Year 26, #2 – February 28, 2019 (Newsletter
CRM’s new name is NOVO, or “To Make
New” ̶ Link:
Paul’s new email address is:
Julie’s remains the same: email@example.com
Julie’s health update.
Listening to this song by Michael Card, I am moved to praise
as I write to you.
Holy, Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God
Almighty, Holy, Holy,
Holy is the Lord.
I continue to get stronger and stronger on a weekly basis.
The way this is best exemplified was by our trip to
California on February 15th to attend a colleague’s father’s
funeral. As I had an all morning commitment Paul flew out to
Los Angeles at 7AM while my flight left at 5:30PM. This was
a big deal. For the past two years we have flown together,
boarding early as I was weakened while undergoing
chemotherapy plus my wearing a mask for protection against
germs. We extended this trip to visit family and friends, a
very precious time with many miles driven on Southern
California’s freeways. No, I did NOT drive our rental car as
I’m not yet strong enough for that kind of stress! Besides,
my husband is an excellent driver. Paul flew home two days
before I so I utilized Uber to get to the airport. How
grateful I am as our Lord Jesus continues to restore me.
It’s truly humbling.
we have initiated our focus on 5
Principles for 8 Leaders for the
next generation, two passages remain
central to us:
Build up, build up, prepare the road!
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Solomon, school administrator and one of the “8” in
As our new season moves forward, coaching
Emerging Equippers by phone and SKYPE is
again a major part of my work (Paul) when home.
Today, that activity crossed over into our new
5 Principles for 8 Young Leaders process
for the first time! Solomon (left) and Benjamin
were two of the eight young men in whom Sam Abuku
and I invested in mid-January. Solomon and I had
our first coaching call as a part of accountable
follow-up. I cannot describe to you the joy of
coaching someone motivated to challenge his
generation, with Benjamin and the other six, in
their Serere District of Uganda and beyond.
first “8” – 1st row: Benjamin, Charles,
Emmanuel, and Emma; 2nd row: Emmanuel, Solomon,
Sam, and Peter.
Sam Abuku will be following up with the other seven since
these are his guys and they all live in and around Serere
District. We are following up on their understanding and
applications of the first four Body Life Gardening
Principles we learned together (1)
Discipleship, 2) Breaking Personal and Cultural Strongholds,
3) What has God placed IN you? and 4) Who has God Placed
These organic principles give insight to removing weeds that
culture brings which steal the gospel (Romans 12:2) and also
give opportunity for the Spirit to bring vibrant growth.
Solomon and I discussed these principles, and he will bring
application points to our call in April. PRAY also for Sam
also as he coaches his seven. We are preparing, with John
Blake and Greg Langman, the second module Sam will lead in
May/June. John and I meet March 7-10 in Portland to begin
favorite quote in recent memory
Pentecostal Assemblies Bishop Alex Ojera, Kampala District
a great joy seeing you again and a pleasant surprise seeing
you in Soroti "of all places." You looked so native and at
home save for your skin colour.
Fruits as tithe in the Kamod PAG Church.
village of Kamod, 2 kilometers from where we trained the
young leaders, Sam was invited to preach and I was asked to
“bring greetings” (read: preach again!). It was a great
experience to be a part of moving praise and worship under
this thatched roof building (outside shown above, inside
shown in photo at right). One other part of the worship was
people bringing their tithes and offerings. In such a
village setting, some people give the biblical “first
fruits” as in the Old Testament. That day, several brought
gifts from their fresh crop of maize, and I was the
recepient of it after church. The best corn on the cob
often wondered why there are so many brick homes that are at
some degree of being built all over Uganda. I learned why
this time. In this male-dominated society, one the major
ways a young man shows maturity is to buy a plot of land and
then slowly build a brick house as he can afford the
bricks. This shows that he can handle resonsibility and
would be a good husband and father. Sometimes the home is
not finished until years into a marriage because of the cost
of bricks. The PROCESS reveals the character of the man!
While Sam Abuku has already modeled such character earlier
in life, in this season he has trusted God to provide for
building a pastors’ training/retreat center. Five years
ago, Julie took this photo of Sam and Toto as it took shape
on their village plot of land near Kamod village. While
the “retreat center” is not fully completed, Sam and I
trained the 5 Principles for 8 Leaders with
our eight younger brothers, its first training! Sam and
Toto have a bedroom, as this will be their home in the
village(on land their family has owned for generations).
But its larger purpose will be as a place of hospitality and
refuge for many Christian leaders with three rooms of bunk
beds and a place for training – all with Ugandan village
hospitality and Papa and Toto (Mama) Abuku hosting. It is
still all about the relationships! Sam said that there will
be mesh screens on the windows (protecting from malaria
mosquitos) and also running water by late fall, knowing that
Julie is likely coming with me in November!