We will need to raise a substantial amount in order to carry out this mission. We will be going into Uganda with the assistance of Africa Christian Training Institute (ACTI). The arrangements and itinerary are being arranged with the Ugandan Field Director, Rashid Luzwa.
Our strategic objective is to be in the lead on forming a presbytery, a church planting movement of 10 or more churches in the Banyoro tribal area which includes the Ugandan Districts of Hoima, Kibaale, and Masindi, located to the East of Lake Albert in Western Uganda. Once the Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom, these three districts are now home to 1.2 million people. The Kingdom and Expansion Ministry of University Presbyterian Church, Las Cruces, NM, is helping us formulate our vision and mission. This will sharpen up what we are trying to accomplish not just this year, but for the next several years. We hope to include Pastors Francis and Edward, leaders of the Presbyterian Church of Uganda and other candidates of the PCU’s choosing in the planning for a this new presbytery. University Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces started work in Hoima in 2003 and made follow-up trips there in 2005 and 2006 strengthening the work and providing funds for a more substantial building.
Following this work, I had planned to teaching in a National Conference for the Anglican Church Army Evangelists and Missions Coordinators along with John Pickett, LaRon West, and Henry Krabbendam.. Titus Baraka who is organizing the conference recently said: "Things have not been easy. But today, we had a meeting in Kampala with some committee and I suggested that I plan to cancel the conference and take it to Mukono. They all said NO! They do not want to miss the chance. It is a God given opportunity for Church Army Evangelists who have been neglected for long. They said the last time they had a get together conference to rekindle their vision was about 5 years ago or more. Two years ago one was planned and it failed. So they are requesting for the opportunity to be availed for them." Titus and I worked together on my last trip to Uganda, he is a dear brother in the faith.
However, instead I was part of the team that worked with Rashid Luzwa and Dr. Kefa Sampangi doing evangelistic and church planting work in several remote villages in the Mukono District where we saw much response to the preaching of the Gospel.
See my detailed report on my 2007 mission Trip to Uganda for more information on all the work we did.
As of November 18th - $3739.60 was been received for my support in this mission trip.
My share of the Teams' Trip Costs was around $3500 channeled through University Presbyterian Church (see below) and will be used in the following way:
Though I have supported my family working in a grocery store, I also served as an Assistant Pastor of Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church (P.C.A.) in Lake Stevens, Wa. - a teaching, preaching and storytelling ministry I was involved in for over twenty years. Now a honorably retired member of Presbytery, my wife, Marianne and I currently worship at Green Lake Presbyterian Church in North Seattle. I am the Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Presbytery's Mission to the World Committee. My daughter, Sarah Balogh, is a missionary in Kaposvár, Hungary with International Messengers. Marianne and I travelled there to greet our first grandchild in November of 2004, and we will be going to greet a second in the fall of 2007. My son was married last summer and works for IBM in California.
A Packet of Support Raising Materials for Churches to use in pdf format.
Bob Hayes' Are Short Term Missions worth the Cost? -- Barry's ACTI Bulletin Insert or a brochure on How to Pray for Missionaries or Some More Ways You can Support Missionaries