Above: We prayed for these five representatives from the India Medical Team last Sunday—Javed Khan, Bethany Gill, David Yu, Swarna Tammana, and Matt Hsieh.
Tomorrow Mark Mitchell will be teaching us how to share the gospel. Plan to take some good notes.
Mike Bradshaw will lead our time of singing. We’ll also celebrate God’s grace by baptizing one person in each service.
See you there!
January 9 2009 at 9:47 am 0 Comments
Just received the following update from Kelly:
1) Jon Gasca preached Thursday afternoon at the village crusade, and three people dedicated their lives to the Lord, including two young men in their early 20s and a teenage girl who is terminally ill with AIDS. Praise God for his kindness to these precious ones!
2) Please pray for Isaac (health update below) and Drew who will both be preaching on Friday. Each will preach one sermon at the Youth Conference and Isaac is currently scheduled to preach at the afternoon village crusade.
Health Updates/Prayer Requests:
1) Eric McAllister: His low-grade fever finally broke Thursday evening before bed, but then slowly returned by this morning; he seems to be the most uncomfortable to date, and will be staying in again on Friday to continue to heal. Please pray for a quick return to full health!
2) Three more team members came down with low grade fevers and, thus, returned to the guest house Thursday afternoon: Casey Somerville, Danny Mays and Hye Joon Pak. All three are feeling better this morning, however, Hye Joon will be staying back at the guest house to continue to rest and heal. Danny and Casey are fever-free and will be going out with the team.
3) Courtney Ricucci and Jake Campbell both developed low-grade fevers Thursday evening. Jake awoke fever-free and feeling well enough to go out Friday with the team. Courtney will stay back at the guest house for continued rest and recuperation.
4) Danielle Warren continues to struggle with wakening during the night. Melanie Garfield has also begun having difficulty sleeping. Please pray for both of these dear ladies that they will get the physical rest their bodies need.
5) Matt Wahl is feeling much improved and was able to sleep well again. He will be going out with the team on Friday.
6) Isaac’s fever broke a few hours before bedtime. He is generally feeling better and is going out to lead the team today.
7) Isaac reports that the entire team is officially exhausted from their busy schedule. Please pray for overall strength and stamina, both physical and spiritual.
As always, it is a privilege to partner with you in prayer! What an encouragement to know that our gracious God is busy doing His work in Uganda, including tenderly shepherding our dear friends and family during their sojourn there.
January 8 2009 at 6:30 pm 1 Comments
More from Kelly Hydoski about what the team is up to:
Thursday Overview: The team will again be led by Drew Garfield. As for the Youth Conference, Brandon Wyzga will preach a sermon from 2 Timothy today, and Drew will preach again for the second sermon. Another team member will be assigned later today to preach at the village crusade.
Health Updates/Prayer Requests (Much prayer needed in this arena!):
1) Isaac is feeling slightly better; however, he has had a return of a low-grade fever and, therefore, was advised by the nurses on the team to stay at the guest house to continue to rest and recover today.
2) Four others are also staying behind at the guest house today: Matt Wahl* and Eric McAllister for similar flu-like symptoms, one of the team’s bus drivers, named “Sunday,” who has been diagnosed with (and is being treated for) malaria, and Danielle Warren, one of our team’s nurses, who is staying behind to care for those who are ill. *As a follow-up to previous prayer requests: Matt was able to sleep for 10 hours last night, praise God!!!
3) Isaac estimates that an additional 8-10 people on the team have also begun to feel poorly. Their symptoms include cough, nasal congestion and sore throat. Since none of these members had any signs of fever, and all had expressed a desire to go out and indicated feeling well enough to, they will be participating in today’s efforts. As an added precaution, Drew will be monitoring their health status and, if any team member’s symptoms worsen as the day progresses, they will also return to the guest house to rest and recuperate. Isaac wanted us to be reassured—everyone on the team is attempting to be wise and cautious regarding their health. :)
Additional Health Information: Danielle, who has contacts in Uganda through the hospital where she works, spoke with a physician in Kampala. He said the symptoms the team is reporting sound very typical of what Americans experience when visiting Uganda, and are most likely the result of a viral infection that some arrived with; often their immune systems become weakened from fatigue, and any infection will begin to flourish as a result. This doctor works in the hospital that a previous team member utilized last year, and he has offered his assistance and rooms to our current team members, if it becomes necessary.
Thank you for your continued prayer and support for these precious saints out in the mission field doing His work! Your prayers are definitely felt and appreciated. He is there in their midst!
January 8 2009 at 3:50 pm 0 Comments
More details from Kelly about Wednesday:
I was able to talk at greater length with Isaac tonight and have some more specifics to pass on.
The mission front…
General: Isaac reiterated that the team has been very effective in preaching the gospel and in sharing testimonies; people continue to be saved every day! Please enjoy the following reports of the fruit of their labors…
Youth Conference: As previously mentioned, Drew Garfield preached twice. One of his messages was from 2 Timothy: to aim to live for Jesus Christ. In addition, the team had passed out the remaining blue “One Life” bracelets utilized by the Singles Ministry. Drew tied the bracelets to his message as a tangible reminder to encourage the youth to live their one life for Jesus Christ, and to live for Him now! The bracelets, and the message, were received with much excitement!
Also, the number of attendees at the Youth Conference continues to grow each day as more people arrive. By Wednesday, well over 500 were in attendance and Pastor Moses is expecting more every day!
Village Crusade: David Somerville preached the gospel on Wednesday. As a result, a man who is blind, a young woman in her 20s, and many children were converted!
Additional Praise Reports: Isaac said they have been so encouraged to routinely encounter people who became saved as a result of the investment of last year’s team! Many are still pursuing the Lord and are thriving members at Pastor Moses’ Church, including one young teenage boy whose story I believe you will find compelling. He inquired after Jimmy Wilson, a member of last year’s team. Jimmy had shared the gospel with and prayed for this young man a year ago—a quote from him: “Jimmy is my best friend; he gave me a new heart!”
Jimmy, please feel the Lord’s encouragement for the role you played in His plans for this teenager’s life! Well done!
January 8 2009 at 10:38 am 0 Comments
More news on the Uganda team from Kelly Hydoski:
The team was led by Drew Garfield today to participate in the same format described yesterday (Youth Conference, village evangelism, and “crusade”). Drew preached twice today, and Isaac said that he did an excellent job! The team’s service continues to have a significant impact in this region. Many lives are being dedicated to the Lord on a daily basis!! What a Savior we serve!
As for health updates/prayer requests:
1) Please pray for Danielle Warren and Matt Wahl. They are having difficulty sleeping; they awaken in the middle of the night and are unable to return to sleep. Please pray God would grant them sweet slumber!
2) Please continue to pray for healing for Isaac; he was advised to stay back at the guesthouse today to rest and implement his doctor’s recommendations. Hopefully, this respite will speed his recovery so he can rejoin the team in their adventures asap!
3) Please pray for the overall stamina of the entire team; Isaac indicated that this is generally the point in a trip of this nature where the daily routine can become physically exhausting. The team is currently doing well. He simply would ask us to lift them up pro-actively. :)
Thanks for lifting up these requests, along with all of your faithful prayers for this trip, to our Heavenly Father. What a privilege we have to serve both our precious friends and family, and this dear community, in this significant way; and how kind of our Lord that we can be confident He hears and answers!!!! It is a pleasure to pray alongside all of you. :)
January 7 2009 at 2:36 pm 1 Comments
Here’s a clip from “Don’t Worry…Seek the Kingdom,” the second message of our two-part series, “The Good Recession.” Audio of the full message is available here.