Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Update & Prayer Request January 2012

Raining Hope
Update & Prayer Requests – January 2012

Thank you for joining me on my 13th trip to Uganda! I continue to stand amazed at all the Lord did!

Prayer Requests:
Most immediate need is for the rent - We are in need of the first 3 months of rent ($1200). If we can raise 6 months worth that would be even better ($2,400). We would like to honor our landlord by paying for as much as the year as possible.

Pray for the school fees for the first term - Our children are so happy they are in school. We have had some promote from primary school (elementary) to secondary (jr.high/high school). Because of the promotions, we need to raise a little more to cover the costs. We need approximately $1,000 to allow the 27 children we have to begin school in two weeks.

Pray for direction as we seek to start a building fund campaign - We believe the Lord is leading us this year to begin our building fund campaign. We have the land. We just need the funds to begin building. We would save on rent money if we could be on our own property. Pray for direction & wisdom on how to proceed with the raising of the money for this campaign.

Pray as we will begin to proceed with using the land immediately to begin growing crops. First steps will be to look at the land and determine what structures we will build. As we determine how best to use the land, we can begin now planting crops to use for our food supply. We can also become more self sustainable by selling the food to locally raise money.


Reminder about the Avon Fundraiser - My cousin in San Jose, Tina Shadowens is an Avon representative. She has graciously set up an ongoing fundraiser for Raining Hope. If you go to her website, www.tshad.com and hit the "Online Event" tab, you will see our fundraiser listed. All you need to do is put "raininghope" in the coupon area at check out for us to get credit.

Sit-A-Thon - Our annual Sit-A-Thon is coming! We are working out the place and date. Stay tuned for the big event of the year for Raining Hope!

If you would like to make a donation:
1) Website: www.raininghope.org. You can make a donation online using a major credit card. All donations are tax-deductible.
2) Mail a check to: Raining Hope Inc. 3451 Foothill Road #206, Ventura, CA 93003
Or send it to my address at 8823 Denver Street, Ventura, CA 93004. All checks should be made out to Raining Hope Inc.
3) If you have questions you can contact me at 805-340-7612
or contact our treasurer, Carol John at 805-377-7387.

Most of all, I appreciate your continued prayers.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Chapter 13 Update #7

January 16, 2012

Raining Hope Uganda Trip
December 28, 2011-January 11, 2012
Chapter 13 – Update #7

Dear Friends & Family!
I have made it home safely! Since hitting the ground on Wednesday, things have been pretty busy as I had expected.

My flights home were good. It is where I first start experiencing the reverse culture shock of coming back into American culture. That part of it was rough this time. But something that God blessed me with was a fellow friend traveling on the flight from Entebbe to Dubai! One of the sons of the owners of the Hotel Paradise was on the same flight with me! Joe Otile was on his way back home to Texas. We were seated in the same part of the plane only a few rows apart. It was helpful to have someone who understands that process of leaving one home to get back to the other!

Kiana & Carol were waiting at the airport for me Wednesday morning. With rush hour traffic, an arrival of 7:45 am caused them to have their own adventures just trying to get to the airport! They said that when my plane had arrived they were still quite a ways off on the 405 freeway! For those that know the Los Angeles area you know what a challenge traffic can be. They had these visions of me emerging in the arrivals area with my bags...and have no one there to greet me! Thankfully...it took longer than normal through passport control, baggage claim and customs. They were there with their smiling faces and warm hugs to welcome me home!

It was good to see my Wednesday night Bible study group that night at my house. I thought I was going to be able to cook them an African meal...but we opted for ordering pizza instead! Especially since I woke up only 1/2 hour before they all arrived!

Thursday at Disneyland for Kiana’s birthday was a blessing! The weather was perfect! The parks both were not crowded since most students are back in school. We didn’t wait more than 15 minutes for any ride! I think Michael, Kiana and Heather waited just under 1/2 hour for California Screamin’ but they say it was worth it! I had many quiet moments of just walking around marveling that one day I am walking the dirt roads of Uganda...and the next the paved roads of Disneyland. Even though many of you may think we were crazy to be at Disneyland the day after I came home...it was actually a blessing. Just to have a day with my family was huge. Being gone for 2 weeks is always a challenge. I enjoyed just being together with them...even though at times they had to hang onto me and guide me where to go! Ha!

