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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Believer's, South Africa + Furlough

Greetings from Uganda!
We hope this newsletter finds you all doing well and that you have had a wonderful Spring Break! We are excited that a little rain has returned to cool things down a bit. Today's high... 94.

We are in the final stretch of wrapping things up here in Uganda so that we can head stateside for 3 months. It is such a challenge to take care of all that needs to be done here so that we can be gone, as well as plan our time stateside. We are looking forward to meeting with many of you to share about all God is doing here.

What's been going on???? 

We just finished a busy season of hosting outreach teams and have been super blessed. We have seen lives transformed because of their hearts for the lost. We are already gearing up for another influx of DTS(Discipleship Training School) outreach teams and look forward to seeing them minister to people and share the gospel. It's truly amazing to see these young people's lives transformed and watch as they use all they've learned in DTS to teach, preach and reach people for Christ.

Read DTS Student Emily's post about leading people to Christ HERE


We had a wonderful week long teaching with Paul Ford from Church Resource Ministries learning more about leadership and teambuilding. It was truly an amazing time of bringing our YWAM staff together so that we may work better together to bring glory to God.

Wendy traveled to South Africa to surprise Sydnie at her DTS(Discipleship Training School) Graduation. She never suspected a thing and there were lots of tears when she saw her. They enjoyed a few days seeing the beautiful sites of Cape Town and Wendy enjoyed meeting the YWAM staff and Sydnie's classmates. Sydnie has returned to Midland and is praying about what her next steps will be.

Lacey has settled in Midland, Tx working and preparing to start back to school to work towards getting her photojournalism degree. We are looking forward to spending time with her.

The rest of the kids are finishing up there homeschool year and are so excited about having a break from school. When I asked them what they were most looking forward to, this is what I heard:  seeing family and friends, water pressure, hot water, clean feet, electricity that stays on, air-conditioning, church camp, cheddar cheese, Rosa's & Chick-fil-a. LOL! All things that they've missed.


Sid has continued to work in the administration office training new staff on all things financial + overseeing the building projects on the base. He has his hands in so many things and is really impacting peoples lives here.

As much as we LOVE where God has our family right now, we are really looking forward to some downtime to reflect and look forward to all God has for us in the next couple of years. We are anxious to see family and friends and are praying that this 3 months will be a time of refilling for all of us so that we can continue to serve here in Northern Uganda and South Sudan.

Blessings to ALL of you ! We will be looking to hug your necks in just a few weeks! Can't Wait!


For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
We are headed stateside April 1st- July 15th
Hope to see you!

Wendy & Sydnie on
Table Mountain,
Cape Town, South Africa

Sid at the Nile River just above Murchison Falls
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we travel March 31st
  • Pray for Sydnie as she fundraises for her Bible School
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue the Ugandan adoption process
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 503 FM 359, Suite 130 #116
                 Richmond, TX 77406
                 Re: Harper Family
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Friday, February 12, 2016

January Update ~ A New Year, South Sudan + New Believer's

Greetings from Uganda!
We hope this newsletter finds you all diggin' into 2016 and following God wherever he is leading you. We headed into the year full speed ahead and January has been a great month! Sid rang in the new year with our friend and fellow YWAMer Andrew, in South Sudan. They traveled to 3 different YWAM bases to pray over the staff, pray over the land and encourage the staff in Labone, Juba & Wau, South Sudan. They were also able to do some open air preaching and share the gospel with people along the way. The kids and I rang in the new year in Arua and we were treated to a firework show practically in our backyard. We had a fun night of fun and games!

We have had 3 outreach teams here this month from Chico, CA, Mendocino, CA & Harpenden, UK. It has been a busy month and the teams have done loads of outreach and many people have come to Christ in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. We really enjoy seeing the outreach teams minister and use all that they have learned in their Discipleship Training School.(DTS)

Lacey has settled in stateside and has found a job. She plans to return to college in June with the goal of getting her degree in Photo Journalism. We are proud of her and excited for her future.

