"O God, most high, most glorious, the thought of Thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but Thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfilment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, Thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are Thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
"I come to Thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows, to leave every concern entirely to Thee, every sin calling for Christ's precious blood; revive deep spirituality in my heart; let me live near to the great Shepherd, hear His voice, know its tones, follow its calls. Keep me from deception by causing me to abide in the truth, from harm by helping me to walk in the power of the Spirit. Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities, burning into me by experience the things I know; Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel, that I may bear its reproach, vindicate it, see Jesus as its essence, know in it the power of the Spirit.
"Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill; unbelief mars my confidence, sin makes me forget Thee. Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots; grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to Thee, that all else is trifling. Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy. Abide in me, gracious God." (A Puritan Prayer)
Hello. I can't believe I am flying out to Uganda the day after tomorrow! What can I say--God is great! The necessary funds have been raised, our preparations are almost complete, and I am about to begin my travel to Kampala, the capital city. Our Lord has provided everything so abundantly that I am truly humbled.
At the same time, my whole family continues to need your prayers throughout my mission trip. Please pray for:
1) Safe travel (including while we are in Uganda)
3) The power of the Holy Spirit as I proclaim His Word and refute error
4) Opportunities to evangelize those who need to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ
5) Being able to meet with others in Uganda to assess needs and develop a strategy
6) Determining my family's possible missionary service in Uganda
7) My family as I am way. Jennifer must be a superwoman to handle our three children alone while pregnant! I love her dearly!!!
We do thank you for your faithful prayers, knowing that this mission trip would not be possible without you.
Additionally, I thought some of you may be interested in discovering more about Uganda. Here are a few resources for you to check out:
A) Learn more about Uganda from the CIA World Factbook on Uganda
B) Read news from Uganda in the New Vision
C) Find out more about missionary work in Uganda through the Uganda Short-term Mission Guide
I am unsure about internet and phone access in Uganda, so this may be the last e-mail I can send until I return. In any case, I am excited and cannot wait to tell you more when I come back!
Because of His grace,