Frozen on the computer. We completely forgot that it was the middle of the night when we all started belting out “LET IT GO!!!!!”

Cadance struggled with the late night wakefulness the most. It was in those quiet, dark moments that she sometimes became overwhelmed with homesickness, began crying and needed comfort. We had some sweet moments together. One night, we got up and had chocolate milk and called Gugi (Brian’s mom.) Other nights, we sat and told stories about great memories and chose to “give thanks in all circumstances.”

Jennifer also experienced some late nights as well, not only because she was bunked with my kiddos, but because of the jet lag. Toward the end of the week, I heard Cadance and Jennifer listening to music or talking. One night I stopped to listen a minute and rejoiced! God was redeeming jet lag. He used the late night conversations to allow Jennifer to start a discipleship relationship with her. She was challenging her perspective and pointing her to hope and good choices.

Some “fun” things happened during the day too because of our mental fog. Once we moved into the house, coming and going took a lot longer. The first several days it took us 30 minutes just to pull out of the driveway. We would forget to lock a door, or turn a light off, what we came to the house for or just plain forget the keys all together. One day, after the 30 minute process of leaving, we were actually pulling out of the driveway and realized we had forgotten something. Brian took the keys right out of the ignition in the middle of the road and got out of the car. Quickly I said…. “Are you going to leave the car here!?” Thankfully the Lord has allowed us to laugh in the midst of the frustrations.

One more fun story about our mental fog. Brian has been learning to drive, which takes your full concentration here. There are so many pedestrians, animals and children walking along and crossing the roads. There are motorcycle taxis weaving in and out of traffic and potholes. Actually, POTHOLES is a better description. We drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side. There are very few signs and very different driving rules that are more like suggestions.  Pair all of these things with not knowing where anything is, and it makes for quite the experience. It has taken all of Brian’s concentration just to get around town.

One day we were driving back to Pastor Terry’s house and the car began making funny sounds. Brian was hitting the gas, but the engine wasn’t doing anything. Thankfully, we were on a slight decline. He was convinced it was the timing belt.

When we arrived at Terry’s they both opened up the engine compartment to begin the investigation. We were out of gas! Once the embarrassment passed, we all laughed.

Thankfully the fog has lifted and everyone survived!

Jen’s Jinja Journal

The following excerpt is from Jennifer Herman, a 14 year old friend who is spending the summer with us.

     Thanks so much for your prayers and support. It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since we arrived. When we arrived at the airport, we were running a little behind. As I walked into the airport, the reality set in that I was leaving my family for two months and getting on a plane that would take me to another continent. Checking in our 25 pieces of luggage took awhile, which made us even later, so we were escorted to our gate.  We could hear our names being called over the intercom and we finally made it to the gate with only a few minutes to spare. I didn’t sleep much on the first flight, but the Whites all slept some. Then we had a six hour layover in Amsterdam which seemed very long. When we finally arrived in Entebbe, the Whites were missing six pieces of luggage. (Those six pieces of luggage did eventually show up, so thank you for praying for them.) The remaining luggage filled up six luggage carts. Mr. Terry and Mrs. Debbie Nester came with some of their friends to pick us up. We finally arrived in Jinja around 3:30 in the morning & slept until one o’clock in the afternoon. It took us a few days to get over the jet lag.

     I have noticed how bumpy the roads are here. This week Pastor Brian has been learning to drive here and learning where things are. We have had to rely on the help of others to get even the basic things done, like grocery shopping. Because of this transition and the jet lag, it has been a pretty slow week.  I have been able to go to the market and help the Whites move into their new house. I enjoyed going to the church here and was able to meet a lot of people. The church meets outside under a covering.  (The picture of me pointing to Virginia was taken at this church.). After church, we went to lunch with one of the families I met and then we spent some time visiting them in their home. 

