In the last few months Christian has had the opportunity to preach in many places. Every week he goes to the prison near us and preaches and teaches to over one hundred men. In the few months since he started going there fourteen men have given their lives to follow Christ. He has been able to give out close to one hundred bibles to the men there and audio bibles in their language that they can listen to. He takes razors, soap and for their literacy program we give notebooks and pens.
Last month he was able to go to Kampala and preach in a slum where there are many drug addicts and prostitutes. Raelee and I stayed at a hotel, it is hard for me to not be with him when he preaches but it is harder to sit among hundreds of people and half of them sit staring at us instead of hearing what is being preached! Even in our church services where there aren’t many people, I sit in the back and many of the people sit through the service turned around staring at me. It is uncomfortable to say the least, both because it is awkward to be stared at but also because it takes away from them hearing the word of God.
There were eight people saved at that conference. We are thankful that Christian is able to travel and preach. We feel God is calling him to preach the word not only in our community but all over Uganda. He will be speaking at a youth conference in November and has been asked to go way up north to a very poor area to preach in the future.
Right now he is preparing to teach classes to Pastors how to study their Bibles. There have been so many outside influences here, many denominations come in and the result is many people take a little from this and a little from that and then mix in the Muslim culture, while still holding on to what the witch doctors teach. There is way too much wealth and prosperity preaching. A lot of Pastors don’t even know scripture well enough to teach it. The challenge for Christian as he prepares this is finding the materials to teach from. He would like to teach them how to study with resources like concordances so that they can really get an understanding of scripture but so far we can’t even find actual study Bibles. We are praying God provides everything he needs to help these men to deepen their knowledge of the word and be able to go back to their churches and really begin to teach and disciple their congregations.
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Thanks to the generosity of the ladies of Good Hope Baptist Church in Anacoco, Louisiana in August I was able to give out receiving blankets to forty-five pregnant women so far. They donated about 200 blankets I believe. I have to say it has been very challenging to give them out – it is always challenging to give anything away, I usually try to wait until there are visitors to give things away. It takes the pressure off of me, when I run out of things to give there are always rumors and doubts that I really have more but am hoarding them for myself! I also told the women that I often buy mats to help out, I would much rather buy something than for someone to come and just ask for a handout. I have bought fifteen mats so far. There was a condition to receiving the blankets, when the babies were born they had to bring them by so that we could see the new bundles of joy! I have had some come by and am waiting to see the rest as they come into the world!
Thank you ladies for your giving hearts and all the work you have done with dolls, pads for the girls and the blankets. I know that as you make them you pray over everyone thing you are working on! I believe those prayers, the work of your hands and joy you get from making and buying things for people here won’t go to waste in God’s Kingdom!
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11:24-25
We went to visit Ndianga at his home on Tuesday before he went for his last visit to the doctor who did the surgery in August. He has been going every month to see how his progress is coming along. He and his wife were so happy we came to see them, she brought out enough food to feed about eight Americans – we do not eat as much as they do! He is so very grateful to us and the Mandate for allowing him to have this surgery. We were mistaken about when he had the wreck that left him cripple, instead of five years ago it had actually been twelve years. So for twelve years he has had pain and trouble walking. His therapy and healing is coming along well, he says he is so happy that he had the surgery. He has a little ways to go before he is one hundred percent, he still has a limp but yesterday at his check-up the doctor told him that because he has had the limp and uneven leg length that his hip and buttock muscles had atrophied so much that it will take a little while of walking to strengthen those muscles and be able to walk normally. On Tuesday he still had the crutch but when he went back on Wednesday the doctor took the crutch and told him he needs to walk slowly with small steps without it. He doesn’t have to go back for six months unless he has problems. When he stopped by Wednesday on the way home from the check-up he walked for us without the crutch. It has been such a blessing to see the joy in him for the gift of healing him from something he has had to deal with for twelve years. He looks so much healthier, I told him he is fat now, his face is filled out and looks so good. He laughed and laughed at that!
We told him that it is God that has blessed him, and we are His hands and feet. We explained to him that we have grown to love him and that his character and honesty and the fact we can depend on him for anything we need is what has brought that blessing to him. We continue to pray for him and wait for the day he is back to driving the tipper and we get to see his smiling face everyday!
On a side note, I am sorry I don’t get posts up regularly. Just for this post it has taken me and hour and a half just to get the picture, video clip and paragraph. With all I have to do in a day it is hard to sit down and upload pictures and write so I end up just posting our daily life on Facebook and Instagram. I do not friend many people on Facebook – mainly close friends and family. But I can be followed on Instagram at roxxiheart64!