Saturday, May 30, 2009


God is so amazing all the time. Last Saturday we had a village outreach. It was in Rokai District, where the first case of AIDS was discovered. The village we went to needs lots of prayers. The people were so inviting and we had a full church at the end of our day of door to door evangelism. We had three people get saved that day. It is amazing seeing it happen and being a part of it. When we can experience sowing and harvesting in one day, you know you have been blessed.

All of our children went on that outreach. When we arrived at the village, we broke into four groups and set out for North, South, East and West. The kids did an incredible job. They pray and preach and visit with the people as we go around to their homes and invite them to join us at the end of the day in the church. We told the children, now they too can be called missionaries! This has been one of our objectives, to show Ugandans how to be a missionary in their own country. This is why we stress service projects so much and we intertwine our different ministries to work with each other. When our web site is back up with the new updates you will see all of our individual ministries with information on each of them.

Today Robyn and I went out on another outreach with Gospel Truth Ministries here in Masaka. They had an all day event called The Big Saturday Miracle Explosion. Robyn and I were invited to participate so I would preach and Robyn does the prayers. She is the anointed one when it comes to prayers, because the holy Spirit talks through her and we are all inspired and comforted through her prayers. We had a wonderful time there. The people are so receptive to hear God's Word. I was a little concerned about the size of the group today because I mostly speak at small village churches. Robyn encouraged me as we arrived and reminded me that they are all from their small village churches. It did make me feel more comfortable and of course I always pray for the Holy Spirit before I preach which makes everything more than OK.

Praise God. Six more people were saved today! And we were there to see it, thank you Jesus for blessing us with these experiences. It is the highlight of our lives to be doing this work!

If you are interested, all of our ministries have individual funding designations, so you can donate or pray for a specific ministry that is on your heart. For example: Door of Hope Families, Medical School Tuition Program, YCMC Youth Group, Outreach Ministries (hospital, church, evangelism, etc.), H2O8 Water Project.

If you are interested in coming to Uganda as a volunteer, you can see that there are many places that you are needed that may fit with God's calling to you.

Ministries of our nature are not designed to work on there own, they need the commitment and involvement of people to work together for the glory of God!


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Please Pray For Us

We normally like to share happy thoughts and things of inspiration but we also want to be real. While you studied your bible you surely have come across this quite often so you will be familiar with this at least in scripture. We have to acknowledge that the devil is real. Africa has a dark side, and to be more specific, Uganda suffers from this and this is where we are. We know the devil is busy in this place and he is able to use a lot of people. We pray about this quite often because it is real. Unless we have read about this someplace before, or follow scripture and really take it seriously, and not just pass over the words, most of us would not think it was so prevalent. Many people in this culture are into witchcraft and there are even some that even though they may be a “saved born again Christian,” they may still hang onto some of those traditional beliefs. For one reason it is part of many cultures to “hang onto your culture.”

There was a NIV “Adventure Bible For Kids”, that I was reading today, and I think it put it best; they have these neat little boxes of explanation inset on every few pages. It said; “Can Demons really possess people?” Mark 5:18 Demons are real, and they can control people’s lives and make them do evil things. We should have nothing to do with demons -even pretend demons shown in some movies. The movies people make about demons leave out one important fact: even thousands of demons cannot stand against Jesus. When we invite Jesus into our lives, he protects us. Mark 5:18-20 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

I heard one pastor put it this way; “If you don’t believe there is a devil, then just start a ministry”. It is so true, and we have noticed it over these past few years since our beginning. The more a ministry works for God and grows, the more the devil fights it because he hates it and he can’t stand it. From time to time we have been in spiritual warfare, and as of recent he is striking again and we request your prayers. We don’t really need to go into any details, it is just we have learned to recognize it and it is not the situation so much as the problem, but who is behind it, the devil. We know we will overcome because we do trust in Jesus and the power of prayer. It has been confirmed that we are on the right track in doing God’s work, and this we will continue to do. Because as it said above, even thousands of demons cannot stand against Jesus!
So we do have happy news, Jesus is our Savior and Protector! Please say an extra prayer for us and for God’s will to be done.

PS. There is something interesting that I just noticed. This blog entry will follow the posting by Jessica, when she wrote about all the good that is being done by this ministry. I would like to turn Satan's efforts into compelling us to praise God all the more!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Door of Hope Families is Doing So Much!

