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November 2019

Josephine is in her forties and was suffering from a terrible cough for over four months. By the time she called us to pray with her, she was already bedridden. We prayed with Josephine for two weeks, and she has been healed. Glory to God! Josephine had been a member of the Roman Catholic church but has now joined our church.

  • Pray for Josephine to be completely healed and to regain her strength.

Eric and Provia have a four-month-old baby. This family lives in a grass-thatched house in Kagyera cell in Kinyamahwa village. They are peasant farmers and mainly grow tomatoes as their source of income. They face uncertain weather, pests and diseases, and unpredictable seasonal yields, which is more likely to cause significant losses rather than steady produce. Eric is our church chairman of the building committee, and Provia is in the church choir. They both enjoy evangelizing. Eric grew up in a family of demon and spirit-worshipers. He suffered from chronic stomach pain that was not resolved by visits to witchdoctors. Finally, Eric sent for us to come to his home and pray with him. When we did, the Lord healed him, and now Eric is a part of our church and serving the Lord. His prayer request is that God will bless his garden with better yields so he can earn more income to build a better home for his family.

One of our deacons is Winnie. She serves by keeping the church clean. Winnie does home visits to members of the church to encourage them in their faith and to attend the fellowships. She is a peasant farmer. She requests prayers for God to bless the work of her hands so she can support her children in school.

  • Pray for the crops to produce abundantly for Eric, Provia, and Winnie so they may care for their children and make improvements to their homes.
  • Pray for an increase in the number of people attending the church and for evangelism to bring more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

God is changing the lives of people by His mercy, and this transformation is evident to everyone in the community. Grace was an aggressive and violent woman, even towards her husband, if he tried to stop her from fighting with others. She was a prostitute and a drunkard. The family of her husband decided to take action by chasing her out of the family. But then we visited Grace at her home and shared the gospel with her and her husband, Frank. Grace accepted Jesus Christ and is now gentle, everyone who knew her before is wondering what has changed and why she no longer fights. We give God the glory.

The church is preaching the gospel to the community through home visits and fellowships. This month we visited forty-five homes and ministered to twenty-eight men and forty-three women. Topister is fifty-two and enjoys attending our fellowship group. She promises to come to church soon, and we believe God is calling her to Himself.

  • Pray for Topister to surrender her life to God and to be saved.
  • Pray for the evangelists who conduct home visits to have wisdom as they share God’s Word.

October 2019

We bring greetings from God’s Embassy, Kinyamahwa. We are grateful for the support you give us. We witness people being changed through the ministry by God’s grace.

Fortunate is in her late twenties and married to Jacson with a four-month-old child. When we met Fortunate during our visits, she asked us to pray for her situation.  The family spirits made her walk at night to places that she did not remember afterward. Sometimes she would discover scrapes and wounds all over her body that implied she even walked through the brush. Fortunate shared that since she gave her life to Christ and stopped worshiping the family spirits she has been delivered from their influence and is not walking at night anymore. We thank God for her deliverance and give Him the glory.

The children regularly come to the church on Saturdays to practice the songs they present on Sunday for the main service. The youth preach door-to-door to their peers, and this month they encouraged Sarah, who is seventeen, to come to the church. She accepted Jesus Christ and has been baptized. We are supporting the youth to persist in sharing with their peers.

  • Pray for Fortunate to grow in her relationship with God.
  • Pray for Sarah to be firm in her faith and to grow in her knowledge of God’s Word.

There is a family in our fellowship with four members. Samuel is married to Jovita, and they have two children, Junior is eleven, and Peron is seven. They live in a grass-thatched house and survive by selling labor. Samuel sings in the church choir, and the children are in the Young Ambassadors. Jovita is an usher. Samuel was such a drunkard that he used to fight with his wife; furthermore, he would chase her and the children out of the house. Jovita was the first to receive Christ, and she asked the church to pray for the salvation of her husband. One day, when Samuel was drunk, he fell in the river. By God’s grace, the river dumped him downstream on the banks of a banana plantation, and he was taken to the hospital. When he recovered, Samuel gave his life to Christ. The family’s prayer request is that God will enable them to work so they can purchase a larger piece of property to grow enough food for their family.

Praise the Lord for rescuing Samuel from alcoholism and using his adventure in the river to bring him to faith in Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the family to save their income to fulfill their dream to purchase a larger piece of land.

We praise God for the church structure that He enabled us to build. We believe that He will continue to provide for the remaining aspects of the building. We are in the rainy season, and many people are preoccupied with weeding activities. Even when it rains, they do not always come to church activities.

  • Pray for the walls of the church building.
  • Pray for the congregation to put their priority and trust in God.
  • Pray for the garden to grow abundant food and for the weeds to be easy to pull out.

Kenneth is one of our church leaders. He is a builder by profession and a programmer in the church. He helps us whenever we have a building project.  He is an evangelist and does home visits to share the good news. He was a drunkard and used to sleep in the bushes or outhouses until his wife came to us, asking us to pray for his salvation. One day, Kenneth came to church with his wife and gave his life to Christ. His prayer request is that God will give him the strength to work and earn an income to care for his family and support his children in school.

  • Pray for Kenneth as he witnesses to the non-believers in his community.
  • Pray that he can provide for his family.

Shibah is twenty-eight and married to Ivan, thirty-two. They have a child, Simpson, who is two years old. Shibah was a drunkard and adulterous. We met her during home visits and shared the Word of God. She accepted Christ as her Savior, and her life has changed. She no longer does the things she used to do and is settled contentedly at home with her husband.

  • Pray for the family of Shibah and Ivan.

Give thanks for the salvation and baptism of Shibah.

Through our home visits, we are reaching the community with the Word of God. This month we visited forty-seven homes and spoke with twenty-two women and thirteen men.

Fiabe is sixty-two and is getting interested in the gospel. She had been having sleepless nights and would be attacked by demons at night. But even since we visited and prayed with her, Fiabe has been delivered and is now fellowshipping with us.

  • Pray for Fiabe to come to understand her need for a Savior and to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord.

September 2019

Jack was lost in alcoholism. One day, the Lord convicted him to come and pray with us at the home fellowship of Bihasha Kinyamahwa. Jack told us that he had been hearing about our church and was looking for us. Jack was already quite drunk, so we could not trust his words. But Jack insisted he was willing and ready to surrender his life, including his alcoholism, to God. We prayed with him, and the next Sunday saw him at church. Since then, Jack has been a consistent member of the church, attending the services, and home fellowships. We praise the Lord for the great work He is doing in bringing people to Himself, even in unexpected ways. Jack now shares with others what the Lord has done in his life.

Praise the Lord for saving Jack.

  • Pray for his testimony to the community and his transformed life to bring others to faith in God.

The children still attend church every Saturday for Bible study and rehearsals. They are studying the book of Proverbs, and they recite memory verses in the main service on Sunday. The adult ministry is collecting their money to fund their self-development projects like purchasing poultry and other projects.

Abaho is in his thirties, and his wife, Rovince, is mid-twenties. They have one child, Tricia, who is a year and a half old. The family lives in a temporary house in Kinyamahwa village. Abaho trades in matooke (cooking bananas), and his wife sells her labor. They also crop farm on a small piece of land to grow food for their household. Rovince is in the church choir. They share their testimony in the village of how God saved them and healed their child from an unknown illness, which they thought was from witchcraft. Pray for God to bless the work of their hands so they can earn more and purchase another piece of land to grow enough food for their family.

  • Pray for Abaho, Rovince, and Tricia.
  • Pray for the parents to work hard and for their efforts to be blessed.
  • Pray for Abaho and Rovince to train up their child to follow Christ.

We praise God for answering our prayers. We needed more space for our Children’s Sunday school and prayed for this need. God touched one of our neighbors, who is not even a Christian, he is Anglican, but he offered us a house for use as a Sunday school class. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for our witness to this neighbor through the children.
  • Pray for the children to learn and grow in their faith in God.

