Laura Stewart
Laura Stewart

Field of Service: Uganda

Mission Organization: ONE LIFE 20:24 

Ministry: Someone has said that the best description of what we do is combining "Compassion's" ministry with "Awana" ministry. Our goal is to see Uganda's next generation come to know Jesus. We facilitate Bible clubs in partnership with local believers, including a Bible memory program. They have the opportunity to "earn" basic life supplies like soap, school supplies and more by memorizing verses. We seek to teach the meaning of the verses through Bible teaching. However, it is God who chooses to work and open eyes and hearts to the gospel...but He promises to use the "foolishness" of preaching.

E-mail Address: onelife2024@gmail.com

Praise & Prayer - June 2021

Hello Dear Brothers and Sisters at Bethel,

I arrived back in Uganda in the middle of February After a long-awaited “everything is clear” signal (with the elections complete and the President retaining power in the country) and receiving the blessing to return from my mission leadership, I didn’t waste any time in getting back. The Lord helped me navigate the crazy maze of negative tests/tight timelines, and the reduced availability of flights and connections. 

* Continue to Pray that the Lord would keep the country safe, secure, and well. This last week there was an assassination attempt on one of the senior leaders. In addition, the new variant has been circulating widely throughout the country these last few weeks, pray the Lord would return the population to full health. As the President said last week “maybe God favours Uganda” as the people here have weathered the virus well so far.

At Home Bible Lessons: I’m so thankful for the way the Lord has continued to work throughout this last unusual year, and I am excited to see the doors and opportunities for ministry He has given for this next year. We aren’t yet able to return to having large Bible club groups, but our small Bible club at home-lesson groups were faithfully led by our Student Leaders who have done amazingly well leading the other children and youth in their villages. We completed our 40th week of these lessons. It is hard to believe how time has flown. 

A few days after I arrived back in Uganda, we made a quick trip up to visit our youth (to do a handover as some of the youth were excited to be returning to school for the first time in one year.) We didn’t let the youth know we were coming, and yet I was thrilled to find several groups having their daily sharing time together In God’s Word. This made my heart so happy!!

* Pray for me as I am spending much more time in the village this year in person with our youth discipling them in small groups and further developing our student leaders. 
** Pray that the Lord would soon open up the capacity and gathering restrictions here so that we can engage with more of our students at a time—it’s difficult to reach out to hundreds of students in a meaningful way with the capacity restraints.
*** Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom as we walk alongside our students and protect their minds and hearts—many of them have increased pressure to conform back to their family religion or to other new false religions who have been actively doing “outreach” in the areas during the lockdowns. Some of them are under threat of lacking school fees or food and other basic items if they don’t revert to the Muslim religion.

New Partnership/Doors of Opportunity Last summer as the Canadian Embassy was pulling us out of Uganda, the Lord was putting together a new partnership for us with Calvary Chapel Uganda. They loved the curriculum I had developed for training our Bible club workers and they happily adopted it. They’ve asked me to come alongside them in training their children's workers. * I completed our first week of children and youth worker training with them this Spring, and I am preparing for the next phase of training in July.  Continue to pray for me as I serve alongside the Ugandan churches in this way—again, pray that the restrictions would soon lift so that we can engage in more trainings alongside these churches.

Women’s Ministry: 
My Ugandan “home” church in Entebbe has asked me to lead the teaching for their ladies ministry this year during their monthly ladies conferences. I’m thankful for this opportunity to come alongside precious women who are seeking to know more about Jesus and His Word. We are studying Women of the Bible. * Pray for God to continue to build these women up in him that they would continue to grow strong and steadfast in Jesus and His Word

* Continue to pray that the Lord would keep me content in Him to simply take one day at a time being faithful with the opportunities He has brought my way. Sometimes I so want to know and see the long-term way ahead… but I am reminded He knows everything and as I reminded one of our student leaders who was bemoaning “this last year” today, God knew this year would exist since the beginning of time. He knows all and will use it for His glory and our good!

Thank you all for your prayers, love, and support. I pray that the Lord will give each of us a heart to continue serving Him faithfully with courage. Don’t be weary, don’t faint for in due season we will reap through His grace and strength.  

With much love and thankfulness,
Laura

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