Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Whether African, American, or any other nationality, we're all humans. When we desperately need or want something, myself usually comes before others. Selfishness and greediness drive us until we get that something.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
~ Philippians 2:3-4
Since it's human nature to be self-centered, it seems impossible at times to live out this verse. Numerous circumstances have occurred where I acted selfishly. It's impossible for me to look to the interests of others through my own determination and strength. I am weak. So why would Paul have written these words if it's impossible? ...the Spirit helps us in our weakness...
~ Romans 8:26
The Lord says,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness."
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
Basically, it's only through Him that I can be transformed and produce good fruit, such as goodness, kindness, patience, etc. He is the answer. Simple as that. Irene
"My grace is all you need, for my power is greatest when you are weak. I am most happy, then, to be proud of my weaknesses, in order to feel the protection of Christ's power over me. I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong"
I am content with this time of hardship right now because I know that God is at work and that He is using this time to teach me to live a life of whole- hearted satisfaction of His will. I have found that daily, I cry out to God for guidance and in trusting Him, He has revealed to me some pretty awesome things and He has shown me that He is behind me always ready to guide me back onto the right path. He is a compassionate God and in all my times of hardship I am learning to trust that He is always there and He is always working.
Our ministry here has taken a new turn. God is opening up all these really awesome ministry opportunities for my team. I don't know if you all got my prayer request but if you didn't I can send them to you and you will understand a little bit better of what's going on and how much of a blessing this is to my team. We have been hanging out with some really awesome kids in Kumi throughout the Christmas season; back in Kampala we are going to be doing community outreach ministry with an organization that is sponsored by the Area Member of Parliament that I can't even put into words how amazing it is. It is called LUNDA FOUNDATION and they have a school, they work with widows, they teach women crafts skills. These are just a few things that God has put in our path and I am excited to see our ministry really exploding. Already I am being reminded everyday of the joy of serving and loving God's people and I can only see it getting better and better.
So . . . I guess the point that I want to make is that Mambo Sawa Sawa (Things are better) and they are getting better. They are a little tough right now, but I know that God is working and I have a little more hope and trust in the Him every day. Henry
All the six family members live in a tinny grass thatched house measuring to 1X1 metre on a small piece of land that was left by Asio’s deceased parents. On the inside, the walls of this house are lined with newspapers and cut out pictures of musicians, quite typical of teenagers. The house boasts of a small old looking mattress which seems to be their beddings.
As a child mother and a bread winner for six, she had a big family and at times was hard, having two meals a day was luxurious; they had only enough for a meal and that is when they got it.
This compromised her health with the HIV status and that of her siblings, it imperative that one feeds well as a way of boosting their immunity and preventing susceptibility to optimistic infections.
But as luck would have it, African Christian Fellowship adopted the whole family and started educating and providing some basic needs to this whole family.
Asio’s health then changed. She was given a sewing machine by African Christian Fellowship as part of the organization’s strategy to keep people out of poverty by providing small recyclable loans. Asio was enrolled for a tailoring course at Kumi tailoring School and she was given a free sewing machine on completion of her course. She had earlier demonstrated to ACF missions her tailoring skills, and she had her designs, a red and black eye catching out fit she had made for her customer.
“I now have a contract with a school in my area, I’m making school uniforms for them with this machine” She says, “I’m very happy that ACF sponsored my tailoring course and provided me with this machine and materials on completion of my course” she added, “I manage to feed my family and I hope to expand my business God willing”
“I teach my siblings and their friends to tailor; many youths in this village come here just to learn that” She does not charge any money though, she gives skills away freely, giving as she was given with the hope that one day her business would flourish and her siblings will have better life, one of not worrying about their school fees or the day’s meals.
We appreciate your partnership that is making so much difference already. You have already changed someone’s life today with that gift of love that you are giving. There is nothing that is small to change a life in Uganda.
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Monday, December 28, 2009
So this morning I was blindsided by the pursuit of God as He allowed me to pray healing over an entire congregation and some were actually healed physically. There are many more that I know are going through spiritual and emotional healing even now and I cannot wait to celebrate when they walk into complete healing. How can I walk into a church building battling with God and a couple of hours later be used to bring healing to His people? I guess I'm beginning to see how little this thing has to do with me but how much God still longs to use me.
