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Friday, August 5, 2022

Testimony Time!

Yesterday afternoon, at a Bible study fellowship, one mom shared that two weeks ago her son gave her life to the Lord.  Then she turned to me and said, "Thank you so much for all you are teaching him in Bible class!"  Yeah!! Hallelujah! I'm rejoicing with the angels.

And now I've just received a text from another mother, asking which Bible translation I used while teaching Bible.  Her son wants to read through the whole Bible, to get ALL the stories, so she wants to bless her son with a Bible of his own.  Yippee! 

These kids are thirsty for the Word of God.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

July has been a fantastic month and seems to have brought back some renewed energy for me.  Moses and I are desperate for a vacation, or a time away in North America, but visas are difficult to obtain and months down the line, so instead, we are choosing to be grateful right where we are.
A dear young lady from church had her village marriage, or formal Introduction. The church wedding will be in October.
This is the day the bride price is paid.
I've been do many village celebrations, but I've never seen fish being flagged around the various parties.
Here is Faith, the bride, in pink!
All the rest of these marching ladies were from UCC (University Community Church).
Phionah, an amazing friend, here in Gulu.
On a bus full of church folk... on the way to the village celebration in Nebbi.
Moses is finally jumping back into music ministry. He's able to point out a few musical tips during praise team practice.
I love watching him play bass guitar!
But it's all about the heart of worship... leading others into the throne room of God as we sing praises to His name.
Rainy season is here, and I had a good chuckle when this precious little one came to church in a bathrobe.
It's also raining at school most days, when I go to teach a lunch hour Bible class.
Swallowship, tea and sumosa fellowship, after church adds a bonus blessing to church on Sunday mornings.
The kids also love it when Mr. Moses plays the box drum.
Moses is prepping his inspirational message...
As he was asked to be the Guest of Honor at a Prime Time handover party.
Prime Time is a university ministry, where Bible study groups are set up throughout hostels around campus and church.
Praying for the new students who were taking over leadership roles for the next school term.
Moses loves washing the car... rainy season mud is attracted to our white car.
I was able to attend a "Canada Day" gathering in Kampala! We sampled poutine, beaver tails and Nanaimo bars.
Moses - in his garage gear...
Prepping for his mid-term mechanics hands-on exam.
Time to Dance... Teso style.
We look like we are in a cold place... but we are in Gulu, on a rainy, cold, dark day.
Great friendship with Pastor Jimmy and Phionah Okello.  
Pure love
Last Sunday we became full members of UCC.
We love our little church plant family.
And look forward to serving God more here in this place.
Dancing with joy!
Moses doing his Thursday afternoon radio in Kitgum.
"At the Well"
Moses is delighted that more people want to be involved in the radio ministry program.
He is building up a team of preacher, interpreters and prayer warriors as they go on the air.
Another great friend - Valerie.  She's an amazing Sunday school teacher and kids games motivator.
Here's to all the wonderful ladies that I host for Women's Bible study fellowship on Monday evenings.
L-R - Me, Phionah, Grace, Valerie, Jordan, and Marianne.
Spending time in prayer for Marianne before she flies home to Ontario for a few months.
Deacon Moses says a prayer for all of us new UCC members.

"Lord, if you are willing..."

Matthew 8:2 "A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

Luke 5:12 "While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."

Mark 9:22-24 'It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for one who believes." Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the stories of Jesus in our lunch hour Bible class. Yesterday, I asked the kids to sit and write down something that they would ask the Lord for if he was willing.  Here are their statements:

Jesus, if you are willing, please help me be kind.

Jesus, if you are willing please help me be clever.

Jesus, if you are willing, please heal me. 3x

Jesus, if you are willing, please help us to travel safely to Kenya.

Jesus, if you are willing, please make me a pro-footballer in the premiere league and give me a dog.

Jesus, if you are willing, please let me go to heaven and may you help me be wise.

Jesus, if you are willing, please help me feel better.

Jesus, if you are willing, please give me your bravery and heal my family and save everyone in the world. 

Jesus, if you are willing, please heal my relatives.

Jesus, if you are willing, please bless my mum and dad.

Jesus, if you are willing, please help me to see my grandma before she dies.

Lord, if you are willing, please help me live a peaceful life with my family.

Jesus, I wish to have a good day for ever and ever.

Jesus, if you are willing, please may I have a cat.

Jesus, if you are willing, please le me grow my hair so long and let me get my doll and bring back my best friend.

Jesus, if you are willing, please heal me from my allergies. And let us go to Germany.

Jesus, if you are willing, could you give me the Holy Spirit?

Jesus, if you are willing, please make me a professional basketball player. PLEASE?!!

And mine is:

Jesus, if you are willing, please take this choking cough away from me.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

June Moments 2022

Here are a few highlights of our past month. 
I found these beautiful beans in the main market. Yum Yum.
Moses is sharing jackfruit with our friend Chrispus.
We are excited that our little church has a fresh coat of paint.

Welcome to UCC!
I was given a box of cheerios as a gift. Woohoo!
School food - this is called "boo and eggs". It's like spinach and scrambled eggs/
Another staple - always!! - is BEANS.
Moses and I went out for an awesome evening of praise and worship at Gulu University.
Our church family, UCC, was hosting the campus event called "Ignite".
On my birthday I was blessed over and over again!! Here is a cake made by my friend Phionah.
The ladies Bible study group.
I host this lovely group every Monday evening, as we join together for Bible study.  At the moment we are doing a study on 2 Timothy, called "Entrusted".
Moses helped to lead children's ministry training out in Koch Goma.
Another fun birthday surprise - a lovely gift from a sweet friend.
Bamboo in the gardens.
I think cacti are so pretty.
Chocolate love!
A birthday package in the mail.
Training on 17 Stories and Stories of Hope.

I've never had a children's ministry training with just male teachers. :) 
Moses made me breakfast in bed for my birthday. I'm blessed (and full)!
Editing Roots to Fruits curriculum.
Reading through Moses's sermon before he drives to Kitgum to preach on the radio.
Greetings from Grandma, make my heart sing.
Ignite Worship Night