We are grateful for our elders and deacons who help to move our church forward. Davis is twenty-two and our assistant choir leader. He has the gift of singing.  He also is mentoring our youth by encouraging them to be consistent in attending church and to spend their time profitably. Davis was once a drunkard, used drugs, and had other bad habits. He got into trouble frequently and would usually end up in prison. When Davis was saved, his life changed. He came to our church and found that we were teaching the Word of God in a way that would impact his life and help him grow in Christ. Davis asked to join us, and we welcomed him. His prayer request is that God will help him work hard and save the money to purchase land to build a home.

  • Pray that God grants his prayer request.
  • Pray for Davis to continue to influence the youth positively.

Faith is fifty-six and lives in Mukaterero Kengoma in Kamunyu cell. She lost her husband last year and has four children. Before she came to Christ, Faith was hopeless about life due to losing her husband. She had no reason to keep going, but now she says that God has given her new hope in Christ, and she can work to care for her family. She expresses gratitude to God for bringing hope into her life.

Joventa is fifty-eight and is being drawn to Christ. We met her during our home visits. We shared the Word of God and prayed with her. Joventa has promised to fellowship with us and is committed to attending our fellowship.

  • Pray for faith and her family.
  • Pray for Joventa to come to understand her need for a Savior and to express faith in Jesus Christ.

July/August 2019

Charity is twenty-seven and had been saved but was discouraged in following Jesus Christ by her husband. When we did our home visits, we talked with her and her husband. After our conversation, her husband found it acceptable for her to attend the church and have fellowship with us. Charity is now in the choir. Praise the Lord.

  • Pray for Charity’s husband to come to faith in Jesus Christ and attend the church.

The children continue to come for rehearsal every Saturday and learn God’s Word as they prepare to serve on Sundays. This event has attracted more children to attend the church. Mr. Kampikaho is willing to allow his children to join us and promises that someday he will follow them too. One mother came to us with her two children, Catherine, eleven, and Andrew, four, asking that her children be allowed to join the Young Ambassadors. She desired her children to be involved even though she is not yet fellowshipping with us. Through the home visits, we have also encouraged the youth to join us, Christine is fifteen, and Angellah is seventeen. Miracle is four years old and joined the Young Ambassadors too.

  • Pray for the children to be instruments in leading their parents to the Lord.
  • Pray for the children to learn about Jesus Christ and come to believe in Him as their Savior and Lord.

The adults in the church are working together to save up money. Their goal is to buy a goat for every member.

  • Pray for the church members to have unity as they work together.
  • Pray for success in their endeavor.

Eric lives with his wife, Evaline; they have a five-month-old child. They live in a grass house. Evaline sells labor, and Eric trades in matoke. He is helpful to the church as he is the chairman of the building committee. They both are intercessors in the church and enjoy preaching the gospel during home visits. Eric is grateful for his salvation, he used to smoke drugs, but when he gave his life to the Lord, he was delivered from that dangerous habit. His prayer request is to be able to build a decent house for his family.

  • Pray for Eric and Evaline to achieve their desire to build a decent home.
  • Pray for their health and strength to work hard.
  • Pray for their child to grow up knowing the Lord.

Eric works hard to provide for the family.

Karakyre is forty-two and spent three years suffering from ulcers. He was unable to eat any food except for roasted sweet potatoes. We thank the Lord that he has been healed through the prayers of the believers in the church. We give glory to God.

We thank God for continuing to bring more people to our church; we now have sixty-seven people. We are reaching the community through home visits and then inviting them to join the home fellowship and attend the church. We visited thirty homes and spoke with fourteen men and twenty-seven women.

  • Pray for more people to come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Praise the Lord for healing Karakyre.

John is twenty-eight and being drawn to faith in Christ. He brought his child, who was possessed by demons, to be prayed for and delivered. Since then, John has been coming to have fellowship with us. Our prayer is that he may give his life to Christ.

  • Pray for John to come to faith and believe in God for his salvation.

We are training our members to participate in ministry during the early hours on Sunday when we meet for classes, and we also give them opportunities to serve in the fellowships. We have dedicated deacons. Frank is one of our deacons and helpful to our ministry. He generously contributes when we face a financial need, and he is the vice-chairman of our building committee. Frank also intercedes for the church. He used to brew alcohol and would also drink his liquor to the point that he would spend weeks away before returning home. He gave his life to Christ Jesus and received deliverance from this addiction.

During our home visits, we discover Kenneth sleeping outside his home and suffering from a stiff neck. We shared the Word of God with him and prayed with him. We invited him to attend the home fellowship. He was encouraged and grateful that we visited.

Ditus is thirty-three, and his wife is Annet, who is twenty-four, and from the village of Kinyamahwa. They live in a semi-permanent house with their two children, Innocent, nine years, and Daphne, six years. They survive by selling their labor. They recently faced a challenge, they had received a loan to buy a piece of land for cultivation, but when they brought the money home, thieves came and stole it. So they are stuck where they are and have to repay the money for the loan too. Annet is in the choir and has the gift of teaching. Ditus is the chairman of developmental activities. He shared his testimony, he was a drunkard, and when we prayed for him, he gave up drinking alcohol.

  • Pray for Ditus and Annet to get money to purchase land and to clear their loan.

We attended the conference in Katobo and learned from 1 Corinthians. Two people from our church who attended came to understand the gospel and accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord!

  • Pray for the new believers to grow in their faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Patrick is one of the elders in our church. He is married to Phionah, and they have six children. Patrick serves by cleaning the church compound. His testimony is that he used to fight a lot when he was drunk and would often be fined due to his aggression. Now that he is saved, Patrick is at peace with everyone, including his wife and neighbors. He feels that it would be appropriate to make his marriage right legally by being wed in the church.

  • Pray for Patrick and his family to honor and serve the Lord through their actions.
  • Pray for Patrick’s testimony to his neighbors.

God has changed the life of Precious. She was a drunkard and prostitute. We started a fellowship at Florence’s house, and Precious was invited to attend. On the second day, she gave her life to Christ. Since then, she has stopped drinking and has been reconciled with her husband, who had abandoned her. They are happy now. Precious says she did not believe she could be saved but is grateful that God accepted her.

Charlotte is drawing near to the Lord. She brought her child, who had a painful stomach issue. We prayed for him, and he has recovered. Now Charlotte is praising the Lord for healing her son. She has not yet given her life to Christ but loves to attend our services.

  • Pray for Charlotte to come to realize her need for a Savior and to surrender her life to Jesus Christ.

Praise the Lord for saving Precious.

  • Pray for her testimony to bring others to faith.

Please pray for our brother and sisters in Christ who are seeking, working and believing in God’s promises.

June 2019

God is working in the life of Eric, a thirty-eight-year-old Muslim, who had spent many years serving the devil through witchcraft and spirit-worship. We visited his house during our outreach program and shared the gospel. He and his wife accepted Christ as their personal Savior. They have both been baptized.

  • Pray for Eric and his wife to grow in their faith through the study of God’s Word.

Our children are being trained to serve God through singing and dancing as Young Ambassadors. The church has had an increased in the participants, we went from 28 children to 34 children, and even though it is a blessing we have also run out of room for them during Sunday school class.

  • Pray for the children to grow in their faith as they learn about God’s love for them.

Kenneth and his wife are in their forties. They have five children, the oldest is eighteen, and the youngest is two weeks old. The family survives through subsistence cultivation and selling labor. They live in poverty as classified by their inability to pay school fees for their children consistently. The children and mom serve in the church choir. Kenneth is our church programmer. They help with home visits to encourage and pray with others. Before coming to Christ, most of what they earned by their hard labor was spent on witchdoctors to obtain witchcraft protection. Kenneth was desperate and always drunk until he gave his life to Christ through a house visit. He brought his wife to church, and now they are a part of the congregation. He works on a construction site and is grateful to God for the extra income to support his family. Pray for this family to be strengthened in the Lord.

