Transition into a New Season

Transition into a New Season

I'm getting ready to head over the big blue pond! That means suitcases have been pulled out, extra crafts purchased and lots of goodbye get togethers here. Though three months isn't a long time but when I return the plan is to shift to Tororo right away. So I am kind of saying goodbye to living in this area and that is hard. 

We are still waiting for approval on the NGO paperwork however at this point we have received all approval the NGO board has asked for. Please continue to pray for the process. I have had a major mindset shift however and am leaving with completely peace. I was venting to my wonderful sister a few weeks ago about my frustration of the corruption here and she made a statement that was very profound and had a major mindset change for me. She said 'your purpose there in Uganda is not to establish Global Redemption as an NGO. Your purpose is to reveal the Father through living life as His daughter.' BAM! Right?!? I talk about identity and purpose so often yet this really struck me. I had been so focused on this small piece of the journey that my heart was becoming overwhelmed and exhausted. Not anymore! ;) The enemy is a sneaky, slimy little bugger huh? We must be focused on receiving our identity from Christ and our purpose from what He says. I want to recommend a book that I recently read that I thought had some very profound thoughts on this topic as well. It's called Start with Why by Simon Sinek. He did a Ted Talk some time ago that I also recommend. https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action
We must stay focused on the "why" given to us through Holy Spirit and say no to the things that do not connect our hearts to that why. 

I am so thankful for this opportunity to come back to the US and Canada and re-connect with so many of you. I'm excited to see my nieces (Goodrich girls still don't know!), go hiking, enjoy summertime in Bend and lots of hugs!! I will be traveling quite a bit to try and see as many of you as I can. While I travel, I will be sharing at various events, churches about our vision for the future to purchase property and build our mentorship center in Tororo. These events are also hoping to bring our monthly support up a bit as well. Currently we have monthly funding for two part-time staff in the US. Our board of directors took a step of faith to place me on salary as well starting this month. This will enable me to put money away for retirement as well as person expenses and travel. While that step of faith was Spirit led, we need to see an increase in our monthly giving if I am to remain on salary. Also, when I return and shift to Tororo, I would like to hire two part-time staff here as well as we begin training our mentors. This is also possible only as we see our monthly giving increase. Many of you have made one-time gifts which we so appreciate! These one-time gifts have given us the funds in savings to set aside for the purchase of property and they will continue to be used for building. However monthly giving is what will run our program and support our staff. This is my request for you. Visit our website and ask Holy Spirit about signing up for our monthly giving plan. No amount is too small or too great. Your financial donations will help reveal Kingdom culture in Uganda. Thank you!!
http://www.globalredemption.net/donate/

 

Inheritance

Maybe I'm too young to be thinking about inheritance. ;) Both my parents are alive and healthy. But I'm not only their daughter. I'm also the daughter of God. Many of you know that I've been calling myself "Daddy's Girl". So much in fact that now when I get an email from my earthly Dad, he actually signs with 'Earth Dad'. (By the way Dad, I love it!) But I'm thinking about my heavenly inheritance. I've been reading many Scriptures on this and learning a ton. The prodigal son story is probably one of the most famous story from the Word but there is another story that I've just come across this morning. It's found in 2 Samuel 9. It is the story of David and Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth is the last surviving family member of Saul and he is Jonathan's son. David loved Jonathan so much that he wanted to do right by his family line. So he calls Mephibosheth into his court, who is terrified he is going to get killed so that David can control his royalty. But instead David, out of love for Jonathan, restores all of Saul's financial inheritance to Mephibosheth. All the money, land, servants, etc. Incredible! Now Mephibosheth can live a life of royalty in wealth. What an inheritance! But then David does something else. David tells Mephibosheth in verse 10 "And [you] Mephibosheth will always eat at my table." David not only wanted to give him his inheritance of wealth and prosperity. David wanted to return Mephibosheth to a relationship with the king. Wow! What a powerful testimony. It's one thing to have wealth, but it's a completely different thing to eat with the king every day. That brings so many other things-peace, wisdom, protection, influence, affection, belonging.... These things are our true inheritance. This is what Jesus' death and resurrection has brought us. Now with Easter coming up, what if Daddy wants to show us a new aspect of what our inheritance is? I believe He does. I believe He wants to show us more of what He has in store for us not only in Heaven but right here and right now. Let's ask Him!!

