Greetings one all! I can report that all construction at Ngarama Baptist Church was completed. Enough money came in to build a baptistry also. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this needed project. As you can see, it is much improved. I have also put a small library in there, since we can keep the books dry and secure now.
As planned, we had a big “Meet and Greet” day last weekend. Around 350 showed up from the community, including our local chairman, and people from Pentecostal, Anglican, and Catholic backgrounds. I preached on baptism, and Baptist distinctives. Then we went outside and I baptized 5 people. Among them was a 105 year old lady. She had never been able to make the trip to Sangano in the past for baptism. Now, because of your generosity, I was able to baptize her. We will do all the baptisms for this church here now, as it should be. Every church needs renovation and its own baptistry. In the case of Sangano and Isanja, we need expansion to accommodate the significant growth we have experienced. God is blessing greatly.
Yesterday, we had the Lord’s Supper at both Ngarama and Isanja. So I did both ordinances of the New Testament church, back to back. What a great weekend!
Pray for us. Next week we are heading to Kampala to renew passports. The road is much improved since we first entered Uganda back in 2010, but it is still a very dangerous drive. Pray for our health and safety, and that our appointments at the US Embassy will go smoothly.
Please pray about our other church buildings. Isanja’s building is not long for this world. I fear that it might not survive the rainy season, which has at last returned. Isanja, Sangano, and Kabazana all three need improvements, renovations, and expansions to accommodate all the recent growth. I need baptistries at Kabazana and Isanja. Anything you give will be put to work, and I have an extremely skilled, honest, and competent contractor ready to turn your money into beautiful, well-constructed church buildings. Investing in the community in this way is an enormous boost to moral, and shows love better than almost anything else we do. It gives, as you have seen, an awesome opportunity for community outreach to preach the Gospel to people who normally do not come to our services. Plus, once these are finished, I can put church libraries in each new building, and add to the learning and literacy of our congregations.
Thank you for praying!