Emmanuel

Emmanuel

A young man’s faith is challenged and blessed.

Emmanuel took the front seat, asked for a volunteer to pray, and began to speak. “Open with me the book of Daniel, chapter one.” 

As I listened, this young man’s wisdom and explanation of Bible prophecy astounded me. He handled the subject like a trained teacher, although he had never attended college or even evangelism training. I remembered the scenario in Acts 4:13 involving two disciples. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” I realized that God’s Spirit can do more for a man than all of the education one may attain.

Little did I realize that Emmanuel was soon to face an intense trial. Emmanuel worked as a dairy manager, and lived in housing provided by his employer. The following Sabbath, his boss demanded that Emmanuel work. The Adventist declined and went to church instead. Being a refugee in this country, he was fired without receiving his last pay check.

Emmanuel called me on the phone, unburdening his heart. “I’ve been given three days to leave this house, and I don’t know where I can get shelter for my family.”

It just so happened that another Adventist church had a leadership vacancy and house available. Emmanuel quickly moved his family to the new location where he was supported by the local church. The Lord blessed his work, and in a short time many nonactive members returned to engage in Sabbath worship each week. 

As Emmanuel extended his soul-winning efforts into the surrounding community, he soon faced another challenge.

I realized this one day on the road when I met Emmanuel in a rain storm walking back home from outreach. He was soaking wet with a heavy bag of books on his back. I delayed my errand and took him home in my car, pondering his transportation problem. Later on, my wife and I discussed Emmanuel’s limited ability to reach extended territory on foot. “Let’s give him our bicycle,” my wife suggested. “It’s not in the best shape but I know he will appreciate it.”

Bright and early in the morning, we carried the bicycle over to their house. Their children came running and greeted my wife and I with big hugs. Emmanuel beamed as he received the bicycle from our hands. “Glory to God,” he breathed. “Glory be to God.”

Emmanuel’s gifts are apparent, and his faithfulness is inspiring. Even through this young man’s life has had challenges, he has received only greater blessings.  


Location
Uganda

Author
James Musinguzi is a retired pastor who is still active in evangelism and church planting.

How You Can Help

Pray for that God will give Emmanuel more witnessing opportunities! 

to Mission Projects International. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters support. Send your check, with “Uganda Churches”or “Uganda Workers”as the memo to: 

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151 
Inchelium, WA 99138

To give online, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate

 


Conversion of a Persecutor

Conversion of a Persecutor

A Ugandan husband is enraged and perplexed by his wife’s faith.

My stomach churned in anger. “That woman despises me,” I muttered. “She is contrary to our Ankole ways.” In our culture, a woman has no right to her own personal faith – she is expected to adhere to the faith of the husband.

My wife was a very compliant woman in every aspect of life – until she changed her faith without my consent. It happened when I was away on a business trip in Kampala. An enthusiastic Adventist deacon by the name of Aggrey Edinard talked both my wife and my mother into baptism.

“Our family has always evaded Adventists,” my father fumed over the phone to me. “I am going to banish my wife and your wife from the home. I cannot tolerate these arrogant women any longer!”

I rushed home, only to find chaos and disharmony. I ruled against the banishment. I sat with my wife and counseled her to change her mind, but all to no avail. When she dressed up and left the house, I secretly followed her to see if she was visiting the Adventists. Sure enough, she entered an Adventist church! “What kind of bribe have the Adventists given my wife?” I wondered. My heart felt heavy, but also ready to explode with anger.

People stared as I entered the building, fuming and dressed in rags. I reached for my wife and pulled her away, lashing out at her in anger all the way home. My father praised me, planning to “punish” my mother similarly. 

I doubted that my wife would ever return to the Adventist church again. But to my surprise, she returned the following Saturday.

I was enraged. I decided to punish her whenever she went to church, and did so routinely. This continued for six months, but my wife would not be deterred. She neither fought back, nor quarreled with me. She only prayed. 

