"to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faithin me." Acts 26:18

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pictures from town yesterday...

Have you ever played the game "Eye-Spy"?  The littles and I play it sometimes when we go down town.

I spy with my little eye...

A kitten watching the egg man load up our eggs...

Two mzungu kids that I know quite well...

And three boys on roller blades very well protected (an very unusual sight!)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What goes up, must come down...

So my boys got themselves in quite the little predicament today.  They might have been yelling for help and I might have told them to hang on, said a silent prayer that the rope wouldn't break, and gone to get my camera.

I probably shouldn't be laughing so hard at this... but what are brothers for, right?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Driving around town these days...

As if it's not enough to rip up and attempt to reconstruct ALL the major roads through down town Mbale at the same time...

...they finally started ripping up the traffic circle around the main clock tower.  They blocked off half of it and 

re-routed that line of traffic around the back of Uchumi...the neighboring supermarket.  The problem being of course, that that road is also ripped up and only intended to be a single lane road.  But does that stop anyone from making it three lanes?  No way, not here!  Until the end of the road where, because it is ripped up too, has a steep drop off into a ditch stretching across the whole road, except one little space on the far left...large enough for cars to slowly ease themselves over the drop one by one...which is always interesting when you have three lanes trying to use it.

But the clock tower/traffic circle was only closed off on one half of it.  The traffic was free to use the other half.  Which should work, except for the huge Lorry that didn't get the message about going behind Uchumi and attempted to go the wrong direction around the open half of the traffic circle.  And who knows where that mutatu in the middle is trying to go!

Driving in Mbale: Never boring. Always entertaining.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

John 1:12-13

"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."   

As Christian parents we want nothing more than for our children to know God and be known by God.  We labor hard to this end.  We teach them, we pray for them, and we wrestle through spiritual truths with them.  We struggle to know when to discipline them and when to show grace.  We cry, we laugh, we love.  We hope, we trust, we yearn.

And we know that ultimately their eternal state is completely outside of our control.

If our children are to become children of God, it is not by our blood.  It is not by our will.  It is not by the will of any man on earth.  It is only the will of God.

It is a real temptation for me to feel so much fear at the thought that the state of my children's eternal souls is out of my hands.  But it really ought to bring me the greatest comfort.  Their souls are in the hands of a loving God...a God of grace.  He is perfect and his wisdom is perfect.  He is also perfect in how he chooses to display his glory.

On the good days and on the bad, I'm so thankful that they are under his authority.  There is no better place for them to be.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Great Day!

Last Sunday was a wonderful Sunday for Mbale OPCU.  The church became its own particular church, installed Charles Magala as pastor and ordained Tabitya Robert as Elder.  Messulamu, who has been translating for our church for a long time now, was ordained as pastor.  Starting next week, he will begin preaching at our church plant up on the mountain.  Perhaps you remember that for many months now, we have had a group walking 10 Kilometers every Sunday in order to worship with us.  We have been praying and praying that the Lord would bless them with a church up where they are.  Please pray for this group of believers as they begin worship.

Pastor Eric Makwasi for Kama OPCU asked the questions for installation and ordination.

Pastor John Rogers of New Zealand, who is here teaching a course at KTC gave the prayer for Pastor Charles.

We were also joined by Pastors Segula Robert of Nampologoma OPCU, Timothy Hisa of Kaiti OPCU and Dan Kyabene of Petete OPCU and some ruling elders from the churches.  I'm so thankful for these men and all that they sacrifice to do the work that they do.  What a blessing they are!

We are so thankful that the Lord has raised up for the church here another Godly man as a leader.  The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so we are thankful for this answer to prayer!

Happy Birthday!

Happy 12th birthday to Katelyn!  She is such a blessing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Random Happenings during the last few weeks

It's been a while since I've posted about general things going on.  So here it is with a photo dump to match.

William turned 7 years old!  He was so happy and took everything about his birthday very seriously.   It makes me laugh though, when I think about how much energy this kid has, but how very calm and serious he can be when something is very special to him.  He has finished learning to read and we were able to get him a Bible for his birthday.  He was so pleased and really feels grown up being able to read his Bible in the morning with the rest of the kids.

The church plant that meets at Knox Theological College, was just able to receive members officially.  Along with that came many baptisms.  Pray for these believers.  Many of them are wives and children coming from Muslim clans.  Pray for more men too!

Around the start of the school terms, we tend to get asked a LOT for help with school fees and supplies.  But we don't have physical labor projects here in town to put people to work with.  So Eric came up with a new idea.  He has students memorize scripture.  He doesn't make it easy though...it isn't a verse here and there.  They must memorize at least 5 verses at a time, and then in order to move on to the next five verses they have to keep saying the previous ones.  And he gives very little wiggle room, if they begin to stumble over words, then they can try again after more studying.  The kids that are committed have memorized whole chapters in order to pay for school.  He has them all starting with memorizing Matthew 5, which is what we are studying in Sunday School.  We pray that the words will not just stay in their heads (or be forgotten) but also move to their hearts.

Our Sunday afternoon festivities are still so much fun.  Many of these kids have become dear friends and we are so thankful for that.

Who can resist a selfie with such a sweet three year old?  Especially when she leans over and gives a little kiss.

A few days ago, I got a random call out of the blue.  Someone had heard that I love to take pictures and they wanted me to take their engagement photos.  They were in Uganda for a 2 month stay and while they were here they were engaged.  He is in nursing school and she is a nutritionist.  They hope to come back in a couple years to work full time treating children that are malnourished.  Because of our own sweet Matthew, I'm always so thankful to hear of people committing to this kind of work.  They were a fun couple and they wanted their pictures done at our new local so-close-to-being-American-that-it-gives-all-of-us-a-bit-of-cultural-comfort coffee shop.  It's such a cute place and it made for some fun shots.

But right before I left to go take their pictures, I gave the kids the job of killing 5 cocks that we needed to get rid of.  We had bought them when they were small chickens...to early to tell what sex they were...but we really only want layers, so into the freezer they went.  Timothy wanted to try to shoot one with his bow and arrow.  Not being too convinced of his skills, I insisted that he at least tie it to a tree, so that we could make sure that his siblings stayed behind him shooting.  The cock was still jumping all around on the string though.  Amazingly, Timothy shot low to the ground and ended up hitting the cock through the eyeballs.  Haha...

The rest of the kids took care of theirs with the panga.

We continue to praise the Lord for all of his blessings to us.