     Tomorrow, I will be going with the Whites to Kampala, which is about two hours away. Pastor Brian will be applying for a work visa & dependent visas for Mrs. Jerilyn and the kids. Right now the White’s only have 3 month visas, so this will allow them to stay longer. The Whites will also be looking for a washing machine while we are in Kampala.  It’s a larger city so they offer a wider variety of shopping. 

     Hopefully, we will be working at Sole Hope later in the week. Sole Hope is an organization that helps remove jiggers (a small insect that burrows into your skin and lays eggs) from people’s feet. After they remove the jiggers, they give the person a pair of shoes to protect their feet. So I am looking forward to helping at Sole Hope.  You can go to www.solehope.org for more information.

     My favorite things about Uganda are: waking up and hearing ibises cawing outside our bedroom window, seeing the red dirt, and the bright sunshine and palm trees. Also, just seeing the kids here with such big smiles when they see us mizungus, or white people.  One thing that has stood out to me is how much Americans have that they take for granted. Because I see people here who are thin and whose clothes are tattered. It breaks my heart at how Americans have so much and the people here have so little. In my short time here, God has shown me that I should be more giving and thankful for what I have.  I should be thankful in all circumstances. 

Thank you for your prayers. I hope you enjoyed this update.  

Jennifer 

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We made it!

We made it safely to Uganda! Thank you so much for your prayers!
We made it to the airport with just a short time to spare and by the time they checked in our 25 suitcases, they had to escort us to the gate to make it in time. Which to be honest, was a blessing! You get through lines a little faster with an escort.
The first flight was uneventful but also unsleepful too (yes I just made up that word.) We had a 6 hour layover in Amsterdam and a few of us got some rest there. Then off to Entebbee, where we ALL FINALLY got some rest. The kids did a great job traveling, they are becoming old pros at this. Having Jennifer with us was such a blessing. We were no longer outnumbered by kids.
We arrived in Entebbe around 10 to find out that 6 of our bags did not arrive with us. So after filling paperwork out we made the trek to Jinja and arrived at 3:30 am Uganda time.
This morning we slept in until 1 pm and are hungry at all the wrong times.  Brian drove for the first time around the neighborhood this afternoon and went to Acacia Church’s evening discipleship class. We hope tomorrow to begin unpacking bags in our new house. Until we get set up in the new house, we will continue to stay with our gracious hosts, Terry and Debbie Nester.
Thanks again for your prayers!
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Let’s Celebrate. Today’s the day!

Happy 4th of July!

As we celebrate our country’s independence, especially this year, I pray that the truth of the Gospel will sink deep into our souls. May we celebrate with even greater joy the freedom from sin that was won for us through the blood of Jesus. Without His sacrifice, we would still be slaves to sin!

This is the beautiful scandal of the Gospel. We didn’t fight for this freedom. We didn’t earn it. But Christ did, and He freely gives it to us.

This is the reason we leave behind our dearest family and friends today, on July 3rd.

The truth of what Jesus Christ did for you and me compels us.  God, in His great

timing and plan, chose for us to do live out the Gospel in Uganda for this next

season of our lives. 

We are beside ourselves in awe at what God has done over the last year. We are

fully funded for the first year! Thank you! Your love, support, prayers, and

encouraging words mean more than you will ever know. You are changing East

Africa for eternity! (forgive the formatting, but it’s moving day and I just don’t want to fool with it)

It has been our prayer all along that God would raise up a support team around us! Boy did He do it! The encouragement, prayers, and support we have received has been beyond our comprehension. “Thank you!” doesn’t come close to expressing how we feel!

As you begin to plan your next year we would love for you to prayerfully consider continuing your partnership with us in ministry by coming over to Uganda in 2016-2017. You can come over individually, as a family, or leading a team from your church. Contact us via email for more information.

A New Normal

We were driving down the road today wondering if we would ever feel
“at home” in Virginia again. It’s a weird place to be, always in transition.
On the other hand, I do believe that this process will
give us a greater understanding of Hebrews 13:14 “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”Brian wrote an article about this months ago if you would like to read more…

We have a Ugandan Home Phone Number!

