Friends and Family, The time has come for Clark and I to return to Pader, Uganda to continue developing our partnership with Pader Community Church and equipping our friends that are in leadership. We are scheduled to go January 7-18, 2017. They started a Child Development Program about a year ago, and it has grown since that time. So their children’s ministry is growing quickly, and because of that more people in that region are hearing the gospel of Jesus and coming to know him! Almost half of the population in Uganda is under the age of 15, so the youth is definitely the future there.
Clark and I were privileged to lead a trip from Austin Ridge Bible Church alongside Pader Community Church to do their first Kid’s Camp in July 2015. There was a lot of positive feedback from this experience, and they want a team to return again. Our leader Bobby Shaw, ARBC Children’s Minister, will be heading up this camp with our team alongside Pader Community Church’s leadership. We are excited as we will be equipping the staff as well as learning from them about the children’s specific needs in the mornings, and we will have Kids Camp in the afternoons. Our hope is that when we leave they will be better equipped to share the gospel and disciple these children and their families.
There has also been discovery of a special needs child on a previous trip this year, and he has now since been connected with an organization that cares for the specific type of syndrome he has that occurs only in that part of the world. We are prayerful about God exposing more children with special needs that may not be in the public eye, so that more equipping can be done with the staff on how to care for these children and families that need just as much love as our typically developing children. We ask you be prayerful with us on how God needs us to be a part of that on this trip and in future trips. This is especially exciting for me as this is an area I specialize in as a professional, and I could have an opportunity with others like myself to use these skills to better the Kingdom in this under-resourced region.
Many trips are taken each year from ARBC for different needs to continue developing the CDP, equipping leadership, and a separate farm project. Of course, nothing can compare to prayer and leaning on the Lord to guide and give all we need and they need. Please pray with us as we travel and that the Lord’s will be done. We love these people and long to see this area radically change this country and other unreached areas around them for Christ! Thank you for partnering with us by supporting us through prayer and financial support.
Each team member is trying to raise $3,500. If you feel led to give then you can click on the green "Tickets" button above, or mail a check written out to Austin Ridge Bible Church with “Natalie Richardson” in the memo line to: ARBC Global Missions, 9300 Farm to Market 2244, Austin, TX 78733