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October Prayer Points

October 22, 2019

Please take a moment to pray through these October Prayer Points. These are only a few of the many things God has been doing. Feel free to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to find out more…

  • Our Re-Connect time in North America is going well. We thank God for the encouragement and refreshment we are receiving through the interest and love of our partners. Please pray that God may give us His words as we communicate about His work in Uganda through us and GSF. Here is our church speaking schedule – we look forward to fellowshipping with many of you!
    Avalien, Amara, Miriam, Eliana, Zulea

  • Tim spent 2 weeks in Uganda last month, in part to participate in the GSF Leadership Team Prayer Retreat exploring the importance of humility (one of our core values) & servanthood in our roles, departments, and ministry work as we strategize and plan for the coming year. It was an edifying time of fellowship, team-building, visioning, and seeking God’s direction together. Please pray for the GSF Leadership as they continue the planning process for next year, particularly in light of the need to prune and find more funding sources due to increasing deficit in the operational budget. In addition to the retreat, thank God with us for the fruitful meetings with fellow leaders and colleagues, particularly in the department of Community Development (which Tim directs) and for their faithful and good work in keeping the programs and ministries running well in his absence.GSF Leadership Team Prayer Retreat
  • Praise God for the 30+ inmates in local prisons who have decided to follow Jesus through the Beyond Proclaimer Program. Praise God for His work in the life of Ali who was a prisoner himself but is now passionately sharing the love of Jesus with inmates by establishing and overseeing audio Bible listening groups in 4 prisons around GSF.
    Ali and the bike he uses to visit audio Bible listening groups
  • Our kids are adjusting well to and are enjoying school – Zulea, Eliana, and Amara at the Zeeland Christian School/Home Collaborative; Avalien and Moses at the Zeeland Christian Middle School, and Miriam at Cornerstone UniversityPray for their perseverance and peace as they are already anticipating having to return to Uganda in January.
    Miriam in her dorm room with 2 Ugandan friends
  • While delayed due to a cold and malnutrition, Baby B’s heart surgery in India ended up being successful and he is already set to return to Uganda this week. Please continue to pray for his full recovery and ongoing health. Pray for his parents to thrive spiritually and financially so that they can give him the care he needs to thrive himself.
    Baby B recovering from heart surgery in India
    Baby B recovering from heart surgery in India

“Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and it’s accomplishment on earth.”
– Elisabeth Elliot

Love,

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

August Prayer Points

August 23, 2019

Please take a moment to pray through these August Prayer Points. These are only a few of the many things God has been doing. Feel free to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to find out more…

  • Miriam had a fruitful experience at the two-week Third-Culture/Missionary Kid Seminar put on by Barnabas Ministries at Cedarville University. The seminar provides helpful tools that prepare students who have just completed their high school experience overseas for the transition into life and college in North America. It covered everything from understanding oneself and others; to identity issues; to dealing with separation, grief and loss; to handling finances; to managing emotions in the midst of transition; to initiating healthy friendships; to choosing a church. Please pray that Miriam may be able to put into practice all that she learned, that she may take hold of the wisdom and strength God provides by His Holy Spirit, and that she may fix her eyes on Jesus as she transitions to life, work and studying at Cornerstone University on August 24.
    Miriam @ Cedarville University   Barnabas Ministries MK Seminar
  • It’s a Girl! If you didn’t already know, Angie is pregnant with our seventh child, due in December. We just had an ultrasound and all appears to be well. Please pray for continued health and strength of baby and Angie.
    Angie and Baby Ultrasound
  • We thank God for our Re-Connect time in the Netherlands, Ontario, and Michigan thus far, for the refreshment and encouragement, and the opportunities we have had to share with family, friends, and partners about what God is doing in and through our ministry work in Uganda. Please pray with us as we move into a busy time of meetings, visiting, and speaking, for strength, perseverance, and effective communication. Pray for continued upward and onward movement in opportunities and insight as we network, research and plan for next steps in the Community Development ministry of Good Shepherd’s Fold.
    Crossroads International Church

