October, 2017 Update from the Matson Family

Dear Praying Friends,

It has been a while since I reported on Jerry’s health, mainly because I
am just too tired when I get home for the evening.  We did learn today
that the discharge date is being set for this Thursday, and although I
was hoping for tomorrow, at least we have a “target date,” which were
Jerry’s words.  He can survive three more nights now!  I won’t pretend
this has been an easy trial, for it has stretched us both to the inth
degree, but always the Lord has sustained.  His medications have been
lowered and one taken away.  He is doing well in therapy – walking,
climbing steps and doing all the strengthening exercises.  He is eating
well.  But, oh how he wants to come home.  Our hardest time of each day
is when I have to leave him for the night. If nothing else has come of
all this, one thing is so evident, which is that the Lord has further
cemented our love for each other!  Yesterday I went through the timeline
with Jerry of all that has taken place.  He doesn’t remember much of it,
what with anesthesia and all the medical stress.  We cried together, and
were very mindful of the Lord’s mercies.

Again, I thank all of you who have prayed.

Gratefully in our Rock,

Janet

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 Matson Update-From ICU to Rehab!

Dear Praying Friends,

After spending 12 hours a day at the hospital for 10 days, I have been literally too tired to write updates, but just had to do so tonight. Jerry was discharged straight from Vascular ICU to Rehab today.  A bed opened up at Harbour’s Edge, the lovely facility where he was before. Everyone was glad to see him and said “The pastor is back!”  One woman said “Do you remember how you prayed for me every night before,” and another male NCP right away told him of his own physical trouble. It is nice to be loved! All the nurses and staff at the hospital were familiar to us also, and they were absolutely super caregivers.

Jerry has been through a lot.  One doctor told him it was just a bump in the road.  We think it more resembled a big pot hole!  He went into A Fib two more times since I last wrote, the second time not as severe as the first, but still scary, and he was pumped full of medication.  They planned to drain more fluid from his left chest cavity today, but a second doctor said “No, he has been through enough stress.”  The incision on the inside of his left bicep is 14 inches long, and on the top side of his biceps it is 7 inches long.  His whole left side is one huge dark purple bruise.  He looks like he has been beaten up!

The Lord is so good to us in so many ways, not the least is giving us many prayer partners.  I will try to keep you better informed.  Please pray he will be able to rest well now, and gain strength to come home. No aneurysm surgery is being considered until he fully recovers!

A grateful wife,
Janet

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