Youth Follow-up

We had our first youth follow-up since the school in January. 30 youth came, our largest group yet! We had times of testimonies, soaking and teaching. We also did activations in prophecy (photo left). We put the youth in two circles facing each other and had their eye closed. Then we spun the circles until the music stopped so they wouldn't know who was in front of them. Then each youth asked Daddy for a word for the person in front of them. After speaking these words, the youth who  received shared how that word was specific to their heart. Lots of surprised faces!! :) They are learning of His deep love for them and how their purpose is to reveal that love to the world as they receive it first themselves. Such a powerful time!!

Tororo

Last week the House of Prayer in Tororo asked me to come share about Father's love during their lunch hour prayer session. It was such an honor and blessing to me to hear how the daily messages Holy Spirit gave me to share touched the lives of so many leaders. Breaking of bondage of shame and religion, offering forgiveness even when it still hurts and revealing the love of the Father as Jesus did were just a few of the topics from my heart. I am so thankful for this ministry and relationships! I've loved being back in Tororo for a couple of weeks and I can't wait to move here in August!!

It's coming close!!

My departure from Uganda for a few months time in the US and Canada is coming close! We are scheduling a welcome home party at my church in Bend, Epikos and I'll let you all know the details as they are solidified. But I wanted to share a bit of my schedule so we could get together if I'm in your area! 
May 7th-15th Bend, OR
May 17th-29th Alaska
May 29-June 1st Portland,OR
June 1st-11th Toronto, CAN
June 12-14th Portland, OR
June 15th-19th Fort Jones, CA
June 20-25th Redding, CA
My schedule for July is still uncertain but I know I'll get up to Portland and Seattle during that time but will also be spending time with family and friends in Bend and enjoying summertime there. If you're in those areas I would love to get together with you! Please send me a message and we'll put something down! But also, the Goodrich girls do not know I'm coming so if you communicate with them please keep it a secret!!! :) 

Thank you all for walking this journey of revealing sonship with me! I'm so thankful for your presence in my life. I'm really looking forward to connecting with many of you while in the US. Our program here in Uganda is moving forward even if our paperwork isn't. We are continuing to design both our building and program as Holy Spirit reveals these to us. I am amazed at His heart being revealed through each step and step back. :) 
Sending each of you love, peace and a hug! 
~Daddy's Girl

 

Caring for the Least of These

    I was participating in a bible study on the book of Mark a few months ago and during one of our studies while reading over the last few chapters of Mark, I was reminded of Jesus’ love. His love for His people, the hurting, the holier than thou, the sick, the confused, the children, etc. All of them! I began to think, “who are my people”? Well, I do not have time to serve other people, I am a mom to four tiny humans who seem to consume every part of me all the time. But then it dawned on me that my children are “the least of these”. Without their parents they have no food, no clothes, no bed to snuggle in, no warm fire to stand next to. Usually when I think of “the least of these” I think of the homeless, the widowed, the orphaned which is true but this also includes my kids.

Jesus says in Matthew 25:35ff:

35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?...The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

My children are utterly helpless without me and my husband. My children get hungry and act entitled, feel left out and get whiny or grumpy toward me, and need clean clothes yet think I am a working machine that does not need to rest. In their neediness and/or grumpiness I can choose to respond in frustration or I can choose to serve them. I get to serve them.

