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—• SIDUQUE FOFANA, SPEAKS AT MEN OF INTEGRITY BREAKFAST March 7, 2015

 

—• MEN OF INTEGRITY BEGIN NEW YEAR WITH BREAKFAST Jan 17, 2015

 

—• FIRST CONCERT OF PRAYER OF THE NEW YEAR Jan. 14, 2015

 

—• ANNUAL CORPORATE MEETING OF THE BOARD Nov. 15, 2014

 

—• ONE AGAIN, EXCELLENCE CHARACTERIZED OUR MEN OF INTEGRITY FALL EVENT

 

—• THE NSUBUGAS VISIT THE STATES

 

—• SESSION ONE DVD HAS BEEN RELEASED

 

—• CONCERT OF PRAYER BRINGS BELIEVERS TOGETHER

 

—• GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER GATHERING 2014

 

—• 2014 REGIONAL SCHOOL OF PRAYER, 2014

 

—• MISSION TO UGANDA April 25, 2014

 

—•MISSION TO UGANDA – WEEK ONE April 26, 2014

 

—• MISSION TO UGANDA – WEEK TWO May 3, 2014

 

—• THE FIRST OF MANY ONE IN CRIST EVENTS April 17, 2015


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SIDUQUE FOFANA, SPEAKS AT MEN OF INTEGRITY BREAKFAST



       Charlie Hodges introduced
           Sidique to the men          
On Saturday Morning, the 7th of March, the Chautauqua Lake Region Men of Integrity (a ministry of The Better Place) gathered at the Christ-First United Methodist Church in Jamestown, NY for their second breakfast gathering of the year. The fellowship was great, as always, and our speaker brought a timely, challenging and encouraging word.

 

Our speaker was Sidique Fofana who now resides in Russell, PA but who was born and grew up in Guinea, West Africa. Sidique was born and raised a Muslim. When he came to Christ as a teenager he was put into prison, but God preserved his life and eventually he found his way to the States. His testimony is a powerful message of God's protection, provision, deliverance and forgiveness.

 

After breakfast the men gathered in the chapel at Christ-First Church

 

The Men of Integrity have their next breakfast scheduled for the morning of May 16 at the Nazarene Church in Jamestown, NY. Check our COMING EVENTS page for details as they are made available.

As per usual, the Men of Integrity Band was present to lead the men in worship


MEN OF INTEGRITY BEGIN NEW YEAR WITH BREAKFAST

Our Chautauqua Lake Men of Integrity Band

 


                           Men at worship               

 

What an awesome morning!
The Chautauqua Lake Region Men of Integrity, a ministry of The Better Place, has scheduled three 2015 breakfasts to bring men together for encouragement and accountability. The first such breakfast was held on Saturday morning the 17th of January.
The air was filled with the “buzz” of men talking with each other from fifteen minutes before the 8:00 a.m. start time as the crowd began to fill in; and it continued until they were in the sanctuary after the breakfast.
he worship was powerful [thank you Todd and CLMI band members]; not just because of the usual good music, but because the men were into it.

Our host church chefs: Rick, Chuck and Bill
– Thanks guys!!!

Table fellowship at the first CLMI
breakfast of 2015
And if the morning speaker, George Lilja, were a baseball player, we could say he hit a home run; but since he was an NFL football player, we will say he scored a 99 yard touchdown [which is pretty amazing for an offensive lineman] while pancaking the opposition on the way to the end zone.
Sixty seven men gathered for this event which was hosted by Fluvanna Community Church. These men represented 15 or more different congregations of the Church in the Jamestown area.
The next CLMI breakfast is scheduled for the 7th of March at the Christ First UMC in Jamestown. Call Jamie Sposato at 716/569-6157 for information or to make your reservation.



FIRST CONCERT OF PRAYER OF THE NEW YEAR

 


Throughout the sanctuary, people clustered in
small groups to pray.
One thing The Better Place does each year to strengthen unity in the small city where we are based is to organize and facilitate Concerts of Prayer. The first such Concert of 2015 was hosted by the Healing Word Ministries Church of God in Jamestown on Wednesday the 14th of January.