We celebrated that night back in Oxnard with dinner for the birthday girl that also included Carol John & Josh (Kiana’s boyfriend). Friday was a birthday party that included about 50 people most her PTYA friends!

Saturday I spent at California Baptist University for the Collegiate Disaster Relief Training. My part was teaching an introduction to Chaplaincy. It was a blessing to certify approximately 40 more students & staff to be deployed in a disaster. This is only the 2nd time we have done a specialized collegiate division training. CBU is the first in the nation to accomplish this.

Today I travel back to CBU for my Monday night training with my new International Service Project team that I will be taking to Uganda in May. If you could remember me in your prayers on Monday nights from now until May as that is when I make the drive to Riverside. Our training is from 6-9 pm. Pray also for the hours from 9:30 pm-midnight as I drive back to Ventura.

Yes, the coming home process was difficult this time because of the busy schedule. But I was prepared for it...but am looking forward to this coming week. I will have more moments at home to just rest and process all that God has done on this trip.

I will send an update on the needs of the home tomorrow. Please pray for us as we especially are in need of rent ($1,200 for 3 months) & school fees ($1,000) in the next week.

Thank you for journeying together with me on this 13th trip to Uganda. It helps me to know that my friends and family and with me. Thank you for all those who have sent me replies of encouragement and support.

You all mean so much to me. God has blessed me with tremendous friends and family.

I love you all!

1 Peter 2:9,  “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.  you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 

1 Samuel 12:16 , “Now stand here and see the great thing the Lord is about to do.”    

He has done amazing things!


Chapter 13 Update #6

January 10, 2012

Raining Hope Uganda Trip
December 28, 2011-January 11, 2012
Chapter 13 – Update #6

It is hard to believe that it is time for me to come home. My bags are just about packed and I will be on my home soon.
After breakfast and morning devotions, we will be on our way to Entebbe. Here are my flight times for you to keep in prayer:
Emirates Flight 724 Entebbe to Dubai 4:15 pm
Arrive Dubai (Jan 11) 12:35 am
Emirates Flight 217 Dubai (Jan 11) 3:15 am
Arrive Los Angeles (Jan 11) 7:45 am  

Since my last update, the days have moved very fast. I also was not able to be on the internet because of using that time to meet with people. There is so much to tell of what has happened in the past 4 days.

The conference on Saturday was AMAZING! As we finished up our theme of being “chosen” I believe we left with a group of believers knowing who they are as sons and daughters of the King! One person came to me and said, “I am a princess! I am not going to let anyone else tell me any different any more!” Our children were running around with huge smiles on their faces saying, “I am the daughter of the King! I am the son of a King!” What a blessing!

The conference was more of an equipping time as everyone had professed that they were believers. But when the invitation was given, one woman quietly came desiring to accept Jesus as her Savior! What a moment to pray with her to give her life to Christ. The conference ended with a time of prayer of deliverance, healing and blessing. Oh, what a sight to see so many people come to the altar to surrender all to Jesus. We spent close to an hour just in prayer.

Sunday, I rearrange my schedule so we could attend services at Amazing Grace. Pastor Richard desired we be there to celebrate the full week of the conference. So we went to Revival Christian Center to just send greetings. They are also one of my families here in Uganda. A few moments with them in their worship service filled my heart!

It was a good thing we did attend the services at Amazing Grace. I thought Pastor Richard just wanted to recognize the completion of the conference. But as I sat and listened to pastor speak he said, “In just a few moments, our preacher of the week, sister eydie will come and share with us.” Wow! I didn’t realize that I was going to be teaching again that morning. But God is good and the He that spoke as He did all week. I summarized the teachings of the week and we left all knowing that we are sons and daughters of the King. We all desire to seek the heart of the King as we begin this new year.

I have been meeting with various people throughout the weekend as well. An unexpected blessing was one of our pastors who used to be in California, Jim Poorboy, arrived here in Uganda on Friday. He is leading a team of 4 other pastors in a Pastor’s Conference all week. The other 4 pastors are from California.

Since Jim is currently serving as an intentional interim in Kentucky, I have not seen him for quite some time. This is Jim’s third trip to Uganda. I have had great conversations with Jim and his team.

On Saturday, I invited his team to be our guests at the home for a Uganda supper. The children were SO EXCITED to have them as our guests! They prepared a visitors song just for them. They sang, they danced, they signed a song for them which Pastor Paul joined in! We also had a time of worship and prayer. We concluded with a banquet fit for a king prepared for them!!

