Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

So my grandma's doing it, will you?!?

I miss Africa!

I miss the hot weather, hauling my water from the bore hole, washing my clothes by hand, getting bit by mosquitoes that are potentially carrying malaria, my Ugandan friends, rice & beans, rough muddy roads, and even the parasites in my feet. But most of all I miss being in the land where God has called and prepared me to be a part of sharing His Gospel.

I was just reading in Philippians 4 where Paul was thanking the church for their support. In verse 10 he said "I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it." So Imperishable Seed is an opportunity for you to show concern. But how can you help if you aren't called to move overseas, hate bugs and eating animal intestines?

In verse 14-19 Paul continues in his letter to the church... "Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus."

The Bible is clear that the rest church supporting those in full time ministry is Biblical. My one friend recently said "so the person in ministry is basically serving on a salary that is less than minimum wage and they have to raise themselves". Pretty much. Though since I know that God called me, I also know that He is in charge of raising my support. But I can't sit idly by without doing my part. That's why the verse in Philippians is so profound, I need to clearly present the opportunity.

How can you help? So I just got a call from my grandmother. She is super pumped that her granddaughter is following God's call to missions. She is also excited in how she can serve in what God is doing from her own home in Central Wisconsin. She doesn't have much in the to offer financially, but she has A LOT of connections. So she just requested another stack of my brochures (she already ran out of the stack I just gave her yesterday). I have two more requests totaling 40 brochures that I have to mail out tomorrow.

Are you interested in networking for Imperishable Seed?! Please contact me if you are interested in telling your friends, family and church/pastor/mission committee etc. Fortunately this is all about God and not any one person. It's about being part of the task God gave us to reach every tribe, every tongue and every nation. The brochures are a great way to share in what God is doing and present this opportunity to others!! SEE BROCHURE HERE

If 380 people commit to $10/mo I'm living in my hut!! Or the current average ministry commitment is $50/mo so it would only take 76 more people!!! Or only 38 more people at $100 per month! Many hands will take quick work of this!! If the monthly commitments come in sooner rather than later, the monthly support received before May 2013 will go towards the one time needs (training, airfare, moving expenses, computer, and 4x4 pick-up truck -see example). 20% of those needs have been covered in just over a month. Though there is still a long way to go.

In the middle of writing this I Googled something out of curiosity. Did you know that average Americans spend $1,092 a year on coffee at a coffee shop (read article here) rather than making it at home for a mere $120 a year. The difference is $81 a month or $20 a week or $4 a work day.

I know some of my friends are trying to figure out the maximum amount they can afford to put towards support before contacting CVM to sign up. But I would encourage you to figure out the minimum and start with that right away. Then as the Lord leads, you can always increase. I can't buy my airline ticket to move to Uganda until 100% of the monthly support is committed. Click Here to Donate Now

For the people who are visual like me...

$4,547 per month. Seems like a lot. But this includes project costs, office supplies, cost for CLIDE national staff, travel and administration, VISA/Work Permit, communication expenses (internet-cell phone), group medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, emergency evacuation, long term disability insurance, US workers compensation insurance, FICA, international worker’s compensation coverage, retirement, salary, in country travel, food, personal care items, Veterinary Technician License, Vet Tech Continuing Education, membership in Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association and Uganda Christian Veterinary Mission, hut rent, charcoal, kerosene, propane, fuel for generator to run computer, vehicle insurance, vehicle road license, vehicle fuel, vehicle oil, vehicle repairs - ETC. A detailed report is available upon request.

How will you partner with God's ministry to the Karamojong people in NE Uganda?

I'm excited that we get to be a part of the ministry God has been building over there through Dr. Val Shean and CLIDE's relationships and work in Karamoja. It's pretty incredible to know that a veterinary technician joining their team has been a prayer for 10 years now!! Also, remember, everything is communal over there... so whenever you want to visit, you will have a place to stay in "our hut" ;-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First official prayer letter!

My first prayer letter has officially been sent out via email and snail mail. If you haven't received it and want to be on the list... please let me know. Btw... because they aren't use to vet techs yet... the person in the design department decided to add a Dr. in front of my name. So I guess for a month I will have an honorary

October Prayer Letter

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My official brochure!!

So here is my official brochure that has been developed by CVM. If you are interested in handing some out, please contact me!! Though can I say, it's really weird seeing my face on something so official. How weird will it be when my prayer card comes out next month?!??

Don't forget to go check out my CVM web page where my first prayer letter has been posted!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

3 days at WVMA and beyond

So this past few days I had a chance to be down in Madison at the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Conference. Also the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association and the Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Managers were holding their annual conferences simultaneously. Only hours before I left for the conference I received my CVM brochure!! So I was able to hand those out this weekend as well. 60 of them to be exact. Please pray that God will stir in the hearts of those considering supporting this ministry.