“What is her secret?” I began to wonder. “Maybe I should go to the Adventist church with her and see.” When I did so, I felt my interest in Adventism grow and secretly began reading my wife’s books. The truth captured my heart, and I decided to be baptized. 

I live happily with my wife now, and I have decided to cling to this truth for as long as life shall last. Together with my mother, we are the only Adventists in the Nkamwesiga family, and are doing our best to take the gospel message to the rest of our relatives. Please pray for us as we strive to carry on God’s mission, surrounded by concrete cultural beliefs that seek to destroy genuine faith.  


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi is the district leader in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help

Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and that all the workers will stay faithful to the truth.

Pray that God will keep this couple faithful to the truth and be willing to share it with others! 

Donate
The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the ‘Three Angels Messages,’ mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

To give online, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate

 


Letter from Mike: Uganda – September 2019

“The things of this world are soon to perish. This is not discerned by those who have not been divinely enlightened, who have not kept pace with the work of God. Consecrated men and women must go forth to sound the warning in the highways and the byways. I urge my brethren and sisters not to engage in work that will hinder them from proclaiming the gospel of Christ. You are God’s spokesmen. You are to speak the truth in love to perishing souls. ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled,’ Christ says. . . . With Christ in his heart he is to go forth into the highways and byways of life, giving the invitation to the marriage supper.” Colporteur Ministry, 24.

John Kaganzi, a district pastor in Uganda, is pushing the gospel of the Three Angels’ Messages into Ugandan cities and villages by focusing on evangelism and personal soul-winning. Earlier this year, Pastor John helped start a church in the city of Byabugimbi. Through your donations, he conducted a very fruitful evangelistic series, with hundreds of people coming to hear what the Bible says about end-time events and true Christian living. Many people came to know Jesus as their Savior and Friend. Many were baptized, and a church was raised up.

Soon the church members, including those newly baptized, began to recognize their need to construct a church building. Every Sabbath, the believers worshipped under mango trees or a makeshift tarp tent. To them, this was not a proper way to worship God. At a business meeting, the church members decided to start making bricks to build their new church. They had no idea how they were going to roof the church, but they moved by faith and began to mold bricks with free resources around them. Every Sunday, they worked to raise the walls until they had laid bricks up to the roofline. Then they began praying that God would provide the means to buy the roofing materials. When they saw their prayers answered, the newly baptized members’ faith was strengthened immensely! The congregation in Byabugimbi will begin worshipping in their new church very soon.

Pastor John is now conducting evangelistic meetings in the town of Bwera. A volunteer lay evangelist named Hosea has been doing the groundwork for the past several months. He has started many Bible studies and distributed scores of tracts. He has conducted medical missionary work, given clothing to the poor and fed the suffering. Dozens of people have come to know Jesus through Hosea’s practical ways of helping them. The area is ripe for harvest!

With evangelistic meetings taking place in Uganda once every quarter, thousands are hearing God’s last warning message to them. If you would like to help the work move forward in this poverty-stricken country, please mark your gifts “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches.”

Yours in reaching the highways and byways,


Studying in Secret

Studying in Secret

A husband and wife each study the Bible without the other’s knowledge.

I first heard the Adventist message three years ago when I visited Kampala, but, afraid to be different from my boozing comrades, I ignored it. Then the message followed me to my home village of Bushenyi, when one of my drinking friends—the man who sold me my liquor, in fact—suddenly converted to Christianity. After his baptism, Patrick Kafobeero began visiting my house with the lay evangelist who had been instrumental in his conversion. As they opened the Bible with me, the new truths I learned convicted my heart. I felt Jesus calling me to be baptized, but I was nervous about how my wife might react. A strong-willed woman, she had always spoken negatively of Adventism. I put off baptism, not wanting to risk straining my family ties. 

The convicting voice grew stronger every day until I decided to open up to my wife. I showed her the “Discover” lessons I had been studying, hoping that she would be interested. To my disappointment, she refused to read them. “I know enough about God,” she told me. 

