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OUR OPPOR TUNIT Y: O ur methodology is based on an incarnational and relational model that affords us the oppor tunit y to ser ve others by equipping, encouraging and walk ing alongside those with whom we work . O ur goal is not to gain recognition and credit for ourselves but rather, to be a ser vant in the true sense of the word, modeling Christ at ever y turn. While we are a resource, ownership must always belong to the nationals and final decisions rest with the leaders we ser ve.

June 2009

GOOD NEWS
Sam Casey, our new Director of Short-Term Minstry Teams, along with his wife Heidi, recently lead a group of volunteers from Charlotte, NC to Northern Uganda. After the Charlotte team completed their work and returned home, Sam and Heidi went on to visit other SOI ministry sites. We’d like to share with you some excerpts from Sam’s online trip journal/ blog. Please read on for a sweeping view of the work being done in Africa. You will be blessed.
Team members: Sam Casey, Heidi Casey, David Evans, Arnold Reaser, Barry Irvin, John Stoeter

ArrivAl in KAmpAlA “You Are welcome!”
March 21, 2009: We arrived safely into Entebbe airport after 27 hours of travel. Sports Outreach Uganda staff, Baby Mitch and Barnabas, picked us up in the vans and took us to the city of Kampala and the Namirembe Guest house. Exhausted from our journey we went to sleep to the sweet sounds of thumping disco music next door… gotta love that. Mosquito net down. Lights out. Thank you Jesus for safe travels.

SAbbAth At Koro
March 22, 2009: Sunday morning worship at Koro Community Church is a small brick open air shelter that is filled with the Holy

Sam Casey, our new Director of Short-Term Minstry Teams, along with his wife Heidi, recently lead a group of volunteers from Charlotte, NC to Northern Uganda. After the Charlotte team completed their work and returned home, Sam and Heidi went on to visit other SOI ministry sites. We’d like to share with you some excerpts from Sam’s online trip journal/blog. Please read on for a sweeping view of the work being done in Africa. You will be blessed.
Team members: Sam Casey, Heidi Casey, David Evans, Arnold Reaser, Barry Irvin, John Stoeter

3 short years thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers. Today important dignitaries and officials came to witness a farming demonstration by an Indian company in partnership with a Brazilian organization that is selling the tractors. The minister of agriculture for Uganda was an honored guest. All at our little Koro farm! Each dignitary praised the work of SOM staff for how they are helping to rehabilitate and empower the community. Praise the Lord! The tractor took 4 hours to do what would normally take an entire month! We experienced a massive hail storm with more lightning than I have ever seen in my life tonight. I love this place!

conStruction At Koro DAY 2
March 24, 2009: The team had devotions with the staff on Joshua 3. We all went outside and picked up a small stone and then shared one thing that the Lord had done in our lives. One of the Gulu volunteers shared that her baby who had once had HIV now has been healed. Another staff member shared how she didn’t know Jesus and then through volunteering with Sports Outreach she found Jesus and found Hope! I was moved to tears. What an amazing thing the Lord is doing in this place. As each person shared they stacked their rock on the church wall to be reminded of what the Lord has done! So cool and it is something none of us will forget. Time to get to work. Today’s mission for most of us: backfilling the foundation of the administrative block. Translation… Shoveling dirt all day! At the daycare Heidi, Jacey, and Jacey’s parents brought gifts to the over 60 children there. A few months ago, 47 of them had malaria--but praise the Lord through Sports Outreach and generous giving these children were able to receive proper treatment. They are learning songs, dances, basic education, and about faith in Jesus through the Koro teachers lead by Olivia, Irene, and Milly!

ArrivAl in KAmpAlA “You Are welcome!”
March 21, 2009: We arrived safely into Entebbe airport after 27 hours of travel. Sports Outreach Uganda staff, Baby Mitch and Barnabas, picked us up in the vans and took us to the city of Kampala and the Namirembe Guest house. Exhausted from our journey we went to sleep to the sweet sounds of thumping disco music next door… gotta love that. Mosquito net down. Lights out. Thank you Jesus for safe travels.

SAbbAth At Koro
March 22, 2009: Sunday morning worship at Koro Community Church is a small brick open air shelter that is filled with the Holy Spirit. Aloysius is pastor of the church and it is a true picture of the early church. This community lives together, worships together and serves together. When was the last time you were soaked in sweat from worshipping God in church? Amazing!

lugutu
The story behind Lugutu is a pretty incredible. Last August a well had been donated in honor of Laurie McCauley of Lynchburg, VA who passed away in May 2007. This well has been a starting point in the transformation of this tiny village. The Lord’s favor is shining on this village. We split into two teams. Barry and John built a piggery and Heidi, Arnold, David and I played a soccer match with the

conStruction At Koro DAY 1
March 23, 2009: Farming, pigs, cows, daycare, wells, brickmakers, and construction projects are taking over the landscape of Koro. It’s hard to believe all the progress in only

