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Friday, November 2, 2018

A Glimpse into October

I am just going to send out a bunch of photos to show you a few highlights of my October 2018.
I love sharing in the role of teaching Stories of Hope at Vineyard Christian school.  On Wednesday afternoons it's exciting to see all the staff pull together to make sure that Bible Class is a treasure for the week.  Students are excited about their own books.
I'm grateful to be partnering with OneHope as they provide amazing Bible curriculum for the children of Uganda..
I am also teaching the "17 Stories" during devotions at Stars of Hope Nursery School.
David was packing a picnic lunch to take to his brothers who were fighting in the Israelite army.
Little David refused King Saul's heavy armor.  (Kids were delighted though!!)
I don't want to tell you next week's story - it's super exciting... but I will tell you that:
The Lord is God! Yes, the Lord is God!!
I was privileged to go with a friend and deacon of the main PAG church, to share with the youth in his home church in Kalaki village.
Tom hosted very well and I pray that the youth will truly know that God has a plan for their lives and that HE sees their hardships, but will never let go of them.
Another day I was able to host all of these P7 PLE candidates (in other words, elementary grads) for an afternoon of fellowship and encouragement.
I did well with some one-time honey business!!  I sold enough honey to pay for the 2 jerry cans of honey and I am still eating some at home.  :) Yum Yum.
My friend Peter JJ was sizing a dress that my dear Tata (grandma) gave to me as a random gift.
Still crafting with kids and schools.
I was blessed with huge spools of weaving thread - so let the crafts continue!
Visiting my Indian friends in their home behind one of my favourite supermarkets.  They are so hospitable.  Praying God's truth will be grasped in their lives.
Speaking of hospitality - I decided to have a few friends over for Canadian Thanksgiving.
It was a great evening of snacks, a meal, cards and sweet fellowship.
A few of the ladies who come to my discipleship Bible study group have also gotten into the spirit of crafting with me... all rubbish has become potential in my realms now days.  :)
Painting and cloth wrapping glass bottles.
I almost don't want to admit this... but I hadn't been sleeping well... so I moved to a friends house, and washed all my clothes and bedding from there... and fumigated my room... and well, now, I'm sleeping peacefully once again.  I do believe I had a colony of tiny ants move in that were greatly disturbing my sleep.
And while there... my friend Rachel spoiled me with another Canadian dinner.... a poutine - with cheese curds and gravy, and pumpkin pie - with corn syrop to pour on top.  Delish!!
Another one of my new art projects.
"Let us never stop encouraging one another..." being with our friend Jesca after she lost the baby during delivery.
I have found a great space above my upper cupboards to host my craft project.
Mom and Dad blessed me with a few treasures sent through a friend returning to Uganda.  I'm so glad that valuable luggage space was found to love on me.  :)
I love this Bird of Paradise... so colourful.
A trip to Kampala meant canned cherries... red cabbage... and other yummy eats that are hard or impossible to get in Soroti.
Over the years I have been working on a Noah's Ark collection and I just added to sweet owls that are actually family heirlooms.  Yeah.
A new baby was born to our compound the other night... we are 7 apartment... 3 of which are occupied by singles, but the other 4 flats have managed to get us to 17 children running around.
Here's another shot of the PLE candidates who received a surprise visit to my house to watch a movie, eat snacks, and be encouraged for their finals.
I pray that their FAITH will be strong in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Teen Talks - Servant Leadership

These teens just finished going through the whole book of John and will be moving on to The Purpose Driven Life. They are all a part of a sponsorship site where three of my good friends work and serve.  I was asked to come and lead in a motivational talk at the end of the day.
 We briefly talked about what it means to be a servant... and nobody wants to be a house help or a maid. They are treated so unfairly. Everyone wanted to be a boss.  They can sit back and tell people what to do. Yikes.  So, we spoke about being servant leaders.  Using our position for the glory of God... and being people of integrity, vision, responsibility, self-discipline, initiative, etc.
 I look forward to seeing how these teens will develop in their leadership skills and faith.
 I'm glad that my "Juniors" invite me to be a part of such great blessings.
We finished the evening off strong - with a soda and a goat roast.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Teaching the Apostle's Creed

