Uganda Praise Report

Recap, Prayer & Praise Report from Uganda

Last week, a team of 5 arrived back in the US after a week of prayer, encouragement and ministry alongside our friends and partners in Uganda.

During our time in country, we had the privilege of attending Global Theological Seminary’s graduation ceremony, during which 2 of our friends graduated.  We’ve known both men for many years and, thanks to the generosity of those of you who give financially to the Wide Open World offering, have been able to stand with them and help see them through their studies.  It was so encouraging to be able to have representatives from our church present to celebrate with Pastor Egessa as he received his 3 year diploma (he is currently finishing his 4th year) and Pastor Cyprian as he received his 4 year bachelors degree. Over the years we’ve watched these men grow and mature in the Lord, we’ve watched them as they stepped out in great faith and perseverance, amidst many hardships to start local church bodies in areas that are predominately bound by false religion.  Both men pressed on, not looking back, with great confidence in the Lord and the calling that He had placed on their lives.

Egessa

Pastor Egessa receiving his diploma

Pray for the pastors as they shepherd the flock in which God has made them overseer

1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.  4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

 

Cyprian with his wife (left) and a church member (middle) at his graduation celebration

Pray that God would provide for these men and the churches they lead

  • Cyprian has finished his schooling for now and is working to build a sustainable piggery farm as he pastors.  Pray that God provides financially (especially in these early days as the small pigs grow to breeding age).
    • Lifepoint, Jinja has also started a pre-school.  There are currently 7 children enrolled, most of whom are not from Christian families.  Pray for this ministry – that the Lord would use it in a mighty way for His Name’s sake.
  • Egessa has been working on a business plan for a small business he hopes to start when he finishes his 4th year studies.  Pray that God would give Him wisdom and discernment.
    • Vision Baptist has been praying for a more permanent location to meet.  They currently meet in an open courtyard, which provides a wonderful space but some challenges during the rainy season.  Their prayer is that God would provide a Sunday morning rental space at a local school.  They have met much opposition in seeing this become a reality.  Please pray that if it be God’s will, that He would move in miraculous ways and open doors that currently appear to be shut.
  • Pray above all, that the Holy Spirit would move in both areas in which our friends live and minister. Pray that God would soften hearts and remove the blinders so that many would come to see the light of the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Pray for Global Theological Seminary Faculty and Current Students

We were also able to connect with a new class of 1st year students at the seminary, which was wonderful. These men travel from all over Uganda and surrounding countries (Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan etc.) to be “trained in the word of God.”  It was only their 2nd week on campus, so their excitement was contagious. It was so encouraging to sit in class with them as some of them were hearing and understanding Biblical truths for the first time through the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • Pray for GTS as they continue to do the good work of training men.

2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. – 2 Timothy 2:2

  • Pray that as God raises up this generation of leaders that they would humble themselves under the mighty hand of God and that they would take on the role of servant as they lead.
3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4
Praise the Lord for what He is doing in Uganda and beyond.  Pray that God would send laborers.  Pray that God would send us! The harvest is plentiful!