What Does Kingdom Culture Look Like?

I've taken long since writing. Many reasons for this, one being my computer was stolen and writing these updates on my phone is more difficult. But I am so thankful to announce that my computer has been replaced through my amazing church family Epikos in Bend, OR. Many of the other items stolen were also purchased for me as well. It is overwhelming having my life so deeply blessed through the generosity of others. I'm deeply grateful to everyone who made a purchase or donation. 
Another reason for the delay in writing has been that my focus has been instead on my own trauma recovery. If you read my last email, you are familiar with all the various miracles which Daddy revealed that night. One of them being my training I received in trauma care last July. It was His provision that I would undergo that training and it was not only helpful in the moment, but it had also opened my heart for the need for further training. Since July, I have been reading books and articles on trauma care for individuals and groups. Therefore my tool box was full not only of knowledge but resources to turn to. I am so thankful to share that my recovery is going very well. I still feel tension throughout my body from the trauma and certain noises at night still bring anxiety but my sleep has been peaceful thanks to a deep revelation of Jesus' love every night as I go to bed. 
I want to share some of the stories from the youth school and the revelation that the youth received those few weeks. It was amazing that even in the midst of this trauma, and some because of, the Father revealed His heart for each of these young adults. 

More connection   One of the beautiful results of the attack was a leveling of responsibility which meant a leveling of relationship. In Uganda, whites are often elevated and placed on a pedestal. It is a difficult position to be in and a constant thought of how to bring about the truth of our equal value. Following the attack, I removed myself from leadership and did not speak any longer. I knew my heart was not in a healthy place to lead but also I knew I needed my own personal healing not only from Father, but from my peers who had experienced the trauma with me. This photo shows some of the other leaders as well as one of the youth. Each were, and continue to be, an integral part in Daddy healing my heart from what happened. There was a deep connection made when we went through this horror together and I leaned much on each of them, and the others, in order to move through into healing together. I am so thankful that Daddy used this to reveal His desire for all of His children to know they are equal. Because of the way He positioned me to receive, the youth connected with me in a different way than in previous schools and for that I am deeply grateful. 

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One of the beautiful results of the attack was a leveling of responsibility which meant a leveling of relationship. In Uganda, whites are often elevated and placed on a pedestal. It is a difficult position to be in and a constant thought of how to bring about the truth of our equal value. Following the attack, I removed myself from leadership and did not speak any longer. I knew my heart was not in a healthy place to lead but also I knew I needed my own personal healing not only from Father, but from my peers who had experienced the trauma with me. This photo shows some of the other leaders as well as one of the youth. Each were, and continue to be, an integral part in Daddy healing my heart from what happened. There was a deep connection made when we went through this horror together and I leaned much on each of them, and the others, in order to move through into healing together. I am so thankful that Daddy used this to reveal His desire for all of His children to know they are equal. Because of the way He positioned me to receive, the youth connected with me in a different way than in previous schools and for that I am deeply grateful. 

Highlight Sons/Daughters  Following are just a few quotes from the youth as they shared their hearts during the healing process with Daddy.   Where Father has taken me, no one can remove me. (this was shared from the young man in the photo above.   I went from striving in prayer to knowing the Father is the source of love.  'Father how do You show me You love me?' -'I bring you rain because I know you need water. I bring you sun because I know you need light. I bring you darkness because I know you need rest.'  I'm not a "prayer warrior" as before. Now I know I'm a son. I receive His gifts and I give away freely.  These teachings really heal the heart. Not like other teachings that don't deal with the real thing.  I've never been to a place where I was loved by so many people.   Those few weeks brought about a deep change in the hearts of these sons and daughters. Since that time, I've received so many messages of what He is continuing to do in their lives. Our first follow up is in a couple of weeks and it will be wonderful to have so many return to hear more of their testimony. 

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Following are just a few quotes from the youth as they shared their hearts during the healing process with Daddy. 

Where Father has taken me, no one can remove me. (this was shared from the young man in the photo above. 

I went from striving in prayer to knowing the Father is the source of love.

'Father how do You show me You love me?' -'I bring you rain because I know you need water. I bring you sun because I know you need light. I bring you darkness because I know you need rest.'

