We received a report from Joyce regarding some of the ministry issues in Uganda. She had a really good time as she travelled a few weeks ago to some areas in the border area of Uganda and also Western Kenya. It was a long, tiring journey which was hindered somewhat because of heavy rain, however the Lord really helped and there was much excitement as she introduced the lessons to children in different venues. There is a great hunger for the Word of God.
Joyce is now in need of more lessons. She has also been asked to visit some Schools to teach the children. She is considering taking one week each month to evangelise in this way. This will require additional transport. We would also like to send her more teaching visuals from Nairobi to help her in this ministry. It will most likely cost around £50 to transport everything she needs from Nairobi. Pray that God will work everything out.
I had previously mentioned a possible change regarding the electricity supply to the office. The landlord wants individual meters installed and so we will have to pay around £40 for this. However, it should work out cheaper for us in the long run.
Registration of our NGO in Uganda is a slow, difficult and expensive process and something which we would like to see moving quicker. Please pray that this can be sorted out.
We have had disappointing news from the organisation in Uganda who supplied us with Bibles. They have increased their prices by £2 per Bible. This is frustrating as our supplier in Kenya recently did something similar. This means that we are currently back to one supplier here in Northern Ireland but the problem there is that it can take many months for the Bibles to actually reach our people in Africa. Pray that we can find another local supplier and/or that we can find a quicker, yet cheap, way of transporting the Bibles from here in the UK to Africa. The need for Bibles is of big concern to us. We have asked for up to date figures of Bibles needed for both Kenya and Uganda. We are waiting on the final figure from Kenya, but in so far as Uganda is concerned the figure needed is 1048. We estimate that even more will be needed for Kenya.
Please pray for Eunice as she tallies up the final number of Bibles needed. She is very busy at present trying to keep up with the marking of lessons and dealing with visitors to the office. She is also currently taking some exams in regard to the computer course she has been completing. We thank God for the benefit this has been to the work already. Pray that she will continue to know help.
Please pray that God will continue to provide for allowances for these two ladies. Without them the work in Africa would not continue. Both could do with more help. Pray regarding this. We also need to pay some small allowance to the one who is developing our child protection policy. This is a responsible position. Pray also for the need of a good reliable accountant in Kenya. We have been let down so many times in this regard. Accountants have taken on the work, get so far, decide they can't finish after all but still expect to be paid. We really need someone reliable who will complete the task they have been taken on to do. Some of these issues take up a considerable amount of time as we try to keep on top of things from the other side of the world.
William and I have had another busy week but we thank God for the privilege of serving Him. Yesterday, Sunday, was a good but tiring day when we drove for 5 hours! We had 3 meetings to either attend or take and we thank God for His help as we shared God's Word. We travelled from home in Portadown to Omagh, then back home for dinner. It was then quickly on to Lisburn in the afternoon to take a meeting. It was then back to Portadown again for a quick tea before travelling again to Magherafelt for the final meeting of the day. Needless to say we were very tired by the time we arrived back home again last night.
We appreciate prayer as we go through the many tasks of this week. Over the past few weeks I have spent more time than normal out of the office which means I am a bit behind in some of the work mentioned in previous posts. If you waiting for correspondence from me, please accept my apologies for the delay. I hope you can be patient a little longer. Hopefully this week will get me up to date. I am also working in and out of the house as I am having a problem with the internet signal in the office. Hopefully this will be sorted this week. Pray for these very practical issues.
We thank God for His goodness to us. A couple of times over the weekend we have been asked if the work is still going on. We found that to be a very strange question....yes!!! This is God's work and it is still very much ongoing and we are still very much called to His service. Please pray on for us as we pray and discuss many issues. Pray that we will have guidance and wisdom in every issue.