Don't doubt God's pursuit of you. You don't have to be the one that does all the chasing because He's the one running after you. Just be willing to give up your own chase and be overtaken by His, because His is so much more exciting................. Ezra
I am the girl who randomly sees something, which makes a person come to mind, and before you know it, that person is getting a random little something-or-other. I am the girl that goes to Target (Ohhh how I miss thee) and stands in the card isle for an hour one random day after work just to find a pick-me-up for a friend who is having a rough week. I am the girl who goes to dinner or coffee with a friend, and before you know it, I've already slipped my card to pay.
At least this is the girl I was up until 223 days ago when I said goodbye to all I knew as me.
Today I am not that girl, but I so badly want to be. Instead I am out of resources. In English, this translates to I'm broke.
Being broke means one of three things. You either ask for help, accept generosity, or go without.
To be brutally honest, I'm not good at any of these options. When it comes to asking for help, I feel guilty. I don't want to ask to borrow it, because I don't have it to pay back. I don't want to ask to have it, cause then I feel like I'm using you. I struggle with accepting generosity the most. I don't want to feel like I am a charity case, or incapable on my own. I don't want to feel like secretly there is a tab somewhere. I just don't like it, and I suck at it. And lets be honest, going without, it's not fun. Period. And I don't mean like going without that extra tee shirt, or that ice cream sundae. Those I can do without, no problem. It's the times where you have to really judge, can I afford to go to the Dead Sea today, or will I need that money for shampoo next week? Or what about when meals seem to become optional, because my mission-given food budget of 3,000 Shillings a day just isn't enough. It's the times like these where I sit down and just want to cry
But I'm learning. I'm learning to receive from others. It's almost a daily occurrence, and there has yet to be an instance where it was easy in my heart. So be it the snack that was bought for me at the grocery store today, or the day of sightseeing last weekend, I'm learning to receive.
I think this is a lesson from Him, but really, I'd prefer a few bucks and a lesson, not just the lesson....
To those that have given to me financially, both personally and towards my mission funding, thank you! Irene
Twenty something's are walking away from their beliefs and what they grew up knowing. Men have few men to look up to and women look in all the wrong places because women are too busy to mentor the younger generations. The following passage struck me all year in a new way. What would happen if we started to LIVE this rather than just read it?
Author Michael Tummillo states "one thing that seems to make the greatest difference in the lives of young people, it's the amount of TIME we are willing to invest in them. To the human mind, love itself may as well be spelled T-I-M-E." I have to agree with this statement. I am a relational person, and I believe that most twentysomethings just want someone, rather than something, to invest in them! Relationships are needed everywhere.
Throughout my journey, I have come to realize I am not alone on this quest. There are Bible-believing Christians my age who are passionate about God and stand firm on the truth! There are Christian twenty-somethings, married or single, who are seeking a place to be real, genuine, deep, vulnerable and passionate. There are twentysomethings who are willing to continue to attend church even though it may appear they are alone!
This has become a passion deep inside of me. To see my generation rise up...not just those that went on the World Race. Not just those from the Western World. I saw it all over the world. In most places, there's a gap in the church. Youth finish High School, youth groups and camp programs and start asking "what is there for me – where do I belong?" They want more, yet feel as though there is nothing offered for them, and if there IS something being offered, it is at a level that doesn't challenge them. I can't speak for all of us, but I want to be challenged and grow in my faith. To dig and dive deeper and fall madly in love with God more and more with each passing day. In order to be a mentor, I would love to have a mentor, someone willing to invest in me the way I long to invest in the needs of others around the world!
Maybe I am just looking in the wrong places. Maybe I just come from a small town and don't have the same options that a big church or city has to offer. But should it matter? Does size make a difference to God!? Regardless of where we come from, what we do or where we attend, we are to walk in faith and make a difference in our world. We are ALL His children. We are getting LOST in this world and most people older than us don't see it or won't do a thing about it. It's MY generation that is leaving church and searching for God knows what because they aren't finding it at church...or because they feel like there is nothing for them so they need to go elsewhere.
