Bethesda

Greetings,

As I write this, another group of youth from all around Uganda have gathered for a school of experiencing God’s love as a Father. Healing during this time is always a miracle to behold. These young people carry so much pain, shame and apathy in their hearts. They leave holding their heads high knowing they are sons and daughters. It is a time of beauty and grace being found in the eyes and hearts of young people. This is the first year that a second school like this has taken place at Mto Moyoni, a ministry in Jinja that Global Redemption has worked with for many years. We are so grateful for their vision and willingness to partner!

Speaking of partnerships, this is a path Global Redemption is exploring further. Partially due to the blockages experienced within becoming registered as a nonprofit, our board both in the US and here in Uganda is exploring partnerships with established organizations here in Tororo. When I, Kelly, began visiting Tororo one of the things I found so profoundly different than other parts of Uganda was the desire for partnership and collaboration among ministries. In the past couple of weeks I’ve begun having meetings with a few of these other organizations to discuss what a partnership would look like. At this point, there is nothing officially happening. But it is a path we believe Daddy is leading us along. 

I want to add a bit more about me personally and what’s happening. As I wrote previously, I went to Kampala for a week of intensive counseling. It went well and I will be going back for more. The robbery in January was the major focus however as with all counseling, more was revealed. I’m thankful for this, though it’s begun a painful processing season for me. There has been a lot of trauma, both chronic and acute which has happened in the past two and a half years that I’ve been back in Uganda that I have not fully processed and it has deeply affected my heart and my life. Because of this, I’ve pulled back from a lot of activities I was involved in. Please pray for my heart as I continue this processing. I deeply want to experience more of Daddy’s love in these areas though right now, all I experience is void and darkness. 

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Also I would like to add another story from my time away earlier this year. While I was in Israel, I typically woke up each day and asked Jesus where He wanted to take me that day. One day, He brought me to the pools of Bethesda. It is mostly ruins but has a beautiful garden. I sat in the garden and began listening to my audio Bible of the story of the man healed by Jesus in that place. It is still even surreal as I think that I was actually there. :) While sitting in the garden, a gentleman approached who worked there and I made a comment of how beautiful the garden was. His eyes beamed and he said ‘thanks, I’m actually the gardener so it means a lot that you’ve been sitting here enjoying this place.’ He then spoke of how he had been watching me and noticed that I was different from the many tourists because I had sat and just enjoyed the area for over an hour. He requested me to share a meal with him and he promptly ran off to get fresh bread, falafel, tea and hummus. Oh my goodness it was so delicious! We sat for quite a while as he pointed out the various flowers, plants and even herbs he had planted. We enjoyed the meal and fellowship. Thinking back to that time, I can just imagine that is exactly how Jesus would have acted in that moment with His kids. Jesus took time in creating everything we see around us in nature. And His great desire is for us to come sit with Him as He nourishes us and shows us what He has designed. I am grateful for the opportunity to do so and I encourage you to spend some time in nature this week and ask Him to reveal His design both for what is around you, and within you. :)

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Focus

Greetings,

One of my favorite places to visit! Do you know where this is???

One of my favorite places to visit! Do you know where this is???

As I write this I am preparing for a week away from home. Since returning last month I have been able to sleep in my bed every night and it’s been so wonderful that it’s difficult to think of leaving again! I will be heading to the capital for a week’s worth of counseling. I’ll be intensively looking at the trauma from January and therefore asking for extra prayers this coming week. I’m deeply thankful for the presence of a counselor who is specifically trained in a trauma therapy technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR.

The past two weeks I’ve been quite ill which led to lots of time spent laying on my couch listening to audiobooks, watching Disney movies (Wall-E last night, love that movie!) and in my prayer room soaking. Being sick has been awful but, Jesus has used this down time to reveal some difficult lies I’ve been believing as well as pain that has existed in my spirit for over 2 years. At times I get irritated at the fact that Jesus always desires more intimacy but I also love it. Pain is often revealed but I am learning to mourn so that His comfort soon follows.

One of the painful things that has been revealed is that I have become more focused on the project of Global Redemption rather than the vision of Global Redemption. Practically this has probably been revealed in that so much of what I share has been regarding the NGO process and paperwork I’ve been doing. Because of this, not only have I become drained and lost so much of my passion, you have missed out on the many things Daddy has been doing in Uganda. Global Redemption is one thread in a beautiful tapestry of His love being poured out as Father. The vision here in Uganda is being moved forward through many other threads beyond Global Redemption and as the struggles remain with our NGO, I have partnered with other organizations walking in the same vision. Global Redemption has always been designed and thought of as a follow up to what Mto Moyoni, one of these organizations, is and already has been doing. My hope moving forward is to dramatically transition from the project to the vision. This does not mean the project of the mentoring home will be abandoned but instead that it will be focused as one thread in the tapestry as it was meant to originally. My focus will be back on the vision of revealing His love as Father to the many sons and daughters living as orphans. I want to take this time and apologize for this mistake done on my part. It was unintentional but I feel the need to repent to each of you for this. I ask your forgiveness and for your continued prayers as I walk forward with Jesus into Daddy’s arms.

