Thank You Jesus ……from Epa


Today is a day where we give thanks in America for what He has done. In this crazy world we live, we can often lose perspective just how far He has brought us. Sometimes we have to realize that once we were somewhere, we have reached somewhere, and we are going somewhere. Today in the day of thanks I would like to look back and thank Jesus for what He has done for our family.



Thank you Lord for being there November 23, 1975 on some small risers, I gave my life to you. You filled me with your Spirit and I nearly fell off the bleachers in front of the church. You have been patient with me Lord and my selfishness of being concerned about everything “me.”

I am thankful for parents who showed me how to love You and love others so well.


They have always been there for me and I am so proud of them and their faithfulness to You. Really they have been a steadying force in my life and have taught me so much about commitment to each other.


I am grateful for a spouse that He has given me.


No one has made a bigger spiritual impact to my life than Kiconco. Lord I told you long ago that I needed someone who needed me. You have given me what I need.


You knew I needed her. No one has been more of a rudder for my life than she has. When the world comes a calling, you have given me Kiconco to steer me back on course toward You.

She is there to pick up the slightest 1 degree drift for me and for that, Father, I am grateful. Who knows what beach I would by lying on instead of serving You in Africa if you hadn’t have given me her as a wife?


Webale Yesu for 2 wonderful children, Mbabazi and Kyomu.


Thank you that out of the mouth of babes you can speak that we should be missionaries to the poor. Thank you for speaking to our entire family that we should Go.


Our lives will never ever be the same. I am grateful that our two children love You Lord and they have seen miracles of what You have done and are still doing. They have seen all the struggles to get to this point and for that I am also grateful.


Thank you for teaching them so young that their lives with You at the center will never return void.


Thank you Jesus for my ignorance in excel spreadsheets and for your Devine calling and purpose for others to come and help us.



You have brought us leadership that has grown the ministry in new ways.


Truly you have called many since those early days with self made poster board sponsorship pages and days when no one was there to listen. You have given us staff who excel in what they do


and who are contagious with their love for You. We have grown in Your timing from those early days in 2008 where Kiconco and I prayed that just 1 person would have faith to believe before actually seeing. You brought that man


and you have now brought hundreds to the dirt roads of Uganda.

We are thankful for friends like Matt Hogan.


He and his wife Sara have learned at a much earlier age than us that all of us have been given gifts by you, Lord. That is a fact and we should be thankful.


We can use them all the time for our own benefits or we can take what You have given us and give that back to you. We are grateful Lord that this next generation sees the impact they can have for your Kingdom in Uganda and around the world.


Thank you Jesus for a friend named Emmy.


When I was a young boy……..I used to collect stamps. My favorite country of all my stamps was Uganda. The country had a terrible dictator at the time but You were already drawing me there. When I was 12, my best friend was African American. Kinda rare in the 70s but that was the case. His name was Mark Hooper. I don’t know where he is today, Lord, but I am grateful that you taught me early on that we should look at each other not by the color of our skin but rather the size of our hearts. That is how you judge us as your Word says in 1 Sam 16:7 “for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”

You have given Kiconco and I friends who have taught us more about sacrificial love and sacrificial giving than we ever thought was humanly possible.

They are not perfect Lord, but they are committed to You like no one else we know and they have blessed our family more than any 2 people in this world.


We are grateful for their steadfast example in today’s world of how to love You and how to love others.


Truly Lord as we sit here in Uganda we are thankful. You have provided a bounty of blessings through so many people who are now with us.

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May we have another day to declare Your Glory for all you have done, all you are doing, and all you will do.

We love you Lord. We are happy this Thanksgiving 2015 for YOU.







His Word is Alive

God’s Word is living and active!  See it come alive through images from Trip 56.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Psalm 34:8
1 Psalm 34-8


Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.  Proverbs 1:8-9

2 Prov 31-2


But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  I Peter 2:9

3 1 Pet 2-9


Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you,  Luke 12:27-28

4  Luke 12-27-28 (leave off ye of little faith) JPG


Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.  Psalm 149:3

5  Psalm 149-3 Let him praise His name with dance


And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  Mark 16:15

6 Mark 16-15


For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.  I Corinthians 7:7

7 1 Cor 7-7 each man has been given his own gift from God


Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!  Nehemiah 8:10

8 New 8-10  Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!%22


Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.  II Timothy 4:2

9 2Tim 4-2 Preach the Word


Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

9 Prov 22-6


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

10 Matt 19-14


And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

11 Phil 4-19


Now therefore, our God, We thank You and praise Your glorious name.  I Chronicles 29:13

12 1 Chron 29-13


For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

13 Jer 29-11

The Cowpastor Comes Home


This past week my family had a chance to spend some extra time with Pastor Januario. He has stayed at our home in Tyler, and on our return to Uganda, he stayed in his first hotel with his wife at around age 50.


We have known Pastor Jan for a long time.


He first met Pastor Emmy in 2004 at a conference where the speaker said, “Turn to your neighbor seated next to you, he is going to bless you.” That person was Pastor Charles and from there, he was introduced to Emmy. I think this is the first picture I have of Jan.


