Friday, February 28, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Here are some things we're either looking forward to or praying to see happen this year.
14. Our family returning to Africa
We can't wait to get back to Africa. Don't get us wrong, we've loved our time in America and with our families, but God has called us to Africa and that is where our hearts are.
13. People to join our team in prayer and support
We're excited to see who God is going to bring onto the team. If God is leading you to be a part of what He is doing in Congo, you can click here.
12. Continued safety and reliability as we travel in the States
Pretty self-explanatory, but we've been blessed with safety in our travels and don't take that for granted.
11. Moving into Congo
Our prayer is that after we return to Africa, that God would open the right doors and we'd be able to move to Beni and begin ministry there.
10. Improved facility with our Swahili and French
We've been working on our French and Swahili in preparation for our ministry and we're praying that we'll see some improvement there.
9. Some time, as a couple and as indivuals, for renewal and formation
Not sure exactly what that needs to or will look like, but we feel like this is an important part of what God wants to do in us this year.
8. Some more baseball
If you know Scott, you know he loves sports. He has a dream of visiting every MLB stadium for a game. Even more than that, it has become an opportunity for some father-son bonding as he takes one of the boys each time. The boys are already asking when baseball season starts.
7. A full schedule of churches and individual meetings in which we can share more of what God is doing
6. Peace in Congo, especially in the East
Peace has eluded eastern Congo for so long. They've tried military solutions, political solutions, international solutions. True peace will only come as Jesus transforms that country.
|WGM Uganda team Sept. 2012|
We're excited that God is raising up more people to continue the work in Uganda and we're praying that they will be released to return to (Burkes, Hallahans, Leisures, Hopsons) or begin (Metzs, Williams) their ministries.
4. Seeing how God chooses to provide all we need
We don't know who God will use to provide the funding our ministry requires, but we do know He has called us to it and He will provide all we need to do it.
3. Getting to see Grandma and Grandpa's new house in FL
Meg's parents moved this summer and we're thankful we got to visit their old house before they moved and that we'll get to see their new house all during one homeland ministry assignment.
2. Teammates to join us in Congo
God has given us a bigger vision for Congo than our family alone can accomplish. We're praying that God will raise up some people with hearts for university ministry, pastoral training, and community development.
1. The healthy birth of our 4th child
Rambo baby #4 due July 28, 2014!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
I was struck a few months ago by a sermon that talked about how God often interrupts our lives. We feel annoyed, angry, hurt, confused or bitter at the interruption. Might be the loss of a job. Might be a broken relationship. Might be a medical issue. Might be the death of a loved one. Might be a tragedy.
Sometimes the interruption is good. Might the birth of a new baby. Might be a new job or promotion. Might be an unexpected gift. Whether the interruption is good or bad, easy or hard, it is often life changing. And God is always in the middle of it if we look for Him.
This Christmas I was reading the Christmas story in the book of Luke. Zechariah's life was interrupted while he was in the temple serving The Lord. Mary's life was interrupted when an angel told her she would have a baby. The shepherds lives were interrupted when the angels came to them in the field to share the good news. These seem like good interruptions at first, but that is with the perspective of the whole story. In the moment of each I don't know that it felt that way.
Zechariah became mute. Talk about changing his lifestyle. Mary was engaged and would need to break it off to save Joseph from embarrassment as well as her family. The shepherds had sheep in the field that they were responsible for, they were in the middle of working, not a convenient time for an announcement.
Yet with each interruption, God was there. And He helped with the transition into the new normal. These interruptions did not catch Him by surprise. And neither will anything that has happened or will happen in our lives. He can see the big picture and we each need to trust that He will walk through it with us, just like He did for Zechariah, Mary and the shepherds.
God wants our response to be like these three stories. Zechariah gave God glory and praise as soon as he was able with his tongue. Mary said, "May it be as you have said" even before she could understand the good. And the shepherds left their work and went to tell everyone the good news they had heard. So what is our response? Do we get angry at God? Do we take it out on our family and friends? Or do we praise the One who is in the middle of it with us? Do we say, "let Your will be done, not mine?" Do we go and tell everyone the good news that Christ has come and has changed our lives? Who knows what the next year will hold, only God does. But we are praying that as interruptions come, we will seek His face and His plan for 2014.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
1 Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.
Let the whole world know what he has done.
2 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
Ps 105:1-2 NLT
We are so thankful for each of YOU! Those of you who faithfully pray for us. Those of you who support us financially. Those of you who encourage us. Those of you who open your homes to us. Wherever you fit in, we are thankful!
This verse talks about letting the whole world know what God has done. We can't do that alone. But if each of us does our part to share what God has done, where He puts us, we will reach the world. God wants the Rambos in Congo declaring His good works there. And we will be there because you are playing a part. You will be helping reach the people of Beni, DRCongo!
This holiday season, we want to challenge you to proclaim God's greatness. Not just around the Thanksgiving table today. Not just in a thank you note for your Christmas presents. But each day, proclaim what God has done and is doing. Tell everyone about His wonderful deeds. His hand is at work. You might have to look for it. With all the busyness in life, it is hard to see. But He loves you and is at work in your life and those around you. Proclaim His greatness! Sing His praises!
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Earlier this year, we were approved to move on to career status. When we were approved, we were also told that the board of directors wanted to meet with us, as they do every newly appointed career missionary, to hear from our hearts about our calling and ministry over the past two years and to pray over our future ministries.
We had the opportunity this past week to travel to WGM headquarters in Marion, Indiana to be presented to the board. Not going to lie, it was a bit intimidating to stand before these men and women and share about the journey God has brought us on, even though we knew we were already approved! We were there with another WGM Uganda family, the Burkes, as well as Emily Henry (via Skype), who serves among the Navajo in the Southwest.
It was a sweet time though, as we shared about how God has led us up to this point and where He is leading us as we continue forward. And then the board gathered around us and Reuben Langat, our neighbor while we were in seminary and current WGM board member, lead them in praying a prayer commissioning us to the work God has called us to in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Africa.