Update for August 2016:
1. Event promotions
a. Shannon Hurley and Mark Malinga want to do a one day biblical counseling introduction for some of the pastors who will begin the training next year in Kampala. This is planned for December 17. Shannon will help Mark with his expenses. Mark is planning a second introduction event around this time as well. I plan to be in Uganda and take part in both events as well as visit people I’m getting know. Patty isn’t planning on accompanying me on this trip mostly due to caring for her 94-year-old mother who lives with us. She will be with me for the Modules.
b. Shannon meets with Baptists pastors twice a year to train them. This September he will be promoting the OIC training to begin in March. The OIC training in 2017/2018 will take the place of his twice a year pastor training.
2. Event locations
a. Currently, we have two training event locations. Kampala: Mark plans on using the Africa Renewal University classrooms where he is an instructor. Luweero: Shannon’s facility which is a new pastor’s conference center he has built on his property. Shannon regularly gets 80 pastors to his training events and has said this is what he is expecting.
b. I’ve made initial contact with a church in Jinga (www.acaciacommunitychurch.com) who I’m told has held a conference for Uganda missionaries. This church is very interested in hosting OIC training for the missionaries. Once I have you’re ok for this I’ll follow-up with them to get more clear on whether this is a really viable opportunity. But it looks like whether it’s lots of missionaries or a few pastors that this may be a third event location.
We have lined up teachers for March: myself, Shannon, Mark, and Kevin Hurt (IABC).
Our financial needs have been covered to date and for the next couple of trips. We have two supporters giving $100 per month plus many more donations.
5. Prayer requests
We need and appreciate your ongoing prayers for OIC in Uganda.