19th June-2nd July: northern Uganda REPORT
What a privilege to gather well over 300 leaders together for several days from across the many denominations, streams and networks in two large Districts. In one place we were following up on an initial one day visit from the previous year. In another it was the first of its kind.
Increasingly it became clear that to respect, honour and support each other is more effective and pleasing to God than personal empire building. We are working to bring hope and to help rebuild entire neighbourhoods devastated by and suffering the far-reaching consequences of rebel atrocities in recent years. The days were filled with teaching Biblical principles and bringing messages and ministry of encouragement. There was great joy all round. We were also able to physically feed all the delegates as they had travelled from some distance and require accommodation.
The whole programme was fully funded by your gifts. We thank God for your faithfulness and generosity, for those who give regularly, and those who are moved to make a one-off donation.
Also special thanks to our dedicated fund-raisers. George and Pete Marchand (see insert) completed the Three Peaks Challenge well within the climbing time. Chris Gill and Tettey Keteku successfully rode through the night from London to Brighton (see above). It means so much to the Conferences and Churches when we relay what people in UK do for them to be ministered to. Always we are asked to send their love and greetings and appreciation in return.
The trip was challenged, which is always a sign of confirmation that we are in the will of God. We were forced off the road at high speed on the very first day, permission was refused by the authorities in four different venues, and serious personal sickness to our team leaders’ close relatives was unusually rife. One party member in the Three Peaks climb fell and broke ankle, rib and jaw. But all have recovered except for Milton’s father-in-law who sadly passed away, aged 86, just a few days after we returned to UK.
We plan to continue to build on what we have been doing there since 1994, by God’s grace. Thanks again for partnering with us.
Ministry Trips 2014
Peter is the key speaker on all these ministry trips.
- 11th-24th September 2014: Andhra Pradesh, India with India Village Ministries (leadership training and rural churches)
- 15th-27th January 2015: northern Uganda with Born Again Faith (leadership training and open air outreach)
Any financial assistance with these ministry trips is most welcome as we fund them all. God bless you!
For they are traveling for the Lord, and they accept nothing from people who are not believers. So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth. 3 John 1.7-8
Every week we post a short devotional word of encouragement early on a Wednesday morning. These can be accessed by clicking the following links:
Do please make use of these!
September 2014 - November 2014
“Prayer does not equip us for the greater work... prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers
Day 1 Finance, accounts and administration: Gillian Marchand
Day 2 Patron: Peter Brierley, Brierley Consultancy
Day 3 All Inn-tercessors, sponsors and donors
Day 4 Voluntary Staff member: Evelyn Kusi
Day 5 Trustee: Edward Wright, Rector, St Helen’s, Cliffe
Day 6 Inn CM: communications, publicity and social media
Day 7 Future: focus, identity, connections and relationships
Day 8 Virtual VOICE: continued development & effectiveness
Day 9 Churches Together in Medway (CTIM) annual Cathedral gathering “Saints Alive”, Hallowe’en buster
Day 10 Dave Bilbrough, guest worship leader for “Saints Alive”
Day 11 Further funding for growth, development and expansion
Day 12 Supporting church: Chatham Evangelical Church (AoG)
Day 13 Director: Peter Marchand: vision, finance, health; future
Day 14 Uganda Team member: Dennis Caxton, Lwo translator
Day 15 India September Ministry Trip: preparation and funding
Day 16 India September ministry trip: pastors, leaders, churches
Day 17 Uganda partner: Milton Ogwal, Born Again Faith
Day 18 Ugandan widow and orphans: Nighty Opio, Jane, Barbara, David
Day 19 Ugandan student: Walter Olima; Diploma Graduation
Day 20 Uganda church network: Power of Jesus Around the World; founder/leader Jackson Ongora
Day 21 Uganda church plant: All Nations, Amugu (Elim)
Day 22 India partner: Suresh Vemulapalli, India Village Ministries; Roja, Swithin and Sophie
Day 23 IVM church: Avuptupalli; Ps Daniel
Day 24 India Village Ministries: widows and elderly
Day 25 Brazil partner: Roberto Araújo, Katy, Benjamin
Day 26 CTIM: Member churches and organisations; Executive Committee; Chairman: Peter Marchand
Day 27 CTIM Ministers and Leaders Breakfasts and Prayer times
Day 28 Medway Ministers Group: vision and future
Day 29 Ghana partner: Kojo Kyeremateng, Akua, Ama, Nana Yaa
Day 30 Medway Council: Diana Smith, Watling Ward
Day 31 Local Member of Parliament: Mark Reckless, Rochester and Strood