I decided that instead of talking to my wife about the Bible studies again, I would pray for her. I also left the lessons out on the table, available for anyone in my family to read. I hoped that somehow, my wife would get curious enough to look at them.

One afternoon, I made a quick trip home to pick up my mobile phone, which I had forgotten that morning. As I drew the curtain, I saw my wife reading one of the Bible lessons. When she saw me, she struggled to throw the paper down, a look of shock and panic on her face. I pretended not to have seen anything as I went into the house. “God, touch her heart!” I silently prayed. 

Soon the truth came out. Every afternoon, my wife had been reading the Discover lessons, one by one. Then, to keep her studies a secret, she arranged the lessons on the table just the way I had left them. Since I didn’t normally return home until evening, she had thought that I would never know. 

Within a few weeks, my wife no longer wanted to hide her newfound desire for God. To learn more about the Bible, she joined the Branch Sabbath School in Kashanda, Kakanju. Later, she got baptized with our oldest daughter. My heart delighted to see them baptized. My new faith would not be splitting our family, after all! Soon I followed my wife and daughter in baptism, and now our home is Jesus’ throne. 

Patrick Kafobeero’s conversion ignited a gospel fire that is spreading from person to person, family to family and community to community. The Sabbath School fellowship where my family worships now has 25 members plus 30 children. Our group is growing all the time, yet we do not have a permanent place of worship. Land is expensive in our area, but we have a plan to save for the land purchase gradually. Each family brings their coins each week, and we try to save $10 as a church every Sabbath. It will take time, but eventually we will have enough money to buy the land!

Money is tight here. An evangelistic effort we planned for July had to be postponed until October due to insufficient funds. Many people are ready for the message, and we need to bring them into Jesus’ fold through evangelism. Pray that God will open the way for us to continue spreading the gospel message in our area!

Narration told by Kasei and written by Pastor John Kaganzi.


Location 
Uganda 

Author 
Pastor John Kaganzi is a district pastor in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help

Pray Kasei asks for prayers to break free from an addiction he is still struggling with, and that his family would be grounded in the faith.

Pray for the Sabbath School group in Kashanda to be able to raise the money they need for their evangelistic projects and for land to build a church on.

Give to the work in Uganda. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters and church planter support. Send your check marked “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches” to: 

Mission Projects International 
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit missionspro.org/donate.


Cursed

Cursed

A demon possessed man becomes a faithful church attendee.

Witchcraft is a powerful weapon in Africa, and God’s intervention alone can save people who fall victim to demonic enchantments.

When young Emmy’s mother died in 2014, his father decided to remarry. Unfortunately, Emmy’s new stepmother watched him jealously. Emmy was scholastic and clever, and consistently made better grades in school than her own children.

Angry, his stepmother cast powerful demonic spells over Emmy. He did not have God’s protection from evil, and the young man lost his sanity. He became known in the community as a mad man.

When we held a Total Member Involvement evangelistic effort in Buremba this spring, Emmy never missed a meeting. However, he came to disturb us – not to hear the gospel message. He ran up to the front and snatched the microphone from the speaker, demanding food. No one dared to take the microphone away from him. When someone returned with the food Emmy demanded, he peacefully handed the microphone back and the meeting continued. When Emmy wasn’t hungry, he still interrupted the meetings – acting silly and causing laughter to erupt from the audience. 

When the evangelistic meetings concluded, Emmy still followed our footsteps. For two months, he attended our Sabbath worship services. As usual, he disturbed our meetings. 

In May, a baptism was planned. The distance to the river was long, and we didn’t expect Emmy to follow. No one gave Emmy a lift on their motorcycle, but somehow, he made it to the river.

As Pastor Michael stood in the river to baptize, Emmy silently stepped forward. He waded into the water. “I will not allow this pastor to baptize another person before he baptizes me,” he said.

The onlookers standing on the river bank began to shout. “Pastor, baptize him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!”

