A Letter From a Ugandan Pastor

I just got this letter from Bosco, my closest friend in Uganda. He has been serving the Lord for many years training pastors in remote areas and I have worked with him the last 3 years. Last year one of my supporters paid for him to attend the Bible School in Jinja that I was teaching on. His fire & passion are contagious and he now wants to take the training he has received to continue to train up more pastors with greater effectiveness. Here is his response when I asked him how the school was going.

“Hi James
You were asking how the school was and whether I was still learning as before.
This is my idea of what am gettinng out of this school, It is a major land mark in my life, a bench mark that only God could account for. It has encouraged, challenged amd inspired me. My only question is how am I going to pay God and ofcourse you for this great previledge. DEUTERONOMY has blown my head off, It has left me wondering just how great a gift God has given unto us in the name of THE BIBLE and this Bible School. It reminded me of this saying IT DEPENDS IN WHOSE HAND IT IS. Like for instance:
A stick in my hand can only chase an hungry dog away while a stick in Moses’ hand parts the mighty red sea. Do you see what am talking about?
A pebble in my sling can only kill a weaver bird while a pebble in David’s sling kills the mighty Goliath. So you see it depends in whose hand it is.
I am praying that a bible in my hand from now on will TURN MY LIFE and THE WORLD around me UPSIDE DOWN. Hopefully you are going to be part of this big dream.
You know am realising that am just going through an introduction to the Bible. I will need to start a Bible School for pastors when I get back home.
Thank you
Please forgive my passion.
Bosco”

To see a video of Bosco leading worship in his home refugee camp, click here and press the play button in the bottom left-hand corner.

Audio Newsletter Aug 25th

 

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Please continue to pray for our team as we are teaching here:

 

  • First, please take some time and ask the Lord how you should pray and pray accordingly 
  • Please pray that we can effectively communicate God’s truths across the cultural and language barriers. The 
  • We are crying out for God’s anointing as we minister and teach. Please pray that God moves powerfully during times of ministry and that lives are transformed. 
  • Please pray for the pastors and leaders who will be attending our seminars. That their hearts would be open and that they would be hungry to learn and be changed. Pray for their minds to be quick to grasp the concepts we are teaching as well. 
  • Please pray for continued good health and safety as we travel throughout Zambia 
  • Please pray for our team; that we walk in humility, unity, and God’s strength, not our own

Training Trainers

You can click on my blog to read the full article, or click on this link to hear one of my teammates talk more about the week. But this week was AMAZING!!! Here are some pictures from the week as well as a video of the pastors worshipping.


This was the group of men and women who were trainined up to multiply this ministry!

Click on the picture to download a short video of them worshipping as we came back from break. We got to share this with them after every break. Such a joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 


2 of the pastors color-coding their Bibles. I loved the way they got so excited about marking in their Bibles. They would sit next to each other and share the pens from the hand of the one pastor holding them up as they marked their NIV Study Bibles with great care.


While others were teaching the Overview of Inductive Bible Studies, the rest were outside preparing to teach the book of Jonah.


Pastors busy studying away.


Pastor Mandella was one of our favorite students. So passionate, yet so gentle when teaching. This is him teaching an overview of the Inductive method, showing Interpretation is not about what it means to me.


Pastor Gabriel teaching the step of Appliation and the need to see tranformation in our lives when we study. I have never heard so many “Amen’s” when anyone has taught the method before!


Collins teaching the step of Interpretation through the book of Jonah during the practice seminar.

Here’s Collins holding his visuals from his teaching. He has a mirror from home to show James 1:22-25 (the word of God is a mirror), He has a calendar in his hand with picture of Jesus and many sheep that he used to ask people to observe how many sheep they could see by only look at it one time (the need to look at the text more than one time), he has a large paper where he has written out each step of Bible study and all the potential questions we can ask in each step with great detail, at his feet is the cassette player (used to show that we can’t put a tape in and only decide which parts of the Bible we want to listen to, but must listen to what God says like listening to the radio), and then a bag on the ground filled with letters that he used to share a story that he adapted from our own story called “Katie” where he shared of an orphanage in Zambia where a boy was written many letters by his father but never learned how to read so couldn’t read the bag full of letters. He BLEW me away.

 

 

Videos From Aromo

A couple videos of the pastors in Aromo IDP (Internally Diplaced People) camp. Just click on the play button on the bottom left corner of each video to play them. See my blog entry for more details on what happenedhttp://tomakehimknown.com/dream

 

 

A clip of the pastors worshipping during our seminar.

 

 

 

 

A clip of the pastors discussing their intrepretations while studying the book of Jonah.

Oct 31st Audio Update

 

 

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Please continue to pray for our team.
– pray for health and safety as we travel and live in the refugee camps
– please pray for anointing for each of us as we prepare and teach the messages God has given us
– please pray for wisdom for me as I lead this team and do my best to encourage and challenge our team as well as the pastors and leaders who come
– please pray for whatever else the Lord lays on your heart,

Thank you
James

The Gift of Bible School

It is exciting to be able to go to remote parts of the globe and bring Biblical training to pastors who don’t have access to it, but we recently have been given the opportunity to see some of the pastors come out of their homes and receive intensive training in the School of Biblical Studies.

