East Africa Outreach

East Africa Outreach

East Africa Outreach

East Africa Outreach (EAO) is the ministry organization we have partnered with for the last 6 years and will be serving with in Uganda. Terry Nester is the founder and Director of EAO. The organization is 10 years old.

The ministry has a three fold purpose:

1. EVANGELISMIMG_9021

First of all, we evangelize by sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ. We work alongside existing missions organizations and churches, to help them in evangelism. We help through hut-to-hut visiting, evangelism training, showing The Jesus Film, conducting Bible Clubs/School Assemblies, and anything else that we can use as a means to proclaim the Gospel.

2. ENCOURAGEIMG_0491

This ministry also exists to encourage the missionary community. We feel the need to come alongside existing missionary organizational leaders and staff, to encourage and support them in their work. Missionaries become discouraged and frustrated as they encounter the many challenges of serving God cross-culturally. In response to this great need, we began a Bible Study in our home, which has now developed into an international church named Acacia Community Church.

3. EQUIP

IMG_7378The average Ugandan pastor does not own a copy of the Bible and has no theological training. One of EAO’s goals is to radically change this statistic. EAO offers free theological training to pastors and church leadership where they are- in villages. Upon completion of this 9 month program, graduates receive a Bible School Certificate recognized by the Uganda Baptist Seminary. These credits can then be applied to further schooling at the seminary if the graduate pursues further education.

Upon arriving in country, Brian will serve alongside Terry in each area of the ministry. He will be teaching in the Bible Schools, seeking to start new Bible Training Schools in new districts and hopefully other countries in East Africa. Brian will be serving as a part of Acacia Community Church  as well as planning, hosting and leading teams.

Jerilyn will be serving in the communications and administration needs of East Africa Outreach.

To find out more visit,   www.macedoniancall.com
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The best Christmas present a parent can get

As our family studied the  building of the tabernacle the mind blowing reality that God came to live among the people was overwhelming to me. Those complaining, idolatrous, disobedient Israelites got to live with the presence of God. Let’s face it the Israelites get a bad rap, but so would we if all our junk was out there for everybody to read about instead of the pristine picture of our lives that we often paint on facebook. The truth is we are just like the Israelites. We so easily get tangled up in our sin, self and idolatry. “Thousands of years before Jesus, God purposed that there would be a tabernacle in order that there would be One who would fulfill the meaning of that tabernacle, who would be the true Tabernacle for us.” (That you may believe: New Life in the Son. Joseph R. Ryan)

“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14

The fact that God not only forgives my sin, wipes me clean, but loves me and dwells with me is absolutely incredible. This is the truth that my heart has stored up this Christmas season and I hope it will be an encouragement to you.

This truth has also come to life in our home in another incredible way. Just last week Noah, our 6 year old, accepted Christ! The Lord really began to open Noah’s eyes to what it means to be a disciple of Christ this summer in Uganda. Brian was reading through the book of Job and Noah would often come in and listen. They had so many conversations about what it means to honor God even when things don’t go well. Noah saw many people accept Christ this summer and for the most part sat on the sideline. But during our family debriefing each night we realized that he had been observing so many things. As we sat at Acacia Church each week he would draw during the sermon, but would often comment on the teaching or ask questions. When a baptism was announced, he wanted in! After talking with Brian, we knew he was close but he still was very confused about some things. We explained the purpose of Baptism and told him that he was not quite ready to be baptized. But boy did he want to. IMG_9269

Here in this picture, Pastor Terry is asking if there is anyone else who wanted to be baptized. His sweet little hand is slightly raised, HOPING that Pastor Terry’s eyes will meet his. His heart to obey was so precious! Just the other night as Brian was going over the Christmas story with the kids, the conversation about this baptism came up again.  Brian again explained the gospel and that Baptism does not save you but it is an act of obedience after you are saved. A lightbulb went off. Now it makes sense! Jesus came to dwell with my son this Christmas Season! The best Christmas present a parent could get!

As we look back we can see the presence of God with us each step of the way. We can see His hand guiding us, providing for us and clarifying for us His desires for our family. We are so excited to let people know that we are 25% of the way towards our monthly support goal. Our monthly support is our first priority. Once we have 50% of our monthly support raised we will begin selling our things and hopefully our home. The selling of our “stuff” will help with our start up costs. Our start up costs will be our last push.

