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January Prayer Points

January 23, 2018

Reflecting on the past couple months and entering this new year, we have much to be thankful for! Please take a moment to praise God with us through the following points…

  • GSF Tailoring School
    • Praise God for Proscovia’s graduation
    • Pray for David Malisi (the polio-induced paraplegic in the above photo), the passionate manager, trainer and mentor at the Tailoring School – he broke his leg and is bed-ridden for the next 6 weeks.
    • Praise God for the 1st Annual GSF Fashion Show, where the students model the new clothes and items they have made, a powerful symbol of having been clothed with the righteousness of Christ through the Gospel many of them have heard and received through the discipleship at GSF

    • Praise God for the hope, joy, self-worth, and value this school has instilled in the students as image-bearers and children of God, created in Christ Jesus to do good works
  • GSF Literacy School
    • Praise God that most of the students are able to write their names and greet in English
    • Praise God for the hope, joy, self-worth, and value this school has instilled in the students as image-bearers and children of God, through Christ Jesus
    • Pray for continued perseverance and patience for the students and the teacher
  • Beyond Proclaimer Program
    • Praise God for the many groups which have completed and celebrated listening to and discussing the whole New Testament together, week by week, over the last year
    • After helping the 60+ members of the Mercy Ministry Feeding Program really understand the Gospel and then have them listen to and discuss Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts together, week by week, we are now training them on how to evangelize and disciple others, and have provided each of them with a Treasure audio Bible to help them do so, all the while growing in their faith themselves. Praise God for the peace, joy and love most of them now have in knowing, believing and living out the Gospel, which they received at GSF, brought in by their need for physical food.
  • 2nd Super Adobe House – Praise God for the completion of our 2nd super adobe house, this time for Grandma Gertrude and Gayla. Gayla had lived at GSF since 2009, when she was 2 years-old. In early December she was reintegrated to live with her grandmother, Gertrude. However, her grandmother’s house was in bad condition, with leaking roof, cracks running through the walls, at risk of collapsing at any moment. About full and also at risk of collapsing, their latrine was also in need of replacing. They were in need of a new house and latrine as soon as possible. Praise God that Gayla’s sponsors generously provided the funds to meet this need ($2,600 USD), and the symbol this new house is of the spiritual house they have been able to build on Christ the solid rock through the discipleship they received from GSF. If you would like to sponsor the building of a house for another candidate (of which there are many), please let us know.

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“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open [more doors] for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:2-3)

Love,

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht


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Merry Christmas from our GSF family to yours…

December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017
Because of Christmas, we, together with GSF and you, can follow in the footsteps of the shepherds the night Jesus was born. Because of the Good News of great joy for all people, we can grow from the fertile soil of the fear of the Lord to become strong, towering trees of faith, deeply rooted in the Gospel, producing the fruit of love, joy and peace for the Gospel seed to be planted in Ugandan families, schools and communities. We glorify and praise God for your partnership in spreading the word concerning what we have been told about this child.

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom His favour rests.”

Love,
The Sliedrecht Familyvs171216-009-01Tim, Angie, Miriam, Avalien, Moses, Zulea, Eliana, & Amara

Beyond News: The Sliedrecht Situation 12-2017

December 21, 2017

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November Prayer Points

November 17, 2017

Please take a moment to read and pray through the following with us:.

  • We have struggled with sickness over the last couple months… I, Tim, with tick typhus turned bacterial bronchitis and Angie with malaria. We praise God that, while still tired and “catching up,” we are now healthy and our children have remained healthy. Please pray for continued health for our family.Sliedrecht Family
  • Our harvest from the land in Soroti, while minimal, was able to bless the Freedom Boys Ministry with food for next few months. Praise God for this provision.
Maize for Freedom Boys
  • We have established a partnership with Business Connect, a company based in Michigan, US which represents several large American companies as their distribution channel into the world, currently in 55 countries, with a mission of creating hope through business in those countries. Through this partnership, our purpose is three-fold:
    • to provide innovative, high-quality water treatment and filtration products specifically designed and priced for (but not limited to) people living in developing countries, who do not have ready access to clean and safe water, and the NGOs that seek to serve them
    • to raise up Uganda sales representatives to sell the products
    • to provide income for GSF‘s Community Development projects/programs from a percentage of the profits of the product sales
Water Treatment and Filtration Products
Darin Fey, the SouthEast Africa Director for Business Connect, came up from South Africa to help us connect with NGOs and begin promoting the products. Praise God for this partnership. Pray for sales, good sales reps we can disciple, and increased income for the Community Development projects/programs!
Darin Fey
  • Praise God for the two new Local Coordinators to help establish and oversee Bible Listening Groups in the Beyond Proclaimer ProgramTom Engolu, for new groups in the greater Soroti area (including over 25 cell groups of one of the largest churches in Soroti, if we are able to raise enough funds for the audio Bible devices), and Ronald Myanja for new groups near GSF. However, the Local Coordinator we had in place for the 15 Bible Listening Groups of churches and schools we established in communities around GSF has suddenly become unreliable and unfaithful, following other pursuits. Please pray that God may lead him back and/or bring a new Local Coordinator along to do the necessary work of encouraging and monitoring those 15 groups.
Tom Engolu  Robert Myanja
  • I am currently leading the staff of GSF through Evangelism Explosion training so that they may be able to confidently and effectively share the Gospel with their friends, family, neighbours, and those in their communities with whom they regularly interact. Please pray for the Spirit to fill them with understanding, wisdom, and boldness to spread the Gospel and for the Spirit to work in the hearts of those with whom they share.
Evangelism Explosion

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom

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September Prayer Points

September 22, 2017

Please pray through the following with us:.

  • We jumped right back into life, school and ministry pretty much as soon as we arrived. The kids were happy to see their friends and start in their new school building with some new teachers, including Angie who is now the Pre-School Teacher teaching Eliana, Amara, and Alex, our neighbour. (click to see more photos of GSF International School)

  • Despite our preventative efforts, we lost 75% of our maize harvest on the land in Soroti to the Fall Army Worm infestation. Then, a week before we were to harvest, likely out of hunger, people broke through our fence in three places and stole half of what remained, leaving us with a measly 12.5% of what we expected. While we empathize with those who are suffering from the drought, it was still a discouraging loss for us and our workers.

  • Our farm at Good Shepherd’s Fold, where we have been following the Farming God’s Way method, is doing very well with a great harvest of hibiscus calyxes, ongoing harvest of hot bird’s-eye peppers, and expected high mulberry harvest. (click to see more photos)

  • After having Ronald Myanga, a local pastor/builder, trained by Jason Folkestad, another missionary, our first super adobe house for Jajja Jennifer, an elderly woman in the Feeding Program who has been living in deplorable conditions, is now well under way to completion. This innovative building method greatly reduces the cost by as much as 50%.
Jajja Jennifer’s old home:

Jajja Jennifer’s new home:

Prayer: the world’s greatest wireless connection.

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

Beyond News: The Sliedrecht Situation 07-2017

July 28, 2017

Please take a moment to read and pray through our latest newsletter, featuring:

  • Freedom Boys: Moses
  • GSF Mercy Ministry Programs
  • Ways to Partner

Beyond News: The Sliedrecht Situation 07-2017
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GSF 360

June 1, 2017

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