  • Please pray for this young family as they seek and serve the Lord!

We train others to participate in the ministry by teaching from the Bible in our foundations class every Sunday before the main service.  They are giving opportunities to serve in fellowships and lead some programs. Our elders are motivated and work hard to guide the youth in how to behave. Ambrose is twenty-eight and instructs the youth. He is an excellent teacher, and we are blessed that he is a part of our congregation. Ambrose praises God for saving him and bringing him back home.  He had spent ten years away from home practicing witchcraft and was a witchdoctor for seven years. His parents requested that we pray with them for the Lord to touch his heart and change his actions. We often prayed for him, and two months later, Ambrose returned home, receive Christ, and has joined the church to serve God.

  • Pray for the youth to be guided in righteousness by Ambrose and given him wisdom and discernment as he teaches.

Praise the Lord for Ambrose testimony.

Zainab is in her late thirties and has two children, fifteen and eleven years old. She was a prostitute for a long time after losing her husband. We met her during our home visits, sharing the Word of God, and praying with her on multiple occasions. She finally accepted Christ as her personal Savior and now attends the church. Zainab is doing honest work to earn money to support her children in school.

  • Pray for Zainab and her family, for food to sustain the family and for the children to stay in school.

The church reaches the community through door-to-door evangelism and then forms home fellowships. We visited nineteen homes, talking with seventeen women and fifteen men. God is working through these fellowships to save, encourage, and heal His people from different situations.

Charity is being drawn to Christ. She is twenty-seven and loves to attend overnight services and fellowships. She has shown interest in the gospel but has not yet given her life to Christ. Pray with us for her to confess Christ as her Savior.

  • Pray for Charity to come to an understanding of her need for a Savior and to declare faith in God.
  • Pray for the ability to light our church during night meetings.
  • Pray for Bibles for the new believers.

Praise the Lord the motorcycle we received through White Fields that has made transportation for our home visits simpler.

May 2019

God is working in the life of Eric, a thirty-eight-year-old Muslim, who had spent many years serving the devil through witchcraft and spirit-worship. We visited his house during our outreach program and shared the gospel. He and his wife accepted Christ as their personal Savior. They have both been baptized.

  • Pray for Eric and his wife to grow in their faith through the study of God’s Word.

Our children are being trained to serve God through singing and dancing as Young Ambassadors. The church has had an increased in the participants, we went from 28 children to 34 children, and even though it is a blessing we have also run out of room for them during Sunday school class.

  • Pray for the children to grow in their faith as they learn about God’s love for them.

Kenneth and his wife are in their forties. They have five children, the oldest is eighteen, and the youngest is two weeks old. The family survives through subsistence cultivation and selling labor. They live in poverty as classified by their inability to pay school fees for their children consistently. The children and mom serve in the church choir. Kenneth is our church programmer. They help with home visits to encourage and pray with others. Before coming to Christ, most of what they earned by their hard labor was spent on witchdoctors to obtain witchcraft protection. Kenneth was desperate and always drunk until he gave his life to Christ through a house visit. He brought his wife to church, and now they are a part of the congregation. He works on a construction site and is grateful to God for the extra income to support his family. Pray for this family to be strengthened in the Lord.

  • Please pray for this young family as they seek and serve the Lord!

We train others to participate in the ministry by teaching from the Bible in our foundations class every Sunday before the main service.  They are giving opportunities to serve in fellowships and lead some programs. Our elders are motivated and work hard to guide the youth in how to behave. Ambrose is twenty-eight and instructs the youth. He is an excellent teacher, and we are blessed that he is a part of our congregation. Ambrose praises God for saving him and bringing him back home.  He had spent ten years away from home practicing witchcraft and was a witchdoctor for seven years. His parents requested that we pray with them for the Lord to touch his heart and change his actions. We often prayed for him, and two months later, Ambrose returned home, receive Christ, and has joined the church to serve God.

  • Pray for the youth to be guided in righteousness by Ambrose and given him wisdom and discernment as he teaches.

Praise the Lord for Ambrose testimony.

Zainab is in her late thirties and has two children, fifteen and eleven years old. She was a prostitute for a long time after losing her husband. We met her during our home visits, sharing the Word of God, and praying with her on multiple occasions. She finally accepted Christ as her personal Savior and now attends the church. Zainab is doing honest work to earn money to support her children in school.

  • Pray for Zainab and her family, for food to sustain the family and for the children to stay in school.

The church reaches the community through door-to-door evangelism and then forms home fellowships. We visited nineteen homes, talking with seventeen women and fifteen men. God is working through these fellowships to save, encourage, and heal His people from different situations.

Charity is being drawn to Christ. She is twenty-seven and loves to attend overnight services and fellowships. She has shown interest in the gospel but has not yet given her life to Christ. Pray with us for her to confess Christ as her Savior.

  • Pray for Charity to come to an understanding of her need for a Savior and to declare faith in God.
  • Pray for the ability to light our church during night meetings.
  • Pray for Bibles for the new believers.

Praise the Lord the motorcycle we received through White Fields that has made transportation for our home visits simpler.

April 2019

We are grateful to God for the good work He is doing in our area by saving people, and for the support we receive from you that helps us make strides in ministry. We give glory to God for the thirteen people who were saved at the overnight prayer meeting. Five of these people have joined us and were baptized this past month.

We continue to train the children every Saturday in songs and drama which they present at the main service as Young Ambassadors. The youth have been taught to share the gospel with their peers by visiting door-to-door. So far, they are enjoying evangelism. We thank God that through this ministry, two youth have been added to the church.

Kyarimpa is a widow in our fellowship with three children. One is already married, the remaining two are Penelope and Lynette. They live in a temporary house and earn a living through selling labor and subsistence farming. Penelope teaches in the Sunday school, Lynette is a Young Ambassador, and Kyarimpa is an usher in the church. She testifies that she lives with a terrible cough for a long time that caused her to isolate herself from others. They would fear her cough as they thought it was tuberculosis. We met her during a visit and prayed with her. This prayer brought some relief, and she came to the church so we could pray for her more as she believed that God would heal her. The Lord has completely healed her. She had been making pancakes to sell in the market, but due to her cough, she no longer could sell them because no one bought them. Now she is grateful that she can sell pancakes again and save money to pay the school fees for her children. Praise God!

We praise God for providing a means of transportation. God answered our prayers, and we have a motorcycle that is helping with transportation to the church and for home visits.

  • Pray for the Lord to use us to touch many lives and help them to surrender their lives to Christ.

We bring all the ministers together and teach the Word of God, going verse-by-verse through the Bible. Later they lead others in the fellowships while we supervise their teachings. We have a team of elders and deacons who are dedicated to serving God. One example is Florence, who is fifty and a widow but is working hard for her family and serving God. She states that she had spent all her money on witchcraft due to a mysterious sickness. But since she gave her life to Christ, this illness has disappeared. She is now saving that money so that she can buy a goat to raise as an income generating project. She helps as an usher and is our treasurer. She is on the intercession team of the church. She is praying to save enough money for her son to continue his education past senior four.

  • Pray for Florence to stay healthy and be able to save the money to purchase a goat.

Praise the Lord for her healing.

God is doing great work in the lives of his people. He has transformed the life of Giliphinah, who is in her late twenties. She was a drunkard for such a long time that she was close to separating from her husband. She would stay in the bars for more than two days before returning home, then her husband would beat her. But since she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, she has stopped drinking alcohol and is serving in the church choir.

Praise the Lord for Giliphinah!

We held an overnight event at the church with three-hundred people attending. Thirteen gave their lives to Christ. The others who showed an interest in the gospel are being followed up through home visits. This month we visited forty homes.

