Meet Our Students

Although we have many students, below are the four we spend most of our day to day lives with. We are putting them through a special discipleship course that is very intense. We ask that you keep them in your prayers.

Atim Proscovia

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Atim was an orphan by an early age. Constantly shifted between distant relative’s homes, she felt unwanted. “I was mad at everyone. I hated everyone.” By middle school, she was taken in by a Christian couple in her village, Serere, and had accepted Christ, but life in the village was still hard! In the village, there isn’t electricity, water is fetched from a distance, and you work in the fields from 4:00 am till late at night and still must cook dinner on fire wood in the dark, do your laundry by hand, and make time to study. Rains control whether there is food or not and paying for her schooling was not easy on her new family. Although an extremely bright young lady, Atim didn’t pass final exams in high school last year due to her overworking to earn school fees. Not passing is horrible because, in Uganda, there is no second chance at the exam and no future. The result was devastation, “I just wanted to die. I had no hope left. What next?” However, she still had one hope and that hope was in Christ. Many young ladies in her position resort to sexual misconduct with married men and polygamist situations as a means of provision, but she remained principled and trusted God.

The day I met Atim, her face was downcast. I spent time encouraging her, and invited her to spend the night at our house. We have now grown to be very close friends. She now recognizes that she failed because God had special plans for her life, “I have hope!”

I have committed the majority of my week to “home schooling” her through Bible college. So far, she has read half the Old Testament, has nearly completed the hermeneutics portion of BTCP, and she is sitting in my living room right now writing up her Biographical study on the life and ministry of Timothy. We spend much time discussing the possibility of beginning a Bible Training Center for Women. She wants to teach other women, and also has an passion for apologetics, so I suspect evangelism is one of her giftings.

Please pray for her:

  • Deepening relationship with Christ
  • Development of her own Women’s ministry
  • Source of Financial provision as a full time indigenous missionary

Oreet James

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James’ salvation is a story of fervent prayer. I still recall sitting in prayer meetings all the way in Kenya passionately interceding for a man named James whom I had never met. He was a man with much land, a beautiful Christian wife, children, and the calling of God on his life, but he was passionately resisting Jesus and pursuing politics. Drunkenness, quarreling, rivalry, and anger were the way of his household. “I use to fear Uncle James,” says his niece.

Coming home from work one evening, he found something in his eye without realizing that, a few days later, he would be going blind in both eyes. In extreme pain that was not passing, doctors tried every antibiotic they could, but nothing could make the ever dimming light return. Finally, doctors told him the only way to make the pain stop was simply removing his eyes. I remember asking myself “could this really be it? Is James finally going to relent and give his life to Christ?” Surely we had prayed that God would do what was necessary to save him, even if it meant tough troubles! Sure enough, it was that evening that he told his wife “let us go to the Church.” He wanted prayer. The elders of the village church laid hands on him and began to pray. James told us, “When the pastor removed his hand, I felt as if something had been plucked from the back of my head. The pain stopped.” As James’ eyes began to heal, he found himself convinced God was real, and completely surrendered to Christ. He gave up his drink, gave one of his houses to be used for church meetings, and started seeking God. From this time on, he began calling John (my husband) on the phone each week asking him when he would be free to teach him the Bible. He said that he was not going to turn back. He knew that he was to serve Christ, “and if I turn back again, surely I’ll die this time!”

James has been traveling 80 km to town each week to spend time studying the Bible with John, and an additional 3 hour trip to Sipi Falls where he attends the Bible Training Center for Pastors my husband is leading.

In the mean time, he has been actively involved in the prison ministry we began in his village. His touching testimony has shaken many of the prisoners (some of which were his old drinking buddies) and around 10 have now come to Christ. John is in the process of handing our prison ministry over to James so that he can develop the gifting God has given him as a teacher of the Word while he continues his studies.

Please pray for James:

  • Deepening Relationship with Christ
  • Extreme wisdom and counseling skills as he teaches in prisons
  • A way to financially support his family since he has left everything to do full time ministry

Opule Peter

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Peter’s life began with much hardship. One physically notable characteristic of Peter’s is the large notch on his neck and the scars he bears from intense physical labor carrying large loads of sugar cane, like an ox, on his shoulders at a plantation. He said “the pay was hardly enough to buy food.” Distressed and discouraged in life, he returned home to the village where he was not welcomed by his family. Domestic problems resulted, and Peter found himself serving time in prison. He knew that when he was released he had no land to till, no home to go to, and nothing to sustain him. It was during his time in prison that Peter heard John (my husband) and James give him the greatest news of all, that God was willing to adopt him as a son and give him a future and a hope. Upon hearing the Gospel, Peter broke down, gave his life to Jesus and began attending the Bible lessons we were offering in the prison. When released, he immediately found a church where our Ukrainian friends were offering the same class and continued.

Two weeks ago he called John on the phone and told him he was ready for more. He wanted to go through Bible College. John told him he would need to consider the cost. John told Peter that joining our Bible training would be like “going back to prison;” he would have no time for anything except sitting and studying the Word of God. No time for a job. Peter responded by telling John that he had tried the world’s ways and was ready for God’s ways—even if it meant living under extreme conditions so he could devote himself to study. Since then, he has been devouring God’s Word. The first day we took him to Church, he received baptism, and since then has been assisting us in prison ministry. “You should have seen all the prisoners smiling and hugging him when he returned to pray with them last Sunday,” John said.

Please pray for Peter:

  • Deepening relationship with Christ
  • Development of a ministry outlet
  • Source of Financial provision for his continued studies

Ojur Ellie Godwilleli-baptism

Peter’s life began with much hardship. One physically notable characteristic of Peter’s is the large notch on his neck and the scars he bears from intense physical labor carrying large loads of sugar cane, like an ox, on his shoulders at a plantation. He said “the pay was hardly enough to buy food.” Distressed and discouraged in life, he returned home to the village where he was not welcomed by his family. Domestic problems resulted, and Peter found himself serving time in prison. He knew that when he was released he had no land to till, no home to go to, and nothing to sustain him. It was during his time in prison that Peter heard John (my husband) and James give him the greatest news of all, that God was willing to adopt him as a son and give him a future and a hope. Upon hearing the Gospel, Peter broke down, gave his life to Jesus and began attending the Bible lessons we were offering in the prison. When released, he immediately found a church where our Ukrainian friends were offering the same class and continued.

Two weeks ago he called John on the phone and told him he was ready for more. He wanted to go through Bible College. John told him he would need to consider the cost. John told Peter that joining our Bible training would be like “going back to prison;” he would have no time for anything except sitting and studying the Word of God. No time for a job. Peter responded by telling John that he had tried the world’s ways and was ready for God’s ways—even if it meant living under extreme conditions so he could devote himself to study. Since then, he has been devouring God’s Word. The first day we took him to Church, he received baptism, and since then has been assisting us in prison ministry. “You should have seen all the prisoners smiling and hugging him when he returned to pray with them last Sunday,” John said.

Please pray for Peter:

  • Deepening relationship with Christ
  • Development of a ministry outlet
  • Source of Financial provision for his continued studies

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