I remember talking with other missionaries as they prepared to go and in my head thinking that they didn’t need the support until they were on the field. Boy was I wrong. Brian and I realized that we are missionaries now. That meeting with people, traveling to speak at churches, communication and paperwork is missionary work. That was exciting to us. It’s exciting to us to watch God’s plan unfold and to watch Him build the team. Would you prayerfully consider starting your monthly gift now? We are trusting God to provide 10% more toward our goal by the end of the year. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us and may you sense the presence of God this Christmas!

You can give online at http://www.macedoniancall.com/#/give

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He is Home to me.

As I, Brian, was preparing to preach at BridgePoint Church this weekend.  I was reflecting over the last 6 adventurous months. I was that my home has little to do with where I sleep and everything to do with being In Christ’s Kingdom!

Here is how I got to this, just in case you were wondering:
We have been all over Uganda and Virginia with multiple stops in Pennsylvania and North Carolina in the past 22 weeks. We have lived out of suitcases in our own house as one trip butts up against the next aand the next! Seriously, we’ve spent less time in the White House than Obama has! And, for the most part, it has been great. However, there have been times when we have struggled with the constant motion. No place feels quite like home since June 3rd or so. This is not bad, just where we are. There’s a restlessness. And, most of the time, there is an underlying excitement and joy about what God is doing with us.
Still, God is choosing to remind me tonight, by bringing multiple thoughts together, that my peace doesn’t come from an earthly house (though I am thankful for it), or my country and culture of origin (though I love the USA and the places God has planted me in her over the years) or even my wonderful family (who point me to Jesus all the time through their love and grace)!
The point is this: HE IS HOME FOR ME!

Wherever He leads I’ll go. I’ll go because He promises over and over that He will never leave me and He has more than proven it during the 30 years since I met Him. Since He is everywhere, there is no place He can take me or I can run where HE ISN’T! This Earth is not my home. Not Virginia. Not Uganda. HE IS!!! I’m just walking through trying to be who He is making me to be, and trying to do what He is calling me to do. Step by awkward, secure, scary, confident step. And when I take my last step on this Earth, because of what Jesus did for me, I WILL STEP CONFIDENTLY INTO ETERNITY WITH HIM! IN HIM!!! That is the true peace that knowing Jesus gives.


And the good news is, my friends and family, there’s plenty more room in Him! So, come on in!! His arms are open wide!! He loves YOU! He made you for HIM!!

Thank you JESUS for making me, finding me and giving me a forever home in YOU!!!! Jesus, You are the dearest place on Earth to me!

Here is the sermon, by the way, if you would like to hear. 

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The Ball is Rollin!

We are so excited to see a lot of things falling into place. We are officially under Macedonian Call as our sending organization, on the website and set up online giving! WOOT WOOT! We have created a ministry profile to explain the vision of East Africa Outreach and the financial needs we have to accomplish what the Lord has asked us to do. For a task oriented person like myself, this is music to my ears.

We also wanted to make this information available to you our faithful followers and prayer warriors.


White Family Bio

We(Brian and Jerilyn) have been married for 11 years and have three children; Cadance, Noah and Aletheia.

I(Brian), have a BS in Communications from Liberty University and an MA in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have been in vocational ministry since 2001. Jerilyn has a BA in Biblical Studies from Southeastern College. She has served alongside of me in ministry for our entire relationship. She currently home schools our kids (and tries to keep me straight!)

In 2008, I led my first trip to Uganda to serve with East Africa Outreach. I went on to lead three more trips with Jerilyn by my side. In Summer 2014 our entire family stayed for three months. The Lord used this extended time with our kids and the Nesters to confirm that we were to join East Africa Outreach full-time.

We are currently seeking partners in ministry to help us carry out the Lord’s vision for us in East Africa. Thank you for prayerfully considering joining our team!

About Uganda

• About 36 million people live in Uganda.IMG_8325

• About 50% of the population are children under the age of 18.

• About 75% of the people in Uganda live in rural villages with little access to health care, electricity and basic needs.

• The average Ugandan lives on less than $1.25 a day.

• The country flourished in the 1960’s, but was destroyed in the 70‘s and 80”s by Idi Amin and has made slow progress since the destruction of those days.  HIV/AIDS, malaria, malnurishment and waterborne illnesses also take many lives.

• The average lifespan in Uganda is 53 years.

• 1 out of every 12 people in Uganda are orphans.

• Uganda is one of the most fertile evangelistic fields in the world.

• The average village pastor has the equivalent of a 6th grade education.

• Jinja is the second largest population center in Uganda. Only the capital city of Kampala is larger.

