Friday, September 7, 2018

Prayer Labyrinth Wandering

We are currently in Boston sharing with people about the ministry in Uganda. Today we got to take a few hours and meander around town. We came across a church just opposite the commons. It said open so we went in. The church was completely empty as it was a Thursday early afternoon. They had removed all of the old pews from the church which left a tiled floor wide open. In the middle of the floor was a prayer labyrinth.

I first heard of one of these several years back when I used to ride my bike to work and I would pass a church on the corner that invited people to come and walk their prayer labyrinth. Once I did a little research and found out what it was I kept telling myself one day I would stop and walk it, but I never did. Today was a new day. I decided that I would walk this labyrinth today. So today, Ruudy waited patiently as I walked this labyrinth. I couldn't put it off any longer.
I began, a little unsure at first, cuz after all this was my first time, and I wasn't completely sure what exactly to do. But I just started walking the maze and praying. It wasn't like lightening struck and I fell face down or anything, but slowly I began hearing what the Lord had to say to me in that moment. As I wandered back and forth and around, sometimes closer to the center, sometimes further, sometimes on long stretches and some times barely moving forward before turning again, I could hear the Lord whispering to my heart, "seasons."
I've heard it before, but He knew I needed to hear it again. Some seasons are quick and easy, some short and hard, some seem like they are never going to end, and others I wish would go on forever, sometimes I feel so near to Him, and in some seasons He feels so far. But in each season He is still at the center, and ultimately all of my wandering and seeking Him is indeed leading me closer to Him. It all moves around Him at the center, and as long as He is my anchor, each season will pass and I will draw closer still. As I made it to the center of the circle at the end of the labyrinth journey, there was a peace that settled in my heart. Having reached my final destination, I was finally where I had wanted to be the whole time.
"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf" Hebrews 6:19-20a.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Off and Running

We thank God for continuing to lead us this year. The year has started off well and full of excitement for what it might hold. Beckie had a young women’s retreat the last week in January which went on well. The ladies were able to spend time away and connect with God in different ways then they are used to. We had a visitor, Beckie's friend Meredith come and teach and share with us on the retreat and in other programs with the young people last month. Their lives were blessed by her contributions.
The ladies at Sisiyi Falls



 The various men’s fellowships, youth service and bible study for the children in the sponsorship program have continued to hold and we thank God for such avenues to go deeper with the discipleship of young  people.
Gabriel talking with the children in the sponsorship program
December and January Birthdays celebrated at the youth service




This month of February school is starting back up and so will most of our school ministry programs. Please pray with us as we start purity clubs back up for the new year. Also we had an outreach at a secondary school at the beginning of the week. Our new speakers/sound system arrived with Meredith, and this outreach was our first time to put them to use. They worked well and we are so thankful for this addition to the ministry. 
Singing with the students

Ruudy and Pastor Fred talking with those who received Christ


Our dance team and choir have been hard at work. And gave inspiring performances during the outreach.


dance dance

 You can pray for our dancers by name, that they would continue to grow in Christ and keep using their talents for the glory of God. They are Evelyn, Moses, Gladys, Scovia, Lydia and Jacob. 
Also we hired a new volunteer this past month, Everine. Please pray with us for her as she begins to minister with us in various capacities. She is a worship leader and she loves Jesus. We can’t wait to see how the Lord will work in and through her these up coming months. 


Our new volunteer Everine

Thank you for standing with us. 
We are beginning to raise money for a keyboard for the choir to use, as we keep borrowing one currently and sometimes its not available for us to use. For about $500 we can buy a good keyboard here in Uganda with a stand. If you would like to partner with us in such a way, you can give online at: www.locodi.org then send an email to info@locodi.org letting us know it's for the keyboard, or you can send a check with a note to: 
Loveworld Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 2139
Spokane, WA 99210

We always pray for you and trust that the Lord is keeping you. 
Wishing you a blessed February.