Paul is being drawn to faith in Christ. He is sixteen and had a severe health condition. He was unable to get money for treatment in the hospital, but when we met him and prayed with him, the Lord healed this disease. Paul was in school and was receiving a scholarship through an organization that helped with his school fees. But they stopped paying for his costs when he was sick for so long. He is looking for other opportunities to return to school.

  • Pray for Paul to come to faith in God.
  • Pray for the opportunity to continue his education.

March 2019

We have seen God at work in the life of Jane. Her husband had left her and the children because she was a drunkard and a quarrelsome woman. Jane came to the church for the Sunday service prayers and gave her life to Christ. She has changed by the grace of God and no longer is drinking. When her husband heard what had happened to his wife and that she had overcome the addiction of alcohol, he came to the church looking for the Jesus who changed his wife. After hearing the Word of God, the man also accepted Jesus Christ. He has returned home and is supporting his wife, and the children are able to attend school again. The children have joined their parents in attending church.

Praise God for the transformation of this family by His grace!

  • Pray for Jane and her husband’s witness to their community and for them to raise their children to know the love of God.
  • Pray for the children to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The various ministries in the church are based on the age of the participants. The children who are Young Ambassadors meet on Saturdays for their training. They present songs and drama at the Sunday service. We praise God that their numbers have increased from sixteen to twenty-seven children. The women meet weekly to learn new skills. They are weaving baskets to sell to raise money to use in their homes. The youth have started the pig project where they expect to earn some income.

  • Pray for the people in each group to support each other they work together to improve the daily lives of their families.
  • Pray for the women to increase their skill and knowledge as they earn an income.
  • Pray for the youth to be responsible as they care for their pig.

One of the families in our fellowship lives in a temporary house. Paulina is a widow with six children, three are already married and three still attend school. Asiime is twenty-four, Kyasiimire is twelve and in primary four and Sephora is nine years and in primary three. Paulina survives by selling labor and digging in her own field, but despite her hard work, it is not quite enough. Her children are in the choir and Paulina reads the Bible at the services and is an usher in our church. We pray for God to give her the strength to keep working and raise the money to provide for her children’s school fees.

  • Pray for the family of Paulina, for their daily needs to be met and for the children to study hard in school.

We train our members to participate in leadership in multiple ways. Those who show an interest in the Word of God are being instructed in how to lead the Bible reading. Every Wednesday we go through specific books of the Bible, and they practice during our fellowships. Frank is one of our deacons, he is thirty-seven, married and has three children. He cleans around the outside of the church, planting flowers and building the fence. Frank came to Christ after our visit to the place where he was wasting time and money by gambling and drinking. When we spoke to him about the gospel, he became interested and came to the church, one day he gave his life to Christ.

There was a bar next to the church, and sometimes they would make noise while we were in service. We prayed to ask God to solve this challenge. The bar has closed down, and the owner went into another business. Praise the Lord.

This month we saw God changing the lives of people in the church. Edson is thirty-five and a trader of goats. He has been in this trade for five years but never earned any profit or save money for his family. After Edson saw the change in the life of Frank due to salvation and how Frank stopped gambling, Edson came to the church and gave his life to Christ. Now Edson has been saving money from his trade in goats to support his family.

  • Pray for Edson to continue to stand firm in the faith and for his business to support his family.

  • Pray for those who are being instructed in reading the Word of God in the services.

Praise God for Frank’s witness to Edson, the church and the community, praise the Lord for his service in caring for the grounds.

Our outreach to the community is continuing through home visits. We go door-to-door to preach the Word of God and invite the people to attend a home fellowship where we expound the Bible. This month we visited fifty-six homes.

Maureen was left in her home by her husband. The living conditions were so harsh that she resorted to stealing food, such as matooke (green bananas or plantains, from someone else’s garden. When we heard about this, we took her a bag of posho (cornmeal porridge), Maureen was so grateful that she started to come to church and is getting close to salvation. We are praying for her to come to faith.

  • Pray for Maureen to come to an understanding of salvation and to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for her daily needs of food to be met.

February 2019

We are grateful to God for establishing the church in Kinyamahwa and for White Fields prayer partners. God is saving his people. This month seven people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and were baptized.

God restored Sylvia’s family. She had lost her husband who was a drunkard. Due to continued counseling and prayer with Sylvia and her husband, by the grace of God, they are now living together peacefully. Sylvia’s husband has stopped drinking alcohol, and we are praying that he will accept Christ into his heart.

Sylvia is grateful for the time invested in her and her husband. She is praying for her husbands salvation…

  • Pray for Sylvia and her husband to grow closer together.
  • Pray for Sylvia’s husband to be saved and wholly released from the bondage of alcohol.

Jane is married to Obadiah, and they have three children between the ages of ten to sixteen years old. Jane and the children live in a temporary house. She cultivates a garden to provide food for her family, and sometimes she works for others in their gardens to earn an income. Obadiah has two wives and is a brewer of alcohol. Jane told us that most of the money Obadiah earns is given to his second wife, so Jane is not able to pay the school fees for her children.  Before Jane received Christ, she went to the witchdoctors to have them bewitch, she wanted his other wife to die. In one of our home visits, we shared the gospel with her, and Jane gave her life to Christ. Now Jane says she no longer goes to the witchdoctor as she has forgiven her the other wife and her husband. Jane’s husband abandoned her, but now he is hanging around but not staying with her. Jane is an usher in the church and an excellent Bible reader. Her prayer is for her husband to be saved.

  • Pray for Jane’s family to be reconciled and for her husband to accept Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of his life.
  • Pray for Jane’s children to be able to attend school.

We continue to train our congregation to participate in God’s Work by helping them read the Bible and discuss its principles in their fellowships. Our elders work hard to see that the families are well-cared for and we encourage them to set an example to their communities. I especially want to mention two elders by name, Florence and Pascali, that are persistent in doing home visits and mobilize many new people to come to church.

  • We see God changing the lives of people in the community. One man, Nelson practiced witchcraft, and his family is very connected with the family of Kabebe. We met Kabebe and shared with him about salvation. Kabebe accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and left witchcraft. Wilson was convicted through Kabebe’s actions and also gave his life to Christ. Praise the Lord!
  • Pray for the Lord to help them continue to be committed to serving God and His people.
  • Pray for the witness of Nelson and Kabebe to the community and for them to be firm in their faith.

Our church is reaching the community with door-to-door evangelism. We preach the gospel in their homes and establish home fellowships for the people to gather and be nurtured in the Word of God. Stidia loves to attend the Sunday services at church but has not yet given her life to Christ.

  • Pray for Stidia to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for the evangelist to have boldness and wisdom as they share the gospel with the people in their community.
  • Pray for the people to listen and come to salvation.

As we are now in the rainy season, there is a widespread outbreak of malaria. Multiple deaths have occurred in the community since not many people are able to afford the cost of treatment. We are reminding our church members of the importance of staying out of stagnant water and keeping their surrounding vegetation cut or slashed.

  • Pray for health for the congregation and for the financial ability to receive treatment when illness occurs.
  • Pray for the church to help educate their community in avoiding and treating sickness.

January 2019

This month God is adding more people to the church, for example, the family of Nelson joined us. We have witnessed the ministries in the church thriving and the people working hard together. The youth held a concert at the church to raise money to buy a piglet. They plan to care for this pig, and after it has piglets, each member will receive a piglet to raise. God has helped us complete the final payments for the church land and the church building.

Give thanks for the new believers who are coming to church.

  • Pray for the youth to succeed in their goal of raising the pig as they work together.

Praise God for the church land and building.

Ignicious’ parents had a shrine for spirit-worshiping, and they would force him and his family to worship their gods every Friday. When his parents died, Ignicious abandoned the spirit-worship, burned the shrine, came to church, and surrendered his life to Christ. He says that his family now has peace. Iginicious is married to Scovia; they have four children. The family survives by selling their labor which means they struggle to earn enough to keep their children in school. The parents are both actively serving in the ministry, and the children are in choir. We are praying for God to continue giving them the strength to work so they can keep their children in school.

