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GTO NEWS RELEASE

LESLIE D. WILKERSON CALLED TO "GO TELL OTHERS" IN UGANDA, AFRICAl

We are thrilled to announce that LESLIE D, WILKERSON has accepted the call

to be a missionary in Uganda, Africa, and will be leaving in June, 1982, if


funds are committed. He has also accepted the call to be a GTO Evangelist of
the GTO Evangelizing Association, Princeton, Indiana. Founder and Director of

GTO, Larry W. Jamison, wishes it to be knowp

that Leslie will/\6e working in

connection with Outreach International, and/\serving in this dual capacity will

head up his own GTO department called GTO OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL TO UGANDA. The
Wilkerson's plan to live in M'Bale, a city of about 15,000.

Bro. Leslie was born September 20, 1950, at Ft. Branch, Indiana, and is a
"Timothy" of the Princeton Christian Church, Indiana. Leslie was raised in
Gibson County and joined the U.S. Marines at the age of 18, spending four years
active duty. While stationed in the Philippines, he met his wife, Rosita G.
Maiinao, and they were married February 17, 1971. Returning to the States and
civilian life they were baptized into Christ at Princeton Christian Church in
December, 1975.

He was ordained a Deacon, and in 1976 moved to Elizabeth City,

North Carolina, to attend Roanoke Bible College, graduating in May, 1981, with a
B.S. Degree in Christian Ministries. At Roanoke he served two years in a prison
ministry, baptizing about 40 inmates, while working with the Elizabeth City
Church of Christ. This active congregation recommends them also to their mission
to Uganda. Leslie was ordained by the laying on of hands of the Elders of the
Princeton Christian Church on December 30, 1979. They have four children; Bob,
age 10; Leslie Jr., age 8; Debbie, age 5; Marcia, age 2. Mrs. Rosie Wilkerson
is a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines, and they were previously

planning to go there as missionaries to work with M/M Charles Littell. However,


due to the URGENT need in Uganda, they have changed plans and are going to
AFRICA!

Uganda is bordered by the Congo on the West; Kenya on the East; Sudan on
the North; and Tanzania on the South. Population is about 10,000,000, and the

country is about the size of Oregon. The Capital is Kampala. The communist
government was overthrown in 1979 and so for the first time in 8 years, is open
to missionaries. There is turmoil and poverty, and the country has need of
about everything. The language is English and Luganda. During the communist
reign of terror under Idi Amin, over 1 million leaders and educated people were
killed, many of which were church leaders. Uganda is open to our plea for the
restoration of N.T. Christianity and several Ugandian Christians have already
accepted our plea. Samuel Wandendia is one such preacher and is heading up
"Christian Fellowship Outreach". Bro. Samuel and the Brethren anxiously await
Leslie's arrival to learn more about N.T. Christianity and train ministers.

President Obote and the government need our help as they try to re-build their
country from the shambles left by communist destruction.

Funds and support for the Wilkerson's should be sent to GTO OUTREACH
INTERNATIONAL, P.O. Box 567, Princeton, Indiana, 47670, as Larry W. Jamison is

serving as our Forwarding Agent. Please pray for us, brethren, and send us on
our way, according to Romans 10:15. Fare thee well.

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sending these elders' letters from your sponsoring


churches as soon as possible. MSA will be happy to help
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What influenced you to become a missionary?

What Is your purpose In missions?

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field?

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you need more space):

Describe briefly in outline form the nature of your dally duties on the field:

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Evangelist
Homemaker

ministry

Bijjle College Teacher


Doctor

Evangelism

Nurse

Radio follow-up

mission equipment
Correspondence Courses

Bible Reader

Social Worker

Christian Service Camp

Maintenance

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Office Work

Maintenance of
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Please give details of HOW checks should tse written to this mission:

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can give your explanation to HORIZONS readers and others who may inquire.

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Mission Services Association is depending upon you to keep her informed regarding your missionary activity.
Thanks so very much; you are the BEST source for your information we know, so you are a vital partner.
If you have additional information that you think will be helpful to the staff of MSA in preparing news stories about
your ministry, please feel free to send it. MSA is depending upon you. Thanks.

UGANDA

Members of Chtistian Fellowship Out-reach


DISTRIBUTION OF BIBLES IN UGANDA

More Bibles (in English) are needed daily.


Write to OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL

P.O.Box 5705 Evansville, Ind. 47715


Phone 812)477-8680,for Info.

