October, 2017 Update from the Prettyman Family

Thank you for praying

We’ve had tremendous times of prayer this week, and the burden for planting churches in three villages is growing.  We are praising King Jesus for a harvest time among so many children and teenagers.  It’s been a very busy week, and we are rejoicing with you in our Great Savior for giving us strength, desire, and grace to do His glorious work.  Praise the Lord for uniting us in service!  We are so thankful for you.

Your Fellow Servants,

Phil and Christine

Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Walaba/Jiya, Edobo, Omoo
  • Bosko
  • Nicolas
  • Wilson
  • Witch doctor (Lino)
  • New converts

October, 2017 Update from the Prettyman Family

Praising King Jesus with You

The sweet Lord Jesus Christ has done so many wonderful things this week.  Praise God for being able to use weak vessels!  Instead of giving you the overall picture, I thought you might enjoy peaking into a few cameo stories, hopefully to help you feel you are here with us.

After preaching the Gospel in Walaba, we asked if any were willing to turn from dead religion and place their faith in Christ.  A man in his 20’s raised his hand boldly.  Although it was clear he had been drinking earlier that day, he seemed to be comprehending what I was saying.

I thought to myself, “I just heard the story about how Bosko trusted Christ when he was drunk.”  Some Christians were explaining the Gospel and paid no attention to Bosko because of his condition.  Later, Bosko made a public stand for Christ and has been preaching the Gospel ever since – over five years now!  He points back to that very time of hearing the Gospel as his salvation.  This was going through my mind as I considered whether or not I should take him seriously.  As a way to stall for time, I asked, “So, what is your name?”  He looked at me and said, “My name is Bosko.”  Imagine that!  I asked Noah to take him aside and deal privately with him.  When he came back, he stood before everyone, pointing to himself with a huge smile, “I am saved!  I have received everlasting life!”  Please pray for this man.  It would be wonderful to have two Boskos with the same story!

HERE IS THE FIRST BOSKO WHO IS NOW PREACHING THE GOSPEL
During our Saturday outreach with Albert in his shoe repair shop, we sensed the Lord working in a special way.  One of the questions we ask Ugandans to see if they understand eternal salvation is this: we explain the story of Samson and ask, “When he died, where did he go: heaven or hell?”  Most will answer, “He went to hell, because he died as a bitter man.”  We then try to explain that once the Lord saves someone, He saves them forever.  They don’t lose their salvation when they sin, although their lives can become a train wreck.

When we asked these children the question, they answered 100% with “He went to heaven, because he was saved.”  This was wonderful to us!  Patrick worked with them further and we could see that some of them were ready to trust Christ as their Savior.  I believe 7 trusted Christ to save them.  I asked them to stay around after the other children left so we could get their names.  They all stayed back and we had a good “first discipleship time” with them.  Each of them wrote their names in our notepad so that we can pray for them.  God is answering your prayers for light in this darkness!  Please keep praying.

I want to close by telling you that Patrick’s wife Fosca had a healthy baby boy (about 9 pounds).  From what he told me, it sounds like she had a C-section.  Both the baby and mom are doing well.  I will send you a picture later – you won’t believe how much hair this baby had at birth!  I was jealous!

Thank you for all your prayers and the kind support that you provide for us to continue in this ministry.  God is moving, faith is mounting, fear is melting!  On to victory in Jesus Name!

In the Name of the King!

Phil

Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Walaba/Jiya, Edobo, Omoo
  • Bosko
  • Nicolas
  • Wilson
  • Witch doctor (Lino)
  • New converts

October, 2017 Update from the Prettyman Family

Serving Christ in the West Nile Region, Uganda

Prettyman Prayer Report

Three Villages Close to Church Plants

Thank you so much for receiving our updates each week and praying for them.  I hope it’s not too much, but we really do count on your weekly prayer, so we desire to stay accountable to you each week by way of this report.  Let me make this one very short and get right to the point.

