One of our projects, Neighbourhood Prayer Network has now more than 5,100 Christians who have signed up to take spiritual responsibility for their street. It's worth having a look and perhaps signing up to pray for your street.
This is my first ever attempt at doing a video blog. Even though I've been behind the scenes in Broadcasting for a number of years, some friends have encouraged me to record some video. So here I am explaining the vision of what I'm doing now, some of the background history as well as a brief explanation of where things are going.
It's been some time since I posted and I'm just about to start writing again. Following my leaving UCB, I ventured out into a new Ministry which aims to see 100 million people come to Christ. www.reach100m.com is a vision which will probably last a lifetime, and will establish a number of projects along the way.
We are making good progress, with the vision, take a look and see what you think.
Yes it is true, after seven years with this wonderful organisation I am moving on from UCB at the end of this year. I've loved my time here, the people are awesome and the vision growing. It's great knowing that as I depart UCB is in great shape for the future, under the direction of David L'Herroux and a tremdous Executive team and a great board of Trustees.
Wednesday (8th May) night, we had dinner with Carol Kumokama, he new Director of An Open Door Uganda. It's been some months going through applications and I'm pleased to say we have one very switched on person leading the work in Uganda. In my spare time I act as the An Open Door UK Director and Gareth Killa is one of the UK trustees, so we try to visit and ensure that things keep moving forward. Since AOD UG opened we have resettled over 100 children street children, it's not been a journey without it's problems, but some of which have gone through University and gotten a degree, a far cry from their very fraught start to life.
It seemed so quick, but we were already into the second half of our trip. On Sunday I made contact with Pastor Goodman Mugisha, who has been building up his church from scratch in Kireka, which if you've travelled to Uganda is very near Mandela National Stadium, to the east of Kampala. We've previously helped i61 Church in North Wales connect with Pastor Goodman, and they visited twice over two years to support the church there. As you'll see from the picture (taken 3yrs ago), the church is made from any type of canvass they could get their hands on. The congregation is now around 80 people, and even at this level, with little wages, they struggle to support the Pastor who only just makes it through each month.
It was great to revisit Pearl Haven Christian Centre again in Mbale. My first visit there was 17 years ago, when the church was literally a small handful of people meeting on a rented site. These days things have moved on and their in the middle of building a 2,000 seater building to accomodate the three services they have on a Sunday, my how God has blessed.
Pastor Wilberforce Okumu and his wife Sarah, run the church and I must say, he is one of the most accountable, missions focussed Pastors I know in Uganda. He was telling me in late 2011, He had enough money to finish off Phase 2 of the building, but felt God lead him to take a missions trip to Southern Sudan, all paid for by the local church in Mbale, Uganda. Hundred's of people came to Christ as a result.
Gareth and I seemed to have travelled for ever. I left the house at 7am on Wednesday morning, dropped into UCB for a morning Exec meeting and then drove to Gatwick, which was fairly uneventful except for a Bomb Scare. The next morning we were off to Uganda via an overnight stop (sleeping on an armchair in Starbucks) in Dubai. We landed half an hour late on Friday at 1pm. Queuing for around an hour to work out the tourist visa, we were met by Henry, to be taken to Mbale, via Kampala. The 3.5 hour drive didn't exaclty go to plan, the traffic in Uganda has increased dramatically over the last couple of years, there's a lot more trucks on the road, ferrying supplies from the port in Mombasa, Kenya across southern Uganda to keep the country running. our arrival in Mbale was around 9.30pm on Friday.
If you haven't already heard I got married and moved as a missionary to England !!
There's been a lot going on in the Brettle household. Firstly and the most significant news is that we are expecting our first baby. In the normal way of married life this wouldn't be a surprise, yet in our world, this is a major miracle. Some 20 years ago I was told never to expect to be able to have children.
About two years ago I felt God say to expect a son, so faith rose and after two miscarriages, we are well on the way to the 14th September birth, God is so faithful, and we are so grateful.
Rebekah and I have recently started to learn to ski at the Chill Factore in Manchester - it's a great place. Motivated by a half price beginners day lesson, we did our first day on real snow, albeit - inside the chill factor.
First day over, and after getting used to the weird footwear and the funny bits of wood they strap to your feet, we were both full of confidence to proceed to the 'Improver' level, which as it happens was on the main slope.