Sam Casey, our new Director of Short-Term Minstry Teams, along with his wife Heidi, recently lead a group of volunteers from Charlotte, NC to Northern Uganda. After the Charlotte team completed their work and returned home, Sam and Heidi went on to visit other SOI ministry sites. We’d like to share with you some excerpts from Sam’s online trip journal/blog. Please read on for a sweeping view of the work being done in Africa. You will be blessed.
Team members: Sam Casey, Heidi Casey, David Evans, Arnold Reaser, Barry Irvin, John Stoeter

years thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers. Today important dignitaries and officials came to witness a farming demonstration by an Indian company in partnership with a Brazilian organization that is selling the tractors. The minister of agriculture for Uganda was an honored guest. All at our little Koro farm! Each dignitary praised the work of SOM staff for how they are helping to rehabilitate and empower the community. Praise the Lord! The tractor took 4 hours to do what would normally take an entire month! We experienced a massive hail storm with more lightning than I have ever seen in my life tonight. I love this place!

conStruction At Koro DAY 2
March 24, 2009: The team had devotions with the staff on Joshua 3. We all went outside and picked up a small stone and then shared one thing that the Lord had done in our lives. One of the Gulu volunteers shared that her baby who had once had HIV now has been healed. Another staff member shared how she didn’t know Jesus and then through volunteering with Sports Outreach she found Jesus and found Hope! I was moved to tears. What an amazing thing the Lord is doing in this place. As each person shared they stacked their rock on the church wall to be reminded of what the Lord has done! So cool and it is something none of us will forget. Time to get to work. Today’s mission for most of us: backfilling the foundation of the administrative block. Translation… Shoveling dirt all day! At the daycare Heidi, Jacey, and Jacey’s parents brought gifts to the over 60 children there. A few months ago, 47 of them had malaria--but praise the Lord through Sports Outreach and generous giving these children were able to receive proper treatment. They are learning songs, dances, basic education, and about faith in Jesus through the Koro teachers lead by Olivia, Irene, and Milly!

ArrivAl in KAmpAlA “You Are welcome!”
March 21, 2009: We arrived safely into Entebbe airport after 27 hours of travel. Sports Outreach Uganda staff, Baby Mitch and Barnabas, picked us up in the vans and took us to the city of Kampala and the Namirembe Guest house. Exhausted from our journey we went to sleep to the sweet sounds of thumping disco music next door… gotta love that. Mosquito net down. Lights out. Thank you Jesus for safe travels.

SAbbAth At Koro
March 22, 2009: Sunday morning worship at Koro Community Church is a small brick open air shelter that is filled with the Holy Spirit. Aloysius is pastor of the church and it is a true picture of the early church. This community lives together, worships together and serves together. When was the last time you were soaked in sweat from worshipping God in church? Amazing!

conStruction At Koro DAY 1
March 23, 2009: Farming, pigs, cows, daycare, projects over the wells, brickmakers, and construction are taking

lugutu
The story behind Lugutu is a pretty incredible. Last August a well had been donated in honor of Laurie McCauley of Lynchburg, VA who passed away in May 2007. This well has been a starting point in the transformation of this tiny village. The Lord’s favor is shining on this village.

landscape of Koro. It’s hard to believe all the progress in only 3 short

From the Executive Director “Called to Bless”

“Called to Bless”

I often think about the lament of Jesus found in Luke 10:2; “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” We can probably all remember the passages where Jesus called two men to follow Him into the harvest field; but both had more pressing business. Eventually Jesus found 70 who were committed to Him unconditionally. These 70 were ones to whom He could entrust the work of reaching out to a lost and hurting world. The first thing Jesus told them to do was pray that the Father would send more workers. Seventy were not enough to get the job done, but they were enough to begin! Then He told them to go, bless those you meet, eat and drink with them and take care of their needs, both physical and spiritual. Today, 70 have become millions – and we still have the same job description. Eastern Africa and Mexico are the SOI sections of the field, especially, Uganda, Kenya and Ometepec, Mexico. And like the 70 that went before us, our foundation is prayer – for more laborers and for one another, for our African and Mexican brothers and sisters and for the lost. Some of us are also called to go. Over the last five months God has called over 60 individuals to Africa and soon a team of almost 30 will go to Mexico under the banner of Sports Outreach. Together, they bless those who are suffering by meeting some of their most urgent needs – food, medical training and medicines, shelter, schools, clean drinking water, teaching and discipleship materials as well as sharing the Gospel. The people we are called to serve are not a project! They are flesh and blood with families and needs just like ours. Those who have responded to the call to go and serve have worked, eaten, lived, mourned, rejoiced and worshipped with those that have been called to serve. And in each life and in each day of service Jesus Christ is exalted! “I will bless you and make your name great,” God told Abraham, “and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2) God blesses us today, even in these difficult economic times, so that we can be a blessing to others. There is no greater call and no greater joy. Sincerely, Rodney Suddith, executive director I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise will always be on my lips. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:1, 8