He has always been one of those people who is close to Pastor Emmy, always nearby, but you could easily miss him because he is so quiet.

Back in the early days, times were quite tough.


What I remember most about Pastor Jan is his house that he built by himself. Instead of sticks and mud, he built his with stones and mud.6

He has always been that kinda guy. His church has been built upon the Rock, and though there weren’t a lot of smiles when we first visited in 2008, faith has always been there.


We have seen this man quietly become a leader by his actions and what he stands for with PCM. He has always been one of the first to want to learn like in this photo when he was learning about cows from Pastor Joseph.



This “cowpastor” has a been a steadying influence of wisdom and faith to Pastor Emmy.


He is one of our PCM zone leaders, helping Emmy oversee the churches in his area.

Today, would be a different day for Pastor Januario. We were met a good distance from his house by these two guys; two of his sons, Benjamin and Silas, on a boda boda.


Many of you remember the story of his young son Silas. He was trapped in their home at age 9 months due to a horrible fire. All hope was nearly lost until our head cook, Elsam ran into the burning home and carried out this miracle child. This is my first picture of him.


This is Silas today.


A 6 year old Gospel preaching machine just like his dad. No wonder he was the first to greet him on the PCM Miracle Bus.


We were escorted by two honking boda bodas through the banana fields.


On the way to the church we saw this guy on the side of the road. Many of you remember him as Amos, who was in a terrible boda boda accident in January of this year.


Amos has been out of school since then, still on crutches nearly a year later but now with a plate in his femur.


He still needs his crutches but we are praying he will recover and join our first ever senior class graduating at the end of 2016 at Katyazo.


Today the parade finally reached the PCM Kakagate Church.


It was an emotional reunion of a pastor and his congregation. We would soon learn from them what faith they have in their “cowpastor.” One of the church members said after this trip to America, he would never ever leave his pastor or this church.

We have kinda gotten used to jumping across the pond and visiting our PCM family many times a year. For a Ugandan, this was the trip of a lifetime.

Soon we got off the Miracle bus and were greeted by many happy smiles.



Kyomu and Mbabazi returned to a familiar site as well.



Really though, today was about Pastor Januario and the love his family and church has for him.

20This man is adored by his family21

and you can see how he speaks to them gently and with much wisdom.


His wife Joy truly couldn’t believe what she was seeing today.


Her husband, a poor village pastor from rural Uganda, just returned home from the biggest trip of his life. She had invited all these hundreds of people to the celebration today.

We tried our best to capture the scene, but the “stage” for speaking and singing and dancing was about 3 feet by 4 feet and directly in front of Matt and Sara.


Matt didn’t have to move much to capture some unique angles that he might not have ever shot before.


Finally Pastor Januario got to speak about his trip to America. It was filled with emotion and tears as he remembered the day of his own salvation and the early days of PCM. He said, “Sometimes I don’t have much to say when it is about me. Today is one of those days. Sometimes I cry because I don’t know what to say.”

He did share something that I have never thought about. Pastor Jan said “Never once did I have to put polish on my shoes in America.”

He thanked his spiritual father and pastor from 1988 who had come to welcome him as well as his mom’s sisters. You see back in 2009 we had a wedding for 13 couples that were too poor to have their own celebration. The day after his wedding, Pastor Jan’s mom died. He was so excited that his aunts were here to receive him this day. He thanked Pastor Charles for introducing him to PCM and also spoke of his leader, Pastor Emmy. Jan said Emmy picked him as the 11th PCM pastor. “He really has loved me a lot I tell you,” as his voice was breaking up between the tears. The church began to sing to help encourage him during the emotions that were on display. Truly this church loves their pastor. Thank you Jesus for allowing us to see such a rare reunion today.

Finally our team got to speak about being here today at Kakagate.

When it was my turn, I had a few stories for the church crowd.


Like the time we were driving back to our home in Tyler and Pastor Jan asked, “where are all those people going with those dogs?” Apparently he had never seen a dog leash or someone ever walking one. I also got to share about the pork ribs he destroyed at Stanley’s Bar-B-Q several times. I told his church to get in line before Pastor Jan at church dinners because “Pastor Jan’s bag is full.” Finally I shared with them that of all the things I was most proud of with the pastors visit this fall, nothing was more impressive than their pastor’s new skill of speaking English. Just 6 months ago, I spoke to Emmy about the fact that I didn’t think Pastor Jan would be able to speak to anyone in America. The PCM banquet soon proved otherwise. Our Director of Ministries, Justin Hayes, posed a question to Jan asking him, “What month were you born?”


He was born on Jan 1 , 1961. Instead of answering Justin’s question, he launched into a prepared sermon. I told the church not to ask him what month he was born unless they were prepared to listen.

Never have I met a more humble leader that this man called Januario.   I left the church with a verse that perfectly describes their leader. That verse is:

1 Cor 10:31 “Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.”

I told them there was a big temptation from all the pastors to talk of all the incredible needs they were facing. Their pastor didn’t do that. He spoke only of the glory of God and not of himself. Today we are celebrating of what Jesus did through you Pastor Januario.


We love you!

Until tomorrow,

Epa and PCM 56