0 comments Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Please join us at Rutgers Community Christian Church this Sunday, 8/29 at 1-3pm to hear the exciting details of the Uganda short term missions trip! We will be meeting in the Agape Chapel, and light refreshments will be served, including East African coffee and Ugandan tea!

Hope to see you there!

3 comments Thursday, August 5, 2010

we have returned safely from the north. the team was blessed by the local worship, food and local body of believers. we will be flying back to the united states tomorrow. please pray for a safe journey.

0 comments Sunday, August 1, 2010

Today is Sunday. We split the team to visit Pastor Darryl's church and
Pastor Butch's church. Pastor Darryl presented the team with a certificate
of appreciation for helping with the water project.

Tomorrow we will head to the District of Apac. What used to be a 10-hour car
ride will hopefully only take 5-6 hours. The roads have improved
tremendously in the last year. For the next 4 days we will have no access to
email. We will be in a rural area. Please pray for us. We will be delivering
bibles in the Luo language, giving mosquito nets, and ministering to the local
people of Apac.

*Below is our expected schedule:*
Monday: Drive to Apac; meeting at night
Tuesday: Iyra Village and Church
Wednesday: Apac Prison ministry; Apac Hospital
Thursday: Another church visit; drive back to Ntinda

Thank you for your partnership in ministry!

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today was the last day of our hygiene classes. the last three days were a huge blessing to the team. we learned to be flexible, patient and sensitive to a different culture. as a team, we have grown a lot and still have a lot to learn from each other.

the three day hygiene classes were broken down into a morning and afternoon session. we had a nutrition, first-aid, clean water/hygiene and disease class. the local people rotated through each class during the last three days. each day we started with prayer and ended with prayer. today, the last day we ended with the wordless bracelet. jane and brenda conducted a morning session for the children which included songs, a bible story, wordless bracelet, brushing teeth and handwashing.

the nakalanda island community was very thankful that we came. more importantly, each of the team members learned amazing lessons from God through this community.

please come to our teahouse, we have much to share!

29 comments Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello!

Today was our first day conducting the hygiene classes on Nakalanda Island. After a hour and half hour ride to the port, then a half hour boat ride and then boda boda we reached the new medical clinic.

It was a long and tiring day for the team but successful. The team had to make several adjustments to our schedule, I am very proud of the team for being flexible.

The first hygiene session went very well, the local people recieved the classes enthusiatically. They asked many questions and were very appreciative.

We have had many opportunities to segue to sharing the gospel, please pray that the team uses the oppportunities to be bold in witness and stand firm in what is right practice versus wrong practice (example: worshipping the water God or consulting a witch doctor).

We were able to walk through the village and tour the area, this was an eye opening experience for the team and made us more appreciative of our comfortable lifestyle in America.

Please pray for the physical well-being of the team. Nakalanda Island is physically challenging as will our visit to the Nothern District of Apac.

Thank you for reading and for your partnership in ministry.

0 comments Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hello!

Today was an exciting day! After two days of washing gravel, sand, and fine sand to fill the water filter, the water filter is complete. We are so grateful for all the hardwork and teamwork we experienced during the last several days. It was very exciting to see water flowing from the filter!

Thank you dear supporters for all your prayers and support! We will be heading to Nakalanda Island next for our hygiene classes!

0 comments Monday, July 26, 2010

Oli-o-tiya!

How are you? It is early Monday morning. The team is still resting, this week will get very busy. Already there has been many changes to our ministry. The following is the update:

Monday - Water Project
Tuesday - Sanyu Baby Home
Wednesday - Prepping for hygiene ministry and Loving One By One Centre
Thursday - Nakalanda Island Hygiene Classes
Friday - Nakalanda Island Hygiene Classes
Saturday - Nakalanda Island Hygiene Classes
Sunday - Church/ rest
Monday - Travel to Apac (Northern Uganda)
Tuesday - Apac/ deliver bibles and supplies to prison and hospital
Wednesday - Apac/ Iyra village deliver bibles and supplies
Thursday - Travel back to Ntinda
Friday - Return home

The ministries that we are doing are brand new. The Nakalanda Island Hygiene clases are being held in a brand new medical clinic recently completde. We will be the first team to conduct hygiene classes and to use the facilities. Pastor Butch, has recieved special permision for us to visit the prison, school and village.

Please continue to pray for us. The team has adjusted nicely to Uganda. The Ugandan people have been taking very good care of us.

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Hello! This morning Jen and Jane arrived safely to Uganda. We are now a team of 8. Yesterday's carnival was a success, Brenda was able to share a bible story with over 500 children. The water project is going well, the boys hope to get it done by tomorrow. The rest of the team has been busy preparing for the hygiene classes which will take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Nakalanda Island.

Please continue to pray for the team, they are in good spirits. The weather has been very cool with occasional rain, this has been a huge blessing. Please pray for Jen and Jane who are getting over jet lag and some motion sickness from the plane ride.

Thank you and God Bless!

0 comments Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hi all!

I'm excited to update that Jane Behan and Jen Jen are en route to Uganda. Their flight left at 10:55 this evening. Please remember them in your prayers!

RCCC Uganda Family




0 comments Friday, July 23, 2010

Hello everyone!

We have safely arrived in Uganda with all 18 pieces of luggage intact! Though a little tired, we are excited to be in Africa. We have already begun our ministry, in the afternoon we visited Victory City Church to discuss the water project and to determine what supplies we may need. We also visited New Creation Home, a family home started by Sherry Roberts from California.

Tomorrow, we will be helping with a carnival at Victory City Church. Over 500 children are expected to attend. Please pray for Brenda, she will be sharing a bible story with the kids. Daniel and Vince will be starting the water filtration system tomorrow.