This really struck a chord to me. Ultimately my children are “the least of these”, they are easily the most accessible people I can serve, along with my husband. This idea opened my eyes in how I view being a mother and wife. God has given these people to me, to help care for. To love the way Jesus loved the Samaritan woman, Mary Magdalene, His disciples, etc. I can choose to serve them or care for them out of obligation or in anger or I can take up my cross DAILY and choose love. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 Choose to prep them a nice warm meal even though they have been whining and fighting all day.  Choose to clean and fold their laundry in love thinking fondly of them as I look at the articles of clothing even though they forgot to put their dirty laundry in the hamper. I am given almost hourly reminders of how I can have a servant heart like Jesus because of my children and my husband. I can choose to draw closer to Jesus and take on his likeness because of these little ones. They are teaching me to be more like Jesus. Now if I can only give over my life to my Father, entrusting it in His hands all the while caring for the lives He has entwined with mine. The entwining of our lives will hopefully only bind us closer to one another in striving to be more like Jesus.  Jenn Sweeney  Admin assistant     

This really struck a chord to me. Ultimately my children are “the least of these”, they are easily the most accessible people I can serve, along with my husband. This idea opened my eyes in how I view being a mother and wife. God has given these people to me, to help care for. To love the way Jesus loved the Samaritan woman, Mary Magdalene, His disciples, etc. I can choose to serve them or care for them out of obligation or in anger or I can take up my cross DAILY and choose love. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 Choose to prep them a nice warm meal even though they have been whining and fighting all day.  Choose to clean and fold their laundry in love thinking fondly of them as I look at the articles of clothing even though they forgot to put their dirty laundry in the hamper. I am given almost hourly reminders of how I can have a servant heart like Jesus because of my children and my husband. I can choose to draw closer to Jesus and take on his likeness because of these little ones. They are teaching me to be more like Jesus. Now if I can only give over my life to my Father, entrusting it in His hands all the while caring for the lives He has entwined with mine. The entwining of our lives will hopefully only bind us closer to one another in striving to be more like Jesus.

Jenn Sweeney

Admin assistant  

 

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Testimonies!!!

I have begun taking an online course through Bethel Church in Redding, CA that is called "Introduction to Kingdom Culture". The more that Daddy is bringing Global Redemption into a vision of revealing Kingdom Culture, the more I realize I want to experience more first. We cannot give what we have not received. I have experienced something different when I have attended conferences and services at Bethel Church. There is an atmosphere and culture there at the church and within their school of ministry which is quite unique and very valuable. Through this online course I am learning qualities of this Kingdom culture such as their four pillars of belief.
1. God is good.
2. Nothing is impossible
3. All things were purchased at Calvary
4. Every person is significant

Reading those, it may seem like 'christian 101'. However what I have begun to see in my life is that I don't often truly believe these. If I fear where my finances are going to come from or if they will come in for the month, am I truly believing that God is good. If God is good and I truly believe that, then why would I fear about my physical needs? I want to encourage you to sit with a journal and write these down. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you any areas of unbelief. Look at your lifestyle and the culture developed within your home and family. Do they match these core values? What are other core values perhaps He wants you to experience in your life?

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This is a photo of Wilson and two children he cares for. Wilson attended the youth school in January and recently shared this testimony with us. "I had much pain in my heart because of the wrong thoughts I had about myself, the people I live with and the community I live in which caused much fear, hatred, self condemnation and shame to me. I failed to identify my true identity as a son but when I came to Mto Moyoni I drew closer to my Father and at the end I had to say Father, you're my everything. Here I am Father and the pain I had in my heart got healed."
Wow! So amazing to hear what Daddy has done and continues to do with these youth. Wilson celebrated his birthday during the school. That day we pulled him to the front and asked for the rest of the youth to speak words of love and affection over him. Wilson told me later that it was the first time anyone had done that for him within a group setting and it was his best birthday present. I will see Wilson again just in a couple of weeks for our first follow-up youth weekend of 2018. So excited!!

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That's right I'm coming to America!!! :) haha! I LOVE this pick up line!! I will be visiting, speaking and fundraising from May-July. I am looking forward to seeing many of you! More specific details will be coming as they are organized but I have a favor to ask. Would you be willing to speak to your pastor, missions director or small group leader regarding having me come share while in the US/Canada? I would love to come share Daddy's love, what's been happening here in Uganda as well as what are the next steps for Global Redemption. Thank you!!!

