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“Growing a Beard”

October 18, 2016

Please take a moment to watch this 4 minute music video of “Growing a Beard” by The Beards, featuring all those who participated in the 2016 #HairDare to raise awareness and funds for the #FreedomBoys Ministry.

If you feel so led, you can still sponsor/give towards the cause. For more info, go to https://sliedrechts.wordpress.com/hairdare

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

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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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Hair Dare 2016 – Timothy Sliedrecht

September 26, 2016

Please take a moment to watch this 2.5min time-lapse #HairDare video of Timothy Sliedrecht’s 6-month hair growth (with bonus #FacialContortionism) and prayerfully consider sponsoring him to help #DoubleDouble (match x2) $15,000 for the ongoing financial sustainability of the #FreedomBoys Ministry.

For more info, go to https://sliedrechts.wordpress.com/hairdare/

Double-Double Shave Day

August 25, 2016

SHAVE DAY
is less than a week away!

Help feed the follicles and
DOUBLE-DOUBLE

(match x2)
the $15,000 given by a generous donor
to cover the costs of 3 dormitories
for the ongoing sustainability of the

FREEDOM BOYS MINISTRY

Hair Dare Progress 2016-08-09

SHAVE

your hair on August 31,
inviting people to sponsor you to do so

 

GIVE

in sponsorship
of a hair-grower/shaver

 

DARE

your family and friends
to do the Hair Dare


FOR MORE INFO & HOW TO GIVE

CLICK HERE


Hair Dare Facebook Page
Freedom Boys photos

Hair Dare Double-Double Challenge

August 9, 2016

A generous donor has given

 

$15,000


toward the Hair Dare cause
,

covering the entire building costs of a dormitory of 8 rooms to rent out to university students as a means of providing ongoing financial sustainability for the Freedom Boys Ministry. Our desire is to raise enough money to build 3 of these dormitories and so…

We challenge you to help us


MATCH TWICE OVER


the already-given $15,000


by the final SHAVE DAY, August 31
Hair Dare Progress 2016-08-09

HELP FEED THE FOLLICLES!

 

      • GROW your hair from now until August 31, asking people to sponsor you
      • SHAVE your hair on August 31, inviting people to sponsor you to do so
      • GIVE in sponsorship of a hair-grower/shaver
      • DARE your family and friends to do the Hair Dare


FOR MORE INFO & HOW TO GIVE

 

CLICK HERE


Hair Dare Facebook Page
Freedom Boys photos

Beyond News 08/2016

August 8, 2016

Dear Family & Friends,

Please take a moment to read and pray through our latest newsletter. It gives important information on our next steps of joining an organization called Good Shepherd’s Fold, along with the story of a Freedom Boy named Musa and a $15,000 Matching Challenge for the Hair Dare.
Beyond News: The Sliedrecht Situation 08/2016
Partnering with you in Uganda,

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht
https://sliedrechts.wordpress.com
http://facebook.com/sliedrecht.family
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June Prayer Points…

June 26, 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

We are back in Uganda as of June 16. We haven’t yet returned to Soroti… we have actually spent the last week in Kampala house-hunting, meeting up with some friends in regards to potential future ministry involvement, working on renewing our work visa, and getting our kids set-up for school at Heritage International School.

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Avalien, Moses and Zulea have been attending, and Miriam has been volunteering for, a music theatre camp at the school which has been helpful in getting them used to the school and some of the kids

Music Theatre Camp

We will head to Soroti at the end of the week and plan to move from Soroti to Kampala (the capital, 6-hours from Soroti) by August so that our kids can attend the school there as we work on “ending well” and tying-up loose-ends in Soroti and on determining next steps. Thank you for praying with us through these tough decisions and transitions:

  • Please pray that we may find a suitable and “affordable” house in Kampala that is within walking distance of the school (so that we won’t have to fight traffic everyday). One of the realities/stresses we are facing is the huge increase in cost of living, particularly that of rent (5x more than what we paid in Soroti) and of school fees for our children.
  • Over the next month-and-a-half, we will be downsizing/selling much in Soroti and packing the rest. Please pray for our kids and us as we go through the inevitable pain and grief of leaving our home of the past 9 years in Soroti where our family grew from 1 child to 6 children, where we’ve hosted so many short-termers, vision-trippers and visitors, where we’ve planted so many trees and memories, where we’ve made so many friends.

Our Home in Soroti - March 2007Our Home in Soroti - March 2015

  • Please pray for our family as we prepare for and transition to life in the Big City come August, and say good-bye to all of our teammates, friends and partners. To be sure, while in Kampala, we will still visit Soroti and continue with the ministry work there (albeit less directly, more limited, and decreasingly so); however, it definitely won’t be the same as and marks the end of “our life in Soroti.”
  • Praise God that we have been able to connect with such a great school in Kampala and the community there, for how welcoming they have been to us and our kids and for the possibilities of ministry involvement, alongside our “ending well” and tying-up loose-ends in Soroti, and while we determine our next steps for long-term ministry.
  • We have been in talks with a number of ministries in Kampala and other places in the world in regards to our next possible long-term service opportunity. Praise God for all of these opportunities! Please pray for us in this decision-making process over the next few months, that we will trust God for wisdom and discernment and that He will order our steps. Please pray with us through this prayer (which you can also use as you pray through your own big decisions).

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all.” James 1:5

Thank you for your partnership in prayer,

Tim & Angie Sliedrecht
https://sliedrechts.wordpress.com
http://facebook.com/sliedrecht.family
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Sliedrecht Family