Thursday, October 20, 2011

GOD'S PROVISION

God can and will use anything to meet our needs.  If He can use ravens to feed one of His prophets in Bible times, then He can even use a Muslim to meet the needs of His children.

Paul's "tricycle"

Anyone who has visited us in Uganda will remember Bro. Paul.  He became crippled when he contracted polio at a young age, but this has not stopped him from being faithful.  He got saved and started coming to our church when we didn't even have our own church building and were renting a store front in Masaka town.  About 1 1/2 years ago God gave us a burden for the people on the Kalangala Islands in Lake Victoria, and our church began praying for a man to minister there.  Bro. Paul stepped forward and volunteered.  To get there, he has to take a taxi van to the ferry, take a ferry across the waters, and get on another taxi or piki-piki (public motorcycle transport) that will take him to the preaching point.  This involves crawling from transport to transport, but he is a willing servant of God.  Between the support from the Masaka church and our family, he is able to make this trip twice a month. 

Last week while Bro. Paul was in Kalangala, he was praying for the opportunity to return the following week as many of the people he has been ministering to were returning to the mainland the end of October for one reason or another.  On the way to Masaka, he sat beside a Muslim man and tried witnessing to him.  The Muslim man said, "I know you want me to get saved, but I don't want to get saved, so you are going to have to change the topic of conversation."  Paul did, but still managed to insert the Gospel a little bit here and there.  Upon arriving back in Masaka, as he was leaving the taxi van, the Muslim man asked Paul to wait.  The Muslim handed him 50,000/= ($17) and told him to go back to Kalangala like he wanted to and preach the Gospel.  One of our village pastors has pledged 30,000/= ($10) to help with the purchase of a life jacket for him to wear when on the ferry, as the waters sometimes get rough.

A church in Rhode Island helped outfit this "motor-tricycle" for Paul.
When a ministry is opened up before you, step up to the task and let God provide your needs.

"But my God SHALL supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Phil. 4:19

Thursday, October 13, 2011

BIRTHDAYS PAST

A true ice cream cake made by Savannah's cousins
It is already the middle of October, and I haven't even written about our last two birthdays.  Such is the life of traveling, unpredictable schedules, and unconsistent internet connection.

A whole family of readers
Stanley has turned 14 and has not lost any of his love for books.  He has surprised us by his accuracy in shooting, especially when it isn't one of his main interests.  He broke his glasses the weekend before his birthday, so on his birthday, the day we were leaving for another meeting, Stanley was getting fitted with new goggles (as the Ugandans call them).


And Savannah is finally growing into a closer age of what everyone guesses her to be.  Although if you ask her her age, she is likely to tell you 6 or 9.  Four days before her birthday we were at her cousins' house, and they stuck candles in the ice cream and sang to her.  Then Stanley and Dixie, a college student in our home church, made Savannah two cakes on her birthday.  She was given the royal treatment.

Heart Cake
Flower Cake











We have been blessed in our travels, long though they be.  The Lord has preserved us from accidents; the price of gas is going down; our children have been blessed with a guitar and violin, Keith with an elliptical and myself (well, the whole family) with a VitaMix. One of the most phenomenal has been the provision of all of the needed money for replacing our radio station equipment.   Hallelujah! 

Shiloh and Skyler at the Aquarium in Corpus Christi
We are in our stretch of four missions' conferences right in a row.  Please pray for our health.  In September we had two conferences back-to-back, and half of us fell ill.  We are doing our best to avoid a repeat, but allergies have already had me under the weather.  However, the messages this week have been just what we needed, and we have enjoyed meeting new missionaries and seeing their presentations.

Sisters are the best of friends.
Thank you for your prayers for us.  Have a great weekend!