What should the pastor do? Baptize a mad man? Emmy had been faithful to attend all the meetings that the other converts had. Maybe he had actually been listening.

The pastor decided to baptize him. The pastor and church elders surrounded Emmy, laying their hands on him in prayer. It was then that God broke the curse. Emmy’s madness left him.

He became the most sober and humble man in town, always arriving on time for worship each Sabbath. All who knew about his past life looked at him in astonishment.

“The God of the Sabbath healed me,” Emmy always replied. “I am now a free man in the mighty name of Jesus.”

Emmy needs a sponsor to help him return to school and further his education. He would like to became a pastor, and we see great potential in him. Also, the greatest need for the work in Buremba is to see an Adventist church built in town. Until this happens, the congregation will worship under a tent. Please pray for this community, as there are many more like Emmy who are held captive by the devil’s curses. 


Location
Uganda

Author
James Musinguzi is a retired pastor who is still active in evangelism and church planting.

Pray for Emmy that he will continue to grow in Christ and that he will be able to finish his education.

Give. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters support. Send your check, with “Uganda Churches”or “Uganda Workers”as the memo to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99166

To donate online, visit www.missionspro.org/donate.


A Mobile Sabbath School

A Mobile Sabbath School

A man with a testimony feels burdened for his people.

I was lost in a world of religious skepticism. Tossed in an ocean of cultist teachings, by God’s grace, I escaped by learning Bible truth.

I realized that a new life in Christ requires a whole new lifestyle. I had dealt in the alcohol selling business for many years, and I knew this must change. God had called me to the soul winning business instead. I had many wives, and they grew furious when I realized that polygamy was not in God’s plan.

Since my conversion, my mind has been troubled with concern for others lost in the world as I once was. “Give me a way to reach out to these people,” I prayed.

When I looked at my future, it was with mixed feelings. It was a pleasure to know Jesus in my advanced age, but my heart grieved that I did not turn to him in my younger years when my body was strong. “Nevertheless,” I reasoned, “I will do all I can to share the good news of salvation in the villages around me.”

I teamed up with local church members and decided to convert our Sabbath school program into a weekly mobile outreach effort. Between multiple families in various villages, the responsibilities were shared. A different family hosted each week and prepared a shelter of tarps where people could meet in the shade. Non-Adventist friends were invited, and seats were improvised. With our interesting evangelism strategy, our Sabbath school class grew from 17 to 40 members.

Not all who heard of our efforts appreciated them. As we planned for an evangelistic series, we were met with mockery and destain. We were referred to as “ebijengyerezi,” a word in our mother dialect which means “baseless and brainless fanatics of faith.” Because of this name calling, some people refused to hear anything we said. We had no other alternative than to pray.

In each location where the meetings are held today, more people express interest in Bible studies. We currently have 23 new people who are actively worshiping with us and waiting to be baptized. The community is warming up to the truth of God’s word, and we plan to continue this outreach until every soul has an opportunity to hear the gospel.

Before I go to my rest, I desire to see a church building in my area. At this point, we are worshiping under tarps for shelter. It is not easy to acquire land here, where incomes are very low. I would like to donate a portion of my land for the church building, but I have many family members who don’t profess my faith. They have control over the property as well, and will not consent to my idea.

God will hear and respond to our pleas for help amidst trials. We will continue to serve Him with all of our hearts, minds and strength.


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi
is the district leader in the Ruhandagazi area in Uganda.

How You Can Help
Pray for all the various ministries in Uganda and that all the workers will stay faithful to the truth.

Pray for this new church as it seeks to find land to build their new church!