I'm not a "prayer warrior" as before. Now I know I'm a son. I receive His gifts and I give away freely.

These teachings really heal the heart. Not like other teachings that don't deal with the real thing.

I've never been to a place where I was loved by so many people. 

Those few weeks brought about a deep change in the hearts of these sons and daughters. Since that time, I've received so many messages of what He is continuing to do in their lives. Our first follow up is in a couple of weeks and it will be wonderful to have so many return to hear more of their testimony. 

I am sooooo deeply thankful to announce that Bubbles has been found and safely returned to me! There were items stolen from inside and some damage done but most has already been repaired. The vehicle was found abandoned in Kampala. The delay was simply communication. Receiving it back was expensive due to this lack of communication with the local police. No bribes were paid but instead there was a lot of transport between multiple cities and the need to stay in guesthouses which meant meals eaten in restaurants. But the cost again was covered through your generosity. A good friend of mine was visiting from Germany when I received the phone call that Bubbles had been found and though I was excited and relieved, she noticed that I wasn't as excited as she would have thought and asked me about this. Just last week Daddy revealed the why. He showed me that my heart was content with or without the vehicle. He showed me that relying on Jesus and His words over my life during these past two months have brought me to a state where it does not matter what I have or don't have. My Peace is from Him. Again He has revealed such truths to my heart which are irreplaceable. 

I am sooooo deeply thankful to announce that Bubbles has been found and safely returned to me! There were items stolen from inside and some damage done but most has already been repaired. The vehicle was found abandoned in Kampala. The delay was simply communication. Receiving it back was expensive due to this lack of communication with the local police. No bribes were paid but instead there was a lot of transport between multiple cities and the need to stay in guesthouses which meant meals eaten in restaurants. But the cost again was covered through your generosity. A good friend of mine was visiting from Germany when I received the phone call that Bubbles had been found and though I was excited and relieved, she noticed that I wasn't as excited as she would have thought and asked me about this. Just last week Daddy revealed the why. He showed me that my heart was content with or without the vehicle. He showed me that relying on Jesus and His words over my life during these past two months have brought me to a state where it does not matter what I have or don't have. My Peace is from Him. Again He has revealed such truths to my heart which are irreplaceable. 

What's coming for me personally?   I have been planning a trip to Europe in April since last year. One of the things I have learned since living in Uganda now 5 years is that scheduled time of refreshment and rest are needed to maintain health. Europe is a place where I can receive those things. Because of this, I have been saving for a long time to have this getaway. Originally my plan was to leave the 1st of April. However due to further visa issues, I will be leaving next week. The additional time spent out of Uganda comes with a gift from Daddy. I asked Him what to do with these additional couple of weeks and His response was 'Israel'. :) So next week I will be flying and spending a couple of weeks in the place where my beloved lived as a man on earth. My heart soars at this thought and I can't wait to just be there with Him. I am not planning to try and visit everywhere but instead I am being guided by Him on a few locations to go and just be. My heart needs this and I am thankful for the opportunity to take time away and be reminded that I am His beloved daughter. I am so very thankful for all the prayers and encouragement since the attack in January. I am doing much better but this trip will hopefully continue the healing process. I will be seeing a counselor during part of it as well as simply being with Daddy in a land where I can relax and let my guard down a little. :)    Sending you all love and hugs!

What's coming for me personally?

I have been planning a trip to Europe in April since last year. One of the things I have learned since living in Uganda now 5 years is that scheduled time of refreshment and rest are needed to maintain health. Europe is a place where I can receive those things. Because of this, I have been saving for a long time to have this getaway. Originally my plan was to leave the 1st of April. However due to further visa issues, I will be leaving next week. The additional time spent out of Uganda comes with a gift from Daddy. I asked Him what to do with these additional couple of weeks and His response was 'Israel'. :) So next week I will be flying and spending a couple of weeks in the place where my beloved lived as a man on earth. My heart soars at this thought and I can't wait to just be there with Him. I am not planning to try and visit everywhere but instead I am being guided by Him on a few locations to go and just be. My heart needs this and I am thankful for the opportunity to take time away and be reminded that I am His beloved daughter. I am so very thankful for all the prayers and encouragement since the attack in January. I am doing much better but this trip will hopefully continue the healing process. I will be seeing a counselor during part of it as well as simply being with Daddy in a land where I can relax and let my guard down a little. :) 

Sending you all love and hugs!

