Our team of seven students leaves for Uganda on Thursday at noon, so . . . . about 3 more days to finalize preparation, pack, start taking malaria meds, finish final assignments, and say goodbyes.
Our goal is to keep friends, family and prayer supporters involved as we share stories and prayer requests on this blog – depending on internet connections.
We appreciate your prayers for:
1. Travel – our flight connections take us through Toronto, Brussels, Kigali (Rwanda) and then we land in Entebbe, Uganda late Friday night. Pray for good weather, good connections, and that our team have open hearts and connect with people God brings to us. There are often opportunities to share about mission when people ask us where we are going and why. After 2 days in Entebbe and Kampala we travel by van up to Arua in northwestern Uganda.
2. Team unity – as we travel, prepare, adapt and launch into new ministries we need to work together. Pray for servant hearts, adaptability and flexibility as we will encounter lots of unique circumstances.
3. Attitudes & opportunities – we want to be open to listen and learn from our hosts Rolf & Angela Kruse and their children, from local Ugandan pastors and leaders, and from Sudanese refugees. Hearing stories of how Jesus invites people to faith, hope and freedom in the context of another culture often has a unique impact on SBC students.
4. Ministry – We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we serve Him. Pray that we would be sensitive to the Spirit, and follow Jesus as we build new relationships and face challenging situations. Pray that we would be open to learn more about the Good News of Jesus from our brothers and sisters in Uganda, and also be ready to share the Good News at the right time and in appropriate ways.
So what will our team be doing? We are going to spend most of our time in Arua, a city of 70,000 located close to the Rhino Refugee Settlements. More than 1 million South Sudanese have crossed into northern Uganda to seek refuge from the ongoing civil war. With over 50% of the population under the age of 15, there is a significant need for education and discipleship.
We have opportunities to get involved in a variety of ministries including: discipleship, evangelism, sports ministry, learning about ministry from nationals, and assisting in local schools. Our team will also connect with the expat community living in Arua and minister to some of the missionary kids.