Thank you to all our prayer supporters! We would appreciate it if you could please bring these requests to God in your prayer time.
January 16, 2013 [Missionographer: Nathan Troost]
I hope you have had a great couple weeks to start 2013. It has been very soggy here in Birmingham!
I am beginning my journey today to film separate projects in Uganda for two ministries: e3 Medical and Unadopted. These are two wonderful ministries for whom I have filmed before, so I am thrilled to have another opportunity to tell more of God’s story through them in a different part of the world.
Brief storyline for each project:
I will film first with e3 Medical. E3 Medical has partnered with a local pastor in Kisoro, Uganda, who is ministering to an unreached people group called the Batwaa. The government as relocated the Batwaa into a slum neighborhood, but the pastor is working to give them a better place to live, and e3 Medical is coming alongside to help plant churches in these new communities.
The second week I will be filming Lifeline’s Unadopted ministry. Their local partner, Pastor Raphael, has taken in about 10 deaf children who have been considered outcast from society and even their own family in some cases because of the fact they are deaf. Unadopted is helping the pastor to create a sustainability project so he can continue to teach the children sign language (they had no way to communicate before this year) and most importantly fill them with the Gospel.
As I travel, I will do my best to send one or two mid-trip updates, but I am unsure of what sort of Internet I will have. In the meantime, please consider the following prayer requests:
1. Satan is already at work. I received a text early this morning that one of the trip leaders is not traveling today due to getting sick. From what I understand, several others are sick as well. Please pray for miraculous healing from sickness. Also please pray for smooth travels. We are actually just getting to Washington DC tonight and then flying for Africa Thursday morning and the weather forecast is not good.
2. Pray for the leaders of the trip. It is a team of 30+ coming from different states and even countries, so there are a lot of logistics, and the sickness stuff only compounds that.
3. Pray that God would prepare my heart, mind, and body to do His work for 2+ weeks in a foreign land. May my heart be open and ready for opportunities to share the Gospel (whether on the plane, in the airport, or in country). May my mind be sharp to capture the story God has prepared beforehand. And may my body be physically equipped to carry the load of equipment and endure a 9-hour time change, as well as unpredictable and hot African weather.
4. Speaking of the weather in Africa. From January 19-26 I will be in the mountain region of Kisoro. I’ve been told it rains a lot in this region. Please pray that God would keep the rain away in Kisoro so we can set up medical clinics, and so that I can film.
5. Pray for the people who will be speaking on camera, that God’s message will be shared through them.
6. Please pray that God would prepare the way for us. Even now we need God working on hearts before we get there. Pray that He would soften the hearts of the locals to hear His Truth.
7. Being such a large group, please pray for unity among team members.
8. On Sunday, January 27, I will be transferring myself from the e3 group to film with Pastor Raphael (Unadopted’s partner) in a different part of Uganda (Kampala). Please pray for a safe and smooth transfer.
9. Also, traveling with all my equipment is typically a bit stressful… Different airlines and countries have different opinions on what is allowed to be brought on the plane and into their country. Please pray for no problems when traveling with my gear, and that God will give me patience if/when issues arise.
Thank you all so much for your continued prayers. It really is an intense spiritual battle no matter where life takes us, so every prayer is significant.
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Thanks again, and have a wonderful week!