Miracles Through Trauma

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“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.” Job 42:5

Each time I share my life story I am reminded of how many times I have seen the Lord. But now I have a few more testimonies. Those of you who have heard of what happened via social media, allow me now to reveal the many further layers of what happened the night of January 13th. For those of you not on social media, during the youth school I was a leader for this past month there was a robbery attack in the middle of the night. It was very violent and terrifying yet no one was injured. I was the only white person sleeping on the property and thus becoming the main target during this 45-60 minute attack by 12 men. I’m not going to share all that the enemy did that night. Instead, I’m going to speak to the miracles that Daddy revealed that night.

The men broke into my room first, they had been doing recon on the property earlier in the night and knew which room the only white person was staying. When I woke to the noise of my door handle being forcefully turned multiple times I rose to open the door thinking one of the youth needed something.

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Miracle 1- Holy Spirit warned me from opening the door by highlighting that no one was saying my name. I began to yell ‘NO’ and the smashing began. It did not take long for the door to come off the hinges at which time I began to yell “GET OUT” to the 7 men who ran at me.

Miracle 2- the girls in the room next to mine at first thought I was having a nightmare and wanted to come help when I yelled NO. However when I yelled GET OUT, the girls’ leader realized there was a problem and they needed to remain quiet and inside their room. This girls’ room was kept invisible from the theft.

Miracle 3- when I began screaming, three of our youth boys from the school came running to my room to help. They were very confused when they entered and upon seeing the men over me on my bed became scared and ran. This is a miracle because all 3 escaped safely. One ran to our director a few kilometers away and was able to sound an alert for the police. The second ran back to the boys room and kept them from fighting by giving the rest of them the facts of what was happening. The third ran to the river to hide in the bush and saw that the men escaped in boats (something that the police did not realize was happening in these attacks).

Miracle 4- Vulnerability here. I was sleeping naked. When the men entered my room my greatest fear of being raped was realized and felt true. Before any of the men could hold me down however the Scripture ‘though I was naked, you clothed me’ came to my heart and I knew that Jesus would keep me from being raped. It was in this moment that Peace settled in the room and I held a clear mind the rest of the night.

Miracle 5- I had been through a training on hostile environments just a couple of months ago and because of this training I was much better equipped to handle the situation than if I had not had this training.

Miracle 6- Though three of our guys were bound, no one was injured in this attack. There have been 8 other attacks by this group and at each there have been people hospitalized due to injuries.

Miracle 7- At first, the men found very little cash on me and the other youth. They began to threaten they would kidnap one of the girls or kill one of the boys if they didn’t get more money. This went on for quite some time until they found a hidden bag in my room (I thought they had already found this) which had a large sum of cash. When they found this cash, they left very quickly. Daddy revealed to me later that this large sum of cash had basically paid ransom for the life of one or more of our youth.

Miracle 8- One of our youth boys who entered my room escaped to run to our directors home. In order to leave our property, he jumped a 2 foot trench and jumped over a fence 6 feet high. “By my God, I can scale any wall.” Psalm 18:29

Miracle 9- Last July while in the US I went through training for how to take a group through a crisis. Because of this training, following the attack, I had the knowledge of how to help the youth walk through the pain of what happened and into Daddy’s arms.

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Miracle 10- The day after the attack, Daddy asked me to go back into my room and He had a gift for me. He took me back to the attack and revealed the fear I had of being raped. I have actually had this fear hanging over me for months due to the fact that nearly 20 women were raped and mutilated near my house where I used to live. As I sat on the floor in this room which had been filled with terror He spoke to me, “Even though you were naked in a room of men with evil in their hearts, I would not let them rape you.” Immediately love came over me and the fear left. That fear is gone now and will not return because no longer will I give authority to it by agreeing with it.

