Tulsa Boiler Room
When we left Tulsa two years ago to launch back out to Uganda, we did so with a lot of unknowns and emotions. Leaving the Tulsa Boiler Room was one of the very difficult parts of the whole endeavor. This church had at that time been our spiritual family for a dozen years, and the relationships we even now share and the vision we have pursued together are incredibly dear to us. As we began to seek the Lord’s leading regarding our possible move, our BR family walked with us, supported us, encouraged us, discerned with us, and prayed for us every step of the way. And they continue to do so to this day. At the same time, we earnestly tried by the grace of God to help them through the transition and changes that would occur as we moved on in the new direction to which God was calling us. We did this with a lot of confidence, trusting in the Holy Spirit and also in the faithful servanthood of the elders, other leaders, and all the beloved members of this community. We have not been disappointed.
As family elders, Oli, Heidi, Micah, and Sarah have served with faithful diligence, grace, and wisdom. They have shown themselves to be wise shepherds, Kingdom servants, and equippers of up-and-coming ministers of the Gospel. And as if that’s not enough, others in the BR continue to serve sacrificially and lovingly in many different ways - from Matt and Karissa leading the particular “spud” (church) that had met in our home for years, to James and Micah teaching the scriptures brilliantly, passionately, and diligently, to Kylie doing all the big and small tasks needed to keep the church operating at a high level, to Katie and Heidi providing financial oversight, to all others who encourage one another, pray for one another, share with one another, offer hospitality to one another, serve one another, love one another. Having just spent more than a month once again immersed in the loving embrace of this family, our hearts are filled with gratitude. God is active in your midst. And now as new leaders - Simeon, Rebekah, Kylie, Mark, and Michelle - are being commissioned to take on more shepherding and servanthood roles, I couldn’t be more proud or excited about the future. Way to go, BR!
On August 12, we dropped Philip off at Oral Roberts Unitversity to begin a new chapter in his life. After finishing high school in May 2022, Philip decided to stay with us in Uganda for an additional year. Words cannot express what a blessing and help he was in every area of life and ministry. We will forever be grateful for this special year together. Now, though, it is time for him to step into a new journey. As we grieve his absence with us in Uganda, we celebrate all the new and wonderful experiences the Lord is leading him into.
Training and Team Center
We’ve made a lot of progress on the building over the past couple months. We are still very excited about this dream and looking forward to the day we’ll be able to move into it. Our vision for this space is for it to be used as a place of training, of hospitality, and of prayer. We envision hosting retreats, small intensive training events, and regular learning cohorts. We also foresee housing interns from Uganda and other nations and also teams who come to participate in God’s work in Masaka. We intend to have a prayer room that will be open to the community as a quiet and creative place to meet with Jesus, and also to host seasons of prayer in which we mobilize local believers to join us in praying nonstop for specific seasons of time. Our family will also live in the building and it’s been fun to design a simple living space for ourselves.
We are currently at a pause in the building as we await more funding. For more information about this, follow this link: https://www.iamsent.net/building.html
We love and appreciate you so much. God bless you!