Is NOT An Option
I don't want to get very far from one of the foundation stones of my current work in Uganda.
God has an ambitious vision for the work Pam and I are doing in Africa. Sometimes we express our job with the motto changing Uganda one person at a time. It is a comfort to know that the vision originated with God and that we were never meant to accomplish it by ourselves or in our own energy. That could, and would, never happen! There are so many people involved in the process of starting with nothing and ending with something.
God had the answers. It required faith to discover them.
Four weeks ago we returned to our house in Oregon. Once again I stood amazed at the ways of God. Every time I return to our home I receive a fresh impression about the necessity of togetherness. If we believe that TOGETHER was God's idea ... by leaving behind the Western value of individuality ... we will discover something astounding. Even God works within the realm of togetherness. God was the One who said,
Unless he LORD builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the LORD protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
|LaFonda & Art Dunlap|
There is no way Pam and I could work in Uganda if we weren't living life together with Art and LaFonda. Though it always seems to me that we are receiving much more than we are giving. I am so grateful to God for gifting us with this couple. They love Uganda too. If circumstances were different, there is a possibility they would be in Africa! But, they willing and graciously to do what they do so that we can do what we do.
There are so many team players in Next Generation Ministries. Dozens and dozens of you contribute donations. Many come and work with us in Uganda. There are people who diligently pray for us. It is a team effort. No matter what role you play, whether it is large or small, or as significant as the one played by the Dunlaps ... each part is essential. Together is NOT an option. It is necessary.
Pam and I are grateful to ALL of you who are a part of this team. Last year I produced a short video featuring the short term mission teams that were on the team in 2012. A DVD version was sent to all the team members who made a financial contribution. Click on this link to view that video. THANK YOU to each team member. It's great to be together.