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Moving forward I do ask for further prayer. My sleep is very disrupted and does not last long. I have rushes of adrenaline in my system due to post traumatic stress and I’m finding myself exhausted and at times overwhelmed by all the processing of the trauma. Please pray for peaceful sleep to come and remain as well as for Daddy to continue to reveal Himself. Pray for the attacks to stop. Three more locations were hit a couple of days ago, totaling 8 locations in 14 days. Pray for these men to have a Saul to Paul experience. I do not wish harm on any of them, instead for them to deeply experience the presence of Holy Spirit. Also please pray for specifically 2 of the 3 boys who entered my room. Their hearts are struggling with the image of what they saw happening to me and the fact that they ran. I have spoken to each that I was not being raped or cut with machetes as they suspected but there is a deep guilt that only the Father’s love can touch and remove. Otherwise, join me in thankfulness for all these miracles I’ve shared.


I want to say thank you to the many people who have prayed, sent donations, encouraged me and purchased items to replace what was stolen. It all has deeply touched my heart. My beloved ring which meant more to me than any other possession in my life other than my Bible was taken but even that Daddy has spoken truth to my heart. My wonderful car Bubbles was also stolen and with it, the car title. There is only hope in Christ that it will return but that hope is founded on a miracle and not on anything practical. All other vehicles stolen by this group have been located except mine so most investigators involved do not believe mine will be recovered. But again, the beauty in the story of Job was not in what materials were returned to him, but that He experienced a deeper level of God’s presence than he had before. And I feel the same way. Many people have asked me if I want to leave or asked me why I stay. My answer to that is that I’m not here because of Ugandans. Therefore it will not be Ugandans that make me leave. I am here because Daddy invited me to be a part of what He is doing here in Uganda. And the thieves tried to tell me ‘this is Uganda’ when I asked them ‘why?’ but I know the truth. The Kingdom will be revealed because there were youth on that property who chose to run to my rescue, who chose to protect each other and not fight, who chose to have integrity and not steal. The Kingdom is here in Uganda because the power of the Father’s love is being experienced in the hearts of many and turning spiritual orphans to sons and daughters. That’s why I’m here, and that’s why I’m not leaving.

 

With Love,

Kelly Rompel
Executive Director of Global Redemption



2018 & Onward

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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There are so many updates from this year and much to look forward to in 2019, so let’s get started!!! I’ve just returned from 10 days rest in Kenya and it was fantastic! Days filled with being with Jesus, cuddling in a blanket with 2 great danes sitting on my lap and watching Christmas movies. I typically take this time between Christmas and New Years but schedule changes caused me to push it early in order to make sure it happened. I pray that in this season and the coming year, you prioritize time with Jesus as well as time for rest and fun. All are important and have value in our lives! 


This past year has been full of breakthroughs, challenges and healing. We received our NGO certification which was a huge breakthrough! Of course we received it with an expired stamp which was a challenge. Even today I am finishing paperwork for our renewal still! If anyone is interested in helping Global Redemption here in Uganda through administrative work, you are very needed!! :) 

Enjoying a hike up Tororo Rock with fellow missionaries and new friends

Enjoying a hike up Tororo Rock with fellow missionaries and new friends

We have had breakthroughs in shifting to Tororo and establishing relationships with fellow non-profits in the community who are doing similar work. This was important because we wanted to develop partnerships instead of coming in as a lone wolf. The vision of Global Redemption has been not only well received but we have seen many partnerships develop with these local non-profits as well as individuals hungry to receive the teachings and mentorships. We have hit challenges however in regards to purchasing land. The government of Uganda has announced it’s takeover of land within Tororo District due to financial investment increasing in the area and therefore there is an increase within the corruption of land purchase. We therefore have taken a step back to re-evaluate how our program will continue in this season. 

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Through this step-back, we are seeing an emphasis needed on development of our future mentors. Without any push from Global Redemption, one of the organizations we partner with for a young adult school every January has decided to see the same development occur. Therefore next month for this 3 week school, young adults who attended the school previously and have shown leadership of walking in sonship will be positioned as small group leaders. These leaders will act as mentors not only for this school, but for our future follow-ups as well. Pouring into the next generation is the heart of Global Redemption. We are therefore reviewing the idea of taking the opportunity to further train and reach out to these mentors in the coming year through renting a space and utilizing our curriculum in short term programs. Mentorship while living together is still our ultimate goal, however at this time and for this coming season we feel this is the step Daddy is leading us towards. 