I just wanted to share how impressed I am with all the amazing things Robyn and Jim are doing at the Door of Hope. Until I started getting involved in updating the website recently, and receiving pictures from Jim for the website, I had no idea they were doing so many projects!

They're really doing an amazing job of not only providing for the physical needs of these kids, but providing a house of discipleship. They're teaching the kids servant-leadership by example, taking the kids out into the community to pray for the sick at the hospitals, to clean up the trash on the road, and many other things. I couldn't get over how many smiles I saw on these children's faces at Door of Hope, because I'd spent a lot of time with some of these children when I was in Uganda, and yes, I've seen them smile, but now, I see radiant smiles. And it makes me so happy to see photos and updates that they've been going on outings to visit the relatives of the children when they are able! They really act like a family!

I also wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures of Door of Hope and their ministry activies:

Look at the Dormitories at Door of Hope:
045.JPGSetting up the boys dorm with the new beds
Those bright pink beds in the girls dormitory look so inviting! And no only are the beds new and not in disrepair or otherwise dangerous, the beds are properly outfitted with sheets, blankets, and pillows. Maybe that doesn't sound so amazing from an american mindset, but I saw more than enough beds that did not have so much as sheets that could be washed on them, and pillows were quite few and far between.

And did you notice the beautiful painting on the walls inside and outside the dormitories? Volunteers painted the walls in the girls dormitory with butterflies, flowers, and scripture. It looks so inviting and welcoming!
Volunteer art teacher came to paint the girls dorm Volunteer artist came to paint the girls dorm

The kids are all receiving a quality education at local primary and secondary schools. They look so sharp (or "smart" as the Ugandans would say) in their school uniforms!
Kids at the school with Daddy Brian Shadia, Winnie, Sara, John, Jennifer, Barbara, Rock, Imelda, and Moses

They celebrate birthdays at the Door of Hope. Can you see those bright smiles? I think many of those kids have never had their birthdays recognized, let alone gotten treats like blowing out candles on a birthday cake!
Happy Birthday Winnie'

Some more favorites:
Robyn is the cheerleader Barbara family pictures 055.jpg

And the kids even go on outings, such as this one to the beach. They look like they are having soooo much fun!

Door of Hope family Cleaning trash of the street for an outreach project:

Babra praying for the sick at the hospital:

Thursday, May 21, 2009


One of our "behind the scenes people" is Jessica Winblad, I call her our TW ("Technical Wizard"). She is working on our web site to have it back up and running real soon. We soon will be able to have profiles on our children for everyone to get to know them better. We have updated our site with our newest additions to our ministry along with new pictures and information, and it will even link directly right here to our blog site! This is the kind of programming that is simple for Jessica, but pretty darn complicated to some of us. We are truly blessed with her talents. I know some people have referred to her as the programmer's programmer. Please remember her in your prayers because she is in between jobs right now looking for an opportunity in the IT industry.

We also have a photo album for you to go through, you can view them on Flickr.

So far we have about 150 pictures loaded and we are working on another batch. We have them categorized by sets to make viewing a little easier. You can see a preview here in the blog, over on the left side, on the little slide show we have going. Thank you so much for coming to visit and being part of this ministry! It is always good to see how God works, through people!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Back To School

After a short holiday break from the first semester, the senior students are starting back to school this week and next week the primary grades return. They are excited about getting back to their studies! This is a picture of some of our primary kids there are a couple of extra kids who came over to join us for this photo.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Adopt a Highway

We really call it our Genesis 2:15 Program. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. We started cleaning our road from one end to another. We are making an impact on our community. The people walk or drive by saying thank you. This particular day the local Chairman came out to work right along side us. At the end of our first day of this project the children gave so many testimonies for this project, it was really amazing. Maddy, one of our boys, made a great comment: "When we go to do door to door evangelism, the people will know who we are and accept us easier."

The children have encouraged us to make this a weekly event, they are really excited about this program! Although the community has a bad habit of littering, they seem to like it when things are getting cleaned up. The first day we were out cleaning, the neighbors started getting involved and cleaning their areas and even were lending us some tools. There are so many ways to do an outreach!
Rita Beach demonstrates "the glamorous life of a missionary." Amazing how God chooses to use us! One moment you're praying over the sick in the hospital and next minute you're on top of a garbage heap; just doing the job that needs to be done! That's the happy heart of a missionary.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The eVine newsletter

If the eVine Newsletter is not in your "In Box" then drop us a note
and we will put you on the mailing list! You should be seeing it today dated May 9