Prayer gatherings such as these always make a huge difference in the heavenlies as strongholds of darkness are weakened or brought down and as the Kingdom of God is strengthened. To paraphrase the 133 Psalm, “Where there is unity, God commands a blessing, even life everlasting!”

At a Concert of Prayer a specific order is followed. We begin with worship in song. At this Concert the music and song leadership was provided by three musicians from the Park United Methodist Church in Sinclairville, NY. – After the opening song the host pastor welcomes those who are present and then someone leads an invocation prayer and gives instructions regarding how the evening will proceed.


Participants join in singing during the
first Concert of Prayer of 2015

Following a couple more songs, designated leaders introduce a topic for prayer and speak briefly on that topic connecting it with Scripture. Then the people form small groups of three to six and pray out loud until the music leaders begin to play the next song. The music is a signal to “wrap-up” the present movement of prayer as all present join in singing. Following that the next leader introduces the next topic and so on.

Three topics were introduced for prayer on the 14th. First Rev. Mel McGinnis of the Kiantone Congregational Church directed the people into a time of praying for the encouragement of the people of God as they witness and minister in a hostile world. Second Rev. Kevin Costner of the Camp Street UMC in Jamestown directed the people into a time of praying for the city.
Pastor Mel McGinnis participated in a small
prayer group of mostly children.
Lastly our host pastor, Bishop Leecroft Clarke, directed the people into a time of praying for the faith of God’s people. This Concert of Prayer was facilitated by our Better Place Director, Roy Miller.

Although numbers tend to be small at any prayer gathering the power released is great because God always shows up and proves faithful to his word. At least ten different congregations of the Church were represented by those who were present at this Concert.
To God be the glory!

 

 


 

SESSION ONE DVD HAS BEEN RELEASED

 

During 2013 each Session of the Regional School of Prayer was videoed by Joel Marsh. Since videography is a “moonlighting” job for Joel, it is taking quite some time for him to turn all that video into saleable DVDs, but Session One of our Regional School of Prayer was ready at the end of the summer of 2014.
[Please keep praying for Joel to have time to complete Sessions Two, Three and Four.]

The Session One DVD was first made available for sale on the Book Table at the Third Session of the School of Prayer in September of 2014.
At the present this DVD is available only at TBP events or by directly contacting our Director.
It will be made available at our on-line Book Store when the DVDs of all four sessions have been completed. Each DVD has four hours of solid teaching on them. The topics covered on the Session One DVD are “Discerning Our Call to Prayer Ministry,” “Jesus Our M
odel,” “Releasing the Power,” “Persistence,” “Vision for Transformation,” and “Prayer Mapping Primer.”
The sale price of each DVD is $24.99 for one DVD, $44.98 for two [and $66.97 for three and $87.96 for four]. Complete School of Prayer three-ring notebooks are also available at a cost of $20.00 each.


 

SIDUQUE FOFANA, SPEAKS AT MEN OF INTEGRITY BREAKFAST



       Charlie Hodges introduced
           Sidique to the men          
On Saturday Morning, the 7th of March, the Chautauqua Lake Region Men of Integrity (a ministry of The Better Place) gathered at the Christ-First United Methodist Church in Jamestown, NY for their second breakfast gathering of the year. The fellowship was great, as always, and our speaker brought a timely, challenging and encouraging word.

 

Our speaker was Sidique Fofana who now resides in Russell, PA but who was born and grew up in Guinea, West Africa. Sidique was born and raised a Muslim. When he came to Christ as a teenager he was put into prison, but God preserved his life and eventually he found his way to the States. His testimony is a powerful message of God's protection, provision, deliverance and forgiveness.

 

After breakfast the men gathered in the chapel at Christ-First Church

 

The Men of Integrity have their next breakfast scheduled for the morning of May 16 at the Nazarene Church in Jamestown, NY. Check our COMING EVENTS page for details as they are made available.

