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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

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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

Get a 90 second glimpse into the faces and lives of Good Shepherd’s Fold

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Video production by Jim Triezenberg

“Home” Service Schedule…

May 20, 2017

Tea Fields near GSF
We leave today to go on “home” service for the next three months, to reconnect and share with many of our family/friends/supporters/partners about our ministry work at Good Shepherd’s Fold (GSF) and to go through the training of Global Outreach International, the state-side partner missions agency overseeing GSF. Because our time is short, we are not able to visit all of our partner churches during Sunday services. We hope to meet with those missed in between (we’ll let you know of those dates), along with many family and friends.

Please pray for safety, health, good transitions, God-ordained connections and partnerships as we travel and share about our ministry work with Good Shepherd’s Fold. Please also prayerfully consider ongoing (or one-time, or increased) financial partnership with us, and/or pray that God would spur on others to give as they are able.

Stay tuned for our upcoming Prayer Points and for a series of videos on GSF and our ministry work, professionally made by videographer Jim Triezenberg, a friend of ours for the last two decades who recently spent two weeks with us capturing the life and ministry of Good Shepherd’s Fold.

In Christ,

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

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April Prayer Points

April 6, 2017

While there are many we could include, here are just a few points we ask you to pray through with us:.

  • Tony Omaidi is a local young man who has been working with a teammate, Lisa Fish, in Buwundo Beads and Crafts, an income-generating program for vulnerable women to provide for the needs of their families. It is in this group that he, once trained as a Local Coordinator in the Beyond Proclaimer Program, established the first Bible Listening Groups in the area. From there, he took the initiative to connect with pastors and lay leaders of local churches and set up a meeting for us to share about the Beyond Proclaimer Program. We are now moving from church to church every Sunday to preach about the importance of hearing God’s Word, explain the Beyond Proclaimer Program and set-up Bible Listening Groups which meet weekly to listen to the Bible for 30 minutes and answer head, heart and hands questions for 30 minutes until they have completed the entire New Testament, which would take approximately 40 weeks. We have also started Groups in a couple local schools. As most everyone has never heard or read a full book of the Bible, let alone the entire New Testament, the desire and demand for Bible Listening Groups is huge. In fact, we only have 2 Lugandan Proclaimers left. Pray that we can get more. Pray for the newly established groups, that they may not give up in meeting together, that the Holy Spirit may cultivate their hearts for the Word to grow deep roots in their hearts and produce fruit in their lives.

The army worm burrows into cobs

And, to top it off, Uganda has recently received a large influx of refugees from South Sudan making it the leading refugee-hosting country in Africa, and among the top 3 in the world. These, and other, factors combine are setting the stage for a major humanitarian crisis.

  • After years of collecting resources and dozens of checked-in boxes on our travels from North America to Uganda, from its humble beginnings as Bible distribution and collecting books for a small resource room in 2008, to a growing library in a larger room in the second half of our duplex in 2012, to a more central, multi-room, multi-purpose space in Pamba’s market in 2014… the Beyond Resource Centre, under the direction and leadership of Steven Tiesenga, has recently developed to a whole other level, moving to a new, larger location specially designed and built to accommodate and promote the accessibility and study of the resources. It is now a key element of Calvary Chapel Soroti’s Children’s Ministry and newly established School of Ministry, a nondenominational program for young men and women to experience a year of intensive discipleship and Biblical teaching, and to gain the tools necessary to be sent out in ministry to impact their own communities in Teso, Karamoja, West Nile, and beyond.

  • Our financial support is running a bit low. Please prayerfully consider ongoing (or one-time) financial partnership with us, and/or pray that God would spur on others to give as they are able.

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

We appreciate your prayers, no matter how awkward or feeble, because we believe in the power of the one who hears… and answers.

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

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Beyond News: Sliedrecht Situation 02-2017

February 22, 2017

Dear Family & Friends,

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

  • Brian “Jumping Fire”,
  • Good Shepherd’s Fold,
  • The Stoplight Approach,
  • Ways to Partner

Thank You 2016, You’re Most Welcome 2017

January 1, 2017

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In celebrating the birth of our Saviour and reflecting on His blessings over the past year, YOU immediately come to mind. We praise and thank God for your faithful love, care and support over this past year. Thank you for standing with and encouraging us in the midst of the challenges and transitions we have had to face, and, by His grace given to us in large part through you, have been able to pass through strengthened in faith and calling.

As we close this year and begin a new year, please prayerfully consider beginning, continuing or even increasing financial partnership with us so that we may continue serving in Uganda with Good Shepherd’s Fold. For information on how to give, click here.

Love,

Tim, Angie, Miriam, Avalien, Moses, Zulea, Eliana, and Amara Sliedrecht