As I have shared more with the pastors they have asked how they can help. They already blessed us with some school supplies and sweets for the children. Yesterday at breakfast they asked how else they could help. I had just found out from one of our workers that they wanted to purchase 3 goats for the home. The pastors quickly offered to take care of that for us.

God has overwhelmed me the past few days with his provisions. He has provided for the children in ways that we know can only be God.

Yesterday, I spent a long with visiting with Pastor Gerald. What was going to be 15 minutes turned out to be 2 hours! He is filled with such Godly wisdom and insight. He is currently working on a devotion booklet that we will help him put together. Be watching this year for an announcement of that launch. You will want to get a copy of this!

We also spent my last full day for this trip running in town to buy the last minute items I needed. Before returning to the home, I had another new opportunity. We went to visit the home of Godfrey’s aunt & uncle. It was deeper in one of the villages. Godfrey is raising pigs to help his family become more self sustainable. His relatives have given him an area on their land to raise the pigs. They also have given him land to do some farming. He wanted me to see the land as he will use it to help provide food for our children at Raining Hope.

The surprise was as we were leaving, his uncle approached me with a chicken! They presented me with a beautiful chicken for coming to visit them. As I held it in my hands, I was overwhelmed with their generosity. Then the thought came in my head, “Don’t get attached to this chicken as it will probably become the children’s dinner!” Much to my delight, Godfrey said, “No, this chicken lays eggs. They will not kill it!” I was so excited, that I thought, “Wow, my first chicken! Now I can give it a name!”

As we drove home, I said, “I think I want to call my chicken Queen Esther!” They all got a good laugh out of it! But I said, “This chicken has been saved because it has a purpose! Because it will lay eggs, it will live! So let’s call it Queen Esther!” When we arrived at the home, the children were so excited! Turns out, as a chicken that lays eggs, it gets it’s own separate quarters from the other chickens! As they put Queen Esther in the store room, I thought of the teachings of Esther in the Bible. As the chosen candidate to win the King’s approval, she was put in choice area! So Raining Hope now has our own reminder of being chosen...Queen Esther! I have a royal chicken! Who would have ever thought?!

My time at the home was sweet last night with the children. I am on my way to breakfast to meet with the pastors one more time before they leave for the day.

Please keep me in your prayers as I travel. I will update you when I arrive home with more thoughts as I continue to process all that God has done. He truly has done amazing things.

Our daughter, Kiana is celebrating her 18th birthday on Thursday, January 12th! That is why I am leaving today to arrive home in time to celebrate. Pray as we are going to Disneyland on Thursday! We then will have a party for her with her friends and family on Friday. On Saturday I will be leading a session at Disaster Relief Training at CBU. So as you can see, my first few days back will be full. But it will be a blessing to be back home with my family and friends!!!

At the moment, the first International Service Project Team meeting is happening at CBU. Camille Jansen is my co-leader for this year. She is taking the responsibility of the training tonight. Please keep my new team in your prayers.

1 Peter 2:9,  “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.  you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 

1 Samuel 12:16 , “Now stand here and see the great thing the Lord is about to do.”    

He has done amazing things!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Chapter 13 Update #5

January 6, 2012

Raining Hope Uganda Trip
December 28, 2011-January 11, 2012
Chapter 13 – Update #5

We had a very unique opportunity on Wednesday.  Amazing Grace Worship Center where we having our meetings had a baptismal service at the Nile River.  Pastor Richard invited Godfrey & I to assist in the baptisms!  

When we arrived at the church, they had already started the pre-ceremony.  They were instructing the candidates about the meaning of baptism.  Pastor had told me that two “muzungus” (white people) were going to be baptized.  I saw the back of the head of the two girls as they were seated towards the front.  As soon as Pastor dismissed the group so we could leave for the Nile, the girls turned around.   To my amazement, one of the girls said, “Oh, we have been admiring your dresses!”  She then gave me a big hug!  I realized that these two girls are staying at the same hotel I am at.  We have seen each other at breakfast each morning and have just waved and said hello.  It was really a God thing to have us not only show up in the same place, but that I was able to assist in baptizing them both!  Wow!  They had served at Amazing Grace last summer.  They had worked with our children in their Sunday School classes at the church.  We took them by Raining Hope Children’s Home so they could see where the children are staying.  The past two days since then we have had more opportunity to have fellowship at breakfast.  It has been amazing me to see how God brings His children together.  

