From our very first meeting, we prayed to become a family. Indeed, God has moved us from being individuals to a team to a family. That’s how we feel: We are family.
And, as a family, we share each other’s burdens. Please pray for us as we meet spiritual warfare with confidence that we are under spiritual attack because God has big plans for our trip.
We think we know what He has planned for this trip, but we know that the whole trip is under His control and His great plan and that He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think (Eph 3:20).
Our trip is described in full at https://mcleanbible.org/loudoun-uganda, complete with maps, pictures, and links to more information.
This trip is unique in that we have taken a team of 10 and turned them into 3 sub-teams with three missions.
Mike has been on this trip before–2 years ago. Over the last year, he’s been praying over what practical way he could give to the children of Destiny Village Boarding School if he were to go again, and computer training is God’s answer.
Mike and Dux have planned computer training for high schoolers who do not have easy access to technology like our teens do. Destiny Village doesn’t even have a computer lab–but they will once we get there!
Through the fundraising efforts of the Men’s Ministry’s Corn Hole Tournament and your generous donations, we have raised enough funds to purchase all the equipment needed to set up a computer lab for Destiny village School–and to make those purchases in Uganda so as to boost their economy.
Even though the children get a good education at Destiny Village, the vast majority graduate with no marketable skills. Our team will provide hands-on computer training to the older students and leave behind subscriptions to 12 months of online training to reinforce and build on the skills learned during our in-person training.
There are so many more details about how everything has come together for this computer training through business connections–too much to report here–but clearly God is at work in providing the training, the resources, the skills and talents of this team, and so much more. We thank God for His generous provisions!
All the rest of the team are hoping to help Mike and Dux with the computer training, but we won’t really know what our schedule will be until we get there.
Our team of Deaf and Hearing (who know American Sign Language)–Kim, Jill, Renee, and Pam–will establish a relationship with the Mulago School for the Deaf to learn the local sign language and to show the Deaf children that they are not alone.
In addition to fellowshipping while in Uganda, we look forward to communicating via interactive video throughout 2017 with the 30 Deaf adults in our congregation.
Please pray that seeds are planted and that this ministry grows beyond our imaginations.
Dave along with Cyrus, our partner from World Help, will be leading a pastors’ conference once again this year. You may recall that last year, you bought bibles for the pastors. This year, we have invited the pastors to bring their families to the conference.
While Dave and Cyrus are equipping the pastors and their spouses, Erin, Elena, and Cheryl will equip the pastors’ children, teaching them Jesus’ life in chronological order through interactive lessons and songs. We are essentially beta testing the “Following Jesus Interactive Bible Lessons” by Master the Bible Ministries. While the pastors are learning more of the bible and how to pastor, their children will learn more of the bible as well. Everyone goes home with more bible knowledge!
The whole team, all 10 of us, understand that God has prepared beforehand good works for us to do (Eph 2:10). You can read about the team members at https://mcleanbible.org/loudoun-uganda-donations and most of us have our pictures online there, too.
WE COVET YOUR PRAYERS
Because our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, pray that we are protected with the full armor of God, so that we will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm (Eph 6:12-13).
Pray that we continually set the Lord before us remembering that because He is at our right hand, we will not be shaken (Ps 16:8).
Pray that we may enjoy good health and that all may go well with us (3 John 1:2).
Pray that the word of God continues to increase in Uganda, the number of disciples multiplies greatly, and a great many of the pastors become obedient to the faith (Acts 6:7).
We leave the day after Christmas, December 26th, so no shopping the sales for us!
You can see our updates here on the blog and on Facebook–and we’re hoping to post on Twitter as well. You can see our posts on Facebook (https://facebook.com/mbcloudoun) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/mbcloudoun) even if you do not have an account.
(You might also pray over the technology working to His glory! because it is not even working correctly right now.)
And join us on Sunday, January 15 for our Uganda Share Time 12:30-2 pm in the Community Room.