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Please take note of our change in email address to "globalredemption815@gmail.com". I know it is a small change from one verse reference to another but as I was praying over our vision and future I was reading Romans 8:19- 'The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.' Such a great verse! It truly is our desire, as well as this worlds! However, when I was reading this scripture, I realized that the answer isn't given in this groaning. Instead the answer is given a few verses earlier. And Daddy spoke to me saying that I need to stop focusing on what hasn't happened yet. Instead begin to focus on what He has done already. Romans 8:15is a past tense verse for us. Therefore this is the answer to the sons and daughters of God being revealed. As we receive His Spirit and as we cry out to Him and call Him Abba, or good father, the earth's groaning will cease. :) So it may seem a small thing to change an email from one number to another but for me, it is a statement of faith and a declaration for myself and Global Redemption.

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haha!! I love to laugh! And I thought this was hilarious!! I'm so thankful for each of you and your prayers!!

Love Brings Change

Well it’s been a while! January is my busiest month of the year because I was hanging out with teenagers for three weeks! Any of you parents therefore know that I was up extremely late trying to get them to go to sleep and up early to begin the slow process of getting them up! But the days were full of so many beautiful moments that it made it all worth it! Global Redemption partnered with a local organization here in Uganda called Mto Moyoni for a youth camp is designed to reveal God’s heart as a Father and to reveal to youth in Uganda that they are no longer orphans, but instead deeply loved with a tangible, powerful force. These youth came from all over Uganda and even one from Tanzania. Their backgrounds are all different and filled with so much pain. I will not describe in detail their past because each has been made new! These youth saw their lives change through hearing the voice of God, receiving His love in memories of pain and offering forgiveness to those who brought pain in their lives. One youth lost both parents at a young age and the rest of his family completely abandoned him. Through the love he experienced at the camp, he made a choice to forgive these family members. After the school, he then took it a step further and went to visit each one to vocally offer this forgiveness, express a desire to reconcile and to offer them Father’s love!! Wow!! This from an 18 year old!! Another youth had wanted to become a soldier so that he could hurt those in his life who had hurt him. During the camp he took a step of faith to forgive these people. Now he sees Daddy has given him a passion to protect and rescue others who have experienced similar situations as he did. But he knows his options are more than being a soldier, he can become a social worker, a lawyer, a police officer, etc. His dreams are no longer rooted in pain and his future is bright!

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Both these young men are extremely gifted in guitar and voice. They work hard to improve their gift. When they first arrived worship was seen as a part of what must be done as Christians. Now worship is a part of the love coming out of their hearts for their Father. 

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Trust is a difficult thing to learn once it is broken as children. Our first few days of the camp are about fun, building trust and connecting as sons and daughters

Most of the youth attending the school struggle with opening their hearts and sharing what is happening inside. Recognizing emotions, let alone communicating them, is not something taught or valued in an orphan-hearted culture. But as we become sons and daughters, communicating what is in our hearts becomes a value in Kingdom Culture. A professional artist from Holland comes each year to teach art as a way of communicating what is happening in our hearts. The youth struggle at first but very quickly learn and come to love the art time!

Most of the youth attending the school struggle with opening their hearts and sharing what is happening inside. Recognizing emotions, let alone communicating them, is not something taught or valued in an orphan-hearted culture. But as we become sons and daughters, communicating what is in our hearts becomes a value in Kingdom Culture. A professional artist from Holland comes each year to teach art as a way of communicating what is happening in our hearts. The youth struggle at first but very quickly learn and come to love the art time!

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I’m so filled with gratitude for those of you who have donated finances towards these programs. Lives are being transformed and His Kingdom is being revealed! Our land project continues in the search and raising of finances. Do you want to help us reveal His love to these youth? If you are in Bend, Oregon we are having a fundraising event on the 21st of this month. If you are unable to attend, please visit our website www.globalredemption.net/donate so that you can discover ways to donate. The cost for land is $3,000/acre. You can help be part of the change this world is laboring for. (Romans 8:19-22)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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I hope each of you are experiencing all the beauty of this season through snow, lights, music and family. This morning I was journaling about my struggle being away from the US for the holidays and I was asking Jesus to remind me of something to be thankful for. He showed me that the true reason for the season as they say, is Him. And no matter where I, or you, are in the world, He is the reason to celebrate. So in the midst of the gifts, the tree, the lights and the snow (which are some of my favorite things) I am thankful to be reminded that He is not only the reason we celebrate this season but He is the One we celebrate this season.