There are three villages that are very close to being at the point of planting a church.  In Omoo, we have a number of converts going through discipleship each week and are seeing people saved every week.  We’re just beginning Bible teaching on baptism and will look to baptize as many as 10 very soon.  We have a building to meet in, and a small group of adults who have been faithful in coming for some time now.  Praise the Lord for His promise, “I will build my church!”

Secondly, and perhaps the one most burdening my heart is the village of Edobo, which is Kennedy’s village.  I am grieved every time I see him at church without his family.  There is simply no way for them to come from so far away.  We have been discipling about 12 converts here and they also are very close to baptism.  We are not sure about Kennedy’s father (Nicholas), although he made a profession of faith before.  It will be important for him to really take a stand for salvation by grace through faith.
Last of all, please pray for Jiya.  This is the village of Benard and Noah.  Benard’s father (Philip) is claiming to believe in salvation by grace, and that he cannot lose his salvation.  His wife also is claiming this same position.  Philip has even suggested, “We need to start a church in this village that preaches the truth.”  I asked Benard if he believes in Baptist doctrine and would be willing to learn what the Bible says about baptism, etc.  He said “Yes.”  This is a great open door, and the need is there.  Please pray also for this place.
When the Lord called us to this ministry, the vision He gave me was centered around His promise found in John 14:12, where Jesus promised His followers that they would do “greater works” than even He did.  Since we’ve been here, we have been sharing this vision with the team of workers the Lord has given us.  It really took with them!  There is a growing excitement and expectation to see God do the impossible through simple people.

Our sign in front of the property was much in need of a new paint job, so we decided to take this opportunity to proclaim the testimony of our faith in this promise to the community.  We even had a little fun with it ~ probably went too far.  Christine accuses me of being corny sometimes.  Anyway, here is a picture of the new sign with the “Greater Works Union” theme.  May Jesus Christ be praised as we respond to those who ask, “What does gwu mean?” with “Our God is able to do the impossible and we’re believing Him for it!”  One of our Ugandan Pastors, Morris, saw the “gWu” and said, “Oh, it means, ‘God Working in Uganda’.”  Hey!  That works too!

In the Name of the King!

Phil and Christine

GET READY FOR THE BUGGIEST 6 MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE!
Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Omoo, Jiya, Edobo
  • Patrick’s wife
  • Noah’s parents
  • Wilson
  • Witch doctor
  • Nicholas

September, 2017 Update from the Prettyman Family

Serving Christ in the West Nile Region, Uganda

Prettyman Prayer Report

Report on Village Outreaches

What a joy to serve the One Who knows nothing but Victory!  We are rejoicing with you over the great things He has done this last week. We finally saw some breakthroughs in the village of Jiya.  Benard’s father (Philip) attended and indicated at the end of the service that his faith was in Christ alone.  This was news to Benard, and he is hopeful that his father has turned from the Anglican religion to Christ.  Please pray for this one.  There was also one young man that placed his faith in Christ!  We had very good groups both here (around 75) and at Noah’s village (around 50).
After these two services, we went to proclaim the truth to Noah’s father who is very old, very lost, and very sick.  Noah does not believe he has much time to live.  Over 10 gathered around as I opened the Scriptures and began to explain the importance of preparing for eternity.  There was a very sober spirit as we explained each passage in the Bible that warns man of the consequences of dying in sin.  As you can imagine, Noah is burdened to see his mother and father come to Christ before they die.  Will you lift up these two in prayer?
Our blessed Savior and Friend, the Lord Jesus Christ, has been gracious with so many new converts.  At Kennedy’s village (pictured below), there were seven once again for discipleship.  We have had more come to Christ in Omoo, so there were 12 new Christians in the discipleship class.  It has been a joy to watch Dickson, Henry, and Patrick discipling these new converts!  We are using a material that is easy to reproduce and simple for Christians to use as they teach others.

I hope you will continue to pray for us as there is a growing burden to plant churches in these villages where we have converts.  Most of them are on the discipleship lesson of following the Lord in baptism.  So obviously the next step is to baptize them. During our recent prayer meeting on Saturday, Kennedy prayed that the Lord would provide a way for whole families to worship in church together.  He rides his bike about 10 miles to get to church.  Although that works for him, his wife and children are left at home.  On Sundays, they hear the sounds of the Anglicans and Catholics going through their religious routines, while they can only sit at home.

