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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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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