Monthly Archives: August 2015

God uses ordinary people…like you!

There are certain things everyone knows not to do. You don’t try to lasso a tornado. You don’t fight a lion with a toothpick. You don’t sneeze into the wind. You don’t go bear hunting with a cork gun. And you don’t send a shepherd boy to battle a giant. You don’t, that is, unless you’re out of options. Saul was. And it’s when we’re out of options that we are most ready for God’s surprises.
Was Saul ever surprised! The king tried to give David some equipment. What do you want, boy? Shield? Sword? Grenades? Rifles? A helicopter?” David had something else in mind. Five smooth stones and an ordinary leather sling. The soldiers gasped. Saul sighed. Goliath jeered. David swung. And God made His point. Anyone who underestimates what God can do with the ordinary has rocks in his head!
From Max Lucado, 8/27/15

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Uganda 2015 Pictures

As a way to complete the posts for this year’s trip to Uganda, I thought that I would conclude by posting some of the pictures that I took and let you see for yourself some of the things that Luke and I experienced. Thanks for following this year’s journey and I especially want to thank you for your prayers. Next year, we will be going back to finish Phase 4 of their training. Our tentative dates are set for July 18-22, 2016.

I am already planning and praying about my next possible trip and that is to return to Liberia in November to continue the training of the 24 leaders that started the leader development process in 2013. I was supposed to go back last fall, but due to the ebola outbreak, was unable to do so. Your prayers for this trip are needed and appreciated. I will post an update once I have confirmed dates.

Blessings!

Fred

"The Jam" in Kampala

“The Jam” in Kampala

The "Mums" our home away from home

The “Mums” our home away from home

New addition to Mum's

New addition to Mum’s

Lobby in the new part of Mum's hotel

Lobby in the new part of Mum’s hotel

Our training site in Iganga

Our training site in Iganga

Luke teaching

Luke teaching

Leaders being trained

Leaders being trained

Ladies serving lunch

Ladies serving lunch

Pastor Jimmy

Pastor Jimmy

Driving to the village of Kiwaynyi

Driving to the village of Kiwaynyi

Soybean crop on Daniel's farm

Soybean crop on Daniel’s farm

Banana trees and corn crop on Daniel's farm

Banana trees and corn crop on Daniel’s farm

Some of the homes in Kiwaynyi

Some of the homes in Kiwaynyi

Welcoming us at the new church in Kiwaynyi

Welcoming us at the new church in Kiwaynyi

New church in Kiwaynyi

New church in Kiwaynyi

The children's choir

The children’s choir

Pastor Abubaker Kaye and his wife Jackie

Pastor Abubaker Kaye and his wife Jackie

Worshipping and singing

Worshipping and singing

Group photo time!

Group photo time!

Luke preaching at Pastor Daniel's church in Iganga

Luke preaching at Pastor Daniel’s church in Iganga

Luke and I awarding a certificate of completion to Pastor Daniel

Luke and I awarding a certificate of completion to Pastor Daniel

Group Photo: front row (left to right) - Luke, Mathais, Dibeta, Alex (S. Sudan), Chris. Back row (left to right) Fred, Jimmie, Nickson, Joshua, Daniel, Francis, Raphael

Group Photo: front row (left to right) – Luke, Mathais, Dibeta, Alex (S. Sudan), Chris. Back row (left to right) Fred, Jimmie, Nickson, Joshua, Daniel, Francis, Raphael

God hates pride and arrogance

God doesn’t dislike arrogance…he hates it. Could he state it any clearer than Proverbs 8:13: “I hate pride and arrogance.” And then a few chapters later it says God can’t stomach arrogance or pretense. Believe me, he’ll put those upstarts in their place. You don’t want God to do that. It’s far wiser to descend the mountain than fall from it!

Pursue humility. Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself but that you think of yourself less. Paul described it in Romans 12:3, “Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself or your importance, but try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities by the light of the faith that God has given to you.” God has a cure for the high and mighty: come down from the mountain before he employs it. You’ll be amazed what you hear and who you see. And you’ll breathe a whole lot easier!

From Max Lucado.