Bob Kauflin passed on this encouraging e-mail to me:
I am so grateful you have asked us to memorize these hymns! As I learn and sing, I have found myself rejoicing at a deeper level.
Also, I am so much more aware of God’s love for me, an area in which I have needed to grow. Guess what? I must confess…I didn’t even like hymns before we started memorizing them! Isn’t God good?
With abundant thanksgiving,
Thanks for the encouragement, Elizabeth! Thanks also to Ken Boer for his hard work on the “Hymns: How Sweet the Sound” series and to Dave Campbell and Roger Hooper for producing the CD. Your work is helping us all grow in love for God!
January 14 2009 at 11:30 am 0 Comments
Word from Kelly H. Probably the final update…
Isaac called about 1 a.m. our time to let us know the team was about to board the flight from Entebbe to London. He may not be able to call again before they reach home due to the short layover between their flights. If they miss their connection, he will definitely call to let us know. Please pray for safe and timely travel; they are excited to be coming home!
By the way, Isaac said the team thoroughly enjoyed the “boutique hotel” that they ended up in after the first hotel gave away their rooms. It was a smaller hotel with beautiful verandas. In fact, they preferred their new hotel so much, Isaac thinks they will most likely use it for future trips. God often blesses us in such unexpected ways, doesn’t He?
It’s been a privilege to provide these updates and pray with all of you. God Bless!
January 13 2009 at 12:45 pm 0 Comments
Quick report about Tuesday (pictured: a view of Burton Street in Kampala City Centre):
The team has safely arrived in Kampala, but not without a little adventure!
When the team reached their hotel—tired, hungry and looking forward to a hot shower and comfortable bed—they found out their reservations had been given away to another group that had missed their flight earlier. Oops! The hotel managers have worked hard to make amends by providing a complimentary dinner for the team and booking new accommodations for them at another hotel in Kampala. They are also providing shuttle transport and breakfast for the team at their new hotel.
They will be leaving to catch their flight in about 12 hours or so. Isaac will call when they reach the airport. Please be praying for safe travel.
Grace to you all…
January 12 2009 at 2:50 pm 0 Comments
Word from Kelly about Monday:
Excellent news! Isaac called this morning to report that Eric McAllister’s fever broke sometime late Sunday evening. Chelsea Kauflin is feeling better today as well. As a result, the ENTIRE TEAM is currently participating in the evangelistic community dinner outreach this evening, and Eric is leading worship! Isn’t God kind to provide one more opportunity for them to serve and celebrate together in the mission field before they depart for home?
The team provided the finances for this dinner which they co-hosted with their Ugandan brothers and sisters. Isaac indicated that the event was a huge success; many unbelievers came out to join them.
Another highlight of the evening was the opportunity to present a financial gift from Covenant Life Church to Kibuara Gospel Center to help fund their building project. The church has outgrown the adobe building where they currently meet. Pastor Moses and the congregation were very touched by this offering!
On a side note, Isaac said that our dear friends and family were able to assist with meal preparation, providing a unique opportunity for them to not only witness but participate directly in the daily lives of these precious folks (which differ greatly from our American experience). I imagine there will be many meaningful (and fun) stories to ensue…
Later tonight, after saying goodbye to their friends in Uganda, the team will return to the guest house to make final preparations for their departure around dawn on Tuesday morning. Isaac will try to call once they have reached Kampala to inform us of their safe arrival.
All of these priceless moments are a rich treasure. What tales of God’s overflowing grace we have to look forward to when they get back. Much grace to all of you as we eagerly pray for them and await their return home!
January 12 2009 at 10:40 am 0 Comments
Word from Kelly Hydoski about Sunday:
1) The team began the day by serving and encouraging three area churches. Drew, Isaac and Ian Lotinsky each preached a sermon.
2) The afternoon was spent at the local prison doing an evangelistic outreach. The men went inside to preach and minister. The ladies remained outside of the prison to conduct an outreach for the female staff.
3) In the Lord’s providence the evening soberly concluded with the team attending the funeral of a dear founding member in Moses’ church who had gone home to be with the Lord the previous day. She was a well-respected, elderly “matriarch” within the church and will be greatly missed. She is also the mother of the pastor who recently led a church plant for Moses. Isaac was asked to preach the gospel at both the funeral and graveside services. He said their time together was touching and filled with sadness—yet inspiring, due to this precious sister’s faithful life before the Lord. Please pray for her family, friends and fellow church members as they mourn her loss and await the day they will see her again. What hope we have in the midst of sorrow because of Jesus’ great sacrifice on our behalf!
Prayer Requests/Health Updates:
1) Please continue to pray for healing for Eric McAllister, as his low-grade fever has persisted another day. An American doctor who runs a clinic in Kampala is currently directing Eric’s medical care. Isaac reports Eric is doing well overall and is participating with the team at the guest house in meals, worship and fellowship.
2) Please pray for healing for Chelsea Kauflin who also stayed back at the guesthouse Sunday to rest due to a low-grade fever.
1) The team will spend Monday morning at the guest house to rest and pack in anticipation of their journey home. On Monday evening they will officially conclude their ministry in Kibuara by hosting an evangelistic outreach dinner for the community. Please pray for the continued spread of the gospel during this venture and that the team would have a sweet time saying farewell to our precious brothers and sisters in Africa.
2) Tuesday morning the team will depart via bus for Kampala. Please pray for comfort as this is an 8-10 hour, bumpy trek. They will spend the night at a hotel in Kampala before catching their flight home the following day.
3) On Wednesday the team will board a flight from Entebbe to London with a connection to Washington-Dulles. Please pray for a safe and comfortable trip. Two back-to-back eight-hour flights can be exhausting.
It is hard to believe our beloved team’s time in Uganda is fast drawing to a close. As always, it is an honor to support them in prayer alongside you!
January 12 2009 at 4:00 am 0 Comments
Yesterday Mark Mitchell led us through the Two Ways To Live method of sharing the gospel. Thanks, Mark, for teaching us so effectively.
If you somehow didn’t get a copy of the Two Ways to Live tract, you can view it online here. The audio of the message will be available later this week.
Here are questions written up by pastor Don DeVries to help you apply the message:
1. Mark said that we live in a culture that does not share our understanding of God, sin and human guilt. What did he mean, and what part of the Bible’s story must we explain to help unbelievers understand their accountability before God?
2. Mark summarized the content of the “Two Ways to Live” tract in six words. Can you quote those six words, verbatim and in order?
3. In your own words, what does each of the six points mean?
4. Mark exhorted us to learn the content of this tract, to adapt it to our personality and to the people with whom we share and to then share it. What specific steps are you going to take, individually and as a family, to apply this teaching?