As per usual, the Men of Integrity Band was present to lead the men in worship

 


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MEN OF INTEGRITY BEGIN NEW YEAR WITH BREAKFAST

Our Chautauqua Lake Men of Integrity Band

 


                           Men at worship               

 

What an awesome morning!
The Chautauqua Lake Region Men of Integrity, a ministry of The Better Place, has scheduled three 2015 breakfasts to bring men together for encouragement and accountability. The first such breakfast was held on Saturday morning the 17th of January.
The air was filled with the “buzz” of men talking with each other from fifteen minutes before the 8:00 a.m. start time as the crowd began to fill in; and it continued until they were in the sanctuary after the breakfast.
he worship was powerful [thank you Todd and CLMI band members]; not just because of the usual good music, but because the men were into it.

Our host church chefs: Rick, Chuck and Bill
– Thanks guys!!!

Table fellowship at the first CLMI
breakfast of 2015
And if the morning speaker, George Lilja, were a baseball player, we could say he hit a home run; but since he was an NFL football player, we will say he scored a 99 yard touchdown [which is pretty amazing for an offensive lineman] while pancaking the opposition on the way to the end zone.
Sixty seven men gathered for this event which was hosted by Fluvanna Community Church. These men represented 15 or more different congregations of the Church in the Jamestown area.
The next CLMI breakfast is scheduled for the 7th of March at the Christ First UMC in Jamestown. Call Jamie Sposato at 716/569-6157 for information or to make your reservation.

 


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FIRST CONCERT OF PRAYER OF THE NEW YEAR

 


Throughout the sanctuary, people clustered in
small groups to pray.
One thing The Better Place does each year to strengthen unity in the small city where we are based is to organize and facilitate Concerts of Prayer. The first such Concert of 2015 was hosted by the Healing Word Ministries Church of God in Jamestown on Wednesday the 14th of January.

Prayer gatherings such as these always make a huge difference in the heavenlies as strongholds of darkness are weakened or brought down and as the Kingdom of God is strengthened. To paraphrase the 133 Psalm, “Where there is unity, God commands a blessing, even life everlasting!”

At a Concert of Prayer a specific order is followed. We begin with worship in song. At this Concert the music and song leadership was provided by three musicians from the Park United Methodist Church in Sinclairville, NY. – After the opening song the host pastor welcomes those who are present and then someone leads an invocation prayer and gives instructions regarding how the evening will proceed.


Participants join in singing during the
first Concert of Prayer of 2015

Following a couple more songs, designated leaders introduce a topic for prayer and speak briefly on that topic connecting it with Scripture. Then the people form small groups of three to six and pray out loud until the music leaders begin to play the next song. The music is a signal to “wrap-up” the present movement of prayer as all present join in singing. Following that the next leader introduces the next topic and so on.

Three topics were introduced for prayer on the 14th. First Rev. Mel McGinnis of the Kiantone Congregational Church directed the people into a time of praying for the encouragement of the people of God as they witness and minister in a hostile world. Second Rev. Kevin Costner of the Camp Street UMC in Jamestown directed the people into a time of praying for the city.
Pastor Mel McGinnis participated in a small
prayer group of mostly children.
Lastly our host pastor, Bishop Leecroft Clarke, directed the people into a time of praying for the faith of God’s people. This Concert of Prayer was facilitated by our Better Place Director, Roy Miller.

Although numbers tend to be small at any prayer gathering the power released is great because God always shows up and proves faithful to his word. At least ten different congregations of the Church were represented by those who were present at this Concert.
To God be the glory!

