The team visited a refugee camp, housing over 30,000 men, women and children who have fled the war in Congo. Breaking into three different groups, they were surrounded by dozens of folks as soon as they stepped off the bus. Drew reports that they did a great job of immediately taking opportunities to sing songs, share testimonies and preach the gospel with these folks. He writes that the Lord used the team’s hard work and love for the people in the camp and that “dozens professed Christ.”
The team is pretty tired after nearly two weeks of travel and full days of physical labor and constant activities.
Please pray for the team as they prepare to leave tomorrow morning (seven hour bus ride and 17 hour plane ride). Pray for continued grace during this last leg of their trip. And pray for the seeds which our team planted to continue to grow and take root in the lives of all the men and women in Kiburara, Uganda. Lift up pastor Moses Nkwatsibwe, as he continues to lead the local area churches, shepherds God’s people, and proclaim the gospel in the community there.
Read the Day 9 update.
January 20 2013 at 7:40 pm 0 Comments
The team broke up into smaller groups this morning and went to 11 different village churches. While there, every team member was able to participate in seeking to encourage the believers there through preaching, Bible studies and sharing personal testimonies of God’s goodness! Drew reports that at least two people came to Christ at one of the churches.
The team was blown away by the generosity of the people, as they blessed them with gifts of fish, bananas, papayas, chicken eggs, woven baskets, etc. These items are usually sold in marketplaces as a means of obtaining money for these people’s families, so the team was extremely blessed knowing the sacrifice that our brothers and sisters made to thank them for their time and energy.
Robert and Ken also did a wonderful job of presenting the gospel to over 100 inmates at the Kiburara prison.
Pray for the team as they prepare to visit the refugee camp tomorrow. Also, continue to pray for the prison inmates and all the people who heard the gospel of Christ preached today - many who are hearing for the first time - that they would be affected by the truth and brought to saving faith!
Read the Day 8 update.
January 20 2013 at 6:22 pm 0 Comments
About 30 people got baptized today in the local Mpanga River today! One of the ladies who participated in this sacrament was one of the widows whose home had been repaired earlier in the week, already seeking to be faithful for others to be witness to how the Lord has transformed her life!
Baptisms in such a public place always draw a large crowd of people from local communities to see what is happening. Two of the guys on the team, Cole and Sam did a fantastic job of seizing the opportunity to explain to various young men in the crowd what the gospel is and what was taking place.
Continue to pray for grace and peace to the team as prepare to preach from God’s Word and share testimonies with over 10 local area churches tomorrow morning!
Read the Day 7 update.
January 19 2013 at 3:54 pm 0 Comments
Today was the final day of the Pastors Conference, where over 70 pastors received “certificates” that Moses likes to bless these men with. Many of the pastors left telling Robin and Moses how deeply helped they were by the teaching and affected by Robin’s heart to care for and love the people there. Drew writes that one pastor was encouraged to by Robin’s teaching on how to help cultivate the gifts of congregants to allow them to participate in ministry.
At the Youth Conference, Bart Hungerford gave a talk on work and business and Billy Buttrey shared his testimony with all the young men there. Sherly Giglio spoke with the ladies and many of the young women were affected by her example and genuine passion for making the gospel her main priority in life.
Keep the team in your prayers as they close out the Youth Conference tomorrow morning!
Read the Days 5 and 6 update.
January 17 2013 at 3:08 pm 0 Comments
At the Pastors Conference, Robin taught on the doctrine of salvation and also had a time of questions and answers, which was an immense blessing to the pastors and their wives - most of which have never received any formal training.
Drew says that the whole team has been “doing an amazing job of loving and serving not only the Ugandans, but [also] one another.” Due to the high number of refugees at the Youth and Pastors conferences (over 120), the team worked with Pastor Moses on obtaining permission to visit the refugee camp to help provide relief and to share the resurrected Christ with people there.
Continue to pray for the gospel to go forward and for new and unique opportunities for our team to serve the people of Uganda!
Read the Day 4 update.
January 15 2013 at 11:42 pm 1 Comments
The team spent another day ministering in local villages through the preaching of the gospel and repairing three different widows’ homes. In one of these villages nine people prayed to receive Christ! Drew writes that the team is “deeply moved by the joy, faith and warmth of the Ugandans.”
Robin Boisvert also began teaching at the Leaders Conference today, where over 50 pastors and a handful of their wives, from various villages and districts, were blessed by his equipping and teachings from Scripture.
The Youth Conference starts tomorrow morning. This unique conference has been a highlight to hundreds of young people (ranging from ages 15 - 30) for the past six years. Many of these young men and women travel many miles by bus or on foot to attend and hear our team preach from the Bible. Pray for the guys on our team, as they preach the gospel of Christ to these youth who hunger for God’s word. Pray for the ladies on the team, as they share testimonies and exhortations to the people attending the youth conference.
Also, tomorrow, our team will begin a vocational training workshop for the men and women in Kiburara. It is our hope to be able to help provide men and women with the skills of a trade to build up the community and the economy. Some of the skills that will be taught tomorrow include: automobile repair, art, sewing, and bricklaying. Pray that this would be a fruitful time and be a blessing to men and women as they seek to learn new things to better support their families.
Read the Day 3 update.