Sydnie is at the end of her outreach in Nepal and heads back to Muizenburg, South Africa for debriefing and graduation. We can't wait to hear about her adventures and how God has transformed her heart.

We have just booked our tickets home for furlough and are happy to share that we will be stateside from April to Mid-July! We have been working on a schedule to share about our ministry here in Northern Uganda & South Sudan and share about all God is doing here. If you'd like us to share with your church, small group or just a group of friends in your home please email us at wah3@hotmail.com. We would LOVE to share! We will arrive in Charlotte, NC the first of April and make our way to Texas via North Carolina & Tennessee and then make our way through Texas stopping to share along the way. We will have our feet in Midland the last week in April. We hope to hug each of your necks and share about our first 18 months in the mission field and we look forward to seeing all of you.



For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
Sid making new friends in Juba, South Sudan

We celebrated this boys 9th Birthday! Happy Birthday Levi!

Enjoyed A visit from our friend Sharon from YWAM Kona. Emmy treated her to a pedicure.
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we continue to learn the language
  • Pray for Sydnie as she continues outreach in Nepal
  • Pray for Lacey as she settles into life stateside
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue to actively share Christ with Muslims and those that have never heard of Jesus
  • Pray as we continue the Ugandan adoption process
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 503 FM 359, Suite 130 #116
                 Richmond, TX 77406
                 Re: Harper Family
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year from Uganda!

Happy New Year!!

We pray that this new year brings new hope, new beginnings & new blessings to you and your families! We pray that as you step out into this new year that the things that God has been stirring in your heart would not remain a dream or desire, but that you would step out in faith and take the next step. May you follow where God leads, be bold and courageous and know that the risk is always worth the possibility of failing. Faith Says Yes!

Every year our small little group of dreamer dreamer girls in Texas get together and talk about what single word God has put on their heart for the new year. This word is about what we hope God will do in our life in 2016. God has no doubt shown me over this past year that I struggle in the area of complete surrender. The condition of my heart is not always in a place of FULL Surrender and I pray that God will reveal the areas of my life that I have not fully surrendered to Him. So, for 2016 the word that I will pray into my life daily is SURRENDER. 


I Love what Rick Warren says about surrendering...

 
Surrendering your life means:
  • Following God's lead without knowing where he's sending you;
  • Waiting for God's timing without knowing when it will come;
  • Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide;
  • Trusting God's purpose without understanding the circumstances.
You know you're surrendered to God when you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your agenda, and control the situation. You let go and let God work. You don't have to always be in charge. Instead of trying harder, you trust more.
Surrender yourself to the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7

What is your word for 2016?

We Pray that God reveals to you the areas in your life that need to be surrendered to the only One who can truly carry them.

 
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
~Galatians 2:20

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
from the Harper Family
2016
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
~Phillipians 3:13-14

For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
Celebrating EVERY Christmas present opened!
 
 
Celebrating Gertrude's Christmas Birthday in her village. First time to celebrate her birth. It was a Happy !8th!
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we continue to learn the language
  • Pray for Sydnie as she continues outreach in Nepal
  • Pray for Lacey as she settles into life stateside
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue to actively share Christ with Muslims and non-believers
  • Pray as we step out in faith to begin the adoption process
  • Pray as we begin the process of getting licensing from Government for "The Haven"
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 P.O. Box 1223
                 San Marcos, Tx 78667
                 Re: Harper Family

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Joy To The World ~ Merry Christmas 2015


Merry Christmas! 

It seems like we were just writing our November update! This time of year flies no matter where you live in the world. We spent hours looking for anything resembling a Christmas tree (think Charlie Brown tree) but we succeeded in adding a little Christmas feel to the house as we sleep under fans and run around in flip flops and tank tops. This month has been full of activities & ministry + a couple of fractured wrists, a bum knee and malaria x2.

