We have been busy these two months getting settled in Uganda. It is a real challenge to start over from scratch in a new country. We don’t know the city. We don’t know where to shop. We have to get all the basics set up: phone, bank account, tax number, P.O. Box, and visas—and everything for our house is still back in Rwanda. Please pray that we can get it soon.
Now we are halfway through registering Mount Gerizim Baptist Ministries in Uganda. That name comes from Deuteronomy 27:12, “These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people . . . .” This is exactly what we want to do in Uganda: build radios on the mountaintops to proclaim God’s blessing to the people.
We still have our equipment from Rwanda, and we just need an opportunity in Uganda to open another radio. But actually, we have identified about six places that really need a radio. God has put a big dream in my heart; we pray that He gives us the power to achieve it.
We also have the goal of helping to start local churches around Uganda. We still have some students in Bible college up here who will be graduating soon. We will see what doors God opens up to help them. Right now, we have been going to a local church that was just taken over by a Ugandan who recently graduated from Bible college. Quietly, we have been mentoring him on the side to help with so many questions he has as a new pastor.
We are planning to take a furlough in May of next year, but we need all of these “settling in” issues to get worked out here first. Also, Caleb and Hannah have half a year of school left to finish. Then they will be going to Hyles-Anderson College next year.
Finally, please continue to pray for the church people in Rwanda. They are struggling so much. Also, fighting has started again in Rwanda. The U.S. Embassy sent a warning saying there is armed conflict in both the North and the South. As I have said, you can’t slap God in the face by illegally closing 7,000 churches and illegally closing a Christian radio and expect God to bless.
Things are still stressful for us, so thank you all so much for your prayers and support.
In His service,
Gregg, Angela, Caleb, Hannah, Timothy, Virginia, Micah, and Zachery Schoof