When I returned to Uganda in April, my friend Pius came over and explained that he had a heart for the pastors and church leaders in his village.  He really wanted them to grow in the grace and knowledge of God's Word.  Pius just graduated from Africa Bible University in Entebbe, and he is very reformed in his thinking.  It's exciting to see him grow since I first met him in 2009.  
The school equipped him with some Bible / Church training materials, but he wanted help teaching this in the village and so I have volunteered to go through the manuals of material and train with him.
 Yesterday we went to Kaberamaido for the first class.  We are beginning with a 5 week series on the Apostle's Creed.  It's so deep and a fantastic summary of what all Christians need to truly believe. I taught a brief summary of the history of the Apostle's Creed and why the early church leaders felt a need to summarize our faith.  And then together Pius and I shared the aspect of who Christ is. 
 It was a pleasure seeing Pius add his own information from his school notes and his heart passion as well.  The students are hungry for truth and added value.  They had no idea that the Creed is also for Protestants and so we had so much to learn together.
 I am very comfortable teaching and thank God for these opportunities!!
On the way home we had to slowly pass through the market.  Always an adventure.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

EC Graduation

Saturday morning I was able to celebrate with many friends and ministry partners as 16 of us graduated from a course in Educational Care.
Educational Care (EC) is a ministry program of the Christian Reformed Churches in North America (CRCNA) stemming from the observed need for a biblical world view in the teaching learning process among Christian schools in Africa. Hence, by definition, EC is a biblically based Christian education program that shows teachers how to integrate faith and learning in the teaching learning process using an inductive approach. It is based on a biblical worldview that brings the presence of Jesus into the classroom. 
 The graduating class met many times to plan and prepare for this celebratory event!!
 Julius is excited to finish the race.
 Faithful Baker worked hard to get to this point.
 My friend and colleague, Peter, decorated the church and let a few fun ice-breakers.
 I like wearing fascinator hats on special occasions. :)
 Pledging to make a difference in the lives of children and youth.
 Diana Boot, a Resonate partner and friend, was proud to train and award the certificates.
 I received two certificates - one of appreciation and one of completion/graduation.
 Martin, William, Me, and Baker - we have worked hard over the past two years to see that each training module was a success.
 The graduates lined up to receive their final certificate.
 It was an honor to shake hands in the process.
 I'm grateful for all of Diana's guidance, love, and training. Along with Dr. Mwaya wa Kitavi, and Mwikali Wambua, our Kenyan trainers.
 I shared a dramatic reading... rebuilding the walls... seeing the school system being transformed.
 Anthony Sytsma, from World Renew, shared the Word of God as our guest speaker.
 You can't have a celebration without cake.  I was up until 11 pm baking cupcakes the night before.
 Soroti Graduating Class of 2018.  Cake cutting ceremony.
 A privilege to cut and serve and finish well.
Josh & Mandy Shaarda were there too, encouraging one of their church members who completed the course.  A true blessing to have friends and ministry partners share in this special day.
 Hmmm... as formal a group shot as I could get.  :)
 Jesca is one of the young ladies who comes to the Sunday afternoon Bible study / discipleship group at my house.  I first met her in 2009 and it has been amazing to see her grow over the years.  She is a very dedicated and motivated teacher.  Her husband is also a teacher.  We were glad the little one waited to arrive until after the graduation, since her due date was the next day.
Actually, four of the young ladies in the discipleship group were a part of the day.  Jesca A and Jesca N were graduates. Teddy was the MC, and Grace was the photographer.  Again, I'm blessed to watch how the Lord is working in their lives and giftings.
Yep - I'm an EC Grad!