Thursday, 26 August 2010

Prayer letter, August

Lou’s Prayer
"To advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.” (Navigators mission statement)
Dear Friends, I’m so excited to be sharing with you
this thrilling new stage in my missionary career. In September (2 weeks away!) I will move to Birmingham to become a Connect worker. Connect is an internship-style discipleship year working with the Student Navs, an arm of the Navigators UK.
I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Navigators in the UK. Those of you who have been keeping careful attention will know I worked alongside the Navs at Mbarara University, and have been involved with their Glasgow ministry as a student leader. The Navigators have been an integral part of my maturation as a Christian and in my ministry, and I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to work with them in Birmingham. For an idea of what the Navs student ministries are like, have a look at this video from students navs in Canada.

If you’re wondering why I’m entering student ministry when I’m pretty sure I want to work in cross-cultural medical mission, don’t worry, it’s a good question! I believe all Christian ministry requires the same vital skills, and I will learn these in spades as a Connect worker. Here are some of the great things I’ll get to do this year:
  • Development in Vision, Character and Skill 
  • On the Job Training in a University Student Ministry 
  • Quality Discipling by a Mature Supervisor 
  • Personal Ministry into the Lives of Others 
  • Extended Bible Study and Reading Projects 
  • National Networking and Training Conferences 
  • International Summer Programme

Over the past year I’ve discovered a passion for working with and mentoring young women, and this is something I would love to integrate into any ministry I end up in. The above picture is of myself with the group of school leavers I discipled over the last few months of my time in Uganda, and I was able to do this because of skills and techniques learned through involvement with Navs. I really believe that this year will prove invaluable for my future in whatever ministry God leads me into.

I also hope to be working with AIM’s African Connections in Europe ministry, as they have some work going on in Birmingham. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to show the same kind of welcome to Africans living in the UK as they showed to this Brit when I went to live in their country! I miss my relationships with my Ugandan friends so much since leaving, and I’m hoping being able to befriend and minister to Africans living in Europe will help me to settle back into life in the UK and enable me to put to use the cultural and social knowledge I gained over there.If you would like to join me this year by supporting me financially, I would be incredibly grateful. I need to raise a rough total of £8,500 (you can contact me for a full budget if you like). Through the Navigators UK I will be able to claim Gift Aid (28%) on all donations, both regular and one-off (7% will go to the Navigators for admin fees). The most important thing I can ask of you, though, is to pray for me, as I strongly believe that it’s only though reliance on God and people’s prayers that I can do anything of worth!

I would like to thank all of you for your support in the past year, and I’m excited about your involvement in this year with the Navigators. I am so glad that God chose to bring me this far by relying on you. You are all dear to me, and I have been well aware of the fruits of your prayers in the past. I would like to humbly ask that you please continue!

Please pray for:
Thank you! Blessings, Lou

“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” Thessalonians 2:8

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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Fundraising info

Here are the forms you need if you would like to support me financially this year:

The Navigators UK Limited, a Company Limited by Guarantee, is a registered charity incorporated in England and Wales (charity no 1099148) and is a charity registered in Scotland (charity no SC038484). Company no 4429021. Registered Office: Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton SO17 1XQ

(7% will go to the Navs for admin fees and I can claim 28% gift aid on any gifts not from relatives.)

I'd just like to say a HUGE thank you to those of you who've already given and prayed, it really means the world to me and it's only through your gifts that I'll be able to work in this ministry this year. Thank you!!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Nearly there..

Less than two weeks to go until I move to Birmingham! I can't believe it's come around so soon. I think the time is going so fast because I'm working 1-10pm every day for Oxfam doing door to door fundraising. It's hard work, but really rewarding to see people commit to giving regularly to such a great cause.
My own fundraising is going slowly but surely. I still have quite a way to go before I can say I'll have enough to live and work this year, so if you're able to help I would really appreciate it - just get in touch for a Navs support and Gift Aid form, and I'll be able to claim back 28% on your giving (7% will go to the Navigators as admin fees). I have to raise a total of £8,500 (roughly) to see me through this year, so if you would like to get involved it would be wonderful to have you join me in this!
I have a lot of studying to do before starting on the 6th of September - at the moment I'm reading 'The Drama of Scripture', which is a fascinating book that looks at God's work in the world and with His people throughout the entire Bible and how it relates to us now.
I've almost definitely found a house and flatmates for this year - I'll definitely be living with Kyleigh, the other Connect worker coming to Birmingham this year (all the way from the US!) and we may be living with a friend of a friend, who has a lovely house with two nice rooms for rent. I'll be going up to Birmingham this weekend to have a look around, hopefully that will go well! If you're in Birmingham this weekend, give me a shout.
I'm afraid that's as exciting as my news gets at the moment! I'll try and keep this much more updated as the move gets closer. I really appreciate how all of you are keeping me in your prayers, it's those that will keep me going this year much more than money ever could!