 

 


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ANNUAL CORPORATE MEETING OF THE BOARD

 

The Better Place Board of Directors held their annual “Corporate Meeting” for 2014 on Saturday the 15th of November. Most of this day-long meeting was a time for prayer, worship and reflection on what God has been doing in the lives and families of Board members and The Better Place. It was also a time to express where the Board members see God calling for action in 2015.
The facilities of the Kidder Memorial Church in Jamestown, NY were used for this extended meeting. Lunch and refreshments were provided by Board member, Nina Bell and her husband, Russ.
During the business portion of the day-long meeting, the current officers were reaffirmed to continue in office for another year. Mark Summers will be the Chairperson. Marc Samworth will be the Vice Chairperson. Cindy Robison will continue as Recording Secretary.
It was reported during the meeting that progress is being made in setting up a special Task Force of uniquely called individuals from Chautauqua County, NY and Warren County, PA who will lead the way is raising funds from citizens of these counties to purchase property and begin the development of the long hoped for and prayed for Better Place Campus; “The Center for Spiritual Equipping, A Home for the Better Place, Inc.”
Dates were set for Board meetings during 2015 when the Board will meet on 28 February, 30 May, 12 September and on the 21st of November.

 


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ONE AGAIN, EXCELLENCE CHARACTERIZED
OUR MEN OF INTEGRITY FALL EVENT

 

Jeff Kemp, a former NFL quarterback and presently a highly effective motivational speaker for Family Life Ministries, was the guest of our Chautauqua Lake Region Men of Integrity for one very full day on Saturday the 18th of October. Jeff spoke at a morning breakfast for pastors and their spouses that was held at the “Falcon’s Nest” in Falconer, NY. Then he was the keynote speaker at a “Men Only” gathering at the Crown Theater at noon in Jamestown. This was followed at 3:00 in the afternoon by a gathering of coaches and both high school and college athletes at the Jamestown Community College gymnasium. Finally, Jeff completed a very long day as the speaker at a “date night” for married couples at the Crown Theater.
One could say that Jeff threw a lot of touchdowns at these meetings as he spoke on “beating the blitz.” Life may send blitzes our way, but how we handle them determines whether or not we get sacked or we take advantage of the blitz to make very positive forward motion. Many people went away from the meetings with an easy to remember way to succeed in relationships. Whether it is marriage, or business relationships or sport teams; we can be consumers or we can be investors. The people who invest in relationships are the ones who come out happy and find what real success is.


The local news media was very positively impressed with the message Jeff brought and with the character of the man. The radio commentary and the newspapers all had very good things to report.


TBP is thankful for and grateful to the faithful men who give leadership to our Chautauqua Lake Region Men of Integrity ministry. They are a great blessing to the region.



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THE NSUBUGAS VISIT THE STATES

 

  • This visit gave the Nsubugas an opportunity to catch up with members of TBP missions Teams who have been hosted by them in Uganda in the past. The first time TBP went to Uganda, Team members included Rose and Leecroft Clarke (Bishop Clarke was the one who organized that first trip.) L-R: Bishop Joseph, Margaret, host Valerie Miller, Rose Clarke and Bishop Leecroft Clarke.
  • 2014 marked the first year that Reverend Beth Whitehead joined one of our Uganda Mission Teams. Bishop Joseph spoke at her church – The North Main Church of God in Jamestown – This October. Of course our Director, Roy Miller, has been on all the mission trips. Also Roy and his wife Valerie made a special trip to Uganda this past August when Valerie enjoyed the hospitality of the Nsubugas for the first time. L-R: Bishop Joseph, Margaret, Reverend Beth, Bryant Whitehead (Beth’s husband), Roy and Valerie.
  • Reverend Doug Kibbe, pastor of Church on the Rock in Jamestown, also went to Uganda for the first time this year on TBP Team. The Nsubugas spoke at Doug’s church on a Wednesday evening. Here they are at Doug’s home for a lunch get-together. L-R: Bishop Joseph, Margaret, Doug
     

One of our two primary hosts when The Better Place sends a mission team to Uganda is Bishop Joseph Nsubuga and his wife Margaret.


Joseph Nsubuga is the senior pastor of the Eden Revival Church in Komamboga, Kampala, Uganda. He is the National Mobilizer for the “Born Again Pentecostal Pastors and Churches of Uganda” a fellowship of over 40,000 pastors who are organized to take their nation for Christ. He is head of the “Take courage Education Services of Uganda,” an organization that provides Christian schooling for several hundred students in three Districts of Uganda. Bishop Joseph is also a member of a unique special small team of pastors in the capital city who meet weekly with the Director of the Kampala Capital City Authority to pray with her and with her staff. Together, Joseph and his wife Margaret are the leaders of “Ambassadors of Encouragement Ministries International;” this keeps them busy supporting pastors and others throughout the East African Great Lakes Region of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Congo.