This passion and desire to bring my generation back to the church – specifically back to the cross, has become more real with each passing day. Over a year ago, God put on my heart the vision of opening ACF Reach One Campaign Kampala (ACF ROCK). As I traveled around the country last year, my heart broke in each district, yet continued to break for MY people back home who are apathetic and lost, starving for the things of this world rather than being hungry for God.
This vision and passion expands beyond what I can see. Over the last few months, I have heard countless stories and seen many examples of needs here in Uganda and around the world. The World Cup Games are just around the corner, and prostitution is alive and active in South Africa, yet very little is being done about it. It's being promoted and advertised as a "benefit" to the games, attracting people from around the globe. Articles are being written on how to "protect" the prostitutes and Gay People. How this even began to make sense is beyond me. This is MY Country. These are MY people. I saw the hope lost in these girls in Kibera Slum in Kenya – yet we are allowing it to enter our nation and take away our purity.
When are we going to RISE UP and take action to the things around us as they really are? We are paranoid about germs, yet look beyond the needs and diseases taking the lives of thousands around the globe – TB, Aids, HIV, starvation. When will it end!? My heart is broken, and I am crying out for my nation, my peers, fellow believers, to RISE UP and take action. Don't just say there's a problem – do something about it. We need to stop doing church and start being church, and church is wherever we make it. It is a body of believers.
I am tired of hearing the complaints of my church, my town, my country and this world without any hopes or suggestions of doing anything about it. We (ACF Uganda), have a passion to change this world one person at a time, using the voices God gave to us, to spread love, hope, joy and peace. I might be one person. I might be small. I may not be rich. But I have a heart. I have a dream. I have a vision. I have a passion – and that is for Christ. He changed my life. He can change yours too. It starts with ONE...are you it! Henry
Friday, December 18, 2009
We've been commissioned by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords as His Ambassadors. We have full diplomatic authority and immunity. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 (AMP)
We have the power of the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwelling within us, and our steps are ordered by God, Himself.
We are the Light of the World and the Salt of the Earth. We are like a city set on a hill and the Light of god that shines forth from us cannot be hidden
We are assisted by a host of angels that were given to minister to and for us as heirs of salvation, and they harken to the Word of God that we speak forth to perform it!
The favor of God goes forth before us and surrounds us like a shield, and no weapon formed against us shall prosper.
The enemy that comes in against us one way will have to flee against us in seven different directions!
We are spiritually minded which brings life, not carnally or fleshly minded which brings death.
Our very feet are anointed because we bring the Gospel of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
It has always been amazing to me as I have watched God work throughout my life. We as Christians, especially those of us who label ourselves "Word of Faith" people, are such a funny group. Let me explain what I mean. We sense a call of God on our lives to do something. We determine to do it. Then we try to "figure out" how God is going to make it happen. We have our own ideas of when finances should come in and how finances should come in. (I know...for you English majors...dangling prepositions...) When it doesn't happen the way we think it should happen we start to get a little nervous...BUT, we're "WORD" people, so we can't say we're nervous :-D. We might even begin to doubt that we heard the Lord clearly when we felt the call to do something--in this case that something would be going on this mission trip.
But the funny thing about doing something by faith is that...well, it requires stepping out in faith! The writer of Hebrews says it like this in Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him..." (AMP) Throughout the Bible we're given examples of people who stepped out in faith and accomplished great things. As we read Hebrews 11 in it's entirety we see what is commonly referred to as the Great Hall of Faith in our Word circle. Starting with Abel we are reminded of those great men and women of God who trusted God even when the circumstances didn't look favorable.
When the Lord gave Joshua the command to cross the Jordan river to "attack" Jericho the river was in its flood stage. Let's look at the story. It's in Joshua 3:
13When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord of all the earth shall rest in the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan coming down from above shall be cut off and they shall stand in one heap.
14So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people,
15And when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were in the brink of the water--for the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest-- (AMP)
I want to point something out that most of you have already seen or been taught, but sometimes we need to be reminded. The Lord didn't promise that He'd part the Jordan BEFORE they stepped foot into it. In fact, He'd told Joshua, "When the soles of the feet of the priests...shall rest in the Jordan, the waters...shall be cut off..." They had to, by faith, step into a FLOOD-SWOLLEN river before they saw the promise of God manifest.