Macedonian Call

Macedonian Call is our sending organization here in the USA. It is a Christian, charitable, 501(c)(3) foundation established to help accomplish the Great Commission. They serve as our board of advisors and provide bookkeeping, communications media, and financial accountability. All financial gifts are processed through Macedonian Call.

Website: www.macedoniancall.com

East Africa Outreach

East Africa Outreach (EAO) is the ministry organization we will be serving with in Uganda. Terry Nester is the founder and Director of EAO. The organization is 10 years old.

The ministry has a three fold purpose:

Evangelize      IMG_9021

First of all, we evangelize by sharing the gospel message of Jesus Christ. We work alongside existing missions organizations and churches, to help them in evangelism. We help through hut-to-hut visiting, evangelism training, showing The Jesus Film, conducting Bible Clubs/School Assemblies, and anything else that we can use as a means to proclaim the Gospel.

Encourage

IMG_9229This ministry also exists to encourage the missionary community. We feel the need to come alongside existing missionary organizational leaders and staff, to encourage and support them in their work. Missionaries become discouraged and frustrated as they encounter the many challenges of serving God cross-culturally. In response to this great need, we began a Bible Study in our home, which has now developed into an international church named Acacia Community Church.

EquipIMG_7406

The average Ugandan pastor does not own a copy of the Bible and has no theological training. One of EAO’s goals is to radically change this statistic. EAO offers free theological training to pastors and church leadership where they are- in villages. Upon completion of this 9 month program, graduates receive a Bible School Certificate from the Uganda Baptist Seminary. These credits can then be applied to further schooling at the seminary if the graduate pursues further education.

How can I be involved?

We are looking for mission-minded partners to join our support team. You can be a part of this team in several ways.

1. Commit to pray for our family and East Africa Outreach daily.

2. Support us with a one-time gift toward our start up costs of close to 50,000

  • Round Trip Flights (Scheduled for our first furlough)  = $10,000
  • Visas= $2,000
  • Emergency Fund= $10,000
  • 3-6 months rent (to be paid up front)= $6,000
  • Vehicle= $10,000
  • Set up Household (Furniture, Utilities, Applicances, etc)= $10,000

3. Support us with a monthly gift toward our estimated living and ministry expenses of $5,500.

  • Housing and Utilities (Saving for Rent, Electricity, Water, Guard, Internet)  = $2000
  • Salary = $1500
  • Transportation = $500
  • Insurance = $500
  • Ministry Expenses = $1000

4. Invite us to speak with your pastor or church about what the Lord is doing in Uganda.

Brian and I will be traveling to speak for Sunday School Classes, Youth Groups, Men’s Breakfasts and Sunday Services to share of God’s faithfulness and the ministry He has called us to. We would love to come share with your church as well.

5. Consider joining or leading a team to come serve alongside us. 

We would love to help you prepare to bring a team to come over and join in on the ministry.

Thank you again for prayerfully considering joining our support team.

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God Encounters

Cadance asked us the other day, “How does God speak? How do we know that we are supposed to go to Uganda?” After trying to explain the ways we see God moving to a very black and white minded 8 year old girl, we reminded her of all of the things God did this summer. We reminded her of they way we prayed as a family many nights, the way we were all in agreement that this is what God had for us next. We recalled all of the ways God spoke to us through His Word, His provision, and the ways He used us.

Although, she remembered all of these things, she wanted to hear God speak for herself. We promised that each time we saw God do something, we would share it with her. We also started praying with and for her that God would speak to her heart and confirm to her as He has been so faithful to do for us.

Well this week she received a sweet gift of a beautiful white gown that could have been worn in a wedding. Sunday morning she wanted to wear it to church. At first I said “NO!” But after a few minutes of watching her twirl and say “But I look like an angel,” I agreed.

After church, we had to run to Walmart for a few minutes. As we were about to leave, Cadance was perusing the candy aisle. A sweet woman came over and spoke to Cady. She talked about how beautiful she looked, she looked just like an angel, how her peace on her face just made her day and she had to come over and speak to us. She said, “This is a little girl who knows her purpose. God has used you in my life today to lift my spirits.” Cadance was speechless.

After talking for a few minutes, I asked Cady if she would like to share with her what God was doing in our life. As Cady told her of our plans to move to Uganda, she jumped with joy and promised to pray for us. She gave Cady a 20 bill and said, “Put this towards your Uganda money.”