CBNTER

IH UGANdA

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Leslie Wilkerson-missionary, speaking in an

open air meeting in Uganda, Nov. 1981. Les and his family
along with Ben Kimbrough and wife Jackie and children will

work with AL Hamilton and family in Mbale district of Uganda


as Outreach International answers request for help to minister
with Christian Fellowship Out^reach of Uganda. Evangelism
and leadership training is needed immediately as people are
in time of revival in the land, even under desperate circumstances
YOUR help is needed - clothes for the naked,
simple medicines for the sick as well as Bibles and literature
in English.

Designate-gifts for Outreach International- Uganda


ministry, and designate for which family your gift is intended.

Each family is raising travel funds $800.00 per person approx.

MR. SAMUEL WANDENDEYA AND CO-WORKERS IN CHRISTIAN

FELLOWSHIP OUT-REACH, MBALE UGANDA (E.Africa).


Al Hamilton & Leslie Wilkerson with team of

those they will work with in evangelism


the group here has asked OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL
To come to UGANDA and help establish the free
Church, of the Lord - without denominational

affiliation.

Outreach International has accepted

the call - - work will begin in April '82 if God


is willing.

HA14ILT0H fAM/iy TO

UGAHdA

RECEIVING CLOTHES
YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY needed to send these workers to

evangelize in UGANDA East Africa. Please write and


let us know what you can do to share the Lord's work
in this country that has been so desperate for 10 years
THESE FAMILIES ARE READY TO BE SENT:

Rom. 10:11-15.

Al Hamilton - Director, Outreach International


Les Wilkerson- Missionary to Uganda
.

Ben Kimbrough- Missionary to Uganda

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GTO NEWS RELEASEV/ILKERSON^S'TO UGANDA, AFRICA, AS MISSIONARIES I


We are thrilled to announce that LESLIE D, WILKERSON has accepted the

call to be a missionary in Uganda, Africa, and will be leaving January

4, 19^2, He has also accepted the call to be a GTO Evangelist of the


GTO Evangelizing Association, Princeton, Indiana, Larry W, Jamison,
founder and director of GTO, wishes it to be know that Leslie will also
be working in connection with Outreach International, A1 Hamilton,
who is founder and director, and serving in this dual capacity will

head up his own department called GTO OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL TO UGANDA.

Bro. Leslie was born September 20, 1950 at Fort Branch, Indiana^ and
is a Timothy of Princeton Christian Church, Princeton, Indiana, Leslie
was raised in the Ft, Branch-Princeton area and joined the U.S. Marines

at the age of 1^, spending four years active duty. While stationed in
the Philippines, he met his wife, Rosita G. Malinao> and they were
married February 17? 1971* Returning to the States and civilian life,
Leslie and_Rosie were baptized into Christ at Princeton Christian Church
in December, 1975. He was ordained a Deacon, and in 1976 moved to
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to attend Roanoke Bible College, grad
uating in May, 19^1> with a B.S, Degree in Christian Ministries. At
Roanoke he served two years in a prison ministry, baptizing about 4U
inmates, while working with the Elizabeth City Church of Christ, ihis
active congregation recommends them also to their mission to Uganda,
Leslie was ordained by the laying on of hands of the Elders of the
Princeton Christian Church on December 30, 1979. They have four child

ren; Bob, age 10; Leslie Jr., age 7; Debbie> age 4; snd Marc^, age 2,
Mrs, Rosie Wilkerson is a citizen of the Republic of the Philippines,

and both Leslie and Rosie were previously planning to be missionaries


there, working with Charles and Florence Littello However, due to the
urgent need in Uganda, and lack of any kind of N,T, witness, they are
going to Uganda instead,

Uganda, Africa, is bordered by the Congo on the West; Kenya on the


East; Sudan on the North; and Tanzania on the South, Population is
about 15,000,000, and the country is about the size of Oregon, ihe
Capital is Kampala. There is no missionaries of any kind there, ihe
communist government has just recently been overthrown, and for the
first time in B years, is open to missionaries. Everything is

"absoiute-poverty^ and tuxmoil and-thB caunt-ry-is in need ^f-^very"^3Jig-,.


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The Leslie D. Wilkerson family plans tb


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has sin accepted the

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Evangelizing Association based in Princeton,


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Indiana.

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organization, Larry W. Jamison, wishes it

to be known that Leslie will also be working


in connection with Outreach International^

In serving in this dual capacity, Leslie


will head up his own GTO department called

GTO Outreach International to Uganda.


Following the overthrow of its communisit

government in 1979, Uganda is open to missiionari^s


for the first time in eight years. This
country, vdiere turmoil and poverty prevail,

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is open to the plea for the restoration of

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New Testament Christianity.