Please pray that God will raise up some men to pastor these churches.  I am particularly burdened about Kennedy’s village (which I will not even try to spell), Omoo, and Jiya.  All of them need a church!

One last thing.  While we were on deputation, we were blessed to meet so many wonderful children who expressed a burden to pray for us.  During our video presentation, I always looked forward to the part that showed bugs from Uganda, because I knew I would hear lots of “ooohs” and “aaahs” from the boys especially.  So I decided to put together a short video of some great bugs in Uganda!  I hope to communicate to youngsters just how thrilling and adventurous it is to serve the Lord.  Maybe, just maybe, there will even be an adult or two out there that shares our love for “life in the undergrowth.”
GET READY FOR THE BUGGIEST 6 MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE!
Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Omoo, Jiya, Kennedy’s village
  • Patrick’s wife
  • Nicolas
  • Wilson
  • Witch doctor
  • Philip

September, 2017 Prettyman Uganda Update

Discipling New Believers

We are praising God with you for all the wonderful things God has done this week.  We have seen the Gospel Advance move forward “like a mighty army.”  Hundreds have heard the Gospel clearly this week.  The emphasis this week has really been on training new believers.  We developed our first lesson on assurance of salvation.  The desire is to produce materials that are reproducible and simple.  This tool consists of four basic principles concerning eternal security.  They received a large bookmark with four pictures that remind them of the four Bible truths they have learned.
On Wednesday, we went to Kennedy’s village and Dickson was able to use this material on 7 Christians.  He was so encouraged with how well it went!  While he was discipling these believers, me and Andrew continued to preach the Gospel to those still without Christ.  Please continue to pray for Kennedy’s father (Nicolas) and his mother who are unsaved.  His father promises to come to the preaching time, but always finds something else to do.

On Thursday, Patrick and I worked with a large group in his village.  Because we were not able to split the group, we used the material to teach both to the new Christians as well as those unsaved.  Patrick’s wife Fosca has just been beaming since she got saved.  I think some of the radiance may also be the fact that she is one week from delivering her second baby!  Pray for that!

On Friday, Herbert, Henry, Isaiah, Micah, and I went to Omoo and had over 80 in attendance.  Henry took four new believers and was able to go over half of the first lesson with them.  I appreciate just how thorough he is with the truth.  Once again, please pray for wisdom about beginning Sunday services there.

On Saturday, Henry discipled the family of the witch doctor.  He was able to spend 2 precious hours with this family sharing the glorious truth of a salvation that is free and that cannot be lost.  Other soul winners went out on Saturday to proclaim the Greatest Story ever told!  The witch doctor is still unsaved, but is very, very open.

God has given us a wonderful team pictured above (Patrick, Albert, Phil, and Brian) for proclaiming the Gospel of Grace at Albert’s place of living.  After our first week, Albert told me that people were coming to him, saying, “These words that are being preached are true words.  We want these men to continue to come and give us this truth.”  There is a great opposition from the Anglican church that preaches a grace + works salvation.  Please keep Wilson in your prayers.  We had a very intense time with him as he tried to defend the teaching of anglicanism, that we must continue doing certain religious things to maintain the salvation that Christ purchased for us.  It was an enlightening discussion for me, and helped me to really peak into the true heart of this twisted doctrine.

We are so grateful for all you do in your prayers for God’s work here.  God is being glorified!  We are sensing His glorious presence.  You are a very big part of all that is happening.

We enjoyed taking the requests you sent us last week and bringing them before the throne of grace.  We are especially praying for all our dear friends in Florida and the southeast coast as Irma touches land.  We love you all and rejoice with you in hope of what God will do in the week to come.

In the Name of the King!

Phil and Christine

Please Pray

  • Ma’di Translation
  • Beginning of Bible College
  • Omoo Church
  • Patrick’s wife
  • Nicolas
  • Wilson
  • Witch doctor