April Prayer Points
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.
- I have finally received a renewal of my work permit for another 3-years. It came at just the right time as I my 3rd and last Special Pass to remain in the country expired a month ago.
- Many in Uganda are suffering from famine due to extreme drought, the worst drought in the country’s history, during the last two rainy seasons, along with poor policies and progress in the agriculture sector. Over 11 million Ugandans are in urgent need of food aid. Making matters worse is an infestation of armyworms ravaging Ugandan maize.
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