Robert and Nicky’s Travel update – September 2016

Thank you for your prayers and support: I couldn’t have done the trip without them!  What a trip this was, many hours travelling in African busses over African roads, not very pleasant considering the problem I have with my back!!  God was very good and I came through it with no long-lasting effects, praise the Lord.

UGANDA:

Adebuk Deep Water Pump (3)The trip including visiting the two place where World in Need works.  First we went to Northern Uganda where we visited the work that George Amoli is doing.  It was so good to see the projects that we are helping with and supporting: well-digging (see photo), farming, woodwork training and training ladies in making sanitary products for young girls so that they can continue to go to school without embarrassment.

We then travelled to Buikwe in central Uganda, here I had the privilege of teaching on leadership not only to Christians but the Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor as well as a number of local government officials, most of whom were Muslims.  It was good to be invited back to do more training.

CONGO:

ClassroomTravelling through Rwanda, we arrived in Congo, a miracle in itself that we managed to get visas!!

Congo is just coming out of civil war, with many widows and orphans.  The biggest shock was seeing so many young girls who have children after having been raped!  Even so, we stayed in Goma, a border town and considered to be relatively safe.  We were picked up at the border and taken to the hotel and meetings, not being allowed out of the car!  Goma is full of armed UN officials and soldiers.  Many charitable organisation have their headquarters there.

Well over a hundred Pastors and Church leaders came to the training.  I spoke in the mornings on leadership and in the afternoon David Shamiri, the UK CEO of World in Need, spoke on witnessing to Muslims.

I was deeply affected by visiting a school that the wife of Desiree (our representative in Congo) has started in response to the many children who cannot afford to go to school.  Around 220 children go to the school; they have no toilets or kitchen where they can prepare food!  See photo of classroom!

KENYA:

DSC04115What a journey from Congo, 18 hours to Kampala and the next day 10 hours to Soy near Eldoret in eastern Kenya!

It was good to spend time with Robert Mulumbi, both on the busses and to stay with him, Alice and their children Elizabeth and Rodney (who have become my African grandchildren).

Having taught at the Bible School in Soy last year it was good to be back and renew friendships.

OFF TO ALBANIA

On Friday 2 September we flew off to Albania for our second trip this year, we feel very much at home now and have many that we regard as friends.

Sat 3 /Sun 4 – Travel to Burrel and then teaching and preaching.

Mon 5/Thu 8 – Moving to Elbasan – spending time with the Church’s Leaders.

Fri 9/Sun 11 – Travel to Korca, Preaching and teaching in the Church, especially talking to the two young Elders, Orsi and Renato, and their wives.

Mon 12/Wed 21 – Back to Elbasan.  Spending time with the leaders, on Friday and Saturday (16 and 17) will be the training for the Albania Newfrontiers’ leaders.  On Sunday 18 in the                              morning we will be with the Elbasan Church and in the evening at the Newfrontiers Church in Tirana

Wed 21 – Fly home, leaving Tirana at 20.40 UK time arriving 23.45 at Gatwick.

Prayer Pointers:

  • Safety in travelling: The mountain roads can be very dangerous.
  • Anointing of the Spirit: Pray that God will anoint and use Robert powerfully as he teaches and Nicky as she relates to the women.
  • Receptivity: The churches leaders have not had systematic programmed teaching; pray for them to be receptive as Robert teaches.
  • Relationships: Pray that relationships between the leaders and Robert will be good as he seeks to communicate through translators.  For Nicky as she relates to the wives who will be there.     For Wisdom, grace, love and compassion, and to flow in the power of the Holy Spirit, as we talk to various leaders, counsel others and come alongside folk in the churches.

Our programme for the rest of the year:

October: Our second visit to Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina

November: Sees us flying to Delhi, India for World in Need’s international leaders’ conference.  Robert will then fly on to the Philippines to visit a work on one of the many islands .

As you can see our programme is filling up fast.  Pray for health, strength and wisdom over what invitations we should accept and those that we should decline.