November, 2017 Update from the Prettyman Family

Serving Christ in the West Nile Region, Uganda

Prettyman Prayer Report

Our First Sunday in Jiya!

We left for Jiya this morning at 8:00, first driving the van as far as the road would permit, and then finishing our journey on foot.  We were excited, but had no idea what would happen.  Would the people chicken out?  Would anyone show up?  Would the pressure of the Anglican church be too much for these new believers?

What a blessing to see over 10 come for this first service!!!  Our meeting was a simple place; our order of service was simple; our singing was simple; but the sweet presence of Christ was made known in such a special way today.  Benard, his father Philip, Noah, and I began by praying together, dedicating this work to God’s grace and pleading with Him for mercy.

After a little while, people began to show up.  We even had an expectant dog and a few chickens moving about, wondering what this new event could be.  The chairs were all set up and ready to go.  Then the people began to come.  We took time to explain that what makes church so wonderful, even when it is so simple, is the presence of Jesus in our midst.  Even if there are only two or three, He has promised to meet with us.  We encouraged them to quiet their heart and expect the Lord to make His sweet presence known as we sing, worship, and study God’s Word.
God blessed the preaching in such a special way.  All of us had such a wonderful sense of God’s presence during the preaching.  The truth was coming out clearly, the translator was able to communicate well, and it was clear that the truth was being received.  It was a great first service!

We ended with a time of receiving prayer requests and praying for the things burdening some of the individuals.  One of the main requests brought out during this time was that God would deliver us from a spirit of fear.  That request seemed to resonate with reality among the people.  Next week will be a similar set up, but we are planning to move to small study groups for a SundaySchool setting very soon.  We want to get them obeying what they learn right away, and the small groups tend to help with accountability.  If they are to know the manifest presence of Christ, they will have to obey!  So declares John 14.  Will you pray that many of them will take the step of obedience in baptism?  It’s a very difficult step for them in this culture.

We ended our sermon with the story behind the song “I have decided to follow Jesus,” and reminded them that there would be a price to pay if they wanted to continue to follow Christ.  However, according to Luke 10, the rewards are great!

  • Joy
  • Power over the enemy
  • Assurance of Salvation
  • Making Christ glad
  • Deeper understanding of truth
Thank you so much for praying for this little beginning.  Next Sunday, Noah and Benard will take the service completely.  It is good for them right away not to expect “the white guy” (Muzungu) to be in charge of things.  I will be heading out next week with Dickson to begin the first Sunday in Kennedy’s village, Edobo!  Great things are happening because we serve a great God!

In the Name of the King!

Phil and Christine

Please Pray

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