Thank God with us for His miraculous healing hand on little Amara’s life,
bringing her from needing surgery soon after birth to going “home” without
surgery within a week’s time! Please continue to pray for her, that God
would continue to protect her from any sickness and to strengthen her;
that God would miraculously remove the malformation and she won’t need
surgery at all; and that, if she needs surgery, she is able to have it sooner
rather than later so we can return to Uganda when planned.
Please pray for Amara. Due to distressed breathing, she was taken to the newborn intensive care unit 20hrs after birth. After a series of tests, it has been determined that she has either Congenital Lobar Emphysema or Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation in the top two-thirds of her right lung. Either way, she will most likely need surgery to remove the malformed portion of the lung. However, as the surgery is somewhat risky and Amara has since shown signs of improvement, they would prefer to delay the surgery until she has passed the "newborn" stage and is stronger, 3-6 months from now. The doctor said that could only happen if she is totally weaned off oxygen and is breast-feeding, and can thus go home. Well, God is answering our prayers! Her oxygen and feeding tubes have just been removed and Lord willing, her IV will be taken out tonight. As long as she remains stable, she can come home 48hrs later, on Friday. Still, we ask that you continue to pray for her. Please also pray for our children as it has been quite difficult for them.
Here are our December prayer points:
- We praise God that Tim finally completed his thesis paper, Embracing God’s Heart for Adoption after seven years and received his MA degree from Tyndale Theological Seminary. While it wasn’t easy having it take so long, it provided him the experience, inspiration and growth he needed to write the thesis. You can read it here.
- Continue to pray for land for the discipleship camp. Scouting, identifying, researching, dialoguing, verifying, negotiating, etc. land is a very arduous process here that takes a lot of time. But we are making progress! We have now identified a number of places that have great potential and we are currently in talks on a few of them. We thank God for wonderful Ugandans He has brought to walk alongside us in this process, in particular, Francis, Steven and Adolphus. To see photos of the land we’ve been scouting, click here.
- The Crossroads International Church team’s vision trip was a wonderful success. We thank God for the encouragement they brought to and impact they made on us, our team, our partners, and many others through their humble, learner hearts and the power of personal presence. We look forward to see what will come out of this trip in terms of greater partnership with Crossroads. Please pray that we may be intentional about following God’s direction in this partnership. Click here to read their daily report of their vision trip, and click here to see photos.
- We are heading to North America on Christmas Eve Day for five months for the birth of our baby girl, sharing at our partner churches, a number of speaking engagements, and to work on the curriculum for the discipleship camp. Please pray for our adjustment.
- Please pray that God would raise up a teacher for our children to join us when we return to Uganda come May. Let us know if you are interested or know of someone who is. Spread the word!
Coming to the end of this year, we want to thank all of you who have partnered with us through prayer and financial support.
Please prayerfully consider providing a (additional) year-end financial gift.
- Americans: for information on how to give, go to http://www.iteams.us/action/give/. You will need to designate the gift to “Sliedrecht Family.”
- Canadians: for information on how to give, go to http://www.iteams.ca/give/ways-to-give/. You will need to designate the gift to “Sliedrecht Family.”
- Dutch: giro 111406102, t.n.v. International Teams, o.v.v. Sliedrecht
Blessed by your partnership,
“Prayer is an acknowledgment that our need of God’s help is not partial but total” (Alistair Begg, Made For His Pleasure: Ten Benchmarks of a Vital Faith).
Discipleship Camp & Retreat Center
- We praise and thank God for all those who rode, volunteered and donated funds in the Ride for Refuge for Team Beyond’s discipleship camp and retreat center. 135 Riders on 15 Ride Teams raised over $35,000 for the camp/center! Click here to see photos of the Grand Rapids Ride.
- Please pray with us for the right place for the discipleship camp and retreat center. The first two places we were looking into turned out to not be good options due to poor access and no land for sale, respectively. However, we have since found an ideal location and are in the midst of talking with the land owners, whose initial responses have been positive. We thank God is directing us by closing doors.
- More than just for the land, our desire is for this discipleship camp and retreat centre to be founded and built on prayer. Would you join us in 28 days of prayer for the camp/center? You can download a 28-Day Prayer Guide here.
- Eliana has had a fever and been quite miserable for more than two weeks with no known cause. Please pray for healing.
- Angie is 28-weeks along in pregnancy, and overall, all is well!
- For the last couple months, our kids have been taught by Suzanne Stahl while her husband Larry manages the building of the Shaardas’ house in Obule village. Our kids love her and have been progressing well. We are so thankful to God for her.
- The Commire Family were to join Team Beyond in Uganda a couple weeks ago; however, on their way to the airport, Dave developed uncontrollable nose-bleeds, most likely due to stress, exhaustion and dehydration. Their departure date has now been delayed until mid-January, giving him time to heal and rest. Please pray for much needed comfort, peace, rest, and trust in the Lord during this time of waiting.
- At the end of the month, we have a team from our partner church in the Netherlands, Crossroads International Church, coming on a vision trip for a couple weeks. Please pray for them as they interact with our teammates, partners and friends; learn about and pray for Uganda and the ministry work of Team Beyond; and hear from God.
Please take a moment to read our latest newsletter,
along with some follow-up prayer points below
- The Ride for Refuge was a wonderful success! For Team Beyond’s new discipleship camp and retreat center, 123 people rode on 15 teams in 4 locations (Grand Rapids, Niagara, Oshawa, and Tri-cities Washington), and raised a total of $31,737.84 (with more money still trickling in)! We praise God for His goodness shown through all those who participated by riding, sponsoring, volunteering, and/or praying. Please pray that God may continue to be glorified through the spending of this money.
- Our travels back home were long (48hrs), but smooth. And our transition back to life in Soroti has so far been quick, easy and smooth. In many ways, it’s felt as though we never left. We are thankful for our team for providing us with dinners for our first week back.
- The negotiations for the possible location of the discipleship camp and retreat center went on really well. For the two acres, the owners dropped the price from $32,000 to $16,000 to most recently $10,000! We also got word that the local government is planning to build a road in the area, thus providing better accessibility to the land! Please continue to pray with us as we continue to move forward step-by-step in this process of purchasing land, that we may be attuned to and trust in God’s leading. The next steps involve:
- A verbal agreement
- Verification of the legitimacy of land ownership and salability by the district land board
- Ensuring the boundaries of the land are officially surveyed
- Finalizing the transaction with a written agreement between the seller, us and the neighbour & government witnesses
- The Commire Family are 100% funded and plan to move to Soroti at the beginning of November. Please pray for them as they go through this big transition and all the adjustments they have to make.