Last year while teaching in the Sudanese Refugee camps we were often looking around wishing to help some of the pastors receive the kind of Biblical education we received. There were two pastors in particular that stood out to our team: William & Paul. (If you remember from my newsletters last year, I spoke about two pastors who said they were so touched by our teaching and even wanted to see their own daughters raised up as teachers, that was these two men. They then worked to bring the churches in the area together.) When I was at the Bible School in Uganda last year I found out the cost of sending pastors there and since then have been praying for theopportunity to help at least one of these pastors attend that school. Well, God was working on their behalf! This Fall, thanks to a generous donation given to Titus Project, we will be able to completely sponsor both men to attend the nine month School of Biblical Studies. What makes this even more exciting is that the team I am taking to Uganda this year will be able to teach on the school for the last two weeks of our outreach and once the team goes home, I will be staying on in Uganda teaching at the Bible school for another two months. I am so excited to be able to go back and work with these two awesome men of God!

Also, Rady (the Cambodian leader I spoke about in my last couple newsletters – who after translating for one of our seminars in Cambodiawanted to do this Bible school here in Montana) has arrived to do the School of Biblical Studies in Montana. It is a miracle that he was able to get a visa in time and raise finances, etc.

I can’t express how awesome it is to see some of the long-term fruit of our ministry carrying on after we leave the villages. All three of these men of God will leave their Bible schools in nine months and return to their homelands equipped to train others. It literally brings me to tears just thinking about how awesome this is! God is SO good!

Please be praying for these three men as the next year is going to be a very challenging time for them as they return to school and study the Bible in a second language away from their families & churches.

PICTURES: left: Pastor Paul; right: Pastor William; below: Rady & I teaching in Cambodia

A Testimony From The Killing Fields

Testimony of Van You Dany:

This is the testimony of Van You Dany, pastor Sambath’s wife. Sambath’s testimony is very similar. Almost his entire family was killed in Toul Sleng prison in Phnom Penh. This is just one example of a believer’s testimony here. There are over a million others that are similar.

1. During 1972 I got a leaflet about the good news of Christ. At that time, my family were Buddhists so they tore and burned the leaflet. I was very sad and cried, but dared not protest against them because they were my parents.

2. In 1975 my family was ordered by the Khmer Rouge to leave Phnom Penh. All of my family went to Koh Thom district of Kandal province and lived there for two or three months. Then the government of the Khmer Rouge declared that people who had worked had to start working at the same position again. My parents and siblings felt very happy that they could return to our home.
In the same year, my family reentered Phnom Penh. My father was an electrical engineer. Organization of Khmer Rouge said that they would help teach the illiterate people.
Khmer Rouge sent my parents and siblings on a truck to Phnom Penh. My elder brother and me were sent to Pursat province, the place in Cambodia where many were massacred. My family was separated, without anyone knowing who was alive or dead.

3. In 1976-77, my elder brother and me were put in a separate mobile group in Bakan Krom district next to Tonle Sap lake of Pursat province. They forced us to work without enough food daily. We worked from 16 to 20 hours a day and only received two tiny bowls of watery rice porridge, sometimes less. People were killed everyday. At that time I was very thirsty and so my brother stole palm water for me. Later, militants captured my brother and killed him by beheading him, cutting his liver and heart out so they could eat it. Before they killed him they accused my brother as a betrayer. They said, “You are the foe of our organization, you are to be executed by the organization. Keeping you is not profitable and putting you away is not a loss.”
The people who killed my brother were no older than 16 years old. They were brainwashed by the Khmer Rouge.
Later, I was so hungry I decided to steal corn to eat it. It tasted sweet and I felt relieved from tiredness. Then, the militants captured me and took me to a place about 6 km away from where they killed my brother and where there was a thick forest with a lot of graves. They tied 10 people including myself with a rope to kill us there. I was the first person to be killed. When they took the axe to hit my head I fell into a pit. They hit me about 10 or 11 pm, and only sounds of frogs, crickets, and owls could be heard. Before they killed me, I prayed to God to save me, and then I was hit and pushed in the pit. I miraculously didn’t die. During the night it rained heavily and I regained consciousness and saw many dead bodies all over and around me. The blood soaked my black dress. Later, I crept up from the pit. I escaped and went to live in another village. In the morning, they went to check the dead bodies that they killed the previous night. When they realized there were only 9 bodies, they searched from village to village within the commune. At that time, a village chief took pity on me and hid me. He hid me while they look for me in the villages. I prayed to God again to help me. That village chief took me to hide in a quiet place without anyone knowing.

