Monday, June 04, 2007

Uganda Mission trip underway June 21st

For the fifth year, First Presbyterian Church, Midland TX, is sending a team to Uganda under the guidance of the Presbytery of Eastern Uganda. Our purpose is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and help to establish another new congregation. Each year we have sent money ahead which is used to build a church, secure a pastor, buy a cow and a bicycle for the pastor, and build pastoral housing. Our particular work will include house-to-house evangelism and village-wide rallies each evening. In addition, members of our team will visit schools, prisons, and assist in the medical clinic.
One of the highlights each year is the opportunity for some to return to churches that have previously been established, and to see them thriving and continuing to grow.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, aren't they? So I am sharing with you some pictures from previous trips. Last year is the first time we have had families go and this year that is happening again--it had a tremendous impact on those families as well as on our Ugandan friends, and the youngsters all wanted to return again this year.
If you would like to be a part of this mission and ministry, here are the ways you can be involved:
1) PRAY. Jerry will be a part of the team this year, along with 27 others from our church family. I covet your prayer support for him and for the entire team-- for safe travels, health, and bold voices to share the gospel of Jesus. The name of the village where we will be planting the church in Uganda is Kanyolo, and the new pastor is Denis Mukua, so we can be very specific as we cover them all with prayer.
2) FINANCIAL. If you would like to be a part of this trip, no matter how small the gift, you can send your check to First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas, Midland TX 79701, with the memo noted "Hilton team". The trip itself costs $3800 per person, and all extra monies will be used to send Bibles for our Ugandan friends.
3) BE INCLUDED WITH EMAIL UPDATES. If you would like to receive by email any information the team sends to us, I would be so happy to share it with you during the two weeks that they are gone, plus a follow-up after their return. Please let me know by sending your email address to marymhilton@aol.com.
The bottom picture is the congregation gathered for worship at one of the churches planted on a previous trip! Praise God for all those receptive hearts, and their pastors. Jerry wishes each of you could meet the wonderful young pastors who are part of the Bible Training School. They are bright, deeply dedicated, and Spirit-anointed young leaders of a growing Church. It is his hope that he might have an opportunity to work with them during this trip.
Thank you for your love and support. Remember the dates: June 21 - July 5 to pray for the Uganda Mission team.
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