Donate
The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the ‘Three Angels Messages,’ mark your donations “Uganda,” and send to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:

www.missionspro.org/donate


Letter from Mike: Uganda – April 2019

As an important part of his lifework, God instructed the prophet Samuel to establish schools of the prophets. These schools were to instill in the minds of the youth a knowledge of God and His Law, which would serve as a barricade against the prevailing errors of the day. Through the study of the Scriptures, the youth would develop a moral and spiritual foundation that would keep them from being swept away in the deep apostasy of Israel. The prophet Samuel invested his time in the future wellbeing of the nation by training the youth to be future leaders. “The chief subjects of study in these schools were the law of God, with the instructions given to Moses, sacred history, sacred music, and poetry. . . . In those schools of the olden time, it was the grand object of all study to learn the will of God, and man’s duty toward Him. In the records of sacred history were traced the footsteps of Jehovah. The great truths set forth by the types were brought to view, and faith grasped the central object of all that system,—the Lamb of God that was to take away the sin of the world. . . . Music was made to serve a holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to that which is pure, noble, and elevating, and to awaken in the soul devotion and gratitude to God. What a contrast between the ancient custom and the uses to which music is now too often devoted! How many employ this gift to exalt self, instead of using it to glorify God! A love for music leads the unwary to unite with world-lovers in pleasure-gatherings where God has forbidden his children to go.” Christian Education, 62.

What a blessing schools can be when faithful teachers educate their students in the knowledge of the Scriptures. In a rural area in Ruhandagazi, Uganda, Pastor John Kagzanzi, a faithful district leader, was invited to conduct a crusade for non-Seventh-day Adventist youth at a school in Katerera. Many of the students did not want to be at the school—among them a young lady named Nalinda, who had been sent to Katerera by her father. When she saw the dusty classrooms filled with buzzing mosquitoes, and the aging dormitory where she would sleep, her heart sank, and tears rolled down her face. Just then she heard music like nothing she had ever heard before, with many beautiful voices blending in wonderful harmony. Curious who these delightful sounds were coming from, Nalinda made her way to the chapel where Pastor John would be preaching. Raised in the Anglican Church, Nalinda had never seen so many happy, smiling young people singing praises to the Lord. Each night as she attended Pastor John’s series themed “Let the Bible Speak,” Nalinda’s love for Jesus grew. Now tears of joy rolled down her face. She heard for the first time the teaching about the Sabbath and the second coming of Jesus. After weeks of meetings, Pastor John invited the youth to come forward and prepare for baptism. Nalinda was the first to step forward and take a stand for the Lord. She is now witnessing to her family about her newfound love for God. Pray for Nalinda and the other students who gave their hearts to Christ in the Katerera school. If you would like to support Pastor John’s work in Uganda, mark your donations “Uganda Evangelism.”

Yours in education for eternity!


When God Steps In

When God Steps In

Sunday-keepers are directed to the Adventists for truth.

The providential intervention recounted here happened in South Uganda, in a township called Muhanga. Our church has preached the Three Angels’ Messages here in Uganda for years, sometimes with very little fruit. We are challenged by the influence of the Catholic priests, who work to prejudice minds against the truths we teach from Scripture. In the past, we have been unable to rent even a piece of land on which to conduct an evangelism effort. The enemy has used this organization to block the message of truth from penetrating into multiple regions.

Oftentimes, a coalition of Sunday keepers – both Protestant and Catholic – share prejudice against our work. One Pentecostal church pastor was no exception. But as he studied the Scriptures, he came across the Three Angels’ Messages in Revelation chapter 14. Not long after, he lay in bed one night when a man stood by his bedside. “Do you understand what you are reading?” the stranger asked.

“No,” the Pentecostal replied. “The meaning of the passage seems lost to me, and I cannot understand what I’m reading.”

“Read again,” the angel prompted. The following night, he appeared at the pastor’s bedside again. “Do you understand what you are reading?” he repeated.

The man shook his head.

“Find the closest Seventh-day Adventist church for an explanation,” came the reply.

The Pentecostal obeyed. The following day, he sought out our local Adventist pastor. He brought nine of his parishioners with him. They enrolled in Bible studies and soon accepted the Sabbath truth.

Excited with what they had learned, the church members carried the new light back to their church. The Pentecostal pastor stood before his congregation with conviction. “If we do not accept this Biblical message from God, we will be lost!” he said.

