For these two months, we were still on lockdown. It is reported that churches will open up on October 1. But we have been having church in our home with a few friends and with some neighbors who got saved.
We are very happy to have Pastor ____ visiting us from Rwanda. Because of the bad relationship between Uganda and Rwanda, the border is closed for Rwandans to come directly to Uganda. He actually had to fly to Kenya first before coming here. He reports that our Christians who had two different churches in homes have been stopped by the government. Other pastors who tried the same got arrested and forced to say on television that they were sorry and would not have church in homes again!
Pastor ___ will be going to Burundi to be a front man for me. He will be working with some good, local Baptist churches there to help them start radio stations. Because of being in Uganda, we surprisingly found good contacts to help us get radio frequencies in Burundi. It is amazing how God works.
He is not a tech at all, but he is very important for getting paperwork done and things arranged in advance. When that is done, I can come for a couple of weeks at a time to install the radio equipment. Then he can help teach and train the radio staff. Of course, he will also be a big help in the local churches.
During this lockdown, I also took a lot of time to research how to be healthy. I always find it so sad to hear of pastors and missionaries who either go Home early to Heaven or are limited in their service to God because of poor health. I will be 50 years old in October, and I decided I need to work on my health before I have big problems.
Actually, my health was deteriorating with high blood pressure, heart palpitations, being overweight, and insulin resistance. I was quickly on my way to becoming a diabetic. I also recently had gout and could barely walk for three weeks. So, I am now on a diet of low sugar and carbs, medium protein and fats, and higher amounts of vegetables. I quickly lost 20 pounds and feel much better. I say this to encourage others to work a bit more on their health so they can have more years serving God. Thank you again for your prayers and support.
In His service,
Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof