Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Recent email.

"But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24

Dear family and friends,

Greetings from Uganda.  As you can imagine, our days are filled with checking off our "to-do" list before moving to the remote area of Northern Uganda, Kitgum. Zane continues to minister at Calvary Chapel Entebbe which makes for some long days.  And Summer has been battling several illnesses (gastritis, gastrointestinal fungal infection and shingles). Speaking of both our home and Summer's illnesses, we have strong reason to believe that her four year battle with various ailments has been partly due to a major black mold invasion of our home. For this reason, we have decided to leave Entebbe on March 21st and stay in the ministry guesthouse in Kampala until our time of departure to Kitgum (March 31st).  Please pray that the Lord will renew Summer's strength and health.  And that we will be able to finish all that needs to be done in order to move a family of twelve to an area that lacks basic necessities.

The Lord has continually used the above verse in Acts 20 to speak to our hearts.  There are so many trials and set-backs that, at times daily, seem to draw us away from what really matters, "going into all the world to preach the gospel."  But, like Paul, "We do not know the things that shall befall us (v 22)."  But it is our desire that no matter what, "persecutions or hardships,"  we will not be moved from the course that the Lord has set before us. Please, as our partners in the gospel, pray that we will have joy as we begin ministering the "gospel of grace" to both the Acholi and unreached people of Lotodere, Northern Uganda.

"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."  
Acts 20:32

P.S. Please also join us in prayer as we have run into an issue concerning the renewal of Eryn and Ezekiel's visas.


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Praying with you, in all of these things.

Hoping that the mold has been the problem, and that moving into a new place will bring health and healing. Also aware that spiritual warfare can manifest itself in many ways, and that the enemy does not want you moving into this remote area to minister. I will be praying that the Lord will break down the walls that the enemy has put before you.

We moved into full-time ministry last summer, and we have been in an unbelievable battle with the enemy, for the hearts of the people on the little island that the Lord moved us to.

We KNOW that the LORD will win the battle ... we are not afraid ... He goes before us in ALL that He has called us to.

Much love and prayers! I am BLESSED every time I open your blog and see the pictures of your BEAUTIFUL family!!!

Laurel :)

patchworkmommy said...

I will pray! Summer I hope you feel better.

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

PRAYING! That God will give you strength, healing, grace, & determination through HIM to accomplish all the things HE DESIRES! Praise God for your willing heart, and your Love for the wonderful people of Uganda! Our prayers are covering you & we will continue to go before our God and ask HIS Guidance & wisdom for you all!