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Through all of this I have started to think about focus. How does our focus change and what do we do when we find our focus has changed? When I was in Israel a few months ago one of my favorite places was Gethsemane. An organization has created a garden where you can walk among the olive trees and get a sense of what the original garden was like. The fateful night which focus was array for all but One. Jesus was the only One who had His focus on the Father. The disciples and other followers were focusing on their eyelids. But even when awakened by the noise of the soldiers, Peter's focus was on his anger. One of the times I visited the garden, Jesus then led me to the excavated home of Caiaphas where Jesus was taken. As I sat in the court yard where a statue was designed of Peter with a rooster I realized Peter still didn't have his focus right. His focus then was perhaps on his fear. But I did realize something just now. Peter still had followed Jesus to Caiaphas. Even when our focus isn't right, we can still be walking in the general direction of Jesus. Which to outward signs, may look right or even "christian". But it is never enough for Jesus because He always desires intimacy, not simply mindless followers. So as I sit and reflect on what my focus has been, perhaps for a year or more, I realize I have been walking in the general direction of Jesus, but it has been on anger, fear and a project. This I must make right. And in doing so, my prayer is that in the near future, Jesus will call out to me and I, like Peter, will leap from the fishing boat to share a meal with my Love and Saviour.

Listening...Like Jesus

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Greetings from Uganda once again,
I have so much to tell you about but instead of trying to smash it all into one long update, I will share a little at a time. So many incredible things happened while I was away on my trip that I want to bring you into my heart and reveal them to you!

I will begin with an encounter I had with an elderly gentleman in Ireland. He was the host of my AirBnB where I only stayed one night. He raises horses for jumping competitions. We spent the first couple of hours I was at his house caring for his horses while he introduced me to each and told their stories. He shared a bit of the area as well as his family and personal history in the area. His story was filled with swearing, talks of fights, certain shall I say ‘advances’ as well as some inappropriate jokes. While I was listening however, I experienced a deep love for this man. I could see his heart was hurting and he had a large wall against any form of love being revealed through Jesus, even though he had a picture of Jesus on the cross, as all good Irish Catholics do. I began to ask Jesus how best to love this man and I heard a response to simply engage with his story. So I spent the next few hours becoming deeply interested in his life, his heart and his pain. He shared quite openly of some very deep wounds he had experienced in his years. It was nearing 10 o’clock, which is a bit past my bedtime, when he changed his focus onto me. I was tired and really just wanted to sleep however I could sense a beauty on this time. I began to share of my life and my heart, my time spent in Uganda and the purpose of my time in Ireland. After about ten minutes of this, he made a statement which deeply impacted me. He said he ‘never would have guessed I was a Christian.’ Upon hearing this at first the enemy tried to shove shame in my face that I was not representing Jesus well or that I hadn’t preached the Gospel upon meeting this man or that I was compromising my beliefs by allowing such coarse speech in front of me. But as I continued to keep my heart open to Jesus’ words as well as this man’s heart what I heard was quite different from those statements. Instead, I heard that other Christians he had encountered over his journey had been judgemental and forceful in sharing their beliefs with him. He had never had a Christian engage with his story and his heart in such a way as I had. This made me realize that though it is a powerful and encouraging statement to hear someone say ‘I always thought you were a Christian’, at times it is also encouraging to hear the opposite. Our love can be revealed just by being open and asking others to share, which I did of Jesus’ overwhelming love for this man. We are still engaged with one another’s stories on WhatsApp and I am deeply thankful for such a heart connection. Jesus revealed Himself to me through this man that though my story at times has coarse words, talks of fights and maybe even some inappropriate jokes at times, He still desires to engage with my heart.

A couple of notes regarding my return to Uganda, and mostly prayer requests regarding my return. While I was away, quite a few intense hurts occurred and I am now full force engaging in those. One of which is among my watchmen. There were serious character issues which arose as well as extreme breaches in contract which will be resulting therefore in serious consequences. I ask for prayer due to a common belief that once forgiven, there are no consequences. Each of these watchmen have repented, though one chose to repent in part and lie in part. I have forgiven each of them however I believe consequences are a part of renewal. Please pray for me to do justly as well as seek mercy for these men. I have come to care for each of them and so I also ask for prayer for my heart which is experiencing some deep disappointment.

Secondly, I ask for prayer among the missionary community here in Tororo. One of the families has shifted back to the US and at this point there is extreme brokenness within their marriage and ministry. This has devastated relationships here. I ask for prayer for unity and comfort.

Lastly, I ask for prayers of deeper love. The crime levels here in Uganda continue to increase in severity as well occurrences. I do not feel any peace in leaving Uganda due to this so therefore I ask for more prayer for love to cast out all fear, for love to speak to the hearts of those committing these crimes and love to bring comfort for those who have been impacted by these crimes.

I am deeply grateful for each of you in my life. Your prayers, encouragement and financial support continue to bring me deeper to Jesus and therefore empower me to follow His invitations here in Uganda, and beyond.

With Love,

Kelly Rompel
Executive Director of Global Redemption

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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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