This year has been a whirlwind for Global Redemption for sure! I moved to Uganda at the end of February and time has flown by. For this year our biggest goal has been to register Global Redemption as a nonprofit here in Uganda. A process we began in July 2017. Well, currently I can say that we have been approved however our paperwork is being held due to corruption among one government official. The corruption in this country runs deep and it shows itself within each office entered. It has been frustrating and draining yet we continue to hold on to our core values of integrity and honesty and we refuse to pay a bribe. So we are waiting and searching out other officials for approval without such payment.

Other than the paperwork side of things, I have continued to partner with a local ministry here called Mto Moyoni (“river in the heart”) which teaches on the Father heart of God as well as walking people through inner healing from past wounds. I have worked with them since 2012 and the mentorship program of Global Redemption is meant to be a follow-up to their youth programs. I have been working with their youth outreach program which has been amazing. Working with teenagers who have experienced horrible pain and were walking down dangerous paths, some towards terrorism, and seeing them make choices for the Father and for His Kingdom has been incredible.

As for the program itself, earlier this year Jesus revealed a town called Tororo near the Kenyan border for the headquarters of our program. I will be shifting there in February and each time I have visited I am reminded of His sovereignty over the situation. It truly is the best location for us. Tororo is designed to become an epicenter of the East African Region. Which means that it will be a very influential town in the future and with Daddy’s vision to transform culture to His Kingdom, we believe that Global Redemption will be in the perfect position to do just that. I have been looking for land plots around Tororo and it has been highly promising. Our desire is to purchase 3-4 acres early next year for the cost of $5,000/acre. This is the major focus for our fundraising currently. We already have a local contractor and architect ready to begin the process of designing the buildings which will commence as soon as the finances are raised and the land is purchased.Design of the program has also been a focus of this year. We knew Holy Spirit desired this to be a sort of school of ministry/mentorship/discipleship program but there is so much ambiguity within those terms. In prayer a couple of weeks ago He began showing me that His desire for this program is for it to be a school of the Kingdom. Where youth would come into His reign and understand more of what Kingdom living looks like. We have been building up our curriculums through other organizations such as Moral Revolution and Messenger International, as well as designing our own in the field of first aid, basic health care, financial budgeting and OT/NT survey. Our focus will not only be to train and disciple youth in Scripture and life skills, but to truly train and equip these youth to move out into influential positions of life in order to transform their culture to His Kingdom culture. We will be raising and training apostle-ships as the Romans did. The apostle ship was the first ship in a Roman armada on their way to a newly conquered land. This ship and others would contain doctors, teachers, politicians, etc so that they would bring a Roman mindset to this new land whereby if Caesar ever visited, he would have an experience like Rome itself. This is our calling. To transform the culture around us to look like the Kingdom of Heaven. This will be our training.

As for the program itself, earlier this year Jesus revealed a town called Tororo near the Kenyan border for the headquarters of our program. I will be shifting there in February and each time I have visited I am reminded of His sovereignty over the situation. It truly is the best location for us. Tororo is designed to become an epicenter of the East African Region. Which means that it will be a very influential town in the future and with Daddy’s vision to transform culture to His Kingdom, we believe that Global Redemption will be in the perfect position to do just that. I have been looking for land plots around Tororo and it has been highly promising. Our desire is to purchase 3-4 acres early next year for the cost of $5,000/acre. This is the major focus for our fundraising currently. We already have a local contractor and architect ready to begin the process of designing the buildings which will commence as soon as the finances are raised and the land is purchased.Design of the program has also been a focus of this year. We knew Holy Spirit desired this to be a sort of school of ministry/mentorship/discipleship program but there is so much ambiguity within those terms. In prayer a couple of weeks ago He began showing me that His desire for this program is for it to be a school of the Kingdom. Where youth would come into His reign and understand more of what Kingdom living looks like. We have been building up our curriculums through other organizations such as Moral Revolution and Messenger International, as well as designing our own in the field of first aid, basic health care, financial budgeting and OT/NT survey. Our focus will not only be to train and disciple youth in Scripture and life skills, but to truly train and equip these youth to move out into influential positions of life in order to transform their culture to His Kingdom culture. We will be raising and training apostle-ships as the Romans did. The apostle ship was the first ship in a Roman armada on their way to a newly conquered land. This ship and others would contain doctors, teachers, politicians, etc so that they would bring a Roman mindset to this new land whereby if Caesar ever visited, he would have an experience like Rome itself. This is our calling. To transform the culture around us to look like the Kingdom of Heaven. This will be our training.

