When I think about Uganda and the churches we build there, I’m reminded of the loaves and fishes that Christ multiplied to feed thousands of people. In most cases we never get to see the results of what we build around the world. However, in Uganda we have seen the complete story and transformation. We’ve seen where a small group of people gather in a stick building or simply under a large tree to worship. These buildings offer no protection from the elements; rain comes through, termites destroy and it becomes run down.
At the same time, God’s touching the hearts of people at LHUMC. They see the need and respond. Through sacrificial giving the funds are raised, a team is formed, and soon we’re on our way to build a church.
What was once a gathering place for a few quickly becomes filled with 100 or more people worshipping God. Many will hear the gospel and give their lives to Christ. The gospel spreads to the surrounding areas. The building also serves as a school, educating village children as well as teaching them the gospel.
The impact will not stop at the village level; it will be felt in the local area and throughout the country as these young people mature and take their place in society.
As a result of your faithful giving and prayerful support together we are truly changing the world one church at a time. May God continue to bless LHUMC’s efforts to serve Him in Uganda. Together we can and will make a difference.
On Saturday, July 29th, servants of Lynn Haven UMC gathered at Fusion Fitness Center to help the local community. From 7:30am-1:00pm volunteers unloaded over 5,000 lbs of food, sorted it and put it into boxes to handout to families in need. 150 families were served. While doing this, a number of new friendships were built with those families. Members of the church prayed with them and got to know their stories. It was a wonderful morning meeting new people and serving the Lord.
We had over 400 kids each night at VBS along with over 100 volunteers. The theme was Maker Fun Factory. We learned about God making us for a purpose and how, no matter what, God is always with us. Each night was filled with games, crafts and bible discoveries. There were different themes that took place each night such as crazy sock night, crazy hair night and superhero night! We raised money for supplies that is being used right now on the Honduras mission trip to give the kids there a VBS like ours. Over a 100 kids accepted Christ during the week! Please be in prayer for all these children!
On June 3rd, Lynn Haven UMC hosted a mobile food pantry at our Fusion campus. We handed out 89 boxes of food and provided fresh produce, meat, baked goods and more to over 270 people in need in Bay County. Over 50 volunteers came to unpack and distribute the boxes of food. It was a wonderful day of service, and many families were able to serve together. Prayer and spiritual guidance were offered to each person in attendance. In addition to the boxes of food handed out, we were able to give the Rescue Mission a good donation of much needed food. One volunteer at the Rescue Mission said this donation was an answered prayer because funding had been cut, and the organization was in great need of food. The next mobile food pantry will be July 29th.
Quick Uganda Team Update from Doris Hast – It has been an amazing trip. No Home Depot here, so building things takes time! Here is a picture of the church frame as it stands today. Jack and Dale are confident they can get the structure and roof completed next week, and the locals will be able to finish up the metal sides, doors and windows. Camp with the kids has also gone well! Please pray that the seeds we planted will yield an abundant harvest for the Lord! Thank you, again, for your support and for helping to build God's Kingdom in Uganda! Kendall and I will be travelling back to the US on Sunday-Monday.
With the many activities that go on in our church every day, it’s sometimes easy to overlook or take for granted the many things that God’s hand is visible in within our congregation and community. It’s for that reason that we dedicate this space to shining a light on God-sightings each month. This month, Our Risk Taking Mission and Service Coordinator, Katie Fanning, sends us this God-sighting from one of our international missions. Enjoy this example of how God uses our people and offerings to positively impact people all over the world. Ongoing relationships with our friends around the world are one of the things we strive for on our Risk Taking Mission and Service team. We’ve supported and been encouraged by Jorge and Yulimar Martinez in Durango, Mexico for many years as we’ve built a relationship with his family. Jorge leads a congregation and ministers to their community and it’s a joy to call he and Yulimar friends. Recently, Jorge’s step-father, who served as a father figure in his life, passed away. As a result of your generosity to our church, we were able to send him many sympathy cards and a $500 love offering to help with any expenses incurred during such a difficult time. In response, Jorge sent this thank you to our church: “Thank you so much! Actually there are no words to express our gratitude for your concern, love and care in situations such as this. Most of all thank you for your prayers and love. Please extend our heart to everyone in Lynn Haven. We love you very much!
May God bless you!”
Katie Fanning Risk Taking Mission & Service Coordinator
A huge God Sighting occurred this morning at 8:30 AM. Gary Huff noticed his neighbor, Frank Smith, had a fence down from last weeks storm. Gary got on the phone and called his crew. Before long Bill, Mike and John were on the job. Supervisor on the job was a fellow named Jesus. He was all over the crew to get the job done. In less that 2 hours, the fence was up.
Now just to be clear, this was a temporary repair. The professional fence guy will on the job in about a week to build the final version of Frank's fence. And, Jesus will there overseeing the job!
The Good Friday Tenebrae service held on April 14th, was a deeply emotional journey into the re-telling of the agony that befell our Lord and Savior in the last days of His human life. Tenebrae, or darkness, gradually overtook the sanctuary as we traveled down the path that led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The sounds of the choir singing and the poignant messages spoken from God’s Word echoed in our hearts and minds as we recalled the great act of love and sacrifice that Jesus made willingly on our behalf. Hearts were heavy and tears fell as we witnessed the silent carriage of the Christ candle as it made its way flickering down the darkened aisle. But we knew this wasn’t how the story would end. Attendees exited the service in silence and sadness, but found comfort in the promise of salvation through our soon to be resurrected Savior. He is Risen, indeed!
On Wednesday April 12, 2017 over 150 members of our church participated in the Upper Room Footwashing and Communion service. Young and old alike took part in this meaningful event where we practiced humbling ourselves in servanthood through the act of symbolically washing each other’s feet as we have been instructed to do in John 13:1-17 (NLT). It was a blessing to witness God moving through His people as they carried out this simple, but powerful display of love for one another. The evening was concluded with a time of prayer and sharing in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
In Bible times, the dusty and dirty conditions of the region and the wearing of sandals necessitated foot-washing. Although the disciples most likely would have been happy to wash Jesus' feet, they could not conceive of washing each other's feet. This was because in the society of the time, foot-washing was reserved for the lowliest of menial servants. Peers did not wash one another's feet, except very rarely and as a mark of great love. Luke points out (22:24) that the disciples were arguing about who was the greatest among them, an attitude that precludes a willingness to stoop to wash feet. When Jesus moved to wash their feet (see also John 13:1-16), they were shocked. His actions serve also as symbolic of spiritual cleansing (vs. 6-9) and a model of Christian humility (vs. 12-17). By washing His disciples’ feet, Jesus taught the lesson of selfless service that was supremely exemplified by His death on the cross.