Lenora Gauthier

Missionary in Uganda

missionary

Entry 1, April 19,2022,

Life in Uganda is dusty, different and delightful.  Dusty because there is serious orange dust EVERYWHERE and ALWAYS. I now understand Gen. 13:16 much much better. Even if you dusted in the house on Monday, Tuesday you have to dust again. I appreciate God making the understanding of dust very personal for me.

Different because I am from a culture of convenience and fast paced living. Here in Uganda, if I want a meal, first i need to light the small charcoal stove out on the porch, then add the ingredients to an aluminum pan and wait for at least an hour. If a suddenly feel like pizza or fast food...then i would have to drive at least an hour to get to a place and only during the day (because I live in the village). I can get fried chicken from a street vendor but i still have to drive 20 to 30 mins to go buy it and  some french fries and maybe a soda. No Taco bell here, lol

Delightful because how wonderful is it that I get the honor of doing God's work!The people of Uganda, in general, are very friendly and lovable. The food is organic and yummy and the views are indescribably beautiful.

Today is a good day, so excited to be making the first entry. Can't wait to see what tomorrow holds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JOURNAL ENTRIES FOLLOW

ENTRY 3 OF 2024

Well, what an interesting few weeks. We had a visitor from our friend Janice who came from Florida and spent two weeks with a different ministry and then came to minister with us for a week. we went to over 11 villages, passed out soap and salt and prayed and ministered. Janice taught in three churches and did a great job explaining about faith in Jesus. We even did baptisms with over 40 people being baptized! it was a whirlwind of a week for sure, loved it so much!

Since then, the car needed repairs of $500, the power has been out for 3 days with still no end in sight, so the beef and chicken that was frozen now has to be cooked - it was enough for 3 months - about $150. The solar isn't working properly so at night we don't have any lights, the repair guy is coming tomorrow - another $100, construction on the bible school is continuing but the cost is about $700 more than quoted..none of this were planned events. But the Lord knows that money usually stresses me out so here is my opportunity not to be moved by these situations. surprisingly, I am steady, even though for sure I don't have most of the money needed. I am short by $178 on the car repair, will really miss that meat and chicken over the next three months, and still have to have the money to renew my passport next month.

Here is the thing, lately the Lord has had me in 1 Thes. 5 and the Word of God is really causing me to be steady. I know that because its the life of Jesus, and God's ministry everything will be taken care of because He is God and I am his child.  I am a child of the day Jesus is coming back, so why do I need to worry about money and provision? We don't need to worry about these earthy things, God will provide everything for His Glory.

Currently we have three live-in students for Bible school and these young men are really growing, I am so excited to see what God is doing in their lives! God gets all the glory in all things!!!

 

 January 25, 2024

Entry 2 of 2024

Amazingly busy week as my friend from America, Janice and I move through the local villages giving out the gospel, salt and soap.

Truly having an amazing experience of ministry...more updates to follow next week!

 

 January 9, 2024

Entry 1 of 2024

January 2, 2024 - Tuesday

I had plans for the new year to be a part of the ministry in church, God had other plans. Turns out I had a bad infection and spent a few days getting treatment at a hospital in Kampala. The Lord is good though because my friend Molly and her husband took great care of me.

Yesterday we went with the ministry "Pearls of Uganda" (associated with Church by the Sea in Florida) to the slums of Kunogoga (means cold place) and gave food and prayed and ministered to the young women and girls there. It really was the perfect way to start the year!

Jer. 29:11-14 - There are our plans and there are God's infinite broad amazing beyond comprehension plans. God wants to give us an expected end. I think we make our plans and goals (especially at New Year) but we fail to see that God has an expected end. So, this year, he didn't let me make my goals and plans. He made me sit still. I have a strong idea about where things are headed but no detailed map and it's an awesome spiritual place to be in.

Today there are 5 young men who live in a room here on the compound and they come and study bible school every day, I know that will continue. They are really growing so much. There has been some money to come in to do more work on completing phase 1 of Bible school, so yay. And on a personal note, God has sent the materials so the B.A. degree can be done in time to graduate in May.

There are challenges ahead, and with God all things are possible, because this journey has an expected end as a member of His family and life eternal.

 

I look forward to what lies ahead!

 January 2, 2024

SEASONS

For sure there are many seasons we go through in the Lord. Ecc. 3:1 "To every (thing there is) a season, and a time to every purpose under the heave." 

I am learning that not all missionaries are the same. If we team with people we need to know that we have the same spiritual beliefs so that we can truly be a team. Even in the midst of change, challenges or turmoil, God's ministry continues.

What a blessing to be teaching and mentoring and just witnessing the mighty  power of God. Today a drunk person came to our church (and our church is not the easiest place to get to) He listened and even came for prayer. I was so proud of the people of our church, they didn't judge or kick him out but they even prayed that he would come to a true salvation. How beautiful to see God work through his people.