  • Pray for the family of Ignacious and Scovia to have a steady income that enables them to keep the children in school and provide for their daily needs.

Sam was a drunk, he would often beat up his wife and not bother to care for his family. When we visited him, we shared with him about the gospel and invited him to attend church. When he started coming to the services, he decided to surrender his life to Christ. His entire life has been changed, he no longer drinks and is working hard as a fisherman to support his family.

  • Pray for Sam to stand firm in faith and resist the temptations of alcohol.
  • Pray for his family.

Pascal is seventy-eight and very punctual in arriving at the fellowship. He helps train the youth in reading the Bible. He also counsels and prays with people who come to the church. Adrine is another leader who is responsible for advising the youth in how to be well-disciplined at home. Florence has a gift in reading the Bible. These are some of the leaders that God has blessed us with at the church. We now have seven fellowships in the community. Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord for excellent leaders.

  • Pray for wisdom and discernment as they counsel the men, women, and youth in the church.
  • Pray for the leaders to continue to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and to grow in their relationship with God.

Wilson is being drawn to know Christ. We visited his house and invited him to join us for prayer at the church. He has come twice and is showing interest in the gospel.

  • Pray for Wilson to one day receive Christ in his heart.

December 2018

We thank God for the grace He has given us as a church to serve in the Kinyamahwa community, and are grateful to White Fields partners for the financial and prayer support that enables us to do our ministry so effectively.

God has helped us acquire the land for the church. We were able to buy the very place we had been renting and where we had built a church structure. We thank God for White Fields raising the funds for which we were able to purchase the property.

  • Praise the Lord for the property for our church.

The men are working together to build and repair houses. As a church, we have contributed materials, tree logs, and sticks. On each day, the team travels to a particular home and works to build or repair as needed. We built a house for Bernard Bahikire, and he is grateful to the church.

The youth are attending in high numbers since they are on school break. They are training in the sport of soccer for the God’s Embassy inter-fellowship competition. The winning team receives a cow.

  • Pray for the men to work in unity as they bless their community through constructing and repairing houses.
  • Pray for the youth to train together as a team and to have good sportsmanship as they compete for the prize of a cow.

One of the families in our fellowship is a widow, Shalon, with three children. Her husband died of epilepsy. The family lives in a semi-permanent house with three rooms. Shalon grows crops for her family to eat and sells her labor to others, usually working in their gardens. She earns very little and struggles to keep her children in school due to the fees. Her children were having epileptic seizures, but since they started attending church and we prayed for them, they stopped getting these attacks. We encouraged them to pray for their healing. Shalon is training the Young Ambassadors and serves as an usher.

  • Pray for Shalon to be able to buy land for food cultivation and to start a business.
  • Pray for the finances to continue to pay school fees for her children.

Kenneth is an elder in the church who gave materials to use during the construction of the church building. He counsels the youth and is busy with them since they are on school break. Before salvation, Kenneth was a drunkard and a womanizer. He wasted all his money on alcohol and women. After getting saved, his life has changed, and he no longer drinks alcohol or goes out with women. His wife is happy, and Kenneth is caring for his family.

  • Pray for Kenneth and his wife to remain faithful to each other as a couple and remain in Christ.

Frank is in his fifties. He used to practice witchcraft and his children were all hopeless and lunatics. There was no peace in his home or his life. Now that he has been saved and joined the church, he says his family is happy, his children were set free and are in their proper minds, and there is peace in his home.

  • Pray for the Lord to continue to cover his family with grace. Pray for their faith to grow.

After we conduct home visits, we invite people to attend the home fellowships. One of the fellowships is in Kagorogoro in the home of  Matsiko and is led by Mr. Daudi. This month we visited eighty-five homes and shared the gospel with one-hundred and sixty-three people.

  • Pray for the fellowship in Kagorogoro to continue meeting faithfully and for its participants to grow in number and in their understanding of God’s Word.

Fabisa is being drawn to Christ. She is attending the group and appreciates our prayers with her. Although she has even contributed an iron sheet for the roof of the church, Fabisa has not yet fully surrendered her life to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for Fabisa to come to an understanding of the gospel and confess Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for our desire to start a kindergarten at the church, many children in the community travel long distances to go to school and others are unable to go at all.

November 2018

Greetings from God’s Embassy in Kinyamahwa. Thank you for the support and prayers that have helped us to take great strides in ministry and impact the lives of many in our community. We have seen God at work as we moved from a small place to a larger location of worship. The people are grateful and encouraged in their faith for they witness God taking care of our needs as a church as well as caring for their needs as individuals. The visible faithfulness of God has resulted in many people getting saved, and our numbers have increased.

The youth have grown to include twenty-five individuals. The most significant draw was from the start of a football (soccer) team that resulted in more youth joining the group. It is an exciting sport to participate and watch. We use games as a method to evangelize to the community, especially the youth.

  • Pray for the youth ministry to continue growing and drawing more boys and girls to faith in God.

One of the cultural and spiritual challenges in our location is the religious beliefs and influence of the religious leaders. The Catholic church leaders intimidate the people by making them social outcasts if they do not comply with their demands. The church cast fears on the people because of the influence the Catholic church has over many of the institutions within the community, and this limits the people who are willing to attend the fellowships or declare faith in Jesus.

  • Pray for the people to come to an understanding of real grace and forgiveness for sins only possible through the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for strength and courage to stand up to the intimidation of the Catholic leaders.

Edson and Daphine have one child who is two years old, and they are members of our fellowship. They do subsistence farming for their food and grow tomatoes and some coffee for their income. Since they depend on their gardens for survival, they are always affected by the price fluctuations in crop harvests that change due to weather or lack of market. They live in a stick and mud house. Daphine is in the choir and Edson helped build the church structure. Edson used to ride a motorbike for a taxi (boda-boda) company to supplement his income. Before he was saved, he wasted his earnings on alcohol and adultery; this caused his family to always be in dire need. Now he left the taxi company and is focusing on his farming business. His family is happy as they are planning and working together. Pray that Edson will commit to learning the Word of God so he may grow in faith.

  • Pray for the family of Edson, pray for their crops to flourish and for their faith to grow.

When we start a new fellowship, one of our key pieces is to train someone to lead the group. We encourage this individual to read the Bible, share the Word and lead the prayers. They study through our leadership classes at Katobo.

The elders are hardworking, cooperative and mobilize many people to attend fellowships. They assist in cleaning the church and construction work. Confidence is in her late thirties, and her two daughters are in the choir. She reads the Bible in church and volunteers as an usher.  Her children were suffering from a sickness of the leg-joints due to witchcraft, but after our prayers for them, they were healed. Her prayer request is for her husband to be saved.

  • Pray for the leaders who are being trained to study hard, grow in their relationship with God and have compassion as they serve the people.
  • Pray for the family of Confidence, for her daughters to stay healthy and for her husband to come to an understanding of salvation.

God set free the family of Medius and her children from demonic attacks and oppression. Medius is thirty-six, and her children are Trinah, eight-years, and Rebecca, twelve-years. Demons would attack the children often and cause them to convulse and foam at the mouth. Medius sought for her children’s healing by going to witchdoctors and worshipping at the shrines. We prayed continuously with them and saw God set their lives free. Medius life has changed, and she does not worship the spirits anymore but worships God the Almighty.

  • Pray for Medius and her daughters, give thanks for their deliverance.

We reach out to the community through home visits, sharing the Word of God with them and encouraging them to join the fellowship in their communities where we emphasize learning the Bible. This month we visited eighty homes. Many of these people welcomed us and are excited about the idea of a fellowship in their community. In over seventy-percent of the homes we visited, the head of the household is the wife. The families are poor with so little land to cultivate, that the husbands leave to search elsewhere for jobs or to sell their labor to earn an income for their families. Some of them take a long time to return. One woman we visited is Serina, she enjoyed our visit and promised to keep fellowshipping with us.