Sometimes when we step out in faith it may feel like we're stepping into flood waters. And sometimes it doesn't look like the waters are parting very quickly...But He is faithful who has promised! Hebrews 6:12 tells us that those who inherit the promises of God only do so "through faith and patience." Verse 11 says that we are to "shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end."
I have to admit, there have been times over the last several months that my faith has been stretched. It's had to go through a growth process...and one day I’m believing that my Father will be able to look at me and say, "you of GREAT FAITH." But in the meantime, I'll endure the "growing pains" that sometimes accompany growth of any kind.
I want to encourage all of my readers, those who are part of our mission team and those who are working on "Faith Projects" of another kind. 2 Chronicles 16:9 tells us, "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him." God wants to prove himself strong on your behalf!
Now don't get all nervous about the word perfect. It is translated from the Hebrew word shalem (Strong's #8003) which has several definitions. The one that I like is this: "complete (of keeping covenant relation)." Those of you who are Valley Word family know all about covenant relationship, because we are covenant people. What the writer of 2 Chronicles was saying is that the Lord wants to prove himself strong on the behalf of those who have and keep a covenant relationship with him. I know that includes me!
So, all you covenant people...BE ENCOURAGED! God isn't late, broke, or forgetful! "But let patience [Remember Hebrews 6:11?] have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." ~James 1:4 (Perfect here is the Greek word teleios (Strong's #5046), which means "wanting nothing necessary to completeness.") The prophets have declared 2010 to be The Year of the Open Doors. Get ready to walk through it and inherit all of the covenant promises of God!
It may seem to some that I've rambled a bit, but I have to believe that I've written what the Holy Spirit was leading me to write. Grace and Peace to all. May God Bless you abundantly.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
What's your passion? How are you gifted for mission? Whether it's business, youth, education, medical work, or media and arts, ACF Uganda has a job for you to do! Join missions today.
We loaded the garage and our office space to full capacity. Thank you lord for this kind of provision. You never cease to amaze us. You're a wonderful God.
MORE SUPPORT NEEDED FOR DECEMBER MISSIONS...........................
Can You help?
In many areas of the country, the short rainy season from March to May, was poor, causing an insufficient crop harvest. While food prices have come down from last year, they remain well above the long term average, causing pressure on households.
There have been increased rates reported in the admission of malnourished children to therapeutic feeding programs in the first half of this year as families struggle to make ends meet.
Also, the heavy rains which are expected from June to September, were late this year. Seed that was planted when the rains were expected died in the ground. In many cases, there was no new seed to replace the seed that died. It is anticipated that the harvest will be consequentially reduced, so there will be a further increase in the number of people facing severe problems.
- for God to provide new seed and appropriate amounts of rain needed to make it grow.
- that God will meet these people's physical and spiritual needs.
- for the coordination efforts of NGO's who will be providing emergency food relief.
Please consider joining with us financially to help provide food and water for the northern people. A donation today will begin to alleviate their suffering immediately.
- A gift of $5 provides for one child under 5-years-old, for a month.
- A gift of $10 provides one adult with wheat grain, or flour, and vegetable oil for a month—providing over 2,000 kilocalories per day.
- A gift of $50 provides for a family of five for a month.
Thank you for giving!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I just want to share with you some Answers to Objections to Going into Missions as heard from a very intelligent mission lover preacher. Here are eight objections and a biblical response. enjoy......................
1. “I am not smart enough.”
“Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:20-21)
“Consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-27)
2. “My body and my personality are not strong enough.”
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
“[Christ] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
3. “I am not a good speaker.”
“Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” (1 Corinthians 1:17)
“Moses said to the Lord, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” (Exodus 4:10-12)
4. “I am afraid of the horrors I read about in the newspapers.”
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore (katartisei—“mend” or “repair” your horribly disfigured body when the lions in the coliseum are through with you), confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:8-10)
5. “I am afraid I won’t be fruitful”
Your responsibility is not to be fruitful but to be faithful.