We started out the month with Sid heading to Kampala to join Jason Bollinger with LINKS International at a pastors leadership conference. They had some good time together and Sid had opportunity to share with him more about what God is doing here in Northern Uganda & South Sudan. We are super grateful for the spiritual and emotional support we receive from our LINKS family.

The day after Sid returned from Kampala Lacey, Baylie & I took the overnight bus to Kampala to see Lacey off at the airport. After 18 months and 3 countries Lacey was headed home to surprise friends & family. She had a long journey and pulled off a good surprise. Baylie & I spent a few days in Kampala celebrating her belated 16th birthday with movies, good food & shopping. It was so fun to have one on one time with her. We traveled back on the bus with our fellow YWAMer Andrew who has come from Bozeman, Montana to minister with us for the next month. He's preparing to preach in a community of Muslims the day after Christmas & we are excited about the word that God has given him. He and Sid will head into South Sudan to pray over the land. Please pray that God gives them opportunities to share the gospel.

Sid continues to oversee all of the building that is going on around the YWAM Arua base and has stepped into a new role assisting with Administrative and money matters on the base as well as a multitude of logistics.

Wendy continues with homeschooling the children along with handling correspondence with upcoming outreach teams, organizing schedules, organizing fundraising for a much needed Land Cruiser for the YWAM base and helping with social media for YWAM Arua.


We celebrated our "ONE Year in Uganda" on the 15th of December. It was fun to look back and talk about our favorite moments, our hard moments & all that God has done in our lives over the past year and how He has used every one of us in ways we never could have imagined!

We Wish All of you a
Very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6
For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe
Well Yes, you can get a Land Cruiser STUCK!

Sid with Jason fromLINKS at a leadership conference in Kampala. Thankful for their missionary support.

Tate under the waterfall celebrating his 12th Birthday
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we continue to learn the language
  • Pray for us as we spend our 2nd Christmas away from family
  • Pray for Sydnie as she continues outreach in Nepal
  • Pray for Lacey as she settles into life stateside
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue to actively share Christ with Muslims and non-believers
  • Pray as we step out in faith to begin the adoption process
  • Pray as we begin the process of getting licensing from Government for "The Haven"
How You Can Help...
  • Prayer is first and foremost essential to our ministry. We cannot thank you enough for faithfully praying for us.
  • Partnership through monthly support or one-time tax deductible donations through our DONATE button below or via check to:
                 LINKS USA
                 P.O. Box 1223
                 San Marcos, Tx 78667
                 Re: Harper Family

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Feet In Uganda ~ One Year

Whew! One Year! Where has it gone?

We stepped off the plane in Entebbe, Uganda a year ago with a ridiculous amount of bags ready for whatever God had in store for us. It's exciting to see where God has brought us to in these past months. We've learned so much and we grown to see God in a whole new wonderful way. This place has become our home, the people have become our family and we are continuing to step out in faith believing that God will continue to sustain us as we minister in Northern Uganda & South Sudan.

Faith Says Yes


In morning devotions we asked each of the kids to describe this past year in there own words + tell us what God has done in their hearts this year. Here's each of there responses word for word...


Baylie(16): This year has been awesome, hard and I've learned a lot. God has taught me to value relationships and that being a missionary is hard and sometimes you do things even when do you want to our your afraid to.

Jonathan(13): This year has been hard and sometimes boring. God has allowed me to play baseball in Uganda and given me a friend my age here.

Tate(12): I feel like I can go up to people and say hi and its not gonna be weird. God has changed my heart so that I can see stuff in a different way. Like caring about others and enjoying the outdoors more.

Charlie(11): If he could talk he'd say... "I love beans and chipati, swimming at the only pool in Arua and my teacher Harriet. And I know God and my family love me."

Emmy(10): This past year has been fun & hard. God has grown me closer to him. He has taught me so many things and how to help others.