Also due to the step-back I, Kelly, have had time to re-evaluate some personal passions and struggles I’ve been having. The violence within Uganda has not only continued, but has also come close in proximity to where I live once again. This time of year tends to see an increase in crime due to the need for increased finances for Christmas and school fees which are due in January. I am thankful to various organizations as well as the psychologist I saw while in the US over the summer for giving me tools to become more aware of my surroundings, train me in active defense and help me adjust to a different lifestyle mentally and emotionally. But with the added stress, I am also seeing how this is a new life for missionaries in Uganda. Due to this increase of stress as well as increase of trauma, I have begun undergoing trauma care training. The need for this training was revealed to me on Thanksgiving when I sat with a young missionary woman as she cried on my floor as she shared her experience of rape, assault as well as being molested in broad daylight in a busy area of town. She had been unable to receive adequate care following these events due to the lack of trained practitioners. Stories like hers are becoming too common and I feel Daddy is desiring me to reveal Him in this gap through this training.

Trying to get a Christmas photo in front of the tree and one dog is camera shy and disappears and another can't keep his eyes open!

Trying to get a Christmas photo in front of the tree and one dog is camera shy and disappears and another can't keep his eyes open!

As I mentioned, this has been a year of breakthrough, challenge and healing. And honestly, I am expecting these three attributes to accompany into 2019. I am thankful for each of them. Breakthrough reminds me that Jesus is truly in control, challenges remind me that I am not in control and healing reminds me that the place of peace is found in the lap of the One who is in control. :) 

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The next couple of weeks for me will be filled with some exciting times as I am hosting three friends who are missionaries in Congo. These friends live in a constant state of bombs and shooting due to the war occurring as well as the recent Ebola outbreak. I am excited to give them an opportunity for rest and renewal in my home. Then following Christmas I get to visit with a team who has come from the US for a few days (one being a missionary family and my best friend who used to live in Uganda). Then its a couple days to rest before reporting for the youth school in January. 

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I ask for your prayers over the following:

1. Our paperwork renewal this week.

2. Safety within the nation of Uganda, especially our community of Tororo.

3. Deep rest in the arms of Jesus for my friends from Congo.

4. The youth school in January for open hearts to receive the comfort of Father God.


I ask for your end of year giving to aid us in the following:

1. Our renewal paperwork cost will be nearly $1,000 overall which will give us approval for 3 years.

2. I would like to send my Congo friends to a nice retreat center for a couple of days which will cost $200.

3. The cost for each youth to attend the school in January is $215. I would like to sponsor at least one youth for this school.

4. We are in need to have our monthly donations increase as well in order to hire Ugandan staff to help me prepare for the short term mentor development. Monthly donations can be automatically deducted from your bank account or charged on your credit/debit card.


Donations can be made via our website: http://www.globalredemption.net/donate/

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Thank you all for reading this update. Your connection, donations and prayers mean so much to me. I pray that each of you had a wonderful Christmas and hopefully time spent with family! Sending you my love and hugs from the warmth of Tororo! :) Happy New Year

Building a Firm Foundation

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This past week has been so wonderful. Two leaders from an inner healing ministry in Switzerland came and did a five day training of various inner healing methods. If you are unfamiliar with the vision of inner healing, it is very simple. Walking out of the bondage of sin, trauma and pain. It is about becoming delivered, healed and made whole. I was able to sit in on the training to receive further experience myself but was also able to assist in their training as well. The Ugandans being trained are leaders of a missionary training school. This school is training Ugandans as missionaries to muslims. These missionaries are being sent all over Uganda as well as to Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya and beyond. It is always important for our own hearts and filters to be made pure as we minister to others so this is a wonderful first step! I have connected with this school a lot and they have expressed interest in having me come share and utilize the curriculums we are developing for Global Redemption. We are exploring these ideas still but I love the heart of partnership that I have found here in Tororo. 