“And [Jesus] said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29)
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
6. “There is plenty to do here.”
True, but there is a division of labor and God calls some to MISSIONS, not just evangelism. The difference is seen in Romans 15:19-24:
“So that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I [Paul] have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named. . . Now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions . . . I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain.”
How could Paul say there was no room for work when there were millions in that region to be evangelized? Because evangelism is not missions.
7. “I am not married.”
The best spouse is found on the path of obedience.
“An excellent wife [or husband!] who can find? She [and he!] is far more precious than jewels” (Proverbs 31:10).
The finding is exceedingly hard. It will happen on the road of obedience.
8. “I fear that when I get there it might turn out I made a mistake and will come home with shame.”
Which is worse, shame for having endeavored to follow Christ in missions, or fear to venture? Shame before others for making a mistake will not hurt you; it will humble you and can make you more useful in a new situation. But fear will make you useless everywhere.
Consider Ecclesiastes 11:4 and what it says about risk:
“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
Meaning: without taking the risk of sowing when the seed might be blown away and reaping when the rain might ruin the harvest, you will starve.
Monday, October 19, 2009
God moved in our midst in powerful ways and we enjoyed learning more about His love and our identity as the Beloved. We ended the everyday with a sweet worship time and a time of commissioning from these men. We're excited, equipped and empowered to go to Kumi after Fort Portal to be God's hands and feet and to encounter Him in a new way!
Thank you guys for covering us in prayer during those 2 weeks we were on missions. You are such a vital part of what God is doing here in Uganda and your love and support is greatly appreciated!
"Margal being helped by Angela to make drawings"
After we had to leave that’s when God really showed me that being a missionary isn’t exactly going around using words to show God’s love, but also just showing it and applying it in our lives and the lives of others. When we came back the second day of our missions, he came up to me and said “Hey, Henry! Let’s play!” It was a really good feeling knowing that the first time I went I actually made an impact in his life because he remembered my name and was super excited to see me. And also that God could use something so small to make this whole trip worth while. Margal is now a good friend to all our mission team members more especially Sister Tarkor and on top of that he is under ACF education sponsorship program.
"Carol playing with the kids"
"Carol and her new found friend"
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Unlike other mission trips, these mission trips particularly that of Kumi was full of God’s manifestation then other mission trips thus proving to His people that He is the God of impossibilities. In one of the mission trips some years back God healed a mad boy (David Ochom) and now the boy is perfect and attending school and this was good but for this year it was more for over three months the people of Kumi were not experiencing no rain but hey through the prayers of the children of God, He (God) was able to send rain to the area of Kumi.
Land disputes are prominent in almost all the areas in Uganda but still thanks goes to God that ACF was given a big piece of land for it (ACF) to develop it, this further showed me that God can make away where there is no way.
With and in God we are renewed day by day and given new strength carryon with His work and this were evident in the Kampala team. I saw every one working like never before. Starting with: Sarah; making sure that food was always both in and on time and putting in account that everyone gets to what to eat before the day breaks.
Cathy Mugaga; what can say over the powerful word that you used to give out to the children which built their inner man thus pleasing God for your effort to preached His word just as it’s written that the joy of the Lord is our strength. When the devil saw what you were doing he became unhappy with you and decided to take it away with passing away of the mother, but Cathy note this that when the devil raises the dust the Lord raises the standard so do not be disheartened just take heart and know that God is in control.
This is English and the white man says “Ladies first.” So men I haven’t forgotten the great work that you did for the Lord.. To start with is Pastor prosper Ezra giving the edge in counseling and working hard in the course of food distribution. Sam the soldier man surely bring anew dimension in praising. Lopez providing the funny to avoid boredom during our travels. Enjoying Rajab’s activities of capturing videos in order for ACF to have record for the mission trips and his involvement in the connection of power was awesome. The chief in Commander K.E Henry a person who really gives me the hope to carry on with missions, the sweet and encouraging words from him shows everyone that is important on the team. Joking where need be is yet another issue which relaxes and does the refreshing of our mind on the mission trips, teaching me how to capture some video clips is another experience to me.