Levi(8): Riding bodas, going to town, beans & rice, my Ugandan friends at school, my teacher Milly and playing soccer with anyone that will play with me.

Kenlie(8): This year has been hard but I made new friends and have had fun. God has made me feel better about moving here.


**Thank you to all of you that continue to cover our family in prayer. Thank you for your love and support and for sending encouraging words to us. We feel the prayers and we are so thankful for every one of you**

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving, Ministering to Muslims + BIG NEWS

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our list of things we are Thankful for gets increasingly longer as the days pass here. Today we want to take a moment to tell you how incredibly thankful we are for each of you. The love and prayer that we have felt over the past 14 months has sustained us and we realize that this is the most vital part of our lives. We are thankful for every encouraging message, every prayer sent and every donation that has been given. Because of you, lives are being transformed, people are growing in their relationship with God & people are are giving their lives to Christ! We can not thank you ALL enough! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

This month's update brings lots of NEWS!!! At the beginning of October we sat down as family and circled 3 BIG things we felt we needed to pray over. We spent the month boldly praying for each of these decisions knowing and believing that God would answer us, and He did!

The 3 BIG THINGS:
  1. Does God want us to remain here in Northern Uganda and work in and out of South Sudan or does He want us to move into South Sudan now.
  2. Timing for adopting again. Specifically adopting from Uganda.
  3. Should we move forward with a vision that Wendy has for “The Haven” (A place for infants living with or affected by HIV who need a place for healing and restoration to gain strength so they can be placed back with family)
 After much discussion and prayer as a family we are:
  1. Remaining in Arua, Uganda for the next 2-3years
  2. Moving forward with adopting from Uganda
  3. Moving forward with helping to establish “The Haven” under YWAM Arua

Remaining in Arua has come with excitement but a bit of grieving as well. Our hearts from the beginning have been to 'move' into South Sudan. After almost a year here in Uganda, God has shown us that for our family to be successful as long term missionaries, living in Arua near the South Sudan border and working in and out of South Sudan is vital. God has also shown us that we can be more effective in multiplying ourselves with our gifts and skills here in Northern Ugandan and helping to multiply and mobilize others to go into the remote areas to reach people for Christ. God may take us into South Sudan in the future, but for the next 2-3 years He is planting us here in Arua.

Our next newsletter will share more about the VISION on "The Haven." We are excited about all God is doing and encouraged by how God continues to be faithful. Please continue to pray for us as we step out into some new radical things. The kids are thriving here; they are all doing well with their homeschool, making friends and are excited about playing a part in helping with “The Haven.”

Sid continues to be involved in the construction on the base, daily logistics and preparing for the next DTS. (Discipleship Training School) he is spending time with a ministry called Reaching Africa's Unreached (RAU) about an hour Northeast of Arua. They are working in a primarily Muslim area and are slowly seeing Shaikhs and Imams engaging and learning about what the Word of God says and who the Jesus is that we as Christians follow. God is doing amazing things!

We are learning more about this missionary life everyday and we are thankful for the grace God continually gives us. Thank you again for your love and support and may you all have a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded by the people you love.


For Him~
Sid, Wendy + the Tribe

Levi's Preschool Graduation. He'll start Kindergarten in February
 
We celebrated Baylie's 16th Birthday!
 
The Tribe minus Sydnie Thanksgiving Day 2015
Thank You for your continued prayer for our family as we serve in Northern Uganda and South Sudan. Please continue to pray for these current prayer points. Blessings to ALL of you!
  • Pray for us as we continue to learn the language
  • Pray for us as we spend our 2nd Christmas away from family
  • Pray for Sydnie as she leaves for Nepal Dec. 6th for Outreach
  • Pray for Health for the WHOLE family
  • Pray as we continue to actively share Christ with Muslims and non-believers
  • Pray as we step out in faith to begin the adoption process
  • Pray as we begin the process of getting licensing from Government for "The Haven"