A little something from our friends in Uganda to brighten your day! Bishop Johnson and his wife visited the building site last week, and Redeemer has sent one of the final installments for the finishing of the Resource Center (about a month away from completion)! Please join in praying for our brothers and sisters who are laboring faithfully! Check out earlier pictures of construction.
Here is a little update about the construction happening on the Resource Center in Uganda! We have an amazing “ground team” in Sheema working tirelessly to complete the building. They expect all walls to be at the roof level by Saturday. Roofing, plastering, and electrical work will come next!
Mission to the World is challenging every PCA church to commit to praying that God would raise up 1 percent of their members to become new missionaries serving internationally within the next decade. It’s a big vision, but we believe that Christ has called us to build for His kingdom with boldness, and we believe that we serve a powerful God who answers prayer, even prayers as audacious as this.
At last count, there were 287,746 members in the PCA. If every church sent just one out of every hundred of their members, that would mean nearly 2900 new missionaries sent out to preach the good news of the gospel to a world that needs to hear it. How many new churches could be planted by those new missionaries? How many new pastors could be trained? How many people transformed by the love and hope of Christ?
One percent of Redeemer would be three people, and it is joyful yet bittersweet news that the Lord has raised up three families to go abroad: the Hunts, Bouchillons, and Carsten. As a family on mission together we are thrilled to send them out to influence the world with the gospel, yet sad to know we won’t have them worshiping with us here in Charleston.
We want to send off these families well, along with Jim and Margaret Belton who have been home for a one-month furlough and will be leaving for the Philippines. As each family only has one or two Sundays left with us, the Missions Committee would like to invite you to come say goodbye to these family members at a drop-in reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service this Sunday, June 24. Light snacks will be provided. Come take advantage of the opportunity to give a hug and word of encouragement as we send off these four families!
Do you have your ticket to Uganda? Check in here for the flight! The missions committee at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, created a unique experience for our congregation during the Christian-education hour as part of Missions Sunday last week.
Here’s an abbreviated backstory describing Redeemer’s heart for Uganda:
In 2006, Dr. Jimmy and Christine Alele, Ugandan members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, led a team of 15 from Redeemer on our first trip to bring Entrust training to pastors and church leaders in the Lira area of Uganda and to do evangelistic outreach in local schools.
During that trip, the Lord knit our hearts with the people of Uganda and showed us how we could use the gifts He has given us to strengthen and encourage each other. Over the past 12 years, Redeemer has taken three large group trips and four trips with teams of two or three.
Because of its location and current government, Uganda is a key country for reaching Africa as well as other nations of the world. We are humbled that the Lord has connected us with the highest government and church officials in this strategic country—a fact which has amazed missionaries who have labored there for many years.
These Ugandan leaders invited us to help them build a Resource Center to contain rooms for training and storage for valuable study aids to equip local Christians. Work on the Resource Center will begin soon, and we are excited about opportunities for churches to visit and potential capabilities for remote training! The time is now to walk through this door the Lord has opened for us to advance His kingdom in Uganda and beyond! Please join our Ugandan brothers and sisters in prayer as construction begins! Redeemer’s team of representatives will travel to Uganda in April for a dedication ceremony.
Our four-person team in Uganda this week attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the resource center, so we staged our own ground-breaking photo-op with members of our missions committee and some of our elders.
On our missions emphasis weekend at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed guest pastor Rev. Satoshi Kawachi’s reminding us of true, real salvation: how we can receive it, be assured of true salvation, and rejoice in our true salvation. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Yesterday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our newest Redeemer-supported missionaries Derek & Catalina Kreider spoke during the Christian-education hour and briefly during worship about their upcoming move to Romania and ministry there. They asked for prayer partners:
We are committed to garnering 1,000 people to pray for us daily for the first 40 days of us being in Romania. To encourage ourselves to move out into the community and make Romania our home rather than seclude ourselves in the comfort of our English-speaking family, we have a goal to meet 40 new people in those 40 days. We will send those names, along with our prayer requests, to our prayer partners. We intend to be bathed in prayer to begin our ministry, and we need you to do that for us!
As we provide updates, the Redeemer missions committee and Session want to urge you to be praying–and helping, giving, asking, and preparing–as we near the building stages of a pastoral and community resource center on Ankole Western University’s campus. We need your support, prayers, and involvement as we continue this work!
We are thankful to the Lord for:
- Redeemer’s 12-year journey with Uganda affording us meaningful relationships and trust largely because of and through the Alele family
- Christine Alele’s continued involvement helping us communicate and navigate within the Ugandan culture!
- God’s guidance throughout the arduous task of cross-cultural communication
- Total agreement and unified vision of the Session and missions committee members at each phase and step of this project!
- His provision of free prime land in Uganda and funds in Redeemer’s missions budget to build
- Our very own architect, Laura Slagel, who has graciously volunteered her expertise to taking the vision floating around in our heads and getting it down on paper!
- Nineteen crates FULL of excellent pastoral study resources donated by Bob Holmes that are ready to line the shelves before the building is even built!
PRAY FOR THIS MONTH
Pray for us as we work diligently together with the Session in developing an effective memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed by both parties as to the ongoing use and functional responsibilities both during and after the resource center is built.
Redeemer’s precious connection with the people of Uganda continues to deepen as we partner with Ankole Western University (AWU) to build a community and pastoral resource center on their campus in the Sheema district of Uganda. Please join us in praying for the Christian leaders in the community and for more leaders to be raised up as we move closer to breaking ground!
At our Missions Prayer Breakfast a few weeks ago, the missions committee gave a brief update about our work in Uganda, and we want to bring the congregation in on the good work the Lord is doing!
Our missions committee has been hard at work praying and planning for a construction project to begin in Uganda in partnership with a local university, Ankole Western University (AWU). We are finalizing building plans for a modest pastoral and community resource center on AWU’s campus, and we need your support, prayers, and involvement as we continue this work.
We are thankful to the Lord for:
- Redeemer’s long-standing connection to Uganda through the Alele family and for Christine’s continued involvement helping us communicate and navigate within the Ugandan culture.
- His guidance over each step of this process. We have wonderful relationships with several key players in Uganda which have stemmed directly from Kathy’s visit last summer.
- His provision of land in Uganda and funds in Redeemer’s budget to make this construction project get off the ground immediately.
- Our very own architect, Laura Slagel, who has graciously volunteered her expertise.
- A growing church and growing missions team who seek the Lord’s direction and have a heart for the people of Uganda.
We need your prayers and your advice as we continue to navigate cross-cultural dialogue and as we seek the Lord’s plans for our continued presence in Uganda.
Come pray with us this Sunday, March 5 for our Redeemer-supported missionaries serving on continents around the world! The missions committee of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, is hosting a continental prayer breakfast where we have the privilege of praying for the work God is doing through our gifts, our prayers, and our people. Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 9:15 am for both a continental breakfast and a prayer time for God’s work on each continent!
Redeemer Kids will begin in the sanctuary for their class this Sunday, and the youth classes will join the adults for the prayer breakfast in the Fellowship Hall.