COMMITMENT?

 

The definition of the word "commitment" is the state of being dedicated to a cause, and obligation that restricts freedom of action. Have you ever felt so committed that you would never think of wavering? That is easy to do when all goes as planned, but what if things don't go as planned? In fact what if everything blows up and you don't know what is up, and what is down?

When I think of examples of commitment, I think of the Apostle Paul. He suffered much for the name of Jesus, and the sake of the gospel. Yet he did not waiver, he had a single eye for the Kingdom of God.
We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.
-Paul (after being stoned and left for dead)
In the midst of chaos, it can be hard at times to see God's hand and know that he truly has a plan... I want to take a moment to update you on what has been going on the last few weeks here in Uganda and what we are doing today!

As you may know, we came to Uganda with Future Hope Ministries who was partnering with, and funding a street children's ministry and home. Mark and Laura White (Future Hope) asked our family to build and shape the spiritual side of the ministry on the ground here in Kampala, and plant the seed of the kingdom into the hearts of these little ones.

The last month has been a whirlwind! Our first official day, which was a Sunday, was planned to be a fun first with the children. We organized, and prepared to have children's church. To fellowship, sing and learn about the Kingdom of God. Before that, the children were attending a church where the Gospel was not preached. So as a group, we decided that was the first thing that we needed to change. Let's just say the kingdom of darkness was not happy about this, and we were met with much verbal, and physical resistance from the Ugandan's on the ground. This came as a surprise since this change was in the works for weeks leading up to that first Sunday, and it appeared we were all on the same page. But God's hand was at work.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
In the midst of the fighting, the Lord allowed very serious things to be revealed. Dishonesty, fraud, and bad intentions to name a few. We do believe this situation, as terrible as it has been, was an answer to our prayers. Before we even came to Uganda, we prayed that God would expose any darkness, and hidden motives.

So where does that leave us? We are committed to remaining obedient to Jesus, and the call to expand His kingdom and love others. So we plan to continue with home fellowship, and making disciples while we help build a ministry in Uganda from the ground up. We still strongly desire to care for vulnerable children, so we have started visiting the slums with a ministry that is working with street children, what a blessing!

Another exciting thing we have been doing and will continue to do is teach those who come into our lives. We have three interns that were originally doing an internship at the children's home. That has obviously changed, and they are now staying with us. When I look at the home we have been placed in, and the situation at hand I'm reminded once more of Paul.
Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him,  preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. Acts 28:30-31
The Lord has put a unique situation/opportunity in front of us. We want to maintain a Kingdom focused vision as we build the ministry here, and we ask for your prayers.

I also ask for you to pray for us personally, we have been disappointed and discouraged as this has unfolded. But we have a renewed strength from the Lord, and know that He is in full control and is removing us from a situation that would have been very bad. He did not want us unequally yolked, and in His mercy before things got to deep he removed us. All glory to God for the amazing work he is doing. Thank you once again for your prayers, love, and support. You make it possible for us to be here in East Africa, to do what the Lord has called us to do.

For His glory-
Charlton


Hadassah brought much joy to the hearts of these children!!!

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing so that we know how to pray for you guys. We sure do understand and it's encouraging to see you setting your faces like flint and going through with Jesus! We love you!

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    1. We appreciate the prayers, and encouragement. Thank you. -Natasha

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  2. Really loved reading this. I knew you would have an excellent attitude. One that would honor our King. I am praying for you. It occurs to me that now you are not associated with those that were in darkness and can build on a proper foundation and not try to build on the foundation of another. God bless you!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement Glenn! God bless you brother. -Natasha

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