August, 2017 Update from the Prettyman Family

The Week in Review

Your prayers have meant so much to us this week.  We can’t thank you enough.  On Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet with three district officials and share our passion for Christ and the Gospel with them.  I asked each of them to read the Gospel presentation that we made in the Lugbara language and believe a small seed was planted during that time.

On Wednesday, a few of us traveled through the rain to Kennedy’s house and had a wonderful discipleship lesson on eternal security.  Many others gathered in their little hut and heard the Gospel.  Kennedy’s unsaved mother was one of them.  At the end, the rain finally stopped, and we set up a large banner with the Gospel chart.  We invited them to come next week to hear.  Many of them said they would come and bring friends.

On Thursday, I biked with Patrick to his house for our Bible study with his wife, only to find that she was at the market.  In her place, ten precious children showed up and we gave the first part of the Gospel message to them.  Some of the older ones really seemed to understand and have promised to come again next week.  Pray for light to break through for them.  Pray also for Patrick.  I encouraged him to have the Bible study with just him and Foska.

On Friday, it was raining as we walked into the village of Omoo.  We were not expecting a very good group but ended up with around 25.  We have been faithfully preaching the Gospel to these children and have sensed mounting conviction.  God moved in a wonderful way during this service and 4 children turned from religion to trust the Lamb of God!  It was really wonderful!

Today, around 15 of us went out to witness in various public places.  I had the opportunity to go with Henry, Jerod, and Sunday.  Henry witnessed to two boys and a few young ladies.  The boys showed interest in the Gospel.  One of them, William, mentioned that someone else from our ministry had shared the Gospel with him before.  Both of these teenagers trusted Christ.  I watched as their faces turned from being humored to being seriously convicted about their helpless state to being relieved about their eternal state.

We then moved on and witnessed to a man named Sunday and a lady.  It was clear after awhile that the lady was not interested, but Sunday grew increasingly interested in the Gospel story.  It took some time, but he finally grasped the Bible promise that Christ paid for all his sins and not just some of them.  The Spirit of God revealed to him that Christ left no sins for him to pay for.  Sunday also received Christ as his Savior!

Please pray for us as we follow up on these various people.  Most of them promised to come to church tomorrow.  Jesus said the fields were white unto harvest!

Grateful for You!

Phil and Christine

Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Omoo Church
  • Patrick’s wife
  • Prayer meetings
  • New Converts

August, 2017 Update from the Prettyman Family

God is Working!

We are so blessed to sense the power of your prayer support!  It is so evident in the things that are happening.  One of our watchmen, Kennedy, invited us to visit him and his wife to celebrate over their new baby.  He gathered many from his clan to hear as we sang a song and preached the Gospel.  Kennedy was especially burdened for his wife.  After a message on the new birth, Kennedy’s wife asked him, “I want to be saved today; can these men help me?”  Two of our workers, Dickson and Patrick, led her to Christ!  Kennedy was beaming!!!  Keep praying for Patrick’s wife to be saved.  I know it gave him hope to see this wife come to salvation.  There were many others who were under deep conviction.

Pastor Ben had the opportunity to visit another wife, Lois, who is married to one of our faithful Christians, Thomas.  God moved in a very special way, and she was saved along with a man named Dennis.  You can see Thomas and his wife below on the left.  On the right, there is a picture of Paska (standing) with her sister Rose who just accepted Christ.  Thought you might like to see it!

Will you pray for a very dear man, Albert, who is crippled but always beams with the Sonshine of heaven?  Though he cannot walk, one of our workers picks him up on a motorcycle each week so he can attend church and soul-winning training.  He faithfully sits in his village and passes out tracks that we supply him with.  Please pray for God to give him wisdom to reach those he loves, and pray for us to have God’s wisdom in equipping him to be effective.
In the early days of our ministry here, we feel God has burdened us to invest our time in molding men and helping them in the ministries that God has already given them.  Here are a few that we need prayer for.  Some of them have been going for awhile, others are just at the beginning stages.

Tuesday — Noah is burdened for his mother who is has just been diagnosed with a very serious disease that is incurable.  She has a works-salvation background.  He is also burdened for his village.  We will begin going to reach them with the Gospel.