  • Pray for the people who hear the gospel to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for families who are apart due to poverty, pray for them to be reunited and have opportunities to earn a living in the same community where their family lives.

October 2018

We extend our appreciation to our friends in the USA who have sacrificed their time in prayer for our ministry. Thank you for standing with us through your prayers and financial support. May God bless you all. Your prayers have blessed our ministry. We have seen expansion in the size of our church and now have ninety members. We are feeling pressured to get more seats because the chairs we have are no longer enough to accommodate everyone.

In Kinyamahwa, most of our members have a background in ancestral spirit worship. This methodology has so indoctrinated them that they find it hard to shift from a heathen way of thought to a Christian mindset even after coming to faith. We realize for this change in the thought patterns to take place; we need to continually teach the Word of God and provide detailed explanations of the way Christ teaches us to think. When funds are available, we are planning for a seminar.

  • Pray for the church members and the transformation of their thinking patterns through the renewing of their minds from the teaching of God’s Word.

Frank is in his early forties and has a family of four boys and two girls. He was married, but his wife left him, and the children were scattered. After being saved, Frank started attending church and has settled down to work hard and clean his home. He is praying and hoping for his family to be restored from all the past hurts. He is a cooperative man and involved in every activity at the church. We are praying with him for his wife to come back and for his family to be together.

  • Pray for God’s blessing on Frank’s desire for his family to be together again, and for his family to become believers.

We are encouraging people to become leaders in the church and to train in different ministry positions. Members from the church are also attending the Bible training at Katobo with other leaders from other churches. We see God using Mrs. Bahakanira to train and teach the youth how to behave appropriately in public and how they can be good examples while portraying the image of Christ.

Give thanks for the faithful service of the leaders in the church, especially Mrs. Bahakanira as he teaches the youth.

  • Pray for the youth as they learn and grow in their characters to become more like Christ.

We travel from house to house visiting and preaching the Word of God. We find people in their homes and invite them to attend the home fellowships that close to them. This past month we visited seventy-eight homes and talked with fifty-four women and twenty-one men.

We recently encountered a man named Samuel. Samuel spent most of his time drinking and sleeping in bars. He only came home at night to fight with his wife and ask her for the money she earned for the children’s school fees.  It was a tough situation. However, God is good because through our door-to-door evangelism, we reached him with the gospel message, and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His life has changed, he has stopped drinking alcohol and started coming to church. Samuel has been a great testimony to the community among the people who knew him before his life changed. He now is using the money to buy iron sheets to roof his house and feed his family. We give glory to God for the impact of the church in the community.

  • Pray for Samuel to find a job that will allow him to work hard and support his family.
  • Pray for Samuel not to be tempted by his former lifestyle but to continue relying on God.

Kanuuma is being drawn to Christ. He has been facing a problem of witchcraft, the demons tormented him but whenever we prayed with him, he would have a good night’s sleep. When he did not come to the church, the demons would attack him again. This has led him to keep coming to church and attending the fellowship, but he has not yet given his life to the Lord.

  • Pray for Kanuuma to come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and be permanently released from the bondage of the demons.
  • Praise the Lord for the six fellowships that are faithfully meeting together and for the many people who attend these fellowships.
  • Pray for land for the church.

September 2018

We baptized six people, two men, and four women. Praise the Lord! God is working in the community, drawing people to Himself, and transforming their lives. We thank God for the supporters of White Fields and for their prayers and financial support that enables us to serve the Lord in our community. May God bless you and reward you abundantly.

Gaston was a drunkard and had neglected to pay for his children’s school fees. He spent much of his time in the bars. After he was saved, he changed his ways and is working hard to support his family. His children are attending school, his wife is happy, and there is restoration and peace in their family. Praise the Lord!

Give thanks for the salvation of Gaston, pray for his faith to stay strong and for protection from the temptation of alcohol.

One of the families in our fellowship lives in a house built by the men of God’s Embassy. Lauben is married to Babra, and they have four children, between the ages of fifteen to five years. Lauben is a committed member of the church and reads the Bible during the sharing of the Word. His wife is in the choir, and the children are in the Young Ambassadors. Lauben and Babra sell labor to neighbors to make a living. They do not have enough land of their own to grow crops, so they rent land to cultivate. The children are not attending school due to the family’s financial inability to pay for the school fees. They testify that they had nowhere to live and God gave them a house. They are praying for jobs that will allow them to work hard, get out of poverty, and send their children to school.

  • Pray for Lauben and Babra as they search for jobs that will enable them to support their family and send their children to school.

Give thanks for the house built by the men of God’s Embassy.

Our elders in the church are advancing the work of God, they encourage and mobilize people to come to the church or send their children to church to learn the Word and Christian songs. Mr. Behakanira is a great encourager who gathers many people to attend the meetings. He is instrumental in mobilizing and supporting people to work at the new church site. He requests prayer for his son’s salvation.

Give thanks for the people to whom God has given the gift of persuasion and encouraging people to attend church for the first time.

  • Pray for Mr. Behakinara’s son, Evert, to come to an understanding of the gospel and profess salvation.

Our evangelism outreach ministry visited fifty homes and talked with two-hundred and thirty-two people. We have established five fellowships in the communities around the church. Elifaz is in his late twenties. He was spending much of his time at a place where they process local brew and drinking. After his salvation, he is working hard for his family, one of his children is attending school. Elifaz’ wife testifies about the transformation of her husband.

Give thanks for the transformation of Elifaz due to the power of the gospel.

  • Pray for growth in his new faith and for the courage to stand against the temptations of visiting old habits.

Natukunda is the wife of Henry. God is drawing her to Himself. She has had two miscarriages; one pregnancy was twins. During our recent home visit, we prayed with her and requested God grant her wish to conceive again. She is considering giving her life to Jesus.

  • Pray for Natukunda to make the final step of completely surrendering her life to Jesus Christ and to profess salvation.
  • Pray for God to grant Natukunda’s desire to have children.
  • Pray for our search to find land for a permanent home.

August 2018

We have seen our ministries grow. Our church has been busy with preparing for the music, dance and drama competition. The adults are building the church as we put up a new structure. The youth are using soccer as an outreach to the other youth. The children are training as young ambassadors, and their numbers are increasing. We continued our home visits and visited eighty-four families this past month. Through our visits, Theresa was touched by the gospel and is now a regular fellowship attender.

  • Pray for the Sunday school structure to be built quickly, efficiently, and safely.
  • Pray for the ministries to stay firmly grounded in the Word of God and to continue to grow.
  • Pray for Theresa to continue growing in her faith.

Through our visits, we also met Steven who is in his mid-fifties. He was ill of a stomach ache that, according to him, only allowed him to eat roasted potatoes for the last twenty-five years. We prayed for him, and he was pleased. He said he would tell his Anglican friends too. Two weeks later, he came to the church to join us for service. He told us that he is eating other types of food now. We are praying for him to get saved soon.

  • Pray for Steven to come to an understanding of salvation by grace alone and to be healed of his stomach ache. Pray for his conversations with Anglican friends to be blessed and bring more people to Christ.

In our village, some struggles arise and challenge the faith of the people in the church. One of these struggles comes from the people who travel around and call themselves prayer experts; they are witches and not Christians at all. These people are misleading others through their fortune-telling and claims to solve secular and spiritual problems. These false people are giving a bad picture of Christianity to the community and misrepresenting the body of Christ. Pray for us to overcome through the power of Jesus Christ and for people to know the truth.