In a nut shall therefore mission trips were educative with the words from different preachers in every morning and evening glories, enjoying the Kimere (Read Meals) we used to have.
All of you people were good and you worked to the best of your abilities, effort and knowledge. May God richly bless you for you left your works and served God.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Every Sunday afternoon, after the morning service at the church, the Pastor and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out Gospel Tracts . This particular Sunday afternoon, as it came time for the Pastor and his son to go to the streets with their tracts, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.
The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, 'OK, dad, I'm ready.' His Pastor dad asked, 'Ready for what?' 'Dad, it's time we gather our tracts together and go out.' Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring rain.' The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, aren't people still going to Hell, even though it's raining?' Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.' Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go? Please?'
Monday, October 5, 2009
"…you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth."1Timothy 3:15, NIV
The Church is Christ's body, in which He speaks and acts! The church is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. That is a huge paradigm change for most people. In this light, how should we conduct ourselves as it relates to the church? Esteem the church! Don't ever minimize the church—God doesn't.
He loves the church. We should love His church. The church is truly the hope of the world! The government isn't the hope of the world. Education isn't the hope of the world. Business and money aren't the hope of the world. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ—filled with believers who have His heart—is the hope of this world.
So, let's love, respect, esteem, grow and serve the church—the Body of Christ—with the same integrity and passion He does. Once we do, we are on the road to His very best.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33, NKJV)
TEARS ARE FOR BABIES.......... WORRIES ARE FOR FOOLS...........
When a man lifts you up, it's definitely to the height of his hands, but when GOD lifts you up it's limitless, seek HIM now and forsake all else and be uplifted forever!!!
Tell me about the law of gravity that states anything that goes up must come down and I will introduce you to the law of aerodynamics that states that it is possible that something can go up and remain there.
Before this year runs out, u and me shall find ourselves somewhere that u can't even bring ourselves down.
Your blessings shall never come down, u shall never fail, the law of gravity will never work in your finances, business, family, all area of your life, etc.
The devil is a liar. You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can... Keep the faith.
The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginning, but not its end...
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
For those of you who don't know Peter Charles. He is the simple man in charge our child sponsorship and co-ordinator in our Kumi chapter. Please find his report bellow.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire ACF team and family for their contributions and support to the work of the lord in Kumi district.
In a more special way my gratitude goes to the ACF mission team for 2009. This year the lord has done wonderful things in the hands of his servants in all activities exhibited in kumi.
God proved his presence with signs wherever we went with you. There was order in all activities carried out in Kumi district right from the beginning of the implementation of the mission activities up the last day.
My heart felt appreciation goes directly to the president of ACF (Emmanuel Emeka) for the financial assistance and the lap top computer I received. May the almighty God bless your efforts and family!
I would like to thank Pastor Emmanuel Ike for his parental and friendly loving attitude towards me. You gave me drugs during the mission trip. I saw the concern you had for my life. You were able to offer prayers for my knee to get healed. God has done a miracle I can now walk and run freely for some good distance. Our God has done good to me.
Medical out reach:
Medical treatment was done in Ogooma primary school at the church premises. A large group of the people crowded the place but God was in control. We had 5 clinical officers and 5 medical nurses. The medical team demonstrated their commitment in serving the people to the extent that everybody who came with sickness received attention from them.
32 people gave their lives to the lord during counseling sessions at the medical out reach.. While at the same time across section of people around the medical out reach received the saving gospel of Christ where a majority of them got revival, restoration of their hope and deliverance from oppressing problems and evils.
During the second day, food worth 30 bags (1500Kilograms) of Maize/corn flour and 5 bags (500kilograms) of beans were distributed among those affected directly by famine/ food shortage in Malera Sub County, Kokwech village in Kachonga parish. On our arrival to the food distribution site, the community was over whelmed with joy to receive the ACF team. People praised the Lord; made ululations of happiness and joy this excited us very much. The community expressed that they had never received any visitor in their community since. list of elderly people, people living with aids, orphans, widows, widowers, the lame and weak were the first priority bin the distribution of the food stuffs. Large crowd had actually gathered as every family in that place had experienced food shortage or famine due to prolong drought that had lasted for three months and had affected the food yields resulting to poor harvest.