The baptism experience was amazing.  We went to the River Nile, directly across for the Source of the Nile on the other bank.  What an experience.  When Brandi & Kurt were baptized, we were at Lake Victoria.  The team went out on a boat, while we walk out in the water.  I took video of their baptism.  But this time, Pastor Richard invited Godfrey & I to assist in the baptisms!  There were 4 of us that went into the waters to baptized the 6 candidates.  The four of us stood as one by one each candidate made their way into the waters.  We surrounded the candidate as Godfrey led them in the public profession that they have given their lives to Christ.  Then pastor, the other pastor and myself lowered the person in the water!  As those rose up in newness of life, the others on the shore praised God!  Another pastor who was in the waters with us led us in a round of "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus!"  One by one they came.  One by one they were baptized.  One by one they rose up in newness of life in Christ!   As soon as the last one was baptized, the five of us in the water joined hands and lifted up our voices in prayer in thanksgiving to God!  It was one of those God moments that I was honored to be a part of.  

After they had all changed clothes, the whole group came together on dry ground to offer a prayer up to the Lord dedicating that time back to Him.  It was a precious time.  Not a lot of pomp and circumstance.  Just a time of pure worship to our God.  

We finally have been able to eat our lunches at the home!  Annet and I have been cooking my favorite local food!  Chapati, irish potatoes, beans, french beans, cabbage...yummm!   I know that those of you who have come with me here are missing the great food!  

The conference has been going GREAT!  The ones that are coming are so attentive to His Word.  They are on fire for the Lord.  It is amazing because even the young children participate in the conference.  They sit just as attentively.  Yesterday, the conference ended in a spirit filled time of worship and pray.  Even as we walk out of the building, people are dancing their way out the door!  It is SO refreshing!!   God is doing something in our midst.  Continue to pray today and tomorrow as we finish what the Lord has laid on our hearts to share.  My heart is being stirred as we continue to prepare ourselves as children of the King.  Saturday will be the last day of the conference.  All will culminate on that day with a time of decision and prayer.  Please pray. 

Our theme is 1 Peter 2:9,  “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.  you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 

1 Samuel 12:16 , “Now stand here and see the great thing the Lord is about to do.”    


Chapter 13 Update #4

January 4, 2012

Raining Hope Uganda Trip
December 28, 2011-January 11, 2012
Chapter 13 – Update #4

The past two days have just flown by. After morning devotions on Monday, I took a boda boda ride (local motor bike transport) to town. I was able to go to the bank & also visit with friends. One of my shop friends, Faith, said that I was her first customer for the new year! The next day I saw her again. She told me the rest of the day she had a lot of business! She gives God all the credit and believes that He is going to bless her this new year!

I had our other friend, Chris, drive me back to the hotel when I was done. What is funny is he has not seen Pastor Paul for quite some time. So he began asking me how Paul and each one of his children were doing. As I gave him a report of each one I said, “Seems funny that I am the one updating you on how people here in Uganda are doing! He got a good laugh out of that!

The conference on Monday went very well. Amazing Grace Worship Center is a small church in Bukaya. Pastor Richard, Godfrey and I were able to spend a good amount of time before the meeting started sharing about the church. They have a congregation of about 75-100 people. He had amazing stories about how the hand of God has been upon them.

This church loves our children at Raining Hope Children’s Home. They have adopted the children as their own. In fact, this year this church has decided to give their 10% tithe to the work of our home! They truly believe in ministries becoming self-sustainable, not just relying on money coming from America. They believe the Lord is leading them to invest in this way towards the home. Praise the Lord!

Please be in prayer for the conference. We know great things are going to happen. The enemy is trying to distract us. Godfrey is the first speaker and I close the meeting. On the first day, as soon as Godfrey had stepped down from the podium, his daughter, Jemimah came to talk with him. He stepped out for a few moments with her. Annet had also left a few minutes before Godfrey.

Just as I was to being presented to speak, Godfrey came to tell me that Jael, their 2 year old daughter had wandered off. To put your mind at ease, I will give you the end of the story first, she was found. They were all out searching for her. He told me to continue and he would be back. Imagine, I am just about to speak, knowing that one of our children was missing. I was momentarily at a loss.

I had the pastor pray before we went any further. As soon as we said, “amen” Godfrey walked in with Jael in his arms! The lost had been found.