    Dutch Family

    Beute Family

  • Tim is heading to Uganda for a few weeks in September for strategic planning meetings and to check in on some ongoing projects and programs. Please pray for Tim to have a safe, smooth and productive time in Uganda, and for Angie as she manages home, school, and speaking in Michigan. Please also pray for our children as they adjust to a new school, Zeeland Christian School, for this semester.
    Zeeland Christian School
  • Baby P‘s heart surgery was successful and she is recovering and healing well; however, she has had other, unrelated sicknesses including sickle cell and pneumonia. She is quite weak and has lost a lot of weight. She and her mother will soon head to Kenya for a follow-up check on her heart. Please pray for her health and protection from sickness.
    Baby P & Family   Baby P
  • Another baby, Baby B, is in need of heart surgery. This time we are partnering with Morning Star Foundation to send Baby B and his mother to India for the surgery. Praise God for providing half of the $10,000 USD GSF needed to raise through one of our partner churches, and for miraculously providing Baby B and mother with passports so quickly. Pray for everything to fall into place for the surgery to be successful, including visas, travel, time in India, health of Baby B, doctors’ hands.
    Momma L & Baby B   Mama L and Baby B

“The right way to pray is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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May Prayer Points

May 25, 2019

Please take a moment to pray through these March Prayer Points. Feel free to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to find out more…

  • After applying to and being accepted at Moody Bible Institute, Kuyper College, and Cornerstone University, Miriam has chosen to attend Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. Praise God for providing her with scholarships covering nearly the entire cost of tuition and room & board! Please pray for her as she prepares for and adjusts to not just college life, but moreover living in America. We will be in their area for her first semester for “Home” Assignment and to help her.
    Miriam Graduation Announcement
  • Tim has been struggling with toe, pinky fingers, and back injuries this year which have been frustrating and demoralizing, keeping him from being active and able to do things which bring him refreshment. Please pray for complete healing and renewed strength.
  • We have set up a new, more permanent, prominent, and protected demonstration garden comparing conventional farming with Farming God’s Way. Pray that they may bring testimony to God’s goodness and all-sufficiency, and may inspire people to adopt God’s ways not just in farming, but in all areas of life.
    Farming God's Way Demonstration Gardens
  • Our teammate, Rebekah Wissink, and we were able to spend the long Easter weekend in Soroti visiting some friends, most of whom we haven’t seen in over a year. We praise God for the wonderful time we had with the Freedom Boys, our missionary friends, our old neighbourhood friends, and ministry partners.
  • 16 students graduated from the Tailoring School! Praise God for how they have grown not just in their sewing skills, but also spiritually. Praise God for the generous donation of an Irish woman, providing each graduate with a quality sewing machine and beginning materials. Please pray that as the put their skills to practice, they may fully embrace who they are as image-bearers of their Creator, the Great Tailor. Pray that God may give them ample opportunity to use their sewing skills to earn a livelihood. Click here for more photos.
    Tim hugs a graduateGraduates
  • Baby P is only 6 months old and has spent much of her life in the hospital, on oxygen. She is in great need of heart surgery. Praise God for providing the needed $5,000 USD and opportunity for the surgery to take place – sometime between May 27 and 30 at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya, over 10hrs from GSF. However, she is now sick. Please pray Baby P may be able to have the surgery after all, and that it may go well, without complications.
    Baby P with Mama L

“You want to make a big, bold difference? Then pray big, bold prayers.”
– Craig Groeschel

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March Prayer Points

March 30, 2019

Please take a moment to pray through these few (of many) March Prayer Points. Feel free to follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram for more…

