Tuesday, September 20, 2011

He is here.

Here's a taste of our worship service here in Kampala at Kampala Baptist Church.
The worship leader on this particular Sunday was really giving his all.

While I (Vanessa) am not always able to be in the entire service (due to lack of childcare or needing to be in childcare with the boys) God is so gracious and always speaks to me either through worship or a passage read. He is the same God that we worship in Canada and He is here, moving in Uganda.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Great start to our work on campus!

Today was my first day on campus to do front line ministry. As you are aware, Makerere University, the campus we came to Uganda to work on, is on strike. So for this week we are taking part in a "Mission Week" at Makerere University Business School (MUBS).

We got on campus at around 9am, and there were about 6 Christian students that came out to join us to share the gospel on campus. In Uganda, it is okay to go door-to-door in residence halls to talk to students about God. I was partnered with a male first year Christian student named Blessed. After sharing the gospel in two rooms, we knocked on another door and were invited in by a student named Shem. After entering, we saw that Shem's roommate was also home, as he just came out of the bathroom to see myself and Blessed sitting in his room. We introduced ourselves, and Blessed started to engage in conversation with them. Blessed began to share the gospel, and then he gave me a look that told me, "Hey, can you take it from here?". So I took over the conversation, and finished sharing the gospel. Shem told me that he thought it was a good idea, but that he could not commit right now. Mike, on the other hand, was really thinking about what we had shared. He was staring at the booklet of the "Four Spiritual Laws", and really thinking about what this would mean. I could tell he really wanted to invite Christ in his life, but he was also seemingly counting the cost inside of his head. He did not start to cry, but his eyes were looking as if he was tearing up. At that point, Blessed jumped back in the conversation and invited him to read through a suggested prayer, to see if it expressed the desire of his heart. After reading through the prayer, Mike said that he wanted to give his life to Christ! Following this we took his contact info, and provided him with a few suggestions about how to begin his new life in Christ!

What an exciting way to begin ministry here in Uganda! Please pray for Mike, that the seed that has been planted would be in good soil, and that he would grow into a strong disciple of Christ.
Please also pray for the rest of our week, as we bring the gospel to more students at MUBS.

Monday, September 5, 2011

2 weeks in...

We've been in Uganda for 2 weeks (and a day) and life is speeding by!
Our house is beginning to feel like a home and we are slowly settling in.
Our two teammates (Nick & Trevor) are still living with us in the spare room as the tenants in the "little house" have not yet moved out. We're thinking that will happen sometime this week.
Makerere University professors are on strike so Jamie, Nick & Trevor have not yet begun any ministry on campus.
We all attended last week's prayer meeting at the Life Ministry (that is what Campus for Christ is called here in Uganda and in much of South East Africa) although I was kept busy with the boys instead of praying. 'Tis life as a Mom to two young boys.
Jamie, Nick & Trevor are all currently at the prayer meeting this morning and I am home with the boys, working on crafts, playing, doing a bit of baking and tidying up (so we keep the ants at bay!).
We are thankful for hot showers (currently just the spare room bathroom has a hot water heater) and power (at this point our power goes off every other night) and a gas stove that works whether we have power or not.
We have found a church we really like and plan on attending there regularly.
We are still getting the hang of things here but appreciate your prayers and emails as they are no doubt, the reason we are making our way through this transition.

Please pray for the strike at Makerere to end soon so the guys can get on campus soon.
Please pray for a trustworthy and reliable house girl to help around the house here. We have not found one yet although are considering one girl and have another option if necessary.
Please pray for us as we continue to transition. We are settling in and finding joy in the every day but of course we miss the familiarity of life in Canada.