Things are much different here in Africa as I see young children like this all the time walking by themselves or with a sibling. But even Godfrey said, “But not my child, Lord.”

The enemy tried to cause confusion but was not successful. But it confirmed to us that God is going to do something great in our midst. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to share God’s Word this week.

An amazing thing happened after we left on Monday. Pastor Richard shared that a person who was possessed entered the church. They prayed over him to be released from the evil spirit. In that time, there was also a group of people from another faith that entered. Fifteen of these people accepted Jesus as their Savior! Praise the Lord!

We have prayed that God’s Holy Spirit would hover over the church the entire week like a “cloud by day” and “fire by night.” It was so exciting to hear when we started the conference yesterday what God had done the night before! God never slumbers! He is always at work!

By time I reach the hotel at night it is about 8 pm. I have been falling asleep as soon as I hit the room! My pattern is I wake up at 3 am to continue studying for the conference. So between 4 pm-8 pm California time is a great time to remember me in your prayers as I study!

It has only been six months since I was here last. Yet so much seems to have changed. For those that have traveled here with me before, I know you can picture these scenes:

There is a brand new clock tower like one in Kampala at the round a bout at the edge of Jinja town!

The local market in Jinja has been relocated! They apparently are building a new “mall” in the old location. The “temporary” market is just around the corner.

“Indulge” one of our favorite restaurants in town is no longer there! I know that will make Brandi & Kurt (our couple who stayed in Uganda for 5 months for us) very sad! Kurt...no more milkshakes!

Farida, the housekeeping manager is now the front desk manager!

Because of the new dam that is built on the Nile, Bujagali Falls in now an area of very still water. There is no longer the roaring rapids we have been amazed by. We knew that when the dam was built this day was coming. So my CBU ISP team of 2011 was the last team to experience Bujagali Falls. That is the saddest of the changes that I have seen.

More of the children at Raining Hope are starting to come home! By the end of the week, most of them should be back. We will then have our New Year’s celebration as a family!

Please keep Godfrey & I in your prayers the rest of the week. The times are 3 pm-7 pm, but we are running on Ugandan time. It is actually more like 4 pm-8 pm (5 am-9 am PST). We have a time of worship & prayer. Godfrey speaks first and I follow him and close the session.

We are both sharing about being “chosen.” I am focusing on being daughters & sons of the King. Today I am sharing about Jesus feeding the 5000. I was just listening to the song that I am going to share, “Blessed & Broken.” The song talks about how Jesus takes 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish yet feeds over 5000 with it! The little boy first wonders, “Is it enough?”

On Monday when I was in town, a young boy came up to me who I have seen many times. He said he was hungry. Unlike others, he didn’t ask me for money. He asked if I would buy him some bread. This was actually the first time that I took one of the street kids into a store and purchased food. We bought 2 loaves of bread & 2 boxes of juice. He told me that he was going to share it with his friends. I thought of this young boy as I listened to the song. The needs here in Uganda are so huge. There are many people that are hungry. Will two loaves be enough to feed who know how many people he was going to share with. Five loaves were enough when blessed by Jesus.

Your prayer support & financial support is helping to feed the multitudes. Thank you.

Our theme is 1 Peter 2:9,  “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.  you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 

1 Samuel 12:16 , “Now stand here and see the great thing the Lord is about to do.”    


Chapter 13 Update #3

Raining Hope Uganda Trip
December 28, 2011-January 11, 2012
Chapter 13 – Update #3

Happy New Year!   We had a GREAT overnight prayer gathering in Uganda last night! The various churches in Kakira meet at Deliverance Church to have a join service. We arrived a little early. As I walked in, the first person I saw was Shiphera (Pastor Paul & Margaret’s little girl!) I had great success because she actually came to me and stayed with me the whole time! The past couple of visits it took some time for her to be comfortable with me. You can imagine my delight to have overcome that obstacle! She is actually celebration her 2nd birthday this Thursday!

Unfortunately, Pastor Paul was not able to attend the services. Apparently, they had some timber delivered this week to continue with the construction of their church building. Two nights before they began having thieves try and steal their timber. So Pastor Paul was staying the night at the church to stand guard. He did come over for just about 1/2 hour to visit with me & wish me a Happy New Year.

Annet (our houseparent) was also missing from the festivities. Annet is an accomplished singer and has just released a new CD! She is now in quite demand and was ministering in one of the other overnight services in Jinja! I will be excited to get one of her new CD’s!

