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July Prayer Points

July 13, 2018

A lot has happened since our last prayer update, which you can follow and pray through in more detail on Facebook and Instagram. But for now, here are just a few of our July Prayer Points…

  • Please pray with us for these new cases which have come to us from the surrounding communities, of children needing immediate medical attention. They have been brought in under GSF’s care due to their situations:
    • Kato is 15 mos old and only 4.5kg / 9lbs 15oz. While his twin sister Precious is strong and healthy, he is failing to thrive/develop due to muscle spasms/ seizures and the inability to keep anything down. Because he now needs more intensive care and has to be fed every hour, he was brought to be cared for at Good Shepherd’s Fold. His mother, Sharon, loves him dearly and is so stressed and distraught to see him in such a condition.
      Sharon & KatoIn addition to special formula, we likely needs to have a PEG put in his abdomen for feeding, which costs $3,000. If you feel led to financially contribute to the medical treatment of Baby Kato, you can do so here.
    • Pray for Rebecca, who was recently brought into the care of Good Shepherd’s Fold. She is 9 years old and extremely malnourished. Her parents have lost hope for her. Please pray for renewed health, hope and heart for her.
      Angie & Rebecca
  • Praise God for the continued healing and growth of Rebecca, Asuman, and Joyce. Their joy in the midst of their trials is infectious. Please continue to pray for their rehabilitation and recovery.

Rebecca & Asuman Joyce with her mother, Katie

  • Praise God for life! Last month I was bitten by a Jameson Mamba. It was sure terrible and fast acting. We rushed to Kakira Sugar Factory Hospital because they were the only ones with the anti-venom, having a lot of workers who get bitten harvesting in the fields. I was too sick with all of my muscles severely aching, vomiting (for the 1st time in 20 years); sore throat, tongue, face, eyes; chills, sweating; slurring of speech, inability to breath… it was the farthest-along and worse case the doctor at that hospital had ever seen. Untreated, it generally causes death within 30 to 120 minutes. We made it to Kakira 90 minutes after the bite. Once I got the anti-venom in me, it was a great feeling and quick turnaround.
    The Jameson Mamba that bit TimThe snake was on our porch. I thought it was a harmless emerald snake or spotted bush snake we had found on the campus before – harmless snakes are all that I had seen on this campus so far. So I picked it up at the head to bring it elsewhere, away from where it could bite my children. It wasn’t able to bite until I had accidentally lowered my grip when taking the photo and suddenly it got me with a little prick from just one tooth. I was careless. It was not smart of me to pick it up to begin with. I have learned my lesson and hope others will learn from my mistake, which almost cost me my life and caused a lot of grief for my family and friends! Praise God for his grace and healing; for the quick response of our team; for the support of the Jinja Missionary Community, the GSF staff, children and Mercy Ministry members, and our Ugandan friends; and for the many people around the world who came around us in prayer and concern.
  • Business Development – I am working on establishing some businesses to propel financial and spiritual growth among Ugandan families and to bring in local income for our community development work. One such business is with Business Connect, a company based in Michigan started by a former missionary with a vision to create hope through business. It serves as a worldwide marketer and distributor for companies which make quality, life-enhancing products designed specifically for developing countries. We are beginning with two of their water purification products: the Madi Drop and the Village Water Filter. You can find out more about these products on the Good Shepherd’s Fold Innovation Facebook page. Please pray that God would connect me with capable, trustworthy Ugandans to work with as sales reps for these products.
    Good Shepherd's Fold Innovation
“This should be the motto of every follower of Jesus Christ.
No matter how dark and hopeless a situation might seem, never stop praying.”
– Billy Graham –
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May Prayer Points

May 20, 2018

A lot has happened since our last prayer update, which you can follow and pray through in more detail on Facebook and Instagram. But for now, here are just a few of May Prayer Points…

  • Praise God for the graduation of 7 women from the GSF Tailoring School. A year ago, when they joined the Feeding Program for their malnourished babies, they were at a low point of despair, feeling hopeless and even useless, unable to provide for just the basic needs of their babies. Now, after a year of care, discipleship and skills development, they have hope, peace and joy. They and their children are beautifully created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), sewn together in their mother’s womb (Psalm 129:13). In Christ Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), they are new creations. “The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). They are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for them to do (Ephesians 2:10) Please keep them in your prayers as they continued to be disicpled in the Word and mentored in sewing and farming.
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  • Praise God for the impact that the GSF Literacy School is having in the lives of the 30 students. During a time of sharing, they testified about what they learned and how they put into practice what they learned, including being able to use a pen and write their names, add/subtract and multiply, sound out and spell words, greet in English, better care for their children’s health, access government services, and practice better farming methods. Above all, they testified to the self-esteem, confidence, dignity, and empowerment they have gained. It’s been wonderful to see them break out of their shells and express themselves. Pray for continued perseverance and growth.
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  • Rebecca is healing up very well. She is now so full of life and smiles. Thank you to all who sent her encouraging mail/packages and financial assistance. She still has a ways to go with plastic surgery needed for her eye and lips. Please keep her in your prayers.
    Tim & Rebecca Rebecca
  • Please pray with us for these new cases which have come to us from the communities, of children needing immediate medical attention. We are sending them to CoRSU (Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services for People with Disability in Uganda), 2-3hrs from GSF. They will undergo surgery within the next week. If you would like to help with the funding of either case, please give online here and “add instructions to the finance office” on what it’s for – 100% of your gift will go to the designation.
    • Joyce, 16, whose hamstring muscles in one of her legs detached from the bone, rolled up to form a large bulge at the top of her leg, and need to be removed. Her parents were being pressured to use a local which doctor for treatment by neighbours and by fear of the expenses, but our social worker, Penelope, was able to convince them otherwise ensuring them that we would walk with and help them through the full recovery. Pray that the removal may not cause permanent disability.
      Joyce
    • Asuman, 7, who had a bad leg break 3 months ago but was never able to get treatment due to lack of funds, resulting in an open wound to the bone, infection and possible permanent bone damage. Pray that the doctors may effectively piece the bones together, that there would be full healing and no permanent disability. 
      Asuman