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I want to take time to introduce you to my three watchmen individually. The first one is Samuel. He is in his mid-20’s, married and has a 5 year old daughter. They currently live with his mother but he is anxious to have them come live in Tororo. At that time, he would move out of the flat on my property and move in with them. I love the idea of him bringing his family to be close to him. This is rare as many men desire to have other women where they work and they visit their wife and children a few times a year. Samuel has a desire to work in security for many years. He enjoys the work and sees how it could financially support his family in their future. He is the team leader and is very charismatic and likes the dogs a lot! 

Andrew is the second watchman. He is also in his mid-20’s and is married with a two month old son. He was raised by his uncle as both his parents were killed when he was very young. His wife and son live in the village where he is from. He also has a desire to bring them to live in Tororo. Andrew is quiet and very intelligent. He has foresight which is a rare trait here in Uganda and I see a lot of potential in him. 

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Campbell is the final watchman. He is in his mid-20’s and is the youngest of the three. He is single and currently not in a relationship, anyway he won’t tell me. :) He has a young soul and is highly moldable. He is a learner and I see that he enjoys being around others and seeing what is happening. He is also a bit quiet but gets a kick out of the dogs as well. 


I am so thankful for these watchmen’s presence and I desire to pay them good salaries for their work. They have a rotating schedule of 2-12 hour day shifts, 2-12 hour night shifts, 1/2 day for non-security tasks on the property and 1 1/2 days completely off. Each are followers of Jesus Christ and I often hear them praying for things around the property. Each salary is roughly $100/month. At this time we still have needs of monthly donations to increase in order to cover these salaries. If you would like to help support Samuel and his family, click this link and you can sign up for monthly donations. https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/8zlscuoja4b Or if you would like to make a one time donation click this link. https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5731688507eaa0ea485dbce6 All donations are tax deductible in the US.

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Moving & Growing

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Greetings from my new town of Tororo, Uganda!!
         I have reached Tororo and the work on my new home has begun! Workers are putting a new chain link fence to keep in the dogs, finishing tile throughout the house and building a kitchen! I will also have some of the interior walls painted with cool colors. This house was such a blessing to find! The land is owned by a local family so by living there I am able to support their livelihood through my rent payments.

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The youth follow up last week went great! We had a smaller group show up which was actually easier due to three of our leaders being MIA. I was the only leader staying at the youth compound which was fine up to the final evening when the youth refused to go to bed… Those of you with children know the feeling! This follow up did not have a theme but instead, due to a smaller group, we really wanted to spend time hearing their testimonies and struggles and see how they interacted with and encouraged one another. We sat in a circle for the sessions and the format was much more discussion like than previous follow ups. The youth shared stories of favor in leadership opportunities, school fees being provided and guidance from the Holy Spirit in troubling times. One of the young men had not returned to the youth center since he had attended the January-held school back in 2014. He spoke of missing the companionship and encouragement from his fellow brothers and sisters. Another of the girls who has attended nearly every follow up shared how she had been able to share the Father’s love at her place of work.

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We took time to hear God’s voice for one another as well and prophecy His love and encouragement. One of the leaders received a picture for one of the young men regarding his current living area and how it was really limiting his growth. She did not know but he had come to me a couple days prior with a desire to shift to a new home because he felt held down by his current surroundings! This word encouraged him, expressing to him that he is truly following the Father’s steps for his life and is listening to His voice.

Our next youth follow up is scheduled for the middle of November and we are also beginning preparation for the next youth school in January. One of the biggest changes will be that some of the youth from previous schools will move into a mentorship role leading small groups. This is very exciting and shares so much of the heart of Global Redemption!! To see sons and daughters becoming fathers and mothers to partner with the Holy Spirit as He raises up more sons and daughters! Please be praying as we listen to His guidance on who is ready to take hold of another, as Barnabas did with Paul.

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Finally, I have found a puppy for my new home as well. He is six weeks old and is mostly German Shepherd. He is a dream come true and as I was talking to Daddy about him, I heard Him say that the pup is a ‘gift’. Therefore, I have decided to call him ‘Shai’ which is the Hebrew word for ‘gift’. Though I will pronounce it ‘shay’. :) I’m sooooo excited to bring him to my new home in a couple of weeks and train him. He will be both a companion to me and security. My hope is to train him to accompany me most of the time.