  • Amara had been struggling with a lot of sickness so far this year, including a 4-day stay in the hospital due to continual vomiting after falling and hitting her head. Praise God with us that she is doing much better, even though she just had a bout of malaria. Please pray for her, for continued health and increased resilience.
    Amara in the MRI machine
  • A couple months ago, our campus was attacked by a group of 12+ thieves. They were able to break in 2 of the missionary homes and stole laptops, phones, money, wedding rings, and a vehicle. Praise God that, while there have been some ongoing post-traumatic effects on teammates and we would not want this to happen again, God has turned what was meant for evil into something good, including greater exposure of and interest in the ministry of GSF, 5x the monetary equivalent of what was stolen given in contributions, increased security measures, greater unity among staff and partners, and testimonies of perseverance of faith by the grace of God.
    Edward (on the right) gives testimony and praise to God during staff prayer day (while Peter on the left translates), for his recovery from being beaten by the gang of thieves which attacked #GSFUganda in January. He had a broken jaw and could not speak or eat for a month. He had actually officially retired in December but continued on for a few weeks while GSF recruited new guards.
    Edward (on the right) gives testimony and praise to God during staff prayer day (while Peter on the left translates), for his recovery from being beaten by the gang of thieves which attacked #GSFUganda in January. He had a broken jaw and could not speak or eat for a month. He had actually officially retired in December but continued on for a few weeks while GSF recruited new guards.
  • I am coming to the end of my year+ teaching on Evangelism Explosionwith the staff of GSF, helping them to understand and apply the Gospel for themselves and equipping them on how to share their testimonies and the Gospel and on how to disciple new believers. Next, I plan to organize a week-long Evangelism Explosion training of trainers for some of the leaders at GSF. Please pray that the Gospel may multiply through our staff and beyond, by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in each of their lives.
    'Tim teaching Evangelism Explosion' by Joseph Ochira, one of my student workers
    “Tim teaching Evangelism Explosion” by Joseph Ochira, one of my student workers
  • 2 GSF farm leaders and I, Tim, along with 40 others from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Congo, USA, Canada, Denmark, and Ireland, had the privilege of taking part in a week-long intensive Farming God’s Way In-Field Mentoring by the founder and author of Farming God’s Way, Grant Dryden, who came up from South Africa. As part of our journey to be trained as accredited Farming God’s Way trainers, this In-Field Mentoring gave us the opportunity to grow deeper, together, into the heart, philosophy and network of Farming God’s Way, and to participate as trainers in hands-on village extension trainings. Praise God for this inspiring and enriching time of fellowship, discipleship, and practical learning, energizing and equipping us to further embrace and effectively implement and extend God’s heart for the poor and His ways for not just farming, but for all areas of life.
    Farming God's Way In-Field Mentoring group
  • Sadly, in our Farming God’s Way fields, what maize and bean sprouts were not destroyed by the monkeys were destroyed by a fire, along with a pile of 8 truckloads of sugarcane mulch we had gathered… we are not off to a good start this season. Good enough, there was a false start to the rains so we can replant when the rains actually do come. We will plant cabbage and kale in the midst of macadamia trees, instead of maize and beans, less to the liking of the monkeys.
    Burning sugarcane mulch

“Prayer is God’s plan to supply man’s great and continuous need with God’s great and continuous abundance.” E.M. Bounds

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December 26, 2018

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December 24, 2018

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November Prayer Points

November 6, 2018

Please take a moment to pray through these November Prayer Points (follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram for more)…

  • Please keep Miriam in your prayers as she is quite busy and stressed taking university entry tests (SAT and IELTS/TOEFL) and filling out applications for universities and scholarships, in the midst of continuing to work through some past trauma which has recently surfaced. She desires to study social work and international/community development. Let us know if you have any university and/or scholarship recommendations!
    Miriam Sliedrecht
  • Second rainy season was slow to start, resulting in failed crops for many people. However, our Farming God’s Way fields were able to survive the initial drought and are now thriving (click for photos). Pray that more people may see this difference and embrace this better-practice method of farming.
    Farming God's Way
  • I am taking the 7 young men who work for me to Marked Men for Christ, a 44hr faith-strengthening experience which seeks to build stronger men for Christ by helping them address with God wounds of deceit/denial, fear, anger, sadness & loss, and shame. Please pray for them – Sam, Jacob, Frank, Michael, Pamba, Denis, and Ashraf (in front) – that God would use this experience to break through any barriers and truly bring them into a closer relationship with Him. (Over 9,000 Christian men from over 2,000-churches around the world have gone through this transformative experience. You/your men can too! Here is a list of upcoming locations.)
    Marked Men for Christ
  • 10 GSF leaders were trained as trainers through Wise Choices for Life, a holistic, Biblical approach to addressing the cultural, practical, emotional, and spiritual issues around the subjects of sexuality, reproductive health, and family size as it relates to poverty (click for photos). The desired outcome is to stimulate behavioural change and empower young people in particular to make ‘Wise Choices for Life’ launching young people toward a new vision for a brighter future. Please pray that these 10 leaders will be intentional in implementing this training in their areas of community impact, as an integral part of our work in poverty reduction and community health to bring about a ripple effect of mindset and cultural change, especially among the young people.
    Penlope being tested in Wise Choices for Life
  • Praise God for the GSF events which are promoting comradery, unity and teamwork among our staff and students:
  • “Prayer is never a last line of defense. It’s our first line of offense.” – Craig Groeshel

    Love,

    Tim & Angie Sliedrecht