When we walked away Cady said, “Mom, can you believe that just happened. God spoke to my heart in a way that I needed to hear!” Thank you Jesus. He cares for each of us and longs to comfort our hearts in such a way that we know He is there. If someone had of told me that I looked like an angel and had a peace about me, I may not have thought much about it. God knew the words my daughter needed to hear.

That ladies nickname was Angel. I believe the Lord really sent us a heavenly messenger today.

Updates:

We are continuing to meet with people who have partnered with us this summer and lining up churches that will allow us to come share the vision God has given us.

As of next month we will have no source of income other than fundraising money. People who chose to begin partnering with us financially will help us continue to live in the states as we reach our fundraising goals and enable us to continue speaking with churches and meeting with possible parters. Once we meet our fundraising goal, we will begin the process of moving.

If you would like to partner with us financially you can do so through Macedonian Call Inc. at P.O. Box 573 Dryden, Va 24243

*** Please note “White Family” in the memo. *****

Last but not least, we have purchased the domain www.whatsupwiththewhites.com. We are no longer at www.whatsupwiththewhites.wordpress.com, well because that’s just too long!

Thank you for continuing to pray for us!

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“We saw that coming”

“We saw that coming!” is the typical response we have received as we have slowly been announcing to our family, friends and church that we believe God is leading us to Africa as full time missionaries. That response has been comforting and confirming. It’s nice to know that people around us can see our heart for Uganda and the Lord’s leading in our lives to take this next step of faith.

So… what now? Brian is no longer a part the pastoral staff at BridgePoint Church. We have already begun focusing our time and attention on connecting up with the churches, families and individuals that God has graciously placed in our lives over the years. God is building a team of supporters who will be on mission with us through supporting us as He leads them. We have begun by following up with people who supported our trip this summer. (If we have not contacted you yet about a time to meet up, we will be soon!  If you are interested being part of the team please feel free to contact us whatever way is most convenient for you. Thank you in advance!)  We have already had multiple families commit to monthly support once we get our fundraising system up and running within the next couple weeks.  That is so exciting!

We are also spending a good bit of time getting our house ready to sell.

What will we be doing in Africa? Brian and I will be working with East Africa Outreach, the organization we have partnered with for the last 6 years. Brian will be teaching in the Bible Training Schools for Pastors, working with teams who come in to do various short-term missions, pastoring/counseling as part of the eldership of Acacia Community Church and various other responsibilities that come with being part of a cross-cultural evangelistic ministry. He has a great desire to see the Bible schools expand into other East African countries. I, Jerilyn, will primarily be helping out administratively for the organization. We are excited to come alongside of Terry and Debbie in all of their efforts.

Brain teaching at the Bible Training School Graduation
Brain teaching at the Bible Training School Graduation

When are we going? Our goal is to be in Uganda around June. If all works out before then, we’ll go sooner. We placed our goal in June mainly because it’s a realistic goal that will keep us motivated as well as allow us to finish a school year.

What does this process look like? Well we will have to sell practically everything we own, including our house. We will need to fundraise our monthly living expenses as well as our monthly ministry expenses. We will also need to raise start up costs which include at least 3 months rent, work visas, plane tickets, furniture to start a new household, etc. All of this will take time and the Lord’s leading in people’s heart to join us in this ministry. Looking at our “to do” list has been overwhelming but Brian said to me one day, “You can either be overwhelmed or chose to see this as an adventure. God has asked us to do this, so let’s see what He’s going to do.” So I’m choosing to watch what God’s going to do.

What about the children? We shared some of the children’s experiences in previous posts, but a good summary would be that they thrived there. They are excited about the idea that we will be moving back at some point. We will continue to homeschool there as well.

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What about the recent threats in Uganda? That’s a legitimate concern. We don’t take the threats lightly. Nor do we take lightly that we truly believe this is the plan God has for us at this time. We are learning to trust the Lord each step with our path and with our family. The truth is, terrorist threats are no longer abnormal. They are the new norm in the world that we live in. That doesn’t mean we want to go tramping around looking for trouble, nor will we be lingering in high threat areas. If the threats continue to grow during the time we are fundraising, we will have to take that into consideration, but we do not believe that it changes what or where God has clearly called us to at this point.

How can I help? Pray for us. Pray for our family, especially grandparents. Consider joining us. We are looking for monthly partners as well as people who would like to give a one time gift toward our start-up costs. Currently, we are working with Macedonian Call, our stateside non-profit missions organization, to set up a way to begin receiving monthly donations. As soon as this is available we will let you know.

We love you all! Thanks for being a part of this adventure with us! We are currently setting up visits with people who are interested in learning more about what we are doing. If you would like to get together with us to learn more email me at jerilynsemail@yahoo.com.