757-509-5302

We will also be on skype and facetime.

Brian and Jerilyn White | East Africa Outreach | 757-509-5023 | briandavidwhite76@gmail.com | www.macedoniancall.com
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Lessons from Deputation

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We have been in Pennsylvania for the last few weeks. We spoke 5 times in two different churches here. This also gave us the opportunity visit and say goodbyes to many of Brian’s family and friends in PA. At Grace Baptist Church in Tyrone, we shared what we have learned through this journey. Our hearts goal was to encourage them with all the Lord has done, but we were restored during this difficult time of saying goodbye by the reminders of who God is and how He has carried us along. We thought you might be interested in hearing our reflections too:

1. We are not our own.

“You are not your won for you were bought with a price, so glorify God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20

We have realized that we are not here on earth for our own personal comfort, satisfaction or self promotion. We were purchased by the blood of Jesus, not to live the American dream, but to further His kingdom. You and I are both part of God’s plan to see people of every tribe and tongue worship around the throne. And that should be the driving force behind everything we do.  Brian made this point, “As believers in Jesus Christ, we are not on vacation, we are on mission.”

2. The Lord is a great artist.

“The heart of man plans his ways but the Lord establishes/determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

God is a great artist! He is the composer, conductor, and even the rhythm section of a great masterpiece that He calls our lives. When Brian and I look back at our lives,  what we saw as just a series of events has been revealed as a great plan that has been leading up to these moments. God has changed our hearts to match His desires and connected all the dots to prepare us for full time missions. Even things that we thought were detours or mishaps, He has redeemed and used. He is always working, even when we don’t see it.

3. God is bigger than we think.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think or ask according to the power at work in us.” Ephesians 3:20

We have seen God do some big things. We have seen him supply all our needs in times without income. We had 3 showings and 3 offers on our house in the first week. We saw Him provide for almost all of our funding in just 8 months, which we have heard can take years.  We have seen God do BIG THINGS! But you know what, He can do even bigger things. He doesn’t fit in that little box we like to put Him in. Big prayers honor God, because it shows trust that we know He can do it. God loves for us to come to Him with our requests and with BIG FAITH, not because we are some spiritual giant, but because He is a BIG GOD!

The second part of this is also part of the equation though.

“Let us then boldly draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

With bold confident faith I want to come to the Lord.  Because Jesus’s blood covers me and bought me the right to come before the throne, I must go and go boldly.  It helps me to boldly approach God when I know I am praying in God’s will. Learning God’s Word helps me to pray with God’s perspective. When I pray God’s Word and promises back to Him, I know I am praying in God’s Will. When I pray for the tools needed to do what He has asked me to do, I know I am praying in God’s will. When I know I am praying God’s will, it’s easy to come boldly to God.

4. Do not be afraid.

“Be strong and courageous… It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:7-9

God’s Word is living and active. It comes to us at just the right time. Studying the Life of Moses through BSF as a family has been an incredible experience for us. It has been the thing that has kept us grounded this year. It never fails that God’s Word touches something that we are walking through in our life. In April, when there was an attack in Kenya, fear welled up within me. I sat down to write a post about it several times, but the words were inadequate. As I was working through this, we were finishing up Deuteronomy and God’s Message to Joshua as he prepared to move into the Promised Land was, “DO NOT FEAR. I AM WITH YOU.” And you and I both know what it means when something is repeated over and over….. It means listen! Get this! And this statement is repeated over and over in Deuteronomy and even in the book of Joshua. Do not fear. Be strong and courageous. Just because we are moving to a third world country doesn’t mean we aren’t aware of the dangers. It doesn’t mean we are never afraid. It means we have to take our thoughts of fear captive and make them obedient to Christ. He says not to fear, not to be discouraged, because He is with us. This is what we are choosing to place our thoughts on. This is a constant battle, but when fear wells up God is good to remind us that He is near.