I'm so thankful for each of you in my life. Your prayers, financial support and encouragement really mean a lot to me. I love to hear from you so please, email me back your prayers for me, your requests for prayer, funny pictures or just an update about your life. I love to remain connected. Sending each of you love and a hug!
~Kelly

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Good News & Greetings From the Nile!

 I have some amazing, wonderful news to share with you! I’ve met with Benard, the gentleman who has been working with the NGO board trying to get our paperwork in order for NGO status in Uganda. The last we had heard was that the date stamped for our approval was two weeks after it was approved so it appeared we had already expired but they were trying to force us to pay for a year’s worth of approval. This has been a common tactic by this government organization in order to get more money. But last week when I met with Benard, he told me the NGO board acknowledged their mistake and we had received the approval without any payment of the year. They simply stated we should apply for renewal as soon as possible! Woohoo!! Also the process for renewal is much easier than the process for the first time so I have nearly finished compiling the needed reports. Once the renewal is settled, I can renew my visa and we will be able to purchase property as an organization! Yay!!!

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       Last week I was at a Father heart encounter for 6 days. It was such a blessing to attend and receive from Daddy’s heart into mine. There was a lot of inner healing that happened for myself as well as the other 35 attendants. I found there was a lot of pain in my heart from the trauma I have been dealing with from my stay this past year in Uganda and it was so good to have some things cleaned out of my heart before I try to minister His love to others! It is so important to work on our own hearts on a regular basis before we try to assist others. Something about removing the plank from our own eyes before we try to assist others…. :) 

The school was hosted by a team from the UK and Holland. Not only was I able to attend but many of our youth from the program as well. It was incredible to see the youth we’ve been raising up move deeper alongside us. Many of these young men and women are becoming mentors within their families, churches and work places. Daddy’s favor has really come upon them and is revealing love in deep ways. One young man named Emma has begun to trust in financial provision in deep ways refusing to leave the center for a higher paying job because he believes the Father desires him to remain so he can experience our Fathers love.

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Beginning today, we are hosting a youth follow up for the week. This will be a time of refreshment and receiving as we spend time in Daddy’s presence and share how He has been moving in our hearts. We are expecting about 20 young adults which is a smaller group than normal however our leadership team is made up of only 3 instead of the usual 7. I will be the only leader staying on the property with them so prayers for good sleeping will be needed! :) The ages of attendants are between 16-25 so there are some night owls among them! The first session this afternoon we will hear testimonies of their hearts then we will discuss as a team what Father is saying to share with others.

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    Please feel free to email us if you have any questions or of you are praying for me and what is going on here in Uganda, I love hearing from you all! Thank you for all your continuous support, 

In Christ,

Kelly Rompel

Home Again

Home Again

Greetings from Uganda! :) I've been back about 30 hours and it feels like home! I know that may sound strange to some of you, but I'm realizing home is more where my pillow is than anything else because of my travel schedule. In fact I'm leaving my home for another home in about 30 hours! 

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My flights were uneventful and thankfully I slept most of the way. One highlight though is that I was able to bring my guitar this time. I have been making attempts but due to the need/higher priority of other things it has not been an option. It even had a first class seat on my last fight, I was a bit jealous! :) 

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Jane arrived from school the same day I did so it was a wonderful time of hugs and sharing lots of stories and catching up. She will be doing an internship from Sept-Dec to finish up her second of three years in university. She is exploring two possibilities for the internship, one being in Tororo. I am biased, however I am praying she chooses the one in Tororo! ;)

So far I have been back to the basics, paying bills and getting reacquainted with life here. I picked up Bubbles (my vehicle) from the family who cared for it while I was away and it drove very nicely! There is a new tax on all social media/communication apps so that has caused a lot of issues for the government. People have so little finances already that to have an additional daily tax in order to communicate is difficult. So I am working to adjust to the added cost as well as needing to be the pursuer of communication to keep cost down for others.

I leave home Sunday for Jinja and a father heart seminar for 6 days. I will not be leading this school but instead taking the opportunity to receive from a team from Europe/New Zealand. I am really looking forward to this time for renewal and receiving. 