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2 Week Post Trip Update

Well, we have technically been home for two weeks. Although, we have only spent two nights in our own bed. Between visiting grandparents and great-grandparents we haven’t quite settled in yet. Our luggage didn’t make it home with us and we left for Pennsylvania before it arrived at our house.
We spent a week in PA helping cut and stack wood for Brian’s grandparents for the winter and visiting with family. We got home last night.

Soo…. all that to say, I feel like we are just getting home all over again. I have some of our bags unpacked but that’s about all we have accomplished so far. Brian threw his back out while we were in PA but he is recovering slowly.

I am happy to report that all of my gifts for family and friends survived the trip except one. We look forward to visiting with all of you and sharing stories of the ways we have seen the Lord over this summer. We do have plans to contact each of our partners in ministry, so be looking for our phone call or visit.

Our team from BridgePoint Church will be sharing this Sunday about the trip during our service at 11:00 am. If you are in the Hampton Roads area, we invite you to join us.

We will also be sharing some pretty exciting news about our future as well.

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Salvation has come to your house today.

The last two weeks have been incredible. The team from BridgePoint has been here with us. It has been wonderful to have some friends from home to share our experiences with. 

We spent our first two days in Busagazi, a fishing village on the shores of Lake Victoria. We sent another team there earlier this summer and were met with open arms. Many were saved in July as a result of that team. In fact, the pastor told us that his services jumped from 25 to 75 consistently since July. A man donated a plot of land for them to build a permanent structure for this church to continue meeting. During our visit with the BridgePoint team, we had the pleasure to encourage some of those new believers as well as share with many more. It’s almost hard to describe to you the response to the gospel, but in every house either someone was recently saved or someone accepted Christ on our visit. It’s incredible. Their is a great need for another church in the community on the other side of a mountain. 

Often when we are out sharing during the day, we meet the women of the homes. They accept Christ, but the husbands are out at work. As our team split in Busagazi, I encountered many women who were recently saved who desired for their husbands to be saved. I spent time encouraging them and praying with them only to find out that Russell and Rita West were sharing with many of those husbands on the other side of the village at that very time. Isn’t God good! Many of these man also got saved. 

We spent a few days this trip in Ngizu with Omega Baptist Church, encouraging them and sharing testimonies with each other. This was a truly encouraging trip as we recalled the faithfulness of God in our lives.

We spend one day loving on some children at an HIV/Aids oprhanage. This was a special ministry, they strive to make it a home for each child, not an institution. They care for 61 children and they are all doing very well health wise, spiritually and educationally. 

The next week we spent three days training teenagers in Evangelism in Bukanga. We had close to 100 students with us. The second day they learned how to share their testimony and practiced sharing with each other. As they broke up into groups to share their testimony, two people attending the conference got saved as a result of hearing the testimonies. One of those was in my group. A man named Moses said, ” I know the gospel, but I used to have negative feelings about “born agains. After hearing all the testimonies, I don’t know why I had those feelings. There is nothing keeping me from accepting the gospel now.”

We also taught the youth how to share the gospel, gave them Scripture to memorize and then on Wednesday sent them out to do evangelism.  There were close to 50 decisions that were reported that day. Students were excited and confident in sharing what the Lord has done in their life. 

The stories of God’s conviction and work in these lives is incredible. Brian went out with one group and as they approached the boda (motorcycle taxi) station, he took the lead in the conversation with these guys, as often they can be kind of gruff. After joking with them for a few minutes about who is the best driver, he shared the gospel. Two of the drivers were already believers, but the rest of the men all accepted Christ. 

Today and tomorrow we are in Makukuba. Today we visited the homes of the students in the primary school of Makukuba. We encouraged them in their studies as well as gave gospel presentations. Tomorrow we will be sharing with people who have dropped out of school. Many of the girls who drop out of school either end up in prostitution or having children at very young ages. 

After our day of ministry we will head to the airport for our long trip back. Please pray for us as we return home after three months of a different culture, different living situation and all of the different things we have experienced. Our flight leaves at 1:10 am, which should be really fun with three small children, so I ask for your prayers for that as well.

We can’t wait to visit with all of you and tell you many more stories about the ways we have seen God work this trip. Thank you for your support! 

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Friends

We have made some remarkable friends in the short time we are here. Some of them were missionaries, people visiting Uganda from all over the world, and many Ugandans. Today I want to tell you about our Bible Study Groups that we have had the pleasure of being a part of this summer. 

