"'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts.'" ~ Zechariah 4:6
My dearest friends and family,
While for most of you the summer is quickly approaching, the rainy season is among us here in Karamoja, after much delay and anticipation. It’s even nice to have it a bit cooler. For that alone, we praise our heavenly Creator as crops are beginning to grow - even mine. I have begun my very own garden for the first time. It has been fun, even though I have no idea what I am doing. After all the years refusing to help my dad in the garden growing up, it turns out I somehow enjoy it. Thanks to the help of my watchmen, it is so far a success. Please be praying for all to reap a good harvest this year.
In light of this newfound interest...
I will also be going to a three-day training next week called, “Farming God’s Way” with one of my teammates. Through this training I will learn principles and techniques on how to keep a garden not only for myself, but on how to help others in my community to better understand God’s creation through farming. I’m sure I will have things to share about it in my next update, but until then...please be praying for all who are going to take part in the training.
Speaking of growth...
we are beginning to see growth in some of our friends here as Jesus is penetrating hearts and changing lives.
It’s still one of my favorite days of the week. Not only because walking to the bush every Friday is an adventure, but because the soil is fertile. Those that come consistently for bible study are so hungry, we can see it in their eyes. And when they share what they have been learning, it is music to my ears and joy to my heart. A few weeks ago, Ben, Nasur and I reached Kali and found that none of our usual attendants were there, but only a few men whom we don’t see often. Quickly, Ben and I made a decision to start from the beginning of the book we are going through. We asked them questions to gauge how much they knew about the Gospel. Without much prompting, they showed us they knew about Jesus’ gift of salvation. We asked them how they learned, and they told us that it was because they asked the ladies who come to our bible study what they were doing with us every Friday. The ladies told them what they were learning about Jesus. Amazing! Such a privilege to see God working in lives.
We have also seen some growth in the lives of individuals in Lotirir. However, Please be praying for those of Lotirir as there has been some cult presence there causing confusion and noise. Please pray for protection over our church there and that those who are truly walking with Jesus will persevere and remain united. Pray that we would all have wisdom as we continue to minister there.
I would like to share with you the story of my dear friend, Nasur Preska....
She comes from a village called, Nakapelimen where she still resides today (This is a village/slum in Moroto). She is the second born of three children, but the firstborn passed away. When she was just six years old, her mother took her to South Sudan leaving her younger four-year-old sister to remain with the father. They remained in Sudan for 4 years, returning to find the father had died and the sister taken to Sudan with an auntie. Some seven years later, her mother passed away and Nasur lived with an uncle who was very abusive. After some time a young man came to engage her and she went to live with him in his village, as he comes from a neighboring tribe, called the Tepeth. From there, she became pregnant with her first child, Bilar. After she gave birth, she was being treated very harshly by the father of her child, so one day she took Bilar somewhere she could drown him. But a woman distracted her, not aware of Nasur’s plan, and showed her kindness. She asked her about her life and even gave her some food. Through one woman’s kindness, Nasur did not continue with her plan (today, she says it might have been an angel). Some weeks later she decided to move back to Moroto to her home village. Just following her return to Moroto, she met an Irish woman who gave her a Bible. Around the same time, she met our team (this was the beginning of 2017). My teammate, Nita visited Nakapilamen frequently and began to get to know Nasur. She began to read the Bible with her. “At some point”, Nasur says, “the gospel just made sense. It became clear.” So she accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation, and we have seen her heart and life change ever since. She was freed from an addiction to alcohol and has been so hungry to know and walk with God. She has been a bright light in such a dark place. Through much abuse and hardship (much due to the change in her life) she remains relying on the strength and grace of the Lord as she learns to live in obedience to Him. I am always so encouraged by her and find so much joy in friendship with her. She now also has a 1 year old son, Lopeyok. Please be praying for her as she shines the light of Jesus in her dark community. May they see His life through her as she cares and loves her own children and those around her. She has been coming with us for some of our bible studies in the bush as well as sharing with some in her community.
While there is so much darkness, pain and heartbreak everyday, it is stories like Nasur’s that make it all worth it. “The darkness does not overcome the light” and she is living proof of that. I count it an honor to be a part of what God is doing in her life.
As always, with so much love and gratitude,
PRAISES AND PRAYER REQUESTS
He is good ALWAYS
Those of Kaligilikol are sharing what they are learning
Nasur’s walk with Jesus
God is working among the Karimojong
Open hearts for the Karimojong people
Farming God’s Way
We will abide in Christ
Unity as a team
Mine and my team's hearts and minds as we combat spiritual warfare as well as the flesh (that we will continually renew our minds)
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true, supreme and sovereign God, and in the same manner know Jesus as the Christ whom you have sent."