I hope you’re doing really well, and have some good plans for this holiday weekend. The Ways are all fine, and adjusting to Fall schedules and new routines. Jill has started teaching at a new Homeschool Co-op called Legacy Alliance. She teaches 5th and 6th graders three days each week. She’s loving it but is also tired as she tries to adjust to all the responsibilities and newness. She’s really doing great, and I’m so proud of her. Philip and Hannah are both part of Legacy Alliance as students - Philip in 10th grade and Hannah in 7th. Geesh.
By God’s grace, I am headed back to Uganda on Monday. I’d truly appreciate your prayers. I will be partnering with the ministry of Global Advance, who are involved in equipping and raising up godly leaders all over the world, primarily through training events, mentoring, and developing resource materials. I love this partnership, and am so grateful and honored to represent them in Uganda.
I also have the amazing blessing of traveling with some great friends. Roger Nix has been my pastor since 2001, and has had a significant impact on my life. Scott Hoxworth is a pastor from Texas who has been part of equipping ORU student missionaries for many years, and we’ve been able to develop a friendship over the years as we’ve joined together in that work. Scott’s son, Tyler, is the worship pastor at his church, and I’ve also gotten to know him through his participation in ORU missions training. He is a fun and authentic lover of Jesus. I’m really excited to travel together with this crew to a nation that I love so much, and to introduce them to my family there. We’ll also be meeting another pastor from Texas once we’re in Uganda, and getting the opportunity to work alongside him as well.
I believe that pastors’ equipping events like the ones we’ll be participating in can be really significant. Many of the people we’ll be helping to equip have had little or no opportunity to receive biblical or ministerial training, and yet they serve Jesus with great zeal and sacrifice. My prayer is that the Father would use us to encourage and challenge them as well as provide some practical tools to enhance their fruitfulness. Mostly I pray for the glory of Jesus in Uganda! The church networks that we’ll be working with are dynamic and are positioned to have great impact in the nation and beyond. It is an honor and joy to work with them.
If you think of us, I’d be grateful if you pray for us and for the folks we’ll be working with in Uganda - as well as for my family who will be pushing along back in Tulsa while I’m gone. Thanks so much!