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I am in Uganda for my first of three planned trips in 2014 (depending on available funds). I have been here since Thursday Feb. 20. So far I have spent my time planning the rest of the trip with my team. It promises to be an exciting and spiritually profitable mission.

I actually begin real work tomorrow. Up until now has been all administration, except for preaching last Sunday. Believe it or not, I have been too busy to write any blog entries, so this is the first one this trip. Here’s my schedule so you can pray for me:

  • I will be in a village out in the country tomorrow – Kiranga – teaching a one-day conference on spiritual warfare. I approached this with real caution because of the environment and the subject matter. My mission here in Uganda is building up the churches to plant new churches. I worked in this community last fall and this church has planted at least one church since then, maybe more – I will find out specifically tomorrow. But I also told them I was here to build them up (Eph. 4:12) and so, once having taught them church-planting, I promised I would have an ongoing relationship with them to build them up spiritually. So they requested that I teach on this subject. I go to this task with great expectation and anticipation of what God is going to do, but with a careful vigilance as to what may resist us.  I have experienced consistent resistance since I have been here in the way of petty annoyances meant to distract me and wear me down, so I know he knows I’m coming. But I also know He knows He’s sending me, so I can go with confidence. The pastor tells me there will be at least 200 people there, and I am sensing the Lord’s anointing.
  • I will return to my hotel, pack up, and Saturday morning leave for the ferry to Buvuma Island, which is one of the largest islands in Lake Victoria. Being an island, it rarely gets visited by teaching missionaries, so these pastors are hungry. I am working with the Bishop of the islands (all 52 of them – this is the only one with a ferry). I will preach in a church on Sunday, teach back-to-back two-day conferences for six days, then preach on the remaining Sunday. Normally, I take a break amid my teaching, but I have limited time on the island (only 9 days), and so I need to reach as many as possible. We’re expecting 60 island pastors in each two day conference, so I will have reached 180 pastors with my church planting methods by a week from this Saturday. No electricity, so we will rent a generator.
  • We will leave the island on February 10, and immediately drive to eastern Uganda to a city called Tororo – I’m thinking it’s about 170 miles, but not sure exactly. Once there we will settle into the guesthouse of a missionary compound and then take a much needed day off.
  • During the next 19 days I will teach five two day conferences, try to visit as many of the proposed village church-plant sites with the pastors as possible, and preach in a different church each Sunday. They are planning for about 60-80 pastors at each conference. Should be exciting!
  • On Saturday, March 29 (our 45th wedding anniversary, btw), I will return to Jinja and meet with our first church plant – the church at Naminya that started under the mango tree to follow up with them and their leaders. I will then preach at the church that planted them in the nearby community of Bujowali on Sunday – these are old and dear friends by now.
  • I will tell my family that I am leaving for home and that I have a great surprise for them, so that they all need to meet me out at DFW airport for my return on April 1.
  • Then I will fly out to return home for real on April 2. I owe them this much for pranks pulled on me in the past. (Psst! Don’t mention this to any of them, so they’ll all make the trip out to the airport on April 1).

If you’re praying for me, that list should keep you plenty busy. Breaking into two completely new regions for me in the church-planting ministry will certainly keep me busy!


Trip October 2-22, 2011

The trip that was planned to India, Pakistan and Uganda started out was an on-again-off again kind of venture for Bob. Due to uncontrollable events, the trip planned in August was cancelled. But then a trip for September was offered and Bob signed on again. Unfortunately, we were unable to get visas for Pakistan. So that left a trip to India and Uganda, which is what has finally happened after several date adjustments relating to airfares, etc. Bob leaves on Sunday, Oct. 2, for India. After ten days he will travel to Uganda for the remainder of the trip. He will work with the director of ICE International Ministries to teach church planting and discipling seminars for indigenous pastors. This is a very exciting opportunity that is right up his alley.

Bob will attempt to provide blog updates while on the trip, depending on access to the internet. What we need most is prayer now – for Gail as she stays at home, and Bob as he travels for health, energy, strength, boldness, discernment, and being filled with the Spirit moment by moment. There will probably be preaching opportunities too, but since this is the first trip with ICE, we are feeling our way forward a bit at a time. So more on this from future blogs.

So it has been a hurry up process to get visas in place, numerous shots and pills -ouch!, and everything in place to be out of town for three weeks. Pay attention to your email for updates.

New Video Spotlights Nicaraguan Mission

We’re finally back from all our recent out of town adventures. We’ll be in town for a season now until the potential Russian trip in October which is almost a three week trip.

One of the members of our team on our last trip to Ciudad Sandino in Nicaragua, Gina Davis, has put together a stirring video of our experiences among the Nicaraguan people. You’ll want to check this out because it shows a good representation of what a trip is like ministering among these wonderful people. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNRSFgEenBM. It’s on YouTube. Check it out now…you won’t be disappointed.

Changes to Africa Plans

Well, just when everything seemed to be coming together, it came apart. For reasons that are a little unclear, the Africa/India trip with ICE seems to be off. It was explained to me as a “Lord’s timing” thing, as in NOT… . So I am very disappointed, obviously.

Please pray about this. Gail thinks the Lord is protecting me from something, so that’s all good by me.

I reckon we’ll go on to Russia in October as originally planned with Jody Kennedy International, but please pray for clarity. I was really looking forward to a church-planting, discipleship-with-pastors kind of trip.