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will be working with fellow missionaries to

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reach out to the Ugandans.

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The WllkersoM

Leslie Dale Wilkerson was bom September

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20, 1950 at Fort Branch, Indiana.

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four years In the Marines, and while in thie

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Philippines he met and married' his wife.

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Leslie attended Roanoke Bible College in

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Blizabeth City, North Carolina, graduating;

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in 1981 with .a B.S. degree in Christiah

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He is a "Timothy" of the Princeton

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(Indiana) Christian Church, vhere he was


ordained to the ministry, and is also
recommended by the Church of Christ in
Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Rosita Malinao Gutib Wilkerson was borq

March 22, 1951 at Cavite, Philippines.

Slie

and Leslie were married February 17, 1971<

They have four children:

Debbie, and Marcia.

Bob, Leslie,

Rosie is a citizen of

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the Philippines and the Wilkersons previously

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plaij^d to go there as missionaries, howeviir

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due to the urgent need in Uganda, they.'

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changed their plans.

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One-time gifts and regular support may

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be sent to GTO Outreach International,

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PO Box 567, Princeton, IN

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383-3126.

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Wilkersons* forwarding agent.

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on the field, the Wilkersons' address wil^

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be PO Box 594, M'Bale, Uganda.

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Larry Jamison serves as the

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UPDATE FROM GOD'S UGANDA UAH!

Much has happened since we Wllkerson's decided to go to Uganda, Africa, to


carry the good news about Jesus* A1 Hamilton and 1 took a. trip to Uganda so 1
could see the field myself and also check on the possibility of my family living
in Uganda rather than in Nairobi, Kenya, and traveling back and forth-intO/Uganda*
Uith this goal in mind, on Jlov* 2, 1981, I flew to New York where I met Al, and
together.we flev/ to Nairobi* Upon arrival, we were met by Samuel Nandendeya, the
Director of CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP OUTREACH of rl'Bale^ Uganda*

He was the one who

arranged a place for us to stay v^hile in Uganda and introduced us to different


groups and fellowship, arranged speaking engagements, and saw to our needs while
we were there.

I learned it would not be feasible to live in Nairobi and still carry on a .

very successful ministry in Uganda, because they are 300 miles apart* I found
that the living conditions v/ere suitable for my family and the food supply was
fine if you had the money* The people were very receptive to us, both those whom
I ivorked with as well as those passing by on the streets. I found a "field
white unto harvest" with people responsive to the N.T. position and willing to .
follov^ the Bible rather than man's creeds; and wanting to be Christians jand.
Christians only* ily stay in Uganda was great! My desire is absolutely set on
going to UDganda to preach, baptize, and continue teaching in order for the Lord:
to have a strong body of Christ in Uganda*

Upon returning home from the trip Nov. 22, 1981, I started preparing the
slides I took while there to present to the Princeton, Indiana, Christian Church,
during the revival I preached there* Then on Dec* 27, we went to Elizabeth City,
N*C*, presenting the Uganda mission* Returning back to Princeton, things slowed
down* Three speaking dates were canceled because of snow* With weather and the
Lord permitting, I'll be speaking at:

Norris City, Illinois, Christian Church, Feb 21, both evening and morning
Owensville, Indiana, Christian Church, Feb 28, evening only

Poseyville, Indiana, Old Union Christian Church, liar 14, evening only

Christian Church of Olney, Illinois, Mar 21, evening only

Nebo, Kentucky, Christian Church, Mar 28, both morning and evening*
I enjoyed being with the Salem Christian Church, Canaan, Indiana, both morning
and evening on February 14. I AM AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS ANYTIME or

will meet with missionary boards. I would love to come and share the v;ork in
Uganda that I cannot share in this news letter because of space and time*

June is quickly coming and we are far from our goal of $1,000 per month we
need to live in Uganda* Right now,, as far as I can tell by commitment cards, we
have $237 a month committed* We neisd the support now* My family and I are living
on that $237. If we were not living with my Mom, we could not make it.
We now presently~have~tn'traveling funds $2,300 and we need twice that.How

shall this be accomplished? When Gpd instructed Moses to build the tabernacle,
the people were told to supply monqy, as well as materials to accomplish the
task. It is the same today* Will you please help us get to Uganda?
Some have askd, "What about the education of your four children?" I had

previously thought we v^ould teach them ourselves with Alpha-Omega correspondence


materials, but those plans are changed because Veronica Rains from Norris City,
111., has answered the call to come with us and be the teacher fpr our children.
Pray that God will also bless her efforts to raise support* Other families in
tending to go to Uganda to help are: Rick and Linda Veinot, from Elizabeth City,
N.C., and Al Hamilton and family from Evansville, Ind* Pray for these also, be
cause the "fields are white unto harvest, but the labourers are few." What are
three families and a girl among 12,000,000 million Ugandian people??!!
I. UGANDATHE PLACE*

In August, 1981, Larry Jamison asked me, "Leslie, what do you know about
Uganda?" My reply was "lathing!" Since then I have researched, and would like
to share this with you.

