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December Prayer Points: Soroti

December 6, 2016

While we have moved to and begun ministry work with Good Shepherd’s Fold in Buikwe, we are still involved in the ministry work in Soroti, albeit gradually less directly. We thus ask you to pray with us through these prayer points regarding the ongoing ministry work in Soroti:

  • We have experienced a number of challenges with the Beyond Fishcage Project, namely in regards to an invasive water weed, the giant salvinia molesta, which has overtaken much of Lake Kyoga, particularly the shoreline, making it very difficult for fishcages to function. It blocks sunlight, takes oxygen out of the water, creates floating islands, and makes it very difficult for the local people to fetch clean water and for water transportation. The local people have called it Nankabirwa, after Ruth Nankabirwa, the former State Minister for Fisheries who allegedly introduced the alien weed. For more information on the invasive weed, click these articles/videos: Sunrise, Daily Monitor, YouTube, YouTube, New Vision.
    *Note in the photos not only the increase of the weed infestation, but also the decrease of the stones on the dock pier due to fisherman stealing them to use as weights for their nets.
Giant Salvinia Molesta infestation - 28/04/2015

Giant Salvinia Molesta infestation - 27/09/2016

  • As a result, we have had to reassess and make new, downsized plans. We now plan to put fishcages in the enlarged and deepened pond on the project’s land and to use the rest of the land to plant trees – pine, eucalyptus and teak, which can be sold for lumber in several years; and moringa trees, of which their leaves and seeds have many health benefits. We plan to use the invasive water fern in Lake Kyoga for compost and mulching for these trees. We have already moved the fence extending from where the project’s land ends to the shoreline (environment protection zone) to the lake-shore side of the land in order to entirely enclose the land. Please pray that we may be sensitive to God’s leading in regards to, and for His will to be done on, this land and with this project, as it is done in heaven.
  • In light of the invasive water weed infestation and the downsizing of the Beyond Fishcage Project, we recently sold the project’s boat, a 30-foot fiberglass open boat with a Mercury 25hp engine, to the Uganda Conservation Foundation who donated it to the Uganda Wildlife Authority as part of their Waterways Project in the Murchison Falls Conservation Area to use for anti-poaching patrols on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park. While it was sad to see it go, adding to the death of a dream, we were able to sell it for double we paid and it is now being used for a great cause.
Saying Goodbye to our Boat
  • Over $22,000 was raised in the Hair Dare (click to see video 1 and video 2) to build university-student rental-rooms for the financial sustainability of the Freedom Boys Ministry, a ministry that brings the love of Jesus to boys who live on the streets of Soroti. Such rentals are in high demand, require little time involvement away from the ministry work, and will provide regular, guaranteed income to cover the ongoing operational costs (including food, housing, medical care, and school-fees for the boys, advocacy programs and staff salaries) and capital for further expansion/development.
  • The Beyond Proclaimer Program continues to grow and spread in Teso and beyond. We have added and trained a couple more Local Coordinators in Soroti and our first one here in Buikwe to establish and monitor more Bible Listening Groups. The number of testimonies and demand for more groups to be established keeps growing! We praise God for the transformation that His Word gives, through the work of the Spirit! Pray for continued faithfulness, consistency and an overflow of the fruit of the Spirit for the hundreds of people in the dozens of Bible Listening Groups.
  • Over 60 pastors and church leaders came to the Leadership Resources‘ Intro to Biblical Hermeneutics which Steve Tiesenga and I helped organize. One of our pastors at 1st Byron CRC, Ken Van De Griend, was one of the trainers. The next step is to have 20 go through a 4-year Trainer of National Trainers course, meeting 3 days twice a year to apply the Dig & Discover principles to 8 books of the Bible. Please pray that God would raise up the right people to commit to not only the course, but to training others after the course.
Pastor Ken Van De Griend teaching

“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

Thank you for your faithful partnership through prayer,

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht

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