The community we serve has a high percentage of people who are illiterate; they were not able to go to school because their parents were not able to afford it. Many of the adults in our church had this background and are struggling to afford to send their children to school. Few in our church can read or write, and there is a high dependence on witchcraft in the community. Through our fellowships, we are training our members to read the Bible and understand the Word of God.

  • Pray with the church for these false prayer experts to be exposed as fakes.
  • Pray for the church members to have discernment in seeing and explaining the difference between the false prayer experts and the prayers of Christians.
  • Pray for the church members to persevere in learning how to read and for the teachers to have wisdom and discernment as they teach the Word of God.

Jackline is married to Mbanawe. They are peasants, the man processes local brew, and the wife cares for their garden. They live in a semi-permanent house and have four children, three girls and one boy, who all attend school. They are  Catholic background, but since Jackline came to Christ, she is now a part of the church and is encouraging the rest of the family to join. She is an usher in our church with the gifts of hospitality and singing. Her prayer request is for her husband to surrender his life to Christ too.

  • Pray with Jackline for Mbanawe to come to an understanding of the grace of God and be saved.

Abaho is a leader in our church and is married to Shallon. They have a boy and a girl. Abaho leads the games, especially soccer and is dedicated to teaching the youth how to work with their hands to sustain themselves. Shallon is directing drama in our church.

  • Pray that Abaho and Shallon will be firm in Christ.

There is a man named Benard. He had vowed to kill his wife if she declared salvation in Jesus Christ. We visited him during our home visits and talked to him. We shared the story of Mary and Martha where Martha was busy preparing food while Mary sat listening to the teachings of Jesus, and how Jesus had said that Mary had chosen the right thing. Benard changed his mind, and now he comes to the church and is involved in the church activities.

  • Pray for Benard to come to an understanding of the gospel and for his family life to be stable.

Zainabu is a widow who was a drunkard and always in the bar. After getting saved, she is now working hard and has been able to send her child to school and have enough food at home for her family. She even contributed twenty-two pounds of millet as lunch for the people working on the site of the Sunday school structure. Praise the Lord!

We see the power of the gospel in the life of Lydia as well. Her husband is old and not working. She used to brew alcohol but after getting saved, has left that job and is doing crop farming to sustain her family.

Give thanks for the transformative power of the gospel in the lives of individuals in the community.

  • Pray for  Zainabu and Lydia as they leave their old life and habits to start a new life as children of God. Pray for their daily needs to be supplied and for excess to bless their neighbors.

Give thanks for the provision for the church structure for the Sunday school and pray for the building process to go smoothly.

  • Pray as we search for land and for God to bless our desire to buy a piece of land for the church.

July 2018

We have seen God at work. Seven people came to the Lord and were baptized this month after we shared the good news of the gospel with them during our home visits. These people are Kiconco, Sylvia K., Abel, Fiona, Mercy, Adrin, and Daphne. In my previous reports, I had shared Sylvia’s story and asked you to pray for her salvation. Thank you for your prayers.

This month, the men of the church have been active in helping church members whose living conditions were not favorable. They renovated Sylvia’s house, which was in bad shape. We thank God for the compassionate hearts being shown by our men and their desire to see others live better lives.

Give thanks for the baptism of the seven new believers.

Give thanks for the work of the men in the church and their witness to the community.

Bizimungu is seventy-five years old but very instrumental in our church due to his strong leadership skills. He leads our home fellowship on Monday.  As an old man, many people consult him for guidance on many matters of life. His wife died and left five children, two daughters, and three sons. He lives with his son, who is a drunkard and has not been helpful to him.  The rest of his children got married and only come to visit for a short time. He survives on a small piece of land where he built a house and grows some crops for food. He thanks the Lord for saving him from a motor accident that claimed the life of twenty-four people. They were traveling via minibus after preaching the Word of God and he was the only survivor.

  • Pray for Bizimungu’s son to become curious about the gospel.

Give thanks for Bizimunug’s leadership to the community.

We are actively involved in leadership and discipleship training. We attend classes with Pastor Onesimus for Bible training and discipleship. We nurture members of the church by teaching them how to read and interpret the Bible contextually, for the right understanding of the Word of God. We encourage them to pray and develop their God-given gifts and talents for ministry.

  • Pray for wisdom for Pastor Onesimus as he trains and teaches the pastors.
  • Pray for the pastors to grow in their understanding and knowledge of God’s Word.
  • Pray for understanding and spiritual growth of the members of the church.

Tukamushaba is a leader in our church who helps to mobilize and train the young ambassadors and ushers. She also leads the church choir, cleans the compound and cares for the flowers around the church. She is so zealous for the Lord and would take any opportunity to serve the Lord.

Give thanks for Tukamushabe’s ministry to our church.

  • Pray for her to be strong in the Lord and to support her family so they can attend school.

Kenneth slept outside his house because he drank most of the night. We reached out to him and shared the gospel. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and since then, his life has changed, and his family is happy.

  • Pray for Kenneth to grow in his faith.

When we first started, we were despised. Today there is a change in the community and we are now generally appreciated. When we visit homes in the community, people promise to visit the church and they send their children. Sylvia G. has allowed her four children to attend the church and has promised to join us soon.

Give thanks for the change in the community.

  • Pray for Sylvia G. to join her children in attending the church.

We have a fellowship in Kengoma being led by David this past month, four people gave their lives to Christ. We are continuing to visit them and encourage them to remain rooted in Christ.

  • Pray for the new believers in Kengoma.
  • Continue to pray for land for the church. In my previous reports, I shared about our rental situation.

Spring 2018

A year ago, I started pastoring this church, and the Lord has given me mercy and steady growth. When I started, we had three families, and now we have seen twenty families join us. We still have families who attend without a spouse or child, or the child attends on their own, but the attendance is consistent.

Our leadership team is concentrating on studying the Bible amongst the adults; we want to ensure that a deep understanding of God’s word is communicated to all the people who have ears to hear.

Ellen is my wife, and we have both gone through a transformation that only God could do. In the past, I had many wives and children, and when Ellen and I got married, we had a lot of conflict because of my history. Ellen was rebellious and would not take care of all the children or attend church. Her negative attitude was affecting the family, the children started acting like her, and it made it difficult for me to concentrate on my new ministry. I continued to pray for my wife, and through counseling, the teaching of God’s word and helping her release the anger she felt, Ellen slowly started changing. God was transforming her heart, and she began to accept all our children and care for them and involved herself in the ministry. Now my family is happy and stable; I thanked God for His faithfulness. Our testimony is powerful in the community; a thief transformed by God’s grace to a Pastor and a rebellious wife to a supportive wife in ministry.

Flora is one of our church members who serves as an usher. She’s a widow and lives with her youngest son Onesimus who is part of the church choir. Flora works where she can find a job, and her son is still in school; he is seventeen years old. Flora came to the Lord through her daughter’s testimony who started attending our church and abandoned her former Anglican lifestyle. Flora’s main prayer request is for her to get enough work, so she can have enough money to pay for her son’s school fees, and a prayer for all her children to come to the Lord.

(2) People are getting saved with boldness to show their decision through baptism. This month we baptized seven people. Elizabeth was one of the seven and is married to Jeffrey.

She was baptized after seeing the transformation of her husband’s life. They have a baby girl who is seven months old. Jeffrey is responsible for the building and maintenance of the church structure and loves his ministry. He does manual labor to earn income to support his family. Before his conversion, Jeffrey experienced demonic attacks which made his life miserable. He says that his ancestors used to worship spirits locally known as a bachwezi. These spirits would possess him and cause him to fall down and even make utterances through him that would declare him to serve them and put alters up for them just as his grandparent used to do. They would also threaten to cause disaster and harm to his life if he did not respond to their demands. During one of our evangelism visits at his place, he had a demon attack, and people around called us to pray for him. We prayed for him, and he was delivered and gave his life to Christ. Ever since then, the demonic attacks stopped, and he is now a free man in Christ with his wife. His prayer request is that he may be a better minister of the Word of God and purchased a bigger space to build a house.