Uganda is a small,,lovely country of about 93,000 square.miles, about the


size of Oregon, and lies astride the equator, on the great central African plateau
nearly 900 miles from the Eastern coast,of the Continent. Of its total area

13,000 square miles are open water, mainly Uganda's share of Lake Victoria. The
country is dividen diagonally by the Nile River v<hich originates from Lake Vic
toria. For this reason, Uganda is also known as the Cradle of the Nile. The
Nile flows right through Sudan northwards on to Egypt and into the Mediterranean
Sea. Along the Nile.River there are interjections of lakes and water-ways of
the Lake Kyogo System at the heart of the country* Lake Victoria, together with
the northern tip of Tanzania and Rwanda, form the country's southern boundary*
Uganda's northern frontier with the Republis of Sudan stretches across a belt of
wild and sparsely populated country* To the west, .lies the-Republis.of Zaire and
here the boundary runs northwards from the Bufumbira volcanoes in the extreme
southwest, through Lake Edward, soaring over the snowpeaks of the Rwenzori llts,
and down again through thq center of Lake Albert. The principal features of the
eastern border with Kenya is the vast whale-backed mass of lit* Elgon, an ex
tinct volcanoe.

Few of these boundaries are natgral ones.

Most of them are mere

lines drawn on a map long ago by the country's former colonial rulers* The
distance from Mt. Elgon on the eastern border to Mt* Rv/enzori on the western
border is about 450 miles and from the shores of Lake Victoria to the town of

Nimule on the border with Sudan is about 500 miles. Uganda is a country of magnificant scenery and has been described by travelers as a fairyland, and the
"Pearl of Africa."

The climate is tropical, tempered by an average altitude of over 3,000


feet. Much of the country enjoys a mean annual temperature of 70F and a good
prospect of obtaining about 50 inches of rainfall annually. While rainfall does
at times occur at all seasons of the year, especially in the Lake Victoria zone
and mountainous regions of the west, the climatic pattern does not vary greatly.
In general there is a dry period between the end of November and the middle of
March.

Most of the rain falls between March and November.

In the last weeks of

the main dry season, the parched earth is suddenly carpeted with wild flowers,
ground orchids, lilies, crocii, crossandra, and a host of other varieties. With
such a generally agreeable climate, it is not surprising that the first impression
of the visitor to Uganda is one of greeness.
Lake Victoria has a marked effect on the climate of southern Uganda. A belt
of generous rainfall stretches for some depth along the north shore of the lake.

In the past, this supported tropical rainforest where broad leafy canopies shut
out the sun, and giant trees soared 150 feet. Except for the Mabira forest in
east Buganda and the Busia and Samia forests of Busago and Budedi districts, this
has now disappeared. . It its place are the banana groves, intertwined with coffee
and cotton and cassavo. Secluded homesteads are sheltered by graceful silver-grey
ilusizi trees. On the fallow land, tall elephant grass grows and even at the
driest time of the year, the country side retains its freshness. Further north
the rainfall and soil fertilityu diminishes and the population is less. The
broad-leaved trees give way to acacias, shea butter-nut trees, other harder species
and elephant grass, to shorter, drought resistant grasses dotted with low scrubs
and thorns. The banana groves disappear and are replaced by millet and sorghum.
Cassava and sweetpotatoes are the normal reserve food crops. Cotton is still

seen and is indeed an expanding vail. The manyattas of the cattle-loving Karamojong
are widly disperses. The west Nile district in the extreme northwest is, however,
fertile and much tobacco is grov^n. The cooler, moist landscapes of the western

highlands present a vegetation pattern of high grass and dense fofest. With
intensive terrace cultivation reaching to the very crests of the waves of green

hills, the lower slopes flurish vnth coffee and tea. Much of the rest of southern
and eastern Ankole consists of rolling dov/nland which provides excellent pas
ture for herds of red, long-horned Ankole cattle and other local and exotic breeds.
We must keep in mind that from January, 1971 until April, 1979^ the country
was destroyed by communist Idi Amin, who made himself President, suspending the
constitution, dissolving parliment, and banning all political activity. The

government of Idi Amin washed Uganda down the drain. Over half a million people
were executed. Schools, hospitals, houses, etc., were destroyed and the economy
ruined. So things aren*t quite as great as one might think, but neither so bad
that nothing can be done to correct the problems that plague Uganda; socially,
morally, economically, and most of all Spiritually.
II.

