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Phil and Linda Byler, missionaries in Sudan
April 3, 2015 8:10 am
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Home assignment here we come. I has been 8 years since we took a full home assignment although we did squeeze in an abbreviated one in early 2012.
Pictured is our empty house in Uganda and our full vehicle of furniture going up the Lubowa hill into a storage container.
Also pictured are the beaming faces of Philip and Linda who have handed over ALL their leadership responsibilities to others to prepare for these next steps.
After home assignment, we intend to return to Central Region, South Sudan to lead a church planting team among the Unreached People, Laarim. We are deeply grateful for the enthusiastic response of interested team applicants. We are pleased that the hardship location is not driving applicants away.

March 30, 2015 1:54 pm
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Any day can be a day of thanksgiving! We were invited to a generous thanksgiving celebration meal at Barbara’s home. After many rainstorms disturbing her family with an inadequate roof over their heads, Barbara is very excited by this special joy of being dry as this rainy season has begun heavily!

March 30, 2015 1:32 pm
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Farewell…goodbyphoto 3e! This is the season of our life now as we bring an “ending for now” to the relationships which have been special to us. Phil and I had the opportunity to enjoy delicious Nubian food–kisira, garussa, dried meat, and peanut sauce—topped off with two cups of very hot (temperature) and spicy tea with our special friends in Bombo!

 

March 30, 2015 12:38 pm
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Global Link Afrika inaugurated their website (http://2015.globalinkafrika.org) with much praise to God and appreciation to the AIM short termer who not only assisted in its renovation, but also taught and mentored the ones here in Uganda who will be following through with the web upkeep and other computer needs! Global Link is a small organization with a huge vision!

Bill came from Canada with his wife and three young children, as learners and co-laborers, investing three months of life into discovering and learning about missions firsthand. It is a joy to see the bridges which were built as this AIM family worked with these Ugandans who are sending mission interns out to the remote areas of Uganda, worshipped with a local church community, and explored other ministry possibilities with kids who have special abilities (sometimes called the kids with special needs).

GLA is now asking for an AIM short term team to assist with the first IGNITE missions conference (similar to URBANA in the USA), which will be held in August of this year, to mobilize the church leaders to see missions as a priority. Is God calling you to come and help with some of the serving ministries for this event?

 

 

December 15, 2014 2:41 pm
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We six filled every seat and every kilo this Cessna 206 could carry from Uganda to Central Africa Republic. Every liter of fuel carefully calculated and even the banana weighed to ensure no overload. I even left my aftershave lotion at home to stay under my 8 kilo luggage allowance, having used over half my allowance for items for our church partners. A very small tube of toothpaste and electronic Bible helps keep the weight down.

We also needed to carefully weigh the recent insecurity before going. Thankfully there were no flare ups during out trip. Our purpose is to prepare the way for a future missionary team to return with a ministry to the Unreached Mbororo.

September 9, 2014 2:40 am
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Yesterday we visited a village church outside Kampala. It’s very humble beginnings reminded me of the birthplace of our faith, a stable. As we arrived the pastor mentioned that they had buried an infant child of one of their members just two days prior. We murmured our regrets.

The service commenced. Prolonged opening intersession reverberated through the neighborhood while the members gradually assembled. Vibrant worship followed. One choir member, Alice, was particularly expressive of joy and radiated a love for Jesus. I, Phil led the small congregation in a Discovery Bible Study with lots of audience participation. Peter was my capable and enthusiastic translator. A pretty little girl in a spotless white ‘wedding’ dress wandered up to hold her daddy Peter’s hand from time to time.

Then it was testimony time. Both Alice and Peter quickly came forward and each shared a simple testimony of faith in God’s provision of comfort and assurance through the death of their third child and only son this week. They spoke with calm confidence of God’s goodness and the transfer of their little boy’s place from here to heaven.

I was dumbstruck. How could someone in acute grief participate so joyfully in leading a worship service? The choir was called forward again during which time the attached photo of Alice, Peter and their youngest daughter was taken. I watched carefully to detect any evidence of a fake glossing over their grief. Only praise, joy, and love exuded. It appeared totally genuine. I was in awe of a simple profound faith that could transcend such a loss and give such victory. How much is cultural expression? Even then who else but Jesus could give such victory?

July 10, 2014 6:00 am
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In Africa you defer the best chair to the ‘Big Man’. This can be a problem when the whole room is full of Big Men. For these three days Bishops from our partner churches in five countries gathered in South Sudan for a prayer summit. The ‘prayer chair’ allowed focused prayer and scripture ministry to each Big Man one by one.

Tears and laughter alternated as these spiritual giants received the personal ministry which they are always pouring out to others. Continences brightened and shoulders squared as shared burdens lifted through the laying on of prayerful hands.

These five men return to their national church roles with rejuvenated hands to bless the 12 million members under their collective leadership charge.

Now that’s Big ministry for the One very Big Man, JESUS.

Philip Byler

June 19, 2014 8:28 am
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Last week was Watoto Church’s BIG PARTY! We are celebrating 30 years of rapid growth at Watoto Church and 20 years of orphan care!

Sadly we missed the multi-thousand worship events together last weekend, but we were able to party at the Tuesday neighborhood celebration organized by 4 cell groups including ours. Colorful invitations were personally given to our friendly neighbors as well as passed to folks whom we had never met living in walled compounds. Phil and I took chairs, a mat, lots of popcorn and ten books to the nearby empty lot, which had just been slashed (cleaned). As only one child was there then, I sat on the mat and began reading to him. He soaked it up and others started to join on first one mat and then another, until nearly a hundred children clustered around me in the shade. Reading thru the entire BIG PICTURE BIBLE without a break was inspiring even to me! The attentiveness and good behavior of the children was truly remarkable as they politely traded and looked at the books together.

When the adults gathered, we sang, danced, played games (musical chairs) and shared testimonies before Phil presented the gospel message. Sodas, samosas, and biscuits were joyfully consumed by all! What a witness of God’s love and a celebration for our neighborhood community!

May 31, 2014 5:34 am
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Linda and I are enjoying daily readings from Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts Devotional. She inspires finding the beauty of God’s gifts amidst the daily rubble of life.


From our front porch this Saturday morning I view the beauty of our flowering “trumpet vine” against the backdrop of the all-to-close construction.
Which do I see?
I borrow Ann’s prayer “…. Turn me from seeing burdens to seeking beauty. Cause me to glimpse at the grittiness and gaze on Your glory – because could there be more joy than adoring You more?”
I chose beauty.

May 16, 2014 10:32 am
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Nubian women learn this traditional art of colorful weaving from childhood. Phil and I recently visited this Nubian community which is north of Kampala. We were warmly welcomed into Karim’s home and were fascinated watching Ruth skillfully weaving the mat. She had previously collected the grass, and dyed it.