“BROTHERS, PRAY FOR US!” — 1 Thessalonians 5:25
Prayer Points for the Rees Family • New Hope Uganda • Musana
cultivating leadership … planting churches … growing disciples … harvesting glory to Christ
1 December 2013 — This day, two years ago, Shellie and I had just returned from our exploratory trip to Uganda, crisped by the equatorial sun. And this day, December 1, 2013, we board the jet at 9p that will take us to life and ministry in Uganda (via London). All that has been packed into these short/long 24 months rivals all that has been packed into these 24 bags surrounding us as we wait for our flight time in an airport hotel (at 50 lbs. each that makes a little more than half a ton). Have we learned half a ton of lessons? Have we grown half a ton more mature? Have we expanded devotion to Christ by half a ton? Are we intrinsically different now that we have reduced all our weight down to this meager half a ton (150 lbs. per person)? Is half a ton too much, or is it not enough? Either way—ready or not ready, too heavy or too light—this day has finally arrived.
Many things are running through our minds, but few words are coming out of our mouths this day. There is sanctity about this launch that makes words somewhat extraneous. But it is important that we capture a few of these scant words to say this to you specifically: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5). Thank you. Thank God for you. You have been tremendously significant to us, to obeying this calling, and to making this transition. I don’t know why, but it feels something like Laura Ingles moving from the Big Prairie to the Little House in Walnut Grove in the pre-electric frontier days where the women and girls wearing long, homemade skirts churn milk into butter and the men and boys sharpen with stones their hand tools under a shade tree.
Honestly, however, imagination is not an ally these days since there is really no telling into what we have gotten ourselves. But all thanks goes to God that this life of faith doesn’t teeter on our imagination or courage. It doesn’t depend upon the airplanes that carry us, the Pepto-Bismal® tablets we packed to settle our stomachs, or the nightlight that our youngest can no longer draw comfort from during the dark night. Uganda doesn’t stand by or fall into human categories at all. This whole venture, whether we remember it or forget it, hinges on belief in the promise of God. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). No matter how we run the numbers, this day fits into that promise … with room to spare.
• Renter — The Lord has provided a renter for our NC house. Hallelujah! We were not sure how we were going to pay the taxes and insurance, but the Lord knew and provided!!!
• Teacher — Please continue to pray for our friend and the willing teacher of our children from January-May, Esther Carey, as she raises funds. She lands in Uganda on Jan 2nd.
• Partner — Please continue to pray for our friend and, soon-to-be (Lord willing), staff member at Musana with us, Cameron Cole, as he graduates from college and begins fund raising in order to join us in Uganda in May 2014.
Together with you—Kevin, Shellie, Seth, Emma, Abby, Nate, and Jocelyn Rees
113 Guffey Mtn Rd • Fairview, North Carolina 28730 • 479.427.2319 (K) • 479.427.2318 (S)
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).