The entire congregation has been baptized. The Pentecostal pastor was ready to learn more, and we sent him to our ministerial college to study the truth in greater depth. In his absence, an active Adventist elder by the name of Bizimana Joseph was happy to lead this new Adventist congregation.

God provided financially for the future of the young church. As I shared this amazing story some time later, two Adventist young people decided to give their tithe and offerings to support Joseph’s stipend and other needs. A donor also gave us funds to purchase land for a permanent church building. This congregation did not have their own church – for Pentecostals worship in rented halls.

Joseph spent much of his time visiting the local community and giving Bible studies. He also helped to build the house of worship. The congregation consists of 25 former Pentecostals at this point, and we expect a rapidly growing membership when the church is ready for use. Today, only the doors, windows and painting projects remain left to be completed.

We are planning an evangelistic series at this new location to bring in the harvest, by God’s grace. We praise the Lord’s name for “stepping in” to a largely Catholic-controlled township, where the light is now beaming with increasing power.


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor Thor Pedersen is retired and lives with his wife in Australia. He has been doing evangelism in Uganda for about 20 years and is deeply passionate about the work in this country.

How You Can Help
Pray for this new congregation, for the faithful workers and for all the various ministries in Uganda.

Donate. The work in Uganda is growing rapidly and needs your help! If you feel impressed by the Holy Spirit to contribute to spreading the Three Angels’ Messages, mark your donations “Uganda” and send to:

Mission Projects International
P.O. Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate


Pricked by the Word and Bleeding for Jesus

Pricked by the Word and Bleeding for Jesus

A young person suffers hardship for Christ’s sake.

“Do you realize that we could be in the wrong church?”

We had been faithful Christians under the umbrella of the Anglican church, and my neighbor also had been associated with the same faith. When she visited my family’s home one sunny day, Prosy went right to the point with her strange question.

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“We act differently than what the Bible teaches,” she responded. “Today, I have discovered new truth that you should not miss, my friend.”

I pulled a bench over for us to sit down. “Share this Bible truth with me,” I said.

The elderly woman looked puzzled for a moment. “I can’t remember where the verses are. But I learned this truth from an Adventist pastor. Would you allow him to come and visit?”

My heart pounded in my chest as I processed the change this could mean for my family. “Yes, I would like him to visit.”

I fell into a slumber under a tree in the compound that afternoon. The day was hot and humid. A deep bass voice woke me out of sleep. To my surprise, a neatly dressed young man and my neighbor Prosy stood in front of me. We sat under the tree together, and the young man began to tell us the good news about Jesus. He also shared that there was a counterfeit Christ, and a counterfeit gospel. Referencing 2 Corinthians 11:4, he highlighted the danger of believing in the counterfeit in place of the genuine.

At this point, my parents emerged from the house nearby, also interested in what our visitor had to say. We all agreed to continue Bible studies, and everything went smoothly until the young pastor shared that the biblical Sabbath was not Sunday, but Saturday.

The truth pricked my heart, but my parents felt it was divisive. “Let him teach Jesus, but leave the Sunday topic alone,” they murmured. From that day forward, they left his presence and Bible studies permanently.

A Bible study class had begun at Prosy’s house at that time, and I decided to attend. I could not tame my passion and desire to know more.

I ultimately decided to be baptized, but not without facing resistance from my parents. I felt happiness because my heart was relieved from guilt, but I faced a battle. Their objections intensified as my desire to preach the gospel became impossible to hide. I solicited my peers to join the Bible study class, and their decisions to accept the truth and be baptized only worsened my situation at home.

I felt like my heart was bleeding when my relatives stopped paying my school fees. I had not yet finished my elementary education. My bright future seemed dim for a time, and I felt perplexed.

Eventually, I was expelled from my home, but I have found it so sweet to trust in Jesus. He will never forsake those who trust in Him. My home is the church now, and its members are my family.

I thank God, because I have been accepted into a new household, and have joined primary level 7, which is the last class in this level.