5. Everyone does not understand.

Not everyone is going to be supportive. Well meaning people who love and care for us can say things that are hurtful. Often we recognize that it comes from a heart that wants to protect us or because they will miss us. When we have that perspective, it makes it easier to respond with grace. But sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it puts us in a tailspin of doubt and emotions. We have to take time to bounce our emotions and perspectives off of each other to make sure our thoughts are lined up with God’s thoughts.  A facebook friend posted a sweet reminder from God’s Word that has been a source of comfort.

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Son of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.  1 Peter 4:14-16

As Joshua led the people into the Promised Land, the Lord parted the waters of the Jordon river for the people to walk through. As a reminder of who God is and what He has done, the people of Israel collected stones from the center of the river to make a monument. These truths are my memorial stones. Reminders of who God is and what He has done.

We pray that they are encouraging to you as well!

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Abundant Blessings

The Lord has been doing some incredible things. We are moving at the speed of light and just when I think…. I need to write about that, something else happens. I want to give you an update though on all of God’s goodness. Bear with me.
PENNYS FOR POSHO BLESSING Pennys for Posho is a ministry in Uganda that raises money to feed orphans mainly in South East Uganda. They have a children’s choir that travels the United States for awareness and fundraising. We found out that this choir was coming to Gloucester and WE HAD TO BE THERE. We needed a little taste of our second home. We went to be blessed by their worship and the Lord had other plans in mind. We introduced ourselves to the head of the organization and shared what we were heading over to do. He commented that pastor training was one of the biggest needs in Uganda right now. During the service, when it was time for the offering. he felt the Lord’s leading to give the entire offering to us to help us get to Uganda. Isn’t that incredible! We just stood there and cried.

 
We had the opportunity to spend some time in Charlotte, NC with the director of Macedonian Call and his dear wife. We had some administrative things to wrap up, but mostly we rejoiced in the opportunity to get to know them better. We feel so blessed to know that we have the support and care from this organization and these people. Macedonian Call is our sending organization. They are our 501(c)3 organization responsible for the administrative side of the funding of East Africa Outreach as well as accountability.
WHATS COMING UP

Here is our church schedule for the next few weeks we have left. If you would like to schedule some time for your church or group, please let us know at briandavidwhite76@gmail.com. Please be in prayer for these events for us.

May 10th – Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester Va

May 24st- Tipton Baptist Church, Tipton Pa
May 31st- Grace Baptist Church, Tyrone Pa
June 1oth- Bethany Place, Richmond Va
June 21st- Seaford Baptist Church, Seaford Va  (Send Off)
June 28th- BridgePoint Church, Gloucester Va  (Send Off)
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SUPPORT UPDATE
We are close to fully funded in our START UP FUND. Once we sell our remaining vehicle and furniture, we should be close to fully funded. We may have about $5,ooo remaining in the START UP FUND needed. 
 
In our MONTHLY MINISTRY or GENERAL FUND we are still trusting the Lord to provide the remaining 38%, which comes to about $2,000 monthly. This amount will go to cover our rent, electricity, water, internet, phone and guard services.  Would you consider giving to fund these needs? 
 
To begin giving your monthly support today, CLICK HERE. 
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Housing and Countdown

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The view from the new Bible School location in Kiyindi on Lake Victoria! Classes begin April 20th!!

There is so much to share. Things happen so fast that I can’t remember what I have shared. The house was officially on the market for one week. We had three showings and three offers. We were praying God would give us an offer on the house in one week. He gave us 3.  After much prayerful consideration we accepted one of the offers. Praise God! We are so thankful for the Lord’s kindness in providing a buyer in such short time. Now we are in the waiting stage as bank approvals, appraisals and inspections commence. Thank you for your prayers concerning the sell of our house. Our continued prayer is that these things will move quickly without any obstacles that would prolong the closing of the house. Our closing date is just a few weeks before we fly out.