What these humble servants of God – the Nsubugas – do is humanly impossible, but they are living proof that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.


Bishop Joseph and his wife Margaret came to the States this October to speak on the work of the Church in East Africa and to bring words of encouragement in several settings. They came to Chautauqua County as guests of TBP and our Director Roy Miller and his wife Valerie the first week of October and again the third week of October. During that time they spoke to groups of pastors in Jamestown and Buffalo, NY. They also spoke to civic groups and in several churches.


One can easily imagine that the monetary cost of all the Nsubugas do is a price far too high to pay for people in one of the poorest nations of the world, Uganda. Therefore, TBP is proud and privileged to partner with them to accomplish God’s work in East Africa. Here are some needs to pray about and which you may contribute any amount toward: Bishop Joseph desperately needs dependable transportation. A quality used all-wheel-drive vehicle will cost $20,000. The “Take courage Education Services of Uganda” can use a quarter million dollars during the next year to accomplish all the new building they plan for at three different sites, for teacher salaries, and supplies.

 


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SESSION ONE DVD HAS BEEN RELEASED

 

During 2013 each Session of the Regional School of Prayer was videoed by Joel Marsh. Since videography is a “moonlighting” job for Joel, it is taking quite some time for him to turn all that video into saleable DVDs, but Session One of our Regional School of Prayer was ready at the end of the summer of 2014.
[Please keep praying for Joel to have time to complete Sessions Two, Three and Four.]

The Session One DVD was first made available for sale on the Book Table at the Third Session of the School of Prayer in September of 2014.
At the present this DVD is available only at TBP events or by directly contacting our Director.
It will be made available at our on-line Book Store when the DVDs of all four sessions have been completed. Each DVD has four hours of solid teaching on them. The topics covered on the Session One DVD are “Discerning Our Call to Prayer Ministry,” “Jesus Our Model,” “Releasing the Power,” “Persistence,” “Vision for Transformation,” and “Prayer Mapping Primer.”
The sale price of each DVD is $24.99 for one DVD, $44.98 for two [and $66.97 for three and $87.96 for four]. Complete School of Prayer three-ring notebooks are also available at a cost of $20.00 each.

 


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CONCERT OF PRAYER BRINGS BELIEVERS TOGETHER

 

For many years TBP has been planning, promoting, and facilitating “Concerts of Prayer” in Chautauqua County, NY. Since the advent of the ONE-IN-CHRIST(OIC)  initiative in Jamestown, NY the pastors of the Region have request that the Concerts of Prayer, along with the Global Day of Prayer gathering and the National Day of Prayer gathering be promoted as OIC events. Practically speaking, that does not make any difference in how the Concerts of Prayer are planned and carried out since OIC is a ministry of TBP. The thought of the pastors, however, is that having OIC in the promotion of these various prayer gatherings might catch the attention of more people than would otherwise be the case. Time will tell if this new twist in marketing the prayer events will make any measurable difference.


What is presently clear is that whenever God’s people come together in unity to pray, God shows up in power to guide and to bless.


A OIC/TBP Concert of Prayer was hosted by the North Main Street Church of God in Jamestown, NY where Rev. Beth Whitehead is the pastor, on Wednesday evening the 17th of September. Counting the Global Day of Prayer gathering on Pentecost Sunday, this was only the second Concert of Prayer gathering in 2014 planned and facilitated by TBP.
Music was skillfully provided by the N. Main Church of God music director, Bryant Whitehead (the husband of Rev. Beth) and by “Worship Forum” leader Nathan Bailey. The various topics of the Concert of Prayer were introduced by host Pastor Whitehead, by Pastor Aaron Bjork of the Fellowship At the Cross CMI congregation of Falconer, NY and also by TBP Director Roy Miller.


