Father continues to illustrate His redemptive ways and reveal kingdom blueprints through His precious Father’s House family in Uganda. We are prompted to share a recent breakthrough He accomplished in our 15 year-old son Rick. In the three years since we received him from a refugee camp into the love and security of our family, the Spirit has been delivering and healing Rick layer by layer and unearthing a mighty calling and purpose within this precious son. He has a great academic aptitude, and as his reverence and affection for the Father and Son has grown, creativity in art, dance, and playing the drums has burst forth in him. He has a colorful, radical, beautiful spirit!
As a boy, Rick was with his mother harvesting crops when a band of rebel soldiers came upon them and murdered his mother before his eyes. Miraculously, they did not abduct Rick, but the trauma left him emotionally paralyzed and vulnerable to darkness. Recently he became deeply distressed by a sudden recurrence of memories of his mother’s murder. Another “layer” was clearly being laid open to the Light. For the first time he related to us how his aunt (guardian after his mother’s death) imparted to him the “gift” of seeing the future. With a knife she would cut into the flesh of his neck and lower back and invoke a divining spirit. Rick showed us the scars. The power of this witchcraft still held sway over him because he knew those experiences were real and “believed.” Belial is a very crafty captor, using half-truths to inspire a counterfeit “faith” in himself as a “credible source” to thwart Father’s future and bring about his own plan. “As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd…and their form shall be for Sheol to consume so that they have no habitation [rest]” (Ps 49:14).
As we carefully opened to our son the reality of two opposing kingdoms, each with their own source, fruit, and end, Rick voluntarily prayed, “Father, I want to be Your son and I choose Your future for my life, in Jesus’ name!” Through our hands, Father anointed each of the scars on Rick’s neck and back with oil, defusing their power. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you’” (Jer 29:11-14). As Father’s children seeking first His kingdom and righteousness, we are destined for His future!
The spirit of childhood [childlikeness] is the natural emblem of the Christian spirit…self-unconsciousness, trustfulness, guilelessness, conscientiousness, teachableness, obedience, faith, hope, love–which give the child a particular aptitude for the kingdom of God…the child-state is prerequisite to the heavenly [nest of rest] (George Dana Boardman, The Church, p77).
Pray for our Lifechangers medical team of doctors, nurses, and their families coming to Uganda May 16-30. The team of 28 along with our Father’s House family will touch and illumine a vast slum snared in poverty, witchcraft, alcoholism, and all forms of abuse that accompany these things. The Spirit has directed us to engage the slum as six small, ‘family’ teams going into homes since many cannot afford or will not seek medical care. The teams will provide vitamins, de-worming tablets, and mosquito nets and do basic triage in the homes. Those who need medical care will be treated in a mobile clinic set up in our women’s micro-business center nearby.
We eagerly anticipate Father’s future for us together. You are greatly loved,