“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (Yeshua’s prayer from John 17:20, 21)
What a summer it has been. Our temperatures have remained consistently in the 30’s Celsius, which has added stress to the tensions we feel politically and in areas of national security. The threat of war from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah across our northern border is constant as are missiles from Gaza into Israel. According to today’s news Israel is preparing for a wide-scale campaign in Gaza. These are terrible times and we thank you in advance for ‘standing in the gap’ for our nation.
In 2010 I went to Africa for the first time. During this trip, God placed a seed of love in my heart for Uganda. Since then I have been back to Uganda a total of four times. Now, after nearly 10 years of preparation (BA in Education, YWAM, IRIS), God is sending me back for a longer period.
In January 2020 I will move to the area of Bulambuli on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda (close to the Kenyan border). I will live with one of the families in the village that has no running water or electricity. I will learn the local language, culture, and participate in everyday village life. Additionally, I will teach in a kindergarten.
Miriam, now 30 years old came with her parents and brother from the Ukraine to settle in Israel when she was a small child. She has grown up in the Beit Asaph community and devoted herself to serving Yeshua from a very young age. Participating in a broad spectrum of programs for children and youth and mission trips for young adults has been a way of life for Miriam. As such she has matured as a leader in many of these programs and provides a valuable role-model for her peers and for those younger. Miriam has carefully selected Israeli discipleship programs and augmented these with international mission programs such as YWAM and IRIS ministries to help develop her skills-set for mission abroad.
Once Miriam completed her schooling and subsequent military service in Israel she then pursued several years of training as a kindergarten teacher. Once she qualified she has gained much experience in her profession in a cross-cultural context (Arab-Jewish) in Jaffo-Tel Aviv. This training and experience will be invaluable as she settles into community life in the eastern highlands of Uganda. Miriam will travel to Mbale on Mt Elgon, Uganda in January 2020 to begin her first year. Her pastors, Evan and Maala will travel to the region during July 2019, taking equipment for Miriam and further preparing the way for her. Miriam has the full backing of her Israeli congregation for this cutting-edge initiative.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5&6
Thanks be to our sovereign Lord for His mercy and grace is everlasting!
It is the Hebrew calendar month of Nisan, the first month (Ex 12:2), which is always a beautiful time of the year. The air is fragrant with spring blossom and we are all anticipating our Passover celebrations. Please pray with us that this would not merely be a tradition to be followed. Pray that during this season the Lord will remove the scales from the eyes of our people that they may behold the true Passover Lamb, Yeshua the Messiah!
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For…” Isaiah 54:2
This scripture matches the image that Evan saw while praying with a number of Israeli pastors last week in anticipation of a group of senior Christian leaders from the Pacific nations joining us next week. We look forward to sharing fellowship with our brothers and sisters and seeking the Lord together.