Wednesday — Andrew and I will be traveling by motorcycle to Kennedy’s home to help disciple him and his wife.  We will also look for opportunities to continue preaching the Gospel to those open.  We long to reach the village!

Thursday — Thursday is my day to go with Patrick to share the Gospel with his wife Fosca.  Please, please pray for this dear woman.  Satan seems to have her in the grips of religious darkness.

Friday — Henry, Fred, Herbert and my son Isaiah are conducting services in Omoo on this day.  We had so many last Friday that some were sitting outside and listening.  We had mostly children (30), 5 adults, and 5 teens.  We’re praying about changing the service time to 9am Sunday.  We can then use Friday as an opportunity to visit.

Saturday — We are enjoying a tremendous prayer meeting each Saturday.  God is moving during these times.  Please pray for this to continue.  Saturdayafternoon is outreach where we are just going out as a team to share the Gospel.

Sunday — One last thing that you can pray for us is the opportunity to help a few of the Ugandan pastors who have planted churches.  Dickson and I will be traveling out to help teach the believers how to share the Gospel with those in their village.  We need much wisdom.

Grateful for You,

Prettymans

Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Omoo Church
  • Patrick’s wife
  • Prayer meetings
  • Fred and Herbert
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July, 2017 Prettyman Update-Selah and Rose

Selah and Rose

We have been praying for four years that our little Selah Carmichael would come to know Christ.  Outside of mom and dad, Selah has been the most faithful in praying for her own salvation.  Every time she is asked to pray, she always prays, “Lord, please help me and Ezrah to understand how to be saved and to get saved soon.”  Well, the Lord heard her prayer!

My wife’s cleaning helper, Paska, is also rejoicing that her youngest sister, Rose, just got saved.  Rose responded this past Sunday about wanting to follow the Lord in baptism.  Looks like her and our Selah will get baptized soon!

We have just completed the very first (as far as we know) official evangelism tool in the Lugbara language!  We are very excited about how it will be used.  I’m confident that most of the dear people we are working with just need a simple tool that they feel they are able to use in sharing their faith.  Join us in prayer for God’s blessing on this little tool.  We are also going to be translating it in the Ma’di language and perhaps the other languages in the West Nile.  One of the nice features of the book is that even an illiterate person can use it simply by following the pictures and the associated truth.
Quickly, in closing, please pray about a decision we need to make concerning the church in Omoo.  We have been meeting on Friday’s for their weekly service.  We are praying about whether or not God wants us to take the step of beginning Sunday morning service.

We had a good time training Fred and Herbert last week.  The Lord really gave us a wonderful time of connecting with the people.  Many of them are saved, and we simply need to find out which ones and begin discipling them.  We are always…

Grateful for You,

Prettymans

Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
    • Omoo Church
  • Patrick’s wife
  • Prayer meetings
  • Fred and Herbert

July, 2017 Prettyman Update-Thank You For Praying

Thank You for Praying

I know many of you are praying.  We are seeing some breakthroughs with Patrick’s wife, Fosca.  Patrick told me after our second Bible study that she is beginning to see that there are two completely different paths.  Please keep praying.  I wish you could see the joy and expectation on Patrick’s face.

On Friday, a team of five went to Omoo for the service.  One of our goals was to begin training Fred and Herbert to minister to the children.  God gave us such a connection with the young ones!  I sense that He is knitting their little hearts with us.

We had a tremendous prayer meeting this morning.  For the third week in a row, we squeezed into the prayer room, and God met with us.  Thank you for praying for these meetings.  God is increasing prayer-hunger.

Last of all, we held our first soul-winning training this evening.  We had a good group of about 25.  During the last session, the heaven’s opened up and it began to rain cats and dogs.  That’s what it sounded like hitting the sheet metal roof.  We were forced to stop, because no one could hear anything but rain.  Silently, but in unison, a prayer meeting began.  During the prayer meeting, four teenagers stepped into our church to get out of the rain.  When the prayer meeting ended, one of our translators, Marchello and Pastor Morris spent over an hour sharing the Gospel with the young people and all of them turned to Christ for salvation!  Praise the Lord!!!

Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Health & Safety
  • Patrick’s wife
  • Prayer meetings
  • Fred and Herbert
Click on the picture to watch our last team trip to Uganda.