By faith we know the powers of darkness took a beating and the Kingdom of God was advanced because of the obedience of the gathered saints on this Wednesday evening.

 


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GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER GATHERING

 

Every year on Pentecost Sunday since 2005, people have gathered in groups large and small, from stadiums to living rooms, to be part of the largest prayer meeting in the world; the Global Day of Prayer. Each year since the beginning of the GDoP, over 200 million people have come together in prayer on the same day with the same agenda, to glorify God and to pray that God’s Kingdom will come and God’s will be done in every nation and in every part of every nation.
God is blessed by the unity of His people and the unity of God’s people results in God blessing them and those for whom they pray.


TBP facilitated the gathering of the Church in Jamestown, NY on the Global Day of Prayer on the 8th of June this year, just as TBP has done several times before. A “Concert of Prayer” format was followed for this 2014 gathering. Members of Praise Fellowship from Russell, PA led the times of worship in song. Movements of prayer were led throughout the two-hour afternoon gathering by Pastors Leecroft Clarke of the Healing Word Ministries Church of God in Jamestown, by Pastor Mel McGinnis of the Kiantone Congregational Church and by our TBP Director Roy Miller.


Several participants affirmed a common feeling that was shared during this gathering: When we realize the Church has been praying in one-accord all day starting at the dateline in the Pacific, it is thrilling to catch this wave of the Spirit here in the Western World realizing we are combining our prayers with hundreds of millions who have already been in prayer this day for the same things we are praying for!


In our time when regional apostles of the Church are able to network and communicate like never before, their report is reliable when they proclaim that since 2005, for the first time in the history of the Church, on an annual basis, more people are being born-again of the Spirit of God in Jesus’ name than are being born naturally. And no wonder when God has declared: “How good and pleasant it is when believers come together in unity!.... For there the Lord commands and bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” – Psalm 133

 


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2014 REGIONAL SCHOOL OF PRAYER (SoP)
A VERY IMPACTFUL SUCCESS BY HEAVEN’S MEASURE

By man’s measure, the School of Prayer this year may not have looked very successful at first glance. The attendance was very low. Only twelve to fifteen people attended each session, and some of those were members of TBP Board of Directors who were present as volunteers to help with registration, the book table, and food. But a closer look would reveal that a highly strategic group gathered to learn together this year.

Some of the students who attended the
March edition of the SoP are seen here
during a time of worship in song.

One pastor who came commented over and over about how much he was learning and being encouraged and motivated. He took the material he received at our SoP and he has been preaching it and teaching it and implementing it at his congregation. In fact, four pastors were students at this year’s School and they all are enthusiastic about what they learned and received.

Some of the students are gathering
and getting ready for Session #4
As always, the unity of the Church was strengthened by this School. The School has spawned new networking in ministries within the Body of Christ. And, of course, people were healed during and after the 4th session of the School which is all about healing prayer.
The four full-day session of the School that were offered this year were held in the Willow Bay Building in downtown Jamestown, NY on the 8th of March, the 7th of June, the 13th of September and on the 1st of November.
The Regional School of Prayer will return in 2015 to be used as a tool in God’s hand to equip the Church to be a House of Prayer for the nations. For details, check out COMING EVENTS page and SCHOOL OF PRAYER page under the EQUIP heading.


They say “laughter is good for the soul” – There was plenty of laughter at the SoP Session 4 which was all about healing – Actually, there is plenty of laughter at all Sessions of the School.

 

 


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MISSION TO UGANDA


Our 2014 Uganda Team: Doug Kibbe,
Beth Whitehead and Roy Miller
2014 marked the third year TBP has sent a team of pastors to the nation oanda in East Africa for the purpose of encouraging and training the pastors and church leaders of Uganda.
Our team left Jamestown on Wednesday the 23rd of April to drive to Toronto in Ontario, Canada. They flew out of Toronto on Thursday morning the 24th on Ethiopian Airlines and arrived at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda on Friday afternoon the 25th of April.