Recently the church experienced conflict with the landlord of our church building. The landlord refused to honor our lease agreement and told us to leave his land and move to another place. He was being forced by the Catholic Church to remove us from his property since he is a member of the Catholic Church. They said they would condemn him to hell if he allowed us to stay because many people are becoming born again believers in Jesus. We pleaded, and he allowed us to stay for a short time as we are looking for another place where we can construct a church structure or shade.

Deus is one of the committed young men in our church. He serves in the men’s ministry and also does home visits with us when he is not busy. Deus came to know the Lord when he arrived at our church asking for prayers because of stomach complications which started when he was in an accident. After praying for him, I shared the Word of God, and he accepted Jesus as His Lord and Savior.

Shaba had domestic violence issues for a long time. She came to church to get help because she wanted out of her marriage. However, we encouraged her to be strong and commit her family to the Lord through prayers. We shared the Word with her, and she surrendered her life to the Lord. We ministered to her and shared how to be a faithful Christian wife. Her life has changed, and she no longer experiences violence from her husband. Her prayer request is that her husband may come to know the Lord and be saved.

Colinalia is a member of the Catholic church but has been consistently coming to our church, he also brings his children to church as well. We believe the Lord is drawing him to Himself and Colinalia will soon give his life to Christ Jesus.

(3) Formerly our area was known as the place of spirit worshippers, alcoholics, fornicators, and murderers. People feared this place, but now we see how the Lord has changed people’s lives. Our land is beginning to see glimpses of grace through the believers who worship the living God our Lord Jesus Christ. Fourteen people professed faith in the Lord as their Savior this month, we give Christ all the Glory!

Edson and Scovia are part of our church; they have one child who is two years old. Edson used to suffer from ancestral spirit attacks before we prayed over him. When we met them, we prayed, and Edson was delivered! Scovia serves in the women’s ministry, and they both work in the community and farm their land. They thank the Lord who saved them and faithfully provides for their family. Their main prayer request is that they will be able to save enough money to build a bigger home for their family.

Abaho is one of the ministers that is showing significant improvement and is committed to the ministry and love for the word. He leads the men’s ministry and is very good at encouraging the men. He is married to Sharron, and they have two children, a girl, and a boy. Abaho sells coffee beans and Bananas. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when his child was delivered from a serious illness. She was brought to our church, and we prayed for her healing. Her stomach would swell, and she would have intestinal blockages. Abaho had spent a significant amount of money visiting both medical doctors and witch doctors, but his daughter did not get better. Abaho thanks the Lord for being merciful in delivering his child. When he gave his life to Christ, the rest of the family followed him to the church at God’s Embassy Kinyamahwa. His prayer request is that he may earn enough money to provide for their daily provision and school fees. He also had a challenge with the torrential rain we received this season. His house was damaged, and he is praying that he may earn enough money to reconstruct a better and more robust house for his family.

Nicklaus used to live a life characterized by demonic oppression. Spirits would attack him and cause him to collapse and even produce funny voices from him when he was unconscious. He visited a witch doctor to help him overcome this problem but instead was told that it was his mother who was bewitching him. The witch doctor asked him questions to try to help him get delivered, but the situation did not change. Nicklaus started hating his mother because he was told that his mother was the source of his problem, but through continuous visitations and sharing the Word of God with him, he forgave his mother and gave his life to Christ and got baptized. Since then he has been freed from the demonic oppression. He committed his life to serving God and reconciled with his mother. He is now praying that she will surrender her life to Christ. Nicklaus praises Jesus for changing his life.

As the church, we are reaching out to the community through door to door evangelism. Our focus is to spread the gospel and share the word of God. This month we visited ten homes, and 24 people heard our message. We had an overnight event where we had four guest preachers speak. They were Pastor Robinson, Pastor Jackson, and Pastor John Bosco preached a powerful message to the people. Around 200 people show up, and during the event, twelve people professed faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Isaac is a 15-year-old who has shown interest in the word of God and our church. He has not made a profession of faith, but I am confident that he will. We met Isaac during one of our home visits, and his mother did not like us because she is Catholic. Isaac started following us and even attended a church service. My prayer is that he will accept Jesus as his savior and that his family will accept him.

(4) We see God at work changing lives through various home fellowships as we study God’s word. Because of the increasing interest from the people in our village we created a fourth fellowship in the surrounding area. Our congregation has grown from 78 people to 100. We have men, women, youth, and children that attend weekly. We are praying for God’s provision for a bigger space to accommodate all the people as well as for the many more the Lord will bring. Recently we had four people accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and they were baptized as well. Our prayer is that they will keep growing in their faith and knowledge of God’s word.

The men are volunteering by cleaning up the homes of some of the church members that need help. This month the men assisted a member named Stuart. They helped him improve his house structure and will help complete his roof once purchases iron sheets.

The women are doing vocational training, making woven baskets, shopping bags, and mats. Every woman is encouraged to learn at least one of the mentioned skills to help them earn an income. The women meet every Saturday afternoon led by my wife, Hellenah. The young people attend choir practice and dance choreography group known as Kingdom steppers. They train in various songs to present during our Sunday service. They meet every Wednesday and Saturday from 3 pm to 5 pm and are led by Junior.

Our community has a large brewery and alcoholism is a huge problem. It causes many family problems including domestic violence. We struggle to convince people of the danger of addiction and how it ruins the home. Drinking is prevalent, please help us pray for our community.

We have a family of 8 that attends the church, six children with the eldest being 18 years old and the youngest 12. Dad and Mom are 70 and 64 years old. They live in a three-roomed iron sheet house and depend on subsistence farming where they rent land on which they grow food and pay the landowners. Their strength is their zeal to share the gospel with others. Our prayer is that the children will be drawn to Christ and that God will continue to give strength to their parents so they can continue to support their children in school.

We praise the Lord for our church in Kinyamahwa and are increasing in numbers. We praise God for the visitors who gave us Bibles and other gifts which became a testimony to the community that our church is part of a large body of Christ.

(5) We met a woman named Sylvia who is 54 years old. She gave birth to 7 children 4 of whom died, two others disappeared, and the remaining one is not going to school. They do not have money for school fees. She believed the source of her problems was because of the family spirits and a curse from the priest of the family shrine. So, when she came to our fellowship, and we started praying with her, one of the two boys who had disappeared for seven years, came back home and the other one called her on the phone. The child who was not going to school was helped by the church and is now enrolled in school. Please continue to pray that Sylvia and her family will be drawn into a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We have initiated a system of helping each other as Christians in our communities, for instance, we help each other one day at a time. For young people, we encourage them to join the Kingdom Steppers to dance for the Lord. The younger children join the Young Ambassadors to sing for the Lord.

We continue to come into adversity and conflict with leaders and rulers who attempt to distort the truth and lead people astray. The religious leaders do home visits in the same homes we visit and change the message we share with the people. They threaten the people and tell them they should not leave the religion of their parents because the Bible says false prophets will come in the last days. So, they say that any faith that is not their own is wrong.

Jackson and his wife are farmers who have one child who is six years old. Jackson’s wife was sick and had stomach pains for about six months during which time she came to the church, and we prayed with her. The Lord answered our prayers, and she has regained her strength and is now in good health. She gave her life to Christ and was baptized, but her husband was furious and refused to allow her to become a member of our church. We still pray that the Lord will soften Jackson’s heart and let her come to church.

Florence is 55 years old and has eight children. Her husband passed away about 12 years ago. Her daughters are grown and have married while her boys still live at home. Ever since she surrendered her life to Christ, she began dedicating herself to hard work and is now able to support her sons in school. Florence is the treasurer and chief usher in our church. She has a gift of counseling and encouraging other women. Her prayer request is that the Lord gives her strength to continue providing for the school fees of her children.