Back from Nicaragua July 2011

We are back from Nicaragua. It was a very good trip. We were in a new church – Iglesia Bautista Betania (Bethany BC), located in a suburb of Managua called Ciudad Sandino.

We did five programs per day. That’s 2 Children’s Programs of 1 intense hour each – about 300 children total), 2 Teen programs of 2 hours each for about 150 teens, and 1 evening 2.5 hour program for about 120 adults. I want to tell you, we flat worked. That’s the great thing about the Practically Speaking English mission –  it is real work with real engaged and focused relational face time with the people we came to minister to. Every trip we come home with a raft of new international friends.

Here are the numbers, if you’re interested in that kind of thing:

  • About 570 individuals enrolled.
  • We had 198 Surveys completed by the adults and teens.
  • 60 indicated that they were already Christians.
  • Of the remaining 138, 83 indicated that, Yes, they made some kind of commitment to Jesus during the week.

When we had the two big “invite your families and friends” celebrations on Sunday afternoon, we packed the house twice, which amazed the pastor – he invited us to come again in the future. When our mission leader gave the invitation in the adult celebration, at least ten people came forward to receive Christ or make their commitment public.

These folks are people we have good followup info on, and the church is tasked with the job of personally following up on each person who makes a commitment. This particular church even had altar counselors ready and waiting so we’re confident that will happen.

We are still in love with the Nicaraguan people. One of Gail’s Beginning students was so inspired by the week (her words through an interpreter) that she had already signed up to take more English lessons with another local school before the week was up. Her classes at that school started on Monday. She, additionally, made a commitment to Christ and came forward during the invitation.

This ministry just plain ROCKS! Our love remains behind with new friends among the interpreters we worked with all week and especially with our students.

Plans for Africa have Come Together

After much waiting and talking back and forth, plans for a trip to Uganda and India have come together. From August 23-September 10, I will go with an organization that has many years of service in the 10/40 window parts of the world – ICE International Ministries (I Care Enough…see url listed below).  I will accompany Dr. Kenneth Rooks on a church planting mission to both areas. It is unclear at this moment how many others are involved, but I am aware of at least one pastor. This ministry involves church planting and teaching pastors how to pastor their flocks. Obviously, I am very excited about this opportunity. This is my vision.

I’m now all caught up in getting visas to India, multiple immunizations, etc.

Gail wanted to come also, but the airfare has made this prohibitive. The women in these areas are very much in need of ministry as pastor’s wives because they get so little ministry just to them and the pastors are young enough in the Lord that there are few models for them about how to partner with their wives in ministry. Unfortunately, with the high gas prices and the season of high travel we are in, the costs for both of us are beyond our current budget.

In the meantime, we both have a trip together to Nicaragua between now and then. It’s good to be back in the saddle.

More to come.

Current Plans for the Rest of the Summer

It’s been awhile. I’ve been concentrating on funding myself. Our donations at this point will cover about 25% of our needs to do this full-time, so I am working on alternative supply sources as well as our faithful donors. Times are tough for all and whatever I can contribute while still going to the field will be necessary for us.

We are headed back to Nicaragua. Here’s our itinerary for the immediate future:

  • Wedding in Indiana, June 22-28 (we’re driving Gail’s mom up there);
  • We will be in Nicaragua in July – we will be at a new church, Bethany BC in Ciudad Sandino near Managua.
  • Then also in July we have a family reunion event in Bermuda (I’ll try to do some snorkel missions while there).

I am still working on a trip to Pakistan/India/Uganda end of August, but the details are slow in coming together.

I talked at length yesterday with a lady who owns land in Nicaragua as a potential retirement location, and she was ga-ga over the possibilities of retiring in Nicaragua. Something, by the way, that we’re considering. Though it would be a working mission sort of retirement. Additionally, we have developed several contacts for teaching ESL locally to immigrants of several different populations here in the Metroplex. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for keeping up with us through this blog! Expect more soon.

Back From Nicaragua March 2011

We are back from Nicaragua and what a trip it was! All told, we received about 114 decisions, bringing that many into the Kingdom. The second week we had nearly 150 enrolled. On the last day, which was Saturday, many of the students had university classes in Managua, a trip of about 2 hours, so they were not able to attend the final day of English with us. But we had about 94 present. It’s on the last day that we take the survey where they indicate whether they have made a “decision” during the week. Sohere’s the thing: it was out of the Saturday group of only 94 (not the total enrollment of 150) that 52 indicated a “yes” for the week.

On Sunday, we held a celebration with all the students and their families and 8 more responded during the invitation time, one of who was one of my students who hadn’t been present on Saturday. This is why we work so hard on the relational approach. It’s effective. It’s not at all about the numbers – I give those only as a testimonial reference for you – it’s about the lives touched.

To show you what I mean, here’s my favorite story: On Friday night, one of the students who had turned their life during the week was so thankful that they gave each of the teachers a gift – a very meaningful sacrifice for one person to give a gift to all the teachers, not just their own. On Saturday, the pastor of the church pulled our leader aside and said something had happened that had changed his life. He related that there was this person whom he had been sharing with for some months, but that they had been hard and against receiving his good news every time he approached them. Well, guess who that was – the very person who gave us the gifts and was so gracious and grateful to us. The pastor was humbled by the change in their demeanor as they came to know the One. Amen!