I feel peace when the Bible speaks to me. It heals my wounded heart and restores the brightness of my future. I feel obliged to spread this message to the rest of my peers in the village. I pray that they will hear God speaking to them through me.


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor John Kaganzi is the leader in the Ruhandagazi Seventh-day Adventist District in Bushenyi, Eastern Uganda.

How You Can Help
Pray for the follow-up evangelistic work that Pastor John is doing to build up Christ’s kingdom. Pray for funds to build churches where the new believers can worship.

Donate. To donate to Pastor John’s work, please mark your donation, “Uganda Mission” and mail it to:

Mission Projects International
P.O. Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

To give online, visit:
www.missionspro.org/donate


Arston’s Deliverance

Arston’s Deliverance

A winding, troubled life journey brings a young couple to the truth.

Arston and Penlope studied at two different universities in the Mbarara District of southwestern Uganda until 2012. That’s when they were expelled for reckless living and alcoholism. Guilt-ridden for having wasted their poor parents’ resources, they both feared to return to their homes. Instead, they wandered from town to town looking for ways to survive.

Penlope ended up in Kampala, where she had an aunt she thought could find her a job. Things didn’t go well at her aunt’s place, however. Her aunt wanted to use her as a housemaid, a job Penlope hated. As soon as she could, she found another job as a waiter at a bar. Unfortunately, working at the bar plunged her deeper into alcoholism. Soon she would do any odd job to earn a drink and some food.

Arston found work as a primary school teacher in Kamwenge, and all this time, Penlope and Arston visited each other whenever they could afford it. Then, in July 2017, Arston found a job for Penlope as a storekeeper in Kamwenge. Although their salaries were not even enough to pay for rent, and they each were evicted from their homes numerous times, they met every evening to share a bottle of waragi, or cheap local gin. Eventually, they started to live together as husband and wife.

In January 2018, Arston’s aunt found him and Penlope jobs teaching at Rushango Primary School in Kiruhura District. Here they met Ronard, the headmaster of Model Pathfinder Primary School. One Sunday during the school break in August, Ronard invited Arston and his wife to visit him. It so happened that an evangelistic series was beginning near Ronard’s house that evening, so Arston and Penlope attended.

That night, Evangelist Starence preached a sermon entitled, “Jesus, the Hope of All Sinners.” The sermon moved their hearts, and they attended the meetings until the end of the 14-night series. At the end of each sermon, when Evangelist Starence made a call, Arston and Penlope would be the first to come forward, shedding tears. Arston gave his heart to Jesus and was baptized.

When the school term began at the end of August, Arston and Penlope learned that they would be forced to teach on Sabbath. When they told Ronard about it, the administration of Model Pathfinder Primary School decided to hire them. Their salary is small, but they testify, “We don’t regret having left our jobs at Rushango Primary School, nor do we regret not finishing our university degrees. We have greater degrees now from the school of Jesus. At Model Pathfinder School we are back home; we live a life of hope. Our parents have even accepted us as children again.”

Arston attends Bible studies with us in our home regularly, and he no longer drinks alcohol. Penlope, however, is still struggling. When Arston is away, she sneaks to the bar for a bottle of waragi. We are keeping them in our family circle, doing our best to lead them into a closer walk with Jesus. A generous sponsor is sending Arston to Bugema Adventist University to complete a diploma in education, and we are looking for someone who can sponsor Penlope for the same course. We see tremendous progress in their lives and pray for a complete change to take place as they grow.


Location
Uganda

Author
Pastor James Kyarikora is a retired pastor in the Uganda Conference who is still active in ministry.

How You Can Help
Pray for Arston to remain faithful to the Lord. Pray for Penlope to come to know Jesus’ pardoning love and receive the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome.

Give to the work in Uganda. Needs include new church buildings, training for church planters, Bibles and church planter support. Send your check marked “Uganda Workers” or “Uganda Churches” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit:
missionspro.org/donate