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October Prayer Points

October 6, 2016

Dear Family & Friends,

Please take a moment to pray with us through the below:

  • We have so much to praise God for in regards to our transition to Good Shepherd’s Fold (GSF)
    • our Soroti team/colleagues helped us sort, sell, and pack our belongings in Soroti and transport them to GSF
    • we received a very warm and enthusiastic welcome at the front gate of GSF by all the GSF missionaries, staff and children (above photo)
    • the GSF missionaries prepared (cleaned, painted, repaired) "our" new house for our arrival
    • our children have done very well adjusting to life and school here, quickly making friends with the other missionary and GSF kids
    • the teachers at the school have been wonderful in accommodating to the needs of our children

The teachers & students of GSF International School

  • Since moving to Good Shepherd’s Fold, four of us in our family have gotten malaria. It had never been a problem for us for the 9 years we lived in Soroti and there seemed to be many more mosquitoes there. Additionally, Tim has had a staph infection, a bad sinus cold and now has shingles.
  • In the midst of sickness and necessary trips to Soroti, adjustment to life and ministry at GSF is going well. The learning/adjustment curve is steep, with
    • so many people to meet and get to know, including the 80 employees, the 75 resident children and many local pastors; 
    • a different language (Lugandan) and culture to become familiar with
    • a new climate, landscape, environment, and way of living to get used to – a remote, large, open campus in the midst of sugarcane fields and relatively far from the nearest city and close community and fellowship with the other GSF missionaries, staff and children.

Yet, we feel we are making good progress and appreciate the time allowed to us to gradually decrease our direct ministry involvement in Soroti and to adjust and start-up well at GSF without getting ahead of ourselves and taking on too much too soon.

Ariel view of Good Shepherd's Fold

  • We have been able to participate in a number of activities at GSF over the last month, including the following:

Transform'16 in Kampala with a group of GSF leaders
Transform’16 in Kampala with a group of GSF leaders

Encouraging a discipleship training group on Buvuma Island with a short-term team of pastors from California
Encouraging a discipleship training group on Buvuma Island
with a short-term team of pastors from California

Holiday conference for former GSF child-residents, now GSF secondary school and university scholarship recipients
Holiday conference for former GSF child-residents,
now GSF secondary school and university scholarship recipients

Click for more photos & videos
GSF Sports Day
– a day off of work for the entire staff to play games and sports together,
like tug-of-war

"The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is pray." S.D. Gordon
Thank you for partnering with us through prayer during this time of transition
Love,
Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

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One Comment leave one →
  1. John and Janet permalink
    October 16, 2016 6:30 pm

    Praying for you as you adjust to your new surroundings.

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