Which by the way, is July 3rd! We have purchased our plane tickets. I looked at the calendar just the other day and we have just under 100 days until we leave. Do you feel the instant pressure that I felt upon that realization? There is so much to left do. We have to sort and sell the rest of our things, pack what’s left, finish the school year and BSF strong, continue to visit churches and individuals to share what God is doing, all while making the most of time with friends and family. Our plates are crazy full, but it has been a great adventure. This whole deputation (preparing to enter the mission field)  process has been full of surprises, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. In the craziness and uncertainty of life during this time, we can see God’s hand preparing us.

People often ask how the fundraising process is going. Just a year ago, Brian said, “I would hate to have to fundraise my own support.” Little did we know, we would soon be in that boat. But now, it is one of the most exciting things in our life. We know that the Lord has been equipping us and calling us to serve with East Africa Outreach in Uganda. We realize that it’s not our job to convince people to join our team. We know God is doing this and He will rise up people to make it happen. Where He calls, He provides. Therefore, we don’t feel the pressure at all to convince people, we just share what God is doing and let God put it on people’s heart to join us or not. Not everyone is going to be led to support ministry in Uganda. And we are completely at peace with that!

We are also incredibly thankful for the ones who have joined us. Just this last week our pastor preached a sermon about being “All In by Fueling the Mission.”  ( You can click the blue link to watch the sermon) The whole sermon, I was rejoicing for those who have been “All In” with us financially, prayerfully and emotionally. We are overwhelmed by the Lord’s provision thus far. We are currently at 61% of our monthly goal. Thank you for being a part of our support team. Every share of a post, prayer, note of encouragement, dollar sacrificed, is a piece of the plan that God has for the advancing of His Kingdom. Thank you!

We met with one couple who asked us for specifics of where dollar amounts go. Every dollar in our budget has a name and they wanted to know what their dollar provided. For instance they wanted to know that by their monthly donation, they could say “I’m providing for your electricity.” I love that line of thought.  In our prayers we are looking to see God provide a specific amount each month for specific things to be covered. I thought I would share some of them with you this month.

  • In March we are praying that we would have the final $800 needed for our Visas. (Start up Needs)
  • We are also praying that our monthly Health/Life Insurance needs would be covered ($500 monthly in General Fund)

Thank you so much for following, praying and giving. Can’t wait for you to come serve alongside us.

If you feel led to help provide for one of these needs you can do so ONLINE HERE. 

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Will you help us get to 50% this month?

We are at 45% of our overall financial need!                                                GIVE  HERE

That’s pretty stinking exciting, considering we didn’t even have all of our ducks in a row until the end of October. God has been so good to us. We have seen Him stretch our savings, provide for us and rise up people to walk alongside us in ministry. Just last week, we had the opportunity to share our hearts in the church we grew up in. We received such a warm reception and were so blessed by the way the pastor chose to end the service. He had some people who know us well pray over us. It was such a sweet experience to be at the church where we both started in ministry and look back at all the things the Lord has done to prepare us for this.

We are now entering the second phase of our fundraising.

Part of the second phase is to sell the house. Once we reach 50% of our monthly pledged donations we are putting the house on the market. We have been working hard to sort, sell and store all of our stuff. We sold the bed right out from under the kiddos, and we sold our van just this week. We still have a sweet little pig up for grabs if you know anyone who is interested. The only problem is,  IT’S FEBRUARY ALREADY!!!!!!! We don’t have a lot of time for the house to be on the market. Our hope is to get the house on the market this month.

Will you help us reach the goal of also reaching 50% of our monthly support in February?

That means we need to see another $250 in monthly support. Could you give $10 or $20 monthly to help us bring Biblical training to pastors in Uganda? Don’t think that just because you can’t give hundreds of dollars, doesn’t mean you can’t be a vital part of what God is doing.

We have had many people verbally commit to joining the support team, but we can not count their contributions towards our goal until we know a specific amount. Please consider giving today.  One of the freeing things we have realized is that the work we are doing NOW is the work of a missionary. We are training, meeting with pastors and contacts, counseling, communicating the vision and preparing to go. Without the support we are now receiving we would not be able to do these things. Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration.

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