 

 February 19, 2023

NEW DAY, NEW YEAR, NEW PERSPECTIVE

New Year's eve in the village of Lweteega means we spent the whole day in church (from 10am - 2 am) and it was great! We praised and we danced; 3 of us leaders shared the word throughout the day. Different messages but the same pivotal point. (this is our year, God will break down the walls and that that our time is now - because it became our time the moment we accepted Jesus) We also took communion (twice, some people only stayed in the day and some only came after dark.) We anointed people with oil AND Did foot washing twice (different people each time - once at 12:15 in the morning.) It was so great to have the honor of washing and drying people's feet! (while we pray for them)

Even Donna (my current partner here for the next two years) allowed me to wash her feet (she was very touched) and she insisted on washing mine when everyone else was done. (truly it was the best time of ministry so far that she and i have shared!

It is 2023, and a new year. As always, Bible School, Mentoring, teaching in the villages and churches will continue. As the Word of God convicts me, I just want to repent every time, and allow God to change me, cause me to grow and to have more of the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-26) love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self-control) : against such there is no law, we who belong to Jesus have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. We live in the Spirit and so we choose to walk in the Spirit, therefore, let us choose not to desire vain glory, provoking one another and envying one another.

For sure this is my personal scripture this year along with Psalms 16:8-11 (life verse) and Mark 9:49 (ministry verse) I know that I lack patience, gentleness and long-suffering. But, I desire those things, so lets see what God does!

 

 January 1, 2023

NEW DAY, NEW YEAR, NEW PERSPECTIVE

New Year's eve in the village of Lweteega means we spent the whole day in church (from 10am - 2 am) and it was great! We praised and we danced; 3 of us leaders shared the word throughout the day. Different messages but the same pivotal point. (this is our year, God will break down the walls and that that our time is now - because it became our time the moment we accepted Jesus) We also took communion (twice, some people only stayed in the day and some only came after dark.) We anointed people with oil AND Did foot washing twice (different people each time - once at 12:15 in the morning.) It was so great to have the honor of washing and drying people's feet! (while we pray for them)

Even Donna (my current partner here for the next two years) allowed me to wash her feet (she was very touched) and she insisted on washing mine when everyone else was done. (truly it was the best time of ministry so far that she and i have shared!

It is 2023, and a new year. As always, Bible School, Mentoring, teaching in the villages and churches will continue. As the Word of God convicts me, I just want to repent every time, and allow God to change me, cause me to grow and to have more of the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-26) love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self-control) : against such there is no law, we who belong to Jesus have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. We live in the Spirit and so we choose to walk in the Spirit, therefore, let us choose not to desire vain glory, provoking one another and envying one another.

For sure this is my personal scripture this year along with Psalms 16:8-11 (life verse) and Mark 9:49 (ministry verse) I know that I lack patience, gentleness and long-suffering. But, I desire those things, so lets see what God does!

 

 January 1, 2023

AWESOME DAY

Today was great. we have been doing crusades in the village of Kirema and wow just a fantastic time in the Lord.  Day 9 of the 40 day fasting is also going great, learning a lot from the Lord, started in 1 Corinthians 7:34-35, just and incredibly intimate time with the Lord.  Also praying for Derrick (16 year old abandoned by his family) he has sickle cell. We just need provision for his medical needs and to provide for his housing and food needs. He is so much happier now, he really believed he was a dead person walking because his father refused to help him any more with medical. There is a big change in him now that he stays with us on the compound, praise God!

 April 25, 2022

BUSY DAY

Everyday is a new  adventure, right now the primary school (elementary school)is out for a three week break. There are three terms in a year and usually the breaks are longer but because of covid 19, the school year is all messed up because the kids in the entire country were out of school for 2 years.

Because school is out, Sam (10) and Esther (13) spend their days with me and we work on leaning apps and projects, both kids are super smart. (they are pastor Ddungu's youngest children (of 8))

Tuesday, we pulled out the 2 wading pools, they and some neighborhood kids had a ball. It's quiet now but by May 4 it will be all active again :)

 April 22, 2022

3RD ENTRY - TYPICAL DAY

So it rained all night and until about 11:00 this morning. When that happens, its great, we all just kind of lay around and relax enjoying the sound of the rain on the iron sheet roof. It has stopped now and we can hear hundreds of birds busy about their day. Excited to still be doing the daily online teachings on Facebook, right now we are in-depth into the death of Jesus. Really wonderful time of worship and intimacy in the Word. 

 April 21, 2022

TYPICAL DAY IN UGANDA

Fun with the kids today, we pulled out a little kiddie pool i have been saving and they had so much fun allll day playing, it was awesome!! Also, second day of fasting - success :). yesterday i got to speak with a pastor from the states and it was very encouraging. I am blessed!!

 April 20, 2022