UGANDATHE PEOPLES AND LANGUAGES.

The population is estimated at 12,000,000, mostly Africans. The average


density is about 100 people to the square mile. Although it is not immediately
apparent, the observant visitor quickly becomes aware of the diversity of tribes
and languages which make up this progressive nation. Thei largest group of peoples
are the Bantu, living in the area of Kampala, speaking Luganda. Then you have
the Nilotic, Hamitic, Sudanic, Teso, and Soga tribes, each speaking a different
dialect. But something we are happy about is the fact that English is the
official language, thus making our move not so bad, because the area we are
going at M'Bale is English speaking.
M'Bale is a city approximately 150 miles north east of Kampala, the Capitol.

The one international airport is at Entebbe, just ^outh of Kampala.


The average life span is 48 years for men and 52 years for women, with a high
loss at childbirth. Literacy is ZQ% to 40%. Most Ugandians are rural, although
some live in urban areas, but only to be near their work. Whenever possible
"they strli^refer to stay-arfew mii^ out on a-smatT"sfiamba-'
basically an argicultural country.
Can an American cope? Americans can easily get along in Uganda because:

(1) Uganda people are pleasant and helpful, and (2) are easy to communicate with,
which I found to be true when I took my trip. In my next newsletter I'll tell
you about III. UGANDAMY PURPOSE FOR GOING, and IV. UGANDATHE PLAi4 TO ACHIEVE
THE PURPOSE. Till then God bless and keep you all faithful till the day of our
redemption.
Leslie & Rosie Wilkerson

Bobby, Leslie Jr., Debbie, iand Marsha


P 0 Box 567

Princeton, Ind 47670

^s-l
UPDATE FROM GOD'S UGANDA MAN!

[yiA5 15 '-"32

"Greetings to all those who have been sanctified by God the Father, preserved
by Jesus Christ the Son, and called. Mercy unto you, and peace, and love be
multiplied." Jude 1,2. We are happy to bring you page 2 which will cover ny
purpose and plan.
III.

UGANDAMY PURPOSE FOR GOING.

First, let's consider some missionary history. No outline of Uganda's recent

history would be complete without reference to the immense influence of the


Anglican and Roman Catholic missions. They were the first positive factor in the
country to link the people with the more materially advanced areas of the world,
and they have maintained their position to this day in assisting the country,
particularly in it's educational development and medical services.
The Anglican Missionary Society's station Was established in 1877 at
Namirembe in Kampala (the Hill of Peace) by missionaries: Mackay and Ashe, and
it's influence sooii spread. Medical work by the mission took it's first step
forward when Mengo-Hospital, located in the same area, was founded by Dr. Albert

Cook in 1897, the pioneer hospital and medical school in East Africa. In 1909,
the essentially African nature of the Anglican Communitywas recognized by the
establishment of the native Anglican Church, which is now known as the Church of

Uganda. The Roman Catholic ChurchT^which has an equally influencial record of


service, was established in 1879 when Priest Simeon Laurdel and Priest Amans

arrived. The various priestly orders of the Roman Church were supported by lay
orders such as the Brothers of Christian Instruction and all laboured to further

what the Roman Church describes as the ''two handmaids of religion: education and
medicine." These are not the only denominations presently found in Uganda. There
are various Baptist and Pentecostal groups, and various denominations started by
the people of Uganda themselves.
But the people of Uganda have come a long way from their precious beliefs,

which consisted of: Animisim, worship of spirits, lifting up their kings and
rulers as gods, witchdoctors, and Voo Doo. This is the kind of problem the early
missionaries met upon arriving in Uganda. But enough with past history! Let's
get to niy present purpose for going.
Most of you who read this did not know the old Leslie Wilkerson; the one who

died in the watery grave of baptism! So let me share with you a little infor
mation about him. The old Leslie Wilkerson was a selfish person only concerned
about himself and what made him feel good. He was wraped up in the world, and
the things that the world had to offer. Serving God was the last thing he had on
His mind.

But Leslie ha^ some~fears!

so he feared that also.

