The Lord has reopened the door for ministry in the nations. This September your Gateway team will be conducting seminars for pastors and leaders in Exmouth, England. They have also expressed a need for a woman’s seminar and Martha is thrilled to be able to minister them.
The relationship with the saints in England was established through your team ministry in Brazil. Bishop Josep Rosello was called to England to minister to declining churches. Covid 19 restrictions prevented us from joining him and his congregation sooner,
It was cold and the wind was blowing hard outside a barn in Lebanon, Ohio. Periodically it would whip through the cracks in the barn wall, but it couldn’t match the fire of the wind of the Holy Spirit inside. People of all ages with different church backgrounds bundled up for the weather and came with a hunger for the Presence of the Lord. One of the most astounding aspects was that there were whole families with school-aged children. The young ones were also hungry for the Lord and would not be left out of anything.
We are glad the breakout of COVID 19 brought new worldview that requires new mission strategies. Yesterday, I convened an Archdeaconry Council, the policymaking body of the Archdeaconry, to look into what the Lord may be leading us to accomplish for and with Him. I reminded members that since the Church being salt and light, our job is transform Christians from church members to disciples. In my 14 years of being an archdeacon, I have found that good theology does not make good pastors. My vision in Hoima is to build a people of the Kingdom: a growing community of disciples rather than simply church members. This is in line with our Diocesan Vision that says, “Mature, Stable and grounded Christian Lives whose worship bring glory to God; ready to serve".
Just as everything changed with the Lord’s birth, the ministry of the Gateway Center changed with our shift to a rapid response team and because of the global travel restrictions. Churches, especially those in Uganda and the UK, were in lockdown during the pandemic and ministry opportunities were limited. Our old ways of doing conferences and teaching did not work. The Lord brought streams to our desert by using this time in refitting, strengthening, and equipping your Gateway team to take the Gospel to the nations in a fresh way.
After the Kentucky revivals, we wondered with what God was going to task Gateway. Through August we sought the Lord and prayed. We wondered if we should go to Charlotte, NC moving with the Saturate Global team. We put out a fleece and it was apparent that we were to stay put. As Ken’s sister needed more help, we put much in that regards (see story on back).
In September Gateway’s call to be a “rapid response team” began to take shape. We got texts from groups in Lebanon, OH to come and speak about the revival in Kentucky and what they could do to usher it in.
We partnered with Saturate Global ministry team during the Cane Ridge Camp Meetings. We actually camped in a tent for five days to be available for whatever the Lord would have us do.
People arrived from as far away as Washington state and California. Families with children, couples, individuals came with tents and RVs. Everyone had one thing in common; a hunger for the presence of the Lord. The Lord did not disappoint!
You sent funds and God said, “Now.” So we wired them to Rev. Eric in Uganda.
Here is his thank you to you all:
As I write this email, I go on my knees to thank you so much and those who send gifts to us through you for what you sent last month.
You are really used by God. I thank everyone who contributed.
How are you doing in this season of change and challenge?
The process of change has been very real in these last months for all of us. Covid-19 restrictions on our lives and a seemingly all out war on God’s covenant purposes for our culture and nation have caused fear and even great discouragement in some areas of the Body of Christ. At the same time the Lord has been pouring out His Spirit and preparing His church for a massive world-wide awakening.
“And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armor, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” 1 Sam 14-KJV
Whenever I feel like something is too big for me, the Lord brings to mind that I am merely the glove on his hand and that often will use small things to bring great glory to his name. Niger is one of those God adventures that will be forever burned into my mind.
Often in scripture, when the Lord moves in a fresh way it requires working differently. One of the first things He asked us to do was begin reaching out to the neighborhood by opening up a time and ministry on our porch.
The Lord also began to redirect the ministry. We were to change from being a traditional mission agency to becoming more of a rapid response team. That meant we had to release our missionaries so both we and they would be more effective in the coming move of God.