Brian has had the pleasure of being a part of a small group of men through Acacia Community Church. These men expressed the need for a group of men to go deeper with and Brian and Pastor Terry were more than excited to get that started. It has been so encouraging to Brian to hear their stories and see the similarities in the Lord’s leading in their lives and our own. HIs group is just recently formed and are still getting to know each other, but I know already that he will miss the fellowship when we leave. 

My group is a motley crew. At one point, we were two Americans, one girl from England and one from China all meeting together in Uganda. It almost sounds like the beginning of a joke. But believe me, it has been no joke. The Lord has used that time together to do some incredible things.

My English friend, was here in Uganda seeking her next steps in life. The Lord used her time here to draw her back to the Lord, awaken forgiveness in her heart and return her home to England. I received a message from her just yesterday and I am so encouraged by the Lord’s faithfulness in her life. 

My Chinese friend is another incredible story. She is here with her father for the summer on a business trip. Her father is a believer and asked if she could meet with someone to work on her English, as well as learn the Bible.  His prayer was that if anything ever were to happen to him, she would know the truth and be able to carry it on in his family. This sweet teenager met with us for several weeks, and admitted that she was still learning about Jesus, but would not consider herself a Christian. This last week, I had the opportunity to clearly share the gospel with her. She said that she had heard parts of the story of Jesus, but not the things that I shared with her. She accepted Jesus last week during our group time! Thank you so much for praying for this group! 

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6

Thank you for supporting us this summer. Thank you for partnering with us in the gospel here in Uganda, and apparently in England and China as well. Who knew! Thank you for joining us in ministry. Your encouragement and prayers are vital to all that God is doing here.

Prayer Requests:

We have 2 1/2 weeks left. This week Brian is teaching in two Bible Training Schools on the book of Mark. Each day he he teaches, he travels 1 1/2 hour to these schools, but he LOVES it!!!!! On Sunday night, our team from BridgePoint arrives. We have a slammed final two weeks full of evangelism, discipleship training, meeting with a group of women forced into prostitution for survival and school drop outs, and PACKING! Please pray for our team as they travel. Pray for our ministry days. Pray for us as we prepare to return to America. Pray for us as we continue to work through the possible next steps for us regarding Uganda. 

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

 

 

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What every missionary wants you to know but doesn’t want to tell you

This week I (Jerilyn) had the incredible opportunity to go to a women’s retreat here in Jinja. It was specially designed for the missionary women in Uganda. A team from Kirbywoods Baptist Church in Tennessee has spent a year prayerfully planning this event and, let me tell you, their efforts were not wasted.

I sat in a room of 50 ladies. The stories were incredible! Some had recently lost loved ones. Some had adoptions denied after years of caring for the child in their home. Some were kicked out of their host country for being Christian. Some were struggling to learn a new culture as they are fresh to the field here in Uganda. Some women were leaving their ministry post of 15 years after a job well done while others were healing from many years of opposition. There were missionaries who were ready to be on the next flight out and missionaries who have been faithfully serving for over 20 years and still know this is where they belong.

These are our superheros- our missionaries. These are also real people with real problems. Spiritual warfare is undeniable. The fight is written on every line of these womens’ faces. Some have learned to “laugh at days to come.” Others are struggling just to keep their head above water. 

Our missionary families need our prayers and encouragement! Please don’t forget them. They need people who really care about what is going on in their lives, not just the statistics of their ministries.  They need people who won’t judge them but know them for who they are and chose to love them anyway. Isn’t that what we all need. They need people who love their children unconditionally. After only two months, I can see that raising multicultural children is a HUGE challenge.

I am so encouraged and enlightened by what I experienced.  I am seeing clearly the need for consistent, fervent support of all kinds, including notes, gifts from “home”, etc.  But what they need most is prayer!

Who do you know serving in vocational ministry? Please, I beg of you, lift them up today. They need it more than you will ever know! Your prayers work.  We have heard repeatedly testimonies of people who have been protected from something, only to find out later that someone was praying for them at that exact time.

Thank you for praying for our family this summer. Really. THANK YOU!

Prayer Requests:

– Pray for the BridgePoint Team as we continue to work out details for their arrival on the 10th. The team is still $1000 short for their ministry expenses. If you would like to contribute to this need you can do so online at www.fundly.com/walk-of-faith-to-uganda or via check to BridgePoint Church, 5796 Hillside Drive, Gloucester, Va 23061 (Uganda Trip in memo line)