Your financial donations have already begun to do this. Through partnering with other ministries and having opportunities to share, I have been teaching and leading others deeper into this revelation. Your donations have also been working to develop a nest egg for our land purchase. Your donations have also helped sponsor youth to attend Mto Moyoni’s programs throughout the year. And donations have also supplied my living expenses which has allowed me to work with the Ugandan government in becoming a registered nonprofit. Through those donations, rent was also paid for my roommate who is a current university student just finishing her first year studying social work. Due to her schedule for school, she has been unable to work to pay rent but through your generosity she has been able to live here rent free while attending school, she is the top in her class by the way! :)  Overall, this year has been wonderful. It is difficult for me to be away from the US but that comes with the equal tension of how joyful I am to be back here in Uganda. The vision of Global Redemption is moving forward as Daddy opens doors and I am so thankful for your partnership. Next year brings with it some huge goals. First, the finalization of our approval as a nonprofit here in Uganda. Second, a three week school of sonship with Mto Moyoni in January. Third, the purchase of property in Tororo. Finally, the design and building of our Kingdom Culture Center of Mentorship. Woohoo! So excited!! :)

Your financial donations have already begun to do this. Through partnering with other ministries and having opportunities to share, I have been teaching and leading others deeper into this revelation. Your donations have also been working to develop a nest egg for our land purchase. Your donations have also helped sponsor youth to attend Mto Moyoni’s programs throughout the year. And donations have also supplied my living expenses which has allowed me to work with the Ugandan government in becoming a registered nonprofit. Through those donations, rent was also paid for my roommate who is a current university student just finishing her first year studying social work. Due to her schedule for school, she has been unable to work to pay rent but through your generosity she has been able to live here rent free while attending school, she is the top in her class by the way! :)

Overall, this year has been wonderful. It is difficult for me to be away from the US but that comes with the equal tension of how joyful I am to be back here in Uganda. The vision of Global Redemption is moving forward as Daddy opens doors and I am so thankful for your partnership. Next year brings with it some huge goals. First, the finalization of our approval as a nonprofit here in Uganda. Second, a three week school of sonship with Mto Moyoni in January. Third, the purchase of property in Tororo. Finally, the design and building of our Kingdom Culture Center of Mentorship. Woohoo! So excited!! :)

These words cannot express my gratitude for your generosity and partnership. I know Daddy will not return your sacrifice void but I pray for His blessings to be fulfilled in your heart. If you are desiring to make an additional, tax-deductible end of the year gift the following are the two special projects we are currently raising finances for. Simply make a note through your online donation or check.  1. School fees for youth to attend school of sonship in January. We are hoping to sponsor 5 youth at $225/youth.  2. Purchase of land in Tororo. $15,000 to purchase 3 acres.  Visit our website  http://www.globalredemption.net/donate/  for ways to donate.  Thank you for your partnership and prayers. Together we will see Kingdom Culture become the culture of our cities.      With Love,  Kelly Rompel Executive Director of Global Redemption

These words cannot express my gratitude for your generosity and partnership. I know Daddy will not return your sacrifice void but I pray for His blessings to be fulfilled in your heart. If you are desiring to make an additional, tax-deductible end of the year gift the following are the two special projects we are currently raising finances for. Simply make a note through your online donation or check.

1. School fees for youth to attend school of sonship in January. We are hoping to sponsor 5 youth at $225/youth.

2. Purchase of land in Tororo. $15,000 to purchase 3 acres.

Visit our website http://www.globalredemption.net/donate/ for ways to donate.

Thank you for your partnership and prayers. Together we will see Kingdom Culture become the culture of our cities.  
 

