December 5, 2013
“My fate is in Thy hands oh God, I wish it there. As best it seems, I place my life and health entirely to Thy care; for why should I doubt or fear, for my God will not cause His child to shed one needless tear.”
It’s been a few months since our last update and we wanted to share the latest ministry developments with our friends and supporters of SWI.
A small team has recently returned from Africa, more specifically, the Northern Uganda/South Sudan region. The trip was the result of a partnership forged with Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU), an amazing ministry founded by Jacob and Carol Lee.
While the trip was extremely fruitful in sharing the Gospel to local villagers, it did not come without its share of challenges.
While the team was overseas, Jacob fought off a bad bout of Malaria, which is typically transmitted by a bite from an infected mosquito. When asked what Malaria felt like, Jacob described it as having “flu to the tenth power.” In some instances, he had to stay behind at the RAU compound while other SWI and RAU team members held outreaches in surrounding areas.
Further into the trip, Kevin was bitten by a venomous spider and became very sick. Massive headaches, vomiting and severe hypertension ensued. Thankfully, just as in Jacob’s case, other team members were able to carry on with local outreaches as Kevin stayed behind at his tukle to rest.
Then one night towards the end of the trip, while heating some bread at a campfire, Kevin accidentally burned the inner portion of his mouth with a fork. The heat was so intense, the fork had to be pried off his lips, leaving behind blistering burn marks and severe pain.
Lastly, upon his return back home, Kevin learned that he too had contracted Malaria. This is his fifth time with the disease and by far, the worst case he’s ever had. Please pray for his recovery as he is still severely sick at this time.
Despite all of these unfortunate events, the Ugandan trip was an amazing time of fellowship, outreach and reaching others with the Gospel. The challenges of the trip vividly remind us that there’s often a price to pay when following the call that God places on our lives. To stand in the gap for others will often consume us. It’s not an easy road, but one that Jesus clearly calls us to travel down. We’ve also been reminded that the things Satan intends for evil, God will always use for good and in the end, He will get His glory.
We would also ask that you pray for RAU. The ministry is waiting on a large shipping container full of supplies and a Land Cruiser – both of which are tied up in customs.
SWI is already planning a return trip and we are hoping to get even more items in their hands to assist them.
Here are some excerpts from a note we just received from Jacob and Carol:
“We, at Reaching Africa’s Unreached (RAU), would like to express our joy and thankfulness in being the beneficiaries of God’s grace, love and encouragement through SWI! …. Most things on earth can be price tagged, but our friendship and partnership with you, Kevin, and with SWI, is priceless and epic! …. We know that what you, Kevin and SWI, have meant to us at RAU, you have meant that and even more to so many others whose lives, safety and eternal well being have been won by your provision, friendship, fervor and focus! Thank you so much, and may the Lord bless you!”
We are currently trying to raise $10,000, which will go towards training pastors that will come in from remote regions to Northern Uganda. RAU will then be able to cover meals, accommodations and materials used for training. If you would like to help us achieve our goal, please visit our support page and select the Africa tab when submitting your donation.
In addition, we would ask that you keep Strategic World Impact in mind for any end-of-year giving. Funding is tight at this time and we greatly appreciate any support you are able to provide.
We’ll follow up in the near future with an update on Kevin’s health. Please continue to pray for him and his family as he attempts to recover. He typically provides these newsletter updates, but was too ill to write.
Finally, we are incredibly grateful to all of you — our friends, supporters and partners for all of your prayers, support and encouragement.
Have a blessed Christmas season.
The SWI Team