Last sunday night our short term team from America arrived led by our friend John Pipes.Â There were four younger people (college age) who came to minister in schools with great music.Â Also Nancy, a fifth grade teacher from California, came to teach ladies how to sew and to make choir robes.Â I had spent the week before preparing a room for her at our house and we were sooooo excited for them to get here.Â
We arrived home that night to find our power was off and I had to break the news to Nancy that we don't actually have a hot water heater.Â She took it all in stride.Â We began a busy week of ministry onÂ Monday .Â Unfortunately Benjamin and Hannah both became sick on Monday so my involvement was limited.Â Basically everyday a group of women (about 8 or so) would arrive at my house and sew until four.Â Around lunch I would prepare a meal for the American team and Uganda interns.Â Â They would have just done a program at local schools including my children's school.Â In the afternoons the group went up the hill and hosted a neighborhood bible study and concert.Â Meanwhile Dan and John were hosting about 8 or 9 pastors at our house in the evening teaching against the Prosperity Gospel which is so prevalent here.Â So it made for a long day!Â Add puking kids into that mix and you can imagine!Â
Starting on Thursday the group began a crusade in Soweto Slums just down the road from us.Â We still have two days to go with the crusade and it is going well so far.Â The rest of the team has left for Jinja and a village called Busanna.Â They will be doing the same program there including Nancy teaching sewing.Â
We have seen some great things happening during this week.Â The afternoon bible study seemed to flop the first two days but the last day after personally inviting people in the neighborhood many people showed up.Â The young college students were priviledged to lead them in bible study and plant some deep seeds.Â Remember that these short term missions lay the ground work for us to build on after the team leaves.Â Also yesterday in one of the schools it looked like our group was going to have to leave.Â Our friend Bill is a teacher at this school and was told our team could not preach the gospel due to a mix of Christians and Muslims in the school.Â There was a moment when it looked like our group would leave but instead they thanked Bill for the warning and preached it anyway.Â It was a learning moment for everyone to realize that we cannot be silent.Â These are words of life and they must be told regardless of opposition.Â
So here we are a week away from seeing the team off again back to the states as we head to Rwanda for a week with the Uganda interns.Â We trust as always that so many of you are praying faithfully for God's hand in this ministry and we are so greatful.Â Please continue to pray for the team in Busanna that they would be well recieved.Â Pray that the pastors who sat in on a week of teaching against the prosperity gospel would be awakened to truth and that they would protect their church from such false teachings.Â Pray for our kids to recover before we leave for Rwanda and for patience as we minister to them.Â
Also...for everyone who blessed us with your obedient giving not only to our monthly needs but also to our one time need for our vehicle purchase....THANK YOU!Â As always we are surprised by God's provision through His people.Â Blessings to you all!Â Much love and many tribulations!