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July Prayer Points

July 22, 2014

Thank you for your ongoing partnership through prayer. Here are our July Prayer Points:Rebekah Wissink

  • Please continue to pray for our teacher, Rebekah Wissink, as she prepares to come in August – applying with ITeams, going through training, raising support.
  • Praise God for the progress made on the discipleship camp and retreat center, for His continued direction and leading:
      • We have come to a decision on the name for the discipleship camp and retreat center! While it wasn’t at the top of the voting list, we have decided to go with the name “Beyond Transformation Centre,” or BEYOND [location] for short because it is consistent with our team name, Team Beyond; because English is the most common language in Uganda (as opposed to Swahili for the rest of East Africa); and because the word “Beyond,” based on the meaning/rationale, speaks well to what the camp/center is all about. Thank you so much for voting!
      • The more detailed phased plan is complete and submitted to ITeams leadership! Once approved, we can move forward in purchasing land.
      • We are close to purchasing land! We have finalized negotiations on two pieces of land and are working on a couple others. Please continue to pray for discernment, wisdom and sensitivity to God’s leading as we make final decisions on land.
      • Plans for our first self-sustainability project are underway – floating fish farms! More info to come!Job Max
  • We are helping our neighbor, Job Max, a local music artist, produce and promote a couple music videos and an album of self-written songs with positive, Biblical messages. The videos will feature the Freedom Boys (partner street boys ministry of the Soroti Town team) and Children of the Light Gospel Choir (partner ministry of the Pamba team, featured in the Tiesengas’ latest newsletter). Please pray for this collaboration, that it may be successful in spreading truth and encourage people to follow the ways of Jesus. You can view two of his past videos:
      • Watoto, which speaks of the value of children and against child abuse and sacrifice
      • Itunga Luoteso, which speaks of the need to work hard to eat
  • The Beyond Resource Centre is moving to Pamba, a focus community of Team Beyond just outside of Soroti Town, to be part of Team Beyond’s ministry there (featured in the Tiesengas’ latest newsletter). It is in a more central, accessible location where it is expected to be made use of by more people and make greater impact. Please pray it may be so! More info to come!

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.” Oswald Chambers

NOTE: We are still accepting digital cameras for the Beyond Photography Program. Please let us know if you have any that you’d like to donate.

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

http://sliedrechts.wordpress.com
http://facebook.com/sliedrecht.family

The Morning After…

July 12, 2014

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht:

Remembering… 4-years-ago, during the World Cup Final, two viewing venues in Kampala were bombed (below is my post of the day after as I was in Kampala at the time). In light of increasing threats of terrorist attaches in Kenya and Uganda, please pray for peace and safety during the final match tomorrow.

Originally posted on BEYOND BLOG:

For the past week, I (Tim) have been in Kampala to have our car repaired, to get Certificates of Good Conduct from Interpol (which we need to finalize our adoption of Moses), and to purchase 2 vehicles for 2 families joining Team Beyond. 

Anyway, since I was in Kampala, I thought it would be fun to watch the final World Cup match with a few hundred Dutch (along with many other foreigners and Ugandans) at Iguana, a local restaurant.  All in all, it was a good time… until we had to be evacuated.  3 bombs went off a few kilometers away at a couple other local restaurants where many foreigners and Ugandans were also watching the game.  (For those of you who have been here, the bombings occurred just across from Game & Shoprite at the Kyadondo Rugby Club and on Tank Hill in Kabalagala at the Ethiopian Village Restaurant…

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May Prayer Points

June 1, 2014

Thank you for your ongoing partnership through prayer. Here are our May Prayer Points

  • Please pray for peaceful and smooth travels and transition for our family as we head back to Uganda on June 5. We praise God for our time in North America, for the
    • face-to-face time we were able to have with so many people
    • refreshment and rejuvenation we received after a very difficult year
    • opportunities we had to share about what God is doing in Uganda and the powerful testimonies of transformation, specifically that of our dear friend Denis Okwera (watch From Child Soldier to Beloved Son – Denis in Uganda)
    • encouragement and confirmation we received for the development of the discipleship camp and retreat center
  • Praise God for providing us a teacher, Rebekah Wissink, for our kids next year! Please pray for her as she prepares to come in August – applying with ITeams, going through training, raising support.
  • Continue to pray for our current work on the development of the discipleship camp and retreat center, specifically for wisdom, discernment, direction, and listening hearts with us as we
    • work on the detailed, phased plan
    • decide on and purchase land
    • settle on a name
  • Praise God for the baptisms of Eliana and Amara, celebrating God’s Covenant of Grace and their membership in the family of God

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“We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in God’s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.” Corrie ten Boom

NOTE: We are still accepting digital cameras for the Beyond Photography Program. Please let us know if you have any that you’d like to donate by June 4 (we leave for Uganda June 5)

The Great DIGITAL Camera Collection

May 14, 2014

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Donate Digital Cameras for the Beyond Photography Program
helping Ugandan ministry leaders earn income and minister through photography

Cameras needed: DSLR and compact digital
Please include: battery, charger, cord, and memory card for each camera
Other accessories needed: cases, digital flash units, memory cards, tripods

For more information
contact Tim & Angie Sliedrecht
at
sliedrechts@iteams.org

Please share & celebrate with us in the…

May 13, 2014

Baptisms of
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Eliana Keziah &

Amara Mattea


18 May 2014
10:00am

Madison Church: North

Kent Hills Elementary School
1445 Emerald Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(click for map)

“Every good and perfect gift is from God…
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth.”
James 1:17-18

April Prayer Points

April 28, 2014

Angie & AmaraDear Framily,

Please pray with us:

  • It has been determined by a team of 6 surgeons that Amara does not need surgery before we head back to Uganda – it can wait until she is 2 years old! As she has grown, her lung has grown, but not the malformation; thus, the malformation now makes up a much smaller percentage of the lung than it did at birth. Please praise and thank God with us for this answer to our prayers.
  • Please continue to pray with us for a TEACHER, preferably with a K-8 teaching degree, for our three oldest children – Miriam (14), Avalien (8) and Moses (7) – for the 2014/15 school year. Curriculum, housing and other costs would be provided. Plenty of opportunity would be available for involvement in other ministry work. Please spread the word and contact us at sliedrechts@hotmail.com if you or someone you know may be interested.
  • Pray with us as we work on the detailed, phased plan for the discipleship camp and retreat center, for wisdom, discernment, direction, and listening hearts. You can still cast your vote on the name here.
  • Praise God with us for the impact the Proclaimer Program is having on individuals and communities. Over 50 Bible Listening Groups have been put in place and are being used in churches, communities, schools, Soroti prison, the street kids ministry, markets, hospitals! Many are hearing the Gospel message for the first time, coming to Christ, and being encouraged and strengthened in their faith. Please continue to pray for the Proclaimer Program that
    • the current Bible Listening Groups will not give up in meeting together regularly, consistently and continuously, and that our team may be faithful in encouraging them to do so
    • the Word of God, by the power of the Spirit, may continue to move from the members’ heads to their hearts to their hands
    • we may be able to get more Proclaimers and establish more Bible Listening Groups

Pastor Timothy with Proclaimer

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18),

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht
http://facebook.com/sliedrecht.family

A Call to Jesus

April 20, 2014

Christ is Risen
by Matt Maher

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely you bled, for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bow to none but heavens will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
The glory of God has defeated the night!

Oh death! Where is your sting?
Oh hell! Where is your victory?
Oh Church! Come stand in the light!
Our God is not dead, he’s alive! he’s alive!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave

Rise up from the grave…

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