I was at the Christian Veterinary Mission booth for 3 days with the chance to speak to over 100 people about CVM. Many of them were hearing of this ministry for the first time. We actually ran out of the handouts explaining the Short Term Mission opportunities CVM offers. CVM sends short term teams around the world to places where their long term field workers already have their ministries established.

I also had a chance to be one of the 5 people to share at the CVM prayer breakfast about the various aspects of CVM. From student ministries to long term service to support of private practitioners here in the States. It was a great time as always. The CVM prayer breakfast was my first real introduction to CVM about 5 or 6 years ago. I had heard about them from Dr Bruce and then grabbed one of their brochures at their booth at the conference. Now, here I am!

So it was exciting to be able to tell people about CVM. You never know where God will have them in 5 to 6 years!! Someone has to be there to plant that seed.

I also had a chance to see alot of vendors and region reps that I hadn't talked to for 8 months now. It was great to be able to catch up and let them know what has been going on since I dropped off the face of the veterinary world in February 2012. One of the reps from one of the main veterinary supply companies in the state was especially happy to see me again. Come to find out she is also a Christian and the head of the mission board at her church. A mission board that just happens to have a budget with a surplus looking for a new missionary to support!! So they are planning on adding me in the next quarter! Please pray for follow through with this.

Another former contact I had a chance to talk to works at the largest state vet lab that we had used. They offer rabies titers for veterinary professionals at the conference. It has been two years since my titer was tested. So I was asking her what the hours for the wellness center was. She took it upon herself to not only tell me the hours, but tell me an exact time to meet her there so she could do the paperwork herself so I would get it for free!! Praise God!! He cares about everything! I'm also excited for every place I can save some money so my one time needs are reduced. That just means I'm that much closer to moving!

One final thing from the weekend. The UW CVMF group is praying about supporting me! That is the CVM student group at the UW vet school. CVM has a student group at each of the schools of veterinary medicine in the States and the Caribbean.

On Monday my first official prayer letter went out in the mail. The electronic edition will be coming out within a day. If you don't receive it for some reason, please let me know and I can get you added to the list! For now, you can view it online.

You can see pictures from the WVMA conference, prayer breakfast and our prayer letter mailing party on the Imperishable Seed Facebook Page.

Tonight I just bought the airline ticket that will take me out to Colorado Springs, CO in January and returning the first part of February. This is to go to my LAST training that I need before I move to Uganda!! It is two back to back programs at Mission International Training. One program is to help with preparation to move to a new culture. The other is training for acquiring a new language. I hear that it is invaluable training! I'm especially excited about the language portion since language learning isn't one of my strong points and  ηakarimojoη is a difficult language to learn. But Dr. Val admitted to me that language learning isn't one of her strong points either... but it seems that immersion has done her well. So I see hope for my future!

As if that wasn't enough excitement for the weekend, my CVM webpage came online!! You can go check it out at You can also find me on all of their general fieldworker pages.... ON THE TOP! Finally.... a benefit to my last name starting with the first letter of the alphabet! (sitting in the front of classes is the downside).

On Tuesday morning I discovered a little visitor from Africa that had been hiding until now.... in my heel... under my skin. Yes, my 9th jigger! This one had escaped my various hunting expeditions where I had discovered and removed the first 8 only a week after I returned from Africa. This one just about completed the life cycle. The mom had already died and laid her eggs. But fortunately they were still encapsulated under my skin! So a needle took care of that. Yes, I disposed of the eggs down the drain so I won't start a jigger colony in WI. But sad to say, this made me miss Africa even more. I think the psychologist CVM had me visit in June missed something.

Now, to top off the week, I'm going to be having surgery this Friday. It should be minor and not require a visit to a specialist. That's the prayer! I have a cyst on a tendon on one of my fingers. It's painful when I'm carrying something and there is pressure on it. So I need to have it dealt with before I move to Africa. So I'm praying that it can be done as an outpatient procedure with my general practitioner. It feels like it should roll out pretty easily. Let's hope the Dr feels the same way. I had the nurse schedule it with the Dr most likely to tackle it themselves.

Be blessed and enjoy the rest of this week that the Lord created! Make it count for Him! Please consider how you can support this ministry. Both through prayer and financial support.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

First Prayer letter preparation

Tonight a great group of my church family spent almost two hours to fold, stuff, label, hand address and seal the first official "Imperishable Seed" prayer letter. To check out the pictures visit the Imperishable Seed Facebook Page. Don't forget to 'Like' the page too!

!Pictures of Prayer Letter Party!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Official Web Page Now online!

Official news of the day! My official CVM Webpage is now online!! Go check it out!

As I write this I'm at the CVM Booth at the WI Veterinary State Conference in Madison. For pictures please visit the Imperishable Seed Facebook Page-

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I just received a phone call from Mission Training International... they have a spot left for me in their January/February SPLICE and PILAT programs. So I'm enrolled! So now the prayer is for God to continue to build up the needed financial support. It is approx $4,600 a month and $40,000 one time (final number coming soon). I'm at about 6% for each right now. Please pray and consider how you commit to partnering with "Imperishable Seed" even starting yet this week! If you start your monthly support now, it will go towards the one time needs (training, 4x4 truck, moving etc etc) until I fly out in May 2013!!!