He feared deathT He didn't understand ITfi^

He feared the Law and all those who tried to enforce the

Law, because he was not obeying the Laws of the land. Leslie feared people, or
at least those he wasn't partying with, because he thought they were out to get
him. He didn't like responsibility, such as being a good husband, or father to
his children. He neglected to provide them shelter, food, clothing. He neglected
his love for his wife, because he felt he had the freedom to share that relation

ship with who ever he wanted, like is portrayed in the movies. Les was looking
for peace, for excitement, for life, but was looking in all the wrong places.
Oh yes, he knew about God, and Jesus, and the Bible; sure he did, but he was like
Satan when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Leslie used God to justify his
actions. Then came the time when Leslie had to face reality and not keep running
from it. That reality was that if God is God, and Jesus is Jesus, and the Bible
is the Uord of God, then Leslie had to change his ways, because God said that sin
was separating his life from Him! But God did not intend for it to be this way,
so He sent Jesus to die for our sins that we might live! So, brethren, I brought
n\y stubborn sinful nature into His Will that I might see the old Leslie die, and
a new Leslie be born. As I came out of the water, ny fears passed away and I
suddenly realized all that I had been missing out on by not being a Child of God!
Then I think of Uganda! Oh, how they need to hear this same message I heard,
that Jesus saves and keeps and satisfies, this wonderful Saviour of mine! My
purpose in life has now changed entirely. Now I want to serve our Lord, and

preach his Gospel, and baptize believers into Him! As Paul left Titus in Crete
to set things in order, and to ordain Elders in every city, so shall it be nny
purpose. I will conduct training seminars for preachers, elders, deacons, and
teachers, and work to help evangelize Uganda. We also hope to have teams from
America come and help in crusades and establish New Testament Christianity in
Uganda. I realize the most important task before us is to meet the spiritual
needs, but we also plan to help as we can with their physical needs. I read

I John 3:16-18: "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life
for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this
world's goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of
compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let
us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."
Here are some things we can work at providing upon our arrival in M'Bale.
Food, clothing, medicine, tools for repair and building purposes, books for their
libraries, maps and all the usual school supplies, vehicles, seeds of all kind,
typewriters, paper, cassettes and recorders, cameras, projectors, visual aids to
use in evangelizing, and the list goes on seemingly endlessly. The needs are

great, but they can be met if the body of Christ works together. "We can do all
things through Christ who strengthens us."
Our purpose Is not to be church buildings or orphanages^ but to build up the
body of Christ In Uganda. It has been both the thinking of A1 Hamilton and n^self
to rent places to worship In for a time.
along Into the work.
IV.

We will just have to see as we move

UGANDA-THE PLAN TO ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE.

This newsletter Is part of the plan, by Informing the brotherhood that the
Lord has opened up a door In Uganda for us to step through and we desire to do so.
There are speaking engagements to be made, slides to be shown, prayers to be made
to the Father, so that as these letters reach the different homes and Churches

that God will lead hearts and souls to support His work in Uganda.
Part of the plan was fulfilled when I went to Roanoke Christian College
and prepared myself educationally and spiritually, which has taken the past six
years. Jesus sent out the twelve by two's and said don't take money nor stave,

nor script, nor bread, nor two coats. Wouldn't It be wonderful If we could do
that today, BUT WE CAN'T! Going to Uganda Is costly, expecially with a family
of six. There are also passports, visas, shots and medicines to take. There

are plane tickets to purchase which are nearly $4,000! Also, once we reach Uganda
there will be the monthly support needbd for housing, transportation, schooling,

medical, food, and ministry needs. We are seeking to raise $1,000 monthly
support to begin with. It may take more, and may take less. Once we arrive In
H'Bale and get settled In a place to live, we will begin with our work of
evangelizing. We will work with Christian Fellowship Outreach of M'Bale.
So far, we have found nothing doctrinally Incorrect, so until such time as some
thing like this would come up, we will continue working with them. Only God
really knows how our plans will be achieved, so we are trusting Him for guidance,
strength, and leading, that His will be done.
Brothers and sisters, now It Is up to your help, whether or not Uganda
Is reached with the Gospel, and If she hears the pure simple message of nondenominational Christianity! New Churches need started In many villages, and much
teaching on what to do after becoming a Christian, and how to set up a New
Testament congregation.
We have the truth and the answers to Uganda's spiritual needs. But what good
will It do If we don't go and teach and baptize and teach some more!
Will you please help us go to Uganda and carry the gospel?! God bless and
keep you In his care till the day of His appearing!!!!!
In Christ thru Baptism,
Leslie & Rosle Wllkerson

Bobby, Leslie Jr., Debbie, and Marsha


P 0 Box 567

Princeton, Indiana 47670

September 22, 1982


P. 0. Box 667

Non-profit Organization
U.S. Postage Paid
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Princeton, Indiana 47670

Permit #193

THE LESLIE ^ILKERSQN FAMILY

SEP 2 7 1982

AOUllESS COKRECTION PLEASE:

Larry W. Jamison,
Forwarding Agent
812-386-3126

Sfiarj.otto Hsy
Missions Services Assn
Box 2427
Knoxville, TN 3790I

rtake checks payable to U.T.O ear-marked for V/ilkerson's.