I'm so thankful for the time I spent with so many of you in North America. It was wonderful to see you, hug you and eat with you! I miss you terribly and my body longs for your time zone still! ;) It's currently 2:30 am my time and I am wide awake with jetlag. 

Please continue to pray for me as I resettle back into life here in Uganda, safe travels on Sunday as well as deep connection with Holy Spirit next week at the seminar. From there I will be traveling to Tororo to figure out my housing situation. Prayer that the previous home I found is still available! :)

Thank you all for everything. Sending you love and hugs!

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Approved!!!

APPROVED!!!!!

 

"Yes I finally got the certificate." Receiving these words from a friend in Uganda resulted in a loud happy dance in my room. Global Redemption has been approved as an NGO (non-government organization) in Uganda. WOOHOO!!!! Nearly two years after we began. To give an idea of why it has taken so long, BBC recently did a study of the level of corruption in political parties throughout the world. Uganda's currently reigning political party came in 2nd.... Just behind Pakistan. The level of corruption runs deep and has caused many problems. But with our core values being honor and integrity we decided long ago that we would not corrupt ourselves by walking according to the culture of corruption. It took a lot longer but as Jesus told me, we have remained in His Peace and for that I am so thankful!

So what's next?!?

Well as you can see from the photos above, these are two very common views of mine recently and will be for the next couple of months. I am still in the US (until the end of July) and will be continuing to travel a lot in order to connect with you! :) My travel plans for the next few weeks are: 
May 29th-May 31st Portland, OR
June 1st-4th Drayton, ON
June 5th-7th Toronto, ON
June 8th-10th Niagara, ON
June 11th-13th Portland, OR
June 13th Salem, OR
June 14th-19th Fort Jones, CA
June 20th-25th Redding, CA
June 26th-July 1st Bend, OR

If you are in any of these cities, or nearby, please let me know so that we don't miss each other! I am still coordinating July but those details will be released next month sometime. 

What can I do??
 

If you are in any of those cities and would like to help Global Redemption but aren't sure how, here's an easy idea. Invite friends to your house for a meal or tea time to give Kelly an opportunity to share about Global Redemption and Daddy's vision for our future. We have brought a lot of Ugandan arts and crafts which are for sale as well which is a wonderful opportunity to help us raise finances while buying a beautiful scarf, bag or pair of earrings. We even have cool bottle openers that look like gavels! 

In Central Oregon???

Come join us for a fun time learning and improving your garden at Whistle Stop. Bring your own pot, the planting type, ;) and receive a plant and dirt as well as some educational info about your garden. Proceeds of ticket sales go towards our programs in Uganda. We will also have some crafts for sale as well! Spread the word and invite your friends!

Another easy way to help!

Do you shop on Amazon??? Do you want to help Global Redemption but aren't able to financially? YOU CAN!! Amazon Smile will donate to Global Redemption every time you purchase an item. No need to sign up for a new account! Simply click this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-1360227 which will take you to the Smile Amazon page where you can sign up Global Redemption as your desired nonprofit for Amazon to donate towards. Then, instead of shopping from amazon.com, shop from smile.amazon.com. Same website, same items to purchase from, same shipping methods, same account. The only difference is that a percentage of the money you spend, Amazon donates towards Global Redemption! This is a HUGE help to us and it doesn't cost you anything! :) 

Am I missing home?!?

You bet! I am loving being in America (except the food keeps making me sick) but I am also missing Uganda. And I am also getting excited to return due to our approval. The next step will be to continue searching out a plot of land. So far I have viewed about 20 plots. I have been given the advice to at least triple that number. So our team has lots of land shopping to do! Currently our funding in savings has reached enough for this purchase. Our continued fundraising will now go towards building material and labor costs. We are researching a few options for those materials but we are looking to raise around $60,000. I'll provide a breakdown of that in a future email. Our monthly donations are also needing to increase in order to provide salaries for new Ugandan hires I am hoping to do when I return to Uganda. Click the donate button below to be transferred to our website for information on how you can be involved in what Daddy is doing to bring Kingdom Culture to earth. 
Thank you all so much for your hugs, hospitality and generosity!!