This year our team consisted of the Reverend Beth Whitehead, pastor of the North Main Street Church of God in Jamestown, NY; Reverend Doug Kibbe, pastor of Church on the Rock in Jamestown; and our Director, the Reverend Doctor Roy Miller.


Our Team was meet at the Entebbe airport by ourHosts Bishop Joseph Nsubuga who is the National Mobilizer for the Born Again Pastors of Uganda – an alliance of over 40,000 pastors – Bishop Solomon

 

 

 


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MISSION TO UGANDA – WEEK ONE

 

  • Here we see one of the sows at the piggery that our team visited during their first full day in Uganda.
  • Many youth of the Kamwokya Church went on the platform to dance to the moving music at the Sunday evening concert.
  • Pastors and other church leaders in attendance at the Namayingo District Conference
  • When it was time to leave the Kibuku District Conference on Wednesday, many of the children from the area gathered to say goodbye to our Team.
  • Our Director, Roy Miller, distributed books to these District Overseers who were present at the Thursday Conference at the Trinity Eden Revival Church in Kampala
  • When this woman became a Christian her Islamic husband abandoned her and their children. The Eden Revival Church of Komamboga is helping her to earn a living by manufacturing bricks. This is one of many cottage industries the Church is making possible. See TBP Facebook for pictures and descriptions of many more as you scroll to the several UGANDA LOG entries of 2014.
     


 

Saturday 26 April 2014; Our Uganda team used their first full day in Uganda as a day to relax a little as they overcame jet-lag. We visited the site of a piggery that has been established by Bishop Joseph and his wife Margaret to raise piglets which they then give to pastors so pastors can raise pigs for profit. This enables pastors to remain in the pastoral ministry when, otherwise, they might have to quit simply to earn enough money to live.
On Sunday the 27th, our Team members preached at three different churches in the morning and participated in an evening concert at the Kamwokya Church of God in Kampala.
Monday and Tuesday of this first week, our team taught at a conference in the eastern Namayingo District of Uganda. On Wednesday they taught at a one-day conference at another eastern District, the Kibuku District. Thursday found our team back in the capital city of Kampala where they each taught at a pastor’s conference held at the Trinity Eden Revival Church.

 

Friday the 2nd of May marked one full week since our Teams arrival in Uganda. This was a day of rest for them. Beth spent the day with the Lord at their hotel. Doug and Roy took the morning and afternoon to visit Alyson Houser, a young lady missionary from Sinclairville, NY – and they also were given a tour of Makere University by two of Bishop Joseph’s children who are students there, Mary and Joshua. – Friday late afternoon, all three members of our Team attended a cottage industry display at the Eden Revival Church of Komamboga, where Bishop Joseph is the senior pastor.
For greater detail of the UGANDA MISSION, visit TBP Facebook and read the many installments of the UGANDA LOG there.

 


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MISSION TO UGANDA – WEEK TWO

Saturday 03 May 2014; This was another relaxing day as we spent most of the day at the home of Bishop Solomon Mukonjo and his wife Mary. We went here primarily to spend time getting to know the many orphans the Mukonjo’s care for. Ten of these orphans are sponsored – for school fees – by people of the Park UM Church in Sinclairville, NY.
Sunday our Team preached at three different churches, just as they had done the previous Sunday. Following the service at Pastor Eddie Kizito’s church, the Nabweru Church of God, our Director, Roy Miller, visited the Day Spring School which is under construction. This is another project TBP has helped people in the States to connect with. All the funds that are making this school possible are coming from caring Christians in the U. S. who have heard Dr. Miller speak of this need. [See the UGANDA LOG report at TBP Facebook for more details].
Our whole team attended a youth rally this Sunday evening where Dr. Miller spoke.
Monday and Tuesday the 5th and 6th of May, our Team taught at a Conference that was hosted by the Kamwokya Church of God in Kampala. Pastors came from all over Uganda and also from Rwanda. The attendance ended up being over 300 pastors.
On Wednesday our Team was transported four hours north of Kampala to the Masindi District where they taught in a remote area to a tribal group that lived as nomadic herders of cattle until just a few years ago when the modernization of the nation forced them to settle down. Our Team spent the night at a retreat center in the Nakasongola District. On Thursday our Team ministered in the village of Ngoma in the Nakaseke District. It was mid-night when our team returned to their hotel in Kampala.
Very early Friday morning it was time to drive to Entebbe to catch a flight back to the States.