With Love,

Kelly Rompel
Executive Director of Global Redemption

Finding Jesus in the Tension

 

A few days ago a dear young friend named Deshaun committed suicide. He was in the youth group which I helped lead in the States. This kid was always one to make you laugh. He was in middle school so he could also make you get irritated. So much energy wrapped up in a small body will do that to you. He was also loved to serve. When it came time for me to leave for Uganda he came to help at my fundraisers. In the background, he baked cookies and tied bows to help get me here. He used to love to grab a microphone and rap. Didn’t matter if the microphone was on or not, he just loved to do it. What a sweet life, now gone. Yet the pain remains, it has simply been transferred to different hearts. I know this isn’t your “normal” Merry Christmas letter. But this morning as I was sitting in my prayer room I began to journal about the piercing pain in my heart and I told Jesus how confused I was about this season being about hope fulfilled. A hope that a people group called the Israelites had for a Saviour throughout all time that became fulfilled through a King who came as a baby. There is such a pain on one side and such a joy on the other. Is that not so much of this life? Every time I sign onto Facebook, I feel this tension. So many friends posting photos of weddings, babies and what they ate for supper. And so many other friends telling me how they survived a shooting but lost friends, that another rebel group has attacked their village and they are scared, friends dying of preventable/treatable diseases. I live in this tension. My heart is so filled with joy being in Uganda. I know I am right where I am supposed to be and I feel so fulfilled and content. Yet within the same moment, there is a pain in my heart of what I see every day that never seems to go away. As I bring this tension to Jesus and ask Him why, His response is this. ‘That is why my arms were spread wide open on the cross. Because I hold all things in those hands. And sometimes they stretch so wide it doesn’t seem that one person could hold it all. But when you come to the center of the tension, you find My heart. My arms are stretched wide so that when you feel you are being torn in two from the chaos, you fall into them and I embrace you. You are meant to live in My heart, not the chaos.’ I don’t know if this is a traditional ‘Merry Christmas’ season for you of joy, lights and carols. Or if this time of year brings painful memories that don’t seem to go away. For me right now, my heart is breaking. So come join me in His arms. That is where we find peace. Which is what this season was truly meant for. Our hope has been fulfilled.

 

Arms Wide Open  Misty Edwards   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxG_0Ea6-fs   "What does love look like?" is the question I've been Pondering "What does love look like?" "What does love look like?" is the question I've been Asking of You  I once believed that love was romance, just a chance I even thought that love was for the lucky and the Beautiful I once believed that love was a momentary bliss But love is more than this All You ever wanted was my attention All You ever wanted was love from me All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at Your feet  Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused If all of life comes down to love Then love has to be more than sentiment More than selfishness and selfish gain  And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at Me I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through Me I could not escape those beautiful eyes And I began to weep and weep  He had arms wide open, a heart exposed  Arms wide open; He was bleeding, bleeding  Love's definition, love's definition was looking at me Looking at Him, hanging on a tree I began to weep and weep and weep and weep  This is how I know what love is, this is how I know What love is  And as I sat there weeping, crying Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love  He said to me, "You shall love Me, You shall love Me You shall love Me, You shall love Me"  With arms wide open, a heart exposed With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding  If anybody's looking for love in all the wrong places If you've been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me Take up your cross, deny yourself Forget your father's house and run, run with Me You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so Follow Me And You'll come alive when you learn to die

Arms Wide Open

Misty Edwards

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxG_0Ea6-fs

"What does love look like?" is the question I've been
Pondering
"What does love look like?"
"What does love look like?" is the question I've been
Asking of You

I once believed that love was romance, just a chance
I even thought that love was for the lucky and the
Beautiful
I once believed that love was a momentary bliss
But love is more than this
All You ever wanted was my attention
All You ever wanted was love from me
All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at
Your feet

Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused
If all of life comes down to love
Then love has to be more than sentiment
More than selfishness and selfish gain

And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at
Me
I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me
He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through
Me
I could not escape those beautiful eyes
And I began to weep and weep