Click here to make a donation

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Happily Never After"?

So tonight at youth group we watched a pretty profound video before discussion. I'm glad that I found it online to watch again. Check it out here....

It's small but free! So take 8 minutes and watch it. Contemplate your own life as you watch it. I know I was contemplating mine. From before I listened to the Author through actually listening to Him.

Interviewer:"So you like pork do you?"
B.B. Wolf: "No I'm Jewish, but I hate to waste anything!" ROFL

B.B. Wolf: "I believe this book just happened in a massive explosion of  the alphabet as several cosmic typewriters simultaneously collided together in space at the same time"

But seriously, Jack says something absolutely profound....

Jack: "But you don't even know the whole story, you don't know where your character is going, you hardly know the real you, but He knows all of that. His story is full of the most wonderful and scary twists and turns, but in the end, we will become the real us."

Interviewer: " Perhaps it would be better if instead of trying to create your own story, you simply discovered the story the Author has already created just for you."

WOW.... I so needed this. Especially as I continue to prepare to leave everything I have ever know to move to Uganda. I'm going because I'm trusting the Author and the knowledge of His plot for my story. The fact that this is exactly where I am to go was absolutely clear. So why would I let my stuff or my family and friends or the hesitation of stepping in to the unknown deter me from this. I tried to step outside of the story and write my own. I know that isn't a pleasant place to be. So to God be the glory in this. He knows how long I will live there, what Kingdom work He has for me, what difficulties I will face... etc etc. So now I continue to pray for the ministry team God desires to be built in time for my departure in May 2013.

I haven't received my financial report for my first month yet so I don't know where I'm at in reaching my one time and monthly goals. I will keep you posted though. God is moving and you can be involved in His story!!

Video of the Day: Worship in Karamoja

It's Sunday! Let's remember and pray for our fellow Christ followers around the world! Especially in the 52 countries where it is illegal to do so. Here is how they are worshiping in Karamoja!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Farmers... DID YOU KNOW?!

Farmers can support missions by doing what they do best- raising cattle. You can partner with CVM through Steer Inc.

Steer, Inc. is also involved in other types of agricultural projects including dairy, goats, sheep, hogs and crops.

To learn more, visit their website or call (701) 258-4911

Watch their video

Friday, October 5, 2012

Photo of the Day: Jigger

Yes, I came home with eight of these in my feet. It's a female sand flea that burrows in to your foot and hangs out there while her babies grow inside of her. You need to carefully dig them out with a needle before they hatch. This is the jigger that was in one of my little toes. What you see is the tip of a toothpick. In Africa... Jiggers Happen! Aren't you glad that I'm the one with the "Go" call from the Lord?!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Facts about Karamoja

1. The region of Karamoja covers over 27,900 square kilometres.

2. The region is mostly semi-arid with harsh climate and low annual rainfall.

3. It is largely savannah, covered with seasonal grasses, thorned plants and occasional small trees.

The large mountains; Mt. Kadam, Mt. Napak, and Mt. Moroto — lying on the periphery of Karamoja have peaks reaching around 3,000 metr
es (10,000 feet) and higher.

4. Karamoja depends on cattle, mining and trading in agricultural produce with neighbouring districts.

5. The Karimojong have been armed for the past 20 years and use the guns in interclan and cross-border cattle rustling raids.

Traditionally, young Karamoja men need cattle to pay bride price. So they often raid and grab cattle from the neighbouring clans.

(CLIDE is active in a successful Peace Program since 2008 using the Gospel (restoration and reconciliation) as it's foundation)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Video of the Day: Livestock returning home for the night.

A kraal is an area where the Karamojong gather their herds for safety and protection. 4,000 to 5,000 head of livestock is not uncommon. They take the animals out in to surrounding areas during the day in search for forage and water. The fences separating the individual herds are made from thorned branches. Note the wooden structure in the beginning. These men are lucky enough to have a tarp to stretch out for protection from the rains. The typical shelter is a grass thatched hut. The Karamojong are agro-pastoralists. They will move their herds to wherever there there is food for their livestock.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Did you know?

DID YOU KNOW?!? You can be part of the "Great Commission" (Matthew 28:19-20) while still living your life in the United States! In fact... the Great Commission is for ALL of us, and not just some. God calls some to GO and others to PRAY and SEND. You can be part of how God is moving in Karamoja by joining this ministry team as I am called to GO! If only 25% of the people who will receive my prayer letter (hopefully coming out in a week) commit to at least $50 monthly financial support; 100% of my monthly ministry expenses would be covered!!! If that commitment was made this month... almost all of my one time needs would be received by time I leave for Uganda.

Please prayerfully consider how God is calling you to fulfill His Great Commission! Please contact me with ALL of your questions!!