PCM Goes to Tanzania and much more GOOD news
Greetings to the PCM Family,
It has been a few weeks since we have blogged but now that we are back at home base……. and the rest of our luggage was located near the Holy Land in Jordan somehow not making connection 3 of 5 on the return……….and actually was delivered in Tyler with all our contents…………we have decided it is time for a post.
Here is what is going on in Uganda:
At the school the children are enjoying their first holiday of the year. They have 3 terms. The children that have a home and that have pastor fathers actually go home and the orphan children stay on site. It’s a time of rest for everyone but a special time of fun and games. I am sure the children will be playing the new games we brought as well as with their own games until everyone makes it back.
Pastor Charles is busy finalizing the new dorm so it will be ready for occupancy on their arrival later this month. Many of you know Charles as our construction pastor and leader for all we do with building at our site. He is battling every day of his life with HIV. He was SO ENCOURAGED by the visit to Kampala with us where he and his wife spent their first night ever in a hotel, had a hot shower, and rode their first elevator. He sent me a note of thanks saying basically thank you from his wife Grace. She had been really discouraged and wondered what he was working for with PCM, and now I think she might be our biggest fan. Praise God that we could give them this time together. It is only fitting to treat them like the king and queen they so deserve. I just wish I could more accurately display the joy on their faces as they sat at breakfast buffet each of the two mornings. Praise God for letting the Deuce and I share those moments. It makes me want to pile all of those pastors and their wives in the Miracle Van at once……….and shower them with the love the Lord has prepared for them for their amazing sacrifices they have made for HIM.
Supermom’s hallways tend to expand with children during the break time as well. She brings home her 18 or so adopted kids (most orphaned in some way) and they hang out at the Nnyanzi house for a few weeks. Here is a picture of them having a meal on the floor of the passage way at their home. Supermom…….you are an inspiration to all of us parents !!!!
Pastor Emmy is never still. Always moving, always doing something. He of course can’t stay off his cell phone…..always planning and talking to his 43 pastors. He had an amazing time in Tanzania right after our trip. Look at this email and how our sound equipment with the help of our Happy Little Dump Truck is doing to serve God
Here is a portion of Emmy’s email:
We really give the glory to God for his amazing grace he gave me and the entire team while ministering in Bukoba Tanzania. My friend Pastor John Balole had invited me to preach in the Conference and Crusade he had organized. They had invited another guest Speaker from Canada. The conference and crusade started on 22nd to 25th April. Unfortunately the Canada Pastor didn’t made it because of Volcanic mountains who erupted and disorganized all flights. The Pastor in Bukoba called me and requested me to go with a team of preachers and singers,He also asked me to help them with our PA System for the crusade. So we went with a team of 18 People, and 3 of them were my children. I want them also to love how to serve the Lord. When we reached there,the Lord indeed gave us much grace in both meetings the conferences and crusades. So many people attended the Conference and also in the Crusades. The Holy spirit moved so much and we prayed for the sick people, some with demons and they were delivered. At the Crusade many mature people came to Christ. By the end of the crusade at least 84 mature people gave their life to Jesus Christ. And also so many Children which was about 90 gave their life to Jesus. People came in front of the parupit to be prayed but some of them were crying tears of repentance. The Pastor’s chairman and pastors of Bukoba Town also came to us and told that we have blessed them so much with the messages you have been preaching and we wished that it would be very good to organize another Conference where we shall bring all our churches together and we get one big conference hall. They all thanked Pastor John for organizing this one alone with his only church but they said let the coming conference not be organized by only one church but all other Churches will come together.They asked us also to help them in organizing this one. They said their church members have missed alot they are asking us kindly to come again. Praise God.
Finally, we want to share what has happened here in Tyler. Our team has been blessed to share at Grace Community Church (Old Jacksonville) and Green Acres Baptist Church (south campus). We are so blessed for the awesome support of Pastor Doug Clark and Pastor Russ Jackson. Together their churches have sponsored nearly 60 kids and given nearly 20 cows to our ministry. WOW WOW WOW WOW………….WAHOOOOOOOOOO as Pastor Emmy says. Pastor Doug (here pictured in a moment of incredible strength from July 2009)……..that is a lot of bananas that you have moved your congregation to give. PRAISE GOD!!!!!
Pastor Emmy is already excited for that day……hopefully in May where we will assemble those pastors to begin their cow training. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could have nearly 1/2 of our pastors with a cow by early this summer. Amazing. Please be patient with us as we plan and prepare for these special gifts you have so generously given so quickly. We are in the process also of trying to hire our vet friend Joseph to be our full time vet consultant knowing full well the value of preventive medicine and protecting your precious gifts to these pastors. We hope to announce something here soon. He also is a pastor. Yippee !!
This has created quite a bit of work for our PCM team (well ok…….mainly our most excellent child sponsor coordinator and email communicator extraordinaire Christie, or “DC”( for Double Check as we call her) to handle such a load but she is more than able. She is busy assembling a team of volunteers to help with our surge of new sponsors and supporters. These volunteers are going to be so helpful as we are ready to announce our open house for Sunday afternoon , May 16th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. It will be at our new office (come see where our team hangs out) with a come and go event. We will have a short program from about 6:15-7:00 pm where the Deuce will share his musical talents to open the program, we will see some brief but oh so awesome videos (made by the Deuce as well……you will recognize the step up in talent in the video department right away from Bubba Productions), and see 1 or 2 slide shows of some of the pictures I have taken put to music. There will be some new news to report, some ways you can purchase some Ugandan special gifts to support us or even pick up a PCM tshirt if you need one. We will have opportunities for you to pray at a few designated areas as well as our giving our first ever PCM quiz. See if you can get all the answers correct. There will be handwritten notes from the sponsored children to pick up along with your new sponsor sheet………..new and improved.
It will be a fun night so keep your calendar open that Sunday night May 16th………
Come worship WITH US that night at the Green Acres Outreach Center (where Good Sam is located) just about 1/2 mile north from Mother Frances Hospital on Beckham……5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Blessings to you all……….we are so grateful for your support.
Epa, Kiconco, Deuce and DC