4. In 1978-79 the Khmer Rouge fought with Vietnam. At that time, many people and I were gathered by the Khmer Rouge to climb a mountain. If we did not follow them, they would kill us. They said that if anyone entered the village, we would be tortured and killed. I was very afraid. Later, there was a serious battle and I was ordered to carry cooked rice and ammunition to the battlefield. While I was carrying it a bullet hit me in the chest and I lost consciousness. Later, the Vietnam army defeated the Khmer Rouge and the Khmer Rouge fled into the jungle. The Vietnamese saved me and treated me for my wounds, but the bullet could not be removed, even to this day.

5. In 1979, the Cambodian Army and Vietnam defeated the Khmer Rouge. Then, the top leaders declared over the radio that all patriots had to drop arms and participate with the government and so they granted amnesty to all Khmer Rouge soldiers.
I was happy to be able to be reunited with my family, but found out that my parents and brothers and sisters had all been murdered in Toul Sleng Prison in Phnom Penh. I did not believe this was true until I went to the prison and saw their pictures on the walls. Others tried to comfort me by telling me that I should stop crying because many other people were in the same situation as me.

6. In 1979-86, my life seemed more hopeless and I wanted to die. In 1986, I heard a radio broadcast from the Philippines called the “Voice of Love.” I heard about the good news of Christ. I understood and believed that God’s salvation is through Christ.
Later, my life became very happy, just like in John 1:12, “but as many as received him, to them He gave the right to become children of God to those who believe in His name” and God accepted me as His daughter. He removed my tears and sadness. My life changed and now whatever I face I can face with hope.
Now I serve God with my life. I live for him and tell the truth of His gospel. I must continue to fulfill my duty to him and to sacrifice my life for Him. I have already passed from this world. AMEN!

Sincerely,

Van You Dany

A Language Miracle

When I asked the man how long he had worked there, he answered by telling me in very broken English where he was from. After spending a few minutes trying to find out from him who would be our translator, he finally understood what I was asking and with a big smile on his face he said, “Me, I translate!”
As soon as I heard that he would be our translator, I knew there had to be a mistake, so I waited until the director came knowing that he would know who would really translate for us. When he arrived and told us that there was no one else, I panicked and started making phone calls to find anyone whocould translate for us for that week. With no options, we got in the vehicle to go to the seminar. Mitch and I prayed most of the way, not knowing what would happen, and wondering what to do. I was thinking it might be best to just let the translator teach the whole week since he was a gifted teacher himself and it would be better for him to teach than for a terrible translation of what we were going to share. We prayed and prayed and I was confident that we were supposed to go ahead with the seminar. The Lord had brought us there though I didn’t understand why.

The next morning as I stood up to begin teaching at the seminar I fully expected it to be a disaster. I said my opening and was stunned when the translator quickly translated everything I said. I continued to speak and became more and more confused as he didn’t miss a beat, translating every word. I assumed he had to be making it up but there was a man in the front row who spoke perfect English and would correct the translator every time he made a mistake. The entire day he only had to correct the translator about six or seven times! Mitch and I were totally blown away and couldn’t believe what we were witnessing, a miracle was happening in our midst!

Afterwards we went up to him and his partner and asked them, “What just happened?” They told us that he had been up all night asking God to show him how to understand us. When we said it was a miracle, They responded by saying, “James, in our ministry we expect the Holy Sprit to work, It’s no

t that big of a deal!” Most of this was said by the translator’s partner because his English was not good enough to tell us all that!

“It’s not that big of a deal!” How humbling is that? God just supernaturally enabled him to translate perfectly while we were teaching and he just stays “we expect the Holy Spirit to work.” We were supposed to be the teachers, but ended up being the students.

Right now this translator who understood perfectly every word coming out of our mouths while we were teaching, could not have a simple conversation with us because he does not understand English very well. Yet the Lord opened his ears during the seminar when it was needed. God is SO good!

Audio Newsletter May 13th

 

 

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Please continue to pray for myself and Mitch as we are teaching here:

  • First, please take some time and ask the Lord how you should pray and pray accordingly
  • Please pray that we can effectively communicate God’s truths across the cultural and language barriers. The
  • We are crying out for God’s anointing as we minister and teach. Please pray that God moves powerfully during times of ministry and that lives are transformed.
  • Please pray for the pastors and leaders who will be attending our seminars. That their hearts would be open and that they would be hungry to learn and be changed. Pray for their minds to be quick to grasp the concepts we are teaching as well.
  • Please pray for continued good health and safety as we travel throughout Cambodia
  • Please pray for our team; that we walk in humility, unity, and God’s strength, not our own
  • Please also pray for guidance and doors to open for the extra month I will be spending here. I have yet to set up anything for that time and there are only a few weeks left to get things set up.
  • Click here to download a summary from “Operation World” about Cambodia and how to pray for the people
  • Please continue to pray for my financial situation, that the Lord would raise up monthly financial partners. Again, by extending my stay I will not have the money to continue on in the fall without increased support.