 

  • Pictured here is Pastor Eddie Kizito standing outside of the Nabweru Church of God with Dr. Miller and Christopher Mugambe who is a member of this congregation. Mr. Mugambe had just given Dr. Miller a piece of sugar cane as a gift.
  • The Day Spring School under construction, not far from the Nabweru Church
  • A large banner on the face of the Kamwokya Church announced the ministry of our TBP Team.
  • Here Doug has just been introduced by Bishop Solomon Mukonjo as Doug is about to teach during the second day of the conference at Kamwokya Church.
     

As we look forward to what God has in store for The Better Place ministry in 2015, we fully expect to return a Team to Uganda. In fact, we are planning to send two teams in 2015. You can track the plans and progress toward this Mission on the COMING EVENTS page. The 2014 Mission to Uganda cost $12,500. More than half of that was money to support the many one and two-day conferences where our team ministered. Many pastors could never afford to attend these Conferences without assistance. There are, of course, airfare and other transportation expenses for our Team, plus food and lodging in Uganda. As plans are made for 2015 you may send your designated gifts to THE BETTER PLACE, INC at P.O. Box 532, Jamestown, NY 14702.

 


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THE FIRST OF MANY ONE IN CRIST EVENTS

 

 


    Doug Kibbe delivers the word.
One of the missional purposes of The Better Place is to network the Body of Christ for transformational revival. We are thrilled to have been able to participate in the planning and facilitation of the "One In Christ" gathering at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown, NY. This event took place on Maundy Thursday, the 17th of April 2014.


Bree sings to the Lord

 

Over 800 people gathered from throughout the Jamestown area to celebrate Jesus on this Thursday evening. The service began with the blowing of the shofar and then proceeded into a time of powerful music, worship and song led by “Worship Forum” members – a group of worship leaders from many congregations. Prayer was led by former The Better Place chairperson, Bishop Leecroft Clarke. The Word was proclaimed by The Better Place Director Roy Miller and By Pastor Doug Kibbe. Several area ministries were presented with the aid of a pre-recorded video. These ministries all represent ways that we can still “wash feet” today as Jesus told his disciples to do on the first Maundy Thursday.


Leecroft Clarke leads in prayer

 

The entire event was videoed for the production of a DVD that will be available at a later date. But while you wait for that, you can watch a live stream at this site:
www.OneInChristJamestown.com Enjoy! [This will take you to Praise Fellowship TV. You may have to scroll down to the April 17 date. -- Oh, and by the way; our Director is the first main speaker - after the opening songs and the prayer led by Bishop Leecroft Clarke and a couple more songs.]

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LINKS TO MINISTRIES

For up-to-date news of what God is doing around our nation and the world – news that you can pray about – we recommend visiting the sites of these ministries:

Christ for All Nations
www.cfan.org

Collegiate Day of Prayer
www.collegiatedayofprayer.org

Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
www.onewiththem.com

Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem
www.daytopray.com

Global Day of Prayer
www.globaldayofprayer.com
and www.gdopusa.com

Mission America Coalition
www.missionamerica.org

Mission.Me
www.1nation1day.com
and www.mission.me

National Day of Prayer
www.nationaldayofprayer.org

National Prayer Assembly
www.nationalprayercommittee.com

Voice of the Martyrs
www.persecution.com

 

Also, we recommend friending the Facebook pages of these ministries:

 

Harvest Prayer Ministries
www.facebook.com/harvestprayer

Prayer Connect
www.facebook.com/prayerconnect

Pray the Word
www.facebook.com/praytheword


Roy L. Miller, Director
The Better Place, Inc.
P.O. Box 532, Jamestown, NY 14702
www.TheBetterPlace.org