When Pastor Emmanuel preached the gospel of Christ on the book of Mathew 11:28 Come to me…………. I will give you rest……, one prominent person in the village gave his life to Jesus and a total of 13 others. This is a miracle to us and the community.
During food distribution when the name of one lady (Aduke Christine) was mentioned , immediately she delivered a baby boy. He has been given a name Emmanuel Oceen. This implies that the lord is with the ACF mission activities in KUMI.
The president (Emmanuel Ezeonu Emeka) ACF USA INC. asked the community to join him in prayer for the land to be blessed with rain as it had not rained for three months but God graced the land with Water. The rains started with great thunder sounds and ended with calm rainfall down pour. Since 13th to date it has been raining with very good showers. People are now busy in their fields trying to compensate the lost crops by planting sorghum, sweet potatoes and cowpeas. Everybody in the village now says the God of this people is true and is able to answer prayers because it has given us rain.
The same day 12th aug, 2009, We were able to go an assess the land that has been allocated to the project. The Kamenya community expressed their willingness to support the construction work when it begins. The village committee gave an assurance that if ACF needs more land; they were willing to add more to what they have already offered to the project.
3rd and 4th Aug 2009 we had children’s fellowship and counseling sessions, praise and worship. Many of the un supported orphans joined in the fellowship where some of them gave their lives to Christ. All mission activities ended successfully with distribution of clothes to the supported orphans.
God has done great work in the hands of ACF team in Uganda, Kumi in particular.
Bravo ACF Team and Bravo ACF family we shall continue praying for you that the lord does greater exploits than what we are able to see now!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
What God has done, we will not cease to give Him glory. When He said that signs and wonders will follow us, all we need to do is to believe Him. I strongly believe that the birth of the baby boy on the day of our food distribution was not a coincident. It was a sign for break through and at night the Lord broke through the skies with mighty outpouring of rain fall that continued until the day before our departure from Kumi. Isn’t God awesome? What a might God we serve! Four months without rain could be dangerous.
Although I know that I may not remember all the names, I will try. There is Esther the laughing girl. She brought a lot of joy to the team. Angela the quiet in spirit – can she be an angel? She is full of strength. Carol the young woman that speaks a lot about the love of Jesus from her eyes. Her smiles will win a lot to Christ. What about Cathy the great teacher of the Word. God has a lot of sons and daughters for her to raise for Him. May her strength continue to increase in the Lord as she mourns the one who raised her. Phiona is one of the quietest young women I have ever met in my life. Her keen observation is noted of the Lord and she will learn to grow in His strength. And there is Grace – robust in spirit but soft spoken, a great warrior in praise for the Father. How could I forget Sarah my daughter – a great woman of orderliness and strength, hard working and full of wisdom. There may be two other young women that I missed. Please let them know that I appreciate them much for their sacrifice of love and dedication - yes Diana I remember now, she is a woman of strength and stamina. The Lord will continue to be your strength indeed. Amen!
For the men, there is Ezra the high priest, what could we do without his piano skills and ability to counsel. Of course there is Sam the Soldier. Like Jehosophat, he wins a great battle for the kingdom with praise and worship for the team. Lopez, you are a man full of strength, always in the background making sure all is in order. Well Edward, the man full of knowledge, you are poised for a miracle and the Lord is your strength. Yes Edward in the Fort Portal team, I am pleased to know that you joined us this year. Looking at you, I observe some greatness in the making. Please do not let it slip you bye. Have I missed any of the men, please pardon me. I am still learning to grow up with names. But for Major Henry, he is the man for the season. Thanks 1000 times for such a great leadership skill. It is from the Lord I know but you have served as a container that housed it well.
Of the camera man, he is the most secret observer that I have ever known. I was always looking for him but each time I get caught right on the face in action. I can’t wait till I see his final product.
Overall, you are a great team. Keep us the good work, meet more often (at least twice a month) to remain acclimated with each other. As you can see, there are stars being bred out of your team and from the team of sponsored children. It is God’s will that you all shine brighter for the kingdom of God
When I am invited to stay, I would like to live among you so that I will renew my youthful strength. You are love in Christ.
Yours Together In His Service