The ushering in of the new year is such an amazing experience. We sing, we pray and we listening to great messages from various speakers. Just before midnight, a speaker begins talking about the closing of the old year. The worship team of singers and dancers are standing ready to burst out in song! The people are on their feet in anticipation of breaking out in celebration. The atmosphere is growing with excitement as everyone is ready to leave 2011 behind. Everyone begins praying out loud. The singers begin a worship song. Everyone begins jumping and dancing and shouting praises to God. When the clock strikes midnight everything breaks loose! People begin carrying chairs over their heads. The sound is almost deafening! Everyone is filled with overwhelming joy. You really can sense that 2011 is now a thing of the past. We are ready to begin a brand new year!

In the midst of all of the joyous celebration, Shiphera had fallen asleep on my lap about 1/2 hour before midnight. She was fast asleep through it all! It is hard to put into words the feeling I had with her sleeping on my lap. I had such a sense of peace and calm. I prayed the new year in looking at the face of a sleeping little child. I believe that was God’s Word to me that this year will be one of complete Peace!

We left the overnight just before 2 am. Because we were going to attend church on New Year’s day at 10 am at Pastor Paul’s church, staying until 6 am would have been a challenge. I found out later that they organizers of the event had included Godfrey & myself to speak a few words to the congregation...but not until after 3 am! I think by 3 am I was already safely in bed resting!

This was a good decision because I enjoyed starting my New Year at Cornerstone Church that morning. Pastor Paul delivered a very inspiring message. He encouraged us to keep our eyes focused on God this new year and not to allow anything to sidetrack us. We believe together that God is going to do great things this year.

Paul asked if I would sign a song to bless the congregation. The words of song became my prayer for Cornerstone & myself this year. I share them with you as well to be your hope for the new year...
“Be strong in the Lord & never give up hope.
You’re gonna do great things, I already know.
God’s got His hand on you so don’t live life in fear.
Forgive and forget but don’t forget why you’re here
Take your time & pray
These are the words I would say
From one simple life to another
I will say, come find peace in the Father”

I invited my family here to join me for lunch at the Hotel Paradise. This ended up being a blessing that God lavished His grace upon. We sat for hours by the river Nile having lunch and enjoying our time of fellowship. These are the moments that they ask about all of you by name wondering how you are all fairing. They pass on their well wishes to you all.

But Pastor Paul initiated a precious time of sharing before we left. We each went around the table and shared our prayer requests for this new year. We then spent a good time in prayer for each request. It was a powerful moment of bonding. This ended up being my “New Year’s Brunch” with my family here.

Pastor Gerald joined us back at Raining Hope Children’s Home for a while of sharing. Right now because it is holiday time, many of our children are back with relatives. There are only 6 children at the home right now. But by the end of the week they should all be back home so we can enjoy time together before I leave. We are postponing our Christmas/New Year’s celebration until more of them have returned.

The one thing about having only 6 children at the home is ALL of them get to escort me back to the hotel! They love coming to make sure I arrive safely! Because the Christmas tree is still up in the reception area, I brought them all in to see it! They were all smiles when I took their photo next to the decorated tree.

It was only 9 pm when I arrived back at the hotel. But it took all I had to stumble into the room to “lay down for a few minutes!” But I woke up at 3 am to continue putting final touches on what I am sharing today in the conference.
And I wonder why I am so tired at 9 pm!

This morning has been so refreshing. I attended morning devotions with the hotel staff in the beautiful area on the Nile. It is so peaceful. I am always amazed that the Lord allows me to start my New Year in such a holy place. There are also more of the staff that attend the gathering. It has become a small house church! It is so good to stay in a place that puts God first in their business.

Mr. Otile, owner of the hotel, shared the first message of the New Year. He too encouraged us to draw close to God this year. This year we should walk in the truth. God desires to bless us if we would just let him!

As far as I know, the conference will be each day this week concluding on Saturday, January 7th. The host is Amazing Grace Church in Bukaya. It runs from 3 pm-7 pm. (4 am-8 am California time) I will be speaking and Godfrey will share as well.

Our theme is 1 Peter 2:9,  “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.  you are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”  

Please pray. I will update you tomorrow on more of the details of the conference after I experience the first day!

1 Samuel 12:16 , “Now stand here and see the great thing the Lord is about to do.”