The Gateway Center has partnered with the Church of Uganda's Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese in the Lake Albert region since 2007. The Lord has brought forth amazing growth during that period. Discipleship programs in the Kagadi Archdeaconry, a targeted administrative region, fueled a movement that added 30,000 people in 95 churches. The growth has been so strong that a whole new Archdeaconry has been added and Ugandan led discipleship programs are being carried out in churches throughout the whole diocese. With the Ugandan church training expanding on it’s own, we had to ask, “What more is there for us to do?”
Sometimes you just can’t get to sleep. I began musing on a word from a pastor, Mike Ferry. I had never heard of him, but his word was so right where we were at, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
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The Father's Love for the Prodigal Son “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20
The four-hour journey to Ilorin, Nigeria was dark and seemingly endless. I had gotten food poisoning earlier in the trip so all I could do was just sit and listen to my Nigerian friends, Oluyole and Abraham, talk about the things of the Lord and the fire in the hearts of the emerging young leaders coming to Ilorin. I wondered how this was affecting our Muslim driver.
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Luke 10:2
It was a beautiful moonlit night and the desert air was still hot. Sitting among the leaders around their personal fires for evening tea and listening to praise in French, English and Fufulde made the evening almost surreal.
I began reflecting on what the Lord was doing during our three day training of nomadic Christian leaders in the Muslim nation of Niger. We had flown three and a half hours over empty sub-Sahara desert to the village that was the outreach base to a stil further out region.
Report from Rev. Eric Twine:
Today as we held our last training, the report from Congo stands as follows: since September last year, reported cases have been 967; out of these 603 have died. These cases included 77 Doctors and of whom 26 died. This report was released on 03/17/2019 and was delivered to us by the Kagadi District Ebola Rapid Response and Disease Surveillance Unit- Serevano Tembo.
As neighbors we started praying for them from the day news broke out. We sure feel sorry for them, but the good news remains that there is no case reported in Uganda so far and there are high hopes that the efforts put in to sensitize the community on both prevention and prayer will strengthen the wall between Congo and Uganda.
All over the world we have seen the transformation of areas as the Kingdom of God is established. When the people of an area pray, when many turn to Christ, and when the kingdom of darkness flees, the Lord’s blessings begin to come and rest on the people and the land.
Such is happening in an area of Uganda. It is in a fairly remote region near Lake Albert. About 10 years ago the Lord sent a man full of His Spirit to this place, Kagadi. He was sent because it was the darkest place. Through the prayers of the people and leaders, God sent more to people to help.
Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for what you desire the most.
Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way You'll find he pulle it off perfectly! Ps 34:4-5 The Passion Bible
I had been the area representative for the U.S. Center for World Mission for five years since the trip to China. The pull to be in the nations had been growing in my heart. I had launched many into missions through the “Perspectives” course, but I longed to go myself.
It is not by might, cleverness or power but, by the Spirit of the Lord. Zech 4:6
His ways are not my ways and His ways are far above mine. Is.55:8,9
Excerpt from our founder, Ken Shirkey's coming book.
One of my missionary heroes was Brother Andrew. Stories of him packing Bibles into cars and crossing communist borders had been part my call to mission service. As I thought about the dangers posed by communist nations, part of me said, “I would never do that.”
I bring to you an urgent and serious prayer request.
On 1 August 2018, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health declared their 10th Ebola virus outbreak. DRC is Uganda’s western neighboring country, being separated by Lake Albert. The affected areas are about 100km from the western border of Uganda. Landing sites for people around Lake Albert are in the Kagadi Archdeaconry. From these landing sites to the affected areas in Congo takes a five hour water ride. This distance puts Kagadi at risk.
January brought a visit from our Gateway missionary family heading back to Brazil. Four years ago they came home to spend a short time raising funds. They were preparing to return to equip Brazilian missionaries and train Brazilian churches to send them. Sickness, family issues, an economic crisis in Brazil and loss of some donors hit them very hard. Our time with them now was a celebration and final preparation for their return in February.