Please also pray for Jen Jen and Jane Behan who will be in transit over to Uganda.

Thank you!

1 comments Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here are some pictures on how they started things off tonight!













0 comments Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dearest Friends and Family,

This time tomorrow we will heading to Uganda. We thank you so much for your support and love. Just to give you an idea what our schedule will look like and how you can continue to pray for us:

7/21
Depart Newark 10:55PM >> Arrive London 11AM >> Depart London 9PM

7/23 Arrive Entebbe, Uganda 8AM

7/24 Ntinda >> Victory City Church >> water project

7/25 Ntinda >> Carnival for the children and water project

7/26 Ntinda >> Church and visit family home

7/27 Ntinda >> Victory City Church >> water project

7/28 Apac >> Drive to the northern village of Apac

7/29 Apac >> Village ministry, give out Lao bibles, mosquito nets and seeds

7/30 Apac >> Drive back to southern side, Ntinda

7/31 Nakalanda Island >> First Day of Hygiene Class

8/1 Ntinda >> Church and visit family home

8/2 Nakalanda Island >> Second Day of Hygiene Class

8/3 Nakalanda Island >> Third Day of Hygiene Class

8/4 Nakalanda Island >> Fourth Day of Hygiene Class

8/5 Ntinda >> ministry wrap up, packing

8/6 Return home

0 comments Friday, July 16, 2010

the countdown continues!
and this STM team is getting excited

for those of you who graciously want to come send us off, here is the info:
DATE: Wednesday 7/21
TIME: 7:15pm
PLACE: RCCC building A parking lot
(i don't know the name)

please join us for a time of joyful prayer and praise.
and lots of hugging.
there always seems to be lots of hugging.
more so for girls i suppose.
oh and "before" pictures.

you get the idea.

from there, we'll be leaving around 7:45 or 8 to drive over to Newark (Liberty???) International Airport.

if we don't get to see your lovely face, keep on praying on.
especially for planning and organization, even after we get to Uganda.
and for lots of Spirit-fed love. to better pour out onto others.
(even our own team members :D)

0 comments Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's like I blinked and 3 weeks went by.

So much has happened and so much has yet to happen!

It was so overwhelming to see the generosity of the body these past months.
For one, when it came to fundraising, which I approached reluctantly, even if some team members were short, others had more than enough to cover.

Even more so, we had more than enough donations to pack and bring. And more still kept coming!
We spent one afternoon sorting, and another packing.
It just reminded me of the way the early church was depicted in Acts 2. Where everyone gave to fulfill the needs of others, because their things were really God's things, and they recognized that we were merely called to be good stewards and pass God's stuff around to those who really needed it.

The generosity in care and prayer has also been felt. Especially with the recent news of the bombs going off in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. It is still safe to travel to Uganda, so our trip remains unchanged. Especially in these times, every moment is an opportunity to demonstrate what it means to trust in the Lord of Lords.

So what are we doing now?
We are preparing activities and visuals to use in our hygiene classes!
We will be teaching outside, so there are a lot of elements that we cannot control, but we know they are in far better hands.Please pray that we can plan well, yet also be flexible in Spirit if manmade plans need to bend to God's will.

We leave Wednesday, July 21st. Return August 6th.

are you ready? God is.

1 comments Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Team Uganda is now exactly five weeks away from our departure date, and as plans start coming together, we're super excited for our journey to Nakalanda Island. We've officially launched our fundraising campaign for the Amazzi Challenge, and even after only one week, we're well on our way to reaching our fundraising goal of $1,500!

The Amazzi Challenge is one of the projects that we will be conducting during our stay in Uganda. The aim is to provide safe drinking water for residents in the region. We've partnered with Pastor Darryl Woodson, of Victory City Church Ntinda, and have determined that the most feasible option is to collect rainwater coming off the rooftop of the church, store it in holding tanks, and then purify it with a biosand filter before drinking. More information about how the filter works can be found on the image above, or by clicking [here] for the full size image. We recently got the great news that all the materials required to build the rain collection system and the biosand filter could be obtained locally and quickly.

Also! We've built a small scale prototype of our filter and it worked! If you were at Rutgers Community Christian Church this past week, you may gotten a chance to see our filter. Unfortunately, we had a leak in the system and couldn't do a live demo. We'd like to note however, that we filtered some of the water from the stream that cuts through RCCC campus, and the water collected from the leak was clear and odorless! We hope to have the issue resolved by this Sunday, so stop by our table after E1 and M2 services this week to see it in action. If you happen to miss us, don't worry! We'll be sure to post photos and video shortly after.

Please do keep us in your prayers; we're so excited to be partnering with you in God's mission.

Peace and God bless!


0 comments Thursday, June 3, 2010

Uganda.
is where we (Anita, Dan, Brenda, Vince, Jon, and Jen) will be for 2 weeks in July and August.
oh, and it's in Africa. :)

why go?
because God cares for the well-being of his children. thousands of deaths that occur in countries like Uganda could be prevented if people practiced simple hygiene, like washing hands, and if they had access to clean water. we hope to go educate people and build a water filter.

now, what's going without being sent? we do not go as ourselves, but as part of a bigger body, a network of love, understanding, and prayer to share experiences with, to help through struggles and to keep things in perspective.

so please come to the send-off!
the send-off will be this Sunday, 6/6 at RCCC
Agape Chapel (aka Building C), 1pm

and do, pray on.

periodically updates will be sent through email and on our blog.
if you know anyone who wants to receive these updates, let me (Jen) know! I can add them to the mailing list.