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” – Mother Teresa

Love,Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

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Good Shepherd’s Fold – Sliedrechts & Outreach

March 21, 2018

Along with and in collaboration with Child Care and Education, Good Shepherd’s Fold has a ministry focus of Outreach, which seeks to empower, edify and engage the staff of GSF, the families of the children at GSF, the most vulnerable in nearby villages, and local churches and schools to make disciples and impact the world for Christ.

After ministering for 9 years in Soroti, Uganda we moved 5 hours south to Good Shepherd’s Fold in August 2016

I serve in the ministry area of Outreach but there is a lot of overlap and collaboration with the other ministry areas. In Outreach, we specifically seek to empower, edify and engage others to make disciples and thus impact the world for Christ. This happens through a variety of means and groups of people, such as through:

  • weekly discipleship trainings of the 80+ GSF staff
  • the training of GSF Primary School teachers to equip other schools in classroom management, child development and Bible teaching
  • the Beyond Proclaimer Program, setting up audio Bible listening groups in local churches, schools and community groups
  • a feeding program that provides malnourished babies and their parents, and vulnerable elderly, many of whom care for grandchildren, with not just food, but hope and purpose in a weekly discipleship course and skills development, including tailoring, literacy, English language, business, and agriculture

Of course, we cannot do this alone. It can only happen by God’s grace and strength, in partnership with other organizations, and YOU.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support. You make it possible for us to do ministry here at Good Shepherd’s Fold, making disciples, impacting the world for Christ.

Webale! Thank You!

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht
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Video production by Jim Triezenberg

Introducing Good Shepherd’s Fold…

February 27, 2018

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Video Production by Jim Triezenberg

February Prayer Points

February 24, 2018

Please take a moment to pray with us through the following points…

  • Praise God for the new curriculum our friend Lisa Coggin is developing and we are implementing at the GSF Primary School, called the Roots to Fruits Christian Curriculum. It provides pupils with the tools of learning from a traditional and historical African context within a Biblical worldview. It is both practical and transformational, producing godly students who understand and take pride in their rich African Heritage while learning how to acquire appropriate knowledge, process well through formal and informal logic, and communicate effectively through verbal and written expression.Please pray that this curriculum may take root in our school. The learning curve for teachers to use it properly is a big challenge and they are struggling. We are seeking mentorship from Watoto, a large, well-known ministry here in Uganda which has been successfully using this curriculum in their schools for a couple years and has seen incredible outcomes/fruit.
  • Please pray with us for the increasing number of cases of loving mothers coming to us from the community with children who have health issues, including the below. Praise God for the great team of a social worker, physical therapists, special needs specialists, and nurses we have to help with these cases. Please pray that above all else, these children and their mothers may know and grow in the love of the Father.
    Rebecca Rebecca, a 13-year-old girl of one of our program members who burned her face, neck and arm falling into boiling water on a fire due to seizure (1st in 2 years). We have been able to get her skin grafts and she is healing up well. However, she will need plastic surgery for her eye and intense physical therapy or even surgery for her neck. Her father had already abandoned her, her mother and her siblings. Pray for her patience, cooperation and perseverance in this long road to full recovery.
    Timothy Deo, a 4.5-year-old who has severe cerebral palsy and is locked indoors everyday while his mother goes to work. His father abandoned them and his “step-father” wants nothing to do with him. He is in great need of physical therapy and stimulation. Pray for his mother who is in need of respite or a job that enables her to be able to properly care for him.
    Deo Timothy, a 1.5-year-old who has not been able to hold up his head since birth… it just flops around. He will also need intense physical therapy as well. Due to his condition, his father abandoned him, his mother and his 2 older siblings, leaving them to fend for themselves.
    Pray for full ability to hold up his head, and for the mother to have the means to provide for her children.
    Robbison Robbison, a 7-month-old who has arthrogryposis, being born with short legs which are stiff-straight at the knees and stiff-bent at the hips, and with no toenails. His father abandoned them due to his condition. He needs regular therapy and eventually casts and leg braced. Please pray that he may walk, at least with braces.
  • Last month we sent 6 Community Development staff to a Farming God’s WayTraining, a best practice farming method based on Biblical worldview, which produces greater spiritual and crop production yields than their traditional method. We are now having 4 of them train those in our Mercy Ministry Programs. Pray that they may be able to embrace this new farming method and in so doing grow in their faith and their ability to care for themselves, God’s creation, and others.Farming God's Way

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b)

Love,

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

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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