MinistryDec 24, 2015
God has blessed us with many opportunities to share the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ with individuals. Whether shopping in the marketplace, traveling around, going house to house, or just talking to people who stop by the house or drop in at church, we must truly be “ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh [us] a reason of the hope that is in [us].” (1 Pet. 3:15) Most Ugandans are very friendly and especially in the rural areas the culture demands that they welcome you and give you the time to sit down with them and share whatever is on your heart. We praise the Lord for different ones that have come to Christ through these opportunities!
Sam is currently Pastoring "Victory In Christ Independent Baptist Church" on the ministry property God has blessed us with. We have a small but faithful congregation and are delighted to see them growing in the Lord. We are especially thankful for our deacon, Henry, and his zeal for Christ and desire to serve Him with all his heart. There are several others who are growing consistently and nearly all who are faithful in attendance are developing a servant's heart. We are also currently assisting two national pastors in their church plants.
Adaku Phinehas is in the village of Kulu, pastoring Eden Baptist Church which is technically in Congo but can be seen from the Ugandan border about forty minutes from our home. He is rejoicing in both the spiritual and numerical growth of his church, though he is the only national independent Baptist pastor among the Lugbara people.
Izama David is in the village of Moinya pastoring Gospel Power Baptist Church. This is in a district about six hours Northeast of us among the Ma’adi people and he is one of nine national pastors among the Ma’adi people. In the first year of his ministry there the Lord has used him to bring nearly 20 people to a saving knowledge of Christ. The church is growing and looking forward to raising their own building in the near future. Several men from this church have also recently begun preaching in another village nearby.
Beside helping and encouraging these two men in whatever small ways we can, we have been preaching regularly (weather permitting) and praying for God’s will concerning a future church in the village of Omoo. Though attendance is different every week, the group of regulars has grown to around six adults and young adults, several of whom have trusted Christ. Since this village is not too far from our church, several of these people have begun attending, though it is about a forty minute walk, and mostly uphill.
Matua Morris is a faithful man with sound Bible training who lives in the village of Opia about thirty minutes from our church. There are plans in the works to help him get a church started in his village in June of 2016 with some help from Bro. Phil Prettyman and a group from his home church.
Sam has had opportunity to teach several classes in our former co-worker’s Bible Institute, where Adaku Phinehas, Izama David, and Matua Morris graduated from. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, our co-workers had to leave the field and we are trusting the Lord to be able soon to open West Nile Baptist Bible Institute where regular classes can once again be taught to train Ugandans in the Word of God so that a church planting movement can begin in this region. In order to have a full program, more teachers will be needed. Pray that God will send more laborers into this harvest field.
Half the population of Uganda is 15 years of age or under. With this staggering amount of children and the past experience we have had in camp ministries, God put it on our hearts to reach out to the youth in this way. The school year runs from February through November here, so January turns out to be the best month for camp. We have been able to reach not only to the Lugbara youth surrounding us, but also to the youth of the Alur people to the South of us. We praise the Lord for these great opportunities and the lasting impact we have been able to see in the lives of some of the secondary students who have attended. We are thankful for the help of some people from two of our supporting churches in this ministry!
God has directed us to work together with Worldview Ministries in training five national pastors from the Ma’di people of Northern Uganda to be able to translate the New Testament into their heart language. David, Dominic, Marchello, Robert, and Thom have been studying Biblical Greek and plan to move to our property with their families in December of 2015 in preparation for the translation project. They have made a commitment to this project for 5-7 years to complete the New Testament, and will then consider the Old Testament. We are trusting God's provision for these families and the translation work.