Barry McWilliams' Mission to Uganda:
Prayer Letter January 10th, 2003

A Short Term Trip to Uganda - March 2003

Dear friends and fellow Prayer warriors,

Most of you know that my Mission Trip to Uganda was postponed from January to March 2003. I will be going with John Pickett and a team from University Presbyterian Church of Las Cruces, NM. We also have going along a Navigators' pastor, Don MacDonald, and three laymen -- one from John's church and two from Don's, and a married couple from John's Church who will be working at Kinkizi installing all the equipment UPres shipped over in a container for the school there. The flight tickets have been bought and a trip itinerary has been put together. All of a sudden it seems to be coming on very fast and I have a lot to do to get ready!

We will be doing 3-4 conferences for Ugandan pastors and believers, as well as much preaching and evangelism beginning the morning we arrive jet lagged from two days of travel and will continue without a day off for the entire 18 days. I have my stuff together and am beginning to pack everything for life on the move. We will be ministering in four different locations in Uganda. I can take along two checked bags of 50 lbs - and I hope one of them will be filled with Benevolent Gifts. Some of that will be some good theological books for a couple of Ugandan pastors there - many don't even have a concordance to use. Our ministry is primarily aimed at strengthening the leaders of the Ugandan Church.

Financial support is still needed - quite a bit actually - I have just been asked to raise $500 more on top of the $3,500 support needed and I only have $2000 of that raised with my departure only two weeks away. I know everybody is feeling the pinch right now, my own household as well. My basic trip costs are covered so every dollar added to my support now will go to the needs of the ministry itself - for Ugandan pastors to allow them to participate in the events we conduct, or providing the means to organize rallies and evangelistic endeavors. If you would like to give to the work, an address follows below. My thanks to all those who have given support already!!

My other current activity is preparation for the conference talks - a challenge since you don't really know what you will be teaching on till you get there and then there is no to time to prepare - but I have some topics, I am working on notebooks of resource material on Stewardship (I will try to put this online when I get back); and Leadership (Moses); and Walking in Christ; and a variety of sermon notes and other stuff. Please pray for me to be disciplined and use my time and energy wisely.

If you are willing to pray: do please e-mail me so I can put you on my list. I have a hotmail address just in case I have access to the internet for updates from the field. If you, or your church can help with financial support, please send your donations to:
University Presbyterian Church, 2010 Wisconsin Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88001 Please designate them for Barry McWilliams' Uganda Mission trip. Your contributions are tax deductible, of course. If you haven't already, I really hope you will join me in this ministry opportunity.

I have been to Uganda once before, but Uganda is still a bit scary to me. Not simply because of the multitude of tropical diseases to avoid, the strangeness of the culture, the poverty, the news of missionary murders, or of rebel activities and banditry. With impending international conflicts lurking, I am not sure how they will affect the work we want to do and travel to and from. But more so because I sensed before how intense the spiritual battles are there - there is revival there - but also satanic opposition. Islam, witchcraft, extreme "Christian" cults are just as actively competing for souls as is the true church. I do covet your daily prayers while I am "in country" in March.

Barry McWilliams (eldrbarry@eldrbarry.net)
1609 Lombard Ave, Everett, Wa., 98201 (425) 252-2687

Of course, I have put together a web site for my trip at: http://www.eldrbarry.net/ug/ugan2003.htm. There are links there to other pages including a Prayer Needs page, a Response form, a whole page of links on Uganda, as well as a printable bulletin insert on ACTI, an article on Are Short Term Missions worth the Cost?, and a useful booklet on How to Pray for Missionaries.

If you are willing to pray: do please e-mail me. If you or your church can help with financial support for this endeavor please send your donations written to:
ACTI, c/o Tom Graham, 1612 -- 4th. Suite #200, Marysville, Wa., 98270
designated for my January 2003 Mission trip. He will forward them to University Presbyterian Church in Las Cruces. Your contributions are tax deductible, of course.

If you haven't already, I really hope you will join me in this ministry opportunity.

Barry McWilliams (eldrbarry@eldrbarry.net)

1609 Lombard Ave, Everett, Wa., 98201 (425) 252-2687

(Please Print this out and use it --- --- Bookmark and check back for Updates)
Please Click for Barry McWilliams' Mission to Uganda or for My Prayer Needs or for a Prayer Response Form
or an ACTI Bulletin Insert or Brochure: How to Pray for Missionaries (pdf files require the Acrobat Reader)
  • Uganda Mission - Spring 2003, for more Ugandan links see my Uganlink page
  • Africa Christian Training Institute It's Short Term Missions Guide and Links
  • Reconciliation Ministries - Uganda Page


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