Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mission trip to Uganda

As you may know, Amy and I have been considering missions opportunities for a little over a year now. Africa has been on both of our hearts: Amy, because she spent three years in Kenya with her family, and me because of my trip to Mali in 2006. We have wanted to do something as a family so that our children could have a taste of missions.

We are close friends with a family that is serving the Lord in Uganda. They have two children that are the same age and gender as our oldest two. Last December our friends asked if we would come out for a summer to help them in their mission work. They serve at a secondary school for Ugandans called Christ School Bundibugyo. Bundibugyo is a small, rural community in the western part of the country, less than five miles from the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They work with an organization called World Harvest Mission (WHM). He serves as the headmaster of the school, and she works with female staff and students. The school’s mission is to “develop young men and women into leaders equipped to foster the transformation of their nation.”

After praying and discussing the idea with some family and friends, we came to the conclusion that this would be a great opportunity for our entire family to serve the Lord, help our good friends, and get a feel for extended mission work in Africa.

Lord willing, our trip will be from July 1st to August 5th. We will be working with our friends as well as the other members of their small team involved in health care, education, etc. Our ministry there will include such things as: preaching/teaching at student assemblies, prayer ministry to students & staff, training in healing prayer/deliverance ministry for students & staff, and debriefing, and providing general support for WHM team members. We want our kids to be a support and encouragement for their kids, and to have an appreciation for what God is doing in other parts of the world.

We are excited about the opportunity, and would appreciate your prayers as we prepare for this trip. If you would like to support us financially, you can click the red "Support Us" button at the top. Thanks!

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Contentment and patience

I had coffee with an old saint the other day. John had served as a missionary for over 20 years and now speaks internationally teaching pastors and churches how to reach people for Christ in their country and in neighboring countries. I was telling him how I was currently teaching math, but that it wasn't my passion.

He gave me lots of good stuff to chew on, but probably the most meaningful thing he said was, "If you can't be content anywhere, then you can't be content anywhere." It took me a few seconds to really understand what he meant, but then the light bulb went on. If I don't learn to be content with where God has me right at this moment, then I will not be content wherever I may go in the future. But if I am content in the Lord regardless of my circumstances, then I will be content wherever I may go.

The apostle Paul, writing from a Roman prison, had this to say: "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation...." (Philippians 4:10-12). If Paul could be content in prison, surely I can be content where I'm at.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spiritual gift test online

Found this online spiritual gift test quite helpful. I hadn't done a spiritual gift test in a while and I was curious to find out what the results were. I don't think these tests are necessarily the best way to determine your gifts, but I think they can be interesting and useful. It's curious to me that the Bible doesn't mention how one discovers ones spiritual gifts. Probably the best way is simply to serve in whatever capacity the Lord puts in front of you and discover by doing.

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