Where does the time go? Still not sure we will ever be able to adjust to fast pace life in America but the more I watch and observe our friends, brethren and family here in the USA, I see everyone is struggling with busyness. Perhaps they just don't see it like we do. Terry and I are digging in our heels and regularly throwing out the anchor as best we can not to let schedules and opportunities keep us from experiencing the depth of relationships Africa has taught us, starting with our Lord and Savior and extending to those whom we love dearly. The Florida Plant is growing slowly but surely and we have led twenty one to Christ by the grace of God. We are also entering a new season of growth where we are starting to develop into a church family that is spending time together in settings beyond the worship service. One of those experiences was a quick trip to the Holy Land. Before you get all excited, know that living in Florida affords us unique tourist opportunities like the Holy Land Experience in Orlando.
While it is not exactly like visiting Israel and not entirely scriptural, there are some great exhibits and dramas that do encourage your faith. So I guess you can say this was our first field trip as a Church family. While we were in the Holy Land, Pastor Moses and some of His Church leaders took the funds we gave them and purchased our second Ugandan Church plot in the village of Kakaron. These types of events are a huge encouragement to the Church which has been meeting on a borrowed plot under trees and in a tent for around four years now. It is also a great encouragement for us to see the spreading of the gospel from Kenya into neighboring Uganda.
Surveying the New Plot, Landmark Baptist Church, Uganda
We would still love to come along side of this faithful group of believers at the
Landmark Baptist Church of Kakaron, Uganda to help them at the very least put a roof over their heads. However, working with our brethren in Kenya, Uganda and now the Florida Plant is starting to push our financial limits and while we are not full time residents in East Africa anymore we are still deeply involved in their lives and ministry. If you or your Church would like to receive a blessing, this scriptural Church needs approximately: $1000.00 for Steel Poles, cement and transport costs, $1000.00 for trusses and transport costs & $1200.00 for iron sheets for the roof. Terry and I have already stepped out on faith and purchased the plot for them. They are willing of themselves to do the labor part and they will be responsible for finishing the sanctuary but we try to partner with them to get them out of the sun and rain. Please pray about helping our Ugandan brethren with this latest construction project and designate any offerings "construction". While Pastor Moses and our Ugandan brethren finalized the purchase of the plot at Kakaron, Uganda, we baptized six young folks here in Florida.
Our heavenly Father continues to answer our prayers with regard to the salvation and discipleship of those he places on our path of life. Four of these youngsters are regular riders on our van route and two of them were our grandsons, Chuckie IV and Kason. Last year as Terry and I were flying out of Kenya with her in great medical distress, and while looking out the window as Kenya became smaller and smaller in our sight, I leaned over and told Terry that I am afraid that everything we do in ministry from this point forward might be anti-climatic because of all the great things we saw God do and bless over our seven years of ministry in East Africa. I was wrong! While the days of leading 800-1000 people to Christ each year and planting multiple churches simultaneously may be behind us we are still experiencing something more precious and priceless than all the years on the foreign field combined, and that is bringing our grandchildren to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and then scripturally baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost. That is an answer to our prayers and a spiritual mountain for Terry and I both. Thank you for allowing us to share our hearts and ministry with you. We covet your continued prayers as we press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.
In His Service,
Chuck & Terry FernandezBro. Chuck & Sis. Terry Fernandez
Kenya/Uganda/The Florida Plant
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