“The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.”
— Psalms 19:7-10
This Psalm has been a constant companion for me these days. It reminds me every time I consider it how precious and amazing God’s ways are. How valuable His Word. How perfect and good and right His commands. What a gift that He has revealed Himself to us and continues to do so through the Bible. What a joy!
Life has been full for the Ways over the past months. In April we commissioned and prayed over 43 disciple-makers who have been part of two different training cohorts in Western Uganda for the past year. These trainings have been hosted by our dear friends - Pastor Robert in Kabujogera and Pastor Israel in Kansenene. In addition to that, we have new cohorts going in Masaka, Kyotera (towards the Tanzania border), and Tororo in the far-eastern part of the country near Kenya. Some of these are geared towards pastors and others for all believers who want to participate in the Great Commission. It has been a joy to venture into some new areas and meet a lot of wonderful, devoted men and women of God. We’ve put a lot of miles on the car over this time, but it has been worth it.
We’ve also been busy with local ‘Mustard Seed Fellowships,’ discipling people and going deeper in fellowship. We have seen a good number of people commit their lives to Jesus and it has been such a joy!
In May and June we hosted eight fantastic students from Oral Roberts University. They shared the gospel, participated in various trainings, ministered in churches, loved on kids, and were a wonderful blessing in so many ways. They stayed with us for almost a month, becoming part of our family and entering into our ministries and lives. We are very thankful.
This month we plan to host two more teams - from Tulsa House of Prayer (THOP) and Believers Church (BC). These groups include old friends and some others we haven’t met yet. We’re really excited about welcoming them all to Uganda and to our home. One of the big things they’ll be participating in is our first ever SENT Gathering. We are praying that God uses this to encourage, mobilize, and equip intercessors and disciple-makers for the harvest. We are asking for signifcant encoutners with Jesus, for deepening friendships, and for ongoing fruit that will lead to disciple-making movements throughout Uganda.
Team & Trainign Center
Building is underway, and we are so so thankful and amazed. 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 have a long way to go on this project, but it is so encouraging to have begun!
In October we plan to host a Residency here in Masaka. We are inviting people to come for 6-7 weeks to learn about disciple-making and missions through lots of hands-on experience as well as instruction, community life, and spiritual rhythms. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please reach out and let us know. We’re accepting applications until August 21.