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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

GSF August Newsletter

September 30, 2018

Below is GSF‘s most recent newsletter, featuring Farming God’s Way, and David, whose transformation is nothing but miraculous… from child-soldier to child of God to soldier for Christ!

After escaping, David was not initially accepted by his family in Aruwa, so he moved to Luwero to live with his cousin who was a pastor and led him to Christ. Due to shame and guilt, and fear of how people would judge him, like his family had done, it was not until Oct 2016 when he went to Transform Conference in Kampala with other GSF staff, including myself, that he first opened up about his story. He hadn’t even told his wife. But he was led by the Spirit through Transform to share with us who had gone with him. Because we responded positively and with praise, thanksgiving and encouragement, he began sharing it with more people. As he did so, and as he grew in his relationship with Christ, he experienced freedom in Christ from the shame, guilt, and fear, and was soon able to not just be reconciled with his family, but pass-on his transformation in Christ to them.

Please keep David in your prayers. Since he first opened up about his story, 6 close family members passed away, two brothers of whom were killed by South Sudanese refugees pillaging his village due to lack of food in the camps, and one cousin of whom was beaten to death just last week over 20,000 UGS ($5USD) he was owed. And yet, through these deaths, David was able to share the gospel with many and lead 30 people, mostly family members, to Jesus – 5 after the below newsletter was written last week, during the days surrounding his cousin’s funeral.


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“David, You Have Really Changed”

Meet David, who works as head of security at GSF. We thank him for making sure that those at GSF are safe and protected day after day! David began working as a GSF guard in 2014 and was promoted to Head of Security in 2016 because of his talent in management and love for the people here. He lives in a nearby town with his wife and three precious daughters!

In August 1997, David was returning to his hometown of Arua for a visit when he was abducted by Joseph Kony’s LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) and made into a child soldier. Though he was threatened with death several times, David persevered and thus received the name “Chandia (trouble) David,” for his stubbornness. After enduring many horrific demands from his commanders, David was eventually sentenced to death by the head of the army. David decided to pray to God for the first time. The next morning—the day he was sentenced to die—David escaped the LRA and fled for his life.

A beautiful story of redemption began to unfold in David’s life. David was reunited with his family. He eventually applied for a job at GSF and was accepted. And the greatest redemption of all: a fellow employee at GSF shared the Gospel with David and he re-dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. David now uses his experience to counsel fathers and youth in his community. He testifies that God is truly the one doing the work through him.

David says that GSF has transformed his life by teaching him about the Lord. When David went back home to visit his family, they said, “David, it’s not you. You have really changed!”  David could not agree more. He has taken Trauma Healing classes  at GSF to help him heal emotionally and mentally from the trauma of the LRA.  Now he has even progressed to teaching these classes! Twenty-five people have come to saving faith in Christ through David’s story, and he hopes for many more.

The Lord has used GSF in a great way in David’s life to bring him back to Christ, the true source of forgiveness and life. David’s life is filled with so much redemption, joy, and hope. This calls to mind Philippians 1:6, which says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”


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One of the many aspects of the Farming God’s Way process is our dedication to not till the soil when preparing fields for a new planting season. By simply raking off the plant remains and debris from the surface of the soil, our farmers allow nutrients in the soil from freshly harvested plants to help the new plants grow. Traditionally, Ugandans clear their fields by burning and plowing—a quick and easy, but destructive, route. GSF wants to preserve as much soil and nutrients as it can, and protect and nurture the earth God created and gave us.

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August Prayer Points

August 24, 2018

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

  • Praise God for this past rainy season’s plentiful harvest, due in large part to putting Farming God’s Way into practice.
    Harvest

    We are already busy planting for the second rainy season, including demonstration gardens which compare the traditional way of farming to Farming God’s Way.
    FGW Demonstration Gardens
    A couple weeks ago, we sent over 20 staff and GSF Mercy Ministry members to a 3-day Farming God’s Way training.
    FGW Training
    Please pray that they may put what they learned into practice, out of humble hearts that seek God’s face. Pray that those we are engaging with in Farming God’s Way may be so transformed to follow God’s ways in all areas of their lives.

  • Praise God for the spiritual harvest of the many GSF Mercy Ministry members (re)committing their lives to Christ – Ruth, Tina, Eliphania, Fabiano, Margaret, Catherine, Kasifa, Jennifer, Lovis, Ezekiel, Pande, Deborah, Sharon, Gertrude, and Tabitha!
    Ruth, Tina, Eliphania
    Please pray that “out of His glorious riches our Father may strengthen them with power through His Spirit in their inner being, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. And pray that they, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
    Fabiano, Margaret, Catherine, Kasifa, Jennifer, Lovis, Ezekiel, Pande
    “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Eph 4:16-21)
    Deborah, Sharon, Gertrude, Tabitha
  • Rebekah Wissink, who taught our kids in Soroti over 3 years ago, has returned to teach at GSF International School! We are all thrilled to have her back! She is a wonderful teacher, friend, servant, woman of God. She is teaching elementary and middle school classes this year.
    Angie and Rebekah
  • Speaking of school, our kids started early this year. They are already more than two weeks into it.
    GSF International School Students and Teachers
    Miriam is in Grade 12, Avalien is in Grade 7, Moses is in Grade 5, Zulea is in Grade 2, Eliana is in Kindergarten, and Amara is in Pre-K.
    Miriam, Avalien, Moses, Zulea, Eliana, Amara
    Please pray for their:

    • Peace, that they may experience the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
    • Protection, emotional, physical, and spiritual, that God would keep evil far from them and help them trust in Him as their refuge and strength
    • Purity, that God would keep their thoughts and actions pure and motivated by love, that He would guard them from temptation, that the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts always please you and edify others
    • Passion for life and the things of God, that they will hunger and thirst for God and His Word and will love Him with all of their heart, soul, and mind; that God would give them compassionate and generous hearts to love others as much as He loves them; that they will always work and study with excellence; that God will help them desire a servant spirit of greatness, rather than a worldly lust for success; that they will fall in love with Jesus over and over again.
    • Perspective, to see life–and every challenge–through God’s eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever they go; that they may set their minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that they will be rooted and grounded in His love, which surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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