Happy August. School time is now here and all the chaos that comes with that. Our kids are all settling in to school with the boys going into 4th, 6th, and 9th and the girls are going into 10th, 11th, and sophomore year of college. School is a wonderful thing, as it prepares a student for a future work. In the United States it is free and available to everyone, a fact many kids overlook. Yet, as much as some kids dread school, learning is a big part of life and an essential part of growth. This is the same in our spiritual life. Theology, learning about God, is an essential part of life and our spiritual growth. Scripture is truth and truth glorifies God. E.D. Burns writes, “TRUTH matters for eternity.” We often focus on the right now and culture tells us to live for the moment, yet we are told throughout Scripture that we are preparing for eternity.
“6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”
1 Timothy 4:6-10
We are to train or exercise ourselves in godliness in this life and the one to come. This is something we have to remind our selves of and teach others about. This is the big reason we are going to Uganda and partnering with RAU(www.reachingafricasunreached.org). The need for theological training of pastors and lay leaders is essential to the health of churches and the believers of those churches. 85% of pastors around the world have no theological training. Please pray for these rural pastors and church leaders. Pray for those, like us, who wish to go and work among them and with them, and consider supporting us financially and with prayer in this matter.
 Burns, E. D. “Introduction.” Essay. In Missionary-Theologian: Sent into the World, Sanctified by the Word, 21. Fearn, England: Christian Focus Publications, 2020.
Did you get your packet in the mail? In July Sara and I mailed out packets of info to all our friends and family. They have a prayer card, an introduction letter to our ministry and an intention to support form. If you didnt get one please email me or Sara so we can get one sent to you.
Praise the Lord for those that have given to our ministry. We are currently at 4% monthly and 1% of our outfit and passage. We also have had our first church partnership start. A church plant at that! Be sure to thank God for their faithfulness. If you are interested in supporting us, you can visit our giving page at http://www.abwe.org/prycesofafrica. Giving can be hard as there are many good and godly ministries to give to and there are many bad ones to invest in as well. When we give we must think one eternally, knowing that what we are giving to will have a eternal impact with people, and two, that it is God honoring and God proclaiming. If a ministry is not honoring the Lord in how it works and not proclaiming his name amongst the nations then we need to find a better place to give to. We would love to talk with you about what we are going to be doing in Uganda, so if your church, small group, or your family would like to sit down with us please reach out to us.
REACHING AFRICA’S UNREACHED
Reaching Africa’s Unreached has a busy year of training and fruitfulness, make sure to take a couple minutes to watch the video above. Jacob and Carol Lee, RAU leaders, are currently back in the US visiting family and church supporters. Be in prayer for them as they travel and try and spend time with everyone.
A NEW HOSPITAL?
The area marked in red is new land that was purchased by RAU. The future plans for this site are to build a well staffed and supplied hospital that will serve the area of Northwest Uganda and possibly into South Sudan. Be in prayer for all the future missionaries and future relationships that will be made here through medical care!
WHAT ARE WE READING AND STUDYING
I just finished a class on Islam, called Encountering the World of Islam. It was wonderful and very opening. It has definitely given me some insight into Islam and I believe will be very beneficial in Uganda. I have also finished Hitlter’s Cross by Erwin Lutzer and I am now reading The Missionary Theologian by E.D. Burns.
Sara is currently taking a class on hermenutics, that ABWE offers called Methods of Bible study. She is reading Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. She is finishing up, Everyone’s A Theologian by R.C. Sproul.
Kaleena sings, sings, sings and finds “venomous” spiders.
Rory and Izyiah have been consuming everything Star Wars lately.
Liam has now learned the flags of every country in the world and is studying Russian.
Nora and Aniyah have been preparing for basketball and soccer.
Emma has been pet sitting all summer to earn some extra cash.
- New supporters for our ministry.
- For our spiritual growth.
- For a great school year.
- That we balance school, work, church, support raising well.
- For our teammates: The Langworthys, The Lees, and The Mitchells.