Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Hello again! As you saw in my previous letter, the Lord recently blessed me by serving Him on a mission trip to Belize over the summer. I simply loved the privilege of teaching and preaching on biblical discernment and cults, especially in a place where the need for such ministry is so great.
Amazingly, He is providing another opportunity for service. The Centers for Apologetics Research (CFAR) has asked me to go to Uganda in East Africa from January 13-25. Currently they have no ministry in that part of Africa, but our Savior appears to be opening doors. Uganda even seems to present my family with the chance to serve there long-term after graduation. Could God be preparing my ministry there after I graduate from seminary in May?
In January I hope to find out. CFAR director Paul Carden and I are preparing to meet with Christian leaders to assess the potential for a regional base for countercult and discernment ministry. Additionally, we anticipate opportunities to teach and minister in churches and Bible colleges (and to visit the national headquarters of cults like the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses). Obviously, I'll also need to spend a lot of time in prayer, seeking to understand whether my family should move to Uganda and how we could transition to living in Africa.
But I can't leave you out of my plans. You are essential! My family desperately needs your prayers. This decision involves a life-changing commitment, one that we can't make lightly. What does the future hold for us? Only God knows. But we desire to faithfully serve Him and to do His will.
We also need to raise the necessary funds to cover my trip in January. While travel to Africa isn't inexpensive, a gracious donation of frequent-flier miles has kept my planned budget down to $1,500. Additionally, the generosity of those supporting my trip to Belize has led to $675 already being raised. But I still have $825 to raise in a little under two months. I realize the difficulties. Christmas is just around the corner. For those of us who are Southern Baptists, we are already planning on giving to international missions through our annual Lottie Moon offering. Honestly, I don't want you to sacrifice in either of these important events, yet I believe this opportunity is an important one. I'm trusting the Lord to bring people forward who will support me prayerfully and financially. May you be one of them?
The Apostle Peter instructs believers to "sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence" (1 Peter 3:15). My desire is to better equip Christians in Uganda to defend the gospel of Jesus Christ and boldly proclaim His truth to those who need to hear His good news there.
Because of His grace,
P.S. If the Lord leads you to give, please send a check made payable to CFAR with the note "Uganda" on the memo line. (And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.)