^'SEEKING TO OBEY THE GREAT COMHISSIUN ANU TAKE THE GOSPEL TO ALL THE NATIONS! 1111!i!i

JULY b "...At 8:45 PPI, we lifted off from Kennedy Airport, New York, and were on
our way to Uganda! We had a late supper and one by one the childred went to sleep,
and Rosie and I likewise, only to awake to the smell of coffee and breakfast. We
landed in Brussels, Belgium, and Sabeena Airlines put us up in a very nice hotel for
the day as we had a 12 hour lay-over. That evening we boarded, flew thru a storm,
and thru all the long, long trip, the children did great. We arrived in Entebbe,
Uganda, July 7, and Samuel met us with friends from customs, so we sailed right on
thru with no problems. We drove the 160 miles to M'Bale and were met by Christians
for a surprise supper. Samuel is still looking for a house for us, but meanwhile,
we are living in a apartment in the old C.F.O. office building.
JULY 9 "...We arrived in M'Bale'on the 7th, but the next day I went with Samuel to
Nairobi to meet the A1 Hamilton family on the 9th, and to buy household goods we

could not get in Uganda.

We were there until July 14. The trip from H'Bale to

Nairobi is 350 miles but because the roads are so bad, it takes all day. Al bought
a 1982 Toyota Truck for $8,400. The used ones we discovered were worn out, and more

_expe_n_sive than_the_new ones. The Hamijton family .are living abo.ut._Qne_mi.Le_outs}ide__


ri'Bale in a very large house, very suitable...Rosie is not doing so well; she has
become too Americanized, but with God's help and mine, she will adapt.
f
JULY 18 "...Preached evangelistic message, also introduced the Lord's Supper as a
weekly covenant and broke bread together at the "Church of Christ." I did not
introduce this name to them. They searched the scriptures and came up with it them

selves and that the Immersed believers make up the body of Christ, not a building.^
JULY 22 "...continued preaching and after the message the invitation was given,
twenty-one came and were baptized into Christ. One day I was teaching and doing ;

well until I came to a discussion about the first fruits of the Holy Spirit being! ^
only for Jesus and the apostles. They seemed to think because they lacked in their
faith they could not do the things the Apostles did. I assured them their faith was
not lacking and explained it. They seemed relieved.
JULY 25 "...we gathered for Acts 2:42 worship. That evening Samuel, Peter,
ilichoieh, Al, and myself met for one of many planning meetings. Rosie and the
children are helping the work also. Rosie with her friendliness has made good
impressions and was invited to the villages, where she and the children were received
graciously. I was then asked to come and preach there. More were baptized.
JULY 26 from Rosie "...so many people here. It is so poor, no clothes. They eat
in a little bowl. It is so different from Philippines. Amin really destroy M'Bale.
The food is too costly. I did not drink the water in seven days because it was so
dirty looking, but Leslie and I started to drink. The people is really willing to
do God's work. But this people here is so different...! am not crazy to come here,
but not ready to die either; too young! But Jesus die for me; I am ready to do his
work for him. Thanks to all you who support me and my family to come here. If I
don't see you on earth, I'll see you in heaven." Love you, Rosie
AUG. 2 "...Larry, we thank God for you and all who are supporting us. Things look
good here in Uganda. More and more help is coming in from the outside. We need
transportation but are getting by on public transportation. Samuel, Al, and I are
going to Kenya seaport to pick up some medicine sent from USA. Over 50 baptized
into Christ already so far, and much teaching done.

AUG. 10 "...Larry, got your Tetter. Praise God that he has allowed me and my family
to come here and work.
Pray for us every day.

We need Bibles, everything! The people are hungry for Word!


We are doing the best we can.

AUG. 16

DISAPPOINTMENT!!! RECEIVED PHONE CALL FROM LESLIE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO
LEAVE UGANDA!!!!!