He had arms wide open, a heart exposed

Arms wide open; He was bleeding, bleeding

Love's definition, love's definition was looking at me
Looking at Him, hanging on a tree
I began to weep and weep and weep and weep

This is how I know what love is, this is how I know
What love is

And as I sat there weeping, crying
Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love

He said to me, "You shall love Me, You shall love Me
You shall love Me, You shall love Me"

With arms wide open, a heart exposed
With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding

If anybody's looking for love in all the wrong places
If you've been searching for love, come to Me, come to
Me
Take up your cross, deny yourself
Forget your father's house and run, run with Me
You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness
You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so
Follow Me
And You'll come alive when you learn to die

Sex and relationships: Youth follow up

"Sex is generally known as the least talked about activity and the most done activity among youth in Uganda." This was said by one of our leaders during the youth follow up a few weeks ago. A topic which was requested by our youth during the last follow up was sex and relationships. So our leadership team spoke from experience of mistakes and triumphs, used teaching material from Moral Revolution regarding 'sex and restoration' and 'sex and covenant' as well as an explanation of the biology and chemistry which occurs in the body during sex according to God's design. At the end of the weekend, some of the youth said it was their favorite follow up of the year. Most had never been talked to about the bonding aspect within our brains during intercourse or could give a Biblical reason for sex besides creating babies. It was heart wrenching to see youth having made choices without knowing all the facts. Shame was broken, hearts were healed and bodies were reclaimed. These youth are now better informed and will prayerfully make kingdom decisions regarding sex and their bodies in the future. 

 

Responsibility is freedom  Below is a picture of our youth coordinator Andrew and his wife and new baby son. Andrew had attended the youth school and follow up programs then came on staff at Mto Moyoni. But Andrew had a secret. He had a son but no one knew. One day the burning of Holy Spirit became too strong and he told the supervisor. His son then came to live with him and later he married the mom. They now have another child together and are celebrating! He shared his story of how first telling someone of his past and then taking responsibility as a father were steps towards his own freedom. What a light and example!! We prayed for the family and gave prophetic words over this new precious little boy.    

Responsibility is freedom

Below is a picture of our youth coordinator Andrew and his wife and new baby son. Andrew had attended the youth school and follow up programs then came on staff at Mto Moyoni. But Andrew had a secret. He had a son but no one knew. One day the burning of Holy Spirit became too strong and he told the supervisor. His son then came to live with him and later he married the mom. They now have another child together and are celebrating! He shared his story of how first telling someone of his past and then taking responsibility as a father were steps towards his own freedom. What a light and example!! We prayed for the family and gave prophetic words over this new precious little boy. 

 

End of the year donations  We want to say thank you for all of you who have donated towards Global Redemption this year. In a couple of weeks you can expect to receive a year end update regarding all your donations have helped accomplish. If you would still like to donate for this year's tax forms there is just a couple more weeks, can you believe it?!? 2017 is nearly over. Currently there are two projects we are raising finances for. First, land in Tororo which our fundraising goal is $15,000. This land is where we will build our Kingdom Culture Center of Mentorship. Second, we are hoping to sponsor some youth for the youth school in January at Mto Moyoni. The cost per student is $225 which covers 3 weeks of powerful teaching, room and board. Visit our partner page  http://www.globalredemption.net/donate/  on the various ways to give.  Thank you so very much! You are helping us see cultural transformation to the Kingdom in Uganda. :)    

End of the year donations

We want to say thank you for all of you who have donated towards Global Redemption this year. In a couple of weeks you can expect to receive a year end update regarding all your donations have helped accomplish. If you would still like to donate for this year's tax forms there is just a couple more weeks, can you believe it?!? 2017 is nearly over. Currently there are two projects we are raising finances for. First, land in Tororo which our fundraising goal is $15,000. This land is where we will build our Kingdom Culture Center of Mentorship. Second, we are hoping to sponsor some youth for the youth school in January at Mto Moyoni. The cost per student is $225 which covers 3 weeks of powerful teaching, room and board. Visit our partner page http://www.globalredemption.net/donate/ on the various ways to give. 
Thank you so very much! You are helping us see cultural transformation to the Kingdom in Uganda. :) 

 

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