AUG. 16 "...I really don't know what went wrong. As far as I could tell everything
was okay, until Samuel started questioning ine about Rosie going to the village by
herself. I assured him it was okay with me. Hut what Samuel was saying is for her
not to go because if anything happened to her or the children, the Government would
blame CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP OUTREACH,

But Samuel did not also tell me that other

believers were beginning to doubt our unity as a husband and wife. I kept sensing
something was not right. Then Samuel told me most of it. And that we were not being
good guests; if we would have sought their counsel and listened to the counseling
they were trying to give us we could have prevented what took place. Now we come down
to this. He could stay in Uganda and reconcile the differences, but it could break
Rosie emotionally, physically, and spiritually because the believers would always
be watching her and the children, wondering what they were going to do next. Once I
share this with Rosie she is going to be on edge because she will know people are

watching her, just waiting for her to make a mistake. I told you previously about
Rosie having a difficult time adjusting. Well, she has made friends with a nonbeliever, who when sne is not with Rosie, talks about her and the children in a very
bad way. So, adding it all up, I could stay here and force my family into subjection
and possibly destroy them. I am holding on to Romans 8:28 and thus going to the
Philippines to begin a missionary ministry there. Pray for us. Please stay behind
us in prayer and support. Love in Christ,,Leslie,"
AUG. 16 TO LARRY FROM AL HAMILTON "...our brethren in Uganda have welcomed
all of us and Les's good Bible teaching. They rejoiced to begin the Lord's Supper
every Lord's Day and Les baptized many people. During this, Les & Rosie were advised
in regard to customs, local proceedures, etc, which advice they figured was only
advice. But in this culture you must not make your own decisions and go your own way.
A foreign worker here must let the local believers help in every way they offer.
Rose went without Les to villages on her own {here husband and wife don't do that)
and her children were left and in some cases simply got into normal USA mischief.
The African culture is so strict, and Les.was received as an advisor, evangelist,
and local un-believers hegan to use their behavior against the ministry- This work
is so new and revival at such a peak that any problem with USA leaders really shows
up and a few incidents like Rose not wearing dresses all the time, shopping on her
own, making friends with Muslim, etc., without advice from or recommendations from
local believers, made the Christians feel embarrased. In sharing these things, the
African leaders left it to Les and myself to offer a solution. We feel that Les
needs time with Rose and the kids in a situation that does not offer pressures
suchas she and the family are presently under. So in her desire to be useful in
service, she overstepped. These things in turn made for a loss of confidence in ,
the leadership ability of Les. BUT LES IS A GOOD EVANGELIST AND WILL BE A GUUD
MISSIONARY; I CAN SEE THAT. His decision to re-locate is a good one. GTO need not
lose confidence in Les and Rose. . They have made a good start and this humbling

experience has been wel1 adjusted to and handled by Les and I am sure will be by
Rose. The point is important that los? of confidence in a USA advisor's ability to
keep family under strict submission to local customs is not just a small thing. The
matter is well corrected by Les and Rose stepping out and this example of humility
and recourse is going to be the only good option. What Rose did is simply called
"going-native" but not with husband approval. Our personal relationship with Les Is
excellant and we will miss them much.

Outreach International is available to them

in the Philippines or they can start a brand new work.


SEPT 1

Your servantA1 Hamilton."

"Dear Brethren in America, Praise God for sending the Wilkerson family

to Uganda. I myself was lost in sin, but I thank God they come. They were only in
M'Bale a month, but they did great things. We enjoyed them and my request is that
they come back here in Uganda. He baptized over 50 people in about two weeks. Maybe
the Lord wanted them in Philippines, but we will be waiting for them to return here.
Rosie, his wife, and children too, have been used of God. The people of M'Bale love
them very much. Sad to miss them. , Send me information to encourage me because I am
just new-born Christian. They shared with us everyday, but now they have left, and
\te don't know what to do. But as I have accepted Christ, I think things are going
to be easy because the Bible says, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and things will
be added unto you." So brethren, I would like to seek it more and more. It says,
"Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to t!ie Father except through
tiiin." May the Almighty God bless, you all. Simon Kabi, Box 594, M'Bale, Uganda, E.A.
SEPT 4

Wilkersons flew to Manila, Philippines.

The tickets cost $4,468.

CountTng all funds that have come in, $2,206.12 is yet owed, and was borrowed to
get them out of Uganda. Thank you for your support, and any additional help with
this added expense would BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
As Leslie's forwarding agent,
I am going to stand by them, and plead with you to also do the same and give Leslie ^
a chance to show his true worth as a missionary for Jesus Christ.